As you will have seen on Snapchat, I spent my Sunday somewhat omnipresent in Tequila Town and bringing you the best of Citadel Festival in partnership with Jose Cuervo.
You could call it work, but it seems unfair to label sunshine, street food, music and frozen margaritas as such.
Though this one-day festival is only in its second year, its packs the punch of an old school festi-fave; everything is experiential. The day began with a manic leap towards The Cheese Truck (which you know I love) before immersing myself in the adoartion of Sigur Ros, Beardyman, Battles, Tinariwen, Calexico, and my long-term girlcrush of girlcrushes, Lianne La Havas.
Every between-stage moment was spent in Tequila Town (natch) dancing to Latin-tinted megamixes with strangers and cooling down with Cuervo cocktails en masse. In fact, I only think I left the temporary Town to secure myself some Popdogs nourishment.
Nothing like launching a new blog feature with a Disney tribute, eh?
As so many of you send me fashion-related questions, I thought I would dedicate a weekly post – Wardrobe Wednesday – to my most current style inspirations and fashion finds.
Having recently got my hands on some last minute tickets to see the brand-spanking-new musical version of Aladdin through BoxOffice, I have been throwing a lot of Arabian Nights-looking ensembles together.
The opportunity to watch something I played to death (I literally broke the VHS) come to life on the West End came with slight hesitation, initially. With roles made iconic by the heroic likes of Robin Williams and songs so engrained in my mind I could karaoke them without looking at the screen (and have), the musical had a lot to live up to. Thankfully, it was magnificent; a set-change-a-minute spectacle of music, dance, and humour that won the entire audience – old and young.
Though I was delighted to discover a beauty from my old theatre school playing Princess Jasmine, the real casting delight was the Genie – Brodway transfer Trevor Dion Michaels – and his incredibly charasmatic rendition of ‘Friend Like Me’.
I would tell you more but I wouldn’t dare ruin that Disney magic. Go see it. As soon as you can. And dress like a Princess and/or a Magic Lamp in the time being.
Want to watch me sing an emotional Adele rendition and wiggle like a maniac before presenting you with some of the best music released in 2015? You’re in luck; I’ve created a brand new music playlist on Youtube that does exactly that!
Click the playlist above or here – Best of 2015 Music Playlist – and be sure to leave me your favourite song of 2015 in the comments below my introduction video.
As something of an international playgirl, one of my favourite perks of travelling is getting under the collar of a new neighbourhood. Without fail, every street tells a different story, sings a different song, and my beloved hometown of London is the supreme example.
With this in mind, Hotel Indigo recently launched ‘Sounds of the Neighbourhood‘ – a campaign designed to inspire guests and audiences by bringing the music of its local neighbourhoods into its boutique-style hotels. In collaboration with the wonderful Edith Bowman, the campaign has called on musical greats to curate a collection of city-specific playlists. Musical greats and me, that is.
The campaign is set to come to life by way of three Sunday Socials – held in Hotel Indigo Glasgow, Liverpool and London Kensington Earl’s Court. I caught up with Edith and her co-curator of the London event, Soul II Soul legend Jazzie B, during a promo shoot around the neighbourhood and cannot wait to see both of their live DJ sets come November 1st (1 to 7pm, be there or be square – details below!).
To get you warmed up, I have partnered with Hotel Indigo to create a personal playlist of hometown glory. While I have included some fantastical London-based ‘ones to watch’ like Samm Henshaw and Izzy Bizu, I have also thrown in a number of feel-good tracks from artists that I’ve fallen in lust with during live London performances.
It’s a real treat for the ears, this one.
‘London calling – speak the slang now!‘. Enjoy, loved ones!
Edith Bowman has launched Sounds of the Neighbourhood with Hotel Indigo. Experience the live DJ sets from Edith, Dave McCabe (formerly Zutons), Mylo (DJ / Producer) and Jazzie B (Soul II Soul legend) at the free Hotel Indigo Sunday Socials in Liverpool, Glasgow and London Kensington throughout November. Visit www.hotelindigo.com/music for more information and to listen to their playlists.
As you can see, I’ve switched things up a bit. Since 2012, I have been curating free Spotify playlists to aid your musical discoveries but – as Spotify doesn’t have a huge number of unsigned artists – I thought it might be time to give Youtube a go.
I have even VJed for you. Watch my short introduction and listen to the full playlist via the video above! Enjoy!