The Addams Family Musical

I am currently lying in my bed, trying not to feel guilty about it because it’s Sunday, still suffering from Friday night when I went to see The Addams Family Musical (followed by a big night out) as my birthday present from one of my friends.

Since then I have been hungover singing the songs, thinking about the performance and what it must be like to perform in a professional touring show like that.

The opening number of the show “The Addams Family Theme” was an amazing number and the choreography was awesome. I immediately thought that the casting of Cameron Blakely as Gomez and Samantha Womack as Morticia was spot on. I’ve linked to a video of the opening number with the current cast

I loved the story that was chosen for this musical, Wednesday’s sort of coming of age story which I don’t think has really been told before. Songs like “Crazier Than You” and “Pulled” are absolute classics and Carrie Fletcher’s (who played Wednesday and who I’ve watched on youtube since about 2012) voice was so strong and clear. It was amazing to be sat in the audience watching.

Going to see things at the theatre is not something I do often. I went to see Wicked in London a couple of years ago and going to see The Addams Family in Glasgow is the only thing I’ve seen since, however, I’ve decided I definitely want to go to more shows like this. The rush it gave me was amazing. I spend a fair bit of money on going to music concerts and the feeling I had when leaving the show on Friday night was the same feeling I have when I leave a particularly good concert (such as Lorde who I saw recently, but that’s for another time).

Actually seeing this show live took me back to when I used to take drama classes. I tried to imagine what it must be like to have thousands watching you every single night. I can’t even imagine the nerves of standing in the wings waiting to begin a show, I’m not sure if I could cope with that. I did a few shows with my drama group but only to an audience of friends and family. I remember one time I had a costume change where I had to put a shirt on and button it up in the space of like one minute and I didn’t quite get it done so you could still see my red t-shirt underneath when I went on stage. I don’t think anyone really noticed or cared but it was enough to nearly send me into full on panic. I also remember one time I was doing a short performance from a section of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie with a few other young girls and we got on stage, the lights went up and one of the girls (who was to start the whole piece off) muttered under her breath “I can’t remember my lines”. Luckily after a few seconds of sheer panic she remembered them and began, but what if that were to happen on stage at an actual theatre?! Obviously these actors/actresses are professionals and have done it hundreds of times but there’s nothing preventing somebody from just having a mind blank one day.

Anyway enough of my rambling because none of that happened, the show went flawlessly and I left feeling exhilarated and wishing I could go again the next night (until I woke up with my hangover).

Until next time,

J x


July Music Favourites!

Again this is slightly on the late side so sorry about that but this is a round up of what I’ve been listening to recently 🙂 I have to admit that over the past month I’ve been listening to slightly less music. I’m not really sure why that is but it might be to do with work and other commitments like trying to watch Game of Thrones right from the beginning 🙂


Ariana Grande – Sometimes

To be honest I’ve been listening to all the songs on Dangerous Woman. Ever since the Ariana’s massive charity concert in Manchester following the terror attack at her concert I’ve had a newfound respect for her as a person, and that seems to have affected me love of her music. She’s the queen of pop at the moment and every time she releases a single it’s a hit. Sometimes wasn’t released as a single but to me its one of the standout tracks on the album. Right from the get go with the “la la la” vocals (by an unknown person) I was interested to see where the track would go. It was something a little bit different, and more mellow, compared to the other big tracks on the album. Instead of being a cynical ballad about a failed love or a high paced hit chronicling flirtation and sexual tension, this song is unashamedly optimistic and is about a love that lasts. Sometimes it’s nice to listen to something like that 🙂

Tom Odell – Wrong Crowd

On a different note Wrong Crowd by Tom Odell is decidedly melancholic. It reflects on a turbulent childhood, failed relationship and essentially an inner turmoil that results in both a mentally and physically unhealthy lifestyle. The whistling and melody at the start of the song is what really captivated me (much like Sometimes) but Tom Odell’s effortless, understated vocals are what really carries the song and adds depth to his, already emotional, lyrics.

