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Photo taken from the SikTh Facebook Page

I am rather excited to finally listen to exceptionally awaited new album due out from legendary SikTh ‘The Future In Whose Eyes?’ due to be released on 2nd June on Millenium night. The album certainly did not disappoint as from beginning to end I was captivated by both the collective and individual talent of this iconic band. With new track and lyric video ‘Vivid’ premiered ahead of the album release  it makes a perfect first track for the album. Vivid is an outstanding fast paced song, vocally unique with melodic group intervals along with fun vocal solo’s all combined with the high speed, thrash metal sound and vivid guitar solo towards the end makes this first track highly addictive and causing an eagerness to hear what the rest of the album has to offer. ‘Century Of The Narcissist’ feels to slightly change tempo with a new metal/rock feel twist to it however holding onto it’s signiture thrash overtone making ‘Century Of The Narcissist’ a truely inspirational track. The Aura may certainly be one of my personal favourite tracks on the album. immediatey catchy and addictive Aura truly showcased the musical talent within SikTh and just why this band is held in such high regard.  Drawn in by talking vocals only to be followed up by an intense guitar and music solo intro before amazing vocals kick in.  The lyrics are both catchy and easy to sing along to making this peice a perfect crowd pleaser.  ‘Cracks Of Light’ has the first guest vocalist to ever feature on a SikTh Album Periphery singer Spencer Sotelo who joins singer Mikee on the track.  A slower starting song with a concentration on joint vocals alongside deep guitar riffs offering up a hypnotic sound allowing the listener to relate with the song and each of the band members, definitely a track to be played no matter what the mood. ‘The Moon’s Been Gone For Hours’ is an immediately fast pased track with clear guitar riffs defining their signiture sound making Sikth the Gods of Metal they are.  At over an halfway point through the album they have kept the pace and sound as intriguing and appealing as the begining of the album was. ‘No Wishbones’ gave a feeling of a more musically focused track with a lot of emphasis on the different instruments used, the band’s harmonising abilities and the unique quaily each bring to SikTh to which I particually enjoyed the intense guitar solo towards the end of the track.  The Illusion ie the last real track before an ending interlusion contains elements of thrash and old school metal demonstrating that the highly anticipated return of SikTh has not been in vain and worth every minute of the wait. With amazing guitar interludes alongside specialist vocals this is with out a doubt one of the tracks that stand out to me the most on the album and an outstanding last track.

Photo taken from the SikTh Facebook Page

To Make this album your’s there are a multitude of different platforms of which to purchase this much awaited album and work of art……
Deluxe 12” hardbookfeaturing:
⦁ 44 page artwork book, with additional, exclusive artwork from Meats Meier, handwritten lyrics from Mikee Goodman
⦁ CDThe Future In Whose Eyes? 12 original album tracks
⦁ CD The Future In Whose Eyes? 5 re-imagined albums tracks by Dan Weller – “Ride The Illusion”, “Golden Cufflinks”, “Cracks Of Light”, “Century Of The Narcissist” & “Vivid”
⦁ CDThe Future In Whose Eyes? 12 instrumental version of the album tracks
⦁ 10 copies of the deluxe edition, randomly picked, will contain a song lyric sheet handwritten & signed by Mikee W Goodman
CD featuring:
⦁ The Future In Whose Eyes? 12 original album tracks
Gatefold 180g heavy weight LPfeaturing:
⦁ The Future In Whose Eyes? 12 original album tracks on black vinyl (with MP3 download code)
⦁ Also available as Limited Edition Purple Splatter vinyl and Orange Splatter vinyl (with MP3 download code)
Digital download featuring:
⦁ The Future In Whose Eyes? 12 original album tracks with the tracks “Vivid” and “No Wishbones” available as instant downloads with pre-orders
for the chance to see sikth live
SikTh Live
SikTh have just been confirmed to return to the main stage at this years Download Festival on Saturday 10th June.
07/06/17 – UK, Bournemouth, Sound Circus
10/06/17 – UK, Donington, Download festival (Main Stage) (https://downloadfestival.co.uk )
9-12/08/17 – CZ – Brutal Assault Festival (https://brutalassault.cz/en )
17-19/08/17 – UK – Bristol, Arctangent Festival

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Rock Industry by Leeann Dare - 9M ago

Photo taken from the SikTh Facebook Page

Highly anticipated new studio album ‘The Future In Whose Eyes?’ from Legendary SikTh is due for release on June 2nd, set to be one of the most exceptional album’s of 2017 and most certainly could not come a moment sooner for all SikTh fans.  Consisting of Mikee W Goodman – Vocals, Dan Weller – Guitar, Dan Foord – Drums, James Leach – Bass, Pin – Guitar and Joe Rosser – Vocals. A return from the hero’s of Metal known for revolutionising the genre and providing inspiration for many other subsequent band’s such as ‘Protest The Hero’ and ‘TesseracT’, braking into uncharted musical territory and creating their own unique sound eventually leading to the birth of djent metal.  Due for release on the 2nd June on Millennium Night a newly hatched label from Snapper Music British pioneers SikTh have shaped heavy music over the years and are assuredly ready to release their first full length studio album since 2006’s ‘Death Of A Dead Day’.  Guitarist and Producer Dan Weller states “Ever since SikTh was formed way back at the turn of the century we’ve tried to self improve as musicians and as song writers. We take our music very seriously. This record feels like the one we’ve always wanted to make. We spent over a year writing it and pushed ourselves extremely hard – sometimes too hard. Opacities was the rebirth of SikTh but ‘The Future…’ is our statement – I want this album to define us. I don’t care how over ambitious it sounds – we want this record to be heard by every metal fan on the planet.”  SikTh Vocalist and Lyricist Mikee Goodman also added “Personally I feel this is our best album yet. From my point I have written all vocals and lyrics. I have taken myself to some very dark places, commentated on this world as I see it. Also swimming into fictional worlds and dreamscapes. There are some beautiful moments. The band have made incredible music, brutal, technically warped mixed with some psychedelic moments. I think we’ve done something special here.”

