Dec 14, 2012
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Stop! It’s happening again! That’s because Kasabian crammed their stadium-sized show into the tiny Xfm studios to play a very special stripped down set as part of our ongoing Xfm Legends series.

It was all kinds of awesome, with some uniquely brilliant versions of favourites such as Days Are Forgotten, Goodbye Kiss and the classic L.S.F. Plus, an amazing cover of You Give A Little Love from the Bugsy Malone soundtrack, which has never been played on these shores!

And, if that’s not all, we have chant and banter with your host Eoghan McDermott. Nice. Listen via the links below.

Dec 14, 2012
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The Stone Roses brought V Festival in Staffordshire to a close tonight (August 19) with a hit-packed set.

It had rained heavily during the morning, leaving the ground decidedly soggy and forcing most people to don their trusty wellington boots, but that didn’t stop the huge crowd from from cheering on Ian Brown and his bandmates.

The set began with frontman Brown bounding out onto the stage, clad in a cagoule covered with the band’s classic paint spattered backdrop and lemons, and simply saying to the crowd “Yeah? We’re The Stone Roses” as the opening notes of ‘I Wanna Be Adored’ began echoing from behind him.

Playing beneath an a laser-powered light show and an enormous screen, which was cut into six sides in the style of a strip of old-style camera film, the band looked relaxed as they worked their way through a 90-minute, 17-song set.

With the band barely pausing for breath in between most tracks, Brown kept the talking to a minimum, only thanking the crowd on a few occasions and raising his hand in approval throughout the gig. He did however introduce ‘Made Of Stone’, saying: “A lot of you weren’t born when we wrote these songs, but this is the sound of the unemployed.”

Set highlights included ‘Mersey Paradise’, an epic sprawling version of ‘Fools’ Gold’ which clocked in at well over 10 minutes, ‘Waterfall’, which saw thousands of arms swaying all over the crowd, ‘Made Of Stone’ and ‘She Bangs The Drums’.

Bassist Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield also bantered with the crowd before ‘This Is The One’ as he held aloft his bass guitar which had ‘Mani Utd’ painted on the back. As the crowd booed playfully, he responded by flipping a quick middle finger.

The track has special significance for Manchester United fans as it is played just before the team run out onto the pitch at their home games at Old Trafford.

The band ended the set with their customary send-off ‘I Am The Resurrection’, which saw Brown spending the track’s instrumental outro holding up a model figure of Bruce Lee to the camera. Leaving, as they always do, without an encore they then exited to huge acclaim.

The Stone Roses have one final stop left on their European tour, which takes place at Belfast’s Tennent’s Vital Festival on Wednesday (August 22).

The Stone Roses played:

‘I Wanna Be Adored’ – ‘Mersey Paradise’ – ‘(Song For My) Sugar Spun Sister’ – ‘Sally Cinnamon’ – ‘Ten Storey Love Song’ – ‘Where Angels Play’ – ‘Shoot You Down’ – ‘Fools Gold’ – ‘Something’s Burning’ – ‘Waterfall’ – ‘Don’t Stop’ – ‘Love Spreads’ – ‘Made Of Stone’ – ‘This Is The One’ – ‘She Bangs The Drums’ – ‘Elizabeth My Dear’ – ‘I Am The Resurrection’

Earlier in the day, Reverend And The Makers were in typically defiant form on the festival’s 4Music Stage as they played modestly attended set.

“I bet you’re wondering ‘How come you’ve got all these mint songs I’ve never heard?’, well, that’s because you listen to Radio 1,” frontman Jon McClure told the crowd before the band launched into set highlight ‘Heavyweight Champion Of The World’.

Emeli Sande drew a huge crowd to her slot on the Virgin Media Stage shortly after and celebrated by playing a string of hits from her huge-selling debut album ‘Our Version Of Events’ as well as a cover of Coldplay‘s ‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’.

Keane also faired well, playing a selection of hits from across their career, including ‘Is It Any Wonder?’, ‘Silenced By The Night’ and set highlight ‘Everybody’s Changing’ during their mid-afternoon slot.

Example followed the Sussex trio on the Virgin Media Stage and delivered a powerhouse set with opener ‘Stay Awake’, ‘Kickstarts’, ‘Won’t Go Quietly’ and his collaboration with Calvin Harris ‘We’ll Be Coming Back’ all sending the crowd suitably bonkers.

The rapper, who told the crowd that he considered it “an honour to be sharing a stage with Noel Gallagher and The Stone Roses”, also dropped his new single ‘Say Nothing’ and the previously unheard ‘Perfect Replacement’, which came complete with a whomping, Pendulum-stlye bassline.

