Exhaustion

It’s been an intense month, and it’s not finished just yet.

If you’re not aware because you have an actual life and what not, it’s been Brighton Festival, Fringe Festival and The Great Escape over here in our little town. Thankfully I’m not involved in all three, but just two of them.

Brighton Festival runs all month and working with the Dome I’m part of the technician team that runs about four venues, every night. It’s been nice to see all the shows and don’t even get me started on all the things I’ve learned, but damn we’ve been spread out so thin with staff so we have all been on 12-16h shifts all month.

The Great Escape is a weekend festival in the city and it is packed with so much music over so many venues (some including the venues I work at with the Dome). I helped out my uni with their stage one day and then I had actual work the rest of the days. On top of that I wanted to enjoy TGE as it is one of my favourite weekends of the year.

To say I am exhausted, constantly de-hydrated and that I haven’t been eating properly this whole month would be just about right. This past week my body has caught up with me. Had to go home early from work on Wednesday because I was feeling ill, went home early from my internship on Thursday because I was feeling ill, took my call time down from 14h to 4h yesterday and have the day off today because I just can not function. I’m so tired I just want sleep.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and my colleagues and I’m so happy that I have this situation and all the things I’m learning. However, I’m so tired and now and I just want to get on a flight and go to Sweden just to relax a little. Four more days of work and then I’m on that flight out and not coming back in two weeks.

Sorry about the rant and the complaining, just had to get it out somewhere and that’s why I have this little blog of mine! But I do love my job and my colleagues and festivals and my life and I really am happy with all of it, I’m just exhausted and naggy haha!

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Last night.

It’s the last few hours of the last night that I live in London, at least for now. And as tomorrow approaches I’ve come to think back on this last year where I’ve lived my day to day in the amazing, vibrant, wondrous place that is the City of London.

For years I had been dreaming about moving over here but I’d never in a billion years would have thought that it’d be as amazing has it’s been. All the opportunities I’ve had, all the adventures I’ve been on and concerts I’ve been to, but most of all, all the friends I’ve made.

I’ve been to so many concerts this past year, so many random, last minute gigs that I heard about through some friend who texted me, or even through facebook. I have broadened my music horizons so much because of all the people I’ve discovered and all the music my friends have sent me. I have discovered my true passion for live music.

I’ve experienced working at a venue where I’ve done the stage thing, where I was the one setting up the rig and making sure everything worked so Will could do the sound engineering. I’ve been the one introducing myself to artists in the street telling them that we need to work together. I have the most amazing job, which I absolutely love, at one of the most well known venues in Europe. I’ve worked with my lecturer at the UK Beatbox Championship and at this intimate launch event. I have worked at eight festivals this summer of which one is Glastonbury, freaking Glastonbury! I’ve had so many opportunities this year in live music that I can not thank my lucky stars enough for.

Last night I went to a goodbye concert for this artis who I did sound engineering for a while back and just saying goodbye to him brought a tear to my eye, so sitting here, having to write this makes me cry even more. Even though I know I’m coming back to London on Tuesday for the rest of the week, the worst part about leaving London is leaving all my friends. I’ve met so many amazing people over this year, so many true friends, the kind of friends who will help you out in the darkest of times, who don’t mind it when you call them crying in the middle of the night or talk about the same boy for hours and hours, the kind of people who will offer you their house when you have nowhere to live or help you find something else. The sort of people who are passionate, and bright, and loyal, and loving, supporting, caring, and I could list a thousand other characteristics that my friends here have but I’d be sat here until the early hours in the morning and we just can’t have that. I want to thank you all for taking such amazing good care of me and for letting me be a part of your lives this year. Don’t go thinking you’re getting rid of me, because you’re not, I just wanted to thank you for the time that has been up until now and for the many many years to come.

I guess I’m just feeling very emotional and wish I could pack you all up and take you with me to Brighton, but I know I can’t, and I know that everyone has their own life and we all need to follow our dreams (wherever the darn things might take us) but just know that I love every single one of you.

So here’s to more amazing memories and to the many many years to come. I might be moving, but I’m not disappearing and you’re sure as h not getting rid of me that easy.

Falling in love with Brighton

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I know I keep saying this but it isn’t any less true, if anything it just becomes stronger and stronger.

I went back down to Brighton this past weekend to help out at a weekend event called The Great Skinhead Reunion, which 13 year-old me was freaking out about. If you didn’t know I went through a punk phase and this weekend has been like a throwback to that time of my life.

Luckily though I had a lot of time off so I could go exploring the city. The first day I went with my friend Faye from uni, who was also my life saver during this weekend as her and her mother took me in to their home and let me stay there. I can honestly not thank them enough! She, however, showed me all the cool places where the locals hang, or whatever. But it was very nice having a townie with me showing me parts of the city I didn’t know about before.