Photo taken from the SikTh Facebook Page

With renowned Monkey Puzzle House Studios controlling the guitars and drums along with Adam “Nolly”Getgood (Periphery) covering the mixing all vocals recorded for this approaching album were recorded at Mikee’s personal studio alongside Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith’s R&R Studios. It is the first release featuring new co-vocalist and former member of Aliases Joe Rosser.  With high praise bestowed from Mikee he stated “Joe has done a great job singing on this album . He has a lot of scope to his voice, he’s very versatile indeed, we were really pleased how he sang the lines in”. ‘The Future In Whose Eyes’ also excitingly features the first ever guest vocalist on a SikTh album – Spencer Sotelo singer in Periphery who joins Mikee on the track ‘Cracks Of Light’.  This happy partnership was forged in late 2016 after being invited to join Periphery’s US Tour.  “They’re really nice people, everyone on that US tour felt it was the best one they’d been on,” smiles Mikee, it was over those weeks that a plan was hatched “We actually got him down to R&R Studios in Uxbridge where we made the album. I really like Periphery and especially love Spencer’s voice, he’s not your usual djent singer, and he’s very much a spiritual man. He knows his and mind well and so we nailed the song really quickly”.

Photo taken from the SikTh Facebook Page

Adding to the excitement ahead of the album release SikTh have premiered a new song ‘Vivid’ the second track on ‘The Future In Whose Eyes?” to which Mikee explains the depth behind the song – “Lyrically it is inspired by traumatic dreaming. The verses talk from perspective of being in the actual dream, where the chorus’ are in despair from an awoken perspective. The song itself has a lot of elements of both tradition and new SikTh.”  This special album can be purchased in many different formats to include:
Deluxe 12” hard book featuring:
⦁ 44 page artwork book, with additional, exclusive artwork from Meats Meier, handwritten lyrics from Mikee Goodman
⦁ CD The Future In Whose Eyes? 12 original album tracks
⦁ CD The Future In Whose Eyes? 5 re-imagined albums tracks by Dan Weller – “Ride The Illusion”, “Golden Cufflinks”, “Cracks Of Light”, “Century Of The Narcissist” & “Vivid”
⦁ CD The Future In Whose Eyes? 12 instrumental version of the album tracks
⦁ 10 copies of the deluxe edition, randomly picked, will contain a song lyric sheet handwritten & signed by Mikee W Goodman
CD featuring:
⦁ The Future In Whose Eyes? 12 original album tracks
Gatefold 180g heavy weight LP featuring:
⦁ The Future In Whose Eyes? 12 original album tracks on black vinyl (with MP3 download code)
⦁ Also available as Limited Edition Purple Splatter vinyl and Orange Splatter vinyl (with MP3 download code)
Digital download featuring:
⦁ The Future In Whose Eyes? 12 original album tracks with the tracks “Vivid” and “No Wishbones” available as instant downloads with pre-orders
For a chance to see this wonderfully unique and talented band there will be several UK Tour dates listed below.  Most incontestably not to be missed!
SikTh Live
SikTh have just been confirmed to return to the main stage at this years Download Festival on Saturday 10th June.
07/06/17 – UK, Bournemouth, Sound Circus
10/06/17 – UK, Donington, Download festival (Main Stage)
9-12/08/17 – CZ – Brutal Assault Festival
17-19/08/17 – UK – Bristol, Arctangent Festival

Photo taken from the SikTh Facebook Page

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Rock Industry by Leeann Dare - 9M ago

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Exciting times in store for English metal band Partisan with the release of their new single ‘Ashes’ due out on the 7th April.  Formed in Manchester, Lancashire during early 2013 the band want nothing more than to imbue authentic rock into the limelight, re-invigorating the genre and taking the music scene by storm with daring, gritty and tenacious rock anthems.  Consisting of founding member and also lead vocals and guitar Stuart Armstrong, Don Albon on bass and newest member Leo Stanfield on drums the band currently have an EP released and most recent single ‘Juggernaut’ making their new single highly anticipated.  In high demand Partisan have a string of releases and gigs planned as well as planning a return to the US after an outstanding response due to playing piano’s in New York as well as LA’s Whiskyagogo in late 2016.

