Posted by: Lexy | 5 April, 2010

We’re Moving!

Oh hi there! Long time, no chatter. We’re moving and returning and making some changes and it’s all very exciting.

This blog can now be found at:

[I’ve imported old posts and everything, I feel very technical!]

Posted by: Lexy | 16 August, 2009

Ballad Of…

On 29th July, I happened to be staying in London. This was quite lucky as I’d also been invited to a magazine launch party that night and I would probably have missed it had I been at home on the coast because I’m inherently lazy. Held at the Last Days of Decadence in Shoreditch, the evening was celebrating the very first issue of Ballad Of…, The Ballad of Mary Maud. There was music and dancing and I consumed a little too much gin.

Mary Maud

If you are at all interested in art or fashion or music, you should head over to Ballad Of… right this second (maybe finish reading this first, then go). They are looking for contributors, so if you’re an artist, a designer, a photographer, a poet or anything else that you think might interest them, contact them. After chatting to Claire and Camille that evening, I can promise you that they’re all very friendly and just want to showcase all the amazing talent that is out there. The theme of the next issue is “eclectic few days off” and details about contributing can be found here.

It is a truly beauitful publication. You can purchase a copy from their website and I believe it also now available from The Tate Modern and RD Franks.

Thank you to the whole Ballad Of team for hosting such a lovely evening!

Posted by: Lexy | 14 August, 2009

I <3 Florence


Look at her up there. With her red hair and glittery bits all over her hands. Gosh, I want to be her.

In case any of you somehow missed her in the Radio 1 Live Lounge at the end of June, here is her cover of Beyonce’s Halo. I promised to post this up a couple of weeks ago for a friend of mine and I keep forgetting. For I am a bad friend.

I was sent this by a friend who considers it to be one of the best covers of the year so far. As I started listening I found it rather underwhelming and was surprised it had come so highly recommended but sure enough by the time she was halfway through the chorus, I felt like my heart would explode. In a good way.

I cut out Jo Whiley talking at the beginning of this as it was in my original copy. She’s a devilwoman and I hate her. That’s probably a little unfair, there’s a good chance that she’s a really nice lady but her voice makes me want to stick sharp objects into my ears to poke at my brain. Irrational and extreme, I know. I do occasionally love the Live Lounge though.

Florence is quite possibly a genius at covers. Beirut’s Postcards From Italy, Cold War Kids’  Hospital Beds, The Source/Candi Staton’s You Got The Love…I’ve really liked them all. In fact, I might as go as far as to say I enjoy them more than her own songs. I might. I don’t like what she did with My Boy Builds Coffins for Lungs and it’s turned me against her the tiniest bit although she somehow makes up for everything with that fabulous hair.

I am so tempted to dye my hair red but I know I’d regret it.

Florence + the Machine – Halo (Beyonce cover)

Posted by: Lexy | 10 May, 2009

It’s Sunday, Stay Under The Covers – 3

It’s Sunday and I’m sat at my desk, supposedly trying to write various pieces of coursework and instead all I want to do is write about music. I really don’t know why I’m studying for a law degree sometimes. Do you think one day somebody might decide that the analytical skills I developed over the course of my degree would be perfect for a career in music journalism? I fear not.

Anyway during the past week of procrastination I watched the season finale/probable series finale of Scrubs and it was just as sickening as I expected, fantastic. There’s a bit near the end of J.D imagining possibilities for his future with some appropriately mushy song playing when to my horror I realised it was The Book of Love by the Magnetic Fields.

The ukulele has been replaced with a luscious string section and in place of the cynical (and fantastic) Stephen Merritt there is the too-serious tone of Peter Gabriel. Or so I discovered after a quick bit of web research

While I’m a little dismayed to actually be posting a Peter Gabriel track, I find it interesting. First of all, does this mean that somewhere Peter Gabriel is sat to listening to 69 Love Songs? Is he turning out sappy tracks like this after being inspired by Stephen Merritt? Surely not.

It doesn’t quite work; the lyrics are a little too cynical, too tongue-in-cheek, too wonderfully Stephen to ever coincide with the sentimentality provided by the new arrangement and at times it feels jarring. However there are rare moments when it feels like it could be a Peter Gabriel original, those last 2 lines in each verse…they work perfectly.

