Bananarama on The Graham Norton Show

After a very looooooooonng absence our favourite Irish cheeky chappie is back, and not before time on The Graham Norton Show on BBC1. It’s the first episode and he’s joined by one of the most infamous girl-groups of the 80’s Sarah Dalin, Siobahn Fahey and Keren Woodward aka Bananarama. They did a reworking of their hit song Cruel Summer which all I can say still sounds as great to listen to as ever, even after a revamp. Bananarama haven’t lost their touch. Also joining on the sofa are Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling to discuss their new film Blade Runner 2049, also Margot Robbie was tasked with tattooing a member of the audience. It was a smiley face on his toe, all I can say is rather him than me.

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MacMillan Fest 2017: online review

My article for the recent MacMillan Fest 2017 gig I went to earlier this month, courtesy of Nottingham Post, read and enjoy (and share)

http://www.nottinghampost.com/whats-on/music-nightlife/macmillan-fest-2017-rock-city-420133

MacMillan Fest 2017, Rock City, Rescue Rooms and more …
http://www.nottinghampost.com
Once again both the Rescue Rooms and Rock City’s Basement, plus another Stealth, Spanky’s and the Tap N Tumbler pub, played host to the ever-popular MacMillan Fest …

Stop-Stop + supports @The Maze 2/7/2017

Well, after making my way to The Maze in Nottingham during a very warm summers’ day I managed to cool off a bit, after all, I had travelled to see three bands play tonight. Lippstick, a band that were emerging onto the local music scene, in a big way. They’re one of a number of bands waiting to hit the big-time and when you see them perform you’ll see why they’re not far off. Think theatrics meets horror-flicks in terms of band-image. They performed a mixture of both original material as well as a cover Don’t Cha and Sexy Back, re-mastered for a more rock tasting sound. One super fan in the audience got to sing with the lead singer and some point during their set things got interesting when they did another song about hookers. The crowd seemed to like Lippstick. Now I’d seen Parasite before and they just seem to get better every time I hear them perform, though a technical glitch did cause a small problem but other than that it was business as usual. They did attempt a Paradise City cover which actually went down quite well in all fairness. Straight over from Barcelona, Stop-Stop really brought the house down and got the crowds, including myself, towards the edge of the crowd stage. Think Bon Jovi meets Guns & Roses with a bit of Kiss and that’s the best way to sum up these guys. They did a combination of their own material which included a song called Billy No-Mates, which was dedicated to a member of the audience of the same name. They even did one dedicated the front-man’s mum and another to Facebook called Spit It Out. Weird story behind that one. Queen’s song Fat Bottomed Girls got the cover treatment and it true rock fashion a lot of man-flesh was on display. Overall it was a great night.

Ed Sheeran @ Glastonbury 2017

Everyone’s favourite ginger Hip-Hop rock-star Ed Sheeran took to the stage tonight both debuting and headlining the main stage at Glastonbury tonight. Considering that this man was a complete unknown more than 5 years ago he’s come a long way. He Just comes on stage full of energy and is just electrifying to watch as he opened his set with Castle On The Hill. A one-man band Ed treated the crowds to his hit songs including Bloodstream, Galway Girl, Lego House, Eraser and Take It Back/Superstition during his made great use of his rap skills and reminded everyone why he’s a one-man band star in his own right. Seriously this guy’s talents know no bounds, also it’s just him on-stage. The music continued with more songs such as I’m A Mess, Photograph in which he and the crowd sang together. For one of his songs, Nancy Mulligan, he invited a small folk quartette which was really good. Had a an Irish-folk feel to it. Ed continued his set with the incredible Thinking Out Loud, Sing and Shape Of You. He ended both his set and the night with his self-written debut hit You Need Me I Don’t You after by which point the adrenaline was just oozing from all areas. Seriously, Ed ,dude, promise us that’ll you’ll return to Glastonbury at some point. YOU ROCK!!! Live link courtesy of Huw Stephen, Jo Whiley and Shaun Keaveny
Considering that this was it debut it was amazing, electrifying and pure magic, and it’s safe to say we all witnessed something purely incredible. Even whilst wearing the infamous rainbow flag.
Also Barry Gibb, the eldest of the Gibb brothers and of The Bee Gees performed to a massive crowd during the infamous Legends Slot. He played their infamous hit track Stayin Alive which is guaranteed to get the entire crowd moving, even the stage crew took to the photography pit and joined in.
Sadly there won’t be any Glastonbury next due to it’s fallow year, so see you all again in 2019

Foo Fighters @ Glastonbury 2017

The American rock legends also known as the Foo Fighters are back for another round at the main stage right now, and my word they definitely know how to get the crowds going. Led by the incredible Dave Grohl they’ve been performing many of their hits including Something From Nothing, The Pretender. At numerous times during the performance Dave incited the crowds to dance along with him, as well as general talk. Credit where it’s due though as getting the crowds to do things with you can be a feat in itself, good on you Grohl, good on you. Sometimes you are more than just a rock-star. The Foo’s continued in their set with more songs such as Cold Day In The Sun, Congregation, Walk-Wasting Light, he even dedicated on of their songs, These Days, to his surgeon. Don’t ask. The crowd continued to sing the song even after the band paused mid-way through. Songs continued with My Hero, Wheels, a fresh new one called Run, This Is A Call, Arlandria, Monkey Wrench, Best of You and Skin & Bones. Towards the end of their set they paid homage to Adele (one of last years’ headliners) by saying the F-word 34 times. Adele did swear quite a bit if you can remember. Taylor, the band’s drummer, did a solo Queen number Under Pressure which was actually good. The night ended on the great finale with a rendition of Everlong before getting everyone together for an explosive final complete with fireworks. Seriously, these guys are that good you just can’t fault them, well I can’t anyway. Live link courtesy of Huw Stephens and Lauren Laverne.
This will the first time that Foo Fighters have appeared at Glastonbury as they were meant to play two years ago but had to pull out due to Grohl’s injury. For those who can remember he broke his leg during a gig in Sweden

