My May playlist has, yet again, been pretty easy to put together as I’m constantly shazamming everything these days. I mean who doesn’t really?!

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First of all I’ve got the new track from Eliza and the Bears. I love this band. I saw them at The Horn in St Albans a couple of years back and it was a great gig – a really small and intimate show that was so much fun. I went off the band not long after that because stupidly I overplayed their songs soooo much. But now they’re back with a more upbeat-than-indie song which is spot on for summer.

I’ve got a few songs in the playlist discovered from Made In Chelsea (again), so I really don’t know what I’m going to do now that the series is over. I’ll be so behind on music again and have to revert to Instagram for my major crush on Sam *sob*.

I’ve also got the very beautiful This Woman’s Work by Kate Nash which, of course, came from the first episode in the return of The Handmaid’s Tale. The scene was beyond emotional but unfortunately it didn’t have the desired effect on me as I’d accidentally seen the clip whilst waiting for Gogglebox to end a previous night so it was a total spoiler for me of sorts. Still, the song was fitting and I am loving that the show is back.

I have a few upbeat oldies in the form of McFly and Avril Lavigne in there too – I couldn’t help it though, with the warm weather the songs are just so fitting right now.

What do you think of my May playlist? Let me know!


It’s that time of month again – my monthly playlist! This month it was super easy to put together as I literally took it from Shazam – I’ve discovered so much cool music this month through TV shows and the like.

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I went to see Fall Out Boy again recently and have really gotten into their music again – hence not one, not two but three of their songs being on this playlist! I absolutely love The Last Of The Real Ones and Wilson (Expensive Mistakes) from their new album. They’re so catchy and upbeat but still essentially Fall Out Boy songs all over. Favourite Record is an older song which has always been a favourite of mine.

Last week – when we had all that nice weather – the girls from work and I went to the pub after work on Friday and sat outside, chatting about our week and listening to music. It was absolutely lovely and I feel really lucky to be working with such a great team. Anyway, we got onto some old school music and that’s why old Macklemore and Calvin Harris songs appear on this playlist!

Other than that, everything else I’ve discovered from TV shows (Made In Chelsea and Riverdale) and movies!

A lot of these songs have really gotten me in the mood for summer, so this is a great playlist to listen to in your car on a hot day with the windows wound down. Bliss.

What have you been listening to lately? Let me know!


Though it’s not exactly warm outside – an absolute world away from the weather we’ll be expecting at most festivals this summer – now is the best time to start planning ahead for any quirky music festivals worth attending in 2018.

Tickets are on sale and lineups are being revealed left right and centre – as well as activities, food vendors and anything else a festival may be offering. It’s the ideal time to make that decision really – just before the tickets sell out – especially if you’re not an early bird and prefer to wait and see a line up rather than buying (sometimes very expensive!) tickets early without knowing.

And so I present to you my glance at this year’s quirkiest music festivals…

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Devon, 3rd – 5th August
Langaland Festival is fairly new to the market of music festivals, but anyone who is an avid go-er of festivals knows that this is a huge selling point. New and smaller music festivals always have a lot to offer before becoming hugely popular. This year’s offering includes a line up of Moriaty, Vienna Youth, The Lures and Major Leagues, and there’s also visual arts, theatre, spoken word, workshops and comedy to take your pick from. If you want to get ahead of your mates and visit something really up and coming, Langaland Festival is the way to do it…

Lincolnshire, 23rd – 26th August
A firm favourite of mine since my first venture to the festival a few years back, Lost Village is an immersive music festival guaranteed to have you tapping into your spiritual side. Though the music is mainly dance music, there’s also a few variations dotted about at the festival’s many different stages. As well as music, there’s comedy, fine dining, meditation, a lakeside spa and creative workshops. It’s entirely surreal and immersive, and it’s also one of the prettiest festivals too – think ribbon hanging from trees in a forest, teepee tents and abandoned chapels working as a stage for top DJ’s.

Portmeirion, 7th – 10th September
This festival is set a little later in the year and is family friendly, taking part at the fairytale town of Portmeirion, in Wales. Fun fact: the name is taken from the lead character in cult TV show, The Prisoner, which was filmed at Portmeirion. This music-meets-art festival has something for everyone, with woodland runs, torchlit processions and boutique camping. If camping isn’t your thing, there’s plenty of hotels on site too, including a castle..!

Hampshire, 9th – 12th August
I know I’ve already had a guest post about this festival, but I’m just so excited that I’m going to mention it again. This festival is what you get when Secret Cinema meets Lost Village – the music, is of course the main event (headliners this year include Die Antwoord, Limp Biscuit and Gorillaz) but the festival itself is said to be like a giant film set with various districts/themes. There’s Old Town, Forest Parties and Whistlers green to name just a few, but I’m refusing to look up too much about them so it’s more of a surprise when I arrive. I am very excited to find myself a job/task at the job centre, as I love anything immersive like that..

North, Midlands and South, 26th – 28th May
Though it may not be quirky per say, this pop punk music festival stands out in the fact that it’s really only one day long (perfect for festival virgins) and is all punk rock/rock music – you won’t find any dance stages catering to non-rock fans here! There’s always a fun after party (where bands playing the festival are said to visit) and a fair variety of street food. This year’s line up boasts Jimmy Eat World, Good Charlotte, PVRIS, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Taking Back Sunday, Sleeping With Sirens and much more. Plus, because it’s so small, you always end up bumping into people you know and it’s very easy to go as a group and, well, not lose your friends (unless you get drunk and wander off like me every. single. year.)

