Collabs I wish I could relive

You can’t beat a great collab.

The excitement as we’re teased with posters, Instagram posts and cryptic tweets. Not knowing if one will pop up on the other’s stage to perform their duet. Hitting us with unexpected matches that create masterpieces we wouldn’t have dreamed of.

Lets talk about some of the most iconic collaborations that we wish we could relive and watch all over again. If I’ve missed some out – let me know!!

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A Night I Had With Freddie: Mercury on stage

The lights go down, the crowd is hushed and goosebumps run up your arms as an echoey “Is this the real life…? Is this just fantasy…?” pierces the silence in the room.

It’s a Thursday night – about this time last week – and Mercury are performing their set, starting with Queen’s classic “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

With a Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon and Spike Edney, the night was filled with Queen’s amazing classics, as you can see in the videos I’ve added in this post below.

Joseph Lee Jackson is absolutely amazing as Freddie. His voice, his performance as he led the stage and his improvs with the crowd to get us singing back to him made it feel like we were really in the room with the presence of Freddie himself.

Let’s not leave out the band either: Glen Scrimshaw as guitarist Brian May, Pat Coleman as drummer Roger Taylor, Mike Scrimshaw as bassist John Deacon and Lee Harvey as Spike Edney on keys.

I made a point in each song to take it in turns watching each member perform. Each one a great, talented part of the group. I’d watch Glen play his guitars, perfectly playing Brian’s solos and playing “Love of My Life” beautifully. Pat’s energy never faltered, hitting each beat and cymbal with Roger’s expertise. Mike rocked the bass, “Under Pressure” and “Another One Bites The Dust” being my absolute favourites (I do love a good bass). Lee on the keyboard made it look easy, his hands finding the keys instinctively and effortlessly with the classics (so basically every single song).

At one point in the show I remember thinking ‘Close your eyes, make sure you’re not just being pulled in by the experience and look of it all’. I closed my eyes, hearing Joseph sing Who Wants To Live Forever. Only as soon as they were shut, I felt like I was listening to one of Queen’s live recordings – it was surreal. That’s when I knew that these guys on stage were like the next best thing to the real deal.

All the hits were covered; from Radio GaGa, Don’t Stop Me Now, Somebody to Love, Killer Queen, Fat Bottomed Girls, A Kind Of Magic, Bicycle Race, The Show Must Go On, Hammer to Fall, and Break Free with a cheeky black wig and hoover involved.

The hall was absolutely packed and a night that started with us all in our seats evolved into clapping, waving arms and eventually a sea of people stood swaying and singing – no, cheering – “We Are The Champions” like nothing I’d ever seen.

Mercury let us in on a little fact – they’ve been touring as a band for 20 years now. That’s a hell of a long time. But after watching their show, it’s a well deserved and easy-to-understand feat.

My family and I briefly met Joseph after the show as he walked down to the stall where their tshirts were being sold. We congratulated him on his 20 years and I told him he was brilliant. We had a quick picture together, an excited crowd quickly gathering. We thanked him for visiting our city and as we walked away to let him speak with the others that were around he said, “Maybe we’ll see you again!”

Leaving the hall and us trading compliments between each other about the show, I know that Mercury will be welcome back to our city anytime.


If you want to see if and when Mercury are in your city, go to their site here. I’d recommend anyone and everyone to see them.


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Style on Screen: A Star Is Born, To All The Boys, Scream Queens

There’s nothing like a good binge watch to make you want to update your wardrobe right?

I mean, have you ever left a cinema or watched a show and thought ‘wow – I wish I had those shoes!’ or ‘I’d never have thought to pair that shirt with those trousers…’ That kind of inspiration can change your life.

There are some great roles and movies for actresses that have appeared onscreen through the years that not only represent a range of different women but also reflect our different styles.

Time to go through just a few shows/films that popped into my head with those ladies that had a style that stuck with me. I’ve also gone into a little bit of detail as to why this might be towards the end.

Let’s see if there are any surprising ones…

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Spotlight: Kaito

Take a quick look through @Kaito’s Instagram feed and you’ll find an array of celebrities that are legendary through their own fields of work. From Diddy to Jay Z, Drake to Diddy, Quavo to Diddy, DJ Khalid to Diddy, A$AP Rocky to Diddy… Diddy makes an appearance a lot because @Kaito is his in-house camera man. And the name behind @Kaito and the one capturing the images? Photographer and now one of Diddy’s creative directors Carlos Araujo.

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A Trip To The Cinema: Batman Vs Superman Review

I’m a big believer in not knocking something until I’ve tried it… So while I was hesitant to watch the latest Batman revamp with Superman, I wanted to give it a chance. So I bought a ticket, sat down with my friends, voiced a few worries I had about the film and waited for it to start.

And once I saw that ‘Executive Producers: Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas’ in the opening credits, well, I started to relax a little (Nolan’s trilogy is my all-time favourite).

The movie opens like any other introduction to Batman – with the death of his parents. While it may seem a little unnecessary to some (it is a story that’s been told many times before), it’s important to the film as it introduces this new edition of Batman (as Ben Affleck).

