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Creamfields Festival ~ 25th August

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Creamfields FestivalCreamfields Festival, the UK’s biggest dance and electronic event, returns to the Cheshire countryside on the August Bank Holiday weekend. Previously held at the Old Liverpool in Speke, it was a sell out success attracting over 40,000 people. This year’s venue in Daresbury Estate, Halton, Cheshire has the capacity for almost 50,000. Previous headline acts in Liverpool included The Pet Shop Boys, Scissor Sisters, Basement Jaxx, Massive Attack, Faithless, Underworld and Run DMC.

This year’s line up includes The Chemical Brothers, Groove Armada, Kelis and Mark Ronson, entertaining all tastes ranging from trance, electro, drum and bass, breaks, house, nu rave, techno,and hardhouse – perfect for all ravers!! The festival kicks off 3pm Saturday 25th and goes on until 6am Sunday morning giving 15 hours of melodious enjoyment.

Tickets are on sale priced £57.00 each (plus booking fee) or if you really want to treat yourself book yourself in to the hospitality enclosure; a fully furnished marquee with plush leather sofas, a fully stocked bar (and cocktail bar!) and best of all – luxury toilets!! Tickets aren’t cheap though at £100 each (plus £10 Booking fee).

Check out Creamfields website for more info.

A French Flavour To The Festival

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

779945_flag_french.jpgThis Sunday’s prom is not to be missed. The legendary mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter will be performing music by Faure, and Bizet and my personal favourite Berlioz’s ‘les nuits d’ete’.

This all French programme will be conducted by Marc Minkowski and takes place at the Royal Albert Hall at 6.30pm. Tickets are between £6 and £27.50.

Visit the Proms website for more details.

London – Edinburgh only £15!

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Travel by coach!Want a insanely cheap way to get to the Edinburgh festivals this year? Well why not travel by coach? National Express Funfares allow you to travel to the festivals for as little as £15 each way from London and tickets can be even cheaper if travelling from the north of England. Travelling by coach is fairly hassle free compared to flying and it can be a great way to see some of Northern England and Scotland as you drive past – I just love watching the world go by it’s so relaxing. The only snag is that the trip is quite long, so isn’t great if you get travel sick or are planning to go with children.

Many of the journeys are direct but some involve waits at main bus stations along the way so the time of the trip varies but the quickest journey from London is about 9 hours. However if you take plenty of food and drink and a great CD with you the time will fly by. The journey I picked leaves London at the comfortable time of 12pm and goes straight on to the festival arriving at 9pm leaving plenty of time for evening drinks and, as I hope to be having a nice sleep on the way up, I should have plenty of energy to hit a club or two, not to mention plenty of money to spend!

First Night of the Proms

Monday, July 9th, 2007

BBC PromsThe BBC Proms is London’s two month long informal music festival and it begins this weekend! With 72 concerts as well as other events such as talks and workshops, the proms are a great place to get your first taste of live classical music. The name Proms comes from promenade where the audience stands in the promenade area of the hall. This is considered today by many as the best place to view the concert but don’t worry there is plenty of seating in the Royal Albert Hall so you don’t have to stand through an hour long concerto if you’d rather not! The fact that there is no dress code and the tickets can be easily bought on the day adds to the informal and accessible nature of the concerts. The Program consists of popular pieces mixed with less well known works so its a great opportunity to explore new music even if your a music connoisseur.

The festival kicks off on Friday with a performance of British composer Elgar’s most famous piece, the concerto for cello in E minor, as well as a short overture by William Walton. After the interval is a performance of the rousing “ode to joy” symphony by Beethoven. The first night of the proms is an exciting event which shouldn’t be missed, especially when tickets are only 7- 36 pounds! Keep an eye out for more prom news as the season’s progresses!

Need Help With Your Wedding Speech?

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

WeddingIf your big day is approaching but you’re yet to have prepared a speech, I have found a website that could be your life saver. www.weddingspeechbuilder.com has thousands of ideas, jokes and templates that can all be used in your speech whether you’re the bride, groom, best man or father of the bride. If you want to produce a memorable wedding speech then simply scroll down the pages to see what topic you want to mention and you will find an array of sentences that will either get an “aaaawww”, “hahahah” or “ooohhhhh”.

This quote is my personal favourite from the Groom speech section: “I think you’ll agree that Linda looks stunning in that magnificent white dress. I feel so proud and honoured to be married to her. And of course, I can at last say: my dish-washer matches my fridge!” – I can imagine this one being used very frequently.

This one is also brilliant: “To allow us to contribute to this celebration, Linda worked out a budget – I had to stop eating and she cut herself down to thirty phone calls a day”. If you want humour at your wedding, this site is a must see!