Twin Atlantic – No Sleep

I listened to Twin Atlantic a fair amount in July in the lead up to Belladrum Festival (which my last post is about, click here to read). They’re a Scottish rock band (with very noticeable accents) and are really pretty popular up here. I’m not sure of their success outside of Scotland but every time I’ve seen them here the venues have been packed out. No Sleep is my favourite song from their album GLA because of the roaring chorus. It feels quite epic, particularly when performed live. There is no getting away from the cringey lyric “I take pills and I drink alcohol”, I mean way to be subtle about it. Other than that though, I like this song very much.

Oasis – Don’t Look Back in Anger

Ever since I watched the documentary Supersonic about Oasis’ career and the… difficult relationship between Noel and Liam Gallagher I’ve been listening to Oasis a lot more. This was heightened when I began following Liam on twitter, I think I followed Noel as well but let’s be real Liam’s twitter is far more entertaining. Liam’s nickname ‘Potato’ for Noel ‘because he looks like a potato’ is pretty much perfectly catered to my sense of humour and I’m trying hard not to laugh writing this. Other than making me laugh these two have created some classic hits over the years. Despite Wonderwall probably being their most referenced hit I’ve been listening to Don’t Look Back in Anger and Rock n Roll Star a lot recently. Liam’s rendition of Rock n Roll Star at Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester concert was the most exciting part of the evening for me and, as per usual, his percussionist skills were impeccable (tambourine AND maracas).

Niall Horan – Slow Hands – wasn’t a fan of other song

I didn’t really have high hopes for Niall Horan’s solo career, probably because he always faded into the background of One Direction somewhat (at least from my perspective). When he released his first single This Town I wasn’t blown away. I found it quite forgettable and didn’t really make much further effort to keep up with his music. Then I heard Slow Hands on the radio once and it got stuck in my head. The guitar riff is catchy and I found myself thinking I had an old rock ballad stuck in my head, only to remember it was actually little Niall. Despite thinking it was “Small Hands” for a few weeks which, in hindsight makes absolutely NO sense and is pretty hilarious, I not have the lyrics right and enjoy this easy listener.

Harry Styles – Sign of the Times

Sign of the Times is just an AMAZING song. I couldn’t have imagined that Harry would release something like this. I firmly believe that he has the strongest career prospects of any of the One Direction leavers. Also after seeing Dunkirk for a second time last night I am massively impressed with not only his vocals and lyrics but has acting skills as well (who knew). I actually think Sign of the Times and Dunkirk have quite a few things in common. Mainly, they’re both understated and rely on the sheer quality of the content they’re based on (in Sign of the Times case, strong chorus lyrics and Harry’s vocals and in Dunkirk the raw, real story being told and the astounding direction). There’s no unnecessary eccentricities to either of these works and, in my opinion, that is the best thing about them.

London Grammar – Strong

I think I’ve spoken about London Grammar before on this blog but that’s because they are unique and brilliant. Hannah Reid’s clear vocals manage to make every song far more thought provoking and memorable than they perhaps would have been. Live, they are touching and a sight to behold. Hannah stands relatively still by her microphone throughout the performance and the boys (Dan and Dominic) do not move around much either. Their concert is a display of pure talent with no need for bells and whistles. I’ve been listening to every song on their album If You Wait but Strong (their most successful single) is the song I always find myself humming in my head and wanting to go back to the most.

I hope you enjoyed having a little peruse of what I’ve been listening to the past month. Please let me know what you’ve been enjoying as well, I’m always looking for recommendations!

Until next time,

J x

TRNSMT Festival

Hey! So in my last post I mentioned that I’d been to a festival recently. I was in Glasgow from the 7th-9th of July for TRNSMT festival with some of my friends! It was really exciting and we all had an amazing time so I thought I’d do a post about it talking about some of my highlights!

We arrived by bus on the first day and rushed back to my friends flat to get ready. When we finally set off for the festival which was at Glasgow Green we were all feeling quite tipsy. We arrived in time for an amazing performance by London Grammar. I think they were probably one of my favourite acts of the weekend. Hannah Reid’s voice is just amazing.

London Grammar amazing performance at TRNSMT festival in Glasgow
So here’s a very far away picture of London Grammar if anybody is interested.

Later on that evening we saw the headline act for that day which was only RADIOHEAD! I was so excited to see them and their performance didn’t disappoint. They played a range of songs from their many many albums including 15 Step and Daydreaming (two of my favourites). They didn’t play Creep though which a lot of people seemed pissed about.

