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Posted on 2:24pm Thursday 2nd June 2011
Since my Marathon blog post, my life has been returning to normal – no more getting up at the crack of dawn to run and evenings where I can choose to go to the pub for a pint or two. I was even able to enjoy some of the Brighton Festival.
Posted on 1:36pm Wednesday 25th May 2011
The Great Escape I am a little late to report back on the Great Escape this year, but I can’t let one of the main festivals in Brighton go past without a little mention, so here are my key take always from the festival: You never know how good the bands will be. Most of the bands at the festival are up and coming so however much research you do, it is hard to spot the “band of the festival” from the “worst band of the festival.” So don’t spend time researching all the bands and running from venue to venue, chances are you’ll just end up queuing to get in anywhere later in the evening. Choose one or two venues, stay there and let the band surprise you – the band you enjoy most could easily be one you would have never thought to see if the first place.
Posted on 2:54pm Sunday 2nd January 2011
Christmas is over; everyone’s sick at the thought of any more food or drink; wallets are empty and it is still cold - it must be dreary January. So I thought I would start a list of free and fun things to get you out of bed this month:
Posted on 4:13pm Thursday 4th November 2010
I love piling on as many scarves and coats as I can manage and venturing out to see fireworks, eat hot dogs and warm my hands by big bonfires to celebrate Guy Fawkes and his failed gunpowder plot.
Posted on 8:58am Wednesday 18th August 2010
After a summer of running around seeing relatives here there and everywhere it was great to spend last weekend just chilling in Brighton As we have not been around much - it would have been rude not to spend the weekend how you should any summer weekend in Brighton; pub hopping and not letting the rain stop a long beach BBQ!
Posted on 8:56am Thursday 22nd July 2010
The reason I have been quiet on the blogging front is that it is festival season and so I have spent quite a few days sitting in fields - or attemptig to recover back in the real world.
Posted on 12:28pm Friday 11th June 2010
Officially Brighton Festival may have come to the end but there are some welcome stragglers. The other week I learned of one production that has been extended and so after hearing great reviews, I popped along to see the production called Before I Sleep.
Posted on 1:41pm Friday 28th May 2010
...and although the sun keeps going in the clouds and the wind seeming to be picking up, I can feel it is going to be a good one - as for many people it is also pay day!
Posted on 1:40pm Wednesday 31st March 2010
Yes I admit after living for just over a year in Brighton, I’ve become spoilt. I am used to festivals and events happening almost every weekend with sporadic extra gigs on weeknights to keep me on my toes. And if there’s an odd weekend with nothing going on, I don’t mind. But this is a bank holiday weekend and not just any bank holiday weekend- we have Friday and Monday off!
Posted on 10:41pm Monday 8th March 2010
On Saturday night we saw some comedy with a difference – it was a sing-a-long and it was all about Brighton.
Posted on 12:00pm Monday 15th February 2010
Over the weekend there was news that magazines such as NME are losing money. The internet has changed the way we listen and buy music but also the way we read news. Like many bands having to adapt giving their music away for free instead getting money from promotions, there has been big shift in how magazines such as NME can stay a float.
Posted on 2:13pm Sunday 14th February 2010
When I first moved down to Brighton, I was in the group that saw it as derelict remains of a building that should be torn down, but I have really grown to love the pier and think it can be quite beautiful. I love the stories about the conspiracies of the fires for insurance claims and think its uniqueness has made it somewhat an icon for Brighton with a lot more to it than the new pier.
Posted on 8:40pm Sunday 20th December 2009
Thursday saw round two of my Christmas parties – unfortunately it also brought lots of snow and I have learnt that heels and snow do not go – so as I am writing with a broken wrist I will keep this post short and sweet!
Posted on 4:35pm Saturday 12th December 2009
The Christmas party season is finally here and I went to my first Christmas party last night. Working in a PR agency, I have found that you never have a simple dinner dance for the Christmas do.
Posted on 4:28pm Thursday 8th October 2009
This post is about a great event I am not going to but I want to tell you all about! Speakeasy is returning from tonight for four nights after a successful stint at the Fringe festival. I didn’t hear of them first time around, but they won “Most Groundbreaking show” and I have been updated about their antics this year.
Posted on 5:45pm Wednesday 7th October 2009
AudioBeach Studios will be Brighton & Hove's newest, and best, recording studio for all types of bands, groups and solo artists. It's has received National Lottery funding and is now ready to take the leap and finally start building!
Posted on 8:40am Wednesday 30th September 2009
And this one has a great selling point…IT’S FREE!!!
