Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Willson Goes To Brighton: VlogBook


Hiya peaches, it's been a while but I've been on holiday and made a little vid for ya, enjoy! x


Sunday, 11 June 2017

WHAT WOULD WILLSON WEAR: Leaving Drinks

Hiya peaches, my sister is moving away to Australia for 13 months for her second year of uni:( So we decided to go out for a piss up to send her off This is a little vid of what I wore with some of the drunken shenanigans, enjoy! X 






Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Absolute Bangers - MAY

Hiya peaches we're back at it again with another Absolute Bangers. This month has been a bit quiet in regards to gigs as my exams are now in full swing (*internally screaming*). I went to the Over 18s Cambridge Band Competition Final at the Junction at the end of April where the winners of the U18s Final and pals, Maverick, also competed. Lead singer Louis's mum gave me a copy of their latest EP, Uneasy Seasons, mainly so I can learn up the songs as I'm covering for their bassist at a couple of their gigs this summer. My personal fave band of the night aside from them had to be the winners Flint Moore from Downham Market. 
A few weeks after I was back at the Junction to see Declan McKenna on his UK tour with support by Girli (the night before my first exam aha ha ha fuck). I hate to admit it but the crowd was a solid 2/10 due to the fact it was mainly 14 year old girls who start crying if a one meter radius pit opens up (but then again can you even mosh to Declan???)
This a completely shameless plug but me and the gals of Violet Flares are playing at Cambridge Strawberry Fair Festival on the 3rd of June, opening The Flying Pig Stage at midday (which gives us more time to get off our tits later). Entry to the festival is free so come along, see some great bands n chill with us after X




Maverick - Butterflies

Their debut EP Uneasy Seasons came out in January this year produced by R*E*P*E*A*T Records. Considering the fact that right now they're halfway through their GCSE exams, it's hard to believe just how talented they all are. But as their drummer James D'Alessandro says 'If you're good enough, you're old enough'. One of my favourite things about this band in their energetic stage presence that keeps the crowds wrapped round their fingers. The one track that always get stuck in my brain after one of their sets has to be Butterflies, with captivating lyrics by Louis Perritt and progressive guitar rhythms that maintain the drive of the song, its for sure one of my favourites. They're also going to be at Strawberry Fair this weekend at The Wigwam Stage at 2pm. 

Links: Bandcamp
           Instagram          
           Facebook

Dates: 
3rd June - Wigwam Stage @ Strawberry Fair, Cambridge 
21st July - Millers Fest @ The Jolly Millers, Cottenham 
4th August - Cambridge Rock Festival
25th August - Reaper Fest @ The Melbourn Rock Club




Flint Moore - Body and Soul


Based in Downham Market, I'm surprised I hadn't heard of Flint Moore before the band competition as they're close to home for me. As soon as their set at the Junction started, I knew for sure that they were going to win (I was also rooting for them as they have a female bassist). I think it's so cute that they have named all their EPs so far after tropical fruits (i.e.Kiwi, Lychee, Pitahaya). Their overall sound is very earthy and nostalgic (think the type of songs you make summer memories to) and reminds me of a more chilled out blend of Red Hot Chili Peppers/Walk Off The Earth. Their track Body and Soul from the Pitahaya EP released last year sounds like one of those old Mumford and Sons anthems minus the banjos. 
Links: Bandcamp
            Twitter            Instagram

Dates: 
3rd June - Strawberry Fair, Cambridge
20th-23rd July - The Secret Garden Party, Abbots Ripton





Wax Colour - Runaway Baby

I first saw these Essex boys when they headlined the Girls Against gig at The Portland Arms last month and managed to get a copy of their DIY EP. As I'm busy 'revising' I always find myself steering towards the album whenever I need some sick study tunes. The whole blend of the album reminds me of Superfood's Don't Say That, with the cleverly crafted instrumental breaks between songs that flow into the next. Runaway Baby has such a beautiful blend of transcending lyrics and lo-fi riffs, and is what I can only describe as 'what a Maccies Banana Milkshake would sound like'. My other fave singles from the EP that I'd recommend would have to be SPS and Crude. 


