Blink Events: Little Noise Sessions

We had an amazing evening at the Union Chapel. What a stunner of a venue! The occasion was the Little Noise Sessions. This was the 5th year for the week long acoustic festival in aid of Mencap.

The Union Chapel, Islington

The event was expertly hosted by the very glamorous Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley, and we had picked the night when Hurts were playing. We fell in love with them at Camp Bestival– what style, panache and those lyrics! Delicious.

Even though one half of the duo, Adam, had to bow out due to injury, Theo still enchanted us. I have to say that their theatrical streak maybe took a little step to far with the addition of a petulant looking lady seated on stage plucking petals from a few dozen white roses throughout the set, but the charming Theo managed to compensate with his sweet repartee and soaring singing voice.

Hurts play the Little Noise Sessions at the Union Chapel

We had only expected to be treated to night with Hurts and were delighted when we found out that they were to be joined on the bill by a few other acts, for us the most notable of which was the stunning Clare Maguire.

In a few short steps, even before we heard a single note, we had fallen for Clare. Her outfit was stunning. She seemed a wonderful Gothic heroine but also thoroughly modern at the same time. Perhaps a brooding, more introverted version of Florence? Our images don’t really do her justice, but the black lace, peignoir style maxi dress was lined in peachy nude and slashed from hemline to waist and neckline to naval, held in place by a dayglo orange belt. Enough of her look and on to the music- which was spine-tinglingly atmospheric and even more dramatic in the Chapel setting. A new favourite for ‘Blink” and a style icon in the making we think!

Clare Maguire plays the Little Noise Sessions at the Union Chapel

Clare Maguire at the Union Chapel

In this video I think she’s wearing the same frock… Beautiful.

Events: Camp Bestival, 2010!

Our home this weekend was a little tent in a field in the lovely surroundings of Lulworth Castle in Dorset. It wasn’t the peaceful, bucolic setting that this may first seem as about 30,000 others were in tents, tepees, yurts and camper-vans around us. This was the annual expedition to Camp Bestival.

This is truly a festival of joy. Its family friendly vibe means that all attendees- young, even younger, parents, teens, festival old timers, cool cats- all enjoyed the loved up, happy and relaxed feeling. The musical agenda catered to everyone too with an eclectic collection of cutting edge, 80’s revival and even a few hugely popular appearances from Mr Tumble for the festival newbies…

Our highlights included the brilliant Hurts, who were ‘suited and booted’ for the occasion. Ellie Goulding gave a performance which was powerful and enchanting. Madness headlined on Saturday night and the cider fueled crowd loved every second of it. Human League and Bucks Fizz are competing for top spot of unexpected yet brilliant ‘blast from the past’. Friendly Fires wrapped up on Sunday night, followed by one of the most incredible fireworks displays that we have seen for some time.

We have some great style spots to come tomorrow, and even a little Camp Bestival ‘Friday Fun’ to look forward to!

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Lulworth Castle at Camp Bestival

Hurts at Camp Bestival

Bucks Fizz in 'Cocktails and Dreams' Singstar tent

Bucks Fizz- looking mighty fine!

some festival Madness

more festival Madness

and the final variation on festival Madness!

Camp Bestival- the finale