After him and just before The Stone Roses, Noel Gallagher leant heavily on his Oasis back catalogue during his 15-song set. The guitarist and his High Flying Birds played a selection of his former band’s biggest hits, including the opening ‘(It’s Good) To Be Free’, a stripped back ‘Supersonic’, ‘Talk Tonight’ and ‘Half A World Away’.


Gallagher also dedicated recent hit ‘AKA…What A Life!’ to all the Manchester City fans in the crowd after his team had narrowly overcome Premier League newboys Southampton 3-2 earlier in the day and played album track ‘AKA…Broken Arrow’ in honour “of all the ladies in the crowd tonight”.

He finished his set with crowd favourite ‘(Stranded) On The Wrong Beach’ and much-loved Oasis singles ‘Whatever’, ‘Little By Little’ and ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’.

To read a full review of this year’s V Festival, pick up next week’s copy of NME, which is onsale on Wednesday (August 22).

Dec 14, 2012
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There is nothing better than doing a wedding or family lifestyle shoot. Normally I am faced with people who aren’t normal in front of the lens and are normal quite understandably nervous.

This shoot saw me in Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield with a family who were the opposite! they were only professional models, family lifestyle models to be exact.

how cute is this little guy!

 

Dec 14, 2012
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They’re one of TOWIE’S most glamorous couples and now it seems that are starting to coordinate their outfits.

The loved-up pair were spotted enjoying a day out at Drayton Manor today (Wednesday) and certainly looked like they were matching.

As they rode the theme park’s various rides and spent time feeding some of the animals, Lucy and Mario definitely proved that their rocky relationship is stronger than ever.

Looking rather casual, Lucy showed off her enviable figure in a pair of light blue skinny jeans  – with her fiancé wearing pair of the exact same colour.

The brunette teamed hers with a white and navy striped top and silver flip flops – which she had chosen over her usual pair of towering heels.

The reality TV star completed her look with large dark sunglasses and a nude leather handbag.

Mario also wore sunglasses, when not on the rides, and teamed his jeans with a black and white T-shirt that was emblazoned with an image that appeared to represent a jail cell window.

He also wore a pair of black and silver adidas trainers and kept a protective arm around his fiancée.

After months of testing each other’s boundaries, Lucy and Mario have gotten engaged and seem to have put their past issues behind them.

The current series of TOWIE wrapped for filming at the weekend, so the couple were clearly enjoying the chance to enjoy some quality time without being trailed by a camera crew.

As well as making the most of the park’s many rollercoasters, the pair were invited to feed one of Drayton Manor’s animal residents.

The couple were seen feeding a Brazilian Tapir in the grounds of the Staffordshire attraction.

Review by: Daily Mail

Dec 14, 2012
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Big Brother winner Josie Gibson has had a white-knuckle experience at Drayton Manor to promote the theme park’s summer discounts.

The Bristolian reality TV personality was accompanied by plumber fiancé Luke Sanwo as she tried out the attractions at the Staffordshire resort.

Sporting a noticeably thinner frame, Gibson met children’s character The Fat Controller at the park’s Thomas the Tank Engine land and screamed as she enjoyed some of the more wild rides.

Her visit celebrated Drayton Manor’s ‘Summer Explosion’ season, which has seen 2,012 discounted tickets to the park made available online every day.


Adults can visit the park for as little as £20, while the price of children’s tickets have been cut in half to £12 and under-fours are eligible for free entry.

Review by: Digital Spy

Dec 14, 2012
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Birmingham is just one of four locations in the UK to have a celebratory evening concert as part of the Torch Relay celebrations. On Saturday, 30 June, Birmingham proudly hosted its Olympic evening celebration concert at Cannon Hill Park in honour of the Olympic Torch coming to the city.

The show headlined by chart topping boy-band The Wanted with support from R’n’B star Loick Essien and rock band Morning Parade.

The local line-up also includes Birmingham Royal Ballet, who will be performing Pas de deux from Le Corsiare, and Antics, a five-piece local street dance crew who recently had national television success. Twenty thousand lucky local residents won tickets for this free celebratory event.

Dec 06, 2012
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The Olympic Flame came to Cardiff, and you joined in and got involved with the celebrations!

The Flame arrived on the outskirts of the city at 5.25pm on Friday, May 25, with the first Cardiff torchbearer starting off on Newport Road in St Mellons. It will then travel down Newport Road to Roath, along Dumfries Place and Boulevard de Nantes, onto Kingsway, Duke Street and Castle Street with a brief stop at Cardiff Castle.