Radiohead vibrant and energetic set at TRNSMT festival in Glasgow
The following day, I’ll admit, I was slightly hungover. Not too hungover to get up and start drinking again by 11am (feel a bit sick thinking about that). Day 2 was by FAR my favourite day. The weather was amazing and to me it had the best line up! We arrived at the park in time for Stormzy’s performance, which we had all been looking forward to. We managed to get right down the front for it and there were a few mosh pits so the energy was insane. Stormzy had great stage presence and just seemed genuinely thrilled to be there which always makes a performance 10x better.

Young people dancing and celebrating in the crowds at TRNSMT festival in Glasgow
Young people chanting and enjoying music at TRNSMT festival in Glasgow
Stormzy lively performance at TRNSMT festival in Glasgow
Saturday was just jam packed full of amazing acts and the next one we saw was The Kooks. I’ve loved The Kooks since I was a child but I never thought I’d see them live so this was a real treat. They played all the hits and one of my personal favourites Seaside. There was just good vibes al round when they were on stage, it was nostalgic in the best way.

After The Kooks George Ezra was on and as much as I like some of George Ezra’s songs we were all ravenous by this point so we made our way to the nearest burger van and got some food. I swear to god that burger I had was the best burger ever, the fact that I’d been drinking since morning definitely had nothing to do with it. A burger, cheesy chips and a pint of cider seemed like the perfect meal for that day…healthy too…

Later on one of my favourite bands ever Catfish and the Bottlemen came on stage. People were throwing blow up crocodiles around and it seemed like everybody there knew all the lyrics. It was amazing, every time they started playing the next song i was excited about what it was going to be! Unfortunately the BBC highlights show didn’t capture this, I tried to watch it when I got home and it cut out halfway through one of their songs? Rude.

Kasabian were the headliners for Saturday night and the whole crowd went mental. It was the perfect end to the night and Sergio Pizzorno was jumping off and on the stage and running along the front of the crowd, everyone loved it. If their hit songs weren’t enough to have the crowd going their stage presence definitely was.

blue smoke flares at TRNSMT festival in Glasgow
On the final day it rained all day so it was out with the clear poncho things.

young people preparing for the rain with waterproof ponchos for TRNSMT festival in Glasgow
We all still had an amazing day though and because it was the last day everyone just went for it (and by that I mean drank way too much). It was my friend’s 21st birthday so we were all over excited.

We joked that Sunday was Scottish day because the headliners were Biffy Clyro and other acts included Twin Atlantic and Lewis Capaldi. The 1975 were a highlight for me that day, however, having never seen them live before I was kind of surprised by their image, I was expecting them to look more like a pop band than they did. We also enjoyed seeing Two Door Cinema Club and spent a bit of time at the Smirnoff House to listen to something a bit different.

There are a host of terrible pictures I could show you of everybody drenched and clutching bottles of echo falls but to preserve the dignity of myself and my friends I won’t. So here’s a nice one from before we went out instead.

young people at TRNSMT festival in Glasgow
The drinks were expensive, the weather was unpredictable but the atmosphere was brilliant. That’s all I’d expect from a festival in Scotland!

Until next time,

J x

June Music Favourites!

I know it’s late and it’s already pretty much halfway through July but I’m here and ready to deliver my music favourites!

Early this month I was at TRNSMT festival (another post on that soon) which was a festival in Glasgow taking place over three days and hosting a LOT of awesome bands. SO what I was listening to in June was influenced quite heavily by this as I knew it was coming up!

Catfish & The Bottlemen – Kathleen

This is my favourite song from their album The Balcony and potentially my favourite song of theirs overall? My main reason for loving this song is the strong chorus. I love the kind of shouting/scratchy vocals from Van McCan and the strong guitars. It sets an rhymically upbeat yet decidedly uncheerful atmosphere when played, and I love it!

My Chemical Romance – Sleep

Before you say it I KNOW this is a blast from the past but I can’t help it and as I say, this list is a representation of what I’ve been listening to the past month, definitely not what’s been released! This song just sounds sinister, the lyrics, the strength and emotion of the vocals and the minor chords throughout. My Chemical Romance were known for being one of the main champions of the “2000’s emo movement” so it’s unsurprising that their lyrics aren’t exactly brimming with positivity. I genuinely think that pretty much every single song of theirs is amazing as it’s own entity, I’ve never heard one and thought “that’s a filler track”.