These are just five music festivals I think are worth checking out this year but of course there are so many more. Quirky festivals are best when they’re new and unknown, however, so I do suggest you all to get on google or ask your friends for any other recommendations if you want something entirely unheard of..

Are you going to any music festivals this year? Let me know!


This year is going to be my first ever time at Boomtown festival, a music festival which is well renowned for it’s stunning variety of ‘sets’ and different ‘worlds’. My first music festival was Reading and I haven’t been to a proper camping festival since, so I thought it would be wise to speak to an expert about Boomtown.

Enter music festival enthusiast Jessi from Where’s My Tent blog. If anyone is an expert on music festivals, it’s her. In fact, this will be her sixth year attending Boomtown Fair so she’s pretty much an expert on the festival too! Jessi has been kind enough to share five tips with me…

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This rule applies for pretty much any festival. I know the excitement of finally getting though the gates and starting your weekend of adventure. However, this feeling is amplified when arriving at Boomtown, partly because of how amazed you’ll be seeing the incredible areas to explore and the detail of the staging, but also because the general vibe at Boomtown can be summarised as “party party party!!” It’s tempting to crack right on and get very drunk on day one.

But I can tell you some insider knowledge… because of the festival’s proximity to Winchester, they have some stricter sound rules on the first and last nights. All music will cease at the stroke of midnight on both Thursday and Sunday night. Sure, people try to carry on the party in relative silence, but it’s just not worth it. Have a few drinks, stay up til midnight exploring, but use this opportunity to get a few extra hours sleep once the music stops. Because on Friday and Saturday the site keeps partying through til breakfast time. Plus Friday is the best day to do a lot of my next tip…

Boomtown Fair is unique, in that they put as much into the build of the festival, (including the artwork, the immersive actors, and the storyline) as they do to the line up. Honestly some of my best festival moments have been exploring the different districts at Boomtown. They genuinely build a temporary city. You can go to the Bank in Paradise Heights (previously called Mayfair, more on this on tip #5), the Postal Office in Oldtown, maybe visit the Boomtown Bobbies Police Station in the Town Centre, or head to a saloon in Copper County (previously Wild West). Meet pirates, cowboys, aliens, robots… Speak to them all!

I would definitely say make the most of the Friday daytime, before the music properly kicks off and before you have too much of a hangover, and go explore the storyline; this year called “The Machine Cannot Be Stopped”. There will be immersive actors all over site, talk to them, find out snippets of information, they may instruct you to visit another area of site or to find a particular person. Think of it as a mystery mission! Start by opening random doors, especially in Oldtown and Metropolis. Really get involved! I found myself once in a small Japanese themed room doing shots of Sake and singing karaoke. You will find some real memorable madness!

Whistler’s Green is Boomtown’s answer to Glastonbury’s Green Fields. It’s here you’ll find brilliant folk music, healing & craft areas, fantastic food, and a stunning view over the whole of Downtown. The area had an overhaul in 2017 and the Windmill stage and whole surroundings are now much bigger and better. It’s slightly out of the way of the main site, it can feel like a bit of a mission, but I would suggest you make plans to come up here for breakfast on Saturday or Sunday if there isn’t anyone particular playing you would visit for. It’s an amazing place to chill out, get a massage, learn how to whittle a instrument out of wood, and eat some incredible vegan (or not) food whilst looking out over the view of Downtown. It’s definitely worth a visit.

In the Town Centre, you will find the Job Centre. Now, I don’t really want to give too much away here, it’s something to explore yourself, but I wanted to assure you when you see the long queue for it, that it’s worth waiting for! I will say that yes, you will have an interview and yes, you may be given a job, and yes you might get paid for it! There are many things that can happen in here, and there’s usually some great DJs doing secret sets.

Throughout the festival you can find ways to earn Boomtown dollars. Duel with a pirate in Oldtown, beg on your knees for money from the bourgeoisie in Paradise Heights, win the dance off in Barrio Loco… or simply visit the Bank to make a withdrawal. The Bank works as a trade. You offer something to the teller, they’ll give you some dollars. I “withdrew” $1000 by exchanging my pink feather boa one year.

How amazing does it all sound? I’ll definitely be getting a job at the job centre and I’m really intrigued about the fact that although it’s essentially a music festival, there’s a lot more going on from storylines and sets to actually getting a job and filling out tasks. It sounds like Secret Cinema meets Lost Village!

Now all I have to do is start researching my striking wardrobe for the festival…

Thanks so much, Jessi, for guest posting and you should all definitely check out her blog, Where’s My Tent. It will give you serious festival envy….



March is coming to an end and so it’s time to share with you all the music I’ve been digging this month.

Although I’ve just binged watch the new episodes of Made In Chelsea which introduced me to lots of ace music and one amazing band from this playlist dropped a brand new single yesterday, so I’m gutted I couldn’t include all these new songs I now love – but there’s always next month of course!

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So immediately I’ve got a throwback to old favourites, Plain White T’s! I used to love these back in the day. They haven’t done much too recently, but they are still together and this single was released just last year. Here’s hoping there’s more to follow.

I love Mozaics sooo much and this song has been a constant favourite for me since I first heard it. I heard it randomly then almost never discovered the band because I googled and googled them and couldn’t find them, then their name was misspelled on the radio station was a faff but I got there in the end.

There’s a few other random ones in here. Mine by Bizzi is totally not my normal type of music but I love it, and Nothing On You by B.o.B and Bruno Mars is another massive throwback but also a real feel good song. I also adore These Days by Rudimental, even though it’s played everywhere right now.

Anyway, enjoy, and let me know your thoughts…