It's not everyday you get to see a worldwide superstar play an intimate show at one of London's oldest and most treasured theatres. Used to playing stadiums with audiences of 90,000 plus, tonight Ed Sheeran played to 850 people at Theatre Royal Haymarket. 20,000 people entered in to a lottery to win tickets for the exclusive event, all to raise money for the theatres charity 'Masterclass.' Luckily, I got one of these sought after tickets, and got to enjoy a short, but super sweet evening with Mr. Sheeran, and many excitable fans.
As an English person who loves America, there is no better way to spend Independence Day than attending a Country concert. The modern day Queen of Country Music, Carrie Underwood, finished off her UK tour this week with a show at Wembley arena, an honour for many artists. The tour took has taken her all across the country, including a set on the main stage, at one of the world's most famous festivals, Glastonbury. UK Country act The Shires opened for Carrie; many were disappointed that she didn't bring over her US opening acts, girl bands Maddie & Tae, and Runaway June, but The Shires have a large following in the UK and had a good turnout despite this.
There are many people on my concert bucket list, and P!NK has always been right at the top. Never have I heard better things about an artists live performances, and to witness it firsthand was better than I could have ever imagined.
As we near the end of the first half of 2019, I am counting down the top 10 hits of the year so far. This was a tough one as already this year has produced so much incredible new music from artists old and new. Many of these will no doubt make the cut for CMA nominations before the announcement at the end of Summer, and some I even believe may go down in history.
In October 2018, at CMT's annual Artists of the Year event, for the first time ever, the seven honourees were all women. Since that night, the ladies of Country have used their powers and soared to new heights.
As I sit here with Center Point Road playing in the background, I find myself distracted every once in a while when I hear a lyric that takes me aback, and makes me stop and think 'how true is that?' It's nostalgic and personable nature makes the well-rounded group of tracks undeniably good.