Blackpool the Big Switch On!!

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Last year I applied for the free wrist bands to be at the Big Switch On at Blackpool, where you have a concert and fireworks and they switch on the Illuminations.

Blackpool for me is a huge childhood memory, with my grandad living down the road. Sadly no longer there, it’s a lovely trip down memory lane every time we go, and we’ve been paving the way with new memories, especially when we had Merlin passes, which meant we could visit Sea life Park, the Tower, the Dungeons and Madam Tussauds too.

We had such an incredible time last year that obviously we applied again, but we weren’t lucky this time round, so instead of missing it we bought the Golden Circle Tickets. Which means your at the front this time.

So what is happening for this Switch on you ask?

Award-winning actress Lucy Fallon is to switch on the world-famous Illuminations in her home town of Blackpool.

Lucy, who has won a host of TV awards for her role as Bethany Platt in ITV’s Coronation Street, will pull the famous switch in front of 20,000 people at the official Switch-On concert on the night of Friday 30 August.

Lucy, who studied singing, acting and drama from the age of two, made her first public stage appearance as a dancer in pantomime at the historic Blackpool Grand Theatre.

Since joining the cast of Coronation Street in 2015 she has enjoyed a stellar rise to fame winning the National Television Award for Serial Drama Performance in 2018 and also Best Actress and Best Female Dramatic Performance in the British Soap Awards in the same year.

Joining Lucy that night will be Brit Award-winners Busted will be joined by the multi-talented singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt, and Sigma, the British drum and bass DJ and record production duo who have twice topped the UK singles charts.

The tour coincided with the release of their brand new studio album, Half Way There.

Scotland’s Nina Nesbitt is a hugely talented singer, songwriter and musician. As a songwriter she has written for various artists including Jessie Ware, Olivia Holt and The Shires. As a singer she has found success in her own right and has just released her second studio album.

Sigma, comprising Cam Edwards and Joe Lenzie, topped the UK singles chart with Nobody To Love and followed that success with another number one hit,Changing, featuring Paloma Faith. They will take to the stage immediately after the big Switch-On moment for an epic finale under the Lights!

Diversity will return to the Switch-On stage to perform yet another scintillating routine just weeks before they embark on their massive UK tour to celebrate their 10th anniversary.

Since winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, they have completed eight sell-out arena tours and appeared on numerous shows and in the West End.

Also returning are crowd favourites R3wire and Varski, the Club MTV DJs and record producers who have helped turn Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On night into the coolest party in town.

The Friday night celebration will start with a “Blackpool Introduces” showcase featuring the best of talent from across the Fylde Coast, prior to the start of the main show, the Switch-On itself, and then an hour-long party under the Lights.

We sadly had rainy Blackpool not the sunny one like last year. But no matter, we filled our bellies with some food from Wetherspoons, drank some IPA and got ready for an epic night.

I had chicken, brie and chilli jam burger!! Omg how delicious.

Mr Moon had the ultimate burger, tasted like a big Mac only far better quality!!

Mini Moon ate a roasted vegetable pizza with pineapple added. This looked lovely.

Drank my birthday prosecco!

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Missed Nina personally, but I had an epic night, loved every minute of it all. I think this will be a new Moon family tradition.

#Orbital Live Digbeth 31st May 2019

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Never been to this venue so it’s a new exciting experience for me, and I’m hoping it’s going to be an awesome night out.

Been really enjoying concerts lately, as our usual nights out are getting too long and hard for me to deal with, these are a couple of hours of fun, and I’m soon back to resting. So concerts are easier on me bodywise and painwise.

Off to see the Electronic music legends Orbital, hoping for some audio and visual delights!!

DIGBETH ARENA

29 Lower Trinity Street, Birmingham, B94AG

Digbeth Arena is the outdoor sister-venue to The Mill – an old builders merchant yard, situated against the backdrop of Birmingham’s Victorian railway arches.

These look amazing as the sun is going down, totally transformed it, truly magickal.

Above is when we first arrived, but later on the sun caught the arches as it was setting at 9.15pm, and it’s so golden, see below.

It is a unique and versatile open-air space in the heart of Birmingham. A 3500 capacity configuration with over 12,000 sq ft extensive outdoor space.

Because it’s outdoor, it has a real festival vibe going on, watching the planes fly over it was like a UK version of Ibiza’s space. It was glorious in weather which was lucky!!

