John & Jacob, The Barfly – Camden

So the first music gig of the year was upon us.  Last night Mum & I headed into London to see John & Jacob play The Barfly in Camden.

This was the fourth time we were seeing John & Jacob.  We discovered them when they supported The Band Perry, then we saw them support Kacey Musgraves and then last year when they played their first headline gig at The Borderline.

Mum & I were waiting at the venue from about 6pm, doors opened at 7.  Twitter checks (aka Twitter Stalking) showed us that the band had done sound checks and they’d posted a picture of them outside the venue…. so I knew what they were wearing…. I jokingly said to Mum what would we do if they walked pasted and not 10 mins later they did infact stroll past the venue – spotted because I knew John was wearing a pink hoodie… So of course, I ran out of the venue, down the street after them for a picture!!

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The support band was a British country group called Holloway Road, they were really good and are also playing one of the C2C pop up stages.  I’d really recommend going to see them.

The venue was small so we’d gotten ourselves a nice spot by the edge of the stage. There didn’t appear to be any side entrance to the stage, so when the time came John & Jacob walked through the crowd to get onto the stage.

The setlist included some favourites, Ride with Me, Coming back for you, Done which they wrote for The Band Perry and many more. There were also 4 new songs! We knew from Twitter checks (aka stalking) and seeing them arrive that The Shires were also at the gig, so we did wonder if they might make a sneaky appearance on stage.  Finally they were invited on stage to sing Breaking the Law (one of my favourite songs) with John and Jacob… It’s really great to see British country music getting the exposure it deserves.

As we drew to the end of the gig, they played  ‘I’d go back’, a really beautiful love song. The song starts so low and quiet with Jacob singing, and the crowd hushed to listen to the song, and they all started to sing along. By the chorus we are all singing as loud as we could and this carried on through the rest of the song, as it ends John says to Jacob that gave me chills and they talk about how even when they play gigs in America, though don’t get that reaction of the crowd singing along to every word.

The gig ends with ‘Be my girl’ the song made famous by the TV show Nashville and again, its massively popular as we all sing along. I’m really grateful that John & Jacob continue to visit the UK, I just can’t wait for the day they play Shepherds Bush or C2C.  They really deserve that success and they seem to have the fan base

It was exciting to hear new music too, so now we just need to know when the next album will be out and when they will return to the UK.

John & Jacob
Tuning up!

John & Jacob

John & Jacob

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Maximise your life – Jillian Michaels

Not only is this gig/event my first of the year, it’s also the first seminar/motivational thing I’ve been too and my first time at the indigo at O2. It’s actually a really lovely venue, quite small and any seat would be a good one. I bought my obligatory gig merchandise, a t-shirt and signed book.

Jillian Michaels Book & T
Signed Book & Tshirt

This show is split into 3 sections

Science – What does calories mean

Sweat – How we burn some of those calories

Self – Why not you!

The first two sections are all about calories and working out and we all know it’s not rocket science.  Eat less, move more… and by less she doesn’t mean air souffle and a speck of dust. You are going to want treats and burgers so Jillian says just follow the 80/20 rule and 20% of the time allow yourself those foods you enjoy.

It’s not about being perfect but about progressing… Not being stuck…

There were millions of quotes of saying’s she came out with one of the best for me was

Destiny is a matter of choice. Not a matter of chance

Also who knew Jillian hates working out! But she does it because of what she gains from it – being able to enjoy a cheese burger, wearing skinny jeans or a bikini and being able to run around and be a part of her kids lives, not a spectator.

The only rule she sets in the the Self section is ‘Don’t be a dick’, treat people nicely and be kind. She talks about living in your present, not your past and how if bad things have happen to you that’s in the past and you can’t change it, you can just change how you act in your present.

Trust your gut, Make new mistakes

What she explains is, it’s ok to fail to make mistakes because of the person you’ll be afterwards…

And who knew Jillian was so hilarious, she had the audience in stitches and it was so enjoyable to be a part of it…

So what did I take away from last night, well…

I won’t be eating air soufflé or a speck of dust for dinner.

I won’t use the thigh spreader at the gym – no one wants to see that

2 hours with Jillian Michaels did me more good than 10 months of antidepressants.

Today I’m gonna be fucking awesome…

First gig of the year – Maximise your life, Jillian Michaels

Well I don’t know if it counts as a gig, but tomorrow I will see Jillian Michaels of Biggest Loser fame as part of her Maximise Your Life Tour. I don’t know what to expect, but I imagine there won’t be any singing!

I am a huge Jillian fan, from Biggest Loser to her fitness DVDs I find her inspiring and am known to spout ‘unless you faint, puke or die, Keep Running!’ to anyone who joins me on a run! Once I saw she was coming to the UK I booked tickets immediately, I really believe that when American stars find their way across the pond to us that we should show our support and then hopefully they’ll come over more often

Its true I’ve fallen off the weight loss, healthy eating wagon of late and have a decent amount of weight to lose to feel healthy again.  Not thin or even slim, just healthy. Thing is I know what I need to do, eat less, move more! This diet malarky isn’t that hard, its just not always that fun!

I hope to leave inspired and energised to start this next chapter of healthy living