Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Arctic Monkeys, Miles Kane and Jake Bugg, live @ Marlay Park, Dublin.

Hi!
 Last Saturday (12th July 2014), I went to see Arctic Monkeys in Marlay Park, Dublin.
My friends and i left our houses at 10 am (see what i did there? ;D) and we were queuing from about half 10. We talked and waited in line until about 3 o'clock, and then we were allowed go through security and then into the huge field where the stage was.
 The capacity of this gig was 37,000....and we got right up to the barrier. FRONT ROW. I don't know if i'm just lucky when it comes to gigs or if waiting in line for hours just pays off. 
 The second we saw that stage we sprinted across the field and got our places. We waited over an hour and a half for the first support act; 'Royal Blood'. They were a band i hadn't listened to before but i thought they were decent.
 After their performance we waited another hour, during that hour the huge screens on the side of the stage displayed tweets with the hashtag 'marlaypark2014'. My tweet got shown more than 8 times and i caught a picture! I was so happy that my profile picture was from when i met the strypes because a selfie would have been so embarrassing to have up on the screen in front of 37,000 people. It's funny because a guy yelled out 'ugh,she met the strypes!' one of the times when it was shown. 
Then, Miles Kane came on. I was excited to see him live because i love his music and he is such a great performer. 'Rearrange' and 'Don't Forget Who You Are' were probably the best live (In my opinion) my friends and i danced like crazy. 
 Not only that-but Josh Mc Clorey from The Strypes was watching his entire performance from the side of the stage! I waved at him and hoped Miles would ask him to do a song with him on stage but unfortunately he didn't! 

After another hour or so wait, Jake Bugg came on stage. I was buzzing because i love Jake Bugg, his albums are really great and i had been looking forward to seeing him. 
 He opened with 'Theres A Beast and We All Feed It' which is a really good way to excite the audience from the start.  
 The best songs live (for me) were 'Two Fingers', (one of my favorite songs!) 'Messed Up Kids' and 'Simple Pleasures'. I'm so happy that i'll be seeing him live again in October at his gig in the Olympia!
Once Jake Bugg was finished, the crowd began to get pushier and rougher as everybody wanted to be up close to see Alex, Matt, Jamie and Nick.
 This is where being in the pit has its flaws-we were getting absolutely squashed up against the barrier and our hair was getting pulled but we waited patiently for the Monkeys to come on stage.
 Alex pranced on stage wearing his signature leather jacket and a shirt that was unbuttoned one too low, but it worked because, you know, Alex Turner.
 They opened with 'Do I Wanna Know', and effortlessly charged through with other songs from their newest album: 'Arabella' and 'Snap Out of It'. 
 Then they moved onto some of their old hits which really got the mosh pit going and was a tad scary (to say the least) but was fun all the same. We didn't give in to those annoying people who try to take your well earned spot at the barrier, we didn't let people being pulled out by security ruin our night, and we didn't let the hunger get to us! 
 It got to a point where there were people being pulled out of the pit every second! Passed out, drunk, dehydrated, overwhelmed..at least 100 people were taken out by security. Which was really distracting for us as we had to bend our necks awkwardly and get our hair pulled every minute- but it soon calmed down.
 Then they played 'My Propeller' and 'I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor' - that's when i spotted Josh (again) at the side of the stage with BP Fallon! They were having a great time-i wish i could have been up there with them!
 After two of my favorite songs of the night 'Fluorescent Adolescent' and 'Why Do You Only Call Me When You're High?', they went off stage. The crowd yelled 'Ole Ole Ole' until they re-appeared for an amazing encore including one of their best songs ever; 'R U Mine?' 




Overall, it was an amazing, unforgettable day.. what a great way to have my 10th gig!


Monday, 7 July 2014

July Music 14'

HELLO! i know i skipped last months music of the month, but thats only because i have been listening to mostly the same throughout the two months.
 Before i list my favourite songs of the month, i'd like to tell you about a band called 'Box of Light'. One of my favourite youtubers, Melonlady is in this band and they are really good! I haven't listened to all of their songs yet but the ones i've heard have been great.

