Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Ellie Goulding Concert! (YouTube) / SECRET SHOW STORIES

On Thursday 24th March, I went to the London O2 Arena to see Ellie Goulding in concert. I saw her back in December at the Jingle Bell Ball and was really impressed with her performance so I was super excited! Click through to see my videos of the concert or head over to my YouTube channel at 'hansla1000'. 

The first opening act was Lany. I'd never heard of the band before but they were seriously amazing; I have been listening to them on repeat since the show. The only downside is that they don't have a lot of stage presence mainly because the lead singer has his long hair in front of his face the majority of the time. But maybe that's the mystery... Click here to watch on YouTube.

Next up was John Newman. I know a lot of people who are fans of his but I'd never heard of him. Clearly, it was just his name I hadn't heard of because after listening, I realised I knew almost all his songs! His dance moves are very repetitive and he sweats (a lot!) but he has almost as much energy as Ellie which is admirable passion. Click here to watch the clips on YouTube.

And finally, the woman herself. Ellie Goulding lit up the stage everytime she walked on. She is seriously gorgeous and has such a sweet personality. I was surprised at how shy she was because of how much energy she has during her performances. But she barely spoke in between songs. The focus is defintely on her music which honestly, I don't mind because that's why we love her. In the odd moments that she did speak, I really loved the glimpses into her life, especially the song about her friend who is always there for her. The screens ended up showing images scrapbook-like of their friendship.

Of course, I took some pictures too and I loved how they turned out so I decided to share some of them in a video too!

I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into an Ellie Goulding concert as her UK Tour comes to an end. Of course, the clips don't even slightly capture how good she is and the crazy atmosphere at the O2!

Monday, 28 March 2016

Take Me To Rainbowland! (YouTube)

I love my niece to the moon and back and so I loved getting to pick her up from nursery a while a go. My camera and phone both died before I arrived but I ended up vlogging a little bit after I had picked her up and taken her shopping. 

We went to the park, played some games, did some singing, had bathtime and then read some books! Click here to watch a cute three year old sing!

Friday, 25 March 2016

5 Concerts I Want to See!

I had a late start to life in regards to watching live concerts but since then, I have been lucky enough to be able to go to a number of concerts and I have loved them all. Click here to see Monday's post on who I have already seen and Wednesday's post of whom I will be seeing soon!

But there are still so many that I want to see! Here are the top 5 people on my bucket list:

  1. Hilary Duff: Hilary had been my number one idol since before I can remember. I have been obsessed with her since the days of Hilary Duff and was so excited when she started her music career following the success of the movie. Although she is now focussing on being an actress and mother, she has recently released another album called 'Breathe In. Breather Out.' which I fell completely in love. So while I think it's unlikely she'll be doing concerts in the UK, I'm still hopeful! Fingers crossed.

  2. Taylor Swift: So many hits, so many albums, so many tunes... I don't think Taylor Swift can do anything wrong in terms of music and I love pretty much everything she has ever released. I can't wait to one day see her!
  3. Miley Cyrus: Shooting to attention in the Disney Channel TV show, Hannah Montana, I loved her voice but not the songs. When Miley herself released music I loved it. Since then both herself and her music have changed. I still love the music but not quite a fan of the wilder concert ideas she is currently pursuing. I do however think it would be very entertaining to watch so either way I still want to see her, old school or this wilder version.
  4. Ed Sheeran: Ed is constantly producing singer-songwriter hits and they're so beautifully written. I think it's his lyrics that speak most to me. Given the fact all the celebs that know him, obsess over the kind of person he is, I would love to see him live. He's just such a pure talent.
  5. James Blunt: An oldie but a goodie. I've grown up listening to the sweet melodies produced by this man and would just die to see him. 
Of course there are so many other's I would love to see too but these are my absolute favourites. Who would you love to see?

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Future Concerts Scheduled!

Click here to see Monday's post on concerts I have already been to!

The next few weeks are going to be almost solid revision weeks and with most of my friends also cramming I'll hardly be leaving my room. Luckily, some concerts decided to fall at roughly the same times and so as it turns out, I have number of concerts that will fill in the blanks. 

