Music festivals are no longer the niche affairs they once were, when they catered strictly to only tribal and dedicated music fans and the hardcore party goers.
Now, it seems that the Great British Public in general has fallen head over heels in love with music festivals, with the UK leading the way with the greatest number of revellers each year. This is probably because the majority of the major music festivals can be found in the UK, including the ‘heavy hitters’ such as Glastonbury and rock monster Reading.
However, this doesn’t mean that your festival-going need be confined to this rainy island. There are plenty of festivals across Europe that, although they haven’t been around so long, have still managed to build their own impressive – and often sundrenched – reputations.
Glastonbury, 26-30 June
OK, there’s really no other sensible way of starting this article off. Glastonbury is THE festival. It’s the mother of modern rock festival culture, born in 1970 and influenced by hippie ethics and the free festival movement.
Of course, it’s no longer free, though the hippie ethics remain in some form in the Green Fields and of course, the Stone Circle. Once the music is over and the sun is set, the Stone Circle’s hill becomes a sea of campfires, bongos and guitars – a great place to chill out and meet new folks. Of course, if you’re after something a little more lively, you’ll find DJs going all night long around the Shangri-La.
Each year, Glastonbury pulls in headliners that are almost unrivalled by other festivals. Although the pay is said to be significantly lower than other festivals, the biggest artists still line up to play – a testament to its legacy. This year, they’ve managed to secure The Rolling Stones. What more needs to be said?
Reading, 23-25 August
One of the original rock festivals, Reading has long secured its place in the psyche of the festival goer. Smaller than Glastonbury and with easy access and a location close to Reading town makes this a perfect starter festival – and this can be seen clearly in its clientele, largely comprised of those in their late teens and early twenties.
Unfortunately, they recently retired the ‘metal day’ (usually Sunday), which has upset the old guard. However, the line-up is still impressive enough to cater for all your rock needs, whether you’re of the sharply dressed Indie persuasion, or prefer your rockers bearded and in black. This year’s headliners include Green Day, Biffy Clyro and Eminem.
This one is a little further afield than the festivals above, being held in Budapest, Hungary. However, it’s the festival that Michael Eavis recommends (other than his own, obviously). Essentially, it’s Glastonbury under an almost-guaranteed baking hot sun. So, if you don’t want to take a gamble with torrential rain, you may want to head here instead.
Despite the travel costs, the festival isn’t too expensive. The Tickets works out less (especially considering the festival is eight days long), and prices inside for food and drink are substantially cheaper than they are in the UK. You’ll also get a beautiful European city to explore and Turkish baths to recover in.
Music is a great eclectic mix of almost anything you could wish for. It’s like Glastonbury, but with added metal. A good number of the venues inside never close, either. Good luck!
A major favourite on the festival circuit, this is where a music festival meets a beach holiday. Held each year in Benicassim on the east coast of Spain between Valencia and Barcelona, it provides all-night parties and a fantastic selection of music. This year’s headliners include The Killers, Arctic Monkeys and Queens of the Stone Age.
Funding your festival
There’s no denying than festivals aren’t cheap. There’s the admission ticket and travel, then all the money you’re likely to spend on food, booze and other celebratory aides. But there are extra ways of funding your fun.
You might have found yourself thinking about your music collection as you looked through the line-ups this year and you may well have picked out a few embarrassments. Why not sell these for a little extra pocket money with Music Magpie?
It’s simple: just type the CD’s barcode or title into the valuation bar and it’ll give you the value of the album. Then all you need to do is send it to them free of charge and they do the rest – an easy way to make extra cash for your festival experience. They also take second-hand DVDs, games, clothes and electronics.
Microblogging is just like traditional blogging, except the posts tend to be short and to the point. Microblogs are typically personal blogs, where individuals just state what they are doig or planning to do shortly. Matt George from Australia says he keeps his posts at 50 words or less because” I keep them short and sweet – just like my men!” You can view his microblog at http://www.matt-george.me
A number of microblogging platforms are available but there is nothing to stop people from using traditional blogging platforms like WordPress to create microblogs. It takes a lot of skill to keep readers engaged with short blog posts so most microbloggers use pictures and videos to hold readers attention. Clever, witty microbloggers don’t have a problem attracting readers who don’t necessarily have the time or inclination to read long, rambling posts.
