Posts Tagged ‘Diversity’

A day in the park

July 19, 2009

It’s been two weeks now since I had a great day in the park. Listening to great, and not so great music. Watching people strolling along and dancing. Best thing, my almost 60-year-old mum was with me rocking it big time. We even made our way to the front at the end surviving the pushing.

Hyde Park – Wireless 2009 – Sunday 5 July

Best: Q-Tip

Worst: Limited space in the Second Stage tent

Weather was better than expected, even a bit too hot. So no mud. Gates opened at 12, I was there for about 1. Opening act was on at 2 but naturally late by 20-30min. Not bad. Young Yeezy was great, a lot of energy. I’m not a big fan so it was good that he did Usher’s Make Love in the Club, where he raps to get the crowd going and the first MJ tribute of the day.

Had a look at the Second Stage. MPHO from South Africa. Listened to one song. I definitely will have to explore her music further because it sounded good. Even heard her on Jo Whiley’s Radio 1 show the day after.

Back to the Main Stage for Noisettes. Missed the big hit Don’t Upset the Rythm but they were good, good performance. It’s a band? with a leading singer? whose name is Shingai Shoniwa. She was all over the place. Her beautiful, quite short dress ripped but the show must continue and she was still all over the place. A bit too much nonsense talk.

N-Dubz. Na Na Nii. They did their job. Nothing more, nothing less. Tinchy Stryder was around but didn’t help out when they did Number 1.

Got just in time to the Second Stage to see the end of Ironik’s performance. It was banging. Chipmunk who had been on just before was standing on the side and when he entered the stage again he stole the show. And when he went to greet the first row, all eyes were on him instead of on Ironik doing Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer).

Next on the Second Stage was Kid Cudi mostly famous for Day’N’Night. His stage presence wasn’t all that great. Listened a bit to Calvin Harris in the background who was made special guest. Don’t get it. Kelly Rowland was supposed to be there and it would have been a lot better to see her. Will have to wait for another time.

Got to see a bit of Diversity doing their Britain’s got Talent winning routine. Don’t know if they should have been there and on the Main Stage?

Back to the Second Stage to see Flo Rida they weren’t letting anymore people in until someone left. What a disappointment. And there were many other upset faces. Festival organisers, didn’t they understand that big acts should be on the bigger stage. Flo Rida vs. Aleesha Dixon. I was forced to see Aleesha.

I paid to be there and shouldn’t I be able to see and enjoy the singers that I like. No. Not a big fan of Aleesha’s music. Not very unique. Needs more of a personal touch. Liked the Misteeq bit and the grimey bits she did towards the end. She should incorporate that to her own stuff. She had a lot of energy though. Great performer.

So then, two acts left. Two big ones. Q-Tip. Kanye West. Made a squeeze towards the front. It’s bad being short. But there were some grumpy moody people, mostly girls. Pushing is to be expected so just deal with it and enjoy the show.

Q-Tip was my highlight of the night. Wearing a Michael Jackson red Thriller jacket he busted some dance moves. It was good to have a bit of old school in the house. Too bad not everyone appreciated it. Some teens in front shouted ‘who are ya, who are ya?’ Very embarrassing. One youngster behind asked another ‘do you know who he is?’ ‘No, neva heard him before.’ Sad, very sad. Hope they got home and did some googling.

The sun was setting and it was getting a bit chilly. Kanye’s stage was being set up. I was impressed. Didn’t expect that. Had seen a vlog entry beforehand with shiny golden rock like panels and a podium and the panorama screen behind as I had seen last time when I saw Kanye in Bournemouth. And it was all being set up.

I’m sorry but Mr West didn’t meet my expectations. He was good, really good. But seeing him once before, he was better that time (about 1,5 years ago). Obviously, it was before Heartbreak so the mood was different.

I think I just got a little bit bored of him standing on the podium throughout most of the show. The robotic gold-painted from top-to-toe models/dancers added to the decoration. Everything worked in synergy though, music, dancers, Kanye’s perfomance, the atmosphere, even the weather. The breeze came at the right time. It was all very emotional and powerful and that’s what 808s & Heartbreak is. And dark.

I was eager to see what Mr West was going to do with it, his new audio tune music. How he was going to work it. It worked. Maybe not what I like to see on stage, as I realised, but it worked.

BGT 2009 Winners – Diversity

June 1, 2009

Why is it a shock? As it said on the headline of one of the tabloids.

Sure, I didn’t expect them to win. I just wanted them to beat Flawless, which they did when the top 3 were anounced. But I wasn’t surprised they won, the were good, very skilled and talented. I didn’t vote because I never do but there were a whole lot of people who did vote that thought the same as me.

Not even the judges belived in them since two predicted Flawless would win and the other one, Stavros Flatley. A bit sad since they should know better. So, I’m just happy the public knew better.

BGT 2009 – The Final

May 30, 2009

I’m pretty sure it’s tonight, the Britain’s Got Talent final on ITV. Have followed the auditions and the semi-finals sporadically.

So who will win – pressured by the press, Susan Boyle. Weeping Hollie. Father and son from Greece. Lily Allen’s favourite Shaheen or one of the dance acts.

I’m hoping for the dancers in Diversity, I didn’t see them in the semi-final but in the audition they were great, funny and original. All the different sizes and backgrounds, it’s just so good to see when people of different ethnicities and ages can get along. Their biggest competition, Flawless, a group of black dudes should really not beat them. Don’t know if anyone else saw but their choreography in the audition was taken from the film Stomp the Yard.

Aidan, the other dancer, so impressive, a self-taught dancer, probably better than the guy who won last year but then apparently you can find hundreds of boys like that on You Tube. But with all these dancing acts, isn’t it showing that it’s time to have a talent show solely for dancers. There’s Strictly Come Dancing for the celebs but where’s the British version of So You Think You Can Dance or Step It Up and Dance?

So, the BGT semi-finals, it seems to me like there were many good acts in one semi-final and not so many good ones in the other. I would have liked to see that little cute girl with the big voice, Natalie Okri in the final, at least she didn’t cry. And other comedy acts like ventriloquist, Gareth Oliver, who could also sing and the hot guys in Faces of Discos with the cut-out cardboard faces of well-known people were hilarious, especially when all the Simon Cowell’s came out. Obviously, the Greek father and son were quite funny. I pledge more comic acts to the BGT final – next year!

Oh, at least that geezer DJ Talent didn’t make it. What is it, gold teeth for £7000? What a …!