SUPER summery songs:
Boom Clap-Charli XCX
Wake Me Up-Wham
Stand Clear of My Mind-The Turning
Stay High-Hippie Sabotage
She Way Out-The 1975
Superlove-Charli XCX
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Submarines-The Frights
Come Closer-Miles Kane
You Really Got Me-The Kinks
Two Fingers-Jake Bugg
Reckless Serenade-Arctic Monkeys
Suck it and See-Arctic Monkeys
Natives-Raglans
Still Gonna Drive You Home-The Strypes
Piledriver Waltz-Alex Turner



Obviously there is alot of Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg and Miles Kane on there because i am seeing them all live in Marlay Park on Saturday! SO EXCITED.
Even better news (gig related) i will be seeing Ed Sheeran and Jake Bugg in October! Lots more gig posts are on the way..

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Outfit of the Day-Maisy.ie

I was at the RDS women's show a few weeks ago, and there was a stall there for an irish clothing website called 'Maisy.ie'. 
 The website has a great variety of clothes, lots of bold colours and crazy patterns. It's so nice to see a store with different collars and dress shapes to what is in most high street stores at the moment. I get horribly bored of shopping when all the shops seem to be stocking the exact same pieces, so that is why online shopping can be good. I just find that websites such as Boo Hoo and Missguided tend to stock things that you can get anywhere, but that's just me!
 The website has really nice satchels in different colours and patterns, different blouses, dresses, blazers and jeans.

 Here i'm wearing this very 80's style blouse from Maisy, with my black RI jeans rolled up and my platform saddle shoes.
                                                  

                                                
Definitely check them out if you're looking to inject some colour into your wardrobe, or some crazy patterns.

Thanks for reading, 
Tara
Xo

Raglans

Recently Raglans had an impromptu gig in River Island in the Ilac Centre Dublin.
 They performed most of their album and I got to chat to them afterwards:
Hope you're having a good summer,
Love
Tara 
Xo

Monday, 23 June 2014

June 14'

Hello!
It's been over a month since I last posted and there is actually a valid reason....EXAMS.
 This time my exams weren't just summer or Christmas ones, it was the Junior Cert. Thankfully I'm finished now and on my summer holidays.
 I have been keeping my eyes wide open for any gigs in Dublin (as usual) but once again, almost everything's too old for me. Paul Weller is coming here and the gig is 18's. I am almost certain that there are tickets still available so if you are 18 or older, you should go! (Or if you have a fake ID or whatever..) He's also on the cover of the current issue of Hot Press, and in his interview he mentioned the Strypes:
  Pretty Little Liars has started back and it's now season 5. Shockingly, I am still watching it. Will the girls ever stop being stressed by A and Alison and Mona ?!

Outfit of the Day
Red heart shaped sunglasses
Gingham sweetheart dress
Black bat wing t-shirt
Red belt
Red low top Dr.Marten style shoes





Recent drawings:

                             
Thanks for reading!
Xo

Sunday, 4 May 2014

April Music 2014

Hey guys, hope you had a great easter!
 I am back to school and doing the last couple weeks before my exams and then hopefully, a fun summer.
I'm also really looking forward to seeing Arctic Monkeys, Miles Kane and Jake Bugg in Marlay Park in July.
 April was a pretty ok month, i went to Offaly for a weekend and had a great easter, it was also the two year anniversary of this blog so yay for quirky & perky!
~Happy 85th Birthday Audrey Hepburn~

APRIL PLAYLIST 2014
1)I'm Shakin'-The Strypes (cover)
2)So They Say-The Strypes
3)I Hear You Knocking-Dave Edmunds
4)Still Sane-Lorde
5)I Wanna Be Yours-Arctic Monkeys
6)Sing-Ed Sheeran
7)Colour Of The Trap-Miles Kane
8)Summertime Sadness-Lana Del Rey
9)My Mistakes Were Made For You-The Last Shadow Puppets
10)Digging Holes-Raglans
11)It's Good To Be Alive-Imelda May
12)Me and You-Jake Bugg

