Thoughts on the Glastonbury 2016 Line-Up Announcement

The main line-up for this year’s Glastonbury Festival was announced yesterday – with acts such as Jess Glynne, Disclosure and Bastille making an appearance at Worthy Farm in June.

Glastonbury Line-Up 2016
The full line-up poster was shared on social media yesterday. Photo: @GlastoFest on Twitter.
I couldn’t be happier about the line-up. First of all, the headliners are perfect for everyone. If you don’t like traditional, upbeat pop of Coldplay, then you might like Muse’s hardcore rock. Alternatively, if you want something a bit more mellow, Adele’s relaxing soul may be right up your street.

Aside from that, it’s great to see a line-up full of new artists, with the odd old act thrown in. For example, it’s great to see Gregory Porter on the list again after he performed a phenomenal set at Glastonbury last year. On the other hand, I did find last year’s sets by Annie Mac and Years and Years rather disappointing. The good news is that there is so much choice this year.

For example, Madness, Earth Wind and Fire, and Jeff Lynne’s ELO are all classic acts that I’ll definitely go and see – provided there are no clashes. From a young age I’ve always been surrounded by Madness as well as Earth, Wind and Fire on a regular basis. Then, with regards to the Electric Light Orchestra, who doesn’t want to dance to Mr Blue Sky on a bright Summer’s day in Somerset?

In terms of current artists, I was thrilled to see Two Door Cinema Club on the list. If you read this Musical Discovery post, then you’ll know that I recently re-discovered their music last month. Since then, they’ve soon become one of my favourite bands because of their upbeat summery music. At the moment, they are yet to release any new music and I really doubted that they would appear at Glastonbury. They are and I cannot wait!

Another convenient artist on the line-up is Jess Glynne. I have seen her at 2014’s V Festival, but that was before she released her debut album, I Cry When I When I Laugh. I did have the option of watching her last year, but when Pendulum performed a one-off gig, I knew I wouldn’t have that chance again. Now, I’m looking forward to seeing her perform music from her album at this year’s Glastonbury.

There’s also the fact that I will be able to see acts I’ve seen before. I was blown away by Gregory Porter’s performance at Glastonbury last year so I’ll probably see him again. I also remember Bastille being a great band to see, so as long as there’s no clashes, I shall definitely go and see them for the second time. Then Of Monsters and Men were phenomenal when I saw them in Lincoln in November.

Other acts I am looking forward to include The 1975 (Chocolate, Girls, Settle Down and The Sound are personal favourites of mine), Disclosure, Jake Bugg, The Lumineers and M83 (I’m a big fan of Midnight City).

What do you think of the line-up? Will you be going to Glastonbury this year? Comment below!

Liam

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Musical Discovery: ‘Closer’ by Elephante feat. Bishøp

It feels like only last week when I was reviewing another Elephante song. Last time it was Temporary Love x Walking on a Dream, which I wrote about on the 7th March. Therefore, it’s fair to say that Elephante is amazing for releasing amazing music regularly and all for free. Today, Closer feat. Bishop is this week’s Musical Discovery!

To begin with, I definitely saw some vocal and instrumental styles typical of the electronic genre. Bishøp’s voice is soft and relaxing, which reminded me of Kaskade’s vocals in Deadmau5’s track, I Remember. It’s a style which is common in today’s dance scene and it makes a calm change from hardcore club anthems.

However, that is not to say that this song doesn’t have its own uplifting synth melody in the chorus. When you compare it to his other tracks like Age of Innocence and I Want You, the style of electronica is different. This time, the hard, poppy tunes are replaced with a fuzzy sound, which adds to the idea that this track is perhaps a bit more laid-back than his other releases.

In all honesty, that’s fine by me – Closer makes for a calming, feel-good song to listen to in your spare time. It’s a wonderful change from a string of hardcore dance anthems from the DJ. As we saw with Black Ivory, it’s great to see Elephante explore and bring us new and exciting music.

What do you think of Closer? Comment below!

Liam

Weekly Update: Calendars and To-Do Lists

This past seven days have been one of those weeks where it all flies by. It’s Sunday and Monday feels like a distant memory. It was a busy week full of exciting opportunities, which is why this post is titled ‘Calendars and To-Do Lists’. Much like last week’s post, whilst I look back at the past seven days in this post, the opportunities that have come up this week make me very excited for the future.

One of the main bits of exciting news this week was something I wrote about on the blog on Friday. If you didn’t read this week’s Friday Article, then that news is that one of my blog posts (this one) has been nominated under the ‘Blogger/Vlogger’ category at the Midlands Student Media Awards 2016! This then means that I will – hopefully – be going to an awards ceremony in Birmingham in April, where I find out who won in that category. It’s very exciting news indeed!

There’s also some other exciting news, but it’s still yet to be confirmed so I’ll be keeping that to myself for now (sorry). But, other than that, it’s now a matter of getting the final university assignments sorted. I think it’s similar to A-Levels, where I have the final few tasks left before a big summer break. Now, it’s the same for my degree. I have the final few tasks to do and then I am done for the academic year. This is one of the main things motivating me now, and fingers crossed I can get all my work done as soon as possible!

How was your week? What did you get up to? Comment below!

Liam

Lifestyle blogger nominated for Midlands Student Media Award | The Friday Article

Liam O’Dell, blogger at The Life of a Thinker, has been nominated for an award as part of the Midlands Student Media Awards 2016.

