Thursday, 20 November 2014

Gigslutz!

HELLO readers,

I am excited to tell you that i am a new writer for Gigslutz.co.uk. As my first review for the site, i was asked to review 'Octavians' new song, "Sometimes I Think, Sometimes I Don't". It was published today and i should hopefully be writing for the website more!

 (check it out here)  http://www.gigslutz.co.uk/ones-watch-octavians/


Tara
Xx

Friday, 31 October 2014

The Strypes @ The Savoy, Cork 25/10/14

Hello!
 On Saturday the 25th of October, Grace and I left for Cork to go to The Strypes gig in the Savoy Nightclub. It was on as part of the Cork Jazz Festival.
 At about 6 o'clock we got to hear soundcheck, then we queued for a bit and got into the venue. It was a really nice venue and I'd definitely go back, the balcony looked really cool but we decided to go to standing instead! We got front row in the centre and there was no barrier, so you could hop on the stage if you didn't care being thrown out by security..
 The opening act was 'Leading Armies',they definitely had unique dance moves but I can't even remember what they sounded like....we were there for The Strypes.
After we caught a glimpse of Pete at the side of the stage, they came on stage. They opened with one of my all time favourite songs: What A Shame, and then into So They Say. Evan was wearing sunglasses which was surprising since he's only worn them on stage once or twice before (I think?).
 The highlight of the set list has got to of been 'Ooh Poo Pah Doo', it was crazy and the whole front row were tossing Pete around while he crowdsurfed for ages.
 We were right in front of Ross for the whole gig, he gave us the mic, leaned down really close and gave me his guitar pic!
 They did a cover of 'Spoonful' and dedicated it to Jack Bruce, which was lovely.
 Josh used his usual excellent stage presence techniques.....eye contact, letting the crowd touch his guitar and his hand. (This was very entertaining during Blue Collar Jane).
 It was a crazy, electric, energetic and EPIC gig, not a surprise coming from The Strypes! 
 Afterwards we were chatting to them outside their tourbus and they liked the little presents we gave them. Josh insisted on taking a picture with the flash on, that's why our picture is so bright ha! Their manager is a legend too and gave us some posters, and told us some inside information about upcoming gigs and such...
 What a fun 13th gig!

 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Halloween Look 2014: Maleificent

Hello!
 So it's October and if you didn't already know, I love Halloween. This year I decided to dress up as Maleificent from the recent Disney movie starring Angelina Jolie.
 I made the horn hat,collar and choker. The rest of the clothes were either borrowed or my own.
 Yesterday in school we had a Halloween fun day and I won best costume for the second year in a row! I'm so pleased with that. 
 The hat is made from toilet roll cardboard,wire,paper bags,duct tape, a hairband and electrical tape.
Today in art class I painted my friend Chloe's face inspired by the joker from batman:

what are you dressing up as for Halloween? C:

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Jake Bugg @ The Olympia Theatre, Dublin. 13/10/14

   I went to see Jake Bugg in The Olympia on Monday the 13th of October and it was a very memorable gig. It is definitely in my top 3 gigs yet.
 Firstly, myself and Grace got great spots in the pit-(left side of the barrier.) The music playing waiting for him to come on stage was very fitting to my music taste; The Smiths, Oasis, and some more classics.
 'Southern' were the Opening Act. (A two-piece band from Northern Ireland, bit ironic?).
They were good i must admit, no one likes being introduced to new music after queuing and waiting around for one of your favourite artists,but-they were tolerable, catchy and had their own style.
 When Jake walked on stage the room lifted with excitement. He was keeping things simple as usual, (just a tshirt and jeans). He performed one of the best setlists i've ever seen. It was a perfect arrangement of songs.
 He opened with 'Messed Up Kids', (one of his best songs), thanked the audience and then straight into 'Seen It All'. (another awesome song). After 'Storm Passes Away', 'Trouble Town' and ''Me & You', he sang 'Two Fingers'. One of my favourite songs of all time. It was a magical 3 minutes and it was one of those moments you never want to end.
 After two more of his songs he slowed things down. Briefly introduced himself and explained that the next song was a new one he had been working on. 'Looking Down The Avenue' was such a lovely song. I really hope he releases a new album soon and that is a single.
 After two more songs he sang another new one, 'I Gotta Hold On You'. It was more upbeat than the previous songs and it was the perfect lift to the night. He was so grateful to his fans and that was obvious throughout the entire night.
 'Slide' and 'Simple Pleasures' were beautiful, and then things sped up again... he played 'What Doesn't Kill You'! I was so happy to hear this live because it wasn't on the set list at Marlay Park last Summer.
 He smugly said 'this is my last song, and you'll all know it's the one you came to hear'. His hit song 'Lightning Bolt' closed the gig nicely.
 Jake SMASHED it in Dublin, and i was lucky enough to be there.
                                                      That was an amazing 12th gig.

