Sunday, 27 July 2014

All aboard...

As a KLander, yesterday was a very proud day as Kingsland Road got to have their debut single Dirty Dancer played on Radio 1!!! Me and mam travelled to London on the overnight train so we could stand outside the radio and show our support!

We roasted outside waiting for them but it was lovely to get to chat to them quickly before they went inside for their interview. We also got to spend time with our friend Lauren, who we first started speaking to because of Times Red. 

Us and Lauren :)

It was so surreal to hear them on one of the biggest radio stations in the country, tears formed in my eyes as was sat outside listening to the broadcast on my phone! They were so happy when they came back out, I don't think they could quite believe it themselves! They quickly said bye before leaving for dinner, as they had their social in the afternoon.

Our London trip was well worth it as a few days ago we happened to win tickets to this Kingsland Social, which meant we would get the spend the afternoon with them on a tour round London in a big red bus!

I was so excited for this as we have been to the socials since the first ever one in February 2013, so to be a part of this one was something really special.

(photo credit: @helz999)

We boarded the bus outside Regent's Park, which was decorated with balloons and flashing lights, and we decided to sit on the bottom floor. It was so much fun going on a tour round London, not that anyone paid much attention to the sights outside! The boys were hilarious tour guides, and we had quizzes on board as well as singalongs, which managed to get the attention of everyone outside as we drove through busy areas such as Trafalgar Square! Dirty Dancer was played on several occasions, with everyone singing along to the future hit! We also managed to win Josh's security pass from Radio 1 for doing the most tour dates!

Replicating the first ever social, the boys also filmed a Harlem Shake with the fans, something which I'm sure you'll see within the next few days! They spent time going around the bus, chatting to as many fans as possible despite it being ridiculously warm!

(photo credit: @helz999)

After an hour or so, the bus dropped us off outside Regent's Park once again where we got to properly see the boys and have pictures! They were lovely as always, and chatting to them made me really hyped for the tour!

Yesterday was such a precious little day! It was an honour to support them at Radio 1 and a privilege to win tickets to the social - it's a very exciting time for them and I can't wait to see what will happen in the next few weeks, with the tour and the release of Dirty Dancer! It's amazing to see how far they've come since I started following them in November 2012. They deserve the world and I'm so grateful to be able to support them on their journey!

Tickets for their Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow dates are still available on  :)

Hwyl am y tro ✌️

Monday, 14 July 2014

Riding High and Getting Down ✌️

On Saturday I ventured into strange territory for a gig - Thorpe Park, one of the UK's biggest theme parks! As a girl that gets her kicks from boybands rather than rollercoasters, it was a strange gig venue for me and I had no intention of going on any rides, only seeing Concept perform!

However, my twinny is an adrenaline junkie and tried to kill me off before I even got to see the boys (never trust anyone that tells you that a ride is not scary because it is almost certain to be the biggest lie haha!) I screamed and swore my way through Colossus and Rush before watching the live music.

Showcase Live was responsible for putting on the show - each Saturday they have several bands and singers perform, and this week it was the turn of Beth Sherburn, Canary Swing and Concept. Beth was good but I don't really like female singers oops lol! Canary Swing were really good, although I spent most of their performance taking pity on drummer Sam who'd injured his neck on one of the rides bless him!

Then it was time for Concept - they were amazing! The Basingstoke band, made up of Scott, Ben, Karim, Matt and Nathan, have been around for a few years now however I first saw them live back in May 2013, and met them in June 2013 as twinny had been a fan for ages! 

They've improved so much, I've always enjoyed their sets but this was something else! They did a mix of acoustic songs as well as using backing track, allowing them to show off some moves that made me swoon a bit...haha! Amongst some amazing covers such as 5SOS' Don't Stop and Imagine Dragons' Radioactive, they belted out their amazing original songs Get Down and Young and Rebellious, definite favourites of mine! 

My highlights included their performance of Ed Sheeran's Sing, an example of when my favourite members shouldn't sing directly to me as I end up face palming myself in embarrassment (despite how much I enjoyed it lol!). However, my favourite moment was when they performed She Wants To Move - it's by far my favourite cover of theirs, and one of the first songs I ever heard them do which is why I enjoy it so much!

Before their second performance, I further risked my life by going on Nemesis Inferno (which I actually really enjoyed) and Saw (between thinking I was going to fall out of my seat/have my head ripped off, I wasn't okay!)

Concept's second performance was just as epic - they are full of personality on stage, you can tell how much they love performing, they're incredibly talented and deserve every success in the future! They did a little meet and greet afterwards, in which I got to meet three of the boys again, and got group selfies with my two favourite members Scott and Ben :) they are such lovely and grounded boys, it's always nice to get to see them!

Ben and Karim

Scott and Ben :)

Such a long but amazing day, I faced my fears on some of the rides thanks to Mim but also got to see some of my favourite people again! Hopefully it won't be so long before I see them again :) if you haven't already, then check out Concept on Twitter @conceptofficial :)

Hwyl am y tro ✌️