When music festivals go bad, you’ve got to write an honest review

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This year 2000 Trees left me feeling a bit bummed out. I’d say this was probably why the music site I did it for didn’t post it and I guess that’s probably fair enough, but then I don’t know. I’m not a doctor.

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When Andy met Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene (via Skype, obviously)

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Broken Social Scene are one of, if not my favourite bands. Inevitably I got a bit carried away, and in this case it was largely during the intro of the piece. But I stand by it because it was the only way I could reach the very important line “the heart only ever breaks the same way”. The line itself is questionable, but with all the death and disease in this world there is absolutely no reason why I shouldn’t be able to compare my distress at the potential break-up of my favourite band with the plight of an Angolan beauty queen now, is there?

Here’s my interview with Broken Social Scene‘s Kevin Drew for The Line Of Best Fit:

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Dara Ó Briain’s token woman

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Dara Ó Briain says the ban on all male panel shows by the BBC’s director of TV, Danny Cohen will result in Holly Walsh, Katherine Parkinson et al being seen as token women. More accurately, Holly Walsh et al will actually be revealed as the token woman, because on Ó Briain’s show, they always have been.

Find a Mock the Week line-up that has two female guests in one show and this conversation wouldn’t be happening.

Why Ó Briain is so upset about this isn’t particularly clear either. If we’re still only going to get one ‘token’ female comedian on the Mock the Week line up, then nothing’s going to have changed except, potentially, the audience’s perception. Or, to put it another way, Ó Briain is worried that the audience will see through the BBC, the show itself and Ó Briain’s already spurious and cynical approach to the issue.

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I’m a Friend of the Earth – do you want to be a Friend of the Earth too?

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I’m running the Bath half marathon in less than two weeks. I thought, this blog, this is the perfect place to talk about it. People might read it and sponsor me… yes, you… kind stranger, just looking to do your good deed for the day.

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Sometimes it’s okay to have a song stuck in your head. Like when it’s Rock Lobster by the B-52s

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Getting a song stuck in your head can be frustrating, like when it’s ‘Writing to Reach You’ by Travis. But sometimes, getting a song stuck in your head can be amazing, like when it’s ‘Rock Lobster’ by the B-52s.

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Dear Hollyoaks… I’d like to apply to the position of script editor?

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Dear Hollyoaks recruitment team…

This is my dream job. I feel like I have a connection with the cast of Hollyoaks, despite coming to it at a late age (19) which only gave me, realistically, 18-22 months of acceptable further viewing. Some said I’d already reached that threshold.

But when I say connection to the cast, I really just mean one of them.

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Andy Price interview – Cassette Culture, Music & The Co-op Meal Deal

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If you’ve been on here before you’ve probably noticed I play in a band sometimes, just for fun. But part of that fun is doing silly things like this.

Jodie is a good friend of mine and she does a good job writing about local music. When she put out a tweet the other night urgently looking for a band to interview for her October slot I put my hand up.

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Encounters Short Film Festival: So you think that’s funny

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I’ve always had somewhat of an ambiguous attitude to the Encounters Short Film Festival, which has taken place in the city of Bristol once a year for the last 19 years.

I’m a fan of the short film, I enjoy sitting in a darkened and otherwise quiet room when all gets a little too much. Whether that’s hiding in the corner under a blanket with a cup of coffee watching A Field in England at this year’s End of the Road Festival, or escaping to the press room – where lights are compellingly dimmed – at almost every single conference on game development I’ve been too as I try to escape both the talks, and a hangover. Stranger still, I’ve never been a games writer.

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When Cassette Culture met the Wave Pictures for the very first time: A short story

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For those of you that don’t know, I play guitar and sing in a band called Cassette Culture. We’re based out of Bristol in the UK and play fairly frequently in the local area.

One of my favourite bands is a band called the Wave Pictures.

The last few times they’ve come through Bristol we’ve been asked to support them. So once again I’m doing a bit of promo and got a little over excited and wrote my first meeting with the band in to a short story. Is it a fictionalised account? Well, as I think you’ll notice – it’s impossible to tell.

Here’s the full piece, with the promotional blurb too… obviously.

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iPhone 5s & 5c launch imminent – but what does that C stand for?

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The ‘anticipation’ is ‘hotting up’ due to ‘feverish speculation’ as we prepare for the ‘expected launch’ of the new Apple iPhone today.

Or in other words – because every visiting executive, courier and pizza boy coming out of Apple’s factories in China appears to have been gifted with a comprehensive press release with a list of new features, we’re going to be seeing a premium model – the 5s, and a cheaper model, the 5c.

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