Music

Edinburgh in “One day”

This weekend me and one of my friends went to Edinburgh for a concert. Since we arrived late Friday night and left early Sunday morning we didn’t have much time on our hands for other activities. In other words; We had to plan our day well..

We skipped breakfast at our hotel and decided to find some local place to get ourselves a decent meal at. We chose a full Scottish breakfast at a pub, which included the all famous delicacy of haggis. This was my first time trying it, or at least I think so. It actually just looks like any sausage, and it didn’t really taste as funny as I thought it would. You could have fooled any kid to eat it…

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Since both me and my friend loves castles and history we went up to the Edinburgh Castle, which  is the most famous landmark in the city and a must to see! You also get a lovely view of the city from up there. I’ve already been in Edinburgh twice earlier, but I have never been inside the castle, so that was a first for me. It’s really recommended! For £16 you get to see a lot of history in one place, exhibitions, museums and the all famous crown jewels (Honours).

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After the visit to the castle we still had some time before the concert. Since we both also love the Harry Potter series and J. K. Rowling we went up to Greyfriars in Old Town to check out The Elephant House (pub) were she wrote much of her early work. We also visited Greyfriars Kirkyard, which is the inspiration to were Voldemort grave was placed. There’s actually a real Tom Riddell buried there. Harry Potter fans visits his grave every Halloween to honor the series.

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edin7The grave of Tom Riddell (Note, not “Tom Riddle”)

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For dinner we had Italian food at a lovely autenthic Italian restaurant. I had bruschetta for starters, then a lovely pasta meal with mussels, scampi and calamari (squid). After that it was all about the concert. The band playing was Busted, which was my favourite band as a young teen.. It’s quite nostalgic to finally be able to see them live, since it was a dream of the 13 year old me!

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As you can see it’s possible to have a copious experience even if you are short on time. Don’t think you always need a week or two to travel and experience…

BUSTED in Scotland

This weekend me and my friend Karoline went to Glasgow to see one of the Busted reunion concerts. I can’t believe it’s been 12 years since we were UBER fans! I felt like a 14 year old girl again for 1.5 hours, when the band played all of their classics. They had even made some new ones, which I hope will be released soon!

Before the concert we had a day in Aberdeen, since it was easier (and cheaper) getting to the airport there. We stayed at Jury’s Inn, which is a decent hotel inside the Union Square shopping centre. Since we were only in town for a day it was nice to have everything around is. Especially YO! Sushi. I have never tried eating sushi from a traditional Japanese ‘kaiten’conveyor belt before. And I have also never spent £24 on sushi before. It’s highly recommended though!

After eating lunch we went out for a small stroll in town. It’s almost completely made in granite. Even though I prefer colors, the granite gives the town a very authentic feel to it. We passed by a church with a beautiful graveyard. I took a picture of a headless statue that I think looked both creepy and interesting.

Like always, we visited Primark to do some shopping. Filling up our bags with geeky pieces of clothing! I simply love the Cherry Coke t-shirt! I have been looking for a nice Coca Cola tee for some time now. Outside one of the shopping centres we also met a group of cosplayers collecting money for charity.

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… also look at this fun Star Wars cake from a shop window. Something for geeky weddings!

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This weekend didn’t bring too much sleep, as we had to wake up around 5.30 to catch our 3 hour bus to Glasgow. We travelled with a company called Megabus which was decent enough. Because we were tired, we were able to kill some time by sleeping. The bus also had WIFI, and I had a bag of Skittles.. No complaints.

Because we arrived early in Glasgow we also had some time to explore there as well. We were a bit tired though, so we ended up eating some lunch, checking out a unique backyard, then went back to the hotel for a 3 hour long rest. We wanted to be well rested before the concert started, so no big sightseeing this time. I were able to take a few pictures though.

… some street art. The less artistic kind.

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The Busted concert was at SSE Hydro. We stayed at Premier inn, which was on the other side of the river from the arena. A rather short walk luckily. The arena was huge, but even though our seats were far in the back I felt like we got a great experience. We also bought some tour tees. Even though all songs were some kind of highlight, I think the song we yelled loudest to were definately “Year 3000”.

Warming up for the band was Wheatus (with “Teenage Dirtbag” and a woman called Emma Blackery (that I honestly haven’t heard about before).

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Back in the Fields – Rock Festival

For de som foretrekker en litt råere type musikk, så kan det virkelig anbefales å besøke festivalen “Back in the Fields” på Flatholmen i Ålesund. Årets festival gikk av stabelen helgen som var, 8. og 9. august, og bad på et heidundrende liv. Hovedtrekkeplasteret var selvsagt Black Star Riders, bestående av tidligere Thin Lizzy medlemmer. Undertegnende var også der for å få med seg Valentourettes, som ALDRI skuffer!

Fredag var det duket for Jokke-show, med Valentourettes. De hadde selvsagt med seg hele repertoaret av godlåter, med “Sola skinner” helt til slutt. Tidenes sommerlåt! Andre artister som er verdt å nevne denne dagen er vesle Odin på 12 år, som spiller som en gud på el-gitar, i tillegg til Stage Dolls som bad på mange klassikere. De fikk med seg store deler av publikum for å si det på den måten.

Øvrige artister denne kvelden var Little Big, Iron Maiden tribute og Define Sanity.

