The Brit Awards – 2015

Tonight is The Brits, one of the biggest nights in British Music celebrating the best in British music.  Growing up The Brits and the Smash Hit Poll Winners Party were my favourite shows, TV that wasn’t to be missed.  Long before MTV, Youtube, iTunes and even the internet (yes, I’m that old) this was how you found out about the best albums or new international acts to listen too. For the past few years I’ve gone off the Brits a bit, I remember a couple of years ago as they announced nominations and winners I would be like “Who is this?” Lets hope tonight is a good one!

Tonight the show kicked off with Taylor Swift, an act who a few years ago was seen as a country act and who appealed to a much younger fan base.  Just goes to show how far she has come that she can open a show like this… I mean, I of course, love her but its good to see that everyone else loves her too… During her performance I was texted by my sister and a friend about how great Taylor is!

First Award: Male Artist, goes to Ed Sheeran!! Another fave of mine, his latest album X is fantastic and as a live performer he is on another level! He has sold out 3 dates at Wembley Stadium later in the year and I am gutted I’m not going.  His recent session on Radio 1 live lounge is great too. Also his birthday is my birthday too, so that makes him even greater!

Second Award: British Group, goes to Royal Blood – Ok this is a “WHO?” moment… I’m not going to pretend I know any of their songs… What about 1D or Coldplay.

The second performance is Sam Smith, who recently won 4 Grammys, I have to confess I’m a little behind on the Sam Smith bandwagon, I haven’t listened to the album and I kind of feel like I should now, as this performance of Lay Me Down is beautiful.

Third Award: International Female Solo Artist goes to, Taylor Swift!! Her first Brit Award!! That seems crazy, I was torn between her and Beyonce, but the rest of the nominees I was like “Er Who?” How good a move was going pop for Taylor! WE LOVE YOU TAYLOR!

Ok, Royal Blood are performing and have to say not loving it…. next please! And also ITV, these ad breaks are getting a bit much!

Fourth Award: British Female Solo Artist, Paloma Faith.  Another “who?” category really, but glad that Paloma won over the others, especially as she was very emotional! Everyone loves a rambling award winner, except for the guy trying to keep the show on time!

Next up, Ed Sheeran performs Bloodstream, this is what he does best, him, a guitar and a loop pedal.  Recording the chords and harmonies before he starts to sing.  He is a truly talented performer, singer and songwriter.

Its another ad break! The way they keep going on about Madonna performing for the first time in 14 years, you just know its going to be rubbish!

Fifth Award: Global Success Award, going to the artist who’s new releases have sold the most outside of the UK, this year it’s Sam Smith! What a shame though that more attention is being given to Kim Kardashian not Sam Smith!

So performing now, unsurprisingly is Kayne West, I have no idea what he’s singing about and he’s obviously swearing as the sound keeps getting muted.  Waste of stage time if you ask me! This is worst than the ad breaks!!

So back to the awards, Sixth Award is: International Male Solo Artist ok, this is another “Who?” category for me…. so Pharrell wins and he’s not there… Can we not just have Ed sing again, or even Taylor and Ed – no, ok I guess we’ll go to another ad break.

Now we have Take That performing, seems something is missing to me, I just liked them as a four piece.  However Howard is doing a good job keeping that drum going, but Mark looks like a little old man with his guitar. It’s Take That so there is no doubt it’ll be a hit.. its just no Greatest Day or Never Forget.

Seventh Award: British Single, its gotta be Ed or Sam hasn’t it? NO, its Uptown Funk, I totally blame The X Factor for this. So we go straight into the next award, seems they’ve realised its time to move things along a bit.

Eighth Award: International group, firstly presented by John Bishop who looks lovely with a beard and the winner is… Foo Fighters. Now performing its George Ezra singing Budapest, which will be stuck in my head all night.

Ninth Award: British Breakthrough, Sam Smith was last years Critic’s Choice winner, this year Breakthrough… next year best Male?! What a year Sam Smith has had. Ok I’ll get the album, seems he’s not too bad.

