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Monday, 30 September 2013

What's going on...

So, second year has started, and I think its gonna be a tough one.

I only have seven and a half hours teaching a week, now, you may be thinking "What are you paying £9000 for?!" but I'm two weeks into second year and I am already thinking about the books I need to be reading and what I need to be researching in my spare time. My modules are all written based for this semester, so I have three, 3000 word essays to write for submission in January and a twenty minute presentation for November. Cue panic mode.

It will be great writing practice though, and as long as I keep on top of everything, I hope I will be ok. (fingers crossed)

I had a great lecturer today who really got me thinking and because he was enthusiastic, so was I. There is nothing worse than a lecturer just reading off a piece of paper in the same monotonous tone.

I have recently started writing for www.seatcapital.com , on a volunteering basis, but it's a really good platform for starting out and I think the website will get a lot bigger.


Livvy x

Friday, 27 September 2013

Christine McVie returns to the stage


(From left to right: Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks and friend of the band and one half of the Eurythmics, Dave Stewart)

Earlier this week (September 25th) Christine McVie joined her former band mates for their second show at London's O2 arena. She hasn't played with the band for 15 years, and after much speculation, she returned to the stage to perform their classic "Don't Stop".

Nicks had previously told Rolling Stone in 2012 that there was more chance of an asteroid hitting the earth than Christine McVie to return with the band. 

Watch a video of the performance HERE from NME.

She also is rumoured to play at their final London show tonight. I'm guessing that she won't be performing in Manchester, but I'm extremely happy that she's got back on stage with the band.

Livvy x


Thursday, 26 September 2013

Kate Rusby - Stockport Plaza - 21st September


I recently saw Kate Rusby live for the third time, this time at Stockport Plaza; the show was (for want of a better expression) like a big warm hug. She has been in the industry for 20 years now, Kate and her four piece band never seem to stop touring, and I hope they don't stop for a long time to come.

Her versions of traditional folk songs are simply beautiful, as are her own works as a songwriter. Story telling of her life and of the songs she sings are a big part of her shows, and they are the reasons she is so likeable, and why she continues to fill out theatres across the country.

Kate's tour continues until 21st December.

http://www.katerusby.com/


Livvy x

Thursday, 19 September 2013

You've Got To Hold On



I saw Alabama Shakes at Hard Rock Calling this year, they were out of this world and sounded better than their recordings. Their music is uplifting and empowering blues and rock and roll. This song is especially, and I'm listening to it on repeat at the moment.

You've got to hold on.


Livvy x

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Rachel Waters



www.facebook.com/IAmRachelWaters


Rachel Waters is an up and coming singer/songwriter from Kelso, Scotland. As a recent graduate from Salford University with a degree in Music, she is currently performing in and around Manchester with a full live band.

 I was inspired to post about her when just a couple of days ago I woke up with one of her songs, 'Alibi' stuck in my head. Her music is pure pop and her songs would fit right in on Ken Bruce's show on Radio 2.

She is a storyteller with a velvet voice, and her songs of heartache and dreams are to the tune of unforgettable melodies.

Check out her acoustic session HERE. You definitely will be hearing more from her.


Livvy x

Saturday, 14 September 2013

My Ultimate Favourite Band



Fleetwood Mac. Unforgettable lyrics, mind blowing music, and a history that wouldn't seem out of place in a soap opera.

I am lucky enough to be seeing them on October 1st in Manchester. Christine McVie is confirmed to play a couple of shows on this tour, read about it HERE. I am hoping she will be at Manchester. 

I will definitely be posting my thoughts, maybe a review, as soon as I can after the gig. I seriously cannot wait!

Who are your favourite band? And Why? 

Livvy x

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Upcoming Gigs

I am seeing so many different people this winter, I really can't wait:


Kate Rusby - 21st September

Fleetwood Mac - 1st October

Lissie - 27th October

Stereophonics - 14th November

KT Tunstall - 16th November


I'll possibly have a few more coming up too, who knows, but live music, isn't it great? Do you have any shows coming up soon? or who do you want to see live? Let me know! 

Livvy x

Friday, 6 September 2013

THAT Miley Cyrus performance



You'd have to have been living under a rock to have not heard about this performance of "We Can't Stop" and Robin Thicke and Pharell's "Blurred Lines".

There is no doubt that this girl is talented, years of being in the limelight has clearly made her knowledgable of what makes the music, and celebrity industry tick. Many people have been saying she's 'doing a Britney' and she's 'another disney star gone off the rails', but I think she knows just exactly what she's doing, and she is going about it in the most surprising ways possible.

The MTV VMA's are notorious for history making, and shocking performances; Madonna has performed numerous times and her performances always hit the headlines, not to mention the 2003 performance of "Like A Virgin" and "Hollywood" with Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Missy Elliott.

We've seen this happen before, young stars emerging into notable women of the pop music industry, from a 'Good Girl' image to one which screams "I'm grown up now". Look at Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears and how respected they are now, and their back catalogue has included many a shocking, raunchy performance.

She collaborates with great writers and producers, she writes catchy music and that's what people are interested in, isn't it...  ?

Miley did make history, sure, it was shocking, people are still talking about it now and after all - 
"There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about." - Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray.




Livvy x