I feel the unsavoury topic of sexual assaults at festivals needs to be addressed. Talking about sexual assault brings the same challenges, of awareness and communication, both inside and outside the boundaries of a festival - it ranges anywhere from taboo (I can only imagine how many incidents go unreported) to sensationalist, scaremongering headlines. I'm conscious that by sticking my head above the parapet I risk offending - but in the spirit of The Secret Garden Party and what we hope it stands for, writing this is a risk worth taking.
Photography has always been a big part of my life. I remember playing around with a camera as a kid at the bottom of the garden. I would take pictures of anything, literally anything that caught my eye...
It's no exaggeration to say that I grew up on the Spice Girls, and I doubt that I'd be an entertainment journalist now, if it weren't for the introduction to all things pop - and heady dose of girl power - that they gave me. As we celebrate 20 years since the birth of one of British pop culture's greatest phenomenons, here's what the ladies themselves taught me over the years...
One of the big questions about the ever-more-hyped performances of Festival Season is - how much to televise, what to keep for the attending masses prepared to get sunburnt and/or muddy, and what to share with the rest of the world who've only made it as far as their sofa?
Hi, my name is Paul Klein; and I'm in a band, that you've probably never heard of, called LANY. Recently, we wrote a song titled "where the hell are my friends." I knew that loneliness was a very #relatable sentiment, but it wasn't until we released the song that I understood its actual scope. Loneliness is an epidemic of the internet generation. It's sad, it's interesting, and it's very real.
Artists and athletes often claim to be apolitical. But they should remember that in countries such as Azerbaijan, where free speech is at a premium, their silence can be deafening, but their words can be powerful.
It's the pinnacle of the musical calendar and the unofficial stomping ground for the devastatingly cool and famous. Thanks to the other 200,000 mortal attendees, it's also one of the most overtly stereotyped and satirised events of the year where you're only ever one floral headband away from a cliché. Follow these rules to ensure you don't make a tit out of yourself.
We are, of course, a sea-faring nation, so perhaps it was apt that the EU referendum campaign took to the water today. Apt, but still bizarre. Very bizarre, as the two rival campaigns decided to duke it out on the River Thames...
Yesterday I heard (in full, for the first time) the Kaiser Chiefs' new single, Parachute from their long awaited sixth album, Stay Together which is due out in October. I'd seen YouTube clips of Parachute over the weekend so I had an idea of what the song would sound like but I was blown away by the dance style sound of the single. Blown away as in not expecting it but really loved it. Judge for yourselves:
The Eurovision Song Contest, a flashy, riotous and at times absurd jamboree, has ceased to be about talent and the enjoyment of friendly competition. ...
What's that you cry? 'Please no, not another overly earnest op-ed from an ill-informed minor celebrity about how nice the EU is'. Fair enough, I mostly feel the same way when I see these articles, but I'm going to try and convince you nonetheless... Our generation is going to face a huge array of issues in the coming years, both at home and abroad, and while I am of positive of our ability to overcome them, we give ourselves a greater chance of success by working closely with our European counterparts. Much as we told our friends in Scotland in 2014, we are better together. We would do well to heed our own advice.
The single is being released to raise money for Medecins San Frontiere on a pay what you want download basis but this only came about after Bailey had written the song and played it for friends who immediately said that he must release it.
True to her word, Keys has been photographed in public with no makeup on, and even performed at the recent final opening ceremony of the UEFA Champions League without even so much as lip gloss on, a scary thought for most women.
I've been delighted that my teenage daughters have fallen in love with music in the same way I did. They go to gigs all the time. Occasionally they are frustrated by a band they want to see playing a club with age restricted access. But it doesn't happen often, and never with outdoor shows - until this summer, when I was told they're not welcome at a particular festival because they're under 18.
When it comes to writing songs about heartbreak love and everything in between, in my opinion it's important for songwriters to draw from their own personal story, even if it shows a little vulnerability.
They are the places I've found the most immense feeling of community and togetherness. The toilets and the rain are testing, admittedly,, but it can also bring out the best, sometimes silliest in people.