Sophie R Williams

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Hello. It’s been a while. 

I’ve recently got back from two weeks in Thailand where I consumed an insane amount of Thai food and ice cream. So I thought sharing is caring - who doesn’t like looking at instagrammed pictures of food?

Chocolate Mousse, Oreo Cheesecake and Thai sweets - Le Meridien Chiang Mai

Chicken, pineapple and rice baked in a pineapple - Anantara resort Hua Hin.

Thai Green Curry - Le Meridien Chiang Mai

Afternoon tea - Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

There’s more but I wouldn’t want to bore you. The best thing about food in Thailand is that it is so cheap. Dinner at Le Meridien cost £4. I don’t think you could get that over here or in the US!

My favourite eating experience was in Chiang Mai when I opened the door to the hotel and the in house band started playing All These Things That I’ve Done by The Killers. It was freaky. They then proceeded to play Green Day Basket Case as I eat my Thai Green Curry. Who knew the world was so small?

When Green Day became Green Week.

Lame title I know. But I couldn’t resist.

As mentioned in the previous post, I went to a Green Day listening party thanks to the friendly folk at Warner Bros music. Before I went I kind of made fun of the idea of going because Green Day are the kind of band I listened to when I was 14. A lot. But there was something rather exciting about it. 

We were ushered inside to a cinema room where there was coke, beer, popcorn and a deluxe boxset of the band’s past material on every seat. We were played 15 new songs off the three albums including singles Oh Love and Kill the DJ. Tre Cool managed to crash his own listening party by running around and fist pumping to his own songs towards the end. Everyone cheered him as he ran in. What a guy.

If I wasn’t a major Green Day fan before, I certainly was when I left. The new songs are incrdibly fun, upbeat and sees the band go back to basics compared with their more recent album 21st Century Breakdown. Favourite song so far has to be Let Yourself Go.

The rest of the songs were great but i’ll leave them as a bit of a surprise. I did write a small review for stereoboard

The next day I found out about the secret gig at Shepherds Bush and decided after having no money in my bank account that I was going to be there somehow. I tried with a press pass and there was no success and then I thought i’d try a photo pass. And it happened. 

It was tough - there must have been 20 photographers there so basically as soon as you were in the pit, you weren’t moving. I was unfortunately second to the end. But the lights went down and Green Day were there and I was living my 14 year old self’s dream. 

We only had two songs to shoot the band and so it was over fairly quickly. Here are some of the ones I have edited so far. Going back I wish I had grabbed myself a better place to take photos from but hey, I’ll remember to be a little more feisty next time. 

    

   

    

And then somehow I managed to get in for the rest of the show. It was incredible. The whole of the floor was a giant mosh pit with everyone jumping around. They played a mix of older stuff from Dookie and Nimrod and then there were the favourites off American Idiot. The crowd was so energetic that somehow I ended up third row, bumping into a friend and then dancing with a blue haired stranger in the middle of everyone jumping around. They finished with new song 99 revolutions which is one of my favourites of their new stuff. 

And the night came to an end. I haven’t stopped smiling and listening to American Idiot ever since. 

I danced onstage with Santigold last night. 
A friend of mine got tickets to the converse gig at the 100 club and I couldn’t refuse. 
The venue itself was a complete sweat box and there were 5 bands playing - my feet ached by the end of it. 
Django Django were incredible - heard good stuff about them but didn’t expect the set they did yesterday evening. 
However getting to see Santigold’s liver performance was great. Her dancers were fun to watch and hearing LES Artistes live was brilliant. 

I danced onstage with Santigold last night. 

A friend of mine got tickets to the converse gig at the 100 club and I couldn’t refuse. 

The venue itself was a complete sweat box and there were 5 bands playing - my feet ached by the end of it. 

Django Django were incredible - heard good stuff about them but didn’t expect the set they did yesterday evening. 

However getting to see Santigold’s liver performance was great. Her dancers were fun to watch and hearing LES Artistes live was brilliant. 

A week during the Olympics. 
It was an eventful week last week in the run up to the Olympics. 
I bumped into Novak Djokovic as he was having his photos taken on London Bridge - I tried to get a photo with him but he was being mobbed and then bumped into me as LOCOG were trying to get him away from the area. 
Some random fireworks went off at Tower Bridge which we later realised was the rehearsals for David Beckham’s speed boat trip down the Thames with the Olympic torch. 
I watched the opening ceremony with some friends at Greenwich where the atmosphere was great - they had a big screen and there was a large crowd who all stood up for the national anthem and cheered when Daniel Craig came out with the Queen. 
And on the Sunday we sat in a pub, eat some food and watched Rebecca Addlington score Gold in the swimming. 

A week during the Olympics. 

It was an eventful week last week in the run up to the Olympics. 

