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Festival Must Have’s & Hints and Tips

14th June 2015 | Music

Festival season is upon us and planning your outfit is a major part of the festival experience (or it is to me anyway!) If you’ve never been to a festival before or just fancy a reminder of what you actually need to bring to the hottest events of the summer, check out my must have’s & hints and tips:

What's hot this year?

The crochet top
We never thought crotchet would be anything more than the material your grandma had dotted around her house but now every high street store hosts a variety of crop tops, dresses and jumpers in the stuff! Perfect for teaming with denim, this 70’s style look will keep you cool under the sun if it comes out and keep you looking hip.

Fringed bag
'Fringed' is in with a vengeance this year and a perfect way of adding a little hint of fringe fun without over doing it is by wearing an over the shoulder fringed bag, just big enough for all your festival needs!

Suede shorts
You could be like everyone else and wear a suede jacket but who wants to do that, take inspiration from many celebs at Coachella this year and buy a pair of suede shorts, perfect with a stripy tee or go full hippy with lace and crotchet.

Floral crown/headband
The clichéd festival accessory, a floral crown will get you well into the festival vibe OR spice things up a bit with a vintage scarf wrapped around your head hairband style.

Hints and tips

Get layered
Ensure you have something to wrap around your waist/shoulders, which you can throw on later in the evening, or take a big enough bag that you can put an extra jumper in for when the sun goes…

Dedication Song: Boulevard of Broken Dreams

14th June 2015 | Music

Each week on Therapy with Thomas Mills, Thomas chooses a song which means something and can teach us a lesson. He calls it his 'Dedication Song'.

This week, that song was Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day.

This song is about how difficult it can be for dreams to come through, and the realisation that sometimes the things that you really want to happen just are not possible. In ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ by Green Day, it’s about that moment you realise that the world is complicated and nothing is promised for you in the real world. It’s a harsh reality.

Listen to the track below and tweet us @wizradio with your thoughts!

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Review: How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful - Florence and the Machine

13th June 2015 | Music

How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful is a tremendously important album for Florence and the Machine. Not only is it the group’s first album in five years, it’s set to be their first No. 1 too. It also marks a change in musical direction. Midway through writing a bizarre concept album about witch trials (of which bonus track ‘Which Witch’ is a leftover), singer Florence Welch was saved from becoming a caricature of herself by producer Marcus Dravs, who returned her to something closer to reality.

The result is a mixed bag. Lead single ‘What Kind of Man’ refines the band’s trademark orchestral and grandiose sound, giving it a tougher rock edge. The title track is also a resounding success, a gracefully melodic anthem that dreamily sets the tone for the album. Here Florence swaps her obsession with harps for a penchant for brass, to dizzying effect on the fanfare that concludes the song. Arranged by Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, Florence described this instrumental outro as ‘what love feel like to me’ in Rolling Stone. ‘Queen of Peace’ also has an epic orchestral dimension, beginning with trembling woodwind and a hauntingly beautiful trumpet riff, before being swept up by drums and electric guitar.

With a title inspired by the expansiveness of the American skyline, the album offers a sense of space that was largely lacking from previous effort Ceremonials, much of which sounded like it was recorded in a gloomy cathedral. The previous album often proved to be an exhausting listen: almost all of the songs exceeded five minutes and the ‘wall of sound’ approach stopped just sort of being oppressive. Here the songs are considerably shorter, and orchestral flourishes aside, the instrumentation is largely stripped back. ‘St Jude’, a homage to ‘the patron saint of lost causes’,…