Weekly Watch: Mockingjay Part 1 Trailer

As the next sequel in The Hunger Games films dawns closer, it’s trailer time as the Mockingjay Part 1 trailer is released. The trailer, named ‘The Mockingjay Lives’, features a large amount of drama with the districts going to war with the Capitol.

After breaking out of the games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her fellow tributes, family and friends battle against the Capitol for a better life. However, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) is left behind under the capture of the Capitol and Katniss is determined to set him free.

Mockingjay Part 1 is the third film in the sequel which is based on the series of books by Suzanne Collins.

If the trailer is anything to go by, Mockingjay Part 1 is sure to be a hit with The Hunger Games fans.Although, splitting the book into two films is most likely going to result in part 1 ending with a huge cliffhanger! (If you’ve read the books, this won’t annoy you as much as those who haven’t!)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is to be released in cinemas on November 21st. 

Review: Shrek the Musical

Photo courtesy of the Bristol Post.

Photo courtesy of the Bristol Post.

Shrek the Musical left the West End and headed to Bristol with the green, fun-filled musical. The show embarked on two and a half weeks of shows at the Bristol Hippodrome and wowed the audience with an all-singing and all-dancing musical.

Shrek the Musical is based on the storyline of the Dreamworks animation film, Shrek, with the addition of new songs and wonderful costumes.

Visually, the show was a wonder to the eyes of the audience with numerous set changes each revealing a magical new set. The costumes added to the outstanding appearance of the show with bright coloured and creative outfits.

Photo courtesy of groupleisure.com

Photo courtesy of groupleisure.com

The cast included Dean Chisnall in the lead role of Shrek, Faye Brookes as the beautiful Princess Fiona, Idriss Kargbo as the hilarious Donkey and Gerard Carey as the extremely small Lord Farquaad.

The Dragon was captured perfectly on stage towering above everybody with her ruby skin and mesmerising eyes.

Photo courtesy of ATG Tickets

Photo courtesy of ATG Tickets

Photo courtesy of sheptonmalletjournal.co.uk

Photo courtesy of sheptonmalletjournal.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The popular character, the gingerbread man, was as funny and likeable as in the original film. The gingerbread man was voiced by the fairy and it was brilliant how the gingerbread man well-resembled his animated character.

The musical also featured Princess Fiona as a child who impressed the audience with her brave solo at such a young age.

The highlight of the show was the finale of the show where the cast sang ‘I’m a Believer’ which is the fun-loving song that features at the end of the film.

Shrek the Musical is undoubtedly cheesy but if  you like the film, you’ll love the musical as it brings the story to life on the stage.

Shrek the Musical is the perfect theatre trip for the whole family with both children and adults enjoying the show. The tour now continues onto Nottingham, Belfast, Dublin and many other locations across the UK. If Shrek’s coming to a town near you, be sure not to miss it!

Weekly Watch: Friends Reunited

The leading ladies of the popular US TV show, Friends, were reunited on Jimmy Kimmel Live! During Jennifer Aniston’s appearance on the talk show Kimmel asked her to act out a scene from Friends with him which resulted in Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox joining the reenactment.

Jimmy Kimmel Live created their very own replica Friends kitchen where they acted out the scene. Jimmy Kimmel starred as Ross and the ladies starred as their characters from the show.

The beginning of Friends is about to reach it’s 20th anniversary and has been over 10 years since the sitcom ended but remains extremely popular.

The Friends cast very rarely make joint TV performances so check out this treat!

Review: Reading Festival 2014

Photo Courtesy of Ticketmaster

Photo Courtesy of Ticketmaster Blog

The line-up for Reading Festival 2014 was pretty impressive which resulted in a fully sold-out festival. If you’ve ever been to a festival you know you’ll have an amazing time by listening to some of your favourite music, meeting new people, having campfires and discovering new talents. Here’s a look at the music across the stages throughout the weekend:

Headliners

Friday night made history with the festival’s first co-headline sets from Paramore and Queens of the Stone Age. Paramore took to the stage first and wowed the audience with music from all four of their studio albums. The band put on an energetic performance with lots of confetti and flashing lights. Paramore faced a technical problem when the sound cut out during their set. This led to the magical moment of Hayley Williams singing ‘The Only Exception’ a cappella with the audience. The technical issue turned out to create the most unforgettable memory for the audience and the band with Hayley exclaiming “Oh my gosh, I’m never going to forget this”.

Queens of the Stone Age closed Friday night with lots of lasers and classic rock songs. The band played an amazing set but it felt like the connection with the audience was missing.

Arctic Monkeys headlined Saturday night and gathered possibly one of Reading Festival’s biggest crowds in history. The crowd went crazy for their old classics such as ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ and ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ but also went mad for the more recent songs from the number 1 album, AM. You can watch the band finish their set with ‘R U Mine?’ below:

Sunday night saw Blink-182 bring the festival to an end and had the crowd singing and dancing along. However, the American pop-punk band did not sound brilliant and were out of tune at times. This did not affect the audience who loved every minute of their performance and the show had a great atmosphere. Blink-182’s set was certainly fun and they had the audience laughing at their jokes.