Om ikke fredagen var rå, så var lørdagen ENDA råere. Høydepunktet var selvsagt Black Star Riders, som ikke skuffet og slo til med flere Thin Lizzy-slagere. “Jailbreak” er selvsagt en favoritt der, og selv har jeg nynnet på låta i hele dag. Andre band jeg lot meg merke til var bandet Drusar, som slo til med fete låter på nynorsk, og en energisk vokal i bar overkropp. Sier ikke nei takk til det! Wasteland-Rocks, med en fantastisk kvinnelig vokal (Linda), var et annet band jeg plukket opp, og som jeg definitivt kommer til å sjekke ut videre.

Øvrige artister denne kvelden var Hellhikers, Conspectus, The Carburetors, Slegest og Norse Superband.

Håper enda flere tar turen neste år, da man her er sikret en uforglemmelig kveld. Rocken lever heldigvis enda i beste velgående, og er en trøst for oss som ikke er fullt så glad i denne nye data-sjangeren..

Slenger ved noen usle mobilbilder fra helgen..

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Jan Tore Befring fra Drusar.

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Scott Gorham fra Black Star Riders/Thin Lizzy.

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Hurtigmaleren Vegard malte bilder av Thin Lizzys tidligere vokalist, Phil Lynott, lørdag. Fredag malte han Stage Dolls..

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Wasteland Rocks, med Linda Eidset i front.

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Better Baarli fra Valentourettes. Fikk forøvrig tak i et av hans private plektere!

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Tarjei Foshaug, vokalist i Valentourettes.

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Undertegnede koser seg med Black Star Riders.

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Black Star Riders.

Ålesunds tøffeste..

Midt i gågata i Ålesund, ligger en liten gullgruve av en butikk: Serieantikvariatet. Her selges det tegneserier, vinyl (min favoritt), bøker, filmer, cd-er og plakater, i sjarmerende second-hand/vintage. Daglig leder, Oskar Garnes, har rett og slett skaffet seg en IMPONERENDE samling. Rett og slett et sted å besøke for de som er litt lei av å bare tusle rundt i de samme merkebutikkene.

Det er flott at vi har fått en slik butikk også hit til byen. En butikk hvor man man føler seg “hjemme”. Lokalene har en god atmosfære og trivelige ansatte, som hjelper deg med hva det skulle være.

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Dagens fangst ble 3 nye vinyler, med Queen, Billy Idol og ikke minst THE CLASH (endelig).

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Butikken har også egen netthandel på sine hjemmesider, for de som bor litt lengre unna.
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Den oppdateres jevnlig her.

Top 10 Christmas tunes

Just like everyone else I have my personal favourite Christmas songs. For me it’s mostly been about up-tempo songs and what I see as “happy songs”. My personal favourite is Darlene Love’s “All alone on Christmas”, which I think is a lovely retro tune. This song can be heard in both Home Alone 2 and Love Actually.

1. Darlene Love – All alone on Christmas

2. Wham – Last Christmas
3. U2 – Christmas (Baby please come home)
4. Ramones – Merry Christmas (I don’t want to fight tonight)
5. Mariah Carey – All I want for Christmas
7. Wizzard – I wish it could be Christmas everyday
7. Queen – Thank God it’s Christmas
8. The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick
9. Band Aid – Do they know it’s Christmas
10. Britney Spears – My only wish this year

What are your favourites?

P!NK, I’ve missed you!

Noen liker Bieber. Jeg liker kvalitet.

I går var jeg så heldig å få muligheten til å dra på Pink-konsert på O2 arena, noe jeg har hatt lyst til siden jeg var fjortiss. Konserten var rett og slett magisk, med et av de stiligste sceneshowene jeg har sett noen gang! Pink synger også fantastisk rent, samtidig som hun flyr over publikum og leker seg i en trapes.

Some likes Bieber, I like quality.

Yesterday I was lucky to be able to go to a Pink-concert at O2 arena, something I’ve wanted since I was a teenager. The concert was magical, with one of the most amazing stage shows I’ve seen in my life. Pink also has a wonderful voice, and she sings while she fly over the audience and plays around in a trapeze.

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The Darkness concert

Noe det har blitt alt for lite av her i London er konserter. Bortsett fra Florence + the Machines før jul har det vært stille på den musikalske fronten (forutenom teater/musikaler), så det var deilig når billetten til The Darkness kunne veksles inn i en FANTASTISK konsertopplevelse på Apollo (i Hammersmith). Justin Hawkins (vokal) er energisk til de grader og har en helt fantastisk stemme. Man skulle trodd at å hoppe rundt eller stå på hodet ville gjøre ham andpusten i løpet av kvelden, men neida! Resten av bandet gjør en formidabel innsats på instrumentene sine, noe som resulterer i den perfekte konsertopplevelse. Mine favorittopptredener er “Growing on me”, “Nothing’s gonna stop us”, “I believe in a thing called love”, “One way ticket to hell” og “Friday Night”.

Something I wish I had been doing more of in London is going to concerts. Besides Florence + the Machines before christmas it has been quiet on the concert front. Therefore it was great when I could show my ticket at Apollo Hammersmith and get one of the best concert experiences ever. Justin Hawkins is so energic and has a fantastic voice. One should think that after jumping around on stage and standing upside down would make him tired, but NO! The rest of the band does a great job on their instruments, that result in the perfect concert. My favourite songs that night was “Growing on me”, “Nothing’s gonna stop us”, “I believe in a thing called love”, “One Way ticket to hell” and “Friday Night”

Apollo in Hammersmith, where they air the show "Apollo live" from.

Apollo in Hammersmith, where they air the show “Apollo live” from.

Light is half of the show sometimes!

Light is half of the show sometimes!

The band! Amazing!

The band! Amazing!