I bumped into Novak Djokovic as he was having his photos taken on London Bridge - I tried to get a photo with him but he was being mobbed and then bumped into me as LOCOG were trying to get him away from the area. 

Some random fireworks went off at Tower Bridge which we later realised was the rehearsals for David Beckham’s speed boat trip down the Thames with the Olympic torch. 

I watched the opening ceremony with some friends at Greenwich where the atmosphere was great - they had a big screen and there was a large crowd who all stood up for the national anthem and cheered when Daniel Craig came out with the Queen. 

And on the Sunday we sat in a pub, eat some food and watched Rebecca Addlington score Gold in the swimming. 

Last year when I was walking around Nashville with my mother, we couldn’t go an hour without hearing a Lady Antebellum track. When we got home, it was surprising to find that they were getting well known in the UK thanks to plays on radio 2.
When they announced a Europe tour, it was a no brainer to try and get a slice of Nashville back in our lives. Their biggest show was Hammersmith Apollo however we took the chance to see them in a smaller venue - the 02 Academy in Birmingham.

Last year when I was walking around Nashville with my mother, we couldn’t go an hour without hearing a Lady Antebellum track. When we got home, it was surprising to find that they were getting well known in the UK thanks to plays on radio 2.

When they announced a Europe tour, it was a no brainer to try and get a slice of Nashville back in our lives. Their biggest show was Hammersmith Apollo however we took the chance to see them in a smaller venue - the 02 Academy in Birmingham.

48 Hours in Oslo

Me and my friend Emily bought a cheap Ryanair flight and set of to Oslo for the weekend. Here are some of the highlights: 

We dropped our bags off at the hotel and grabbed hold of a map (we forgot ours. Mistake number one.) We then spent around an hour trying to get across the road to the Opera House. We got there eventually. It’s a really cool building and when the sun is shining I bet it’s lovely to grab a bit to eat and look over the fjord. 

Then we walked around by the water to try and find a place to get a Fjord tour. We found a booth selling two and a half hour trips around the Oslo fjords. 

We probably picked the worst day for it as it rained the entire time but it was nice to get on a boat and see a different side to Oslo rather than just the city. And then there was a little bit of excitement: 

We were walking back towards Hard Rock Cafe when we saw lots of Paparazzi. Suddenly we heard the mention of Usain Bolt. And there he was: 

He was helping start a charity fun run and he gave a speech before starting it. Me and Emily got as close as possible. I was within touching distance. 

The next day we headed to the sculpture park….

and then to the ski jump which had a great view over Oslo….

And then it was time to head home….

Isle of Wight festival 2012

      

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky to attend Isle of Wight festival and covered the weekend for Clash Magazine.

The festival had blanket coverage in the news thanks to our wonderful British weather and the fact that people had been stuck in their cars overnight trying to get into the carparks.

I did get there without little difficulty going as a foot passenger. I met up with a friend and we enjoyed the festival through the sun and the rain. Saturday we just wandered around and caught bits of people’s sets.

We caught Tinie Tempah singing his hits. I tell so many people my one story I have about this guy so I MIT as well tell it again. I went on Scout Camp when I was 15 to somewhere in the middle of nowhere known as Essex. Thankfully before those orange nobody’s made it famous. Anyway me and some fellow scouting friends went to the dance tent and this guy was playing, singing along to Calvin Harris. It was Tinie Tempah before he got ‘big’. His set was fun and kept us moving during the rain.

      

Next up was Jessie J who has a pair of lungs on her but just seemed to sing drivel. It was her first festival set ever. Highlight of the day has to be Biffy Clyro. I forgot how good they were live. They seemed to play their more radio friendly set but it kept everyone going and we ended up in the middle of a mosh pit which was highly enjoyable.

Then we ended up catching a bit of Professor Green and then headed to the silent disco which was incredible. Nothing like a bit of club de fromage which happens to be near my uni in London.

Next day after waking up to a cooked breakfast in my hotel, I met my friend Paul and we headed over to watch The Vaccines who were great, massive singalong tunes - good future ahead of them as long as they keep up the pace of their first album.

Then we caught Noel who did songs off his new album and then went into some classic oasis songs.

And then…… My whole reason for being there this weekend - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band. I’d never seen Bruce before but had heard so many good things about him that I knew it was about time I saw the legend play. And he did not disappoint. Starting off with Badlands I knew this was going to be a good one.

Three hours later - a set filled with great songs off new album wrecking ball and quite honestly a back catalogue of boss songs, I couldn’t believe what I had just witnessed. Week after IOW I ended up seeing Editors in Birmingham - one of my favourite bands. But you know what? Nothing at the moment seems to be able to beat Bruce. We ended off the weekend with The Darkness and their only hit I Believe in a thing calld Love. Justin looked different. Facial hair galore.

You can read my review of Bruce for Clash Magazine here