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The Shins at the Village Underground in London

The Shins at the Village Underground in London

What are you listening to?

The Shins. You know them?


You gotta hear this one song. It’ll change your life. I swear.

– Garden State

Did anyone else fall in love with The Shins after watching Garden State? I was going through a really bad time when it came out and the whole ‘screaming into the abyss’ thing was so relatable, it hurt. I used to listen to The Shins on my long commute into my retail job when all my friends were going away to University and I was just lost and still living at home. Music was my escapism.

The Shins at the Village Underground in London

The Shins at the Village Underground in London

Fast forward to last September and I got a message from a friend that he was in the country playing with The Shins at the Village Underground in London so I jumped on a train to catch up over dinner and he got me tickets for the show. The coolest part, though, was that he also got me a photo pass so I could take in my DSLR!!

I was really nervous taking photos and I did get pulled up by the security staff during the support act for using my camera, but I had a quick word with a big scary dude during the break and showed him my pass and he sort-of apologised. It was really fun taking proper photos at the gig, but really really hard too. When I took a photography course a couple of years ago my tutor was an ex-gig photographer and even he told me how difficult it is – such a fun challenge for my rusty photography skills though!

I don’t think I could do gig photography professionally or be bothered to go through the stress of trying to sell my photos, but I’d love to do it again as a bit of a hobby and get some of my photos printed up for our walls at home. The first and third photos are my favourites!

The Shins at the Village Underground in London

The Shins at the Village Underground in London

The gig was amazing and the Village Underground is one of the coolest gig venues I’ve ever been to with huge tunnels in an old coal store beneath an old railway viaduct in Shoreditch. The venue is topped with a bunch of old London Underground trains that now house a creative community working alongside each other.

The funny thing is listening to The Shins really did change my life – or did my life change while I was listening to The Shins? Either way, it got me through some really dark times! Looking back I don’t even seem like the same person I was then and I love moments like these that really solidify how far you’ve come. I wish I could go back and tell myself, on one of those depressing journeys to work, that future me was actually kind of kick-ass. Hah!┬áLoves x xx

The Shins at the Village Underground in London

The Shins are touring the UK, Europe and the US in March. Head to for ticket info!

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The Crafty October Instagram Challenge #CraftyOct

Crafty October Instagram Challenge #CraftyOct

I’m really looking forward to Amy Panda‘s October Instagram challenge, it’s been aaaages since I did a photography challenge and to be honest I think I’m a little rusty on the creative photography side.

Amy put together a great list of prompts for the whole of October and they’re all created with crafty people in mind, so whether you’re a designer/maker or you just love to sew, knit or draw – everyone can join in together.

Crafty October Instagram Challenge #CraftyOct

To take part, hop along to Amy’s instagram post to see the full list of prompts and check out the #CraftyOct hashtag over on Instagram. Each day will have a new prompt, starting with ‘Hello’ for the 1st October. You can interpret this anyway you want to, but as the first post for the challenge I always think it’s a good idea to introduce yourself and let any potential new followers know what they should expect if they hit that follow button. Don’t forget to tag all your challenge photos with #CraftyOct so everyone taking part can find your Instagrams!

I’ll be joining in over on my Instagram page so make sure you’re following along.

See you there on October 1st! Loves x xx

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