The book of love is long and boring
No one can lift the damn thing
It’s full of charts and facts and figures
And instructions for dancing
But I, I love it when you read to me
And you, you can read me anything

The book of love has music in it
In fact, that’s where music comes from
Some of it is just transcendental
Some of it is just really dumb, but
I, I love it when you sing to me, and
You, you can sing me anything

The book of love is long and boring
And written very long ago
It’s full of flowers and heart-shaped boxes
And things we’re all too young to know, but
I, I love it when you give me things
And you, you ought to give me wedding rings

MP3 The Magnetic Fields |

MP3 Peter Gabriel |

(I’ve been informed that there’s also a cover of this by Now It’s Overhead but I’m afraid that I don’t have a copy to share with you.)

Posted by: Lexy | 18 December, 2008

Sherwood – Snowing in Seattle

I quite like holiday-related songs. I enjoyed Lightspeed Champion’s Garageband Xmas E.P and I still listen to Emmy the Great’s Christmas in Prison. These days, people actually send me things which is brilliant and so I’ve had a couple of winterry songs sent to me. Lovely. Very much enjoying all this Christmas spirt.

Snowing in Seattle

Snowing in Seattle

I found this in my inbox this morning and it came to my suprise that I actually saw the very end of their set when they were supporting Go:Audio in the UK only a few weeks ago. This is highly exciting, that I’m at a stage where bands I’ve actually seen send me things.

Sherwood are an American fourpiece who cite the Beach Boys as one of their major influences. Beach Boys? More associated with summer really aren’t they? (Yeah yeah, I know, Little Saint Nick, but still…they’re a summer band). It’s all quite cheerful sounding stuff though even if I do find sleigh bell introductions ever so slightly nauseating! Once you get past the sleigh bells, it’s an enjoyable track although if you head over to their website you can hear what I personally think are better efforts from them.

They’re the sort of band you can imagine fitting in well on the soundtrack to American teen dramas such as The OC or One Tree Hill alongside bands like Nada Surf and Jack’s Mannequin, you can hear definite similarities between them. They plan to have a new album out in summer and if you enjoy this track I’d say it’s almost certainly worth hunting down some more of their work.

Happy holidays everybody!

MP3 Sherwood – Snowing in Seattle | WebsiteMySpace

Posted by: Lexy | 13 September, 2008

It’s Sunday, Stay Under the Covers – 2

Merry Sunday dear readers.

This week’s frequently covered track is Pixies’ Where Is My Mind.

With your feet in the air and your head on the ground
Try this trick and spin it, yeah
Your head will collapse
When there’s nothing in it
And you’ll ask yourself

Where is my mind?

Way out in the water
See it swimmin’

I was swimmin’ in the Carribean
Animals were hiding behind the rock
Except the little fish
But they told me, he swears
Tryin’ to talk to me to me to me

Where is my mind?
Way out in the water
See it swimmin’?

With your feet in the air and your head on the ground
Try this trick and spin it, yeah
Your head will collapse
When there’s nothing in it
And you’ll ask yourself

Where is my mind?

With your feet in the air and your head on the ground
Try this trick and spin it, yeah

Top marks this week go to Emmy for realising that she’s not American and pronouncing Caribbean as a Brit should. James Blunt loses the competition for doing exactly the opposite, also, just for being James Blunt. I promise never to post a James Blunt track ever again.

MP3 Pixies |

MP3 Nada Surf | Website / MySpace

MP3 Yoav | Website / MySpace

MP3 Emmy the Great | Website / MySpace

MP3 The String Quartet |

MP3 James Blunt | Website / MySpace

MP3 Placebo [XFM Live] | Website / MySpace

I’m afraid I’m having to use a different file host to usual due to bandwidth issues, sorry for any inconvenience, the blog has obviously been vaguely popular this month. Good to know!

Posted by: Lexy | 13 September, 2008

I Wish I Had Green Shoes – Winchester Live Festival

Oh, those Girls In Green Shoes have done it again and got involved with something that looks awesome. Girls In Green Shoes are some incredibly nice girls who do the band booking and artist liaison for the Blissfields Festival as well as writing many many live reviews (I completely recommend reading their blog on MySpace by the way). I think they’re lovely because after I posted about Blissfields being cancelled, they sent me an email saying they’d been following the blog and thanking me for my support. Aren’t they nice?


They’re now involved with Winchester Live Festival, a week long event in Winchester, Hampshire this October. Running from the 13th – 19th October it’s yet another chance to catch some of the best talent in Winchester and the surrounding area. It’s also going to involve some other brilliant acts such as Mumford & Sons, Peggy Sue, Art Brut and Emmy the Great. And you thought that festival season was ending…hah.