Posted on 8:43am Friday 25th September 2009
After a few hectic weeks (yes holidays do seem to take it out of you) my plans for this weekend was to do as little as possible. However being one of those people that get bored within two minutes I knew I would end up doing something. I just hoped that I wouldn’t find a late night gig too good to miss.
Posted on 8:45am Friday 4th September 2009
Only a short post from me this week as it’ll be a short weekend. Don’t fret though, it’s not because I have to work over half the weekend, it’s because I will be flying out to sunnier climes and having a holiday in Croatia – woo hoo!
Posted on 1:44pm Monday 31st August 2009
The music industry is suffering and has less money than ever before. Last night, while watching BBC3 I found out why; it’s being wasted on "TRENDY" bands that will release an EP of five tracks, then get dropped as soon as the next “trendy” band appears.
Posted on 8:52am Friday 28th August 2009
It was such a shame to hear about the cancellation of the Beachdown festival. As festivals are so much fun like most people I have had to carefully choose the few that I have gone to. Given infinite amounts of money Ithere's many more I would have jumped at the chance to go to. So given this and the economic climate, Beachdown had it tough from the start. But fret not, in true Brighton spirit companies are stepping in and offering people who have Beachdown tickets special offers.
Posted on 10:10pm Thursday 13th August 2009
So this weekend I’ll be even more excited to see the clock to show going home time and the weekend to begin. Why you ask? It will mark the beginning of my first holiday in what seems like years and man I need it!
Posted on 1:08pm Wednesday 12th August 2009
So today I've finished the backing track for another song ready for the vocals to go on later. And it got me to thinking about all the unsung heroes of the music industry. The faceless writers who produce the stuff you all listen to.
Posted on 6:54pm Friday 7th August 2009
I'd always been taught that a job interview means a suit, tie and a bag of lies about how much you love the company, with your prepared answers for the inevitable 'what are your strengths' question rolling around your mind, leaving perhaps just enough room for a nervous and forced demeanour, in which you try to sound nice and employable.
Posted on 9:02am Friday 7th August 2009
Some would argue that you should treat your date to an expensive restaurant – I would argue that I would rather go somewhere where I can pick whatever I want on the menu with as much wine as I would like without feeling guilty – I’m a great catch!
Posted on 9:36pm Wednesday 29th July 2009
Three weeks ago I had never heard of Brighton Pride – this week, I must have been asked at least twice a day if I am going to Pride – seems like it is a pretty big deal down here! (Pride is such a fitting name - I have never been to a city where all residents are so proud to be part of)
Posted on 5:44pm Thursday 9th July 2009
I recently held an audition in Brighton and heard five very good singers. I was glad to see that people actually turned up, as this was the first time I've organised one and I wasn't sure what to expect. I had a good experience with an audition I attended at Guildford's ACM a while ago, so I thought it would be easy to organise my own.
Posted on 12:16pm Friday 3rd July 2009
Well, I’m officially a Glastonbury convert. The plan was to go the once just to say I have been there, done that and got the t-shirt. But six months down the line, I can already picture myself sat at a computer continually hitting refresh along with half of the UK making sure I get tickets to Glastonbury 2010.
Posted on 12:59pm Friday 19th June 2009
I was highly disappointed when my friend pointed out that I missed a big even last week – I can’t believe I failed to mention the infamous Naked Brighton Bike Ride! I had been seeing the posters around for months and keeping a mental note to remember the ride – Gutted that I missed it (Must get a diary to stop such occurrences happening again) The Brighton naked bike ride is to celebrate cycling and the human body, it's is an annual event so I hope to catch it next year!
Posted on 3:40pm Monday 8th June 2009
Last summer, I enjoyed six months of recording at a remote farmhouse in the French countryside. I went over as a novice musician and returned a slightly more accomplished but determined one. I was developing my song-writing talent; trying new methods of working, finding new inspiration and above all taking time-out from the nine-to-five.
Posted on 9:18am Friday 5th June 2009
Last week I mentioned reliving my youth by seeing boyzone and I have to say they were absolutely amazing! They didn’t pretend to be cool, they knew they were going to come across as corny…and embraced it! From Stephen being openly camp, dancing with a pink vacuum to Prince and all the gang singing bohemian rhapsody. They didn’t disappoint and only plug their new material and rolled out all their classics. Great if you were once a fan and if you weren’t, they are still well worth seeing for the show alone. As an added bonus, it was easy to get back to Hove in the evening, so well worth remembering that day trips to gigs in London are not too much of a mission.