I also went exploring with my new friend Bea and by myself. There is so much to see in the city that I feel like I always discover something new, and I make a conscious effort to take different routes to places and go in to different shops to see what I can find and discover. It is a magical city, however corny that sounds.

The event itself was fun as well. We did most of the work in the evenings, so turning up to set the rig up and then take it down after the live performances. I can honestly say that a) I’m very exhausted from doing nothing and b) skinheads are still some of the nicest, most fun-loving people I’ve ever met.

Anyway, I’m back in London now and I have a few days here before I head back down to work at Wildlife festival, and I’m actually getting payed this time around!!

Hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend as well!

All the love,
xx

The Great Escape ’16

 

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What an amazing weekend!!

Festival season has started for little old me and I could not have asked for a better festival to kick it off with than The Great Escape. For those of you who don’t know, The Great Escape is a city showcase festival with loads of artist playing from like 12pm to 3am all around venues in all of Brighton. I was lucky enough to be a volunteer, and even though we are at the very bottom of the hierarchy I still had a blast, learned so much and made amazing friends and contacts!

I arrived on Wednesday and went to my friend Sofia’s to drop my bag and have a quick catchup with her before heading down to registration and briefing. When I was down there they asked if a few of us could stay and help finish a box of goody bags that needed doing, naive little me thought that it wouldn’t take that long and that one box shouldn’t be that much… Hours. It took us hours to get through that bloody box..

Thursday was the very first day of the actual festival so I went to sign in and then to the North Lain Brewhouse, or as I call it, work. There I met Tyler who was the Sound Engineer Volunteer and when we finally managed to get inside we met Symond (Venue Rep), Sam (Sound Engineer) and Jack (some other important role that I can not for the life of me remember!) One hour in to the day and our backline hasn’t turned up for soundcheck and there’s bands missing and everything just seems to be going mad and Symond hands me the radio and says “I have to pop away for a bit, I’ll be back, but you’re in charge.” Yeah, inside I was panicking, on the outside I was as calm as can be. It went ok though, nothing really happened. We finally got another backline and the show went on, a bit late, but we managed to catch up the time we lost. At the end of the night I was so knackered I just went home and went to sleep, tbh.

Friday was a good day. Another show day and two of my friends came around which was very fun, got to spend some time with my people whilst doing what I love! At the end of the night I was very keen on going out, because why not? I somehow ended up in a club with Jack (boss person who’s role I can’t remember) and his mates and we were dancing, there was jagerbombs going around and before I knew it I was walking home at 4am. Safe to say Brighton people know how to party! I thought my Spanish side could take it but the level of my hangover the next day was ridiculous..

Saturday morning I got to the venue and asked for water, loads and loads of water and tea and just kept myself hydrated all the time because I was dying! Not only from my hangover but from tiredness as well.. The day was long but I had Paige there so we had a nice chat and then I went off to see Mindofalion to another venue as well so I had a little break. Somehow I was very keen on going out again but when I was heading home no one was going out and as soon as I got in to bed I got the text of where people were at.. Yeah, very annoying.. So I stayed in bed and had a very long and nice sleep!

Sunday was epic. The festival itself was over on Saturday and so all the staff and volunteers got free drinks from 12 to 6pm and I can promise you, we made good use of them free drinks! I was meant to just pop down for one drink and say proper goodbyes to the peeps but instead I started drinking beer and going to the photobooth and dancing and all of the sudden I was getting the 10.44pm train home which was so slow and annoying and I didn’t get home/fall asleep until like 2am, which normally wouldn’t bother me, but I had an exam this morning, hehe..

Anyway, the festival was amazing, Brighton was amazing and everything this weekend has just been amazing and fun. I can honestly say that I’ve come back from Brighton a changed person, being more honest with myself about what I want in life and how I’m going to get there.

So here’s to next year TGE!
xxx

James Bay at work

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I just got home after the best shift at work. This is because we had the very first James Bay show of the four sold out shows he’s playing at the Hammersmith Apollo.

Honesty hour! Before I found out he was gonna play at work I had only heard two or three of his songs, but I did my homework and quite liked it.

After months of waiting the day was finally here, the fist gig! I got to work hours before I was ment to be there and watched James do soundcheck and completely fell in love. Then my amazing bosses put me on one of the inside bars so I got to see the whole show!

Soundcheck felt like a little personal gig because I was pretty much the only one there for the few hours it lasted, sitting up in circle just admiring the hard work and passion this artists puts in to his art. He was kind and funny to both musicians, backup singers and crew, but also a professional and kew exactly how he wanted the night to sound. The vocals sounded like a little piece of heaven in that empty auditorium where you could literally hear a pin drop. You know the sound that they put in the movies when they see heaven? It sounded like that, just… Well heavenly! Also, fun fact: he was not wearing his legendary hat during soundcheck!