Thursday, 17 April 2014

THE STRYPES LIVE @ THE ACADEMY 12/04/14

 I was first in line alongside Grace, and we stood at the door of the academy from half 3, (even though the doors only opened at 7!) Excitedly, we talked to the bouncer who had to supervise any people who began to queue from 2 o'clock. He didn't see the point in us queuing so early, and didn't let us forget it..
But after about an hour of squee-ing at the sound of them in soundcheck, banging out 'What The People Don't See'..Pete and the Strypes manager, Niall Walsh walked out. 'Whats de craic? You from around here?'
 They asked for directions to the nearest newsagents and we tried our best to guide them in the right direction, even though we nearly fell over.
 About 10 minutes later, Pete, Ross, Evan , their manager and 2 photographers come bursting out of the door-Evan strut down the sidewalk in his bright red socks, holding his guitar, and his curly hair blowing in the breeze. Ross has his sunglasses in his hand and was wearing his iconic plaid blazer. Pete  was holding his harmonica.
Unsure, we didn't follow them down the road. Next minute-Josh came out, guitar in hand, stopped and turned to us, 'Hey, what's up?' with a big smile on his face, 'Which way did the lads go?'. Unable to string a sentence together,we pointed in the direction they went, whilst gazing into his eyes!
 He thanked us, and we were still indecisive whether or not to follow them. About 10 minutes later, we ran down the road and i heard them playing my favorite Boomtown Rats song,-'Lookin After Number One'. They were recording the song acoustically for a documentary they're working on.
 The camera man turned to us, swaying at the top of the alley..and we skipped down to see them.
They kindly got in a picture with us, and i handed Ross a package of portraits i drew for all of them. (You can see it in his hand in the photo!)

Those moments after the photograph was taken are such a blur,it was crazy.




We ran back to the top of the line, and still, there was no one else queuing!
The next couple hours flew by because we were so ecstatic. Glancing at the picture, holding our tickets, and chatting to other girls in the line.
 7 o'clock finally came and we were first to walk into the room-i stood right in front of the microphone, up against the barrier..the best possible spot (personally).
The opening act, 'Children of the Son' came on. I'm not the biggest fan of their music, but their guitarist is certainly very talented and energetic.
After their performance-there was a very intense wait. Everyone was buzzing, and the photographers were preparing for their opening shot.

Derek D'Souza, one of the photographers, took a picture of my wrist at the barrier, and a few other photographers got pictures of us, and others who were also in the front row.
 BP Fallon, (legend-'the David Bowie of Ireland') introduced them on stage, using his impeccable poetic technique, and then the four of them appeared on the stage..less than a metre away from us.

 They opened with my absolute favorite: 'What a Shame', and raced through the set list, not giving the audience time to savour each perfectly constructed song.
Things slowed down a notch when they performed 'Angel Eyes', and the mosh pit went mental for 'Hog for You Baby', and 'Blue Collar Jane'.
 
Pete emptied the end of his water bottle on Grace & I, he crowd surfed twice. (i touched his arm and leg,fyi) He did his signature, manic harmonica solo, which was 10x better live.
 Evan whacked at his drums at a crazy speed for the whole night, not missing a note, not stopping for breath-and really kept the atmosphere alive.
Josh crowd surfed too, and he touched my hand 3 times, i even got to strum his guitar. Josh is such a great performer because he gives lots of eye contact, which is crucial to engage the audience.

 And finally Ross, the mysterious lead singer who knows exactly what he is doing. Touched my hand and let us sing into the mic! I put on my sunglasses to match his, and he sang looking down at me while we were both wearing our specs. It was awesome to say the least.
(That is my hand)
                                     

They closed with their anthem,'You Can't Judge A Book', and it was mental.  The night ended with a bang-Josh said it was the best gig yet..which is CRAZY because they just did 3 weeks touring America.
It's safe to say rock'n'roll is very much alive and well in 2014.