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JAMIE T 
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The song that I'm playing most out of the album: 

AMY WINEHOUSE














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The song I'm listening to most out of the album: 

CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN













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The song I'm listening to most out of the album: 

ALT J 












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The song I'm listening to most out of the album: 



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Distant past is a song featured on Everything Everything's latest album 'Get To Heaven'. Their album was released on June 22nd, since then they have exploded onto the scene. During August bank holiday they played at Reading and Leeds festival which was ecstatic and really boosted their music, appealing to the thousands. 

I personally hadn't heard of them until I walked into the tent at Reading catching the last snippets of Distant Past blaring out. I have been listening to them constantly since that weekend. 

Everything Everything as a band are quirky to say the least, but this song is a little out of the ordinary even for them. It stands head and shoulders above the rest of the songs on the album. Distant Past is a little off-beat, deranged and unbalanced. But it fucking works. 

They have perfectly mashed indie and pop music together to produce this head bopping beat that everyone seems to be playing at the moment. 

I'm not really sure what they're singing about, it all seems quite abstract and dystopic. But I can tell you that I know all the words to this song, and you will as well if you listen to it constantly. 

If you haven't heard the single I'd strong advise you get on it. Now. 
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Everything Everything are also touring at the moment, all their tour dates and where to purchased the tickets are here: 
http://www.everything-everything.co.uk/
You might be asking why am I doing a Reading 2015 review now? Well I am currently having serious festival blues sitting in my halls of residents at university, listening to the playlist I devised.

This was my second year attending reading festival and by far the best year. Reading 2014 was amazing, but this time it was on a different level. I supposed it helped that I wasn’t camping in white! (The family section, avoid at all costs)



There isn’t a better feeling than being in a muddy field (practically a swamp this year) with all your friends, drinking Asda price vodka or original Strongbow but adding blackcurrant. The first day is when you get absolutely shit faced, you have too, it is the initiation of attending reading festival.

In the drunken haze of the night before you slept in your coat. You can start to smell your friends sweat, but you’ll get use to that by end of day Friday, it will just be the typical reading smell. The Friday is when the un-organised idiots arrive for the weekend festival, they inevitably ask you to save them space in your camp but some fucker is already parked up on your sleeping compartment.


Anyway down to the actual bands.

Friday was kind of a blur, a drunken, erratic blur. In all honesty I didn’t see many bands that day, I was too concerned with sleeping off my hangover. The bands I did see were absolutely phenomenal. Alt J on the main stage were emotional. I remember their set so vividly and even get goose bumps when listening to their songs now. Their set was so tranquil and captivating. There wasn’t the usual jumpiness that is present in many other sets at reading, everyone was just stood in the moment. Their set was minimalist and raw, you could hear Joe Newman’s every word and the crispness of his vocals. If you ever get the chance to see Alt J live, do not pass it up.


I also saw Peace on that Friday, which was ecstatic. At the time I only knew a few songs of theirs but since coming away from reading festival I have listened to them non-stop. One of my favourite moments was when they played ‘Lovesick’, the whole crowd was bustling, jumping and chanting the lyrics back to Peace. I could only image what the band must have been feeling at that time.


For me personally I thought that Saturday was the best day for music, this was my favourite day. I spent most of it with my friend Daisy, it is incredible sharing a festival with someone because they remember all those hair raising moments. The first band I saw that day were Slaves. Fucking wow. What an incredible duo they are. I remember warily walking into the tent, I’m only short and these are a heavy rock band, I knew there was going to be elbows in faces. And my god there was. You could feel Louie’s strumming, it psychically moved you. By the second song I was clinging onto Daisy for dear life, I didn’t want to lose her because there was no chance I’d find her again. It was crammed and sweaty but I loved every minute of it. During the closing of their set a huge mosh pit opened up, it went from the front of the stage to all the way to right of the tent. I had to go in and I’m so glad I did. Obviously I didn’t die but there were a few punches to the cheekbone and I nearly went down. I feared for my life but I’d do it all over again.

That day I also saw Catfish and the Bottlemen. I had previously seen these in a more intimate gig but they owned the tent. Van’s vocals still amaze me, I think at one point I got a little emotional when he played Kathleen, it is my number one song by them. I screamed the lyrics back to them as loud as I could along with everyone else.

Seeing Royal Blood on the main stage that day was also an incredible experience. This was my first time listening to the duo live after having replayed their album over and over again. I wasn’t disappointed, they sound exactly like they do when you listen to them through your headphones. Except this time you’re in a muddy field with thousands of other people all feeling their music, jumping to each individual beat.


On Sunday I saw Jamie T. Last year I missed his secret set, this year I was determined not to miss him on the main stage. I was right at the front, I could literally see him in person rather than looking at the screen. Him playing 368 was my most memorable moment from his set, I remember scanning the crowd around me, everyone smiling ear to ear and chanting the lyrics back to him. During ‘Money’ I got on some wonderful man’s shoulders (thank you whoever you are). I could see the whole crowd jumping to his song, you could see Jamie T looking visibly proud up on stage. I think the people around me could only hear me singing the song though. Apologises.