[All links lead to MySpace pages]

Monday 13th October:

The Vault (Winchester Uni): TBC (16+)

Tuesday 14th October:

The Tower: Emmy The Great, Peggy Sue, The Wellbeing + Phil King. (14+) £7 (advance)

Wednesday 15th October:

The Tower: Imperial Leisure, Django + TBC (14+) £7 (advance)

The Railway: When The Lights Go Out present TBC (16+) £5 (advance)

Thursday 16th October:

The Railway: Blissfields presents TBC (16+) £5 (advance)

Friday 17th October:

The Tower: SixNationState, The Foxes, Shit! Hot Llamas + The L.C.D. (16+) £7 (advance)

Saturday 18th October:

The Vault: Art Brut, Thomas Tantrum, Scarlet Soho, Subliminal Girls, Hijera + Fresh Legs (16+) £10 (advance)

The Tower: Mumford & Sons, Ryan O’Reilly, Jay Jay Pistolet, Derek Meins, Beans on Toast, Thos Henley + Cherbourg (formaly Davie Fiddle) (14+)

The Railway: Mine Host presents Shaped By Fate, Eta Carinae + Incarna(18+) £5 (advance)

Sunday 19th October:

The Tower: Bloody Awful Poetry presents, The Click Click, Rosie Odd & The Odd Squad + TBC (14+) £7 (advance)

The Railway: Die! Die! Die!, Nicotine Smile, Run Walk! + TBC (16+) £5 (advance)

I’ve already bought my ticket for Emmy on the 14th, I’m keeping an eye on the Thursday as I support anything and everything Blissfields-based and I’m torn about what to do on the Saturday, do I go to The Tower or The Vault?

If you happen to live in Hampshire or any of the neighbouring counties I can’t recommend this enough.

You can buy tickets for any of the events here.

MP3 Emmy the Great – Absentee | Website / MySpace

MP3 Peggy Sue and the Pirates – Lipstick | Website / MySpace

(P.S I really do wish I had green shoes)

(P.P.S This event has plunged me into my overdraft before uni term has even begun)

(P.P.P.S Who’s glad that The Tower hasn’t been closed?! Meeeeeee!)

Posted by: Lexy | 8 September, 2008

Noel Gallagher Attacked Onstage

During Oasis’ set at V Festival in Toronto on Sunday, a stage invader rushed on to the stage and pushed Noel Gallagher who was playing guitar in Morning Glory at the time. He ‘fell heavily’ on to monitor speakers. Noel returned to the stage a few minutes later allowing for the band to complete their set although he was taken to hospital afterwards with suspected ligament damage and a fractured rib and it remains unknown whether the band will be able to play a gig scheduled for Tuesday.

If you watch the video, it occurs at about 1 minute 30, looks like the guy runs at Noel with a fair bit of force. Liam attempted to retaliate and had to be restrained by the security team who escorted the unknown assailant off the stage immediately. He was taken into police custody and will be charged with assault.

It has to be said, if I was to pick a band to assault on stage, it really wouldn’t be either of the Gallaghers, out of fear for my own wellbeing than anything else! Have some Oasis:

WMA Morning Glory

MP3 Angel Child

MP3 The Importance of Being Idle


Posted by: Lexy | 7 September, 2008

NEW: It’s Sunday, Stay Under the Covers – 1

Sundays exist purely for 3 things in my world, the Sunday Times, croissants and bed. It’s a happy life. Due to this happiness, here’s a new feature for you. It’s Sunday, Stay Under the Covers will be written every Sunday and with it I give you all permission to spend your whole day doing absolutely nothing but listening to music (and reading the Sunday papers and eating croissants).

Every week I’ll be picking a song and making it available for download along with various covers versions of it. I have an obsession with cover versions, sometimes all it takes is a different voice to make a song sound new but I occasionally  think that I only live for complete re-interpretations, that vague sense of familiarity with the excitement of something new.

We begin with Chelsea Hotel No. 2, Leonard Cohen’s song about his brief time with Janis Joplin.

