Glastonbury Festival 2016: In Pictures

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My second year at Worthy Farm was one to remember, from Muse to Coldplay it was one of the most amazing experiences, however it was a muddy one…

Here’s a few photos of my second time at Glasto!

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Hope you like the photos I’ve taken, let me know about your experiences from Worthy Farm this year and what your favourite part of the farm was in the comments box!

Sharney x

Its Not Punk: Magazine Edition

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So after all the sweat, blood and tears that have literally gone into this work, I can finally show you. Its Not Punk Magazine Edition is finally here: Link to the magazine hurray!

Most of you know that I was creating a fashion magazine for my dissertation (final) project at university and now that it’s been marked and finalised as a 2.1 I can show you the final product.

This is definitely something I’d like to carry on in my own time, however due to just being a ‘one man band’ it will be very time consuming so I’d only do it if my readers would be interested and willing to see it monthly. (Sorry for not writing blog posts for the past three months, you now know where I’ve been hiding).

Here is the final product below, just for show, if you would like to have a read then please click the link above or the photos for a better view.

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I can’t express into words of how much relief it is to have finished the project, but I’ve came to the realisation at the end of my studies, it is for sure something I want to do as a career.

All of the articles are written and edited by myself, as well as the graphic design. The images used within the magazine are from the internet and have been referenced within my project as a bibliography. The photoshoot that is carried in the De Ja Vu section is by myself also.

I couldn’t be more prouder of how it’s turned out, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I have and I would most appreciate if you left your thoughts in the comments box and let me know what you think! Thanks for the support guys.

Sharney x

GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL 2015: IN PICTURES

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I know this is a very late post, I apologise!

Better late than never.

Let me know in the comments box who you enjoyed this year.

Enjoy! Sharney x

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Sharney x

GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL LINE UP + WHAT TO TAKE?

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I can’t believe it’s nearing the time to get out the wellies and embrace the outdoors. My first ever proper weekend festival that I’ll be attending and I can’t say how grateful I am and to be solucky to even have a ticket. I can already taste the anticipation of fresh, new and exciting bands as well as the most famous. The wait is nearly over and Glastonbury Festival have finally released a pre-line up of talent, although there are many mixed opinions, some saying “Its no way as good as last year!” and others saying the complete opposite, for me it’s more about the unique markets that I’m most looking forward to. Don’t get me wrong, there are bands and artists that I definitely want to see…

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Mark Ronson being one and George Ezra being another but it’s more of an experience that I want to fulfil with discovery that being craft markets, food and other new things, like artists. The full line up is yet to be announced along with the last headliner for the Sunday and all I can say is: “it will get much better!” I’m thinking Radiohead… Who do you think it will be? You’ll have to let me know in the comment box below. Being a first timer at this weekend festival lark, I decided it would be useful to make a list of what to actually take. I’ve done a bit of research from other bloggers and i definitely think it’s a win for others and a must read if you are a festival rookie like myself, so I thought I’d do my own little list, as well I thought it would be fun for the pros to join in and give us a little advice.

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So here it goes, dum dum dum the Glasto list:

– Large back pack

– Cards / Money

– Tent (duh?)

– Sleeping mat

– Sleeping bag

– Toilet roll

– Wellies/spare shoes for when it hopefully gets hot

– Super thick socks for those grim wellies

– Sun lotion

– Plasters

– Medication if needed

– ID

– Torches/Head-torches for when you nip to the loo in the night

(you never know what you might find on that toilet seat, ew)

– A warm jumper for when it gets chilly

– Waterproofs

– Spare change of clothes for when they get wet

– Hat

– Bags for wellies / dirty clothes/ rubbish

– If you are a customer with EE, power bars to charge your phone is a must!

– Hand sanitiser

– Bum bag / small over the shoulder bag for valuables

– Disposable razor

– Deodorant

– Baby wipes

– Dry shampoo

– She wee? Can anyone let me know if it’s worth the

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– Small pillow

– Sunglasses

– Small mirror

– Make up and other essentials if needed

– Paracetamol for those dreaded hangovers

– Alcohol: Obvs… Bags of wine I’ve heard is the best to carry around

– Hairbrush

– Bikini/shorts: just incase you are desperate for a shower

– Towels

– Camera

– Loads of hair bands

– A decent water bottle

– Fold up chair

– Lipsil

– Poncho/Waterproof one

– Toiletries: Don’t forget your toothbrush and toothpaste

– Plastic cups

– Moisturiser

– Ear plugs

– And don’t forget yer tickets!

If there’s anything that is a MUST, let me know what you think in the comments box guys.

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Sharney x

FOO FIGHTERS // THROWBACK THURSDAY

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When I heard that the Foo Fighters were back on the road with their latest album Sonic Highways, it brought back all the nostalgia.

Back in my school days, me and my dad would switch the tv on and flick through the channels, this always resorted into me putting on Kerrang! or NME TV. Foo Fighters were always the one that you could rely to just be there.

They’ve recently been headlined ‘favourites’ for Glastonbury rumours, I hope this is true along with AC/DC as an added favourite.

