Beautiful Days 2015

Weekly Photo Challenge – Today Was A Good Day

This weeks photo challenge is titled Today Was A Good Day.  We are invited to show a series of photographs of something we love.

I just got home a couple of hours ago from my favourite festival of the year – Beautiful Days in Devon is the jewel in the crown of UK music festivals in my opinion.  The weather this weekend was foul but I had a great time with my wife, my son and his friends, my sister and her partner and my nephew.  Thats before I mention my extended festival family.

These shots hopefully show a glimpse of the madness that is UK summer festivals.  It’s nice when the weather is fine, but check out the kids making the most of the mud and rain.  There are some more shots here.

Beautiful Days 2015

Beautiful Days 2015 – Gallery 1

Well we are home from a very wet and muddy Beautiful Days 2015.  Despite the awful weather we had a fantastic weekend.  Did I manage to catch you on camera  over the weekend?

Check out the pictures and let me know if you spot yourself or your friends.

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Bearded Theory 2015 Memories

Tomorrow morning sees me head off to my favourite festival of the year.

Beautiful Days festival at Escot Park in Devon is just a wonderful medium sized festival.  It doesn’t have the biggest names in music but what is does have is an atmosphere that is totally unique.  The festival is more about the people who attend than just about another festival I know.

Somewhat depressingly the weather here in Dorset today is foul.  It is pouring with rain and I am sat indoors wearing three layers.  Sadly it looks like the weekend may prove to be a wet one.  Continue reading

Enter Shikari

Enter Shikari to Release The Mindsweep: Hospitalised

Regular readers will know of my admiration for Enter Shikari.  They are an incredible band, really grounded guys and amazingly creative.  Enter Shikari are never afraid to push the boundaries of rock music and they always showcase a wide range of influences in their albums.  Enter Shikari also have a history of reimagining their work.

In January of this year Enter Shikari released their fourth studio album, The Mindsweep and today announced that they will release a remixed and reimagined version of the album on October 30th.  ‘The Mindsweep: Hospitalised‘ will be released on Ambush Reality/Play It Again Sam, and is a collaboration between Enter Shikari and London-based Hospital Records, who since 1996 have become one of the world’s foremost labels in drum & bass music.

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‘The Mindsweep: Hospitalised’ sees every track on Enter Shikari’s UK Top Ten album ‘The Mindsweep’ reimagined by some of the most respected and cutting edge artists working in drum & bass today; including the likes of Metrik, S.P.Y,  Danny Byrd, London Elektricity (a coup in itself, with L.E’s take on ‘Dear Future Historians’ being their first remix in nearly three years), Keeno and more.

As vocalist Rou Reynolds explains: “We’ve always been big on our B-sides and remixes, with every album we’ve always tried to get a load of drum & bass remixes done. Hospital-wise we did one with High Contrast around the time of our second album ‘Common Dreads’, for instance. While we were making ‘The Mindsweep’ we started the idea of having a consolidated collection of just d’n’b tracks. Because ‘The Mindsweep’ is such a varied album we just thought it’d be quite interesting to see what a drum & bass take on each track would be, and Hospital’s the one label that I personally have been into forever.”

I am personally not a fan of Drum & Bass music, if I am honest it all sounds the same to me and I find it pretty dull as a rule.  I do however love The Mindsweep so it will be interesting to see how this works out.  If the version of Anaesthetist above is anything to go by it will certainly be intense.
‘The Mindsweep: Hospitalised’ will be available on CD, 2 x coloured vinyl LP, and download.  It is available for pre-order from today from: and will be available in all record stores, online retailers and streaming services from October 30th.

Enter Shikari are also on Facebook and they Tweet as @EnterShikari


Weekly Photo Challenge – Creepy

I was at a loss as to what I could post for this weeks Photo Challenge – Creepy.

As I was out walking the dogs this morning it suddenly struck me that I had dozens if not hundreds of photo’s that fit the bill for this theme.  These were all taken at this years Download festival at Donington park.

I think they fit the bill, what do you think?

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