Archive | September, 2011

Rihanna – ‘Cheers’ (Drink To That)

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Rihanna – ‘Cheers’ (Drink To That)

Posted on 30 September 2011 by Mizzle

Two Door Cinema Club – ‘Undercover Martyn’

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Two Door Cinema Club – ‘Undercover Martyn’

Posted on 29 September 2011 by Mizzle

J. Cole ft. Trey Songz – ‘Can’t Get Enough’

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J. Cole ft. Trey Songz – ‘Can’t Get Enough’

Posted on 27 September 2011 by Mizzle

Professor Green – ‘Read All About It’ (feat. Emeli Sande)

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Professor Green – ‘Read All About It’ (feat. Emeli Sande)

Posted on 22 September 2011 by Mizzle

Evanescence – ‘What You Want’

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Evanescence – ‘What You Want’

Posted on 17 September 2011 by Mizzle

Evanescence is back with a new Single ‘What You Want’. There Self Titles album is due out 11th October and they are delighting the UK with a tour later this year (November) and sold out on some of those dates. For all you fans who loves the ‘Bring me to life‘ colaboration with Paul McCoy from 12 Stones or the powerful piano rock balled ‘My Immortal‘ both released in 2003 from there album Fallen.

Is this a little too late? Let us know your thoughts. .

V Festival Sunday Shenanigans

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V Festival Sunday Shenanigans

Posted on 15 September 2011 by Mizzle

V Fest is a new experience for the senses, and festivals are certainly for the open-minded.

This, my first ever festival, was fantastic on every level!  Okay, loos are the exception but armed with VIP area passes my companion, Ava, and I managed pretty well.  It is deliciously noisy, food stalls everywhere serving almost everything, and plenty of it.  Expensive fast food, but soul food nevertheless.  Michelin it isn’t, but who wants that at a festival?

VIP passes for me are a must.  Cash bar, cocktails, sparkling wine, cosy cushions and no litter, a little bit of tranquility amongst the masses.  Having said that we did enjoy watching a bit of karaoke in the covered bar, whilst sitting comfortably on squashy sofas.  We spent much time in this area, just chilling out and chatting to people.

The music at V is fantastic, and includes four stages and a Glee comedy tent.  We spent Sunday morning packing up and carting it all to our car, a mile away.  Twice.  Lesson number one, pack light!

We watched some of our first gig of the day from our car park; Kassidy were first of the day on the 4Music Stage, and armed with a free beer from a generous fellow festival goer, we enjoyed the chillout whilst recharging our phones.

Next up, we watched a couple of numbers by Bruno Mars on the Virgin Media Stage, whilst mooching about for something to eat.  Good performance.

We actually spent some time in the Glee Tent which proved to be an entertaining escape from the hubbub, being thoroughly entertained by a Hypnotist and his ‘victims’.  Some of which were clearly not under his spell, but it all added to the escapism of the weekend.

The highlights of my day were Plan B and Olly Murs.  The latter played on the 4Music Stage and were surprisingly awesome!  Olly brought with him fun and frivolity and even the guys were lapping it up.  The audience were singing, dancing and generally having a great time.  I mentioned to a chap next to me that I was surprised the guys were so into it and in response he said “Yeah but Olly’s such a nice genuine guy, isn’t he”.  Say no more.

Next up, Plan B.  What can I say?  Totally brilliant!  We managed to get a pretty good pitch right in front of the sound tent in order to avoid as much as possible the cups of beer and lord knows what else being flung into the midst of the crowd.  Great place to be, we ended up next to a friendly bunch of people and had a great time.  Ben Drew’s (Plan B) playlist was taken from his album The Defamation of Strickland Banks album, which is one of my favourite albums, so for me this was music nirvana.

After which we were entertained by a chap who decided dancing naked was the order of the day.  Worked for me.

We finished up with headliners Arctic Monkeys, which proved an uncomfortable experience and not particularly enjoyable for either of us, so we ditched this to struggle through the scrum to enjoy the last couple of songs by Dizzee Rascal.  A much better end to a fantabulous fun weekend – can’t wait to go again!

Louisa Cockayne

Birmingham ArtsFest 2011

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Birmingham ArtsFest 2011

Posted on 07 September 2011 by Mizzle

Did you ever think you would not be able to go to a festival no matter what the reason, well if you did you where wrong. Birmingham ArtsFest is FREE for all to attend and the biggest in the country holding over 600 events and shouldn’t get you as dirty as a normal festival.