Overall Reading festival is something that every young adult should experience. Not only is the line-up always amazing and the bands never disappoint. The fast food is something to write home about and you can even get some vintage garments there too at the many stalls.


I cannot wait to see the Reading 2016 line up, the first headliner and acts will be announced around Christmas time!
Louis Vuitton worked for Napoleons wife as her personal box maker. This was a gate-away to the elites which he later made luggage and boxes for. Vuitton’s business hit off during 1854, becoming so well-known and a high end brand because of revolutionising the way of making luggage. Instead of rounded trunks that had been made years before he made rectangular trunks as it was easier to stack. He made all of the LV trunks from leather which became his trade mark and something we still see in today’s collections. Although Vuitton passed in 1892 his business has carried on, it is still prominent within todays designer brands due to his son taking over the business.


Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition: Past, Present, Future is something you have to visit. When visiting I had a guided tour which I was thrilled about, it was interesting having an explanation of all the different aspects behind each room. Everything had purpose and meaning which I was pleasantly surprised about, I thought it was all simply about aesthetics but I learnt that there is a long and detailed process into every product.

There was a series of areas within the exhibition all with vastly different feels to them. Walking into the first room there was a dramatic change in temperature, it was cold and fairly minimal apart from the architecture made from black metal frames and in a spherical shape, that was attached the upper walls. This symbolised the thought process that the designer has to go through. Leading on from that room was a tunnel made from sails which I thought was quite unconventional. The sails were hand stitched together to mirror the dedication and craftsman ship that the workers go through to make each individual trunk and bag.


I personally didn’t like the third space because I made me feel sick and somewhat dizzy. This may have been because of the screens around the room showing different clips of the models, collections and designs. It literally made my head spin, I think that was the aim and the illusion they wanted to create when designing this exhibition.

The fourth room was the one that I enjoyed most. The room was geometrically presented and mirrored how the show was presented during in Paris fashion week. The flooring was erratically raised and flattened to highlight the seating area opposed to where the models walked.  Elongated beams were also present which had footage from the Paris runway of models wearing the Autumn/Winter collection.

Rooms five and six showed the production process. In room five there was a machine which demonstrated all the shapes that needed to be laser cut for precision to make one of Louis Vuitton’s bags. Room six was a live workshop where we got the chance to see a Petite Malle bag being created. All the glue being used, the screws etc. It was captivating and gave a glimpse of what was behind the scenes that otherwise I wouldn’t have known about.


Rooms seven and eight were mainly showing the finished products. Room seven was a bright white and airy room where the cast of a model had been taken and placed in the walls wearing Vuitton’s products such as a pair of Sunglasses or Belt. Room eight was enchanting, this is where some garments of the latest collection was held in glass frames. It was thrilling to be able to get up close to the garments and see all the individual detailing, all the stitching and the brightness of the colours in person.

The exhibition continues to run until the 18th of October, you can book your place online now for free. As located at 180 The Strand London it’s the perfect place for a day trip, you can see the culture of London on the streets if you so wish!

The dynamic duo Isaac Holman and Laurie Vincent known collectively as Slaves are from Tunbridge Wells, they’re fresh on the scene and are causing a stir. Their album “Are you satisfied?” has 13 rock songs that is popular amongst indie rock fans. On the surface their sound seems shout-y and aggressive that you think you’ve heard before, but this is completely different; Isaac the standing drummer rebelliously sings about the bleak society we all live in today evident in the song “Cheer Up London” as the lyrics “put another hole in your pay check, are you done digging your grave yet?” This is more than your stereotypical metal band singing about a girl they loved and lost, these tracks speak to all of us.

Laurie one half of the duo is smothered in tattoo’s and plays guitar which he relentlessly strums, alongside Isaac who keep the persistent hard hitting beat that is present throughout the album. 2015 has been a whirlwind for Slaves as they have become raging successes after playing at Reading and Leeds which was ecstatic. The crowd was bouncing to every individual beat chanting the lyrics back to the duo who were vigorously performing on stage.

The album cover for Are you satisfied? Isn’t stereotypical of a rock band as it features a bright pink background with two ‘fluffy white dogs’, but their videos are even more out of the ordinary. Their ‘Feed The Mantaray’ video features the duo underwater in a cartoon esc style, in a vintage mini running away from the Mantaray (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVJE0Jvmkgg). It is fair to say that the duo are alternative and if not a little bit weird. I would recommend picking up their latest album and even seeing them in concert if you can, you won’t be disappointed. Slaves are currently touring the UK stopping off at a variety of venues, unfortunately the tickets are all sold out, but keep an eye out it won’t be long before they’re touring again. (http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Slaves-tickets/artist/1871430)

(Source: NME)