How did I not discover this band earlier?! They are just so, so good. Their music is so refreshingly different and their lyrics are really beautiful and haunting. Their song “Nara” is apparently about two gay lovers. It has two other counterparts “Arrival in Nara” and “Leaving Nara”, presumably also centred on this theme. Nara is a town in Japan famous for its deer, which are allowed to roam free and untamed, making it “a nice analogy for equal rights across the board” as their frontman pointed out in an interview. Reminds me of Macklemore’s “Same Love” (in sentiment, not in style!):
There are a few remarkably affordable festivals with great line ups this year. My pick of the bunch:
Farm Festival – Based in rural Somerset and only about £50 for the weekend. With Lamb, Submotion Orchestra and Phaeleh playing. Don’t forget to bring some cider with you.
31st July till 1st August http://www.farmfestival.co.uk/
INmusic Festival – So it’s not a weekend festival, it’s midweek, and it’s quite a long way from Putney, but what a great excuse for a holiday to Croatia! Set on an island in a lake, in one of my favourite European cities, Zagreb. The line up is as good as some of the best UK festivals, featuring Florence + the Machine, Placebo, Death Cab for Cutie and BRMC. Amazing for £50!
22nd – 24th June https://www.inmusicfestival.com/en
Eurockéennes Festival – I went to this festival a few years ago, and it’s where I discovered one of my favourite reggae artists Hollie Cook. She is actually from West London but the festival is based in France, near Belfort and my hometown of Basel. For €113 you get 3 days of music from the likes of Damien Marley, The Chemical Brothers, Sting and Ben Harper.
3rd till the 5th July http://www.eurockeennes.fr/programmation/
Lindt Chocolate Eggs
They are everywhere because Easter is coming up, and they are basically just larger versions of the Lindt balls. Eggcelent!
The clothes and accessories at JOY are so very pretty, and also unusually good quality.
I can’t really afford their normal prices, but they have some very good sales on at the moment. Quite similar to Oliver Bonas, which is probably my favourite shop on Putney high street.
There is a good branch for JOY inside Clapham station.