Miles Cyrus – Malibu

Firstly think this is a lovely, pensive summer song. Unlike something like This Is What You Came For by Calvin Harris, you’d probably listen to this later on in the evening as the suns setting and everyone’s already pretty tipsy. I’m not necessarily the biggest fan of Miley’s country voice but I think the chorus is brilliant and not enhanced when you consider the real life context surrounding the song (Miles Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth’s relationship).

Paramore – Let the Flames Begin

This song is iconic and I go through phases of kind of forgetting about it and then remembering it again. The “oh glory” lyric sounds ominous when sung by Hayley Williams and overall the song is just thrilling to listen to. The fast paced chorus and defiance in the lyrics is basically just super empowering and epic! Paramore can really do no wrong in my eyes and I’m constantly impressed by Hayley Williams’ vocal ability.

Radiohead – Glass Eyes and Lucky

Radiohead were the headline act on the first night of TRNSMT so I’d been listening to them a fair bit in the run up. I’m a big fan of A Moon Shaped Pool and Glass Eyes is my favourite! It’s just so beautiful and dream like, if you’re ever struggling to get to sleep and need a relaxing lullaby like song to listen to, TRY THIS ONE! Lucky is from Ok Computer, perhaps Radiohead’s best known album and Lucky is a melancholy ballad (or at least that’s how I’d describe it, probably not technically correct). Listening to the two one after the other really demonstrates Radiohead’s ability to completely change everything about their sound, and that’s my favourite thing about the band.

Kasabian – Underdog

Kasabian headlined TRNSMT on the second night so I’ve also been listening to them a lot. By far my favourite song is Underdog. I can’t even think of any reasons why I love it other than I just really like the sound of it. It’s an awesome song about defying expectations and sometimes that’s just what a person needs to hear!

The Kooks – (Junk of the Heart) Happy

How lovely is this song? It’s just about really wanting to make someone happy right? If there’s some double meaning to it that I don’t know about that’ll blow my mind. It’s so summery and sounds great on single carriageway roads with the windows rolls down. That’s all I can ask for 🙂

Stormzy – Shut up

This is the kind of angry, defiant song that’s just really great for when you’re in the gym. Whether you’re into this genre of music or not you have to admit, it is energising and empowering. The way Stormzy repeatedly spits the line “shut up” does make me chuckle as well!

Marina and the Diamonds – Valley of the Dolls

Haunting music is Marina Diamandis’ speciality, with songs like Immortal and Savages to back up that statement. Valley of the Dolls is, presumably, inspired by the 1966 novel by Jacqueline Susann of the same name and depicts the feelings of dissatisfaction and constantly yearning for something more, only to be routinely faced with disappointment. A starkly realistic and familiar emotion for many of us but, nonetheless, makes for a beautiful song.

So these were my picks for June, I hope they’re of interest to you. As with last month I have created a Spotify playlist with a few more choice tracks (clearly fancying myself as a bit of a DJ, that was a joke).

June Playlist

Until next time,

J x

May Music Favourites!

I haven’t really ever done a monthly favourites post and I feel like that’s because I don’t want to commit to doing them. I don’t really have enough money to have new favourite makeup items every month and I’m massively a creature of habit. When I put my makeup on I generally reach for the same things most days. So, for lack of a better reason, it’d just be boring for you to read and is probably end up giving up!

One thing I do generally have new favourites of every month is MUSIC! I’m not promising I’ll post this every month but I’ve been inspired by some of the things I’ve listened to this past month and want to talk about them.

Not all of these songs are new but they’re just what I’ve personally been listening to this past month 🙂

Paramore – Hard Times

Paramore are one of my FAVOURITE bands and I really love their unique sound. Their latest album After Laughter does not disappoint in the SLIGHTEST! The intro to Hard Times reminds me of Ain’t it Fun in all the best ways. You can tell it’s Paramore because it doesn’t sound like anybody else! Hayley Williams’ vocals are clear and perfect as usual but what really makes the song is the instruments thy chose to use.

