Essential Trips For All Music Lovers

Everyone says that they like music, but then there are people who LOVE music. For those people, music is life; their existence would be a little emptier without it. But music doesn’t just have to be something that you listen to and from work; you can make it part of your travels! From the history of music to today’s biggest players, there are destinations across the world that have music running through their veins. We take a look at some of these destinations below, which might just inspire your next trip…

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The Home of The Beatles

Where would music be with The Beatles? It’s not worth thinking about. The Fab Four from Liverpool changed the course of music forever. Listen to their records today, and you can still hear their influence in modern culture. To see where it all began, take a trip to Liverpool. There, you’ll be able to see the homes where they were raised, the areas that influenced some of their most popular tracks (specifically, Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields), explore the Beatles Museum, and visit the famous Cavern Club, which is where they perfected their sound.

Modern Music Makers

People have the idea that music was better in the past, but is this true? It doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. Today, you can hear music from any and all backgrounds; music hasn’t gotten worse, there’s just more of it, and it’s more diverse. To hear the latest and best sounds, take a trip to the cities where all the best new music is developed. In places like London, New York, Los Angeles, and Berlin, you’ll be able to see the artists paving the future of music. And trust us, it sounds pretty good.

Through History

If you love music, then you’ll be aware of all the big movers and shakers throughout history. Virtually every big player has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and did you know that there’s a museum dedicated entirely to these musicians in Ohio? Book yourself into the nearby Fairfield Inn & Suites Akron Stow, and pay a visit. There, you’ll find a grand museum divided into seven sections outlining various aspects of music, from one-hit wonders, songs that shaped rock and roll, and special exhibitions devoted to inductees, among others. For music lovers, this museum will function as something of a pilgrimage.

Other Languages

We tend to focus on music that’s in the English language, but if there’s one thing that music has taught us, it’s that music is global. For your next trip, why not think about visiting a place with a rich musical heritage, even if it’s in a different language? Cuba’s music scene is a knock-out, as is the Spanish cities where the Spanish guitar still reigns. Desert Sahara bands and artists, such as Tinariwen, have also been increasingly popular with western audiences in recent years, too. Travel the whole world, and dig deep to hear the sounds they’ve been creating – it’s sure to be good.

Do you have a favourite place to go for the musical connections? Let me know in comments!

*This is a collaborative post.

Music News: An Interview With Chris Guard – Leapfrogtown

Have you heard of Leapfrogtown? It is the musical brainchild of actor Chris Guard. Read my interview with him and find out more about the band…

Ok, so you lot know I love music. And that is why I never turn down the chance to find out more about new (well, to me anyway) bands. Especially ones with cool names…

A picture of all 5 band members of Leapfrogtown.

Introducing Leapfrogtown

London group Leapfrogtown formed in the spring of 2013 by all-round creative Chris Guard, best known as an actor and husband to Casualty star Cathy Shipton, and musician/producer Stuart Walton. In 2016 they were joined by Florin C Pascu, Kos Mylon and Andrada Maria Brisc to complete the five member band it is now. Leapfrogtown say they take an eclectic approach to production, letting the sounds serve the songs and the band serve the sounds. A wide range of music influences their work.

Find out more and listen: www.leapfrogtown.com

Chris Guard and Leapfrogband performing live onstage.

Interview with Chris Guard

Where did you get the idea for the band name?

Leapfrogtown is the band. 5 of us now… originally it was jumping over obstacles. Then there’s the offshoot.

Dreamed up What the Fox for a previous project. Usual shit… sitting around pitching band name ideas. Someone said What the Fuck, so it’s just that really – sanitised. Re-branded!

Chris, you are/ were an actor – but have you always had a keen interest in music? What inspired you to start a band?

Music is unavoidable. Acting bought me a house but songwriting is my blood. Mum was a successful actor but her three volumes of published poetry rock my boat. Bands are my outlet.

And the rest of the band, what were your previous careers?

The band are all professional musicians/artists/creatives. All they know.

Three of the band members of Leapfrogtown.

Describe your music in one word.

Words

Who is your biggest musical influence?