Radiohead @ Glastonbury 2017

So, it’s been 20 years since they played at Glastonbury Festival and now they’ve returned and it’s as though they’ve never been away, seriously their set was as electrifying as ever. I still love these guys as strongly as ever and are incredible live and got straight into action with Lucky. Thom Yorke’s vocals are just irresistible and haunting as they performed more of their infamous hits including Just, Bodysnatchers, Street Spirit, Big Ideas (Don’t Get Any) and 2+2=5. By the time by sang their other hit track No Surprises everyone in the crowd (including yours truly) was gagging for more. More songs followed into the night with Paranoid Android, Fake Plastic Trees, Lotus Flower, Creep. Throughout parts of the performance they were bathed in blue and red lighting which oddly enough fitted the moods of the songs. The performance ended on the upbeat Karma Police, at the end of the song the crowd joined in the singing, even after the band had left the stage. This is yet another in a long line of performances that I just cannot bring myself to fault (also co’s I couldn’t find any). Thanks to Jo Whiley and Shaun Keavney for the live link
This will be the third time they’ve appeared at the festival as headliners. They first headlined in 1997, and again in 2003, making them the third band to have done so. Amazing feat in itself.

Beth Ditto on The Graham Norton Show

Only just this moment finished watching from front-woman of 00’s indie band The Gossip, Beth Ditto, perform her new solo single Fire on BBC1 on The Graham Norton Show at the moment. It’s actually really good and Beth’s just such an amazing vocal force to be reckoned with, seriously everyone this woman’s been gone for too long but this just makes up for in the best way possible. There’s just something in both her voice and performance that makes the whole thing totally electrifying. Fire is miles away from the iconic Standing In The Way Of Control.

Radio 1 Big Weekend in Hull: the highlights

Radio 1’s Big Weekend has enjoyed another great weekend up north in the City of Hull, which is also currently enjoying it’s year as the City of Culture. So far this years’ highlights including Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Lorde, Zara Larsson, Stormzy, Shawn Mendes, Emeli Sande’, Little Mix,. putting on some amazing performances throughout the whole of the festival. During Emeli Sande’ performance there was a red heart in the background with MANCHESTER written on it as she dedicated one of her songs Highs & Lows to the victims of the recent Manchester terrorist attack on the 22/5/17. French artist Christine & The Queens did an amazing performance of her hit single Tilted during which the crowd sang with her. She even had dancers on the stage with her, seriously she is something of an incredible artist. Former X-Factor singer James Arthur played to the crowds with his song Say You Won’t Let Go, which sounds a lot like The Scripts The Man Who Can’t Be Moved. Wonder if they’ve heard it. Kasabian played their new hit You’re In Love With A Psycho with Tom and Sergio dressed in weird but interesting gear. Clean Bandit played before the crowd whilst making good use of a cello. Katy Perry stole the show as the headlining act. She did dedicate her first song to the victims of the Manchester bombings. That song was Part Of Me which seemed very appropriate for the mood and gave new meaning to the lyrics ‘This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me. Indeed a fitting tribute. 🙂

Sheryl Crow on The Graham Norton Show

Tonight’s Graham Norton Show seems to be getting good today as we’ve now had TWO musical acts, first Keith Urban and Mel C and now US music legend Sheryl Crow with her new song Be Myself. I’m completely loving it after the first few seconds, though I can hear a little bit of Soak Up The Sun there. Sheryl got one of those voices which fit both the tune and song perfectly and it sounds like she’s progressed quite a bit as an artist. Don’t quite know about you but I could listen to this song a few times over and not get bored of it. Also the line ‘If I can’t be someone else’ just goes round and round your head melodically, and Sheryl’s as great as ever.

Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Well it’s all over now and Portugal were the winners with their singer Salavador Sobral with his song Amar Pelos Dois. Now there’s a couple of thing that I openly have to admit, 1. I never actually watched Salavador’s performance first time round and, 2. I voted for both Ukraine and Israel mainly because I liked both their songs. Australia returned for a third time, also they did have a good entry and hope to see again next year. Now this is historic for Portugal as they’ve been apparently been waiting for over 50 years to win. Well now they can celebrate at last and though I didn’t vote for them I am actually happy for them. As anyone who watched will have no doubt have seen that Russia didn’t compete, and personally I didn’t particularly care less. Lastly we won’t be seeing Israel compete as their broadcast service (which airs the contest) is being closed down but I hope to see them again, and Greece got booed which I thought was a bit harsh. And finally, congratulations to our entry Lucie Jones with gave a good performance with her song Never Give Up On You

All that can be said is; Goodbye Eurovision, see you next year in Portugal.