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!

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

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SO MUCH BLACK…..

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

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

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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!

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

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

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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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Roller Derby: Life on Wheels

So, it’s taken me a little while to upload this, but I’m glad I finally have!

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This is a documentary created about Roller Derby, during a group project in university. It follows the Central City Roller Girls team in Birmingham, as they explain how to play the game, male involvement, what Derby means to them and even how to get onto Team GB.

During this project, it was my job to do the initial edit and organise and conduct the interviews. Paul then added the music to the piece later.

It took a serious amount of time to edit, but I really enjoyed the process and interviewing the team. I’m seriously considering doing more freelance documentary work in the future. Whilst doing this documentary, I feel that I found my audio style.

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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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Alternation – (17/06/13)

Recently, me and my co-host have revamped our radio show – this is the result.

Join us as we play new tracks from Black Sabbath, Stone Temple Pilots and an awesome band from Download called Broken.
There’s also an interview with Mudhoney, Download reviews and so much more.

It’s all happening here…

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A Pretty Mess Interview

Recently, I was lucky enough to speak to Dee and Megan from the LA band A Pretty Mess.

Here’s the interview:

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Download Festival Schedule 2013

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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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Bearded Theory

So recently, I attended Bearded Theory festival which was ace!

I’ve been every year and the festival just keeps getting bigger and better!

Here’s a short documentary of the weekend:

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