On the 10th and 11th of September in Centenary square and other destinations in and around Birmingham city centre, Artsfest is made up of performances from the up and coming to the old and loved in all aspects of performing arts. In the brochure they are all categorised so that you can easily choose the type of performance you want to see from music, dance, movement and martial arts, theatre, comedy and visual arts, there is something for everyone. You will also be a witness to the collaboration between the ArtsFest sponsors Kerrang and Q Radio.

This 2 day event also includes workshops, exhibitions, and talks discussing a range of topics including visual, digital and the performing arts. This whole event is to showcase as well as celebrate the West Midland’s most creative performers and artists.

Considering the recent troubles in and around Birmingham city centre and the West Midland’s region it is a great event to bring the whole community together and show the nation that not everyone can be labelled the same.

There are events, showcases and workshops for all ages and for all the family. If you want something fun and exciting for your children then Central Library is defiantly worth a stop on Saturday between 10am and 4 pm, or even take them to see The REP’s Happily Ever After – Sleeping Beauty, where there will be storytelling and arts and crafts workshops, this is due to take place on Saturday 10th at 11am at Chamberlain and Victoria Sqaures.

With various musical and dance troops to entertain the adults one thing to look out for on and around High Street is the Busking Spot, in addition to their main performances, these special performers will be bringing the entertainment to where you are, so make sure you stop and appreciate.

Artsfest was designed to allow anyone and everyone to be able to show off their skills whether you are an amateur, professional or even just part of a community or youth group.

If you want to learn more about this amazing event see: www.artsfest.org.uk and download the final brochure, also sign up so that you can be kept up-to-date about the event and all its happenings.

Samantha Thomas

Blink 182 – ‘Up All Night’ Video

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Blink 182 – ‘Up All Night’ Video

Posted on 04 September 2011 by Mizzle

After the disappointing year so far from Blink 182 due to the postponement of their European tour, we finally get to see the delights of their new Single ‘Up All Night‘.

Release date for Blinks album ‘Neighborhoods‘ is set for 26th September 2011 . . . So not long to wait now!

V Festival Review

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V Festival Review

Posted on 01 September 2011 by Chris Knight

It was apt that it was the Virgin festival that took my festival virginity.  At the age of 25 I had managed to miss every festival going.  This was in part due to trepidation about the camping and portaloo situation, and partly because it wasn’t the sort of thing my friends and I would ever think of doing, but the festival time of life seemed to have passed by without me realising I was missing out on this rite of passage.

It was with great excitement I discovered that I was being sent by Smashed Music to my very first music festival.  So it was at Weston Park I arrived on Friday night, armed with far too much luggage, a tent I didn’t know how to put together, and a fellow festival virgin.  We hoped optimism would see us through.

Struggling with enough luggage, food and booze to last a month never mind a weekend, (we had been forewarned that prices were high and we should bring our own) we staggered from one campsite to another only to be told they were all full.  It was no room at the inn for this modern day Mary and Joseph, albeit with more alcohol on their person than the original duo.  But as with Mary and Joseph – a miracle did finally occur, when we found a spot and got the tent up, sometime around midnight.

Having erected the tent with a little help from fellow campers around us, we managed to slip into the festival spirit without even realising it.  Random people came and shared food, booze, and horror stories about their journey to this very spot, and soon we were conversing like old friends with people of all ages and walks of life.

Having dozed off around 5am, we woke surprisingly refreshed.  A bit of dry shampoo to the hair, and we were good to go and find out what this festival malarkey was all about.  Nothing could have prepared us for the sheer scale of V Festival, the seemingly endless youngsters, wellies, stands, queues, stages, and an atmosphere of spontaneous excitement that gave you the feeling all rules went out of the window for this event.

The layout at V resembles a music loving billionaire’s birthday party.  In fact with Branson at the helm, that’s perhaps what we are seeing, a replica of a party he wishes’ he had been able to afford at the age of most festival goers.  Now he does have the money he’s turned a fantasy weekend into a lucrative business, cashing in on the hearts and minds of teens (and not forgetting us older crowd who don’t want to miss out and will pretend not to be fazed by the questionable sanitary conditions…)

The first act we saw was Ellie Goulding, her harmonious voice rang out above the huge crowd as we made our way to the main stage.  She set the tone for what was to be a weekend of spectacular talent, and an eclectic mix of musical genres.  Ellie concluded her set with the iconic ‘Your Song’, and proved her version can even top Elton John’s, as thousands swayed in time to the music and sang along to the well known lyrics.

Scouting for Girls followed Ellie, and hiked up the excitement with their fast paced hits.  ‘This ain’t a Love Song’ was met with applause from the crowd and is a clear favourite.  With V having always been a mainstream event, Scouting for Girls seemed like the ultimate crowd pleaser.  The pace and lyrics of their music, coupled with the reaction from girls in the crowd could almost place this trio as the Oasis of the Noughties.  If these three really are scouting for girls they won’t have to look much further than the many thousands screaming for their attention at V.

