I got burnt

I have been to Download Festival before, every single time it has rained, I checked the forecast and it said it was going to rain so I dressed accordingly, I had a jumper on and my camo trousers my sun screen was in my bag just in case it got really hot.

I arrived at Download Festival and it was sunny, I wouldn’t say that it was boiling but it was certainly warm, people were walking around with sun burnt faces and shoulders so the days before were certainly hot enough to burn but I guess this didn’t register at the time, I kept my jumper on and went into the arena (I didn’t have a hat), I watched a number of bands at the main stage and around 4pm decided to put on some sun screen, at this point it felt warm enough to remove my jumper so at the same time I put some factor 50 sun cream on (it later transpired it was too late at this point) as the day went on the temperature seemed to drop, so I put my jumper back on (this could have been because I was burnt), I met up with Joe & Rhinna to watch System Of A Down and towards the end of the set made my way back to the car to head home, it was at this point I realised what a fatal mistake I had made earlier in the day, as I got to the car my face was RED and by red I mean red, it was most certainly burnt, the one part of my forehead that wasn’t covered by hair had been severely burnt and my nose was extremely red.

When I got home I had a look at my face again, with the light on and it was just as red if not redder as when I had seen it back at the car park at Donnington, at this point, I didn’t feel too great either so I got into bed and went to sleep. When I woke up the next day my forehead had blistered and I felt extremely unwell, really cold, sick and just wanted to sleep, I sat and sipped some water for a while before deciding that my weekend at Donnington was probably over, I had a shower to try and cool my body down which made no difference what so ever, well it may have had some effect but at the time I didn’t feel any better, as Monday approached I wondered what my face was going to look like for work, my head was still very bumpy where I had been burnt and large parts of my skin had started to peel off.  I was sick for three straight days before I finally started to feel better, it was a mistake I will never ever be making again

When I woke up the next day my forehead had blistered and I felt extremely unwell, really cold, sick and just wanted to sleep, I sat and sipped some water for a while before deciding that my weekend at Donnington was probably over, I had a shower to try and cool my body down which made no difference what so ever, well it may have had some effect but at the time I didn’t feel any better, I had not only burnt my face but I had got sun stroke in the processes. As Monday approached I wondered what my face was going to look like for work, my head was still very bumpy where I had been burnt and large parts of my skin had started to peel off. I had done some real damage to my skin. In the end, I was poorly for three straight days before I finally started to feel better, it was a mistake I will never ever be making again, I am usually so careful in the sun, my arms had gone red before but nothing like this, it actually really scared me.

When Monday arrived I went to the chemist to see what I could use to try and make the mistake I had made better and was given some Aloe Vera type gel, which I have to say is amazing stuff, in the end I was sick for three days straight before I finally started to feel better, it was a mistake I will never ever be making again it doesn’t matter if it feels colder than it is, if the sun is out the sun cream and hat goes on, it has actually made me extremely anxious about being in the sun.

Prop Haul

I went shopping today to get some props for my food photos, I wanted some new plates and a few things to fill the shots out with, I started the morning off at a local car boot and managed to pick up a fair few items from there then I went to a place that I was recommended on Twitter called Flying Tiger which sells lots of quirky things, it is a bit like Ikea but smaller and the things in there are fun and different, I got a few more bits here, only a short post as I wanted to show what I had bought.

What I Use In The Shower

Now that the summer is here I thought it would be the perfect time to discuss what shower products I have found work best for me, I have been using a variety of different products up until now but recently switched to some of the Superdrug range as they are both Cruelty Free (Leaping Bunny) and suitable for vegans.

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My Perfect Download Weekend

Download Festival 2017 is just around the corner, it has come round so fast this year, it only seems like yesterday that I was booking the tickets getting excited for some of the bands that had been announced at the time, now that we only have 8 days to go I thought it would be awesome to share what my perfect weekend would look like and which bands I am excited to see.

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Wasted Fate @ The Tivoli May 27th 2017

Wasted Fate took to the stage on Saturday supporting A Foreigners Journey at The Tivoli venue, It was an amazing night they even pulled out a cover of Stone Broken’s Wait For You and everyone knew the words, it was amazing. I was there to take some pictures, enjoy.

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Severn Days with Mr Dandy’s Hair Candy

I have spent seven whole days with Mr Dandy’s Hair Candy, during this time I have learnt a lot about it, how well we get on together and if we will be suited to one another long term, I was looking for a good hair product that was vegan-friendly but not a pomade and not really a wax or a paste, these products are great for certain hair styles but not for me, I needed something a bit more flexible, hopefully this review will help you.

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Stone Broken @ The Tivoli 20th May 2017

Back to The Tivoli last night, this time to see an upcoming band that I hadn’t seen before, Stone Broken, they are on the Download Festival bill and with them playing a show so close to home I wanted to see them in a more intimate venue.

I got there early, so much so I got to see the two support acts, arriving early certainly paid off, getting a spot right on the barrier. This band didn’t disappoint, the atmosphere in the Tivoli was electric playing songs from ‘All In Time’ their current album but also treating us to a number of new tracks off their forthcoming album, the crowd singing along to almost every single song it was a fantastic evening.

If you haven’t seen Stone Broken yet and they are playing somewhere close to home, get down and see them, you won’t be disappointed. I didn’t take my camera but got some pictures on my phone which are below.

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Iron Maiden – Book Of Souls 2017

Yesterday evening marked the very first time I would ever see Iron Maiden, I had been told that the show was absolutely fantastic, friends had been before, some of them many times, I had heard story’s of how I was going to be blown away but I wasn’t sure what to expect.
I had seen Shinedown previously at an appearance at Download Festival but not Iron Maiden, I walked away from the show absolutely buzzing, it was everything everyone had said it would be, the atmosphere, the set itself everything was just amazing, I am not sure that I will ever get to see them again but if you do have a chance to it is well worth it.

I took some pictures too….

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Monkey Wrench Debut Gig – Review & Photos

Monkey Wrench, the Foo Fighters cover band from the small Shropshire town of Oswestry took to the stage at the Saith Seren last night for their debut gig, the set opened with [ ] and blew the crowd away after that the hits just kept coming one after another. vocals, guitar, bass and drums were all exceptional the time and effort these lads had put into this bad hadn’t gone un-noticed, Saith Seren was packed full of people wanting more and more from this great new band, if you were not there last night, make sure you are there for the next gig, you don’t want to miss this.

Spud on vocals and lead guitar was just amazing, Gareth on rhythm guitar was exceptional you could tell from the presence he had on the stage that this was everything they had worked for, Glenn on bass was alive on the stage feeling every single song and Barry on drums was on point, the drums were tight and his solo midway through the set into my hero was a fantastic twist that nobody had seen coming.

The time and effort these lads had put into this bad hadn’t gone un-noticed, Saith Seren was packed full of people wanting more and more from this great new band, if you were not there last night, make sure you are there for the next gig, you don’t want to miss this.

Here are the photos…

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