My Trip To Manchester

My Trip To Manchester

Hi guys! So this is a non-bookish post but I thought I would post about the fun I had this week! On Thursday I went down to Manchester to see Twenty One Pilots and The Red Paintings and I had such an amazing time! I’m a huge fan of both bands and it was fun seeing them in my hometown and in Manchester. I’m so used to being in the pit for Twenty One Pilots but on Thursday I decided just to stand back and take it all in. The atmosphere was incredible and it was nice not being crushed for a change haha! Their support act was a loop musician called Jeremy Loops and wow! Usually when I go to a gig I know who and what to expect for a support but I didn’t this time and I was absolutely blown away. He had the crowd’s attention from the start and I don’t think there was a single person who didn’t enjoy him. If you get a chance please do check him out! We waited afterwards to meet Tyler and Josh but our chance was ruined when some guy decided to come up and harass all the girls who were in the queue. It carried on for ages so Michael ended up coming out and telling us they wouldn’t be out and it would be safer for us all to go home. TOP’s crew let us stand with them until he left and they also stood up for us when he started picking on everyone. For that, I’m extremely grateful because the majority of the girls there (there was literally one guy waiting with us) were underage. Apart from all that happening it was an amazing night.

Fast forward to Friday and this is when I finally got to go to the Trafford Centre and then see The Red Paintings. I’ve been to Manchester multiple times to see this band but I’ve never had the chance to see the city. Going to the Trafford Centre was great. It’s absolutely massive! I spent most of my time in Waterstones pretty much crying over their Harry Potter display and then I made my parents take us to TGI Fridays as my coach who taught me everything I know about TGIs works there so it was nice to see him again. The Red Paintings put on an amazing show as per and I got to meet them again. It’s always so nice to see them and they remember me everytime they see me which makes me happy.

Now here’s what I’m most excited to talk about! On Saturday we left to come home and since we hadn’t eaten we decided to stop off at Penrith, a small town in Cumbria. This is probably the cutest town I’ve ever seen. The buildings were stunning and all the lampposts had decorations hanging from them. After researching what the decorations were for I learned that it was for their annual magical festival ‘The Winter Droving.’ Click on the link to find out more about it because it sounds amazing and it’s something I hope to go to one year! Whilst walking through the town we came across so many little independent shops including a small bookstore called ‘The New Hedgehog Bookshop.’ I swear this is the cutest bookshop I’ve ever came across. I could’ve spent all day inside! I came across beautiful editions of ‘Little Women’ and ‘Good Wives’ and so I just had to buy them! I also fell in love with the ‘Oliver Twist’ cover and bought that too. I’m so glad I did as the owner was telling me she only stocks one copy of each book, two at the most. Honestly, if you ever get the chance to go to Penrith you have to visit this store! You can visit the facebook page here!

I know this post is long but I got really excited this weekend and thought I would share my fun weekend with you all!

Here are some of the pictures I took over the weekend!

Old Sweet Shop, Trafford Centre Manchester, 06/11/15
Old Sweet Shop, Trafford Centre Manchester, 06/11/15
Twenty One Pilots, The Ritz Manchester, 05/11/15
Twenty One Pilots, The Ritz Manchester, 05/11/15
Tyler Joseph, The Ritz Manchester, 05/11/15  
Josh Dun, The Ritz Manchester, 05/11/15
Josh Dun, The Ritz Manchester, 05/11/15
Hedgehog Books, Penrith, 07/11/15
Hedgehog Books, Penrith, 07/11/15
The Unicorn, Penrith, 07/11/15
The Unicorn, Penrith, 07/11/15

How has your week/weekend been guys? Let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments! 

Music Mondays

Music Mondays

Hey guys! Sorry I’ve been quiet over the weekend, I’ve been working and spending time with my family but I’m back now! As I’m also a huge fan of music as well as books I’ve decided I’m going to start a thing were every Monday starting from now I’m going to talk about 5 songs I’ve been listening to a lot over the past few weeks and recommend to you guys, hence the name ‘Music Monday.’ Feel free to join in on your blog and if you do participate then leave a comment so myself and other bloggers can check your post out!