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When listening to ‘Ashes’ I was immediately drawn in by the hypnotic vocals, melodic riffs and intense rock and indie sound.  Instantaneously catchy the fresh and addictive lyrics alongside the instrumentals are superb and kept me gripped for the duration of the song to include great guitar solo’s towards the end. Certainly a band deserving of attention within the music scene and with UK tour dates lined up Partisan will without doubt be the group to see this year as not only do these boy’s have a unique sound but also a great stage presence.  Kicking off in March and set to finish in August it is positively a gig not to be missed.  Take a look at the tour dates listed below for a chance to see this excellent band…..
10th Mar The Underground, Bradford
30th Mar The Castle, Manchester
31st Mar Dublin Castle, Camden
6th May West Street Live, Sheffield
26th May Big Barn Rally, Stockport
23rd June Factory 251, Manchester
14th July Zanzibar, Liverpool
11th Aug Support Syrian Refugees, Old Fire Station, Carlisle

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I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend this year’s Holifest which in my opinion was the best to date.  With an assortment of DJs, entertainment, refreshment, dancers, fun and of course paint there was an endless amount of fun to be had.  The atmosphere was superb and with an exceptionally large crowd the feeling of excitement was tangible as everybody there came to enjoy this year’s Holifest.  One of the most popular festivals in India celebrated to signify the beginning of spring and the victory of good over evil and marking the beginning of the New Year, widely celebrated by all faiths around the world this famous tradition has strong ties to Hinduism.  Traditionally people take to the streets covering each other in powdered paint and coloured water in celebrations that see communities coming together.  The story behind this being the majority of people believed that the water battle comes from Lord Krishna who was a rather mischievous boy who would throw coloured water, now transcending into modern day and all cultures celebrating this amazing Indian Hindu tradition in exciting revolutional ways.

Photo taken from the Holi Festival of Colours Facebook page

With more than 12,000 Holi goers taking part in this spectacular event on the 2nd August at Wembley Park coming from across London the crowd came to see acts such as DJ Tim Cullen and Ben Wood produce amazing sounds to which bags of colour would be thrown into the air every hour on the hour.  It is an imperative rule at Holifest that paint provided by Holi only is permitted.  This is because Holi powder is made of rice flour, which has been optimized with natural ingredients to use outdoors. The colour powder is completely biodegradable, compostable, non-toxic and allergy-free, also with no harmful ingredients the powder is also compatible for the skin and hair.  I found that Wembley Park was a great venue to Host this year’s Holifest as the layout was well organised, exceptionally large and perfectly staffed. With a token credit card system provided topping it up and purchasing drinks was easy and quick as was purchasing other food and refreshments using cash.  The sound was clear and could be heard from a fair distance back from the main stage.  As with any event the attending crown will determine whether it is successful and the crowd this year did not disappoint as everyone there was there to enjoy a hot day of good music, friends, colour and a sense of community.
I have experienced many great events over the summer, Holifest London was without a doubt one of the most memorable and fun.  If Holifest 2017 is not already firmly in your diary I strongly recommend that you add it as it most certainly one of my favourite events of the summer.

Photo taken from the Holi Festival of Colours Facebook page

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Rock Industry by Leeann Dare - 9M ago
An exciting summer was had this year which included a visit to Ibiza I decided to fit in and review the super clubs and must see venues Ibiza has to offer, in short must do’s if you have the opportunity to visit this amazing place.  With a combination of sun, sea, great club atmosphere’s and world famous DJs it is clear to see why this is definitely a holiday hotspot.  Here is a list of the best places and acts I had a chance to be a part of in Ibiza this year and some of the clubs I recommend visiting…………….
Pacha

Photo taken from Pacha Facebook page

Certainly one of the largest clubs Ibiza has to offer it was one of the most memorable, well organised and magnificent evening’s of the holiday.  With outstanding sound systems delivering a clear and powerful listening experience in any location within the club and some of the most visually amazing lighting it makes Pacha one of the best rave venue’s the island has to offer. Pacha plays host to some of the biggest names in the music scene and I was fortunate to go on the night of Solomun with plus one Anna.  Solomun is known for redefining House Music across Europe. Enhancing this genre with a modern and intense twist demonstrated by mind blowing DJ sets and productions means Solomun most certainly knows how to put on a spectacularly exciting evening with a fast paced vibe that never falters. With a raw emotion and passion for music he delivers outstanding set’s including famous boiler room set which has around eight million views and the fasted growing Boiler room video to date.  All in all if you are visiting Ibiza Pacha is a must and if possible DJ Solomun as his set is one not to be missed…….

Photo taken from Pacha Facebook page

Privilege

Photo taken from Privilege Facebook page

The only way to introduce this venue is by first stating that with a capacity of 10,000 people  Privilege is the largest night club in the entire world!  Beginning in the early 1970s starting out as a restaurant before expanding to include a bar and swimming pool it was known as Club San Rafael. After being sold in 1979 changed it’s name to Ku before becoming Privilege in 1995.  Mentioned in film ‘Kevin and Perry go large’ and previous host to famous event ‘Manumission’ Privilege is without a doubt one of the most awe inspiring and well laid out venues in Ibiza. The sound was impeccable with deep base heard from every inch of the venue making it feel as though you were still at the front of the stage even if listening from far back.  The lights and lasers used there were most certainly the best and delivered lighting that emphasized the splendid layout and out of this world sounds, all working hand in hand to produce the best rave possible.  I was fortunate enough to be visiting Ibiza on the dates allowing me to attend the ‘Paint Party’ held at this one of a kind venue. This unique concept by ‘Midnight’ held on Tuesday night’s at Privilege brings a combination the most must see DJs in the music scene, an abundance of colour and one of the best party atmosphere’s you are likely to experience.  With six paint cannons catapulting eight hundred litres of paint into the dancing crowd not to mention the bottles of squeezable paint that could be purchased by party goers on site there is not a more colourful evening to be had. Along with animation and special effects this visually and musically stimulating event is one of the most exciting and different club night’s to attend in Ibiza and a must to add to the diary.

