Temples Fest 2015

Hey y’all

I’m always off doing bits and bobs and last weekend I got down to Temples Fest in Bristol. If you don’t know what Temples Festival is, it’s basically an extreme metal festival that involves everything from crust to hardcore to doom. The line-up looked ace so I headed down to get some interviews done.

One of my favourite interview was with Dylan Carlson from Earth. I love Earth so to speak to the founding member was a real honour and, if I’m being honest, a real shock as they’re such a groundbreaking band!  Here’s the link to the article – oh and a picture of me and Dylan below. I’m not sure what’s happening with my creepy eye in this photo!

My editor, Guy Manchester, was very proud to be featured in the background of this photo, so proud in fact that he made this picture pointing out that he was there! He said that he was pondering fame. Haha it made me laugh a lot.

My favourite interview of the weekend is below though. I’m a massive fan of Tom G Warrior. I love Celtic Frost and Triptykon so it was a privilege to speak to this man. I don’t normally do a lot of stuff on video so excuse my editing, but I think the content came out great! I will definitely be doing another interview with this man, he is very inspiring.

Finally, Ghold are one to watch on the noise scene. They’re brilliant and I love what they’re doing with their music. They’ve tailored their release so that the digital copy of their music is a different listening experience to the record. It’s hard to explain so watch the video!

Thank you to Lauren from Rarely Unusable, Guy Manchester from LTW for letting me steal his spare room and Nina from Noise Cartel <3

That’s all for now

Peace and love x

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My Festival, Radio Course, Festival Three Weekend Sandwich

Hey everyone!

So the past few weekends have been very crazy and instead of exploring London and writing, like I’m meant to be doing, I’ve been away a lot! So let’s do this in order!

Weekend One

Firstly, I went to Hell Fest with this crazy guy  (my festival Uncle Angel) I literally had just been to spain and as soon as I touched down on the plane, had to drive down to Dover to get the ferry over (massive thank you to my boyfriend and bad planning on my behalf!).

Anywayyyy, the festival was great, I met some amazing people and caught up with some old friends. Mark – pictured left, who I’ve known for years and the lovely Jamie picked right! – look at me rockin’ the hat… not.

I also sat in on a bilingual interview, which was interesting! (Pictured below)

As I was working, there was no way I could get close to the main stages, however I finally got to see Against Me! And about died because they’re one of my favourite bands and Laura is so beautiful. I also saw Soundgarden for the fourth time (major fan girl moment).

So my verdict on Hell Fest is: Awesome to go to as a punter, not so great if you’re working and camping. The festival is cool, but very busy and you have to go over a lot of stairs and with camera equipment etc. it’s not good, plus they don’t really book any interviews with English press which was a pain! But overall, the décor was amazing and the line up was cool – forgetting the clashes!

P.S The French toll roads are killer, get a bus or travel in a large group if you can!

Weekend Two

I went to a training course with BBC Skill Set. It was a course for free lancers and gave a general overview of radio production, resulting in the production of fifteen minute radio production at the end of the weekend.

I could go on and on about the BBC software (which I’d never seen before!) but I won’t bore you with the details! The important things you need to know are the hotel looked like Downton Abbey!

(Halleluiah – shit the bed!)

And I was taught by some amazing people and also met some wonderful people, including the beautiful Debra, who is the editor of The Feminist Times!

Weekend Three 

…getting pretty knackered now. But don’t worry I decided to be sensible and go to Sonisphere after work on Friday and dance to the Prodigy!

It was awesome, met up with Angel and Rach from BRFM (Best Radio for Miles) in Wales and we watched loads of awesome bands! Haha, there’s not really a lot to say about this! I saw Gorjira which made me really happy and caught up with lots of old friends!

Also met up with Jamie again and found out he was driving Baby Metal! – Crazy guy! I have a lot to say on Baby Metal, but that’s another post for another day.

Sophie conclusion: tired but feeling epic!

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Rebellion Line Up Spread Sheet!

Ok boy and girls, I promise I’ll do an update blog about what I’ve been doing soon, but for now, the summer is here and summer means one thing for us music fans – festivals!

This year, I’ve been lucky to go to a few, but shall also being going to Rebellion in August, for punks, ice cream and of course music! This is my first Rebellion and I want both me and you guys to see as many bands as possible, so here’s the festival running order:

You can view it online:

https://docs.zoho.com/file/mb9ur2b25a7abfb62436297730c47b157298d

Or download it for the festival, by click the link below!

http://sophiesparham.co.uk/RebellionSchedule2014.xls

and it’s a lot cheaper than a program!

See you in Blackpool

Sx

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M’era Luna Festival – 10 – 11th August

Hello you lot!

So recently, I went to my first European festival in Germany called M’era Luna to do a review for Kerrang Radio Online.It was amazing!

Here is the link to my review for those interested.

http://www.kerrangradio.co.uk/festivals/reviews/review-mera-luna/

And for those that aren’t, my journey in photographs….

There were lots of amazing looking people at the festival, here’s an awesome Raven person, man…. thing…. I had no idea what he was trying to do but it looked very cool!

raven man

 

The people there looked fabulous! I felt very under dressed…

pretty people

SO MUCH BLACK…..

so much black

 

As well as music there was a fashion show! Look at all that latex!

latex girls

Because I’m a wimp, I got a massage. The poor lady looks like she’s got her hands stuck in my dreads!

massarge

Also, I met this lovely photographer! If you want to check out his work then go onto http://www.rez-photography.com/ – such a cool guy and very talented!

nice photo man

There was an amazing medievial market with real Blacksmiths and this scary scene!

scarey

 

Finally, last photo of Nightwish finishing off the event! – They were epic, look at all that fire!

nightwish

That’s all for now folks!

