What Things Are You Certain To See At A Music Festival?

April 15th, 2013 by
Crowd at a music festival

What can you expect at a Music Festival?

For music lovers, there is nothing better during the summer months than heading to a daylong or weekend festival to see some of the biggest acts in the world.  While each festival is different, there are a number of similarities that they all share, things that you are guaranteed to see at each one that will give you memories for years to come, be they good or bad.

What are they?

Mud

Mud is perhaps more synonymous with festivals than even the music itself. Even if it is baking hot and the sun shines for two or three days, there is still the chance that you will end up covered in mud.

This element of festivals puts many people off going to them. It is also why those who attend such events get labelled as ‘hippies’ and other terms that are seen as derogatory, especially when you add in the urban legends about not washing for days at a time and wearing the same clothes from start to finish.

Fireworks Displays

If you attend a music festival this summer and don’t see a fireworks display, then you should be making sure you ask for your money back.

After all, you have stood on your feet for probably more than 12 hours, haven’t had a drink, and perhaps been thrown from pillar to post in the middle of the crowd, so even if you have seen a band you have been waiting to see for years, a fireworks display should be the least you expect.

Thankfully, most festival organisers want to end their events ‘with a bang,’ and you will often find that a spectacular fireworks demonstration follows the conclusion of a headline set.

Things Being Thrown

We hope that we do not have to expand on what the ‘things’ are, as if you have ever been to a festival you will probably already know what we’re alluding to.

The trouble with this is that you don’t see it coming most of the time, or that the people doing it cannot be ejected as there aren’t security guards standing at every interval in a crowd of tens of thousands.

Unfortunately, if it does happen, you just need to grin and bear it.

Horrible Facilities

Along with the mud, dirty toilet facilities are enough to put most people off, even if their favourite bands are playing at a particular festival.

Whether it is the shared facilities element or the fact that they just aren’t welcoming or well maintained at all, many people simply want to avoid them.

Music to Remember

It’d be unfair to talk about a festival and mention the mud, fireworks, and other elements without actually talking about the music.

Whether it is the band you always wanted to see live or a group you never heard of, you are certain to listen to and see performances that you will remember for a long time to come.

Deciding to Go

If the facilities are putting you off, just book a hotel near to the site, and you’ll have access to everything you need. Don’t let a little mud stop you from discovering the festival experience, as it is one almost unrivalled anywhere else in the world.

About The Author:

Stuart is an online content writer with a huge passion for music and festivals, so much so that after returning from various events he often seeks out fireworks for sale from an online retailer and tries to recreate his favourite festivals in his own garden.

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Margaret Thatcher Dies: Welcome To The Afterlife (Zombie Thatcher)

April 8th, 2013 by
Afterlife dedicated to Zombie Thatcher

Welcome To The Afterlife Mrs. Thatcher

Welcome To The Afterlife Mrs. Thatcher

This morning (8th of April 2013) Margaret Thatcher died after suffering from a stroke, or after a strike according to the epic typo from the BBC news website which can be seen below. I don’t really have much of an opinion on Thatcher’s politics because it’s not very easy to sort fact from fiction. A lot of people hated her, a lot of people worshiped the ground she walked upon. Having not lived through the larger part of her time in power an opinion I may have wouldn’t be very valid. But Soul Sanctuary would like to welcome Margaret Thatcher to the Afterlife, being our catchphrase and all. And wanted to share this awesome Zombie picture of Mrs. Thatcher in all her glory, eating flesh and swallowing souls. We would also like to dedicate our video Afterlife to the Iron Lady in her moment of passing.

Funny typo about Margaret Thatcher on the BBC News website:

Margaret Thatcher dies of Strike according to BBC News

Margaret Thatcher died of strike according to the BBC News website

“Welcome to the Cemetery, you’ll walk with grace amongst the dead. Living in a world that’s completely dead inside. Welcome to the Afterlife!”

What do you think about the death of Mrs. Thatcher, were you one of her supporters, were you one of her haters? Did she do anything good or bad for you while she was in power? Should we dedicate more blogs to famous people that have died? Let us know in the comments below. 🙂

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Metallica’s Kirk Hammett shows Anthrax what’s up – Video

March 30th, 2013 by
Metallica Guitarist Kirk Hammett

Kirk Hammett on stage with Anthrax at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is probably one of the most well known heavy metal guitarists of all time. Anthrax is a band that are recognised as one of the great pioneers of the genre. So when these two monstrous forces collided on Thursday (28th of March 2013) at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, it was certainly a spectacle to behold. And better yet we have footage of Kirk Hammett strutting his stuff alongside his fellow rock legends from Anthrax. This is the second awesome guest appearance we’ve talked about this week on our blog. Also both at the same venue. Very unfair. I’ll go make sad faces in a corner and cry because I don’t live nearby. Anyway I digress, Kirk’s appearance delivered a thunderous cover performance of AC/DC’s classic rock anthem “TNT” which is Anthrax’s newly released “Anthems” EP. You can watch the fan-filmed video footage of Kirk and Anthrax below.

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante Spoke to Music Radar recently, where he talked about the band’s recent cover version of AC/DC’s classic track “TNT” “This was Joey’s [Belladonna, vocals] track.” He said “We already had ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ recorded, but he wanted ‘TNT’. I can see why: his voice totally lends itself to this track.” He said smiling.