Links: Bandcamp
           Twitter
            Instagram











GIRLI - So You Think You Can F**k With Do Ya 

I've wanted to see this artist for quite a while now, so when I found out GIRLI was the support for Declan Mckenna at The Junction I was over the moon. From a style perspective, her outfits are just as edgy and crazy as her music wearing head-to-toe pink on stage and on her day to day basis, taking inspiration from Japanese pop and 90's Spice Girls vibes. I wasn't really sure what to expect from one of her live sets, but after half an hour of tampon-throwing, fuckboy-bashing, bubblegum girl power madness, I was not disappointed. For her overall sound, think 'animated feminist gangster rap that's come straight out of a retro video game' but in a North London accent with lyrics that are as discomforting as they are catchy. So You Think is one of my faves as it's one of those songs that puts you in a badass mood and is my go to 'get sesh ready' track at the moment.


Links: SoundCloud
            Twitter
            Instagram

Dates: 
3rd June - Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham
4th June - Mighty Hoopla, London





Image result for nick hakim green twinsNick Hakim - Roller Skates


I stumbled across this track in the depths of Soundcloud, like many of my absolute bangers. Based in New York, Nick Hakim released his debut album Green Twins this month. Everything about the album from the artwork to the music videos and the songs themselves are a psychedelic dream and really gives soul a fresh taste. The track Roller Skates is super mellow and one to relax and fall asleep to (in a good way). I was so excited to discover that he's touring the UK in November this year, so I'll definitely be hitting that up. 

Links: SoundCloud
           Twitter
           Instagram

Dates:
7th November - The Lantern, Bristol
8th November - KOKO, London
9th November - The Deaf Institute, Manchester
10th November - King Tut's, Glasgow
11th November - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds





Lastly, I wanted to make note of what I'm sure you have all seen all over the news this past week. For those of you who don't know (which would be surprising as it's been all over social media), a terrorist attack occurred minutes after the end of an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena last Monday killing 22 fans and injuring many others. This news shocked the entire music industry, especially as everyone knows how young Ariana Grande's audience is. But as many other musicians and artists have said since the attack, you shouldn't let events like these put you off going to gigs; whether that be at your local pub or at an arena sized venue. Of course please be safe and stay with your friends at gigs, but nights like these are meant to be enjoyed and no one can take that away from the artists and the fans #OneLoveManchester











Sunday, 14 May 2017

WHAT WOULD WILLSON WEAR: Bape X Stussy

Hiya my peaches, it's been a while since I've posted due to the fact of A-Levels and pure laziness. Today I've got a quick little ootd that I'm living for atm. This Saturday I had a bit of time to kill before work in Cambridge and I remembered that there was a vintage fair on at The Guildhall. Underestimating how big the fair was, I had about 15 minutes and was determined to find a worldie of a piece. I managed to power browse through the whole thing and it was only at the last stall I found this A Bathing Ape X Stussy T-shirt. 


Admittedly it is literally a dress on me however I'm a sucker for oversized everything. I paired the shirt with a pair of denim cutoff shorts and fishnets which I predict is going to my my summer uniform this year. I wore my black stack platform boots to give me that much needed extra height and to also make my legs look a bit more toned (been to a gym once, never again). For accessories I opted for a pair of girly bright pink aviators to add a little pop of colour, a pair of gold hoops with little palm trees to get in the spirit of summer, a black choker and a long necklace with a Mickey Mouse hand pendant which is always a great conversation starter/emergency insult. 