Peace out

xxx

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Bloodstock Open Air Stage Times

Hello beautiful people!

It seemed like forever since I posted anything. I’ve been an extremely busy lady since we’re in the heart of festival season. Last week I was at Y Not and this weekend I’m off to the brilliant M‘era Luna in Germany – (my first international festival, so I’m extremely excited!)  

Unfortunately, I’ll be missing one of my most favourite festivals of all time, Bloodstock Open Air- boo! However, my beautiful friend Anna Addictive has made this brilliant spreadsheet with all the band times on in. How lovely!

By clicking on this link you can download the spreadsheet in excel and save those well deserved pennies on beer and silly hats!

http://sophiesparham.co.uk/BOAStageTimes.xls

Enjoy!

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(P.S here’s a photo taken a few years back of me doing my thing)

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Download Festival 2013 Clash review

Download this year was absolutely ace, so ace in fact that I got to write a kick ass review all about it.

Check it out here http://www.clashmusic.com/reviews/download-festival-2013-live-at-donington-park or read the article below. 

From its high-speed motorbikes to its classic sports car races, everything about Donington Park is fast-paced and loud. And the third weekend in June is no exception. However, it’s not big engines and pristine mechanics that bring this audience to the grounds: it’s large amps, even larger stages and, of course, brilliant bands. It’s Download Festival.

Despite the first morning’s poor weather, fans battle on putting up their tents and head down to the arena, where things are starting to take off. Gypsy punk fusion crew Gogol Bordello may seem like an unusual act to play such a heavy festival; but as soon as their colour and presence fills the stage, there’s no question that this is where they belong.

Wearing tie-dye clothes, theirs is a wide-ranging sound, members banging drums and stomping gleefully throughout the performance. The unmistakable ‘Start Wearing Purple’ gets a great reaction.

As the sun begins to rise on Saturday afternoon, Seattle grungers Alice In Chainsstep out onto the main stage, kicking things off with the classic track, ‘Them Bones’.

The band’s singer, William DuVall, is as smooth and charismatic as his voice suggests, as he leans over, exciting the audience with his cool attitude and harmonies. Halfway through the set, the singer changes his guitar to an acoustic, giving him the soft noise needed as the band breaks into the beautiful ‘Down In A Hole’.

As well as older hits, the band gives the audience a taster of their new material, playing ‘Hollow’ and ‘Stone’ from ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’. After a flawless performance, the group ends on ‘Rooster’, warming the audience for the other acts left to come.

Opening with the legendary ‘Feel Good Hit Of The Summer’, Queens Of The Stone Age seem to have every person in the field screaming their lyrics.

“We’ll give you something to get laid to,” says the cheeky Josh Homme, before breaking into another groovy guitar riff. With ‘No One Knows’, ‘A Song For The Dead’ and ‘My God Is The Sun’ all worked into the performance, who could ask for a better set-list?

“God, what is that helicopter doing?” Homme asks, as said vehicle circles the field. “Maybe he should just go with the flow…” he says, before launching into that song. Little does Homme know: that helicopter is planned for something that falls under the category of unthinkable.

As the crowd waits for Iron Maiden, the spectacular happens and a Spitfire flies directly over the stage and audience. This is debatably one of the best starts to a gig ever.

For those not wanting to see Maiden, The Hives serve as a lighter option, playing funky tunes such as ‘Walk Idiot Walk’ and ‘Tick Tick Boom’ on a smaller stage.

As the sun shines down on Download’s finest, it’s clear on Sunday morning that the festival has claimed many victims. Today, people are scattered around the arena, waiting to be woken from slumber.

The Gaslight Anthem seems like the perfect band to finish the festival on, as they blast out their clean cut guitars and gritty vocals to the Sunday afternoon crowd. Brian Fallon tells his audience a story of love and loss, crossing the whole of American.

‘American Slang’ and ‘Too Much Blood’ are just a couple of songs to name, and the band busts out a surprising yet brilliant cover of Misfits’ ‘Astro Zombies’. As The Gaslight Anthem finish on ‘Backseat’, for Clash the festival experience is over. However, for others, Thirty Seconds To Mars and the pyro madness that is Rammstein still await.

  Published : CLASHLIVE / REVIEWS / 18 · 06 · 2013

 

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Download Festival Schedule 2013

yea!

So it’s that time of year, the tents and wellies are coming out and everyone is getting ready for three days at one of the biggest rock festivals in existence.  Yep, that’s right guys, it’s Download Festival 2013!

Like me, if you’re awful at organising what’s on at what time then look no further!

This year, because I’m super skint and can’t afford a programme, some of my nearest and dearest have put together a lovely little schedule spread sheet of all the bands playing over the weekend – so now you can know who’s one when and not miss anyone!

To download as an excel file click:

http://sophiesparham.co.uk/DownloadSchedule2013.xls –

Or for a quick online look, you can click here:

https://sheet.zoho.com/view.do?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsophiesparham.co.uk%2FDownloadSchedule2013.xls

Don’t thank me, just buy me a drink if you see me over the weekend 😉

Have a lovely festival!

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