May festivals you don’t want to miss

I don’t have to tell anyone, Covid-19 is a huge thing around the world right now, unless you’ve been living under a rock. I bet I am not the only person, who’s spirit was kind of crushed by the recent event. And as much as I can look in the mirror and say “stay positive” for the billionth time, living alone and being separated from my family, living in a different country, can alter your set of mind quite badly. Don’t worry, I’m hanging in here, just being wee bit melodramatic.

Anyways, let’s talk about music festivals, since everything is moved to next year and gigs we all are waiting for, scheduled for later this year, have still 50/50 shot on actually going ahead. Also, since Summer is definitely cancelled this year, you can sit back, relax (grab that pizza, you know you want it) and enjoy intimate gigs from the convenience of your livingroom/bedroom/bed/tub/wherever you like.

320 Festival

8-10 May 2020

This weekend you can join an amazing event revolving around mental health, created to bring awarness to the importance of mental health and to provide resources for anyone, who needs help. Live performances include artists like Badflower, Echosmith, Chris Martin of Coldplay and Lindsey Stirling, but it’s not all. You can join educational sessions and learn, grow and support others in this difficult time. 100% of net proceeds will be donated to nonprofit partners of 320 Festival.

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Five4Five Fest

15-16 May 2020

This one hits close to home, as the brave NHS stuff here in the UK are fighting daily to stop the spread and help as many people as possible to recover from the virus. And as much as we can clap for them every Thursday to show our appreciation, there’s something else we can do.

Five4Five is supporting NHS Charities with just a fiver you can donate during the festival. The rules are simple, 10 bands, 2 days, merch store available on the days of the shows. Two amazing bands, Enter Shikari and Don Broco, are headlining. So spread the word!

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Decade wrap-up

It’s 2020, if you haven’t noticed yet and what better way to kick off new year and new decade by writing a totally cliche decade wrap-up post. I know, what you’re all thinking, another one of those weird posts, filled with Spotify links and playlists. I did consider it for a while and then it hit me. I wanted to do something different, reaching the depths of my memory, focusing on the albums that kind of shaped each year of the last decade for me. It doesn’t mean I only listen to one album the whole year, I’m not a freak, but those are just he reminders of how I felt back then.

2010

Linkin Park “A Thousand Suns”

2011

Panic! At the Disco “Vices and Virtues”

The Wombats “The Wombats proudly present… This Modern Glitch”

2012

Linkin Park “LIVING THINGS”

Two Door Cinema Club “Beacon”

2013

Bring Me The Horizon “Sempiternal”

Kodaline “In A Perfect World”

Tom Odell “Long Way Down”

2014

Bastille “All this bad blood”

Biffy Clyro “Opposites”

Royal Blood “Royal Blood”

2015

Amber Run “5AM”

Sleeping at last “Space”

Bring Me The Horizon “That’s the spirit”

Marilyn Manson “The Pale Emperor”

2016

Biffy Clyro “Ellipsis”

Elliphant “Living Life Golden”

2017

Enter Shikari “The Spark”

Tokio Hotel “Dream Machine”

2018

Mike Shinoda “Post Traumatic”

2019

Bring Me The Horizon “amo”

Badflower “OK, I’M SICK”

I could explain, why each and every album I’ve listed is still very close to my heart, but we would be here until next year, trust me. If you fancy, take a listen, all of the listed albums hold a special place in my heart. And if you fancy sharing your own list, just let me know.

Top 10 Records of 2017

I don’t know about you, but my 2017 was a true roller-coaster (which by the way I am fucking terrified of). While professionally I am in a very good place, my personal life is a mess. From the smallest things, to big issues, I wasn’t sure I will see this year’s end. I feel like I am not the only one. Fortunately, this day finally came, because I can’t do 2017 anymore.

Musically, it was also a pretty messy year. We’ve lost some great ones, we’ve gained some great ones. As for me, it was super hard to choose only 10 albums.

But here it is, my Top fucking 10 albums of 2017:

10. Royal Blood “How Did We Get So Dark?”

9. You me at six “Night people”

8. Tokio Hotel “Dream Machine”

7. Lower than Atlantis “Safe in Sound”

6. Marilyn Manson “Heaven upside down”

5. Sampha “Process”

4. MEW “Visuals”

3. Kesha “Rainbow”

Kesha came back stronger, her songs are better than ever. What happened to her is not fair, but she started a very important topic for all the women around the world.

2. Public Service Broadcasting “Every Valley”

To all of you, who haven’t had a chance to listen to “Every Valley” or don’t know what the hell I am talking about, Public Service Broadcasting focused on an important and sad story of Walsh miners, their fight with Margaret Thatcher and British government. I was pretty lucky to have a chance to see those guys live and interview them about “Every Valley”, a topic close to my heart.

1. Enter Shikari “The Spark”

While I was battling myself, choosing numbers 2 to 10, I was 100% sure about “The Spark” being my number one of 2017. To be honest, I was stuck on their old record “A Flash Flood of Colours” (released ages ago, don’t judge me), so I was pretty unaware of everything happening around Enter Shikari until September. But “The Spark” is a true masterpiece, it’s so honest and pure. Rou really left a piece of his heart and soul on this one. This record also helped me overcome some of my own issues, leaving nothing, but peace of mind. I am grateful for that, lads.

Albums worth mentioning: Liam Gallagher “As you were”; Papa Roach “Crooked Teeth”; Paramore “After Laughter”; METZ “Strange Peace”; Slowdive “Slowdive”; Nothing But Thieves “Broken Machine”; The Rasmus “Dark Matters”; Fangclub “Fangclub”; Harry Styles “Harry Styles”.

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