T-Shirt - A Bathing Ape X Stussy
Shorts - Topshop
Fishnets - Next
Boots - NewLook
Sunglasses - Tiger
Earrings - Primark
Choker - Hand-me-down
Necklace - Drop Dead




Also my cat wanted to join in half way #CarbonKitty




Friday, 21 April 2017

Absolute Bangers - APRIL

Hiya Lads we're back with another Absolute Bangers. At the end of last month I went to see one of my all time favourite bands Superfood at The Dome in Tufnell Park. I literally decided on the day of the gig that I was going to go as a friend of a friend had a spare ticket to this sold-out night on the Dirty Hit Tour. The atmosphere was great and the crowd were so nice which really affects the whole night of a gig. I also ended up bumping into Stan from Deep City who I saw last week at The Portland Arms in at a Girls Against gig. My gal Saff organised this charity event in aid of the charity Girls Against which raises awareness about sexual harassment at concerts and music venues. Other bands in the line up were General Waste, Lemondaze, Ugly and Wax Colour. As much of a great night it was, I was rather sad to find out my favourite jacket had been taken which resulted in a online Jacket Search Party and was found a few days later (the internet is an amazing thing). 


Image result for staycations bandOphelia - Staycations

Staycations played at last weeks Fiver night and the Cambridge Junction on the same night as Girls Against so I'm gutted I missed them especially as I'm loving their latest single. This five piece are soulful, ambient and infectious as fuck. Comparing to the likes of Gengahr and Jaws, Ophelia's got this mid 2000s indie vibe and has been on my repeat all week.




Links: Soundcloud
            Instagram
            Twitter    

Dates: 
26th April - Fiddlers Elbow, London
17th June - Burwell Carnival, Burwell
8th July - Parkers Piece, Cambridge
23rd September - Cambridge Corn Ex, Cambridge



Double Dutch - Superfood

I have to admit when I was on the train to London for the superfood gig, I hadn't actually heard their latest track until then. After hearing Double Dutch I was thrilled that they still had their pure-summer-acid-trip aura about them. The track jumps around key signatures over samples and airy guitars n mellows basses, refining their 'drifting/melodic indie sound'. I must note that these are probably one of the best bands I've seen live (I'm little biased as i adore the fact they have a female bassist) but also their security were so lax about everybody getting on stage with them during the encore (and I mean EVERYBODY).

Links: Dirty Hit
            Twitter
            Instagram    

Dates: 
30th April - Leicester
21st July - Steventon
26th August - Reading Festival
27th August - Leeds Festival




Die Verskoning (The Apology) - Ugly

Ugly were alongside the lineup for the Girls Against gig and released the music video for the track Die Verskonig earlier this month. Their low-fidelity, psychedelic rhythms remind me of an old Mac Demarco album or a soundtrack of a Richard Linklater film. The track is one of those songs that you can't help but sway to, probably because of the jangly guitar riffs merged with low, hypnotic vocals from Sam. 

Links: Soundcloud
           Twitter
           Instagram








Nevermind The End - Tei Shi (Saint Pepsi Remix)

Originally from Argentina now living in brooklyn, Tei Shi creates artsy indie-pop with conceptual, poetic lyrics. The original track is very experimental and synthy, yet Saint Pepsi's (now Skylar Spence) remix strips it right back and brings forward the airy vocals in a liquid-slow-jam. He uses a completely different approach of timbre with an almost 80s vibe which I get from most of his remixes and original tracks. Whenever I'm in need of a great remix, Skylar Spence always delivers. 




Links: Soundcloud
            Instagram 
            BandCamp (Keats Collective)
            Twitter


Sunday, 16 April 2017

WHAT WOULD WILLSON WEAR: V&A


Hiya my peaches. The other day me and Muma Willson decided we were in need of a mini road trip. I've been meaning to check out the fashion exhibitions at The Victoria and Albert Museum for ages now so this trip was well overdue. Long days in London tend to tire me out completely so I wanted to ensure that I was gonna be comfy all day and be able to face any potential weather predicaments. 
The main center piece of this outfit has to be this gorgeous Kofia hat I got from a second hand store. Traditionally worn by men in East Africa for informal occasions, I decided to give it a contemporary twist. As this hat has such a loud print, I kept the rest of the outfit pretty simple with black skinny jeans and a sweatshirt that picked out one of the many colours. For additional accessories I pinned on a couple of badges to add a bit of dimension, wore a little black cord choker with a silver moon pendant and my favourite pair of hoop earrings that have a cute paisley design. For shoes I went back to basics with a pair of all black converse.  
Hat - Second Hand
Sweatshirt - Manchester Thrift Shop
Jeans - Topshop
Badges - V&A Gift Shop
Earrings - Muma Willson's
Choker - Jemporium Vintage
Shoes - Converse