The opening then continues as a follow on from the events in the Man of Steel Superman movie (those of you that have seen that movie will have obviously been introduced to Superman before, hence why Batman’s story is told first – don’t worry though, I’ve not seen Man of Steel so I don’t feel like it’s vital that you watch it before seeing Batman vs Superman).

Now it’s hard not to make comparisons between the Snyder movie and the Nolan trilogy, and it’s something that you really need to avoid when you see the Batman vs Superman film. If you watch the movie with a clean slate, and appreciate the new world of Batman that Snyder is giving us, then it makes for a much better viewing.

Ok so let’s get to it: Affleck as Batman. It was one of my biggest concerns, but just because I’m not a big fan of change. Christian Bale has been embedded in our minds as Batman for a long time now, but like I said – now’s not the time to make comparisons. Affleck did a great job as playing the suave, determined hero of Gotham.

So what’s the film about, and how do the two heroes find themselves at war with each other?

Batman isn’t too happy about Superman’s recent activities on the planet, especially when one of his fights leaves the Wayne Tower in ruins and puts hundreds of lives at risk.

Believing that Superman is a threat to the city and to the planet, Batman seeks out to destroy Superman. Superman in the mean time is dealing with the public’s changing views of him, as he is soon blamed for the destruction in the city and named a ‘false god’.

Throw into the mix an evil Lex Luther (played brilliantly by Jesse Eisenberg), who picks up on the tension between the two superheroes and cleverly pits them against each other, the two are soon face-to-face and fighting it out.

Wonderwoman is also introduced in this movie, although her appearances are brief. Yes, this is Batman vs Superman, but still it would have been nice to see more of her character and get a better understanding of her. I couldn’t help but notice that when Lois Lane (Amy Adams) was running around and helping Superman out that she looked terrible, but fighting a giant alien-monster Wonderwoman (Gal Gadot) still had a full face of make-up and immaculate hair… So was she just there for viewing pleasure? It certainly seemed that way, but I digress…

The movie also offered a little build-up to the introduction of other characters that are soon to join the heroes in a DC Avengers style movie with Flash and Aquaman, so be sure to look out for that!

Overall I think the movie was really good. At times Batman’s robotic-looking armour was a little odd-looking, and it was a little confusing to understand just where the alien-monster came from (maybe I should have watched Man of Steel?), but apart from that I really enjoyed the contrast between these two iconic superhero characters.

The story didn’t feel as though it was forced or jammed together for the purpose of drawing crowds to the cinema. The idea of Batman and Superman seemed very plausible, but then again they are from the same DC world so that might not be so difficult to do…

Still not seen it? You can watch the trailer below! Already seen the movie? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below…

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New Tracks To Listen To:

March has been a busy month in terms of music releases – so which tracks should you be sure you’ve heard? Time to see if you can tick these off the list…

PartyNextDoor ft. Drake – Come and See Me

Jahron, better known as PartyNextDoor linked up with Drake again for track ‘Come and See Me’. They previously worked together on the song ‘Recognize’ from his album PartyNextDoor Two.

Nick Jonas ft. Tove Lo – Close

Nick released his video a few days ago for his latest song ‘Close’ featuring Tove Lo. The song itself is quite catchy and the video is pretty cool too, with an interesting yet simple concept.

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Zayn’s debut album is set to be a hit…

From his debut single ‘Pillowtalk’, Zayn has shown his fans and those in the music world just what he’s been working on.

A few weeks ago, Zayn posted the audio to song ‘iT’s YoU‘, a slow relaxing tune with Zayn giving us a taste of his vocal range as he hits the high notes in the chorus. Zayn then surprised his Twitter followers with the link to the latest track ‘LIKE I WOULD’.

Fans instantly fell in love with the track, which is more likely to get you on a dancefloor unlike Zayn’s previously released songs.

Personally this is my favourite song that Zayn has released so far. It has a Can’t Feel My Face/The Weeknd kind of vibe, and it’s been on repeat and in my head all day.

It’s also been reported that Zayn was filming in Manchester, UK for his next music video, which apparently takes place in a housing estate.

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5 Leo Films To Watch (like you haven’t already…)

Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar on Sunday to praise and celebrations around the world (and a big sigh of relief – I don’t think I could watch Leo lose out for another year!!).

DiCaprio’s talents throughout his career have always been recognised by fans and critics, so for him to finally get a shiny gold Oscar in his hands to take home felt like it meant more than any other award this year. Especially when you consider the amount of memes and longstanding jokes on the Internet about Leo’s lack of an Oscar over the years.

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The future with streaming music…

Kanye recently released his long-awaited album, The Life of Pablo for Tidal subscribers to get the first listen.

Most fans were waiting until a week had passed to purchase the album on iTunes, but Kanye made a shocking announcement that the album would not be on the store. In fact, he said that The Life of Pablo would NEVER be for sale.

Subscriptions to Tidal soon reached 2.5 million subscribers, which is more than double the amount before TLOP was added to the streaming service (according to Fader).

But with services like Tidal, how will this affect fans and the way that we get our music?

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Get your playlist sorted this Galentine’s…

Spending the day with your girls this Galentine’s? Hitting the dancefloor later and need some tunes for pre-drinks? Or maybe you want to celebrate your single and confident self with a playlist like no other? Discs and Reels has got your back!

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