John Lennon

What is your favourite track (of your own) and why?

Crave; because I perform it alone but it cries for a band.

What is your all- time favourite song?

Maggie May by Rod Stewart because it’s raw and ridiculous.

How do you enjoy spending your spare time – when you aren’t busy making music?

Raising children, baking, painting, laughing, running, throwing my smart phone in the river.

Tell us all something about yourself that we don’t already know!

I’m an ornithologist

What are your goals for next year?

Don’t die as often as possible.

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview!

BBC Music Awards

As you may have already heard (given I have been shouting about it enough!) I was lucky enough to attend the BBC Music Awards on Monday night. I have mentioned on previous posts how much I absolutely love music, especially live music. I adore going to gigs. Usually I have a definite soft spot for more intimate venues, but going to a music awards show is pretty exciting to say the least! 

I was running late, as always – this has become abit of a theme lately- hazard of juggling parenthood and nights out! (One day I might make it with time to spare and shock everyone, you never know!) Unfortunately traffic was bad too, but we listened to the pre-show excitement on BBC radio and did our own version of carpool karaoke to pass the time. But I digress…

We arrived at London Excel with very little time to spare but thankfully parking was easy (carpark costs £15 flat rate for 24 hours) and I picked up our tickets from the box office with no problem. With about two minutes to spare before BBC One began filming live, I skipped getting a drink from the crowded bar and headed inside to find the perfect spot to stand. For those who don’t know, there were multiple stages to allow set-up time for each act whilst maintaining a seamless transition for live tv. I decided it would be better to pick a side stage and get a great close-up view of some of the performances, rather than aim for the middle but be further back in the thick of the crowd. This turned out to be the best decision in my opinion! 

The awards were hosted by Fearne Cotton, Claudia Winkleman and Gemma Cairney, who I felt made a good trio and complimented each other well, with live performances by The 1975, Lukas Graham, Emilie Sande, Izzy Bizu, John Legend, Kaiser Chiefs, Craig David, Zara Larsson and Robbie Williams. There were also appearances from Rick Astley, Lulu, Gerry Horner, Matt Goss, Pixie Lott, Adam Lambert and Rebecca Ferguson to present awards; shame they weren’t singing too, I would have loved to see all of them perform live! Hopefully I didn’t miss anyone there. 

I have read some very negative reviews of the awards, including comments along the lines that the audience was static and unimpressed, but I totally disagree. There was a great atmosphere live at the event and, certainly near the front where I was, everyone was getting into it and enjoying themselves! (I didn’t spend much time looking at the crowd behind me to see what they were doing of course!) 


I admit I was abit underwhelmed by Robbie‘s new single and his performance to be honest, and I would consider myself a fan of his music generally. However, his backstage interview was quite entertaining and his short speech on behalf of Adele while accepting an award on her behalf was really sweet. I really enjoyed Izzy Bizu‘s performance of White Tiger, she has such an amazing voice. Craig David went down surprisingly well with the older crowd in particular (and who can blame them!) But the biggest highlights for me personally were the performances by Zara Larsson and Kaiser Chiefs.

Ricky Wilson going undercover as alter-ego Sandi Branchline to interview fellow stars of the awards was amusing in a somewhat silly but fun way, and reactions were entertaining, especially John Legend‘s mixed expression as he sussed it out. All part of the fun from an award show that clearly doesn’t take itself too seriously. And quite frankly I find that refreshing. Was it perfect? No. There were numerous hiccups and flaws throughout. But that’s real life. Personally I’d take the down to earth vibe over perfection any day. Of course, if someone wants to invite me to the Brits to compare, I’ll very happily oblige… Until then, would I recommend something like this if you ever get a chance? Absolutely!

I’ll leave you with a compilation of my video clip highlights from the night… 

The five awards presented at the BBC Music Awards 2016 are as follows (winners in brackets): 

Song of the Year (Adele)

BBC Music British Artist of the Year (Coldplay)

BBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year (Izzy Bizu)

BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Performance of the Year (The 1975)

BBC Radio 2 Album of the Year (Adele)