Field Day 2012

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Village Mentality tent

Brass band tent

I have to admit that after trying big all weekend camping festivals like Reading Festival, I much prefer the rise of the new day festivals in London. Why? For one, it’s easier to walk about because they don’t take place on a farm in the middle of no where, instead it’s in one of London’s parks. They’re really easy to get to and from, as they are close to a tube/bus stop (no pestering your family to drive you down!). Ticket prices are generally a lot cheaper and more affordable. And finally, you don’t have to camp (hooray!) – meaning no smelly, disgusting strangers, or awkward conversations with your friends who should really make use of the communal showers.

This Jubilee weekend, despite the awful weather, I went to Field Day festival in Victoria Park, Hackney.

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Meeting Washed Out: Late Nights and Early Lectures, Library Hell and Too Much Red Bull

 

Washed Out, aka 28 year old Ernest Greene, is an American synth-pop musician who plays music that has been defined in the genre of chillwave. Having just finished a four-month tour, Washed Out played his last show at the notorious gay nightclub, Heaven in Charing Cross. After playing an hour set comprising mostly of songs from his debut album Within and Without, as well as a surprising choice of cover song, Wicked Game by Chris Isaak, I chatted to a worn out Washed Out at 11:55pm about his tour, his new music and his university life.

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Gig Review: Kele at Electric Brixton (17/12/11)

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Being a Bloc Party fan and a Kele fan are two separate things. Whilst you absolutely love Kele and his solo album, there’s a part of you that is praying that a: “for one night only, please welcome my band Bloc Party to the stage” moment happens.

But Bloc Party dreams aside, Kele, who came on dressed as a vicar, put on a really lively show. After what seemed like a lifetime when the unnamed support DJ played a 40-minute set of non-stop noise, Kele’s unusual get up was a joyous break from the sheer boredom of staring at gio-goi trousers for 40 minutes.

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Boiler Room

On Wednesday night I found myself wandering around Old Street, trying to find a corner where two streets met, a location we’d only been texted hours before. My friends and I managed to spot a hidden door in a warehouse where a few people had walked into; we assumed this was it.  Knocking on the door, a bouncer came out and said, “Yes?” and we replied: “Is this the er, Boiler Room?” He let us in.

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Gig Review: Cut Copy at the Roundhouse

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After a world tour of their debut album Zonoscope (2011), the electro-pop playing graphic designers, Cut Copy, came back to London to play at the Roundhouse. This was my second time seeing Cut Copy in less than a year, which gave me an ideal opportunity to compare with their gig at the HMV Forum. A major distinction was that the set was less theatrical than the HMV forum gig in which they came out of a giant door that remained centre stage throughout the gig.

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Top 10 Free Things to Do in London

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This may be your first year in London as a student or it may be your third, but by now you must know the streets to avoid for tourists and the places that get so busy and boring that you can’t bear to face them. Let’s be honest, Oxford Street and Covent Garden will never be as great as the first time you went. But sometimes the tourist attractions can look so appealing, especially if they’re free! So here are Those London Students’ pick of the top 10 free things you can do in London.

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Those London Students’ guide to saving money…

Being a student is as much about having fun, procrastinating (maybe that’s just me), watching more day time TV than is healthy as it is about learning to be smart about money. Of course your bank gives you a guide about how to write a budget and  your parents probably type one up for you too but sticking to a budget is hard, right? Right. Instead as a student your best bet is trying to making savings everywhere you can and here are some tips we here at Those London Students have to share…

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