Archive for the ‘Concert reviews’ Category

Gigging again

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

I had a scary wee time when I couldn’t afford any gig tickets but now I seem to have got myself a few tickets doing reviews for a couple of (obviously) FAB music websites.  Last night I saw the Proclaimers and had a moment of “how lucky am I getting to do something I love for free – and then share my views on it with everybody?”.  So yes, I am back into the gig scene a little (phew!) and I have done a few reviews recently.  Hue and Cry, supported by Oliver Richards, is reviewed here.  I had previously enjoyed The View for the same website.  Over on a different site I have reviewed: Proclaimers supported by Blueflint, Twin Atlantic with Charlie Simpson (squeel!) and Dead Sarah, Madonna (thanks to my folks for that ticket!), Steps (Shockolady and Mr Smith) and The Wanted (very greedy with 3 supports – Lawson, Fanfare and Ben Montague).

Many many thanks to the lovely people that run both these sites and give me such amazing opportunities – and I know my friends appreciate my need for a +1 at most of these too, nice excuse for a night out!  Even managed a catch up with hubby’s Aunt at Twin Atlantic which was lovely!

Oh and if you have any feedback of how to do better with my reviews, please let me know, I’m happy to take constructive criticism!

Easter weekend

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Happy Easter from Owen
So we had a nice weekend.  Bryan doesn’t get public holidays off work and nursery doesn’t shut for Easter so I was a naughty Mum on Friday and sent Owen off to nursery whilst I stayed home.  I had a very busy day cleaning and clearing out the room that Lee had been living in.  The plan is to redecorate it and move Owen in there with all his toys as its bigger than his room, and we want out lounge to stop looking like a toy shop!  I did loads of bits of housework that its difficult to get to do when Owen’s around and then I collected him a bit earlier than usual from nursery. 

They had decorated eggs earlier in the week and were supposed to go out and roll them but unfortunately the weather hadn’t been nice enough so we got the egg to take home instead.
Glittery egg in clay nest, as made by Owen

On the Saturday the boys got haircuts in the morning then we went down to Owen’s Grandda’s house as Lee had collected his 4 kids the day before and brought them up for a visit.  It was lovely to see them all and Owen was very excited to see “cousins – Maz, Blue, Berrie and…ummmm….”.  Not sure why he can’t remember Frankie’s name but we’ll work on that for next time!
Blue and Berrie gave Owen pictures they had coloured in for him

Saturday night I was working…well I’d been asked to write a review for a Steps concert anyway!  I took my pal Jen, or rather she took me, so I got free taxi as well as concert tickets!  Nice!
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Sunday morning the 3 of us hit the pool and had a good splash, so that was fun.  Then it was back to the house for lunch, and pudding of Owen’s Easter Egg, a present from my boss. 
Rabbits mummy!
I also gave him his special Easter present from us – a film cell from Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (he’s really quite obcessed with “heigh-hos”).  This was taken upstairs immediately and put on his wall. 
Snow White film cell in pride of place on the cool wall
In the afternoon he watched some of the football with his Dad then he and I went to roll his egg.  We were going to go to a wee hill near the high school but it started raining so I pointed out the slope behind the church.  For some reason as we passed the church he pointed to the cross on the top of it so I took the chance to tell him the story of Easter, reminding him about baby Jesus from Christmas and then telling him about the cross and rolling the stone away.  He seemed to take it all in and I felt quite virtuous as we went and rolled our egg, and then again, and again.  Seemingly they were very hard boiled!!  We did manage to get it to crack eventually!
Rolling his egg

It was only when we got back to work yesterday it occured to me I hadn’t got any chocolate eggs myself, the down side to becoming a grown up/Mummy.  Although to be fair my Mum sent us money to get an egg each but we decided to put that money towards lunch with the family on Saturday – much more important!

Hope you had a good Easter too!

Katy Perry

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

So, last October I went to see Katy Perry and wrote a review for my chum who was maybe going to use it on their website.  It just occured to me that they hadn’t used it so I thought I would stick it on here instead… 

Katy Perry played the AECC the Saturday before Halloween. It would be interesting to see if the audience would have been as eye catching any other time of the year.  Obviously there would have still been the blue wigs and high heels, but maybe not the zombies (although they were very effective costumes!). Audience apart, it was an amazing spectacle of an evening. The support act One Land seemed to be a lady in a floaty nightie, a quick Google search found she’s Danish and popular back home. To be fair the songs were enjoyable.The main act was very well constructed, an Alice in Wonderland inspired fairy tale ran between the songs, with the lyrics and costumes tying into what was happening on the big screen. Cupcakes and sweeties featured highly, and Katy Perry often looked sweet enough to eat!Outfits ranged from a white 50s prom style dress with twirling red and white discs, to a black slashed looking catsuit, to a long red and silver evening dress. Im sure I’m not the only girl in the room desperate to be let loose on her wardrobe!

She covered all her hits including Ur So Gay, Kissed a Girl, Teenage Dream, Last Friday Night and E.T.  Everyone joined in with a cover of Adele’s hit when it made an unexpected appearance.

There were a few surprises through the evening, (she sings live you know!) like when Katy Perry picked a young man out of the audience to join her on stage for a smooch, then pretended her husband was coming. She also impressed the locals by having researched the area, and not just doing the usual ‘your city is lovely’.

Then there was the encore.  Katy had of course kept Californian Girls for last, and out she went with a bang..and beach balls…and foam machines! What a show that girl puts on, what a high note she finished on, what a night we had!  Hurry back please gal.

Yes please!

I did take a few photos and videos and they are available online at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stupidgirl_no1/sets/72157627886537147

Excited much?!

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Well I have to admit to being very excited, I have been introduced to a lovely lady who has said I can be a reviewer for her website.  This means….FREE CONCERT TICKETS!!!!  It’s like heaven or something, hurrah!  Of course I have to try and write good stuff for her so she keeps “using me” so to speak.  Fingers crossed.  The theatre reviewing I used to do was good practice, plus we recently had a seminar at work called Proof Reading for Professionals that I attended.  So it has to be said I’m trying!  My first review is on the website at: http://www.game-shot.com/index2.php#/info1/1/  Yes I went to see The Wanted, for free, in good seats, with my fab chum Gill.  We may have screamed a bit at young boys…
The Wanted go up on a platform