Digbeth Arena offers an array of flexible and impressive infrastructure to producers, agencies and brands & provides the most unique backdrop for conferences, exhibitions, experiential events, live music and more.

Look at these backdrops, just amazing art all around, making it unique and adds to the visual magic.

It was such a breathtaking visual and audio concert, that nothing has ever come close too. It was an experience of a lifetime, and one I will certainly treasure forever too.

Now I’m home my head says I want to do it all again it wasn’t enough, but of course body, mainly operated hip says you ain’t moving ever ever again!! Pain is off the charts

Sting and Shaggy 44/876 Tour

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The album’s title refers to the country calling code for the United Kingdom (+44) and the North American area code for Jamaica (876), Sting’s and Shaggy’s respective home countries.

Following their win at the 2019 Grammys for Best Reggae Album, Sting & Shaggy have announced their return to the UK with The 44/876 tour.

A series of intimate and exclusive shows will begin at London’s Camden Roundhouse on 19 May with additional dates in Newcastle, Birmingham and Manchester.

2018 saw Sting & Shaggy bring The 44/876 tour to North America, South America and Eastern Europe. Hailed as one of the most anticipated concerts of the year and a “reggae rock dance party that never lets up,” the show sees the pair collaborating on each other’s most celebrated hits such as Every Breath You Take, Englishman In New York, Message In A Bottle, It Wasn’t Me, Mr. Boombastic and Angel as well as new hits from 44/876

In spring 2018, Sting & Shaggy made UK headlines with a memorable performance of Don’t Make Me Wait at the Queen’s 92nd birthday celebration at the Royal Albert Hall. The pair also performed the track live on BBC’s The One Show, and in the latest series of Mrs. Browns Boys. 2018 also saw the release of Skank Up (Oh Lawd), a further collaboration from Sting & Shaggy that featured dancehall music sensation Ding Dong. 2019 will also soon see the release of the pair’s next single, Just One Lifetime.


Never been to the 02 academy before, and it was a very small intimate venue, easy to get to bar, and toilets, nice staff as well.

The music kicked off at 8.10pm while I was on the loo!! Weird as it said last entry at 8.30pm so I thought I had plenty of time.

Anyways straight into stings classics, with the crowd joining in. I needed a San Miguel, so headed to the bar, which was super efficient, well staffed and I was served pretty quickly.

Had a few tall tall people in front of us, but the odd one made an effort all night to duck and weave so us small ones could see. He was well into it!!

I think the crowd was predominantly for Sting, but behind me and including us (me and Mr moon) we were there for Shaggy, wooping and whistling when his songs came on.

Though admittedly we bopped and sang along to both sets of classic songs, as well as their collective new songs on the album. Some songs were slow at times and I personally would of loved the same reggae energy all he way through, but I had an absolute blast!! What a way to kick start the bank holiday weekend.

1yr #Hipaversary #hiparthroscopy

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It’s finally been my 1year Anniversary since my last surgery, my Hip Arthroscopic surgery. And to celebrate it, we did it in style.

First off we visited #50cent for his 15th Anniversary Get Rich Or Die Trying Tour, this is immense, I loved every single second of it. We had Lethal Bizzle first up, then 50cent and GUnit. It was like the 00’s had come alive once again. And better yet, we knew once we got home and slept, we were off on Holiday!!

So off we flew the next day in the afternoon to #Rhodes hip obviously hates flying but I was well prepared for this.

To arrive here in the gorgeous sunshine, I knew it was the right decision to go.

This one wonderful week away, we visited as many sites as we could. Drove around the island and swam nearly everyday. I ate better here than I ever have done on a Spanish island (easier for veggie food too) the warmth honestly did my hip some good, as well as my hands. Though ankles continued to swell each day if we had been on our feet alot. But painwise the warm dry heat does absolute magic to them!! This is why pensioners move aboard.

We did a fair amount of steps, we had to stop every few so I could adjust hip, take stock and breathe into it. But boy oh boy was I rewarded. Going down was always my worse part, but I did it and so did my dodgy ole hip that’s going to be replaced. It’s like its final adventure with me. I get sad thinking that soon it won’t be with me, but I know it’s daft really. Anyone else feel a bit sad??