Here are a list of concerts and live music currently scheduled!

  1. John Newman and Ellie Goulding: I have actually now seen her, but at the time of buying the tickets, I didn't know that she was going to the Capital Jingle Bell Ball so it looks like I'm going to get double the dose.
  2. Connor Maynard, The Tide and The Vamps: Again, I have seen these before just a year ago but this year the price was so cheap and the seats too good to miss the opportunity. 
  3. Tyler Hilton and Kate Voegele: I've loved them since One Tree Hill and can't wait for the private sound check and meet and greet!
  4. Justin Bieber: But not until October!
Have you got any upcoming shows you're excited to see?

Monday, 21 March 2016

Concerts I've Seen!

This week's theme is going to be music and concerts. I had a late start to life in regards to watching live concerts but since then, I have been lucky enough to be able to go to a number of concerts and I have loved them all.

Today I'm going to go through all the people I've seen live and the concerts I've loved! Luckily, since social media has kicked off I've started recording a lot more via diaries, blog posts and vlogs. Click on the links to see video clips :)
  1. Dizzee Rascal
  2. Jedward
  3. Alexandra Burke
  4. Professor Green
  5. Gabriella Cilmi
  6. Tinchy Stryder
  7. Alesha Dixon
  8. The Hoosiers
  9. The Saturdays
  10. Pixie Lott
  11. Scouting for Girls
  12. The Script: My favourite band of all time. I've officially seen them 3 times and I've loved them everytime. 

  13. Kaiser Chiefs: When I went to Silverstone for the 2014 British GP, I won tickets to see them on the Thursday. Surprisingly amazing!
  14. Luke Friend: Loved since the X-factor days especially 'Hole In My Heart', I'm just waiting for him to release a full CD. 
  15. The Tide: I'd never heard of these before but they were pretty good.
  16. Union J: Of course, another of those big boy bands that has come out of the X-factor. I'm now so glad that I saw them because George Shelley has now left the band.
  17. The Vamps: A cute little boyband with reasonably priced tickets makes the show completely worthwhile. I've now seen them twice plus once more soon!
  18. S Club 7: Childhood memories were brought back with this concert, for sure! 
  19. Jamie Lawson: I've now seen him twice. Once at the One Direction opening concert and a second time at a much more intimate concert at a small music store called Fopp where he performed some of songs for a group of around 15 of us. 
  20. One Direction:I had to get a ticket for their first show of their last tour before the big break. I actually don't even mind that Zane had already left because he was defintely my least favourite and I don't particularly think he added anything to the group's sound.
  21. Joe Conaboy: As an added bonus, he won a competition to open for Lawson and I loved him. He mainly does covers but he always interacts with followers by responding to messages and DMs. 
  22. Peter Gardiner: Cocky and idiotic teeneage who is completely full of himself. He can sing but not great, I would not recommend seeing him live to anyone.
  23. Lawson: I loved their sound and the fact that it was in a small venue was perfect because it made it feel much more comfortable. 
  24. Marvin Humes
  25. Little Mix
  26. Charlie Puth 
  27. Carly Rae Jepsen
  28. Ellie Goulding 
  29. Grace 
  30. Nick Jonas
  31. Sigma + Ella Henderson 
  32. Calvin Harris 
  33. Justin Bieber
Oh my...looking at it this way it's a lot but realistically a lot of them are from the same night or event. So I've been to 8 concerts total.

The first group from 1 to 12 were all at Party in the Park. I could only remember The Script and The Saturday so I've just looked up the full line up and a seriously don't remember some of these at all! This is why I now love keeping a diary and blog, so I can flick back and see exactly who I've seen. I loved the outdoor nature of it as it wasn't at all crowded and there were a wide variety of acts on stage.

Similarly, I went to Capital's Jingle Bell Ball where 23 to 33 were, so there weren't full concerts, although I would say it came pretty close!

The Script was my first actual concert and I went to see them at The O2 with my oldest sister Vicky. I'm sure they did have an opening act but I can't for the life of me remember who. The Vamps had 3 opening acts when I saw them with Luke Friend, The Tide and Union J all joining them on the road and Lawson followed suit with having 2 (Joe Conaboy and Peter Gardiner).

