Brit Awards 2017

My journalism jouney started from that iconic Brit Awards 1997 where the Spice Girls stole the show singing “Who do you think you are” where the following day I was in the school playground doing the dance routine with friends and hitting the local market for a union jack dress of my own. I still know the dance routine but luckily I do not still own the union jack dress.

From that moment I wrote about everything. My favourite CDs, the cassette singles I haf bought, a full run down of the UK top 40 or even what was on the news. I spent a lot of my time recording off my HiFi system and playing back making sure I did not miss a fact or figure and proceeded to create a book of what I believed to be journalism masterpieces. I don’t know what ever happened to it but this year I have restarted this little side line and what apt way to do my first proper review than of the BRIT awards 20 years after I first started.

Having never attended the BRIT awards, I have tried everything possible to have been part of the BRITs this year and would have loved to have been invited along. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be so I hogged the TV remote and watched it live on TV.

The hype around the BRITs has been amazing with so many rumours flying around about the collabs, guests, will One Direction attend as a complete 4 piece? Will Harry Styles duet with Ed Sheeran?  Sadly neither happened, but what did happen was magical! 

Little Mix opened the show with a spell binding performance of “Shout out to my Ex!”The girls looked incredible, all opting for a blonde based hair style and my god did they sing their hearts out. This is my in car jam which I love to sing out loud so having this start the BRITs was INCREDIBLE! Really great way to get everyone going. The girls went on to win their first ever BRIT award statue for British single and looked pleased as punch. 

Dermot O’Leary and Emma Willis were presenting the show as replacement for Michael Buble. We all wish Noah and the Buble family all the best we really do however Derms and Em were brilliant hosts. Great choice in my opinion.

Bruno Mars has some lungs on him and belts out some corking notes! His old school vibe really allows him to play the showman and the audience lap it up.

As with every show I see them at or on, the 1975 are one of the most humbling, down to earth bunch of lads I have ever seen and not only that, they have an impecible talent. After winning the award for Best British Group, I take my hat off to them for the pink quotes that appeared on the TV screen and in the arena as this set social media on fire. Such a clever piece of PR but noone was sure if it was for publicity or if ITV had been hacked. If you didn’t see the quotes here are a few that appeared on screen during their set

By using quotes from their critics, The 1975 really have been able to slap their doubters across the face with a wet fish and prove them wrong! The whole of social media was talking about it and the band themselves too. Very clever lads.

Emeli Sande performed tonight with her soulful voice and mesmerizing tones. A force to be reckoned with Emeli snatched Best Female Solo Artist and shared the award with her sister on stage.

Rag n Bone man has had an amazing year and 2017 is set to be even better. Having already picked up Critics choice, he also was presented with British Breakthrough Act and was left speechless at the podium. I am a huge Bastille fan and have listened to some great tracks featuring Rag n Bone mans unique but recognisable voice so I am already very aware of this mans talents. I look forward to seeing him at festivals across the country this summer.

Having relaunched her new look recently, Katy Perry sang her new single Chained to the Rhythm alongside dancing white houses and Skip Marley. The catchy pop song is a hit where ever you go and Katy didnt disappoint. Katy was joined on stage by 2 very large skeletons who resembled two figures we are all very aware of at the moment.

Did Katy intend for this uncanny resemblence?

 I had to laugh seeing one of the houses fall off stage. I can only imagine the sheer  embarrassment he or she must have felt knowing that they were live at one of the UKs biggest music awards events with the world watching. Seriously, I hope they are OK, but still funny!

We were all aware that there would be a George Michael tribute tonight but I for one wasn’t prepared for how much of a tear jerker it would be. Georges friends Pepsi and Shirlie and Wham! band mate Andrew Ridgeley gave an emotional speech about George which would have thawed even the coldest of hearts. I had a lump in my throat as they reminised about George with passion and love. Chris Martin of Coldplay went on to perform Michaels stunning A Different Corner with taped clips of George to create a wonderful duet. Despite a lot of critism on Twitter, I thought it was a beautiful way to remember a truelly British talent.

“Audio Muted” started to trend on Twitter during Skeptas performance of “Shutdown.” The London Grime MC was beaten by the iconic David Bowie for Best British Male Solo Artist whilst showcasing against a visually pleasing black and red background. Being after the watershed, “Audio Muted” was not required and did ruin how this was viewed from home.

The man of the night for me was of course Ed Sheeran. The ginger ninja has created a storm(zy) around him relating to his singles, collaborations, tour and album and after his year away has clearly set tracks to rip up 2017. His highly anticipated BRITs performance sparked so many rumours and with Ed dropping tiny clues everywhere he went, he really did start the rumour mill turning. Ed is one of the UKs most successful artists and I for one am an HUGE fan. I am still trying to get his tour tickets however in the mean time I am catching his live performances where ever I can and that included tonight. Castle on the Hill was his first song of the evening, the entire arena was singing along and as soon as he went into Shape of you they were on their feet. Ed had hinted of a duet which he successfully managed to keep a secret however when Stormzy joined Ed on stage the O2 erupted! I felt the energy from my sofa and my word was that an incredible moment. Pure genius!

The Global Icon award went to Brits veteran Robbie Williams. Robbie closed this years BRITs with what was a medley but only of his new songs. I get he has a new album to promote but I was banking on hearing some classics tonight and it didn’t happen. Disappointed as I was, Robbie did entertain me and I am sure he did for many others too. Although I have seen clipa to show him singing classics after the cameras had stopped filming.

