Wednesday, March 13, 2013

5Gum Are At It Again

Sigh, another day, another concert announcement. Just when I was losing hope that Big Concerts would ever get on the case with another concert announcement, 5Gum SA decided to spring one on us. You may remember these guys as being the people I vowed never to forgive after I didn't win tickets to Two Door Cinema Club last year, thus starting what I like to call the Two Door Cinema Curse. Yes, they played at Reading, and no, I didn't get to see them. Another person I haven't forgiven is whoever decided it was a good idea to put them at the same time as the FOO FREAKING FIGHTERS. But, as usual, I digress.

So there I sit at my computer at work - promise I was working, I Tweet for a living - when the 5Gum hashtag decides to pop up on my timeline. Hmm, this is cause for an investigation. Of course, because I am so diligent, I left my proper creeping til now, when work was over. Here's what I've got:

- The announcement is next week.
- You have to win tickets again (grr...)
- The ticket competition opens next week.
- The band is award-winning
- Someone - I assume on Twitter - correctly guessed which band it would be.

Oh, how I love the guessing game. And so I trawled through the tweets and made a list of who it could be.

- My guess (no, it was not a guess, my plea) was The Gaslight Anthem*. Add them to the list.
- Many people said Foals. Cool, I've been listening to them and they're legit.
- Kasabian*
- Biffy Clyro
- Fall Out Boy (I'm not even thinking it, don't feel like lying on the floor crying at the moment)
- Alt-J
- The Wombats
- Bombay Bicycle Club* (Oh good lord, shoot me, please, never again!)
- The Postal Service
- Florence + The Machine*
- The Black Keys *

Out of those possible 11, I have seen 5 live before (*), though this does nothing to diminish my excitement for anyone besides Bombay Bicycle Club. The Black Keys seem the most likely at the moment, going by the 'award winning' clue, but they're huge - like second to headliners at Reading huge - so it would be quite a task to undertake.

In the meantime, I'll keep my fingers heavily crossed for my man Brian Fallon and his neck-tattoo, or Pete Wentz and his cronies. Oh, please let me get tickets.

Friday, March 1, 2013


Some of us are shopaholics - we get into awful debt by spending that money that we don't quite have yet on the must-have pair of sparkly new heels from the Jimmy Choo store down at the Waterfront, and drool over the little black dress in the window of Zara.

Some of us are addicted to video games - we spend hours and hour every night trying to beat our own high score, and our social lives are affected by our inability to drag ourselves away from our computer screens to attend a friend's birthday party on a Friday night.

And then, of course, some of us are fangirls. We fangirls are faced with a whole new range of problems, many of which are downright disastrous. All of these thoughts have run through my head at one time or another, and most have been said out loud, I kid you not. Whilst this started off as a list of outrageous fangirl problems, it's turned into more of a list of ridiculous fangirl quotes. But they're still funny and all true.

1) "My favourite band are going on tour, I'm going to have to go to England again."

2) "I'm really tired, but I can't go to sleep because my favourite band have a live stream." 

3) "What am I going to do if I have a full day job and I can't go queue early for concerts?"

4) "I can't go to that meeting, I have to go queue at 2pm or I'll never get barrier."

5) "No thanks, I can't drink that cup of tea - I have to dehydrate myself on concert days or I'll lose the barrier when I go to the loo."

6) "Great, they decided to play my favourite song at the concert I didn't go to last night, and now I have to use up all my internet watching it on Youtube."

7) "I have such FOMO [fear of missing out] from this Manchester gig ... I should have just sucked it up and gone over to England now."

8) "How much do you think flights to Austria are? They're playing some festival in the snow."

9) "I can't afford food this week, groceries for five days is basically a concert ticket."

10) "An increase? More concert tickets for me!"

11) "They're on the cover of NME? How the heck am I going to get NME here? I'd better get someone in the UK to buy it for me."

12) "My two favourite bands are playing on the same night and I'm going to see them.. I feel like crawling into a ball under my desk and crying."

13) "How dare they play a festival the same night I have tickets to another concert? What do they think this is?!"

14) "There's another concert announcement this week - great, I guess I'll have to walk to work because I can't afford concert tickets and petrol."