Twitter is often refered to as a microblog but this is inaccurate. A microblog is a freestanding blog that a person can attach their own domain name to and add videos and pictures. The only similarity with Twitter and microblogs is the post size, Twitter is not a blogging platform. Social media posts are really status updates, not blog posts.
Microblogging is the new, informal communication medium that’s taking over the Internet. Both organizations and private citizens are posting short, daily updates to their readers, never bothering to write long blog posts.
A movie aficionado and a critic as he is known, Eric Schiffer Seop developed his love for film at a young age. Being a native in Queens New York, he has been exposed in places where great movies like God father, Citizen Kane, Reservoir Dogs and Taxi Driver were captured. Eric Schiffer Seop is actually a fan of renowned director Quentin Tarantino and he even described him as a genius.
Quentin Tarantino is a video store clerk who eventually emerged as a famous and award winning director. While he was working as a clerk,, he has been exposed to different movies which honed him to become a great and well-known director in the United States. According to her mother, he has developed his love for movies at an early age. He also loves story telling. In fact, he used to write sad Mother’s day stories for her mother, Connie Zastoupil. “He’d always kill me and tell me how bad he felt about it,” she explained further. Though it may be a weird way of showing his love for writing and his mother, Mrs. Zastoupil said that Quentin’s stories are enough to make her cry.
Quentin was actually a high school drop-out. He hates going to school and he usually spend most of his time watching movies or reading comics. Studying is not his craft. During his interview for Entertainment weekly he said that the only subject that he liked is history. “History was cool and I did well there, because it was kind of like the movies,” he said.
He started working as an usher at an adult film theater before he worked for the Video Archives in Manhattan Beach, California. Together with a workmate who shared the same passion for film, he began writing some script ideas as early as that time. In fact, he has written numerous screenplays and two of which are the True Romance and Natural Born Killers. Quentin’s debut film, Reservoir Dogs was released in 1992 under the producer Lawrence Bender.
His ticket to success was the widely acclaimed film Pulp Fiction in 1994 which has a total gross of $108 million at the box office. Quentin was also the man behind the Kill Bill series that starred Uma Thurman who earned a Golden Globe nomination for that movie. In 2009, he was nominated for best director and best screenplay for the film Inglorious Bastards. Recently, his film Django Unchained, became the highest-grossing film at the North American box office.
If there’s one thing most music people understand, it’s the importance to be up to date with technology. Technology, by its nature, constantly adapts and evolves to suit our needs, working around our lifestyle.
TV, on the other hand, has been a bit slow to keep up with the technological arms race. Thankfully, this is set to change as the likes of YouView are proving more and more popular; bringing both catch-up services and on-demand services into the living room.
One of the major benefits of this service is its library of on-demand films and shows. Whatever you’re after, be it a music documentary or any other genre, you can find something to suit your tastes. There’s no waiting around; the average person is far too busy to work around their TV and this system allows your TV to work around you.
As has already been stated, the average person is often too busy to sit down and watch something when it’s on. A hectic lifestyle always makes this difficult, so it was only a matter of time until technology found a solution.
Catch-up TV allows you to watch any missed programmes or shows you want to see and all from the comfort of your living room. Typically, you’d have to go online and find these, often sitting at a computer. Yet with YouView, you can stream these programmes direct from your TV allowing you to watch anything in the most comfortable environment possible.
The Audio Experience
Of course, audio is just as important as visuals and some people go to some lengths to achieve their ideal sound system. In many cases, this often extends to the TV. If you’ve worked hard to set up a 5.1 surround sound system to enhance your viewing experience then you want to make sure any addition devices or services can utilise this as well.
Fortunately, YouView takes these needs into consideration and is fully compatible with Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound. This way, you can even gain the same sound sensations you would normally, ensuring that you really don’t miss out on anything.
Likewise, the services are also compatible with HD TV, ensuring that you can watch your chosen programmes in the highest definition available. Similar to audio, why should you sacrifice visual quality just because you missed a TV show the first time?
This is just one of the many solutions that both catch-up and on-demand TV answer when combined in services such as YouView.
Chris Stokes a native of Los Angeles is a successful entrepreneur and entertainer. He is nicknamed “The Hundred Million Dollar Man”. His music career kicked off when he discovered several stars including Brandy, Omarion, Marques Houston, Immature and B2K. Stokes has been in the music industry since he was seventeen. He has however succeeded in transitioning from music to TV and film. Stokes has a passion for directing and writing.
Although he loves music and doing music videos, he has lived his dream of directing films.
