Breaking My Festival Virginity!



I’m 21 years old and – until this year – had never once braved a festival. It’s not that I can’t handle the filth, cold and smelly toilets; it was because my dad put me off with a TONNE of horror stories when I was 15…

Your tent will get burnt down by hooligans. You will get punched in the face. You will have your drink spiked or get injected with an unknown substance.You will hate every second. You are not going.

However, last year my friends went to YNot festival in Derbyshire and had the best time so this year I wanted in on the action!

For those of you who don’t know much about YNot, it’s a relatively small festival which is welcome for both families and groups of friends. They showcase both popular artists and the new, up and coming! You definitely don’t need to know the bands to have a good time – I definitely didn’t and still managed to dance along to most of the music.

YNot has won Best Toilet Awards in the past and service their toilets 24 hours a day. I think there was only one occasion where there was no toilet paper in the cubicle – not bad!

There’s a roller disco, ferris wheel, dodgems, amazing food and most importantly – a reggae tent! Course I got down there for dance off or too…

At night if you get a little nippy there’s a roaring fire pit where people gather to reminisce, gossip or have a little nap. If you’d rather keep going – there’s a secret party each year that takes place each night. This year it was behind a bookcase in a granny-led cafe – genius!

The sun didn’t shine much but the music kept playing and the drinks kept flowing. I loved every second of it and would happily do it again.

Next year, get a HUGE group of friends together and check it out. It’s only £80 for a weekend ticket!


Here’s a line-up of my favourites:

Dizzee Rascal | White Lies | Newton Faulkner | Nordic Giants | Luke Sital-Singh | Eliza and the Bear | Amber Run | Bipolar Sunshine |





I’m Back!



Hello to you my beautiful readers!

Firstly, I must apologise for my complete lack of posting. I’ve been terrible and I am well aware of that. However, China don’t allow WordPress – what’s a girl to do?!

Anyway I. Am. Back.

I’ve refreshed the blog for summer (do you like it?!) and I, myself am very refreshed also! In time I’ll tell you everything you need to know about Shanghai. But in the meantime, I just wanted to pop in and say hello! I hope you’re all having a splendid summer – despite any rain – and have continued to smile throughout!

For now, here’s a song to get you smiling, groovin and movin;


100 Happy Days, Day 14 – Jacob Banks


Jacob Banks is my all time favourite artist. And this week I got to go and see him for the 3rd time!!! Sorry to sound like a crazed teenager, but he really is phenomenal. He’s also incredibly humble and that’s definitely reflected in his performance.

His music is soulful and his voice is like velvet. As a songwriter, you can tell that everything he writes comes from the heart. Every word is relatable, every melody a beautiful one.

I can’t gush enough about how great this guy is and how one day he will be a superstar. For now, he’s working his way up to the stars, performing with the likes of Wretch 32 and Chase and Status. He’s world class, the world just need the chance to hear him.

Below is my favourite track from him, but he’s got a great mixture of tracks so make sure you check him out!