“AC/DC is probably one of the greatest bands ever.” Claimed Benante enthusiastically “They came in with a certain sound, and they’ll end with that same exact sound. They never altered it; they just stayed true to what they were. To me, that’s an honest-to-goodness rock ‘n’ roll band.”

Anthrax Music

Anthrax share the stage with Kirk Hammet for AC/DC’s classic anthem TNT

Benante continued “It would have been obvious to pick something off of ‘Highway To Hell’ or ‘Back In Black’, and so we didn’t. [laughs]” Benante then went on to talk about his dedication to keeping the track as faithful to the original as possible “I studied every Phil Rudd lick, and I did not go overboard with anything. I played exactly what he played on ‘TNT’. You can’t do a fast drum fill on the song — it’ll stand out as being out of place. I laid it down, pulled it back, and that was that.”

Anthrax’s long-awaited, eight-track EP “Anthems”, pays tribute to some of the band’s favorite acts from the 1970s. The EP sold relatively well at around 8,500 copies in the United States, during its first week which went on to debut at 52nd on The Billboard 200 chart.

Anthrax’s latest full-length offering, entitled “Worship Music”, sold a massive (by today’s standards) 28,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at No. 12. Which out performed their last record by by almost 3 times the amount of units sold and charted over 100 places higher. A big positive move for the band.

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MACHINE HEAD: Guitarist steps in on Steel Panther for two songs live

March 28th, 2013 by
Machine Head

Machine Head Guitarist joins Steel Panther on stage!

Machine Head are a long time favourite of Soul Sanctuary, but a recent appearance from the guitarist of the big MH at a Steel Panther concert was very surprising to say the least. But a pleasant surprise nonetheless. According to a report from Blabbermouth.

Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel, recently shared the stage and spotlight with Steel Panther, the LA based 80’s hairstyle glam-rock parody band. He stepped up to the plate at San Francisco, California’s Regency Ballroom on the 23rd of March to help perform two of Steel Panther’s prankster anthems (songs): “Turn Out The Lights” and “Asian Hooker”. Luckily for us this rare spectacle was witnessed by someone with the good sense to whip out his camera and get filming, The Fan-filmed video footage of Phil Demmel’s appearance on stage with Steel Panther can be seen below.

On the 13th of April Steel Panther kicks of their interestingly named S.T.D. (Spreading The Disease) Tour, The tour is set over 20 dates starting in Orlando, Florida at WJRR’s Earthday Birthday.

Lexxi Foxx was quoted as saying “What better way to kick off the S.T.D. tour than with a concert to celebrate the Earth’s birthday”.

Steel Panther

Steel Panther with Machine Head!

We here at Soul Sanctuary love random guest appearances like this, and really they should happen more often. It’s always the unusual events at live shows that you will remember the most. If a band plays exactly like a CD you might as well have stayed at home and listened to the CD, the whole point of a live show is for the experience, so we take our hats off to Machine Head Guitarist, Phil Demmel and the rest of the Steel Panther crew because this shit is what rock n roll is all about.

Stay Awesome!

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Google Doodle in Memory of Douglas Adams: 11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001

March 11th, 2013 by
Douglas Noel Adams

In memory of Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001)

So today is the 12th anniversary of the death of Douglas Adams, one of my favourite comedy authors of all time. Famous for works such as the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, which started life in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy show, before being developed into the infamous five book “trilogy”. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy sold more than 15 million copies during his lifetime, and was adapted into many formats which include a short lived BBC TV series, a movie (Which does the book almost no justice at all) and various comic book adaptations, one of which my father and renowned comic artist Ian Gibson was commissioned to draw.

There was also a homage to Douglas on the front page of Google today.

After leaving university, Adams moved back to the city of London. He was determined to break into TV and radio as a writer. During the early part of Adams career he struggled to make ends meet even after appearing in Monty Python’s Flying Circus and working at BBC 2 radio. To keep himself afloat he took a series of odd jobs, some of which included work as a hospital porter, barn builder and chicken shed cleaner. He even found work as a bodyguard for the Qatari family, a family of rich oil barons.

Adams continued to write, with little success of them being accepted for publication. His work was few and far between. He saw improvements in his opportunities, but they were mostly short-lived.

In 1977 Adams pitched The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to BBC Radio 4. According to Adams, the idea for the title The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy occurred to him while he lay drunk in a field in Innsbruck, Austria, gazing at the stars, though he joked that the BBC would instead claim it was Spain “probably because it’s easier to spell”.

Douglas died on the 11th May, 2001, aged just 49. The cause of death was a fatal cardiac arrest which took place during his regular workout at a private gym in California. He was unaware he had been suffered from a gradual narrowing of the coronary arteries, which lead to his tragic and untimely death. Douglas had been due to deliver the commencement address at Harvey Mudd College just two days later. Adams funeral took place on the 16th of May 2001.

In 2011, over 3,000 people took part in a public vote to choose the subjects of People’s Plaques in Islington. Adams received 489 votes. As a result, it was decided to erect a plaque in Adams’s honour, on a date yet to be announced.

Douglas Adams was a true master of the written word, his talent was lost far too young. If you haven’t read any of his work, I highly recommend picking up one of his books.

Here is a cool video of Douglas Adams giving a presentation in his home town.

Douglas Adams Tombstone

Douglas Adams Laid to Rest.

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