Who have you seen? What did you think?

                    Friday, 18 March 2016

                    Daddy's Home (Review)

                    Click here to watch the trailer.

                    The difference between a father (someone who produces a child) and a dad (someone who actually nurtures a child) is the key message here.

                    Although Brad desperately wants to be the latter, it would take a medical miracle for him ever to be the former, due to an accident involving a dental X-ray machine. He’s delighted to take on the role of step-dad to Dylan and Megan, and although initially skeptical, he slowly wins them over.

                    Everything is seemingly getting to be perfect for Brad - a job at a smooth jazz station, loving wife, step-dad to two kids - until in swaggers Dusty, the biological father and a super-masculine silverback intent on reclaiming his offspring. He has been out of the picture for years but when he discovers Brad is now part of the picture after a phone call, he races back to be with his kids and prove he is the better dad.

                    Brad is initially unfazed and just flattered. He is glad the kids have their dad back but when he understands he is being threatened, he starts to fight back to try and prove himself.

                    From there a slapstick comedy sketch which extends to last the whole movie. Dusty attempts to undermine and embarrass Brad at every turn, and Brad’s behavior grows increasingly erratic to try and prove himself to be better. For example, Brad loses control of Dusty’s motorcycle and drives into the house; Brad loses control of a skateboard and flies into a power line; Brad pays a fortune for basketball tickets only for Dusty to have access to better seats... basically Brad ends out worse every time. Especially at the fertility clinic, my favourite scene!

                    When Brad is forced out of his home, Dusty is left to become a full-time dad and take on all the parental responsibilities. Only to realise it is harder than it looks and he bails. It's left to Brad to convince him to go back and step up to the plate.

                    The climax is when Dylan's bully turns up and instead of fighting, Dusty takes Brad's advice and dances it out. Ending with reconciliation at a daddy-daughter dance, the whole dance begins to sense the relief from everything building.

                    I loved this film. It wasn't anything special that you need to go to the cinema to see but it was a laidback, easy going comedy, to watch lying in bed.

                    Wednesday, 16 March 2016

                    Kung Fu Panda 3 (Review)

                    Click here to watch the trailer for the third movie in the Kung Fu Panda franchise.

                    Watching two movies on opening weekend is extremely rare for me but this one was more for my child who I look after through a volunteering scheme.

                    Having earned the title of Dragon Warrior, Po is loving being the centre of attention in the village and is letting the power go to his head. When he is suddenly pushed into a mentor role by Master Shifu, who wishes to quit his teaching post and sit in a cave for thirty years in order to master the mystical powers of chi, Po, makes mistake after mistake and it seems these new responsibilities are too much. In a humorous slapstick sequence we see all the other warriors get hurt and fall.
                    After his long-lost father enters, Li and Po get on like a house on fire. Li’s carefree attitude towards everything is the perfect distraction for Po, and the two share a variety of heart-warming moments as Po shirks his newfound responsibilities in favour of showing his newfound father around. Of course, things can’t stay this cushty for long.

                    Kai, an ancient villain with a huge chip on his shoulder and a mastery of the chi arts that none of the goodies can match. Kai is just the right blend of scary and silly, with his frightful ability to entrap individuals in green crystals counterbalanced by his annoyance at the fact that nobody remembers who he is.
                    After reading the scriptures, Li convinces Po he can teach him everything he needs to know to defeat Kai, but the family reunion seems to be just an excuse to have fun and relax. Before they know it, time is up and it's now or never.
                    This story has gentle humour for adults while being thoroughly entertaining for the kids. A cuddly panda's love for his father is just the way to take this movie and of course the message is clear. Po learns the value of self praise and he becomes the master he never expected to be.

                    All the while his two fathers, who have been bickering the entire  movie, finally see eye to eye and support Po in the best way they can. They both wanted what was best for him but before, it always seemed to be the opposite of the other.
                    Three key messages:

                    1. Have faith in yourself.
                    2. Never give up. 
                    3. When all else fails, turn to your family, for they will always have your back.