Eliza Doolittle and The Saturdays made up the rest of our afternoon, as we tried the second largest stage at V, the Arena stage.  The crowd here was made up mostly of teenage girls keen to sample a little pop at this Festival which is seeing increasing numbers of Rock acts take over the main slots.  There was some confusion at this point about what time Rihanna and Eminem would be playing, as no one wanted to miss the main headliners, but similarly didn’t want to pay the £10 V charges for a timetable of acts.  It became a game of Chinese whispers during the acts preceding these two, as everyone tried to ensure they were back at the main stage in plenty of time.  Those lucky few with a £10 timetable hung on a little card around their necks became a prime source of information for others, who would invariably ask to take a photo of this cardboard necklace, to have the coveted information for themselves.

Eventually, having played the timetable information game, we made our way back to the main stage where it seemed all one hundred and thirty thousand festival goers were descending to catch a glimpse of Rihanna.  Arriving twenty five minutes late, the pop sensation was bordering on having irritated the crowd by the time she made an appearance, but she managed to pull them back on side and gave flawless performances of her hits including ‘Don’t Stop The Music’, ‘Only Girl In The World’, ‘Pon De Replay’, ‘Rude Boy’, ‘What’s My Name?’, and of course, ‘Umbrella’.  All the top songs were there, and the iconic red hair, which could be seen emulated by fans across the crowd.

Rihanna sang as the sun set on the first evening at V Festival, and so it was in darkness, and with the full impact of well orchestrated stage lighting that Eminem made his appearance.  Most of the crowd stood dedicated, to see his act, despite cold temperatures once it was dark, but no one who saw him will regret their perseverance, as it really was Eminem who got the party started with his mesmerising performance.  In his first UK appearance since 2003, Eminem set V Festival alight, blasting out 28 brilliant tracks over 90 minutes, from his first hit ‘My Name Is’, to all time favourite ‘Stan’ which the crowd sang along to during the Dido parts.  Even Eminem looked impressed at the reception he received, and when he asked the audience to hold cigarette lighters and mobile phone lights into the air for his hit the aptly named ‘Lighters’, it was a spectacle to be remembered.  The biggest cheer of the night, and probably the entire festival, came when Rihanna joined Eminem on stage for their recent number one ‘Love the way you lie’.  The chemistry on stage between the pair was tangible and as the audience sang along to the infamous lyrics no one wanted the first day at V Festival to come to an end.

Like all good things, it did come to an end however, and just in time, as revellers had about 30 minutes grace to make it back to their tents before an  almighty thunderstorm broke which no one had predicted.  It was listening to the thunder and heavy rain, coupled with Eminem’s lyrics repeating in our heads, that myself and thousands of others fell asleep that night, looking forward to another fun filled day which didn’t disappoint.  My fellow festival virgin will cover the second day’s events here on Smashed Music during our next review instalment to follow soon…

V Festival was my first festival experience but now I’ve caught the bug it certainly won’t be my last.  Festivals seem to bring out the best and worst in people – circumstances drive girls who’ve spent 2 hours applying makeup in a tent, reduced to squatting in full view of everyone to go to the loo.  How did we avoid this fate?  What happens at V Festival stays at V Festival toilet wise, it is an issue best forgotten, but for those who need tips for next year’s event let’s just say there was a bucket in our tent we named Johnson.  If there is anything that could come close to the portaloo situation in terms of shock factor it is the rubbish on the floor at V Festival, which is unbelievable.  At the end of three days the site resembled a fly tipping zone.  Venture anywhere close to the stage and you are certain to get cups of what you will hope is beer thrown over you.  It is one of those rare occasions in life where you sniff your hair to check whether that is wee in it.

However if you can live with these factors for a short time, you will find the amazing side of festival life.  Everyone is carefree and wants to forget their troubles and just enjoy themselves.  Social barriers are removed at these events, where the factor everyone has in common is a love of music.  Festivals are the perfect opportunity to escape for a while.  Although in reality Weston Park was only about 45 minutes away from where I live and work, mentally it was a million miles away, because it was such an extraordinarily different way to spend a weekend.  There were a few goosebump moments during the very best acts, which will stay with me for years to come, and if you embrace the festival atmosphere you can laugh off even the most gross of situations.

I’m eager to experience different festivals now, in particular of course the Godfather of all festivals – Glastonbury.  But bigger isn’t always better, and as with another rite of passage in life, you always remember your first and compare everything that follows to it.  For me, that will always be V.