Greatest hits by the Foo’s such as Times Like these, Big Me and Everlong would be incredible to see along with their new songs, although Glastonbury is probably one the most amazing things to experience for the first time, can you actually imagine how good it would be with Foo Fighters as a headliner?

As most Foo Fighter fans may know, Dave Grohl, frontman of the band, has a passion for music alongside his own work and has recently signed on for the role of the Record Store Day 2015 ambassador.

RSDvector_bw“I believe that the power of the record store to inspire is still alive and well, and that their importance to our next generation of musicians is crucial. Take an afternoon (and some hard earned lawn mowing money) and please support them,” Grohl writes. “You never know, it might change your life forever, too.”

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For my generation, most of you will know that independent stores are hard to find, and aren’t just lurking anywhere, it’s not the 1960’s. So it’s nice to know that well known frontmen such as Dave are still passionate to keep the flames alive.

Sharney x

PEACE @ QUEENS SOCIAL CLUB

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South West of the Southern Suburbs of Birmingham, the indie rock band Peace have come a long way since 2009. With the vibrant and upbeat album, In Love, the boys headed to number seventy-five on the UK Singles Chart for the week in 2013.On their recent UK tour to promote their latest debut, Happy People, I attended Queens Social Club on the first date of the two in Sheffield to see the ‘lovesick’ fellas.

Dream-like hits such as Wraith, Float Forever and Follow Baby, were some of the classic psychedelic sounds that were played along with new tunes from Happy People, such as the well received ballad World Pleasures, Money and I’m a Girl.

The vibe was definitely persuasive enough to want to join the crowd and to stage invade, and obviously to get to the heartthrob that is Harrison Koisser. At one point through the night, Koisser told the crowd that it was ‘one of the best nights of his life’ the crowd cheered and had no difficulty in singing the songs back to the band.

Harrison’s brother of the band Sam, bassist, crowd surfed for the funky World Pleasure bass solo and raised the bar of the band’s potential.

It was an exceptional intimate venue to see the upcoming rise of a band play at, and was definitely one for Peace fans not to have missed. Happy People is out in stores 9th Feb.
Sharney x

2015

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I know this post is quite late but what the hell, why not?

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New bands that have been catching my eye:

1). Superfood (Previously mentioned in my last post)

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3). James Bay

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I don’t normally do this but I set a new years resolution for myself to push myself harder and ‘just say yes’ to the opportunities that stand out to me. It’s a big year at university for me this year, I’m half way through my second year and have just started to plan my final year dissertation and it’s come around so fast.

I was sat thinking over Christmas that I hardly feel prepared to go out of the world with a degree and be ready searching for a full time job… so I’ve decided that looking for more work experience will help benefit my last year uni years and get out the flat more.

Wanting to pitch advertisements ideas or be a freelance journalist is a passion of mine and something that I’d love to do for the rest of my life. So how am I going to get this career if I’m just sat binging on Netflix watching House all day?

I decided I needed some boundaries:

1). Not watch House all day, everyday..

2). Look for at least 5 jobs a day regarding work experience, volunteering, or a new part time job

3). Be positive and motivated

4). Stay on top of uni work

5). Read more

6). Blog daily

I know this isn’t the regular lengthy blog post that I’ve recently been writing but I wanted to start blogging more daily, therefore I think it’s better if the blog posts are short but sweet. Here’s to 2015!

Sharney x

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DECEMBER

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Wow, what a year.

December has topped it all off and been the best month of the year for me.

It all began seeing John Bishop at the Sheffield Motorpoint arena  on 22/11/2014.

IMG_20141122_194844Right near the front smack, bang, wallop in the middle, and scoffing our faces with salt and vinegar crisps trying to contain our excitement, it was all soon to be over as we were told by the stewards that we had come…  THE WRONG DAY. My boyfriend and I had tickets for the show on the 21st, which was the day before and yeah, we didn’t know where to put our heads with embarrassment… Luckily, we was escorted to a different seating area due to it being a genuine mistake and still got to watch the show. Although one of the stewards was very unpolite and rude about the situation, the show went on and although being moved, it didn’t ruin one moment.

John Bishop is a great comedian, the wit he has about everyday life is fantastic, and every single person in that room could relate to a certain topic he brought up.

It was the first time ever that I got to see a comedian and the atmosphere was weird yet brilliant and I couldn’t wait to do it all again at the Noel Fielding event in Nottingham ‘An Evening with NoelFielding (03/11/14). And again, that beat John bishop for me, the most weird thing I’ve ever experienced and he definitely did not disappoint. The fact he engaged with the audience and picked people out whilst shoving a camera in their faces was brilliant, it got people on the edge of their seat and engaged,he definitely knows what he’s doing in the comedy business and he does it well.IMG_20141203_224653

The day before I went to see Noel Fielding in Nottingham, I went to see Catfish and the Bottlemen at one of Sheffield’s most popular nightclubs, Plug. Literally, one of the best live gigs I’ve seen, it was ama zing. I love it when there’sa good crowd and everyone knows the words, it was quite special to see how far they’ve grown in such a small time. They seem to be everywhere now, even on FIFA, a band from Wales that started out pestering other bands about their band had payed off unbelievably and it just goes to show that anybody can get into the music industry if they try hard enough.IMG_20141202_225750

