GIG REVIEW: BASTILLE

img_4174Now you all know I’m a music lover. And blimey, there is nothing on this planet that makes me feel the same way as live music does. The adrenaline and excitement rushing through your body when the drummer plays that beat that you know so well it’s become a part of you, that thousands of others around you were waiting for at the same time….I’m addicted, and I don’t care.

Bastille are a firm favourite of mine, and I’ve always thought it would be interesting to see them live just because of the intensity of their music. Although this was always on my bucket list from hearing their debut single “Pompeii”, my love of their music wasn’t the reason I went to see them on the 11th November.

My sister loves Bastille-knows all the lyrics back to back, of both albums. Adores them, and had never seen them live, so I thought it would be a nice treat for her 15th birthday (whilst very aware it would be a treat for me too! Not a treat, however, for dad who was nominated to pick us up from the O2 last thing at night)…

Before we even sat down, our night was off to a fab start-getting our tickets upgraded because I’m on O2! Instead of sitting right in the gods we were right at the front-thanks O2! Genuinely keeping my contract with them based on that. After shovelling down a Nandos we found our seats and were greeted by a rather rude pretentious character on the screens above us-a metaphor for the governments and organisations that run our society mumbling away and insulting invisible characters off screen. (deep. Real deep. I bloody love all that though) This character went on to introduce the show and voice the extra vocal bits around the songs.

OH. MY. GOD. They were even better than I expected. Initially I actually thought that Dan Smith was miming, his vocals were so on point, but I actually think he’s just that talented. Fair play. The unity of the whole band was explosive and you can tell they work incredibly hard together to create such a tight sound. I have even more respect for them than I already did!

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Can we just talk about Dan Smith for a second? Who writes beautiful, emotional songs without the audience even realising they carry such depth because his fantastic band keep it lively. Who sings about being single, grief, and the pain and beauty that naturally comes in the circle of life. Who has a reputation as a sensitive lad with soulful abilities and tastes. Who sings with such varied ranges, melismas, sounds a LOT like Morrissey-and his surname is SMITH?! That can’t be a coincidence. If you like The Smiths you’ll understand me, everyone else can just read on. Soz.

Over the course of the night, the band used the whole arena so well-jumping down into the standing area and walking through the crowd, right to the back, whilst performing the songs “Flaws”. Playing the cover “Rhythm of the Night” which has been one of the most successful covers of late, over two stages, the one at the front and one in the middle of the crowd. Singing “You and I” (an incredibly thoughtful and almost harrowing song, discussing the differences between gentlemen and bad boys seducing women-very interesting and the use of different techniques and octaves in that song is genius) from some of the seats in the very top tier-they honestly used the whole room like I’ve never seen anyone do before. I love that they thought about how to change things up and include fans that might not be right at the front, it made for a much more interesting show too.

I can’t believe how lucky I am to have seen them live, and how min blowing the gig was. It was one of those gigs that will honestly stay with me forever.

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1K GIVEAWAY!

Wow, thank you so much to all 1007 people who follow me on twitter! I can’t quite believe there are that many people who are happy to listen to my ramblings but apparently there are. I use twitter a lot to support my blog, so thanks!

To celebrate, I wanted to host a giveaway as I’ve thought about doing one for a while and really just needed an excuse. I love the idea and it’s a great way to connect back with all of my lovely followers.

I ran a poll (on twitter, ofc) and you lovely lot requested make up, accessories and stationary in a giveaway…so here’s what you could win…

 

CLINIQUE MINIS

There’s an eyeshadow palette and a make up remover here (I promise it isn’t used, I only realised after I got it that the mixture emulsifies slightly haha! It’s full to the brim and brand spanking new, just doesn’t photograph too well. Great start Liz) and the larger version of this make up remover is my absolute favourite to use-it’s moisturising and doesn’t leave your skin feeling all tight. As for the eyeshadows, purple’s suit almost everybody and if you can’t wear bright colours in the festive season, when can you? Both small enough to chuck in your bag and go.

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PENCILLED PEEPERS MONKI PENCIL EYELINER

I’ve loved Monki from way back when. Since I’m so inspired by the 1960s, I couldn’t not put a great eyeliner in this giveaway so the lucky winner can do absolutely massive flicks, should they so wish. Fleeky, pigmented wings are coming your way with this one ( and omg, the mermaid packaging is to die for.). (Forgot to take a lone picture, d’oh. It’s the eyeliner looking thing in the main pic!)