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
you were talking so brave and so sweet
giving me head on the unmade bed
while the limousines wait in the street
Those were the reasons and that was New York
we were running for the money and the flesh
And that was called love for the workers in song
probably still is for those of them left

Ah but you got away, didn’t you babe
you just turned your back on the crowd
you got away, I never once heard you say
I need you, I don’t need you
I need you, I don’t need you
and all of that jiving around

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
you were famous, your heart was a legend
You told me again you preferred handsome men
but for me you would make an exception
And clenching your fist for the ones like us
who are oppressed by the figures of beauty
you fixed yourself, you said, “Well never mind,
we are ugly but we have the music”

And you got away, didn’t you babe,
you just turned your back on the crowd
you got away, I never once heard you say,
I need you, I don’t need you
I need you, I don’t need you
and all of that jiving around

I don’t mean to suggest that I loved you the best
I can’t keep track of each fallen robin
I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
that’s all, I don’t even think of you that often

A huge Cohen fan, the original will always remain my favourite version but after that I’d have trouble telling you which I prefer. Carissa’s Wierd mellow it into something gentler and folkier which is not surprising considering Sam Beam’s (Iron and Wine) contribution. Regina switches the guitar of the original for her usual piano and  ever so alters the rhythms, adapting it so it sounds not a whole world different from her song Loveology. Rufus’ interpretation is ever so slightly more flamboyant, slightly more desperate, slightly more passionate, a lot more Rufus. They’re all versions that wouldn’t sound particularly out of place among their own work. Decide for yourself which you prefer.

WMA Leonard Cohen

MP3 Carissa’s Wierd with Sam Beam

MP3 Josh Ritter

MP3 Regina Spektor

MP3 Deadboy and the Elephantmen

MP3 Lloyd Cole

MP3 Rufus Wainwright

Posted by: Lexy | 31 August, 2008

Live Review: Benicassim 2008

[A live review so late it’s almost completely redundant? Why yes it is…]

I don’t think that a more exhausting festival exists. If it does I don’t really want to know. 9 days of holiday, 8 nights of camping, 4 days of music. Music all night, coping with 34 degree heat all day. One of the best weeks of my life? Most probably.

Monday 14th, 3.30am, journey to Gatwick. Meet everybody else at the Easyjet desk – check in – security – flyflyfly – ohwowlovely we’re in Madrid – sorting out metro tickets with my awesome Spanish skills (no really, screw you A Level Spanish, I’m brilliant at it when it matters) – tiring metro funtimes – 3 1/2 hours on a train to Valencia – the others getting a train an hour later because they didn’t book – McDonalds in Valencia purely because it’s close – another train – Liverpool boys telling me to drink their vodka – obliging – Benicassiiiiim – walking to the camp site – ohshitwecan’tputupthetent – beer tent – SLEEP 24 hours after we got up.

Then it’s a few days of sleeping, exploring, beaching and drinking – until Thursday when the music started. We were right at the front of the main stage for the very first band coming on. Eager things that we are.

Krakovia were completely unknown to all of us, they’re Madrid based, a little dark and very good fun. Slight oxymoron? Perhaps. I don’t know. I chattered to some Spanish boys who were big fans. Next up were Nada Surf who proved that swearing actually really is very big and very clever by getting a crowd of thousands screaming the words to Blankest Year back at them (the lyrics being “oh fuck it, fuck it, I’m going to have a party”). After that we’re right in the very front row for Sigur Rós who I’m assured were fantastic but I left after one song…

All because I wanted to see Lightspeed Champion over in the Vodafone tent. Most of my friends decided to stay and watch Sigur Rós so I accused them of being fools before spending 10 minutes or so shuffling out of the crowd with a couple of people who I assured would love to see Dev Hynes and that yes, it would be worth missing Sigur Rós for.

On entering the tent we were very excited by this:

Vodafone fun

It’s basically a remote control blimp with a camera attached that flew around the tent between acts. We may be a little too easily amused I think. I went and bought some Fanta (orange-flavoured-sugary-additive-filled goodness for meeeee) and rambled on about how fantastic Falling Off the Lavender Bridge is and how excited I was. Friends were starting to get slightly bored of me but luckily Dev and his band came on-stage before they could strangle me. I was right, definitely worth missing Sigur Rós for. He played quite a bit of the album (including Galaxy of the Lost, Devil Tricks for a Bitch and Tell Me What It’s Worth which everybody in the tent seemed to know the words to, something he seemed surprised by), 3 new songs all of which were very good but unfortunately I can’t remember the names of (sorry), an interpretation of the Star Wars theme (probably one of the highlights of the week…we just stood and watched in amazement) and finished it all of with Midnight Surprise.

Dev Hynes, complete with hat

It was interesting to see Lightspeed Champion live, it’s been said before that Dev’s performance is weaker than when there are the female backing vocals to support him but I wouldn’t agree with that. It’s not better, it’s not worse, it’s just a little different and I like that the live performance isn’t just a carbon copy of the album. Definitely worth seeing live at some point if you can, I’m certainly keeping an eye on upcoming dates.