Photo taken from Privilege Facebook page

Space

Photo taken from Space Facebook page

Space is by far one of the best club’s in Ibiza when it comes to size, sound systems, lighting, events and atmosphere.  Although Space opened in 1986 it did not take it’s true form until being taken over by Pepe Rosello in 1989 who began introducing top DJ’s to it’s stage to include the likes of Jose de Divina, Reche and Carl Cox who maintained a residency for almost fifteen years.  However with Rosello stepping down Carl Cox has had a final closing show at Space in September 2016 ending his residency at this unique super club.  The amazing sound and lighting systems used by Space went together perfectly with the exceptional entertainment making the evening flawless. I went to the Elrow event held at Space and with regards to entertainment this was the most fun and out there performance I have ever experienced at a rave particularly one of this magnitude.  Consisting of Inflatables, confetti and fun the actors there are inclusive of the crowd and make you feel as though you are a part of the show.  Never a dull moment there were trapeze type performers putting on amazing acts above the crowd, things such as hats being given away and a continuous burst of colour for the entirety of the event.   Elrow at Space was the most surreal, unique and crazy event I was able to attend while visiting Ibiza and certainly the most memorable. With DJs such as Groove Armada, Eats Everything and Kolsch plus many more playing the Space stage’s it is always a night of nonstop colour, fun, entertainment and good music.

Photo taken from Space Facebook page

Ocean Beach

Photo taken from Ocean Beach Facebook page

Probably my favourite day and night time venue in Ibiza.  With a mix of sophistication, good drinks, excellent food, entertainment and atmosphere Ocean Beach is certainly up there with the best. With all entertainment and features set around a 600m2 swimming pool it leaves nothing to be desired. With a choice of Fusion Cuisine ranging from light bites or full lunches which can be served al fresco to one of the many beds by the pool, invigorating massage from one of the fully qualified Ocean Beach Therapists or one of the specialist cocktails created by absolute or one of the other amazing bars, Ocean Beach has all the ingredients needed to make a superb establishment.  With both local and international artists gracing the Ocean Beach stage to wondrous trapeze acts interacting with the crowd and throwing out prizes ranging from CDs, T-shirts, Tops and other merchandise the time there is visually and musically inspiring and entertaining.  The VIP is most certainly to be desired with the venue providing the ultimate beach club experience to include a personal waiter service and other special perks.  For a day and evening combining good music, food and vibe Ocean Beach is a must see when visiting Ibiza………

Photo taken from Ocean Beach Facebook page

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With a very intimate acoustic like setting Mishkin Fitzgerald best known for role as lead singer and pianist in British Orchestral Punk Rock band Birdeatsbaby in her own solo act was an amazing show.  Hosted by Veg bar Brixton it was the perfect setting for this EP launch and musical showcase.  Headlined by a couple of other warm up acts within the same acoustic setting in the forms of Keith Pemberton and Anna Rest Easy a scene and mood was set for Fitzgerald as the crowd was highly anticipating her arrival especially as known to have a wonderful voice and her solo acts a massive variation in musical genre from Birdeatsbaby.  Influenced by artists such as Nick Cave and Patti Smith along with classical piano music Mishkin has a very distinctive sound making her memorable, likeable and exceptionally talented.

Photo taken from the Mishkin Fitzgerald Facebook page

 The lighting and sound was perfect for the intimate setting to which drinks and even food from the restaurant were served to the guests where they were seated so no large disturbances were caused to the set.  Her voice along with expertly played piano could be heard throughout the music and gig area downstairs in the venue and everyone seemed captivated by Mishkin’s show and performance.  Opening the set with Hanging Tree and moving on to Poison Throat gave a sense of suspense and intrigue with clear excitement as to what the next song would be.  With a couple of cover songs played the tempo of the performance kept a regular pace keeping the audience hooked on every song.  I particularly enjoyed ‘Help Yourself’ (Devil makes three cover) as it was witty, funny and brought alive by Mishkin’s shining personality.  I thoroughly enjoyed Mishkin’s set from beginning to end as her vocal ability alongside her sheer instrumental talent makes her performances unique and entertaining.  Promoting ‘Seraphim’ new five track EP is a CD only release taster of the full feature length album arriving in May 2017 which will consist of thirteen tracks.  If you are unable to wait for this it has currently been fully released via Mishkin’s band’s crowd-funding Patreon page which is raising $800 per “thing” and consistently climbing.  If you don’t already own ‘Seraphim’ it is a must have in my opinion, for a mellow, deep and moving sound Mishkin Fitzgerald is perfect to listen to in any situation and I await any new material from this amazing artist.

