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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Spotlight: Kaito

Take a quick look through @Kaito‚Äôs Instagram feed and you‚Äôll 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‚Äôs creative directors Carlos Araujo.

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My Christmas Gift to You

It’s that time of year where it doesn’t matter whether you’re in a store, in your car or just watching TV – you’re going to hear a Christmas song.

It’s usually the same familiar faces and voices¬†– Michael Bubl√©, Mariah Carey, Cliff Richard, Paul McCartney and Wham!

But what if you’re tired of hearing the same radio-friendly Christmas songs? What if you want to kick it up a gear and party¬†the only way you know how – with songs made for turn ups and lit Christmases¬†(I’m not talking about the lights on your tree here).

Well, I might have something in store for you good people.

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Standout Albums of 2015

2015 is nearing a close (time goes by so quick guys) and with it we got some great albums to mark each and every little thing that happened in our lives this year.

So – which ones made the cut in my list of standout albums?

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The Creators In Hip Hop

So I recently watched Complex’s interview with rapper A$AP Rocky and it got me thinking. He and the A$AP crew spoke about their beginnings, how they pieced together their style, music and videos, and used their creativity¬†to elevate themselves to the status that they’re at now. After watching I couldn’t help but think¬†about those in the hip hop¬†game that create great music – but more importantly,¬†know how to give¬†it to us in a way that is forward-thinking, creates a message and is always more than just the music. They are the creators in hip hop.

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14 Years Without Aaliyah

August 25th. The year was 2001. 14 years ago, the news began to reach the public that Aaliyah Haughton had passed away.

Flying back to the US from shooting her latest music video for song Rock The Boat¬†in¬†the Abaco islands, Aaliyah, 7 of her entourage and the pilot didn’t make it back to Florida as their plane crashed, killing all¬†on board.

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ARTPOP: The End Of An Era

Little monsters everywhere are suffering from post-ArtRAVE depression after the last ArtRAVE took place in Paris just last week.

The event was extra special as the Lady Gaga concert was streamed live worldwide thanks to Yahoo and LiveNation. Monsters that had attended the previous ArtRAVE concerts were able to relive their night by watching the stream, and fans that had never been to a Gaga concert were able to watch it live and pretend that they were in the audience with the hundreds of thousands of fans that were in Paris Bercy.

{If you missed it, the video is at the end of this post}

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Let’s Talk About Boys – Boy Bands, That Is!

Following on from the last post, Girl Bands Now & Then: What Makes Them So Popular?, it would only be fair to give the boys some recognition too!

After finding a box of CDs in my room last week, it was as though I’d come across a time capsule! Filled with albums by the Spice Girls, Girls Aloud, Steps, and boy-bands like Blue, *N Sync, Boyzone, a1 and 5ive, it was a box straight from my childhood! (Not to mention the fact that I’d also found my Game Boy Colour minutes earlier…)

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Girl Bands Then & Now: What Makes Them So Popular?

Following on from my¬†last post It’s All About The Nineties (which happens to be my latest fave post that I’ve written – mainly because I love being nostalgic and stuff), I decided to write about some of the music that I’ve caught myself listening to since then. And what have I been listening to lately I hear you ask?¬†GIRL BANDS.

I’m talking about ladies¬†that get together, decide that they can make decent music if they were a group and BOOM! They get a record deal and become worldwide sensations, inspiring women everywhere¬†to grab their hairbrushes and sing into them (they also become posters for men to put on their wall and dream about).

And just who are these women? Which bands am I referring to? Why are girl bands so great? Carry on reading if you really want to know (and of course you’ll want to know – girl bands aren’t like Marmite, you purely love them. No hatred for girl bands exists in this world). So let’s look at some of my fave girl bands throughout the ages (basically the past 20 years as they’re the only ages I’ve been present in!)

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