Saturday, 8 April 2017

GET READY WITH ME - Show Week Edition



Hiya lads, this week I've been in a show with Spotlight Productions, doing one of my all time favourite musicals Legally Blonde! This is a little vlog of my typical day during show week, hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

VIOLET FLARES LOOKBOOK @ Cambridge Band Competition Heat Three



 Hiya me lovelies, so this Sunday just gone my band and I competed in the third heat of The Cambridge Band Competition. This was a huuuuge deal for us as it was our first time gigging in Cambridge. I've wanted to do a band lookbook for a while now as we all have our own individual styles, but have a little bit of coordination of looking like a band. We aim to be as comfy and maneuverable as possibly on stage, yet still having our performance aesthetic. 

Olivia 

Our lead guitarist Liv normally takes center mic on stage, so it's important for her to have an outfit that's going to draw and keep the attention of the crowd central. She layered a funky printed babydoll dress over a long sleeve mesh body suit, and paired them with some black tights and black brogues. I love how the mesh looks with the black and red leopard print as it gives it effortless soft grunge appeal. We normally opt for flat shoes on stage purely because we're jumping about and it's never easy balancing with a guitar and stilettos. 
Mesh bodysuit - Missguided
Dress - ASOS
Shoes -  Vintage
Headband -  Amazon







 Lucille


Luc who plays rhythm guitar has a never ending collection of cool, wacky t-shirts and this is a perfect one from the mix. This shirt gives an unexpected clash of colour with the pastels and the edgy tiger motif yet somehow it just all works perfectly. As a shirt like this makes such a loud statement, she kept the rest of the outfit simple by adding a small black choker, a pair of hoops, black jeans and a pair of old school vans. This outfit has got a great balance of comfort and quirkiness.  

Top - The Ragged Preist 
Jeans - H&M 
Shoes - Vans
Choker - Asos





Katrina

Kat always looks effortlessly cool and mod, usually going for an all black ensemble with little hints of bold colour to add some flare. Luckily for her as a drummer she gets to sit down for an entire set, so she gets a little bit more leeway on practicality of clothing. For her all black look she added texture with a leather moto jacket and a pair of denim shorts with some tights. She went with a bold bright red lip which brings out the accents of the graphic t-shirt, and added a little tattoo style choker and timberland style boots to finish off the look. 
T-shirt - Gap
Shorts - Primark
Jacket - Primark (mens sesction)
Choker - Asos
Shoes - Primark



Amy (das me)


Bassists tend to have the stereotype of being the moody, reserved members in a band. However I prefer to channel a more vibrant vibe when on stage. My go to gig outfit is anything that has mesh/net in it as I love how it looks under the lights. I layered this red string mesh vest over a high neck black top, jeans and some converse.
I wore this vintage jacket over it as you never know how hot or cold you're gonna be on stage so layering a pieces like these are gonna make so much more bearable. I usually throw my hair up into a messy pony tail as it's keeps it out of my face yet is still able to flip around. 

Mesh vest - Vintage
Black top - New Look
Jeans - Topshop
Jacket - C&A
Shoes - Converse






We've already announce this on all our social media but we made it through to the U18s Cambridge Band Competition Final! It's this Sunday 26th March at The Portland Arms, Cambridge and kicks off around 1;30pm. We'd love to see as many people there as possible and part of the judging is based on crowd cheer, so the more we get there the better! 
Tickets - Under 18s £3
              - Over 18s £5




(Special thanks to Rob and Richard for the sick photos!)