Claire Burgess’s Blog

50,000 Coldplay Lights

Posted in Live Music, Manchester UK by Claire Burgess on June 18, 2012

Last Saturday I went to see Coldplay at the Etihad Stadium in and I just had to write a post to tell you how amazing it was. We were given a wristband on the way in – a small plastic box on a strap. I had no idea how amazing it was going to be until about 15 minutes in when the sun had gone down. It was like 50,000 little stars all beating along with the music.

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I read in this week’s NME that it cost them £400,000 every night to do it and I have to say- for me it was worth every penny. The bracelets are made by Xylobands and it looks like they are based in Devon.

Here’s what they looked like in action:

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What a view!

 

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Muchuu Garden Party

Posted in Birmingham UK, Fun, Live Music, Music by Claire Burgess on August 18, 2009

On Thursday I will be going to the Muchuu Garden Party. Really looking forward to it. Anyone can come so if you fancy a good time with some great music then come along. You can also see some of the photos from the last Muchuu party here

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The Big Chill 2009

Posted in Claire Burgess, Festival, Fun, Live Music by Claire Burgess on August 18, 2009

This year’s festival certainly lived up to its name. The sun shined all weekend at Eastnor which made for a very laid back vibe. Massive highlights for the weekend included Basement Jaxx, Friendly Fires as well as lying on the grass in the sun. Other excellent surprises included Mr Scruff’s Tea Tent, Russel Howard and Hafdis Huld. For anyone who missed it here are some of my memories bellow. I can’t wait to get my ticket for next year!

Our Tent for the weekend

Our Tent for the weekend

Pacman being chased by the ghosts

Pacman being chased by the ghosts

Mike pours us tea in Mr Scruff's Tent

Mike pours us tea in Mr Scruff's Tent

Looking down to the stages

Looking down to the stages

The BIG Sign on the hills

The BIG Sign on the hills

Peddal Power- generating the electricity for the festival

Peddal Power- generating the electricity for the festival

Every year there always seems to be someone at the festival that you see by accident that surprises you. For me this year it was Hafdis Huld. She was very funny and charmed the audience with stories including one about how she thought it was rock n roll to get her belly button pierced. Some of this unfortunately didn’t translate into her song though. Never the less, thanks to Adam Bannister (@rrargh) you can check her out here.

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I’m Going to Join The Circus

Posted in Claire Burgess, Fun, Live Music, Manchester UK, Music by Claire Burgess on July 22, 2009

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to go and see Take That’s Circus Tour in Manchester at Old Trafford Cricket Ground. I can’t tell you how amazing it was. I have been a Take That fan for as long as I can remember. Back in the day I used to write Gary Barlow love poems and post them through his gate. He only lived around the corner (I’m not ashamed!) I was also part of a Key 103 Radio documentary that would encourage the band to re-form after a 10year break. I have been to see them countless times and even fainted twice at their last stadium gig in Manchester.

This gig didn’t disappoint. It had it all, an elephant, clowns, unicycles men on stilts, fire, balloons and even man made rain! It was the perfect summers day for two twin sisters to go and see their favourite band. It was more than a gig…it was a full on extravaganza. With 2 support acts in Gary Go and The Script plus two hours of Take That I would have been happy to pay my money twice over. Now I just can’t wait for the next tour! Sorry if you missed it…

Take That on their elephant

Take That on their elephant

Me catching some sun before the show starts

Me catching some sun before the show starts

The 'Cloud Man" on stilts who gave out balloons

The 'Cloud Man" on stilts who gave out balloons

The Balloons float away at the start of the show

The Balloons float away at the start of the show

Last Night at The Marr’s Bar…

Posted in Claire Burgess, Live Music, Music, Worcester by Claire Burgess on March 4, 2009

I went to see The Irony… amongst others. I have never seen them before and went along because my boyfriend knows the singer. I had know idea what they would be like and then when they started to play I realised I had heard them before being played on BBC Hereford and Worcester. Not all my taste but I did like this one called ‘A Man’s Fears’ You can listen to what they sounded like when they did The Friday Session a while back here. Click the Orange speaker on the right.

Funnily enough my big find of the night didn’t even play…he was the man running the show, Sam Isaac. He has been playing loads of gigs (somehow I missed him), sounds great and has some fantastic videos. Watch them here:

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This one has cakes made by the same ladies who did the Skoda made from cake TV advert. I love it. One to keep an eye on.

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The Brit Awards 2009

Posted in Claire Burgess, Live Music, London, Music, Travel, TV by Claire Burgess on February 16, 2009

I’m very VERY excited! On Wednesday I will be going to The Brit Awards. I don’t care how un-cool some people think they are…I can’t wait. I have always wanted to go and this year I can’t quite believe I will be there! the-brits

The awards take place at Earls Court in London and are going out on ITV1 Live from 8pm presented by Gavin and Stacey’s Matthew Horne and James Corden as well as Kylie. It’s going to be so much better now they’re live, than it used to be when they were pre-recorded and broadcast the next day. I’m looking forward to seeing the live performances from Take That, U2, Kings of Leon and the Pet Shop Boys who have won the Outstanding Contribution to Music category. To see who else I will be rubbing shoulders with (and who else is performing and nominated) click here. I will let you know how I get on.

UPDATE: It was fantastic! Full on Red carpet action. Lots of great music and a very sore head by the next morning when I had to mission my way back to Birmingham.