Lorde – Green Light

Green Light is the first single released from Lorde’s upcoming (and much anticipated) second album Melodrama. It starts out sounding quite ominous and familiar to anyone who was a fan of Pure Heroine. I initially thought it was going to turn into something like Glory and Gore, but then that catchy piano riff comes in and we’re hit with an intelligent, thoughtful and almost apocalyptic pop song.

Solange – Don’t Touch My Hair

After the cataclysmic success of Beyonce’s Lemonade in 2016 I think a lot of people were excited for Solange Knowles’ third album. It must be hard being Beyonce’s, probably the most famous pop star of our generation, sister. A Seat at the Table does not disappoint though. Lemonade is one of my favourite albums so it doesn’t quite match up to that for me (it is worth noting that they aren’t really comparable at all in terms of sound) but there are more than a few strong songs on this album. Don’t Touch My Hair showcases Solange’s beautiful voice and also her talent for subtlety.

David Bowie – Blackstar

This is an iconic song and an iconic album. The instruments and layered vocals make for a haunting listen and this is only intensified when considering the context in which it was written. If you like this song I’d highly recommend watching the music video! It’s creepy and sinister and it can be hard not to start thinking about the fact that David Bowie knew he was dying while shooting it, but around the 5:30 mark he flashes a smile at the camera and starts messing about and I found it comforting and it made me think that he had perhaps come to peace with what was happening to him (obviously that’s a lot of speculation but I like to think so).

Luis Fonsi feat Daddy Yankee (Justin Bieber remix) – Despacito 

Who hasn’t been listening to this on repeat the past few weeks? What I really love about it is that it was a breath of fresh air to me. I was happy to hear something that sounded a bit different to what I was used to. Given that it’s a predominantly Spanish song it’s pretty impressive that it reached number 1 in 37 countries! The Justin Bieber remix made it accessible to English speaking listeners but the heavy Spanish influence made it different enough to catch people’s attention.

Zara Larsson – Only You

Oh Zara. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’ve been loving Zara Larsson’s album So Good recently. Only You is my favourite song on the album. Not because of the lyrics particularly but because of the sound. The start of the song sounds to me quite sinister and the chorus an outpouring of emotion. Or you could just focus on the line about masturbation, but I like to think there’s more to it than that 🙂

Drake – Passionfruit and Blem

Aubrey Graham needs no introduction. Find me someone who hasn’t been listening to More Life on repeat this summer? My favourites from the album are Passionfruit, the second single, and Blem. The start of Passionfruit makes me think of driving through a motorway tunnel at night with the orange streetlight coming in the window (don’t ask me why, it just does) and Blem provides me with all the sass and Aubrey realness I’ve been craving (“I need you to stop running back to your ex he’s a wasteman” case in point).

Death Grips – Get Got

I started listening to Death Grips when I was bored. I got stuck in a rut listening to the same few albums whenever I wanted to play music and I started to get sick of them and frustrated. It was time for me to seek out some new music. Death Grips were a breath of fresh air to me because they sounded different to anything else I’d listened to. Sometimes people give me an odd look when I play them but I personally love their experimental style and slightly manic sound.

Iggy Pop – Lust for life

I hardly need to say much to sell this song. It’s been a hit since it’s release in 1977. It’s catchy, instantly recognisable and screams to me of youthfulness. Iggy Pop is a legend and has too many amazing songs to count, so I don’t know why I’ve been listening to this song more this month, but I have been so it’s one of my recommendations 🙂

Well there you have it, my May music favourites. I’ve decided to put together a Spotify playlist including all of the songs I’ve mentioned and some more of my favourites from the albums they’re from. To check that out click HERE.

Thanks for reading!

Until next time,

J x

Favourite Album of the Moment!

I have been completely obsessed with Melanie Martinez’s debut album Cry Baby! As it was released in 2015 the chances are you have all probably heard of it and listened it through, but I love it so much I wanted to do a wee post on it anyway 🙂

I recently stumbled across Melanie Martinez’s audition for The Voice where she covered Toxic by the one and only Britney Spears. I found her voice so unique and captivating I instantly downloaded her album on Spotify and it’s practically all I’ve been listening too since!