Also, before the gig, my friends and i were watching them set up the stage and got a picture with Tom a.k.a Robbo, his super friendly bass player.
                                            
At one stage of the day, two police men walked past and said 'Who are you going to see girls?' we told them it was Jake Bugg's gig. One said to the other 'I've never heard of him'. The other replied with 'Yes you have, you know, Lightning Bolt! *hand gestures of a guitar*. It was really funny, and proof that going to gigs early is so fun.





Thanks for reading,
  love,
   Tara
       Xo

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

October Music

  Albums i have been loving include;
Hozier's self-titled album. If you haven't heard 'Take Me To Church' by now you must be living under a rock! My favorite songs from him album at the moment are 'From Eden' and 'Jackie and Wilson'.
 Catfish and the Bottlemen's album, 'The Balcony'. They have a similar sound to The Fray and The Wombats! I've been liking their song 'Kathleen' at the moment.

SONGS OF OCTOBER 2014
From Eden//Hozier
Kathleen//Catfish and the Bottlemen
Naive//The Kooks
Jenny Don't Be Hasty//Paolo Nutini
Don't//Ed Sheeran
Shake It Off//Taylor Swift
Leave My Woman Alone//The Strypes (cover)
Taking Over//Miles Kane
Budapest//George Ezra
Simple Pleasures//Jake Bugg
She Way Out//The 1975
Meeting Place//The Last Shadow Puppets

(PLUS last years halloween playlist that i will be repeating this year closer to the end of the month!)



Botanic Gardens & Ed Sheeran Concert @ 3Arena, 3rd October.

Hello,
 October is here! WHO'S EXCITED FOR HALLOWEEEEN? 
On Friday i went to see Ed Sheeran on the first night of his tour in the newly named, 3Arena. I was standing so i was pretty close. (2nd/3rd row)
 I amn't the biggest Ed Sheeran fan in the world but i do like his music and i definitely enjoyed the gig more than i expected to.
 'Saint Raymond' was the opening act and wasn't a bad one. Usually opening acts that you havent heard of before can be a real drag (especially when you're standing!) But Saint Raymond were tolerable.
 Ed Sheeran came on stage at half 8 and played until 10.15. He mainly performed his new album X
(multiply), along with a few hits off of his first album.
  My favourite songs of the night were; Nina, Sing, Lego House and Give Me Love.
To top it all off, we bumped into The Strypes manager on the way out of 3Arena and talked to him for a bit. 
 What a great 11th gig!

Waiting in the lashing rain to get a good spot


Botanic Gardens School Trip:
I had been here before, but this time i decided to take a few photos in the hopes of them looking half decent or maybe even..PROFESSIONAL!





Just hangin'



I also went to the Ploughing Championships for the first time about 2 weeks ago with my school and that wasn't a bad day out, the bus journey was just really long.

Also, Hozier has announced dates for a pre-christmas irish tour! I'm so happy to hear he's touring but my wallet can't handle all of these gig announcements!
Thanks for reading,
 Tara
    Xo












Monday, 22 September 2014

What Happened Last Summer

Hello, I had a really great summer i must admit. I was very lucky to be able to travel and spend the majority of it, not bored. But it doesn't take away the fact that it is the dreaded month of...September!
 Now i'm in Transition Year so hopefully there will be a few interesting posts to do with it this year.
4th year is so different to how i expected it to be and there are a lot of things to do, so i've been pretty busy.
 Since my last post i've been to Wales, Mayo, Louth and Cavan! Wales was for a week with my friend Chloe, and her family; we went to Chester on our last day to go shopping, and we saw some of Ronnie Woods paintings!
 Mayo was for a week with my aunties and cousins; we cycled 27k in a day from Westport to Achill- I really enjoyed it surprisingly..
 Louth was an overnight school trip in a hostel type place, we did activities in Carlingford Adventure Centre.
 Last but not least, Cavan. The hometown of my favourite band, The Strypes. Grace & i travelled up to Cavan and bumped into Ross' mum and sister.  (It was only a day trip)
 On the 10th of September i got my junior cert results back and my friends and i went to Dandelion beside Stephens Green.

Now it's back to school routine but it won't be long before October is upon us and one of the best days of the year is here...HALLOWEEN!

Some of my photos:
(the rest of the photos from Cannes in July. I was so happy about seeing Tim Burton, Jack Nicolson, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep and Paul Mc Cartney's hand prints outside the Cannes Film Festival Theatre!)




Wales: (Saw a really cool friends themed cafe in Chester, went Segwaying and saw a street that reminded me of a certain Arctic Monkeys member..)

Carlingford School Trip: (tried loads of new activities with my school)

Dandelion: (went to a disco for the first time in about a year and a half!)

Cavan: (Wandered around one random Saturday!)


 By the way, did any of you see The Strypes performing on The Imelda May Show last night? I love both of them, so for me it was really exciting to watch! (If you missed it you can watch it on Rte.ie)