PAPERCHASE NOTEPADS

These are SO PRETTY. Who doesn’t need new notebooks, like, all the time? With a  marbled print on one and actual real-life mermaids on the other, these are gonna be the prettiest notepads you’ve owned. Struggling to give these away if I’m honest. But I’ve got way too many mermaid themed items in my life for an adult to be proud of.

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YANKEE CANDLE SAMPLER

Mmmmmm. Grapefruit scented, this will see you through and keep your room smelling lovely and fresh. I love this scent. Come on, how much do I really need to say about a Yankee Candle? You know you’d love this.

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ROSE GOLD GLASS TUMBLER

This is my favourite of the bunch and I’ve already told everyone in my family I need one for Christmas. It’s like it was invented specifically for bloggers. Rose Gold?! And pretty much destined to be in Instagram pictures for it’s entire lifetime?! Gaaaah, I want to keep it. But I won’t, obviously, I’ll send it to the winner (through gritted teeth).

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Well there’s your lot! To enter, follow me and retweet the giveaway tweet on my twitter (It’s pinned at the top of my profile) and then cross your fingers hard!

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

-Only open to UK residents (sorry!)

-If you’re under 18, check with your parents that it would be ok to give me your address to send the prizes to if you win!

-All prizes are as pictured, you will receive no less and no different (although there may be some added surprises ;))

-All prizes and delivery fees are paid for by me (Lizzie Arkell) and will be sent 2nd class post. Any insurance to cover the goods as requested by the winner are payable by the winner.

-The competition closes on 30th November 2016 at midnight, and the winner will be contacted and announced on my twitter page 1st December.

-The winner will be contacted via twitter as soon as they are announced the winner. If the winner does not reply in 3 days, another winner will be chosen, and so on and so forth.

Good luck!

Lizzie xo

 

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Essentials of a sixties lover

Lots of bloggers do monthly “Favourites” posts, and there’s plenty on YouTube, but I never find any that reflect what I love-so here’s mine! I’ve selected a few of my favourites that not only have I been using and loving for the past month, but I feel like every sixties loving gal should have a variation of. I hope they inspire you, interest you, and you enjoy seeing a different kind of favourites post!

1) Dogtooth Cigarette trousers
Dogtooth is an ABSOLUTE obsession of mine. (I’ll prove it-have a look at my dogtooth blog post here) and these trousers (£14.99, Select clothing) can really be worn any way. The sixties girls did typically love an androgynous look, as well as the occasional shift dress and flared skirt. Particularly practical for a day to work transition (dancing at a northern soul night after work, anyone?) but mainly I bought them because they’re so darn gorgeous. (Excuse the previously mentioned and highly obvious obsession. I used to have a bloomin’ lovely Barbie doll who wore a dogtooth flared dress with a pink belt and things have never been the same. I actually have a very similar dress in my collection these days. Don’t judge…)img_4234

2) Mods: The New Religion, The Style and Music of the 1960’s Mods*
This book is comparable perhaps, to the Holy book of Mods. For a young’un like me, (who somewhat misses out on some Mod references now and then due to my age, and the fact that I completely bypassed the sixties) this book is incredibly educational. A perfect buy for anyone who, as many people seem to when I talk to them about it, knows what the Mods are and would like to know more. Imagine it as a glossary for all the hangouts, music, and traditions that began in the first stages of the Mod Generation. I love the sixties-the girl group glamour, northern soul music-but there are so many variations of what a ‘Mod’ is considered as now. So this is a breath of fresh air, and it feels like an authentic representation of such.

*A mod is a form of sixties subculture
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3) Amy Winehouse: Frank
I know, I know, I’m years behind the times here. However, I recently delved back into my CD collection (I’ve been playing records a lot more recently) and found this beauty. Amy’s debut album is one of seriously cool drum beats and bass notes, surrounding a theme of sex and rejection. Such a refreshing lift to listen to-Amy always claimed that everything on her albums is live recorded (other than one guitar part, which she had a passionate view on in THAT interview) and the quality is therefore pretty close to perfect. Favourite track: Amy, Amy, Amy. Favourite vocal: You Sent Me Flying. As a singer, you can’t blame me for loving Amy Winehouse. But I will blame you if you never listen to this album. (Kidding. Sort of)img_4235

5) Dr. Martens Morada
OH, MY. Aztec patterns are another obsession-but a bit more nerve-wracking to brave, I feel. So finding it on a shoe (a Dr. Marten, no less) is a bit easier to handle-and actually, it’s more noticeable. Funky shoes are always a yes in my book, and these seem to have been noticed by friends and family when I’ve worn them. Perfect if you want to stand out from the crowd-just a little bit!

What are you loving this Autumn?

Lizzie xo