Photo taken from the Mishkin Fitzgerald Facebook page

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Photo taken from Holi Festival Of Colours Facebook Page

The time is almost here for one of the best events of the summer, none other than Holi Festival Of Colours. Taking place in London Wembley Park on Saturday 13th August. With a new and exciting venue a unique and exceptional feel to this annual occurrence will be enhanced as there will be an abundance of room to fit the large crowd anticipated.  The idea was conceived after creator Jasper Hellmann’s visit to North-Indian Delhi back in 2011 where the Holi Festival takes place on the day of the full moon of the Phaluga month and is one of the most famous Hindu celebrations for the victory of the good over the bad and the beginning of the spring.  This allowed him the opportunity to experience a real holy celebration and bring the experience back to Europe with support from Max Riedel and Maxim Derenko. The first Holi Festival was held in Berlin yielding great success. With Festivals taking place all over the world from Sweden to Kenya the Holi Festival of Colours in London looks set to be the best yet.

Photo taken from Holi Festival Of Colours Facebook Page

With a string of top DJs to keep that party feeling going, an infectiously happy atmosphere and crowd as well as all necessary conveniences this is unquestionably the place to be. Bags of colour are purchased upon arrival and it is essential that certified bags of colour only are purchased from the festival as other products may be harmful to the environment or the health of all party goers.  Holi Festival will  kick off at twelve however from three pm there is a countdown every hour on the hour in which the powder is to be thrown into the air with the last count down being at Nine Fifty pm. With no dress code so to speak it is however best to wear white as this highlights the effects of the paints and increases the visibility. With this celebration of  freedom encouraging people to paint themselves with a multitude of different colours as well as throwing it into the air it is done in thought that on that day all castes of the Indian Caste-system are out of action meaning on that day all people are considered as equal.  For a day consisting of fun, friends,  music, food and drinks then this blissful day can only be positively enhanced by the  added paint factor.   If Holi Festival is not already firmly placed in your diary then I would definitely recommend acquiring a ticket (see below for link to tickets still available) as this is not one to be missed………..

Photo taken from Holi Festival Of Colours Facebook Page

Get your ticket here http://www.holifestival.com/uk/en/cities-and-tickets

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The countdown has begun to my favourite festival of the year, none other than one of a kind Bestival held in the Isle of White.  Bestival has certainly stood apart for me from other festivals over the years with consistency in having an awesome and unique line up, excellent atmosphere and entertainment, a vast array of refreshment and food to choose from over the weekend and different and fun stage/venue themes.  This year it seems Bestival will surpass itself with even more to see and do, including  acts on The Spaceport stage – A brand new stage featuring a large Rocket towering more than 20 metres high at it’s centre and a unique step in the advancement of vision and sound.  The Spaceport features a state of the art db audio array processing sound system and topped off with laser loaded lighting design from Lite -Alt Designs.  The Spaceport will be accompanied by many other amazing stages and venues over the weekend such as The Main stage, The Big Top, The Bollywood Tent, Invaders of the Future, Temple Island, The Amphitheatre and the Bestival Inflatable Church to name but a few.

This year I am particularly looking forward to seeing:

The World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle –   Surely the most fun to have been had at a festival before and standing at an impressive 12.8 Metres tall and filled with 1143 cubic metres of air and able to comfortably accommodate 100 festival goers at a time this massive Bouncy Castle taller than the Great Wall of China and three times the size of the Berlin Wall could see Bestival Festival heading for the Record books once again.  Reiterating the fact that Bestival is one of a kind and its not all about the music this is going to be one of the most fun things to do at the festival in my opinion.

Hot Tubs –  (Bathing under the sky) with sessions lasting up to two hours and a choice between VIP Hot Tub Bus or Standard Ticket which each include Luxury wood-fired hot tubs for up to six people, Dry Finnish Sauna with cold shower and hot showers with new shower trailers with extra showers for 2016.  I for one find this so appealing as when in camping conditions a little luxury is always welcome.

Photo taken from the Bestival Facebook page

New Craft House – Returning for another year at Bestival Rosie and Hannah began the New Craft House three years ago and have been inspired by all things craft ever since.  Working mainly from their London studio alongside running workshops these girls have been very creative indeed and return to Bestival with their tie-dye workshops allowing festival goers to spend some time in the sun with the best views of the festival plus a bag/t-shirt etc to walk away with after personally decorating your item.

Circus Raj –  Consisting of a diverse and talented group of Rajasthan’s circus performers entertaining by combining their skills with musical support from famous Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band  performing acts of bravery and courage held dear over the centuries from the time of the Maharajas.  Expect to see a cast of illusionists, acrobats, aerialists, dancers and rope walkers using this old and magical circus regime to give a fast paced out of this world show with Drama, surprise and music.  I have not seen a show like this one at a festival before so will definitely make sure I do not miss the opportunity to see this awe inspiring act before they return to India.

Revolution Rides –  I am so excited to find this as I did not come across it last year so will most certainly be first in line to seek it out the secret club held in a blackbox room at the top of Slow Motion Hill! Revolution Rides is a ‘never been done before’ concept created especially for Bestival by Olympic sports coach Tim Weeks taking festival goers on a new inventive musical journey on bikes with a mix of music and exercise,  definitely time to go for a ride!

On top of the outstanding entertainment provided by Bestival over the weekend it is indeed a Music festival to which the line up is also equally enticing with the likes of Carl Cox, Diplo and Fatboy Slim bringing their exceptional sounds to the Spaceport Stage.  Music acts I am also not going to miss that weekend will include The Cure, Years and Years, Moose Blood, Milk Teeth, Pretty Vicious, The Wytches, PUP, Damian Marley and DJ Shy FX.  I love the fact that Bestival always has a diverse and exceptional line up with musical genre’s to include Prog Rock/Grunge, Indie, Punk and Dance etc making sure that whatever music you most appreciate there is never a dull moment and indeed something for everyone.