All in all it looked a fabulous night. Without even being there, I went through every emotion possible from laughing at the poor house dancer, to crying for George and everything in between. Another job well done by the BRITs teams however I have every intention of being part of it all next year. Watch this space!
xxx

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Let’s do this!!!

Having started this new journey 2 months ago, I appear to be spending ever waking hour working on this project. Putting in so much effort into making this work.

For those of you who have been following me you will know that my goal is to experience and be part of popular culture and entertainment events and to write about them to fulfil my journalism goals.

I have been so lucky with responses to date and recieving some fantastic advise from key figures in the industry. Dont get me wrong, some people havent given me the time of day however the ones who have responded to me have really pushed me on to achieve what I have set out to achieve. I am eternally grateful to each and everyone of them.

This summer I have got a number of events and interviews lined up and I am so excited to share them with you. 

This is just the tip of the iceberg for me and my ambitious nature will shine through this year I can assure you.

Stay tuned peeps as you are all about to experience this rollercoaster with me… and I. CAN’T. WAIT

11th February… 🤘

After a usual busy Saturday for me and my family I was very much looking forward to heading into Winchester to celebrate the birthdays of 2 my closest friends.

Being live music fans we knew the night would end in O’Neils where they have regular live acts at the weekends. Thunderslug were last nights booking and boy were they energetic! It was a quiet start in the venue but it wasn’t long until the crowd numbers grew, drinks were flowing and everyone was on their feet singing and dancing. 

Thunderslug are a 5 piece rock ‘n’ roll cover band from the South of England who clearly have a real passion for what they do. Last nights gig included some great covers from Fleetwood Mac to The Foo Fighter and anything in between. The atmosphere was electric and these guys certainly put their all into the show. 

Thunderslug are available for private bookings and I would thoroughly recommend them.

http://www.thunderslug.co.uk

Or follow them on facebook

O’ Neils Winchester is a favourite go to for me and my friendss for live music as they seem to find and attract great bands who know how to get the audience going. Mix this with a few ciders and a jagerbomb or two and you have got yourself a cracking night out!

Fifty Shades Darker

In the cold and rain I joined the crowds in London to catch a glimpse at the beautiful cast of Fifty Shades Darker.

Having been part of the crowds at other premiers before and feeling the buzz, I was particularly looking forward to seeing Christian Grey himself and he didnt disappoint. 

The cast descended on a chilly Leicester Square to promote the highly anticipated steamy romantic film.

First to arrive was the ever charming Director, James Foley closely followed by the talented author EL James and the leads themselves Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

Heart throb Jamie posed with his wife Amelia Warner before being pictured with his on screen love interest.

Rita Ora was also in attendance wearing a beautiful Navy blue bejewelled dress show stopping gown.

Unfortunately between myself and the stars were protestors demonstarting against the content of the film. Whilst I could just about make out the dashing silhouette of Jamie Dornan, we were unable to meet the stars as, understandably, they werent allowed past the demonstrators. 

As disappointing as that was, it was an amazing atmosphere which some diehard Fifty Shades fans in tow. 

Guests included the likes of Jorgie Porter, Katie Price, Linda Robson and Ella Eyre amongst the cast including Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson and Rita Ora.

(Quick snap with the incredibly talented Ella Eyre)

This film is certainly one to watch and today is the day it is finally released in cinemas across the UK. I for one cant wait to see it and shall be booking a date in very soon.
No Rules, No punishments and No more secrets…

Exciting things are happening

Evening world!!!

I wanted to let you know about my amazing few days!

I have set up a twitter account 87amyelizabeth although still mastering this.Instagram is all up an running amy.elizabeth87 (i do love a filter!) and then this blog is starting to recieve a great number of views all over the world! 

So bloody exciting!

On top of all this I am actively approaching music events in order to write about the experiences for you all. I have had an amazing response from PR and press offices and have already been given the green light to attend as press to some wonderful festivals!

I am on cloud nine!!!!!!

Can believe people are willing to give me a chance. I am so ready to smash it! 

DREAM BIG, WORK HARD
xxx

Planning in progress

Hi everyone!

Happy February!

I can’t believe how quickly January went. And what a January it was!

Firstly I want to thank every single person that has viewed my first,very amateur blog. I have genuinely been over whelmed with the number of views I have had and from all over the world. Equally thank you to all my new instagram followers. It is so motivating to see your interest in me and my goals so thank you so much!

My January has mostly been building up my followers, viewing so much amazing unsigned music and planning my next few months.

I am borderline obsessive with instagram and some of the music I have seen has been incredible! I have been loving the live option so when people are filming at gigs I get the privilege of listening in and the talent is outstanding. I have every intention of following this more closely and raving about specific artists who really stand out for me. If you know of or are a musician, band or solo artist please follow me Amy.elizabeth87 as I would love to hear from you.

In other exciting news I met with the senior PR media relations manager and the events manager at virgin media today! I was so lucky that they agreed to meet me as I wanted to gain knowledge of event management and PR and they were able to provide me with some wonderful bits of advise and insight so that I can look at this in more detail.I would LOVE to be able to be involved with the organising and management of a high profile event such as V Festival which is what drew me to these lovely ladies in the first place. I have contacts action points and details I need to move this dream forward so this is where my planning starts to take shape.

I have spent the last couple of weeks reaching out to festivals to see what involvement I can have with them. I’m very excited to have heard back from Hogsozzle which looks to be a fantastic event full of character and fantastic music so watch this space!

Please do follow me on instagram and share this blog as I have every confidence that this year is going to be one hell of a journey and I can’t wait!

 

speak soon. X