The room started filling up as soon as the doors were open at 7pm. The support act was called Frances. She was a lovely girl that just sat there with her little keyboard and some amazingly kickass vocals and lyrics. Just my cup of tea, also, the perfect opening act for James Bay. She played for half an hour and then James was finally on!

Obviously, because I was working, I couldn’t just stand there and watch the whole show, I was serving alcoholic beverages to costumers but I still watched a fair bit of it!

James was received with a roaring scream from all the fans, both male and female. He played for about 90 minutes and the crowd, and myself, just wanted more! He has an amazing stage presence, he involves the crowd and just expels so much passion and enjoyment that it’s hard not to love him, his music and his gigs.

The highlights for myself were when he played “If you ever want to fall in love”, “Let it go”, “Best fake smile”, “Move together” and “Hold back the river”. Obviously these are his most famous songs so a big percentage of why they were highlights is because the crowd was singing along. Which brings me to my absolute favourite moment of the whole night: “Scars”. I have no words to describe the feeling inside me when the whole crowd started singing along with James in perfect harmony, myself and my friend and colleague Cannelle had honest goosebumps and were on the verge of tearing up! I wish I could upload a video so you could all experience the amazingness that is a whole crowd singing along to a song they all love.

Mid concert he did something very unexpected, he just started playing the chords to Elvis Presleys “Can’t help falling in love” and when the crowd caught up with it and started singing along, the smile on his face was amazing. He didn’t sing a single lyric, he just played and let the crowd do the singing.

He had an en-cours, of course, and did a few more songs, finishing up with a cover and then “Hold back the river”, leaving the crowd wanting more like a true professional.

All in all it was an amazing experience, even if I did have to work it! Myself and my colleagues were dancing and singing and having a blast, which the customers were also loving haha!

So yeah, this is a highly recommended show to go to! Even if it is sold out, some people can’t go and are selling their tickets online, look for some and don’t miss out on an epic night out!

All photos are mine unless stated otherwise.

5500 words and 50min.

I may or may not be a bit stressed and overwhelmed at the moment.

This past week we have been getting all of our assessment briefs for our term two assessments at uni and it ads up to 5500 written words and 50min worth of presentations… Luckily 20min of these presentations are just to prepare us for our 1500 written assessment..

I’ve now been writing down all the research for my Events Management assessment for about three weeks and I’m up to five pages of research and I’m not even done.. I don’t want to know how many words that is because I bet you it’s more than 1000..

Anyway, how’s your guys’s life been? I’m sorry I’m very MIA from here, and anywhere really haha! Quite bussy with uni work and actual work and sleep and social life and youtube and everything.. Hopefully come March 20th I’m done with uni for a month and I can get my life back and maybe even go to the gym! Doesn’t that sound amazing?!

Been sitting here listening to my “starred” playlist on spotify, which is a playlist I haven’t touched in years, whilst writing down all this research and mate, I used to listen to some great tunes! Right now Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson is playing, this tune was my jam! *cringe because of basic white bitch language*

I do need to get back to doing uni work now, I won’t have that much time this week so I need to get as much of it done as possible today, hopefully even be done with the research for this one and do a first draft of my Physical and Digital Marketing one before our meeting in a week… Doesn’t my life sound like fun?!

Enjoy life kids, it’s short and we’re young a dumb!
xxx

London.

I’m back home, back in London and I couldn’t be happier to be here!
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed being in Spain and seeing old friends and my family but, as per usual, I stayed too long.

I got back on the 6th and had a chilled day in where I unpacked and did some food shopping before getting in to bed really early. Yesterday I had to go by some things I needed like underwear and what not, I saw Carmi and cuddled her for a bit and then went to work. I enjoyed work yesterday, it was a short shift, I got put on my favourite bar and there were no rude customers! After work we headed over to the pub and I had a very deep conversation with one of the guys from work about Christmas and how we’re ment to look at thing from a skeptic perspective, quite interesting.

Today I’ve called the TV licensing people to tell them to leave me alone, that I don’t use my tv so they can just shush. I’ve called the people from the gym I used to go to in August to tell them to give me back the money they’ve been charging me and to stop doing it, I haven’t been a member since September. And I’ve payed my last Three bill which I honestly have just been putting off, so that one was on me haha! I’ve also edited todays video and that’s uploading as I write this, it’s an unusual one so keep an eye out for that! I’m now emailing with an artist manager about some school work and I’m going to study for my Events Management assessment that I have do in ten weeks.. It’s good to be back!

I’m now going to do that so have a lovely day and a wonderful weekend and I’ll talk to you whenever! xx