Okay so here we go.

1. Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots

Link: Stressed Out Video

About: Twenty One Pilots Wiki

Reason I chose this song: Twenty One Pilots are a band I’ve been in love with for quite a while now. I absolutely love both these guys and their music. They have just recently released their second album Blurryface which became a number one album in the US which is a huge achievement for these guys. Stressed Out is a song that focuses on memories of childhood, the pressure of adulthood and family relationships and I think it’s a song that many people can relate to. Both these guys put so much energy in to their music both with their albums and when they play the songs live. If you haven’t already, then please do check them out as I’m sure there will be at least one of their songs that you’ll love.

2. Happy – Marina & The Diamonds

Link: Happy (Audio)

About: Marina & The Diamonds Wiki

Reasons I chose this song: Again, Marina is someone I’ve been a fan of for about 6 years now and I love pretty much everything she has released. She just recently released her third album Froot. I’ve only listened to this album two or three times so haven’t really had a chance to find out what all the other songs are like but this one stuck out for me when listening to it for the first time. The song focuses on her battle to find happiness and again I can relate to this as I have been in a really dark place in the past. Her vocals and harmonies in this song just kill me. Her voice improves with every album and her sound changes with each one too. This is Marina’s most personal album to date and I’m glad this is the direction she chose to go for this album. Please do check her out as well!

3. Elastic Heart – Sia

Link: Elastic Heart Video

About: Sia Wiki

Reasons I chose this song: Sia is such an underrated artist and it makes me so sad because she deserves so much more recognition. Her vocals are just beyond incredible and her song writing makes me so jealous. Her songs are amazing. This one is probably my favourite. The video caused a lot of controversy as it starred Shia LaBeouf in nude coloured shorts with young Maddie Ziegler in a nude leotard and many people seen it as paedophilic. For me I loved the video the moment I seen it and thought that both Ziegler and LaBeouf performed both sides of Sia brilliantly. They got the meaning Sia wanted spot on and that’s what made me love it even more. It was such an incredible video and it gave me chills. If you want to check out this song and the rest of Sia’s latest album then just click this link: 1000 Forms Of Fear.

4. Underdog – You Me At Six


Link: Underdog Video

About: You Me At Six Wiki

Reasons I chose this song: You Me At Six were one of the first bands I fell in love with and this song is one of the first ones I heard. This song is on almost every single one of my playlists because it makes me so happy when I hear it. There is nothing better than hearing it live too. As soon as the crowd sings the chorus back to the band I get chills. It’s an amazing song. It’s just such a fun song to sing along to and if you haven’t heard it then I suggest you click on the video link and listen to it’s greatness! If you enjoy that song and want to listen to more You Me At Six songs then you can listen to them all on Spotify or download their albums here: YMAS Albums

5. Kate Bush – This Woman’s Work


Link: This Woman’s Work Video

About: Kate Bush Wiki

Reasons I chose this song: I will always remember my dad playing a song called ‘Babooshka’ in the car when I was younger and I would love singing along every time it came on without actually realising the meaning behind it. As I got older I started listening to more Kate Bush and that was then I discovered this beautiful song. Kate’s vocals in this song are so soft and beautiful and I get shivers whenever I hear this song. Kate Bush will always be one of my favourite artists as she has such a diverse voice and each song she is doing something totally different with her vocals and she has the ability to convey a range of emotions when she sings. I highly recommend listening to Kate Bush as she’s one of the best artists out there and it’s sad that young people nowadays don’t appreciate her talent. Again, you can check out Kate’s albums on Spotify and you can purchase them all here: Kate Bush Albums

Remember guys, if you want to take part, post your MUSIC MONDAYS on your blog and then comment on this post with the link! Oh and feel free to let me know what you think about the songs I’ve mentioned!