Paloma Faith is performing with rain… that is all! But seriously I do love her voice

Tenth Award: British Video of the Year, I voted for 1D!! And they win!! But where are they… 5 Awards in total for 1D over the last few years.

So now I’m guessing all that’s left is the final award British Album and Madonna but not before a final ad break!

Eleventh and final award: British Album, ED SHEERAN!!! Fourth Brit award in total, 6 times platinum with X. Keep making music Ed!

I think they put Madonna on at the end, so if the show overran, they could cut out her performance and it’s just the same performance as the Grammys except she fell over, so it was worth watching just for that!

So that’s the Brits over for another year.  There was some good performances and worthy winners, but I can’t say I loved all the winners.  I’ll always watch but its just not the same as it used to be. Tonight was all about Ed and Taylor for me.

Gig Of The Year – 2014

So after a year of gigs and events what would I pick out as my highlight of the year…
I’m going to be cheeky and pick a few well it’s my blog I make the rules!
Firstly looking at the non music gigs I went to, I’m going to choose Froch vs Groves at Wembley. This was my first ever boxing event. It was so impressive I like to watch boxing at home but am usually asleep by the main event and have to be woken for the big fight so I was worried that I would get tired and restless. But it’s not possible, one the seats aren’t comfy enough for sleep but secondly and more importantly the atmosphere is electric. I didn’t expect that really and it made it all the more enjoyable. I was so pleased Carl Froch won, it was a great punch. Though at the time Peter didn’t agree with the stoppage once we rewatched it at home you could just see Froch knock the stuffing out of him. It was a brilliant event and I really hope I manage to see more boxing live.
Now my best music gig… This is going to be hard… So let’s do a top 3… Like I said before my blog… My rules 🙂
In third place Kacey Musgraves with John and Jacob supporting. I love Kacey and I love John and Jacob so this really is the perfect gig!! Plus we met John and Jacob after and then went to their first headline gig 2 weeks later!
In second place Taylor Swift, I liked Taylor before I saw her in concert. I LOVED her and wanted to be her by the time the concert finished!!
And in first place Ed Sheeran one guy, a guitar and a loop pedal is all you need to have one of the best gigs ever! Well maybe ticker tape was missing, but I won’t hold that against him!
Happy New Year – here’s to more music in 2015!

2014…. finally

Finally, this year’s gigs

Sun 2nd Feb – Taylor Swift @02

Sun 2nd Mar – Eric Church @Shepherds Bush (for the second time)

Tues 4th Mar – Beyonce @02 (for the second time)

Sat 15th Mar – C2C Festival feat Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley, Dixie Chicks & Zac Brown Band

Sun 16th Mar – C2C Festival feat Chris Young, The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts & Brad Paisley

Wed 14th May – Barry Manilow @Wembley Arena

Wed 28th May – NKOTB @Hammersmith (third time)

Sun 8th Jun – One Direction @Wembley Stadium

Sun 6th July – Kasey Musgraves @Shepherds Bush (second time & John & Jacob support)

Sat 12th July – Eminem @Wembley Stadium

Mon 21st July – John & Jacob @The Borderline

Sun 12th October – Ed Sheeran @02 (for the second time)

Tues 18th Nov – Darius Rucker @Shepherds Bush

Plus still to come

Thurs 11th Dec – Professor Green @Roundhouse

2012

2012 saw the supergroup that was New Kids on the Block & Backstreet Boys join together! Plus I saw Kelly Clarkson again, she is one act when I see sing live I just want to be her, jumping around to ‘since you’ve been gone’.  And on a complete whim after listening to 1 song on the radio I got tickets to see The Band Perry.  Country acts don’t come to the UK often, so when they do.. I HAVE to see them! Like when I see Boots in the sale in my size, I HAVE to buy them too!

Sat 29th Apr – NKOTBsB @02

Mon 4th Jun – Coldplay @Emirates (third seeing coldplay)

Tues 16th Oct – Ed Sheeran @Hammersmith

Sat 20th Oct – Kelly Clarkson @Wembley Arena (for at least the third time)

Mon 19th Nov – The Band Perry @KOKO

Fri 23rd Nov – Robbie Williams @02 (for the fourth time)