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Sunday Morning Playlist

My Extra Ordinary Life Sunday Morning Playlist Tea and Biscuits on a Tea Tray

I’m part of a music group called the FTA – the Frank Turner Army, that forms a monthly playlist on Spotify.  I love this.  Members are allowed to nominate one song per month and a combined playlist of about two-hundred songs is formed.  It’s a huge commitment by the wonderful man who compiles it each month, and it’s been a huge success.  Because we all have a mutual taste in music most of the songs are immediately to my taste.  It’s a fabulous way of being introduced to new music: every month there are bands or artists that I’ve never heard of before, or those that I’ve been meaning to check out and never got round to it.   I’m still making my way through this month’s list but one of the songs that I loved and kept putting on repeat was The Omen by Camp Cope.  They’re an Australian band from Melbourne and immediately reminded me of The Smith Street Band, also from Melbourne, who I love.  The song doesn’t have a video yet, just an audio-track.  It’s taken from the album ‘How to Socialise & Make Friends’ and I’m going to spend some time this week giving it a listen.

My Extra Ordinary Life Daffodils in a Mason Jar

Here’s what I’ve been listening to this week.  Enjoy this week’s Sunday Morning Playlist.

Happy Sunday everyone!  Have a great day.


The Omen – Camp Cope

Passiona  – The Smith Street Band

Your Graduation – Modern Baseball

Cigarettes & Saints –The Wonder Years

Monsters Ball – Electric River

Lesley xx

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Most Memorable Gig Moments of 2017

I love music, and live music.  I love small gigs or open mic nights at local pubs seeing unsigned acts, large stadium shows or festivals: all of them.  I love them.

From September I had to miss quite a few planned gigs, so my favourite moments come from earlier in the year.

*As live music videos don’t always sound the best on youtube I’ve actually gone for the best versions I can find of songs that meant a lot to me from last year.


Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Green Day.  I just Love them!  With all my heart!  Well, this year I was lucky enough to see them four times:  Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and at British Summer Time Hyde Park. They were fantastic as always, but the highlight for me was Hyde Park.  It was my first gig there.  The sun shone, everyone was in good spirits and with SLF, the Hives and Rancid also on the bill what was not to love!  We even got to play in the Playground, the ballpool and balloon room!

(Not Hyde Park, but I was here at Leeds, somewhere singing and bouncing to this, losing my voice.)

I’m Still Breathing – Green Day


2017 was the first Frank Fest, Lost Evenings, in Camden.  I got to see him perform on Friday and Saturday, but unfortunately couldn’t be there for Sunday or Monday evening. Now I’ve seen Frank perform Father’s Day on many occasions, but for some reason, this time, it really got to me.  I’m a weepy person anyway so I often cry or fill up during gigs, but this time I sobbed.  I mean really cried; tears, snots everything, I could hardly see the stage!  I don’t know why!  But it was a special moment and I loved it.  Then to be followed up by Thatcher, which he hadn’t performed in 10 years – brilliant!

(For anyone who doesn’t know Frank, the second song contains lots of swear words, so please don’t listened if easily offended)

This is the actual footage of the gig.  My view was from the left of the stage.  The footage is a bit wobbly but the audio is fine.

Fathers Day – Frank Turner


The morning after the night before.  After a fantastic 2 nights Lost Evenings my weekend was coming to a close so what better way to end it by sitting outside in Proud Camden,  with a drink in hand (lemon and lime), surrounded by FTA friends.  The perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Bangarang – Dave Giles


I liked James in the 90’s, but my love for them has grown over the years.  I saw them in Times Square in Newcastle and they were incredible.  They are one of the best live bands out there!  And watching Tim Booth dance makes me so happy.  I can’t listen to them now without doing the Tim Booth Dance!

(This video has subtitles, but the performance is excellent!)

Ring the Bells – James


Leeds Festival

I’ve attended Leeds Festival every year, bar one, since it started in 1999. Then we went for just one day with close friends.  I loved it so much that I’ve just had to go for the full weekend every year.  I love it!  It’s the highlight of my summer.  A lot of the time I spend in the Lock-Up tent and the Pit but this year a great deal of time was spent in front of the Main Stage.  There are too many bands to mention them all but some of my highlights were:   Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes (every year Frank Carter blows me away!), Billy Talent, Kasabian, Eminem, Jimmy Eat World , Liam Gallagher and Ash.   My song of the weekend though was Knights of Cydonia by Muse, who always put on a spectacular live show.

Knights of Cydonia – Muse

Lesley xx