Then the torchbearer traveled along Castle Street, High Street to St David’s Hall. From here it went to St Mary Street, into Wood Street – past the Millennium Stadium – along Tudor Street, Clare Street and Lower Cathedral Road before
heading into Bute Park for the free 15,000-ticket concert in Coopers Field.

The relay continued again on Saturday May 26, with a 6.29am start outside the Norwegian Church Arts Centre in Cardiff Bay.

From Harbour Drive it will travel past the National Assembly for Wales and across Roald Dahl Plas before heading through Grangetown along James Street, Clarence Road, Corporation Road and Penarth Road.

This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Olympic Torch as it passes through the streets of Cardiff before it arrived in Cooper’s Field for a spectacular Evening Celebration where the winners of Cardiff Council’s ‘Big Gig’ Battle of The Bands competition got to perform alongside some big name acts.

Rock band You Me At Six, Brit award winner Emeli Sandé and Cardiff-born Kids In Glass Houses will perform at the free event in Cooper’s Field which will be held as part of the Olympic torch relay celebrations. The ticketed show, for 16,000 people, will be held on 25 May as Cardiff hosts the London 2012 Olympic torch relay.

The torch will be in Wales between May 25, when it arrives in Monmouth, and May 30, when it leaves after visiting Welshpool. The Olympic Flame is expected to travel for 70 days an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine a light on the best their area has to offer — including celebrations of local culture, breathtaking landscapes and dynamic urban areas as the Olympic Flame comes to a place near them.

The Olympic Flame will arrive at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Review by: Visit Cardiff 

Dec 06, 2012
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One of the largest dance festivals in the UK is underway in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Global Gathering attracts thousands of electronic music fans each year and is taking place this weekend at the Long Marston Airfield.

The event is now in its twelfth year – launched in 2001 by the Birmingham nightclub Godskitchen. The first festival in 2001 saw 25,000 revellers dance the day and night away. Over the years the festival has grown in size – it has doubled in capacity – with 50,000 visitors and 30,000 campers now stay overnight to see two days of live acts and DJ’s.

Organisers of this year’s event say it has been challenging because of the impact of the Olympics. There’s a nationwide shortage of portable toilets and catering vans because of the Games.

“This year we have seen a pull on resources and an increase in costs due to the Olympic factor with site facilities being the main items most difficult to come by…

“I am certainly glad we made the decision to stick to our historical date of the last weekend in July, even if it meant going up against the opening ceremony, as our ticket sales are on for a record year at the festival.”

– JAMES ALGATE, GLOBAL GATHERING ORGANISER

This year’s headline acts include South London rapper Tinie Tempah, and Drum and Bass duo Chase & Status . Warwickshire Police are using social media to give advice to festival goers attended the event.

The force will provide Twitter updates in case there are traffic delays or weather problems.

“Twitter, and other social network sites, are proving to be an ideal way for the police to get important information to specific audiences quickly.

“As well as providing crime prevention advice and information about traffic management to the thousands of people attending Global Gathering, we will also be able to use it if, for example, there are any weather related issues which we need to tell people about quickly.“

– SUPERINTENDENT MARTIN SAMUEL, WARWICKSHIRE POLICE

With thousands of vehicles leaving the site on Sunday morning, motorists are being warned to avoid using certain roads because of expected traffic problems.

Review by: ITV

 

Dec 06, 2012
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Toronto will play host to Liverpool FC in Liverpool’s first stop on their North American preseason tour.

The English club come to North America for a chance to test what their squad has to offer heading into the start of their preseason. It is also a great chance to build their brand in North America. Liverpool is already one of the most popular soccer teams in the world, and they hope that this preseason tour will boost their popularity in places like Canada and the United States.

Toronto is a great MLS city. They average around 20,000 fans in attendance every game but have had as many as 50,000 crammed into the Rogers Centre (they normally play at BMO Field). In 2004, when Liverpool last played at the Rogers Centre, there were over 30,000 in attendance.

Toronto is not having the season that they desired; they are currently last in the Eastern Conference and hold only 16 points, which is the worst in the MLS. If Toronto could keep this match close or even pull the upset, it would provide them with a huge boost of confidence heading into the rest of their season.

Liverpool will use this match in order to gain confidence in their new manager, Brendan Rodgers, who is in the process of implementing his style of play. This will be an excellent opportunity for his squad to get some experience in his style against a much weaker opponent.

Review by: bleacherreport.com

Dec 06, 2012
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Now the most exciting thing your wife can tell you is she’s pregnant. now most men would be on the look out for cool outfits telling all their friends but not a photographer. The first thing that sprang to my mind was ohh lets get some bump to baby pictures.

Bump love and bump to baby pictures are an amazing way to showoff your bump in cool quirky ways and a great thing to show your child when he or she is older in our case “HE”