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a quick hello

Hey kids, sorry I’ve not been updating you with all the latest but have been incapacitated in recent times. I will update soon and bring you all the news from Glasgow’s recent Mela Festival and Pin Ups Festival. I will also be talking about some bands and general music stuff – its time to get back to the Glasgow Band Reviews! So lots of stuff coming up. Keep checking the page 😉

I don’t have a lot to say about Jackson, I’ll leave that to the professional pop quidnuncs.

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A few things

Alright folk fans? A few things as I have been remiss and not written in a while. I am busy with outside projects, ‘thats no excuse!’ I hear you cry and yes you’re right it isn’t but that’s life – lazy. I mean, tough.

Fringes. Not often do I spend well, anytime on celeb style in Hellagood, but today I’d like to talk to you all about fringes or bangs are they are known outside of the UK. Ask for a fringe in the US and you may well be directed to Nashville, which would really be awesome, so do it.

I have a fringe and I plan to grow it out – why? Because of pop stars, they’ve made it boring. They all have fringes and we all know to be cool, you do was everyone else isn’t. There’s a pandemic of long hair female poplets with straight (or a gentle earlybird special wave – nothing too ghetto fabulous) hair and blunt fringes, its become de riguer for appearing on Shock-T-4-NME-Waves-Arena-Mark-Ronson’s-50-Fringes type programming. Some of the culprits of this incredibly dull barnet follow:

Kate

Kate

Emmy

Emmy

Lily

Lily

KT

KT

Kate Nash, Emmy the Great, Lily Allen, Florence and the Machine, Katie Ting, KT Tunstall, Lady Gaga, Adele, Laura Marling….I’m not saying the ladies can’t hold their own on stage but I am saying their hair similarity sometimes makes me confuse them with each other when they appear in the background on Jools Holland… and they often swap colours too…

Old school proprietress of the fringed tresses came in the form of Chrissie Hyde – who perfected it then and there.

Adele

Adele

Katie

Katie

Laura

Laura

Florence

Florence

Gaga

Gaga

Ladies, Ladies, which is which, well I’ve named them to help.

A new haircut please. Lets revisit the Flock of Seagulls. Oh wait – scratch that. Its twenty five years later and it still sucks. La Roux, its pure waste.  La Roux

Festivals – highlights – ha! the hair puns continue… and stop here. T-break deadlines are drawing in. Send your submissions in NOW! for a chance to play the legendary unsigned T-break tent following in the footsteps of almost every great Scottish band from the last few years.  You can still apply for jobs with festivals, also here, and hereworking the bars, picking up the rubbish, drivers, ripping tickets and wrist banding people, security etc. Check individual sites for jobs too – often the work is shift work across and the weekends, allowing you some time to see bands while earning a crust or  enough for a £6 take away burger though you may not have a choice over what hours you work, its hard work but good fun if you’re in the right frame of mind. You can also represent a chosen charity at various festivals, like Oxfam – see individual charities and organisations for details, these positions are usually unpaid as they are voluntary.

If you haven’t managed to buy tickets for your favourite festival and can’t/don’t want to pay £1137 on ebay, there is a place to help – Scarlet Mist, an ethical ticket trade site for people to pass on tickets to real music fans if they are unable to attend an event. Face value prices.

festival wristbands

festival wristbands

The other thing I’d always advise, is to check out your local festivals, most cities and towns will do some kind of summer/spring/autumn festival or special days, band competitions – it’ll be in the newspaper or your council website. Scotland has a wealth of festivals so if you’ve missed on your T in the Park, Hyrdo Connect (back next year) or Rockness there is always the smaller fests – Retrofest, Meadows, Glasgow Music Festival, Belladrum, Wickerman, Isle of Skye, Mull of Kintyre Festival, Sound Festival, in fact, just numerous folk and traditional Scottish music festivals and events from the heart of the cities to the outer islands.

In other news – Bollocks to Poverty‘s music shop is open. You can now buy tunes and fight for human rights with ActionAid. Go get your ear-jollies on while evolving your karma.

Hat’s off!

I do believe you have my hat!!

Austin’s Hat hunting game is off to a dapper start today as part of the SXSW interactive festival.

the standard gentlemans bowler

the standard gentlemans bowler

The aim of the game – someone, somewhere in Austin right now is wearing a bowler hat, you have to get the hat from them and start wearing it. You can’t just steal it, you must say ‘Excuse me, I do believe you have my hat.’ then they must hand over the hat to you, and so the hat watcher becomes the hat wearer. When you receive the hat you must take a picture of yourself and upload it to the Umbrella Group website. You must wear the hat at all times or face disqualification!

To win you have to wear the hat for the longest amount of time. The competition starts each day at 1pm and finishes at 9pm for the three days of the SXSWi festival, 13th to 17th March 2009.

The hat is fitted with a small GPS tracking system. Information about the hats location is sent in real time to google maps and you can follow the hat online. The hat twitters regularly too.

The hattening begins outside the British Music Embassy, 30 Latitude, 512 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701.

John Steed and Emma Peel

John Steed and Emma Peel

The SXSW Music began in 1987, while the event now known as the SXSW Interactive Festival emerged in 1994 developed from the SXSW Film and Multimedia Festival. Its all about technology and creativity and features 3 days of guest speakers, panels and just a massive amount of interactive stuff! sxsw-2009-20080801-135900

The Hat Game has been organised by the Arts Council England and digital agencies iShed, locative games firm Simon Games, the Umbrella Group who represent different UK groups at SXSWi and web design company Pollen 8.