After this my evening is a bit blurry, we sat down for ages, wandered around for a bit, went back to the camp site for a while, completely forgot about Battles (Argh, I hear they were incredible) and the next thing I know it’s 4am and we’re heading back to the main stage to watch DJ Supermarkt just because we’re impressed by the name. We danced. We got tired. We went back to the tent and slept.

Friday, we get to the main arena quite late and end up seeing the very end of Babyshambles, getting there just in time to see them to finish their set with Fuck Forever. Saw the New York Dolls perform Piece of my Heart (singalongfuntimes) in tribute to Janis Joplin and then we then headed over to the Vodafone tent to watch Fujiya & Miyagi for a while. I’d never heard of them previously but have listened to their album Transparent Things a couple of times now, which opens with Ankle Injuries, a track that I was addicted to after hearing it that evening. All of this only to waste some time before venturing to the Fiberfib tent to see Hot Chip. We were right in the centre of the tent and so couldn’t really see anything but the atmosphere was incredible. By the time Over and Over was played I think it’s safe to say that the sweat was dripping off everybody, special thanks to my dear friend Andy who I ran into unexpectedly while out there who decided to wipe his hands on his sweaty body then put them on my face…lovely. Highly appreciated. I had to miss Spiritualized but I haven’t actually read the best reviews of their set so I was probably better off seeing Hot Chip. I would have only really wanted to see Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating in Space anyway. Left the tent to Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper being blasted over the speakers and thousands of people singing along. After that it was My Bloody Valentine over at the main stage and as none of us can claim to be particular fans we sat down quite a way back and enjoyed the lasers that accompanied their show! They were nowhere near as loud as I expected them to be. We were fairly exhausted so headed back to the campsite for sleepytimes.

MBV's laserzzzz

Saturday I’m afraid I can’t really even talk about because I was plied with so much vodka (I was forced into drinking games) that I don’t really remember it. I can tell you that I saw The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Kills and The Raconteurs and apart from that, not much else. I’m sure I thoroughly enjoyed myself though.

That leads us quickly on to Sunday or ‘The Day of the Most Horrendous Clashes’ as I like to refer to it. Leonard Cohen v. Death Cab for Cutie, Morrisey v. Justice. Eep. (Personally sicked by people who considered The Courteeners v. Morrisey v. Justice bad)

We started off with watching a bit of The National who are a band that everybody raves about and I’ve never really “got” why they’re quite so fantastic. Sad to say I’m still not joining the legions of adoring fans even after seeing them live; maybe they’re just not for me. As their set finished I realised that the FiberFib tent was actually running about 30 minutes late so dashed over to see a bit of Leonard Cohen on the main stage. A 100% direct clash with Death Cab was the most upsetting thing about Benicassim for me. Caught the first few songs and was amazed that considering the amount of people who had done nothing but complain about him playing, the diversity of the crowd. Despite being a fan and being raised on his music, I was determined to see Death Cab so sadly had to make my way back to the FiberFib tent and found my crowd in the very centre of the stage about 6 rows or so from the front. Well done to them for getting such a lovely position.

It was a varied set, I thought it might be a little too focussed on Narrow Stairs but was gladly proved wrong. (I do like Narrow Stairs for the record, I really like it. I just also really like their other albums.) One of the (unexpected) highlight for me was I Will Possess Your Heart, on CD I find the introduction a little tiresome but live there was this incredible sense of what it was leading up to. I had a chat with some nearby guys about whether they’d play We Looked Like Giants (they didn’t) and before we knew it they launched into Transatlanticism and the set was ending. People left, we moved forwards. Next up, Calvin Harris. I HATE Acceptable in the 80s and The Girls. They’re almost guaranteed to make me change radio station or tv channel if I hear them but bizarrely it ended up being one of my favourite sets of the festival. Whatever is said about him, it can’t be denied that he and his band have a fantastic amount of infectious energy and you can’t seem to help singing along to tracks that you previously thought hugely irritating. We were right at the front at this point so I got to high 5 Calvin as he ran around the press pit. I’m easily amused.

Their set finished and nobody moved. Fairly sure that nobody left the tent and more people were pressing in all the time. We watched with eager anticipation as amps were brought on and seemingly hundreds of cables were plugged in.

Setting up for Justice...

Setting up for Justice...