So I’ve made it to 1yr and it’s been a huge learning curve, my fitness has improved greatly, the muscles around the hip are stronger, I trust myself more which was a huge mental issue for many years. And all because I took physio seriously and did it religiously. I also stopped trying to race ahead and do more than my hip wanted to do, I kept to the basics and finally got results. Granted it never stopped my pain or limitations of the hip, but I’m sure that once it’s replaced, it will greatly improve my recovery period.

And better yet, I didn’t put on the usual 5lbs + that I usually do on holiday!! We ate more like at home, less carbs, more protein and salads and I came home 1lb heavier, which has already gone 3 days after getting home.

Obviously I got off the plane and I couldn’t speak, lost my voice. Maybe air con had something to do with it. The day after being home I had to see the doctor, as I felt super poorly. And it’s laryngitis so on antibiotics and feeling very sorry for myself right now. But what a week we had!!!!

Out of our comfort zone

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If like me you don’t actually like crowds, deep rooted fear of falling over, being pushed, walking stick kicked from under me. Then you’ll understand how scary this is. But we did it!!

What did we do…. It all started with a competition on Facebook, to see #BlackpoolLightsSwitchOn I casually shared and commented on their page and a week later I got an email saying I’d won 3 tickets to the big switch on.

Brilliant!! Exciting and nerve wrecking, especially when you hear it attracts 20,000 people. Come again…. How many?? Oh god, what will I do. Well nowt for it, but grin and bear it and make the most of it all, as it’s a chance in a lifetime. And there’s fireworks too. I’m sold.

We arrived at 3pm so just time to shop at primark and hunt down a spoons (wetherspoons) for early tea. We had until 7pm to get into the arena.

We sat outside and had a wonderful view of the tower, sun was glorious, food totally delicious even though it wracked up too 1,544 cals!! And the pink gin was refreshing.

Now to see the queues, eek!! Will we get a good spot??

Thankfully not our queue!! Green bands queue was tiny at 6.30pm so soon strolled in, while #Hrvy was singing.

Ended up winding through the people getting closer and closer, and with 2 huge screens it ended up being a decent spot.

After #Hrvy it was #R3wireAndVarski more up my street with drum n bass beats being played. The crowd thankfully loved it too, lots were bouncing and cheering, what an atmosphere!!

Sun going down made this event so magickal, the weather was perfect.

After the madness of drum n bass, it was #EllaEyre which I loved too. I was excited to see her.

Then #Diversity and #Dvj which I have no photos of, as by this point my child had stolen my phone to Snapchat on. They were electric to watch, great seeing a newer generation of them too.

#AlfieBoe came on and the countdown to the lights was on…. He only sang one song though, and while speaking I was disheartened that the crowd were too loud to actually hear him.

Fireworks lasted about 2mins which was a disappointment admittedly. But the lights were twinkling and I’m feeling incredibly lucky to be here. Last up it’s #JonasBlue which I honestly though was going to be my worse, but in no way was it. Full of well known clubbing tunes. Meant to end at 10pm but we partied on until 10.30pm.

I envisioned chaos getting out, but none of that happened, it was well organised and getting out was simple and done in a few mins.

Hip hated every second of this, but I’m at a point where I don’t care. I took tramadol to combat it, though I don’t remember it ever working really. Just shifted my focus instead. Walking was a very very painful experience, and getting home my ankles looked like this

Super swollen, and painful. But I can rest now for days and recover. Hip is obviously worse, sharp groin knife like pains, but I hope it will all be a distant memory soon.

I’m so glad I dealt with my anxiety and stepped so far out of my comfort zone, because this was an incredible day, one I’d definitely do again!!

Nickelback concert

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We were given the opportunity to see #Nickelback in concert in Birmingham Genting Arena, which I couldn’t pass up!!

Which is why it’s been hard to do physio, as I’ve being doing ‘normie’ activities instead. Though I confess they take some days to recover from, and an increase of pain medication. However, regardless of that, it’s an opportunity I thought was worth it, and I was right.

Got the train, so we could have a beer or two.

Stick and decent footwear worn, so I was prepared for the evening. I will say I needed to lean at times. And I was so bodily broken afterwards, it took 2 days of not moving to recover.

Had a nice cold #Amstel beer. Delicious

Seether was up first, and properly warmed up the crowd. Though they were way better than I imagined.

My leaning post, and support. Had the biggest giggles all night. We sang our hearts out, and truly loved every second.

Though it wasn’t our music genre and we were new to concerts, it was a truly magickal evening. I think I’m a rock convert!!