The day after Noel Fielding I went to see the psychedelic band from Kettering at Leadmill in Sheffield (my favourite venue ever for gigs and nights out!) Temples. The presence of the band just leaves you standing there with an airy aura and the liquid lighting done by Mad Alchemy was the best thing ever, if I had the time and knowledge to create such a thing I would.IMG_20141205_153321

It’s the first time I’ve ever seen Temples and I really enjoyed it, I hope to see them again soon. Their songs are so unique to any others and it really makes you identify them as something else that no one else has ever done before. Apart from the Marc Bolan-esque hair and the glitter theme going on they are truly different from any other band.

The support band for Temples were the new ‘band craze’ Superfood, now, after I heard about the hype from my boyfriend I gave them a listen and didn’t really see the obsession. But now I’ve seen them and gave them another listen I have grown on them. They aren’t a bad live band either!IMG_20141204_210711

On the 7/11/14 we travelled to Manchester to see Peace and Bombay Bicycle Club at Manchester Apollo, this was the one I was waiting for. I’ve been so intrigued to see Peace ever since I saw them on TV at a festival last year, they looked and sounded so crisp, the sound was mesmerising so I was definitely interested in seeing them for myself and see if I still think this after. And I’m so glad that I still think this after the event, Harrison Koisser’s voice is like an angel’s, he really does put effort into every song he sings and he and the band didn’t disappoint. There was a point that I questioned if the bassist was miming though? But I think I’m wrong and hope I am too. I did look on twitter to see if anyone has questioned this and nobody has so I’m taking it the band don’t…

Bombay Bicycle Club were on another freaking level. The effort that they had produced for the tour was literally breathtaking, the visuals were astounding and I can’t put into words how good it was, you literally had to be there. There were fireworks, confetti, everything. For such a little band (I thought) it was so good to see that the time they used had been a good move and the hard work payed off. The vocals were on top form, it was literally an insane gig to just stand there at the back and be like, ‘wow’ what a band.IMG_20141207_232715

Joe Carnall from Milburn is the final gig on the list for 2014, he played at Plug in Sheffield with a Christmas Special with guests; Milburn members and Jon McClure from Reverend and the Makers, although it was a nostalgic place to be for people of Sheffield with Milburn classics, Joe also played new material and it seemed to go down well with the Yorkshire crowd.

I can’t tell you enough how much I’ve enjoyed 2014, and it can only get better in the new year, I hope you follow me on my journey.

Sharney x

KASABIAN

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So, this is my first post on a blogging site, crazy. It’s nearing the end of 2014 and I’ve never had a good go at one, but I thought this would be the right opportunity to take one up in my second uni year and give it a bash!

I’m a rookie at this stuff, but hopefully I’ll get better at this and hopefully it’s interesting enough for you guys! Please feel free to comment and tell me how I’m doing, I like to learn new things and well, we are all in this together as a blogging society!

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My absolute passion is music, so I thought I could write about one of my first ever gig experiences to relate to the theme of this being my first post.

Music is the only thing I have ever been interested in, being a 90′s kid and having a dad that listened religiously to Oasis and The Stone Roses, it just seemed to grow up with me, a musical family, having a mother and father and myself playing instruments from a young age it just seems that music has always been around me and always will and I think caring for it seems to definitely be shown in my life.

That’s why I’ve started this blog, to vent out all the things I have passions for whether that be live music, a career that I want to pursue, a personal time in my life that I want to share, my time at university, projects etc, etc, etc!

390124_2082035025601_136765159_nOne of my first ever live gigs that I got the opportunity to go to was Kasabian back in 2011 at Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena. The excitement and atmosphere of the arena was overwhelming and something I had only ever witnessed once before (at a Lady Gaga concert) but this was on a new whole level different, soon as the support act (Miles Kane) got everyone hyped up it felt as if the energy couldn’t possibly get any higher, but it did.

The energy that Tom and Serge give off to the crowd is most definitely a gift and not something you see daily within a gig, these two frontmen have the ability to show their presence in an unusual way, the crowd just watch in aura of magnificence as they stroll onto the stage knowing they’ve got everyone in the palm of their hands, shouting “Come on Nottingham!”

384544_2082049385960_1620488980_nThe two of them obviously have a strong friendship and have known each other from growing up together in their proud “Les- ta” City hometown. Whichthey recently performed at Victoria Park I jumped at the opportunity to go and obviously they never fail at putting on a show. The bright pink fluorescent screen counting down the minutes and seconds of when the show is about to begin is simply spine tingling.

Over the years they have produced the best albums of all time in my opinion but nothing will ever beat West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, the scratchy guitar riff at the beginning of the album, Underdog is a complete anthem.

Headlining Glastonbury this year is simply overwhelming for the band and for the fans.

From then on, they just progressed on to becoming one of the best bands around in the UK showing ‘the world just what they are’ – Serge.

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