The whole time the tent was just getting hotter and hotter but we were in the second row, there isn’t any chance that we were moving to get water or fresh air. It got busier and busier until the point that you couldn’t move at all. I don’t mean you’d have trouble getting out if you wanted to, I mean you were rooted to the spot you’re stood on. I mean that lifting your arms from side was difficult because of how closely packed together everybody is. I mean that if your did somehow manage to lift your arms you had better not want to put them down again because it was just not going to happen.

When Justice finally come onto the stage, the tent erupts. You immediately realise that for thousands, this is the most eagerly anticipated moment of the festival, of the summer, of the year. Unlike most English festivals there is an unspoken unity between nations at that moment. We’re surrounded by English, Spanish, French, Maltese, Greek, so many countries gathered in a modestly sized tent on the east Spanish coast. Although that sounds like some message of peace, that tent couldn’t be more alive with thousands of people jumping and clapping, screaming and waving huge crucifixes to the French duo’s opening songs. Although there is absolutely no malicious feeling amongst the crowd it isn’t long before the Spanish security team begin pulling people over the crush barrier at the front. A tent built for 10,000 has been filled completely to the brim and outside there are thousands more. As the act progresses, the heat becomes more oppressive, the crowd more manic and about 4 songs in, the security team make the motion to pull me and a friend over the barriers and we decide that it’s probably worth it.



During that process, my shoe is lost and I get grumpy that I’ll be walking back to the camp site barefoot. As D.A.N.C.E picks up we ponder whether we’ll ever see the boys again who are still stuck in the very centre at the very front. As we watch from the side of the press area, the boys calmly stride out, holding my shoe aloft. We hang around for a song or two more before we decide to pick out way out of the tent.


This takes us a good 10 minutes or so of climbing along the side of the tent, picking our way in and out and as we finally reach the entrance we realise that we’ve only completed half the journey. For every person in the tent, it seems there is another one outside. Now that we don’t feel like we’re about to die we decide to stay in the middle of the crowd outside so that we can see (or rather hear and dance madly to) We Are Your Friends as their finale.

Looking towards the tent

Looking towards the tent

Looking away from the tent

Looking away from the tent

As the track finally begins to die, we walk over to the main stage just in time to see Morrissey whining about techno and people that are currently watching Justice. I decide that Morrissey is an idiot for about the hundredth time in my life and as I prefer The Smiths to his solo work anyway, we wander round the arena chatting to people and generally relaxing after the madness of Justice.

Eventually we decide to head back to the camp site and spend hours talking while the sounds of people refusing to let go of We Are Your Friends continue long into the night.

Monday night is the beach party and we have a good time until some morons think it’s a good idea to rip up the decking that goes along the beach to use on the bonfires. We go back to our tent at about 4.30am and realise there is no point sleeping. I nap for half an hour or so and then we’re awake, packing the tent up and beginning our journey home which is beyond exhausting. Naps are taken as often as possible throughout the day and the Benicassim adventure ends with us arriving back at our own beds at about 00.30 on the Wednesday morning.

Tips for future Benicassim-ers:

1. Don’t listen to people who tell you that one camp site is hugely better than the other. It’s different for everybody and most people will fall in love with wherever they stay. We were on CampFib by the arena and when we visited friends staying at Benicamp we were glad for it. Others thought Benicamp was 1000 times better.

2. Suncream is your friend and nobody is too cool to cover themselves in it. I got burnt anyway and it wasn’t fun, I dread to think what it would have been like if I hadn’t bothered at all.

3. Book all your travelling in advance. 2 of us did this, the rest of our crowd didn’t. Long distance trains WILL be near to or fully booked and our return journey was panicky when I spent 10 minutes sorting out tickets to Madrid from Valencia for K & B. The friends I ran into out there had to get a train out of Benicassim a day earlier than their flight because all other trains were fully booked. There are thousands of people trying to get out of the town, it’s common sense.

4. Water water water water water. Drink it. Lots and lots. Even if you’re not thirsty. Especially if you’re camping and so being subjected to high temperatures constantly.

5. Accept that you’re going to be incredibly tired for over a week. Music continues until about 7am and by about 10am your tent will be unbearable.

6. Don’t pitch your tent on an ants nest. Not that we did that or anything…Aftersun made a surprisingly good insect repellent though, we wasted a lot on the damn ants.

Have some tracks by artists that played at Benicassim because I’ve neglected you for so long:

MP3 Death Cab for Cutie – I Will Follow You Into The Dark | Website / MySpace

MP3 Lightspeed Champion – Flesh Failures | Website / MySpace

WMA Leonard Cohen – Dance Me To The End of Love (Live) | Website / MySpace

(2648 words, wish I could churn out that amount for uni work…)

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