32 weeks post #hiparthroscopy physiotherapy appointment.

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This week I’ve actually felt normal. Sore, exhausted but more normal. It’s been full of action too, so less housebound which was amazing. This could be the upturn in weather and more sunshine.

Let’s face it, everything looks and feels better in the sunshine.

We went to the cinema to watch #AvengersInfinityWar which was more comfortable this time round to sit, but I’m not sure why. As it’s the same cinema and seats!? Though I didn’t do physio on the same day. Could that be the key?

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A day later I saw a friend for coffee and chin wags, which was awesome. I also avoided physio this day, I was feeling it as I came home, so straight away I rested, and warmed joints with a heat pack.

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Then I’ve had #TheVamps concert Night and Day Tour event, and though it was sitting, this bodily broke me. But I had physio at the Hospital prior to this event. So I’m sure that didn’t help. But I’m pleased I’ve managed to leave the house 3 times this week, a record for me!! Though admittedly now, I feel like I can’t move, or don’t want to move for a week!!

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So what exercises did I do this week, well it was changed once again.

  • Leg Press 40lbs 30reps
  • Hip Extension Forwards Red Band 25 reps
  • Hip Extension Backwards Red Band 25 reps
  • Hip Abduction Red Band 25 reps (struggled with this)
  • Single Hip Bridge Right (op) Leg Bent 20 reps
  • Ball squeezed between knees Bridge 25 reps
  • Front Leg Raise, Abduction Red Band 20 reps (struggled)
  • Side Leg Raise Red Band 25 reps
  • Clam Raise Red Band 25 reps
  • Squeeze Swiss Ball Hip Adduction 25 reps
  • Side Steps straight leg, Red Band around knees 60 reps

Looking at this now, no wonder I feel broken now, lots of swelling around hip, it’s around 3inches bigger. Ibuprofen helps as good heat. I know for swelling you should use ice, but that doesn’t go well with me. So I use heat!!

No official appointment for physio until 25th may now, but I’ll do my every other day at home physio routine.

*Blood tests came back elevated still in ESR and CRP levels but negative for RF (Rheumatoid Factor) so I’ve had an x-ray on my hand, results in a week’s time*

 

The Journeyman… #Goldie

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To mark my 9week post op milestone, we had an epic date night seeing #Goldie the drum n bass artist live with an orchestra. This was going to be immense!

Drinking prosecco, getting dressed up and going off to our date night, I was a collection of nerves and excitement. 

Arriving to the Wolves Civic Hall we walked to the box office queue, got searched quickly first and ushered through swiftly, so far so good. Collected our tickets, quick scan then off to see the room, and locate our tickets. Grateful we were near the front and seated. Although many opted to stand in aisle’s so they could bop away.

We had special guests, and one was a Beat boxer, and for the life of me I can’t remember his name (so ashamed) but he was amazing, always been in awe of such talent. 

It was a puzzle to me how an orchestra could bring the electricity and atmosphere of drum n bass to this concert hall, but they sure did. The bass line was intense, fast paced, pure lightening. It had the intensity of an actual rave, while being comfy on seats. (Just what I needed while still recovering from hip surgery. What a way to celebrate 9weeks post op! Though)

The eclectic mixture of soulful singing, balearic beats, and shamanic rhythms, this concert was art in its purest form, a self expression of #Goldie’s journey. From his days in 90’s Brooklyn, street beats and b-boys to present day. The music was a journey from past present to future, and we had special guest Tyler Lee Daly. 

We watched #Goldie bounce around the stage with pure energy and excitement, it was infectious. The cello was at home with a snare drum, kick drum, along with rainmakers and wind chimes, not something I would of ever guessed. Watching Goldie gave me Bez vibes, and was proper entertaining. And the audience was enthralled, and soon joined in, not many stood still. Barely anyone sat in their seats. We did, but more due to circumstance, if I didn’t have crutches, I would of liked to have joined the dancers at the front. We still moved to the beat in our seats.

All too soon it came to an end, such a shame, we were hungry for more. I definitely could of watched double the amount of time. We were buzzing, and full of electric energy. Its amazing what good music can do for the soul. It was an incredible venue, incredible night and I was sad it was over!!

I tweeted about going and @MRGOLDIE himself retweeted and replied. How cool is that?! I know totally fangirling but I don’t care, I thought it was cool to get a reply.