Main Stage Acts

Jake Bugg played the main stage before Arctic Monkeys on Saturday night. He put on a remarkable performance as the sun set on Reading Festival. Bugg played many of his popular songs such as ‘Two Fingers’, ‘Me and You’ and ‘Lightning Bolt’.

You Me At Six played an energetic show on Sunday afternoon as they played songs from various albums. They welcomed Alex from All Time Low on stage to sing ‘Fresh Start Fever’ with them and to announce their UK co-headline tour taking place in February. The band as always were very grateful to play to such a large crowd on the main stage.

A Day To Remember played a brilliant rock show on Sunday performing many of their top hits including ‘The Downfall of Us’, ‘All Signs Point to Lauderdale’ and an acoustic version of ‘If It Means A Lot To You’. Lead singer, Jeremy McKinnon, got into a giant hamster ball and crowd-surfed during one of the songs in the middle of the set. Watch Jeremy in the giant hamster ball below:

NME/BBC Radio 1 

Lead singer of My Chemical Romance, Gerard Way, made his debut solo performance on the NME/BBC Radio 1 Friday morning. A huge crowd formed for his debut performance, most likely hoping for a few MCR songs which never got played. The frontman play a great set on his own but all the songs were new and unknown so the audience weren’t able to sing along.

Bombay Bicycle Club played an amazing set on Saturday night and had a huge crowd gathered with the tent overflowing. The band welcomed Lucy Rose on stage to sing ‘Lights Out’ and ‘Wherever, Whenever’ and Rae Morris joined them on stage to sing ‘Luna’. Bombay Bicycle Club were magical as they lit up the tent with bright colours and amazing sounds. I’m sure it won’t be long before the band play the main stage.

Smaller Stages

Hudson Taylor played the Festival Republic Stage on Friday afternoon and played an amazing set to an overflowing tent. Hudson Taylor are a folk-pop band formed by two brothers from Ireland, who have built their fan base from posting videos on YouTube. The band had a large crowd come to watch them perform which is impressive considering they are yet to release their debut album. The band also made their first UK TV debut during the festival which you can watch below:

American rock band, Mayday Parade, took to the Festival Republic Stage on Sunday night and put on a great performance of their biggest hits, including ‘Jersey’, ‘Jamie All Over’ and ‘Three Cheers for Five Years’.. The band’s fans were there in force with the audience singing along with every word. The only downfall of the set was that it was not long enough to play all the songs the crowd wanted to hear.

Alternative Stage

The alternative stage offered entertainment away from the music with many comedians performing stand-up comedy.

Bill Bailey was hilarious and incorporated music into his comedy on Friday afternoon. The comedian, who is best known for his role in Black Books, had the audience in stitches as he told jokes and played variations of songs, such as singing Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’ in German and Lady Gaga’s ‘Poker Face’ in a West Country accent. The Alternative Stage tent was rammed full with people laughing.

Bill Bailey. Photo courtesy of Viagogo.

Bill Bailey. Photo courtesy of Viagogo.

Seann Walsh. Photo courtesy of Reading Festival.

Seann Walsh. Photo courtesy of Reading Festival.

Seann Walsh took to the stage on Sunday and put on a humorous show about living with his girlfriend. The stand-up comedy was relatable to the audience with many people laughing and nodding in agreement. Seann Walsh made his first comedy performance in 2007 and went on to win Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year within two years.

Reading 2014 was a remarkable year for the festival and will be tough to top in 2015!

Who to watch at Reading Festival 2014?

At a festival there’s always a huge line-up and trying to decide who to watch can be difficult. I’ve come up with some suggestions of who’s not to be missed. The festival is sold out and there’s only a week to go so it’s time to get planning your lineup.

Main Stage

The main stage has some amazing acts this year and the 2014 headliners are pretty impressive. There’s even an extra headliner on Friday night when Paramore and Queens of the Stone Age co-headline, Arctic Monkeys will rock the stage on Saturday and Blink-182 will take you back to your youth on Sunday.

Arctic Monkeys are sure to play a number of hits from their most recent and number 1 album ”AM’ but hopefully they’ll play some of their classics too.

Blink-182 is sure to be pop-punk fun, a chance for sing-a-long and will take you back to your childhood.

On Friday, Blood Red Shoes are definitely worth watching after they played a great set at the festival in 2012. Vampire Weekend are bound to put on a fantastic show as they return to the festival for the first time since 2009.

Foster the People and  The Hives both play the main stage on Saturday after putting on a hell of a show on the NME/BBC Radio 1 stage in 2012. The atmosphere in the tent was electric and the crowd was wild. You can check out Foster the People’s closing their set with ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ below.

Jake Bugg is set to play before Arctic Monkeys on Saturday night. Even though he may not be bursting with personality, Bugg does make great music which he performs amazingly live.

On Sunday Papa Roach will blast their rock hits and ‘Last Resort’ is certain to make the crowd go wild. You Me At Six also take to the stage for some lighter rock and they always put on a tremendous show.

The main stage features many huge acts throughout the weekend and you could easily stay at the stage all weekend but make sure you explore some of the smaller stages at the festival.

NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage

On Friday, My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way will make his global debut as a solo act so that may be one to check out if you’re a MCR fan. There’s not many clues of what to expect from his performance but he’s always been one to give 100% on stage. You can check out his new solo single below.

Saturday night will see Bombay Bicycle Club take to the tent and they will light up the tent with their feel-good vibe.

The 1975 and The Horrors play the stage on Sunday night and they should bring an awesome indie-vibe to the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage.

Other Stages

The Festival Republic stage has some great acts on Friday with Palma Violets headlining the stage. If you’re a fan of indie-rock then they are not to be missed.

Jimmy Eat World are playing an additional set on the Lock Up Stage on Friday night (as well as playing the main stage) so you have two opportunities to catch them and sing along to ‘The Middle’.

Folk-pop band, Hudson Taylor, also play the Festival Republic stage on Friday. The Irish duo resemble the likes of Mumford and Sons and have supported Jake Bugg. Have a listen to ‘Care’ below because they’re certain to put on a great show.

If you’re looking for something heavier, then The Pit on Saturday is the stage for you. Catch Of Mice & Men headline and cause some mosh pits.

On Sunday, American rock band, Mayday Parade play the Festival Republic stage where they’ll play their number of hits.

The Alternative Stage has some great comedians over the weekend, such as Milton Jones on Friday, Katherine Ryan on Saturday and Seann Walsh on Sunday. If you need a break from the music, go get some laughs at the Alternative Stage.

Surprise Act?

There is reportedly going to be a surprise performance at this year’s Reading festival from an “arena sized band”, according to NME.

In 2012, Green Day performed a surprise set on the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage and it was amazing. If there is a secret set by an act this year then it’s sure to not be missed.

Listen out for any rumours when you’re at the festival because there’s bound to be some clues. You’re not going to want to miss out on the surprise!

If you don’t have a ticket, don’t worry because you can catch all the best action on BBC Three and Radio 1. If you are going, I hope you have the best time ever! Keep your eyes peeled for our review the week following the festival.

Russell Howard at Bristol Zoo

Russell Howard in the limelight. Photo courtesy of digitalspy.co.uk

Russell Howard in the limelight. Photo courtesy of digitalspy.co.uk

Stand-up comedian, Russell Howard, took to the stage at Bristol Zoo Gardens on Saturday Night. He put on a hilarious performance and the show was worth every penny.

The zoo is not a conventional venue for stand-up comedy but it certainly was a good one with ticket holders having the opportunity to visit the animals beforehand. The unique night was named ‘Giggle for Gorillas’ in aid of raising money for Gorilla conservation.

Russell Howard is a stand-up comedian from Bristol who is well known for his TV show ‘Russell Howard’s Good News‘ and his many appearances on ‘Mock the Week‘.

The night was held together by Mark Olver who had the audience laughing throughout as he filled the gaps between the stand-up acts. Olver is well-known as a television warm-up act and has worked on many shows including Bristol’s very own Deal or No Deal, 8 out of 10 Cats, Vicar of Dibley and Jonathan Ross. He bounced off the audience’s energy and had every person hysterically laughing.

Howard was joined by a variety of comedic guests including Steve Williams, comedian and fellow writer of ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’. The welsh funny-man made jokes the audience could relate to about everyday life and his home town of Newport.

Steve Hall also joined the line-up with a focus on his childhood and a slideshow to accompany him. Hall was hilarious and had the audience giggling away.

George Rigden also took to the stage with his guitar and jokes. He began with a comedic song, told some jokes in the middle and even attempted to woo a lady in the audience by singing her a funny love song.

When it was Russell Howard’s time to headline, the audience went wild and he did not disappoint by having the audience laughing until they cried. A large focus of the comedy was on his family including pulling pranks on his Mum, his younger brother running round Naked as a child and going on holiday with his mum.

Russell is clearly a down to earth man who has a love for his home town of Bristol and his family. He was hilarious and lived up to his witty appearance on TV.

Howard returned to the stage for an encore which resulted in unrehearsed jokes with the audience. Mark Olver jumped into the crowd with a microphone so the banter could be heard by all. It was a great way to finish the show and really involved the audience.

Russell Howard is about to embark on four sold-out nights at the Bristol Hippodrome and Bristol Zoo Gardens was the perfect place to warm-up for his Bristol shows. If you’re lucky enough to have a ticket, you are in for a funny treat!

Weekly Watch: Ed Sheeran Releases Music Video for ‘Don’t’

This week’s watch is of the new music video released from Ed Sheeran. The talented singer-songwriter has uploaded the video for ‘Don’t’, his next single from the number 1 album ‘X’.

The song is catchy, it will have you dancing and singing away and is the perfect choice to release as a single.

The video focuses on a talented dancer that break-dances through a variety of houses and outfits, from poor to rich. It could be a sign of Ed’s rise to fame throughout his music career so far.

The music video uses sound effects to fit in with the action on-screen. The dancer jumps in a pool and the water becomes muffled which really adds something special to the video.

Although, the video does not focus on Ed Sheeran, he does make a few appearances throughout! See how many times you can spot him and enjoy the new video.