Photo taken from the Bestival Facebook page

The named areas to look out for are Ambient Forest, Slow Motion,  Magic Meadow, Bollywood Field, Stardust Field, The Spaceport, Temple Island and Grassy Hill where you will be sure to find anything from Love-Bot, Mr Motivator, Morning Gloryfield, Sunday Night Spectacular, Night Parades, Day Parades and many other things.  Bestival had one of the best Festival atmospheres I have had the pleasure of experiencing first hand.  Everyone was exceptionally friendly with a tangible feeling of excitement and joy throughout the entirety of the weekend.  All Staff was also extremely friendly and efficient ensuring the Festival was very well organised, safe and accommodating for all.  If you happen to have little ones then never fear as Bestival has one of the most child friendly environment’s available in the form of The Bestival Kids Field run by the Big Top Mania Team with a full on play experience loaded with activities, entertainment, Crafts and Theatre shows.  Play time to include anything from an under 5s play area to crazy inflatable’s, Giant Bubbles or trying the trapeze.  If your little one is not up to play time then there are plenty of entertaining shows such as Bigtopmania Family Circus Show or Big Bears Balloon Disco to keep them happy over the course of the weekend.

Bestival Festival is my opinion the best festival of the year and firmly in my calendar!
With a whole weekend of fun on its way if you do not already have a ticket then it is most certainly time to look into all of the ticket options available:
BESTIVAL TICKET LINKS & INFORMATION:
www.ticketline.co.uk/bestival-tickets   0844 888 4410
Adult Ticket (entry from Thursday or Friday) – £190

Adult Premium ‘Wild Copse’ Camping Ticket – £299 (more info)

Student Ticket (entry from Thursday or Friday) – £180
(For full-time students only. Valid NUS or ISIC ID required at the box office. No other student ID accepted)
Teen (age 13-17) Ticket – £120
Teen (age 13-17) Premium ‘Wild Copse’ Camping Ticket – £149.50 (more info)
Child (age 12 & under) Ticket – Free (but you must obtain a ticket)
Child (age 12 & under) Premium ‘Wild Copse’ Camping Ticket – Free (more info)

VIP Ticket (Standard Camping) – £295

VIP Ticket (Wild Copse Camping) – £390

Campervan Tickets – £90 (per vehicle) (more info)

Caravan / Trailer Tent Ticket – £100 (One car only per caravan/trailer tent, no exceptions – more info)

Advance Car Parking – £15

With less than a month to go until the best UK festival Bestival have teamed up with STA Travel the world’s largest youth travel company that has been spreading love, peace and adventure since 1979 to bring you the competition to die for with the chance to win flights, VW Camper or first class train to Bestival.
Fly to Bestival
You and three friends could be in with a chance of flying to Bestival in a private aeroplane! Is there a more stylish way to travel? Boarding the Britten-Norman Ltd aircraft from your local airfield, you will fly over to the Isle of Wight landing in Bembridge Airport where a chauffeur will be waiting to whisk you to Robin Hill, home of Bestival. While onsite you will stay in the STA Travel Hostel experiencing the luxury of crawling into a real bed after a long night partying. Expect bacon sarnies for morning fuel and yoga sessions to stretch out your dancing feet. At the end of the weekend, you will be flown back home in time for dinner.
First Class Train to Bestival
First class train travel from your nearest train station for you and three pals to the ferry port where you will board and float across the Solent over to the great Isle. You will then be collected and driven to the Bestival doors. Accommodation is also included in the STA Travel Hostel, no need to bring a tent!
Road Trip to Bestival
How about an unforgettable road trip? Get to Bestival like a true bohemian, spreading the peace and love in a VW Campervan. One lucky winner will win one of these classic campers for the weekend with room for three friends. The van will be dropped off at your front door ready for you to load up with all your festival essentials. Car ferry, Bestival tickets plus a Campervan pass are all included.
So for the chance to win follow the link below and do not miss out on a chance at one of these amazing prizes!

http://www.statravel.co.uk/bestival-competition.htm

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Rock Industry by Leeann Dare - 9M ago

In a bid to find what is exciting in London I have decided to visit different venues in an attempt to find the best atmosphere and music the city has to offer at the moment.  From Ministry of Sound to the Camden Underworld or Whirl Y Gig I am looking into venues and events new and old and exploring everything diverse and unique bringing the fun back to London nightlife.  It is no secret that going out can sometimes become monotonous with repetitive and similar  pubs and clubs and a continuous pull and strive to find something slightly different.  I will also give a list of up and coming events this year that should most certainly be added to the diary so read on to find out the best events I have found so far recently and the best still to come……………

Ministry Of Sound London

Photo taken from the Ministry Of Sound Facebook page

As it had been many years since my last visit to Ministry Of Sound I was very excited to see what changes had been made to the venue after the refurbishment a few years back.  First opening in September 1991 party goers are still heading to Ministry in full force decades later.  Set to head to The Gallery featuring Neelix German artist known for delving into the deep, dark and unknown side of trance incorporating hard bass lines and intense ‘psy’ riffs with elements of Progressive House and Electro creating an atmosphere out of this world.   With Neelix and the other resident DJs set to take Ministry by storm that night it was bound to be a good evening. I absolutely loved the layout in Ministry with a tunnel leading through to the main room and other rooms also easily accessed with an upstairs dance room, a balcony overlooking another dance area and also a guest/Vip area overlooking the main dance floor.  Ministry is such a large venue that it is can be concerning as to the type of crowd that such an event will draw in however everybody there  was all in the same mind set and very much there to enjoy the music, every room had the same contagious vibe that made you want to dance and an outstanding atmosphere where all in attendance were there to have a good time and by far one of the best crowds I have been amongst.