The aspiring journalist, who studies at the University of Lincoln, found out yesterday that his blog post on Channel 4’s Humans had made the shortlist in the Blogger/Vlogger category.

Liam said: “I am thrilled to be nominated. I haven’t been in the shortlist in an awards category before!

“I had great fun writing the post as it’s one of my creative tangent-style articles. I’m so happy!”

The winners will be announced at an event in Birmingham, on April 21.

Writing Update: Where Do I Stand?

It’s a shame to say that I’ve lost my enthusiasm for fiction writing whilst being at university. Numerous assignments and deadlines take up most of my time and even when I have spare time, I have to consider whether I’ll have enough time to do what I want to do. In this case, finding the time to plan or write a novel is just impossible. For that reason, my passion for creative writing has dwindled over the past few months.

However, I haven’t given up completely. If you’ve read previous Writing Updates, you’ll know that I have a tendency to abandon novel ideas. But, for a long time, there has been one variation of an idea which just won’t go away. The only issue I have now is how I will go about explaining it – and from what angle.

Without wanting to give too much away (I am quite protective of my ideas) – the concept I have in mind involves a lot of explaining to do. It’s not dystopian as such, but I think it’s worth asking any fellow writers out there (dystopian authors in particular) how they explain a new universe. If you have any tips, please do get in touch!

Meanwhile, I now have two weeks off from university, and then I will have a few months off for summer later this year. Hopefully, by the end of the two weeks, I will have a fully-drafted idea, ready for me to write in May.

As always, I shall keep you posted…

Liam

Musical Discovery: ‘I Took a Pill in Ibiza’ by Mike Posner (Seeb Remix)

Over the past two weeks I’ve been to a couple of parties, and there’s been one dance track which I love right now. At first, I wasn’t a fan of it, but as with most songs it grows on me after a while. This week’s Musical Discovery is I Took A Pill in Ibiza by Mike Posner (Seeb Remix).

Now for a lot of people, the name Mike Posner brings back memories from his dance classic, Cooler than Me. However, in this song, Posner describes his previous No.1 single as “a pop song people forgot”.

Therefore, it’s fair to say that the lyrics aren’t particularly positive – so it’s a bit bizarre to for Seeb to turn the track into an upbeat, bouncy synth anthem!

Nevertheless, the remix is both original and typical within the current dance industry. Bearing in mind we are in the middle of a tropical house craze, there’s no surprise to see a bouncyrhythm   present on the song. But, that being said, the track’s main trumpet-like synth melody is certainly what makes the song stand out.

What do you think of I Took a Pill in Ibiza? Is this a good return track from Mike Posner? Comment below!

Liam

Weekly Update: Thoughts and Opportunities

It’s nearing the end of March, but before that, I am off uni for Easter. As another term draws to a close, it’s always a time to reflect on not only the past week, but how the last term at university has been. So in this week’s Weekly Update, it’s time to reflect and look ahead to some exciting opportunities coming up.

First of all, I attended a Radio Symposium at the University of Lincoln on Wednesday, which was brilliant and inspiring. Throughout the day there were talks from numerous university professors, radio experts and the Head of Programmes from BBC Radio 1! Throughout the day there were opportunities to network and it’s fair to say that a few exciting opportunities have popped up since attending.

One of the things I’ve loved about being at university is how it opens doors. In the past, sending off interview requests to bands as nothing more than a ‘blogger’ could sometimes get you somewhere, but now I have my work with Siren FM under my belt – and the university resources – to help me get unique opportunities. It’s brilliant!

Another fun thing which happened this week was that I took part in a photoshoot! My good friend Frances was looking for someone to give her a hand with her assignments and I was happy to help. If you look at the blog header, that photo was taken by Frances – so she’s pretty amazing when it comes to taking photos!

Below is just one of the few photos which Frances took of me on Thursday. How awesome is this?! There’s a couple more on Frances’ Facebook page, so please do have a look and give the page a like while you’re at it.

Photo by the excellent Frances Amelia Photography.
Photo by the excellent Frances Amelia Photography.

After a busy few weeks at university, I’m now back home for two weeks. During that time I have a few things planned, but for the most of it I have time to relax and get some work done. Whilst on the train home I was able to get back into reading – which I’ve missed so much – and I am thinking about getting back into writing now that I have time. As always, I shall keep you posted.

In more miscellaneous news, I could not be any more excited to go to this year’s Glastonbury. Earlier this week, Adele was finally confirmed as the last headliner to join Coldplay and Muse at Worthy Farm – and the headliners are simply perfect.

I’ve said this in a previous post, but I never understood why people were so disappointed with Coldplay headlining Glastonbury on the Sunday. Their latest album, A Head Full of Dreams, also received its fair share of criticism. However, I really do think it’s a great album and the light at the end of Ghost Stories’ tunnel. AHFOD is such a euphoric album, so why not have Coldplay perform at one of the biggest UK festivals in the summer?

Then, when you combine Coldplay with Muse and Adele for the final lineup, there is something for everyone: you have a legendary pop group, an epic rock band and a powerful soul superstar. What more could you want?

Finally, Facebook Messenger updated its iPhone app to include a basketball mini game, and that’s not how I’ve been spending most of my weekend, honest! (My high score is 30 – can you beat it?)

Catch up on the latest episode of Brunchtime (which will return in April!)

How was your week? Comment below!

Liam