                    Monday, 14 March 2016

                    The Divergent Series: Allegiant (Review)

                    The third movie in The Divergent Series was released in the UK last Thursday, ahead of the US Premiere. The films are based off the Divergent book trilogy but they have split the third book into 2 movies titled Allegiant and Ascendent.

                    Click here to watch the trailer.
                    The last film ends with Tris opening the message left by the founders and broadcasting it to the city of Chicago. It closes on a scene of the entire population running at the gates that barricade the city in.

                    This film opens with the same scene and the message being played again, only it continues. Cars come in and the gates close preventing citizens escaping thanks to the new leader, Evelyn Johnson-Eaton, deciding it isn't safe out there.

                    With the breakdown of the factions, it's assumed the ex-faction leaders will still rule but all does not go to Evelyn's plan. She ends up taking over the power spot Jeanine just departed. After watching from the sidelines during trials, Tris decides there must be something better. Not only does she refuse to stand alongside Evelyn but quickly, so does Johanna (leader of Amity). With Tris and Four hatching a plan to get out of there, a battle seems likely between Evelyn and the kindness leader too.

                    Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known in order to find a peaceful solution for their embroiled city.
                    Together with their close friends and family, they scale the electrified perimeter of Chicago and out-smart Evelyn's soldiers in the process. By venturing beyond the walled boundaries of Chicago,  they discover a radiation ravaged wilderness known as The Fringe, where rivers run blood red. But through the toxic deserts they find themselves in the shiny arms of the Bureau of Genetic Welfare.

                     Here, Tris encounters David, who explains their entwined histories, while wandering through overdesigned surroundings which appear to have fallen through a 'Tomorrowland-sized hole in the time-space continuum'.

                    Once there, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. While Tris seems to be oblivious to the ongoings within the Bureau, Four is left to decipher David's underlying truth's and prevent the loss of everything and everyone he knows.

                    I think the first thing this movie gets so wrong, is Tris' hair. After Shailene Woodley refused to wear a wig for the last movie, a hair cutting scene was written in. This time, the movie picks up just minutes after the last finished but suddenly Tris' hair has grown in length.

                    My favourite scene was defintely the group scaling the walls. Not only was this high-power energy scene incredibly choreographed, but the acting was sublime. They all stuck their parts perfectly. Having said that there was a cringing moment when Tris leaps into Four's really wasn't needed as she could have easily climbed just as fast, if not faster separated.

                    The graphics in the toxic deserts are incredible. It's very believable and just how I had imagined from the books. I wondered how they would meet the others from the outside, and I surprisingly liked the little alteration. I think the capsules to keep them safe were interesting but I defintely liked the series of event after entering the complex. It was an unusual way and while all the others seems fine, Tris seems to find it incredibly painful. But perhaps that is the shock...? Unexplained plot hole.
                    I think there are a few inconsistencies which will hopefully be dealt with in the sequel. As Four was confused, I think the viewers were also on the same level of confusion. Divergent is splitting the last book into two parts as already said but which some people are calling this a 'sneaky trick' by not naming them Part 1 and Part 2. I actually love it! I think by re-naming the final film to Ascendent, it tells the audience exactly about how the film is going to be. Allegiant is about broken promises, while Ascendant is the rise of something greater than a human. 
                    One of my favourite things about the movie as a whole is its symmetry. The beginning and ending were both brought on the screens by 2 different people announcing two very different, but similarly important concepts: one from inside and one from outside. 

                    Overall, the first and last quarter were amazing. They were both highly action packed and entertaining. While the middle half was somewhat boring, it showed the struggle of entering an unknown universe and also the confusion between Tris' and Four's relationship. I do think these issues could have been developed further to make the story flow better because it did feel a little jumpy in places. 

                    PS. After watching the film, I now understand why all these cameras were needed to film the scenes. I loved watching the 2 worlds be merged and through Caleb, we get a glimpse at inside the walls. I think it must be remembered that the book is written based off of Tris and Four's point of views so if it wasn't for these cleverly written scenes we wouldn't know what was going on inside those walls.