Of all the venues I have recently visited I found Ministry Of Sound to be by far the most impressive when it came to lasers, lights and sound.  The main room lasers were most certainly something to remember and talk about.  Both Visually amazing and memorable I feel that such outstanding lighting enhanced the effects of the music, gave Ministry the wow factor and intensified the party experience to the ultimate.  With Neelix and the other DJs music played from some of the best sound systems in London not a beat could be missed and the sound was outstandingly clear, loud and perfectly timed with the exceptional lighting.  My expectations for Ministry of Sound were exceptionally high and I must say that these were most certainly met and exceeded,  I had the most amazing evening with an great crowd of people, infectious atmosphere, magnificent music and phenomenal lights.  When it comes to London nightlife Ministry of Sound is at the top of the list for places to go with great sounds, lights and vibes.  I await the next large event to be held at Ministry of Sound and definitely hope to be in attendance!

Photo taken from the Ministry Of Sound Facebook page

Whirl. Y. Gig

Photo taken from the Whirl Y Gig Facebook page

Having been twelve years since the last time I have been to a Whirl Y Gig event I highly anticipated visiting the very best in London’s alternative club scene again.  Held at the Camden Centre St Pancreas and rather easy to find Whirl Y Gig is back at its original location after a few years held in London Bridge. Once arriving I knew this was going to be a great evening with caring, dedicated staff and happy party goers it appeared to me everyone here was more like a family who were exceptionally welcoming to everybody attending.  Whirl Y Gig make a point to put things in place which makes it both unique and fun, there is a refreshments stall selling all kinds of hot and cold food and drinks (as well as the bar), stalls selling merchandise to include everything from glow sticks to bracelets, a message stand where personal messages could be written on paper, a chill out area complete with beds and at Three Thirty everyone must sit on the floor as the parachute comes over and enhances the outstanding lights and lasers the club has while chilled out music plays.  Another element that makes Whirly uncommon is the wonderful diversity in the age range of people attending which could be anything from Eighteen to Eighty emphasizing the fact that this is indeed a family and all are welcome showing why Whirl Y Gig will be celebrating their 35th anniversary in July.
 The sound was incredible with cutting bass reverberating throughout the venue and a large diversity in music genre which included everything from hard trance to electro and DnB plus many more from the DJ. When it comes to atmosphere Whirly could not be faulted in anyway whatsoever, the crowd were all exceptionally friendly as were the staff and made the event feel amazing with fun and tangible welcoming vibes.   The lights and lasers there were definitely some of the best effecting the music and intensifying the entire experience.  If you decide to attend Whirl Y Gig the 35th Anniversary event due to take place on 30th July 2016 is most certainly a date for the calendar as well as the festival  Whirl Y Fayre 19th – 21st August held in Avalon Somerset which has been voted the best family festival 2016 by the readers of Green Parent Magazine.  Whirl Y Gig has been in existence since the 1980s and for very good reason, for a fun filled, amazing night with great music and people it is without a doubt the place to go in London.

Photo taken from the Whirl Y Gig Facebook page

XOYO

Photo taken from the XOYO Facebook page

XOYO is one of those amazing venues that I had continuously desired to visit so could not pass the opportunity to see Tiga + Octave One and Martin Buttrich due to grace XOYO with their outstanding beats and captivating sounds.  Resident DJ Tiga behind some of the most monumental dance songs such as ‘Bugatti’ and ‘Let’s Go Dancing’ is known for continuously delivering passion and pure talent  with every show keeping party goers on their feet and keen not to miss a minute of his epic set.  With an extra special live set Brothers Lenny and Lawrence all the way from Detroit better known as Octave One were on full form with the best Techno you could hope to hear.  Anticipated set from US Martin Buttrich was also to be expected that night, with Martin known for having an exceptionally diverse back catalogue where electronic music is concerned and a string of releases such as Rhythm Assault and Planet E this Grammy nominated legend was absolutely one to see.  Known for housing some of the best DJs on the music scene, outstanding sound throughout and exceptional lights I could not have chosen a better event to attend and review at this awesome club.
Upon entering XOYO I was immediately impressed.  The layout seemed unique with stairs leading down to the main rave room which was massive and after a while exploring the venue the other room came apparent to me which was equally as large.    The atmosphere was contagious and it was clear that everybody was having a great time, this to include those who were regularly frequenting the venue to those who were visiting for the first time.  I find that some venues can attract a certain type of crowd that is less than desirable, this however could not be said for XOYO as I consistently found that party goers there were exceptionally friendly, sociable and there to enjoy the amazing DJs playing.  All in all it was a rather enjoyable evening with good music, atmosphere and exciting venue.  I will most certainly be regularly checking the XOYO events page to see what else will be happening in the future……

