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A Post A Day Photo Challenge – March 02 2015

Hi folks,

I am taking on a challenge to post a photograph every day for a full year startingon New years Day.  Please join in by uploading a photograph of your own and leaving a pingback here :)

Todays shots were taken on my iPhone.  A cow eating gorse :)

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Mumford and Sons Wilder Mind

Mumford And Sons Announce All Electric New Album ‘Wilder Mind’

Mumford & Sons created quite a stir last month when it was announced that they would headline the years Reading and Leeds Festivals.  It fair to say that not all of the reaction was positive with comments such as “Mumford And Sons can stick their banjo’s up their arse” being far fro  uncommon.

In an unexpected move bassist Ted Dwane told Rollin Stone that their new album, Wilder Mind, due out May 4th, will be all electric.   Mumford & Sons have mostly removed their signature elements – banjo, acoustic strumming, stomping kick drum – and replaced them with U2-sized guitars, synths, spacey mellotrons and even some drum machines.

Frontman Marcus Mumford said that “we felt that doing the same thing, or the same instrumentation again, just wasn’t for us, we’ve got a broader taste in music than just that.”  Dwane added, “none of us had really any interest in doing a sort of Babel 2. It was always going to be different.”

The move is likely to win Mumford and Sons some new fans, especially among younger music fans but by ditching the folkier elements that catapulted them to fame they obviously risk alienating longstanding fans.

In a further departure songwriting for this album is more of a collaborative effort with Mumford taking more of a back seat.  So it would seem we can look forward to a new reinvented Mumford & Sons whether a change of direction will prove to be a hit with fans remains to be seen.

The new album was produced by James Ford — who has also worked with the Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Florence + The Machine — and was put together in London, Texas, and the National’s Aaron Dessner’s studio in Brooklyn.

Bestival Toronto

Bestival Toronto Line-up Announced – Florence & The Machine/ NAS Headlines

I recently wrote that popular UK based eclectic Music Festival Bestival is going International by holding it’s first event outside of the UK.

Bestival is so much more than just a music festival, Bestival will be a creative wonderland set upon the iconic and picturesque Hanlan’s Point Beach, Toronto Island on June 12th and 13th.  Bestival Toronto is a partnership between Bestival, Canadian promoters Embrace and SFX Entertainment.

Bestival curator Rob da Bank says:

“To say that we’re excited at Bestival HQ about launching our very first Bestival outside of the UK is a serious understatement. We’ve spent 12 years working up to this moment and are so proud to be teaming up with Toronto to launch the good ship that is Bestival overseas. I’m also very proud of our first heavy hitting line-up with typically diverse headliners, Florence and The Machine and Nas! Two amazing talents. We are also announcing; the best leftfield acts around with Caribou and Omar Souleyman, electronic music from Jamie xx and Flosstradamus. I really hope you can join us on the ferry to Toronto Island in June. See you on the beach!”

Bestival has always made its mission to be a champion of diversity by bringing together a wide range of Dance, Indie and World Music acts together with some of the world’s top DJ’s to ensure that festival fans are entertained into the wee small hours and across the whole weekend.

Florence And The Machine Bestival Toronto

Bestival Toronto will continue it’s tradition of showcasing the best of local talent alongside International acts.  Florence & The Machine and NAS will headline and an impressive line-up will include:


Whilst Bestival’s focus is of course on it’s top class music line-up the festival is much much more than just music.  In Toronto the Bestival creative team aim to create experiences, that the festival experience to another level!

With arenas such as The Bollywood Temple, celebrating our life-long love affair with the golden age of India, The Bestival Inflatable Church where you can get hitched, or the Yarn Bombing Tent where you get to hang out with Toronto’s coolest crafters; expect a myriad of creative experiences to blow your mind.

Bestival Toronto will be held at Hanlan’s Point Beach, Toronto Islands, Canada, June 12-13, 2015

Tickets for the event are on Sale Thursday March 05 so head to Flavorus: http://www.flavorus.com and grab yours now.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BestivalToronto

Twitter: @bestivalTO

Instagram: @bestivaltoronto


Daily Prompt – Plead The Fifth

It has been quite some time since I have written a piece as a result of a daily prompt but todays prompt grabbed my attention.

The prompt asks what question we hate to be asked and why?  It’s a great question and there is one question that I dread being asked and its a fairly simple one.  I dread being asked “How are you?”  More specifically I dread being asked that question by people who don’t actually want to know the answer.

