What Did YOU Think To Katie Price on Let’s Dance…

I’ve got to be honest, when I heard Katie Price was going to be taking part in Let’s Dance For Comic Relief, I thought she was going to be rubbish, but I’ve got to say, I was pretty impressed.

Obviously having a dig at her current relationship status (dressing as a man dressed up as a woman *cough* Alex Reid *cough*) Katie kicked ass to Queen hit; “I Want To Break Free.”

She did so well in fact, that she goes through to the live final alongside gorgeous funnyman Russell Kane, and Twittered;  “I can’t believe having two left feet has actually paid off…not a bad result for my dancefloor debut,”

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The Brit Awards : Arcade Fire… What?!

I’m a music journalist yes, and is it bad of me to say I’ve never really listened to Arcade Fire up until they were thrust on my telly last night? Im pretty glad about it too…

They might have won a shed load of awards, but I still don’t really ‘get it’. I mean, I don’t want to sound politically incorrect, but they didn’t seem ‘all there’ really did they?

Perhaps they’re just not used to standing on stage in front of thousands of people. Oh, they do that already? Okay, well maybe they’re not used to standing on stage in front of thousands of people AND getting awards. Either way, they annoyed me a bit, especially when one of the birds kept spinning around and shouting at Win Butler like she was off her head.

Their performance was okay, but still not enough to make me think they actually deserved the awards they won. But what do I know eh?

The Brit Awards : Were You Expecting Rihanna To Be Raunchier?

Rihanna’s stint at the Brits was alright wasn’t it? She got stuck in a massive fly screen for a bit, swanned about in a red dress, then obviously got fed up of being so ladylike and instead set the stage on fire and walked around in her underwear for a bit. Brilliant.

Don’t get me wrong, I think Rihanna is alright, but she’d been bleating on about how this performance was going to be her raunchiest ever, and aside from walking around dressed like she’d got lost on her way to the local brothel, I don’t really get what was raunchy about it.

I mean, she pulled some funny faces (which I think were supposed to be sexy) and did that crouching dance for a while, but other than that, nope, I still don’t think she has the same sex appeal as Katy Perry.

Poor thing, at least she tried though eh? that’s the main thing. And her boobs nearly came out of that pair of curtains she wore to collect her award.

The Brit Awards : What’s With All The Riot Police?

Okay, so what on earth was going on with Plan B and Take That’s performances… for some reason, they both decided to adopt riot police within their sets… which says two things to me;

1) They probably should have consulted with each other before both offering pretty much the same performance.

2) Is that how we – the British people – are best represented? By riot police carrying shields / truncheons and beating people up?

Take That were obviously opening the show and looked great with all their police milling about for ‘dramatic effect’. Not quite sure why they all had to take their clothes off at the end though.

Obviously when Plan B came out and did the same thing, I’m imagining a lot of people were thinking the same as me; “Haven’t I just seen this before?” it was okay though, because Plan B pulled out all the stops to make his set better… by smearing having an outfit change, singing more than one song, smearing a bit of blood on his hands and setting a man on fire who when ran down the middle of the arena.

Now, was it just me or did anyone else wonder (for a second) if he was actually ‘on fire, on fire’ or if he was part of the act? Conveniently though there were two fire extinguishers on had, much to the disappointment of the audience.

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The Brit Awards : How Amazing Was Adele?

I cry pretty much all the way through the Brit awards every year. I’m an emotional person okay? But Adele, well, she left me going through more Kleenex than when I don’t see my boyfriend for a fortnight (that’s him and the tissues, not me.)

It was stunning to see Adele just stood there with only a piano, simply belting out Someone Like You and leaving the audience in a stunned silence. It was simply magical.

I know she gets a bad rap for not being a waif like many of her music industry rivals, but she looked stunning in her glam black dress, and proved that you don’t need a million riot police and shields to prove why you’re worthy of being on the Brit stage.

Kudos to Adele. The highlight of the night.

The Brit Awards : What Did YOU Think To James Corden’s Presenting?

Justin Bieber Looking Silly

James Corden was given the gift of hosting the Brit Awards last night, and whilst I’ve long since been a fan of the funnyman, I was really, really disappointed in his offerings yesterday night.

First off, was he not allowed to actually go on the stage or something? Because every shot he did seemed to be amongst the crowd surrounded by two men with headphones and clipboards.

And secondly, he just wasn’t that funny… perhaps it was his improvisation of jokes after Justin Bieber started shouting for some bloke called “Mike” to get up on stage, but each time he went over to a celebrity table, they seemed to have a look of horror in their eyes.

Not only that, but he referred to Mumford and Sons’ performance as “brave”, erm, not really, considering they just plugged a load of fairy lights in, chucked them on the floor and stood in a circle playing banjos. Still sounded alright though. Not as good as Adele. Obviously.

That bit where he lumbered over to Justin Bieber and started yapping on the the dopey teen was BRILLIANT though… JB clearly didn’t have a clue what was going on and had this bizarre dazed look in his eyes before he started rubbing Corden’s face. Excellent.

Let’s face it, he’s no Russell Brand… in fact, Jim Jefferies would have been better… but what did you think to his presenting skills?

Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish for Slam Dunk 2011

Saturday 28th May – Slam Dunk Festival North –  Leeds  University
Sunday 29th May – Slam Dunk Festival South – University Of Hertfordshire

Slam Dunk Festival

On the 10th anniversary (2001 – 2011) of the first ever Slam Dunk event, Slam Dunk Festival 2011 is officially GO!!! While bands and stages start to take shape, the festival is ready to announce the first batch of acts for the 2011 event.

Following a SELL OUT 2010 event that saw the likes of New Found Glory, Alkaline Trio, Against Me!, Young Guns, Devil Sold His Soul, My Passion, Your Demise and Four Year Strong, Slam Dunk Festival 2011 will be the best yet and further strengthen it’s position as one of the best small UK festivals.

Bringing together the best and hottest acts from across the world, the festival this year, on the year of its 10th anniversary, will look to bring back some of its first ever acts booked to truly mark this special occasion. As with last year, the festival will once again set up across the final May Bank Holiday weekend hitting Leeds University on Saturday the 28th and then just on the outskirts of London, Hertfordshire University in Hatfield on Sunday the 29th.

So, onto the first acts to be announced….
A Slam Dunk 2011 exclusive, the festival see’s the joint headliners Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish playing together in the UK for the first time ever.

Less Than Jake’s Vinnie Fiorello says “We’re stoked on finally getting to tour with our great friends in Reel Big Fish in the UK and getting to do Slam Dunk as well rounds out to a perfect tour.”

The massive 3oh!3 will also be bringing the party by stopping in as part of their UK tour.

Following on Slam Dunk’s tradition of reunion’s after Farse in 2009 and Capdown in 2010, 2011 will see the UK exclusive reunion shows from fan favourites, US pop punk legends The Starting Line.

Also announced at this time are Slam Dunk favourites Mayday Parade, US mega act Framing Hanley, and the post-punk laptop rap of MC Lars. We are also pleased to announce the first UK bands, in We Are The Ocean & Deaf Havana.