I find the general vibe of the album to be quite dark and electronic with some really unique sound samples underpinning a lot of the songs, the most prominent of which being Lesley Gore’s “it’s my party and I’ll cry if i want to” sample that appears on Pity Party. Other sounds used in the background that lift the songs on Cry Baby to another level are the sound of bubbles popping in Soap and the scream in Pity Party before the final chorus. I’m a big fan of Lorde and Lana Del Rey and I love pop music that has a darker, more mellow edge. I actually can’t believe it took me so long to find this album!

Melanie Martinez released 3 singles from her album: Pity Party, Soap and Sippy Cup (all of which are amazing songs and some of my faves)! Here are a few of my other favourites…

Mad Hatter begins with a whimsical xylophone (i think) jingle but quickly transitions into a more grungy sound with the usual dark lyrics that you come to expect from Martinez. I love Mad Hatter because it deals with what I perceive to be quite a dark subject matter but it combines it with a more upbeat sound which I think has a really interesting effect!

Tag, you’re it was one of the first songs on the album I became obsessed with. There is no mistaking the haunting sound of this track. It’s very easy to listen to and enjoy, however, when you start to actually think about the lyrics you come to appreciate that the sound is a fitting backdrop to the subject matter of the song, but I can only say that although it’s an awesomely dark music experience!

I think Pacify Her may be my favourite song on the album. It’s certainly the first song I found and lead me to find the rest of the album so I’ll always love it. Although I generally find myself thinking “come on now Melanie” when listening to it it’s so so catchy and I absolutely adore the soft haziness of her voice on this particular track.

Anyway I know I’ve just been rambling on for a bit about this album but I just really wanted to do a short blog post on it because I love love love it! If you have any artists or albums you think I’d like please comment below, I’m always on the hunt for new music to listen to 🙂

Until next time,

J x

The Pretty Reckless

Here we go, my first proper blog post. I thought I’d kick things off with a concert that I went to recently – The Pretty Reckless at O2 ABC Glasgow on the 23rd of January.

Firstly I’d like to apologise for the awful picture quality. In future I’ll make sure to take better pictures, but at the time I didn’t know I was going to need pictures for a blog post so all of these are actually just screenshots from videos I took, sorry!

These days I feel quite comfortable calling myself a relatively avid concert goer but this was, without a doubt, one of the best concerts I have ever been to (and I’ve been to a fair few)!


For anyone who’s a fan of The Pretty Reckless and is interested, the set list was as follows:

  • Follow Me Down
  • Since You’re Gone
  • Oh My God
  • Hangman
  • Make Me Wanna Die
  • My Medicine
  • Prisoner
  • Sweet Things
  • Light Me Up
  • Who You Selling For
  • Just Tonight
  • Living In The Storm
  • Heaven Knows
  • Going To Hell
  • Take Me Down
  • Fucked Up World

Personally I thought this was an amazing set-list. They’re currently touring their album Who You Selling For so there were plenty of exciting new songs but all perfectly interwoven with their old, nostalgic hits. The crowd went wild at the first note of every song and all the lyrics were chanted back in unison with the band. It’s safe to say the atmosphere was amazing!


The bass was loud and reverberated throughout the venue, there were frequent dramatic guitar solos and catchy riffs and Taylor Momsen’s voice was raspy, crackling perfection! It was so good in fact that the two or so hours passed in what felt like half an hour, and I was left thinking about the concert for days afterwards. If The Pretty Reckless ever returns to Scotland, or even the UK, I’ll be one of the first to snatch up a ticket!


I think one of my favourite things about the concert was its unchoreographed, free spirited nature. You could feel the band’s passion for their music and performing. It’s always far more enjoyable as an audience member when you can tell the band are also enjoying what they’re doing!


To round off this post I think I’ll mention my favourite performances of the night which were: My Medicine, Light Me Up, Who You Selling For, Just Tonight, Going To Hell and Take Me Down (so about half of the concert by the looks of it). I think Light Me Up will always be one of my favourite albums, but The Pretty Reckless have always exceeded my expectations and I can’t wait for their return.

Until next time,

J x

P.s If you haven’t heard of The Pretty Reckless or any of the songs mentioned above, go listen to them! You won’t be disappointed!