Photo taken from the XOYO Facebook page

Buttoned Down Disco (KOKO)

Photo taken from the Buttoned Down Disco Facebook Page

KOKO is certainly one of those amazing venue’s that you go to time and time again, either for gigs and live performances or for dance and party events such as Buttoned Down Disco which is held on the first Saturday of every month at this awesome setting.  Formally Camden Palace KOKO has the luxury of being an exceptionally large venue with many different floors.  Upon entering you can overlook the main dancefloor area on a balcony that spans around but also has stairs leading up to other parts of the venue with seating and smoking areas etc.  KOKO is certainly perfect to play host for an event such as Buttoned Down Disco as the sound quality is always amazing and a very fun loving crowd is usually attracted.  This event was captivating to me as it seemed rather out of the ordinary, giant balloons, face painting and a wide range of music genre’s all to be expected making this event unique and fun in a great environment.  Parties have been in effect in London for over thirteen years , with Buttoned Down Disco’s residency now held at KOKO but previously hosted by over 40 different London venues, and festivals such as Reading, Glastonbury and Latitude.  I also liked the fact that this event was by invite and everybody has the chance to email and receive an invite however tickets could also be purchased on the door if you are running slightly late for the free invite ticket.
The music ranged from Nirvana to Taylor Swift as a vast array of Indie, Punk, Electro, Disco and Pop music kept the atmosphere there at an all time high.  Mixed by Resident DJ Christian Laing who is driven by a passion for music and playing the songs that he loves music such as Psychedelic Garage Rock, Bubblegum, Ska and Dub Step are just some of the music gene’s you can also expect to hear.  Combining entertainers on stage with bubbles, smiley faces etc on big screens, face painting, balloons and great music this event is surely one to catch.  For an all round evening of fun, music and great atmosphere Buttoned Down Disco at KOKO is definitely on the list for fun things to do in London.

Photo taken from the Buttoned Down Disco website

The Camden Underworld

Photo taken from The Underworld Facebook page

Iconic well known London Underworld Camden was categorically on my list for places to visit.  known for hosting some of the best names in music, great sound, lighting and favorable crowd The Underworld have an unshakeable reputation for delivering the best when it comes to entertainment and a good evening out.  The layout of the Underworld is brilliant as there is a bar to the far left raised side of the stage, lots of raised upper floor space for optimal viewing with stairs leading down to a graciously sized dance floor next to the stage. I was there for none other than four piece London Progressive Metal band Deadly Circus Fire.  With outstanding instrumentals combined with Adam’s unique voice the energy in the room was colossal as this band played The Underworld stage.  All in all it was a good evening with a good band, atmosphere and venue.

Photo taken from The Underworld Facebook page

Up and coming………
The good times are far from over with many great events still to come. Having a look at some of the up and coming gigs and festivals these are just a few this year that I feel should not be missed.
ACDC – 4th June 2016 – The Stadium Queen Elizabeth Olimpic Park
Coldplay – 15th/16th/18th/19th June – London Wembley Stadium
Cypress Hill – 19th June – London 02 Brixton Acadamy
Download Festival – 10th – 12th June
Bestival Festival – 8th – 11th September

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Rock Industry by Leeann Dare - 9M ago

Photo taken from Deadly Circus Fire Facebook Page

The London Camden Underworld recently played host to outstanding Deadly Circus Fire who put on an undeniably magnificent  performance at this superb and exceptionally popular music  venue.  This four piece progressive metal band from London came together in 2009, consisting of Paul Igoe on Drums, Save Addario on guitar, Mike Enort on Bass and Adam Grant in charge of vocals.  2010 saw the release of self-titled EP ‘Deadly Circus Fire’ which was received with upmost enthusiasm and tangible  recognition by both fans and critics alike who heard the potential and talent infused into this group. Playing both Bloodstock and Hammerfest festivals in 2011 emphasized the substantial musical ability Deadly Circus Fire have to offer.  Debut album ‘The King and the Bishop’ was soon to follow in 2013 cementing the fact that these boys had a unique and catchy sound and stage presence and were most certainly in demand leading to  European tour with none other than Benji’s Skindred. Fans could not get enough of the band and Metal Hammer Magazine quoted for saying “Deadly Circus Fire are one of the best bands in Prog Metal right now”  The group then released their second Studio Album to date ‘The Hydra’s Tailor’ in 2015.  The reputation behind this band most definitely fuelled my excitement for the May performance at The Underworld Camden as anticipation to see them live was building.

Photo taken from Deadly Circus Fire Facebook Page

I love the layout of The Underworld Camden as there is a good sized dance floor next to the stage and also a raised area making viewing easy as these boys came on with full force, the sound was perfect and Adam’s voice could be heard clearly over the expert instrumentals.  The energy in the room was enormous and everybody was enjoying song after song, crowd participation was a large aspect involved throughout the performance with fans saying parts and at some points a pit and even circle pit was formed.   “Deadly Circus Fire” did not disappoint when it came to talent and professionalism giving a top performance demonstrating their skill, passion and  commitment to the band and musical creation.  The atmosphere was tremendous and it was apparent that everyone else was also having an excellent time with the energy of the band intoxicating the audience, an all in all top performance from Deadly Circus Fire.  After a show like that I will be keeping up to date with new releases and shows from this most superb band.

Photo taken from Deadly Circus Fire Facebook Page

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