Stokes is involved in consultancy for Marques Houston and Omarion careers. This has been influenced by the desire to affect positively the new next generation of music moguls. As a result, these groups have been successful enough to receive their own label. This has in turn allowed Stokes to focus more on his Television and Film career.
Stokes is a successful songwriter who has contributed significantly to the tracks of superstar groups such as the Destiny Child, Immature and B2K. He has also written on the solo projects of Marques Houston and Omarion. He is considered an influential player in the R&B music.
In the year 2003, he made his mark directing/ writing debut with the “You Got Served”; the film was a success in Hollywood, opening at number 1 and dominating the scene through the next two weeks. “You Got Served” proceeded to gross over $150 million approximately in DVD and in box office combined.
Stoke has progressed to direct a total of more than 150 videos for many artists in his label and artists drawn from other labels including the lead single for hit film commonly referred to as “Feel the Noise” by Jennifer Lopez produced and the video by Omarion “Cut Off Time”. In 2007 December, he shot two videos “Hey Baby” and “Girlfriend” for the Omarion duet album with Face off, Bow Wow.
Stokes latest project involves a dance film that is titled “Battlefield America”. Stokes is particularly excited about this new dance movie. He expects it to put a new twist to the dance movies.
Furthermore, Chris Stokes has ventured into the notable Clothing industry together with Christopher Brian. They have been successful in producing a high-end apparel line. Stokes has been the creative director for the apparel line since its inception. The line represents his desire for luxurious clothes for both men and women. In fact, this collection became a great success during the MAGIC trade show at the Las Vegas in the year 2007.
The famous TV producer Bruce Gowers is a revolutionary figure in the world of modern entertainment. This television director has worked with some of the world’s biggest stars and produced shows that have changed the shape of modern TV.
It is very important to look at his achievements to understand where this person is coming from and how he has pushed the boundaries of the industry. Bruce Gowers worked with music geniuses such as Michael Jackson and The Rolling Stones, but he doesn’t limit himself to music productions and is also known in the world of comedy for a successful series Whose Line Is it Anyway and also Specials for some of the biggest comics working today such as Robin Williams and Billy Crystal.
He is also the father of famous televisions series and a force to be reckoned with in modern TV.
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The popularity of hair removal laser products continues to rise as permanent hair removal is seen as an attractive alternative to shaving daily, using depilatory creams or enduring waxing. It’s very effective on people with dark hair and light skin, and safe as well. Also note, coarse hair seems to respond better to laser treatments than fine hair.
Shaving certain areas, like the bikini line or the lower abdomen, can be irritating. Razor burn looks terrible, laser hair removal solves this problem easily. Looking good in the summer, in a bikini, is difficult with unsightly hairs but razor stubble or razor burn doesn’t look much better.
A convenient laser hair removal home system only became an option a few years ago. Today several companies offer permanent hair removal products that are effective, safe, and approved for home use. You can read reviews of these products online to help you choose the best laser hair removal system for you. How do you to determine which laser hair removal method lasts the longest? Reviews can be very helpful is seeing how long other people remain hair-free in the treated areas. A home use laser can deliver results that for a fraction of the cost of going to a professional and you’ll truly enjoy knowing you never have to shave or wax again.
Personalities from the show attend mass in memory of the artist of the rhythm and blues genre
LOS ANGELES, United States (Jan/29/2012)-Christina Aguilera and Stevie Wonder sang this Saturday at a church in Los Angeles during a mass in memory to the legendary singer Etta James, who died at the age of 73 from leukemia.
Friends, family and public in general gathered at the funeral of the artist, who died on 20 January, and was known in the music scene of the R & B, soul and jazz to hits like “At last” and “Something’s got a hold on me”.
Participants highlighted the presence of Singer Christina Aguilera, who played the song “At last”, with which James achieved huge success worldwide. Read the rest of this entry »
Singer Norah Jones and producer Danger Mouse: United by some broken hearts
It was just a decade ago when the gently scratched voice of Norah Jones, the twentysomething lover of adult ballads, jazz and the classics such as Billie Holiday and Etta James, became with a solo album the breakthrough artist of the international scene and the big winner of the 45th edition of the Grammy Awards.
The Singer of Come away with me how his songs fantasy more blockbuster films (Turn me on sneaks on the soundtrack of Love Actually) and sales of his work grew proportionally to the number of fans. Read the rest of this entry »