My abhorrence for this particular question began back in 2002.  I had just returned to work after a period of sick leave with a major bout of depression.  As was customary in my organisation I met with my boss for a return to work interview.  As you might expect the interview began with the customary question. “How are you?”  Rather than answer with the customary “I’m fine” I decided to tell the truth and thats where it all went wrong.

After I had been talking for about a minute I noticed that my line manager had broken eye contact and was looking everywhere but at me.  He looked at his hands, at his feet, at his watch, out the window, everywhere but at me.  As I continued to talk my line manager became increasingly uncomfortable and tried on a couple of occasions to change the subject and I realised that he wanted to simply tick the boxes on his form and get me out of the office as quickly as possible.  He had not the slightest interest in my or “How I Was.”

As the years have gone on I have come to realise that the majority of people who ask this question don’t actually want to hear the answer, they just want to hear “I’m OK” and move on.  My mischievous side wants to tell the truth when I am asked that question but frankly I would just rather not hear the question at all if you don’t want to know the answer.

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A Post A Day Photo Challenge – March 01 2015

Hi folks,

I am taking on a challenge to post a photograph every day for a full year startingon New years Day.  Please join in by uploading a photograph of your own and leaving a pingback here :)

Here we go with the first day of the third month of my photo a day challenge.  A couple of shots of the beautifully photographic Corfe Castle.

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Metallica Reading And Leeds

Reading And Leeds Festivals Final Line-ups Taking Shape

As we move into March we can expect to see the line-ups for this years big festivals taking shape and so it was this week as Reading & Leeds announced the Lions share of their headline acts.

In my view this years acts are a little bit of a departure for the twin festivals, if you don’t know the format for Reading and Leeds the two festivals share the acts who rotate across the two sites over the three days of the festivals.

It looks to me that the line-up this year is a little more adventurous than in recent years, certainly in terms of the main headliners.  I will talk about reading as this is the festival I will be attending.  Friday night see the appearance of Mumford and Sons as the main stage headliners.  To be fair this announcement did not exactly meet with universal approval with fans of the festival as the Mumford’s probably inherit a folk-rock musical space that will be unfamiliar to many of the mostly teenage crowd who attend the festival.

Pierce The Veil reading and LeedsAs someone who can normally be found around the smaller stages at the larger festivals,  the Friday line-up on the Reading main stage Pop Punk bands All Time Low, Neck Deep and Panic! At the Disco backed by Indie rockers Bastille and folk rockers Mumford and Sons and an as yet unannounced 2nd billed headliner adds up to what I consider a pretty fine nights entertainment.  Mind you Limp Bizkit also play the Radio1/NME stage on friday so there may be a difficult choice to make at some point.

If Friday on the main stage is all about punk then Saturday is about rock and metal.  Two bands, Marmosets and Royal Blood who played smaller stages last year at Reading get the chance to step up to the main stage.  Pierce the Veil and Bring Me The Horizon play the main stage leading to Saturday headliners, metal monsters, Metallica who play the festival for the fourth time.  With the likes of Slaves, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Wolf Alice on other stages Saturday may well involve a fair bit of dashing between stages.

Sunday sees the return of Pete Doherty’s Libertines to Reading and in a headline slot for the first Libertines headline Reading and Leedstime.  Libertine’s are a risky choice as the main stage headliners, they have a new album in the works and could prove to be an inspirational and masterful choice to close the festival.  That is of course dependent on Doherty keeping on top of his addiction problems.  Recent reports have claimed that Doherty has been in rehab once again.  lets hope he can stay clean and blow us away with an incredible performance.

At last years festival I enjoyed the bands on the Festival republic and ‘Pit’ stages more than I did the main stage bands so I very much look forward to seeing what I discover there this year and of course it is always great to sit in front of the radio1 introducing stage on a sunny afternoon to see which breaking acts you are going to be keeping an eye on as time goes on.

With the likes of Frank Turner, Azalia Banks and Ash popping up on the smaller stages over the weekend there are always lots of choices to be made, but thankfully Reading is a fairly well laid out arena and the walks are not too arduous.

This years Reading and Leeds looks to be another great one for music fans.  It should prove to be a blast.

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Sam Smith

Sam Smith Multi-awards Winner: A Nice Safe Bland Boring Choice

Multi-Award winner Sam Smith is rarely out of the news these days and the awards keep rolling in for the British born singer. Since winning the critics choice award at last years Brit awards Smith’s career has gone stratospheric. According to the Independent Smith’s debut album “In The Lonely Hour” has sold over five million copies and was the only album to sell over one million copies on both sides of the atlantic last year.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1885252/sam-smith-multi-award-winner-a-nice-safe-bland-boring-choice/#R2xlIZMfvTvIj5ED.99