5 seconds of summer

Kiis 102.7 Jingle Ball

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When I found out Jingle Ball in Los Angeles was two stops away on the metro and One Direction an incredible mix of people were performing I knew I had to go. Of course I tried the whole call-the-radio-station-every-day-trying-to-win-free-tickets thing and failed (except I was caller 82 once!!), so I ended up with StubHub tickets which got me two seats in the very last row of the entire theater.IMG_7234

5SOS opened up the show and did not disappoint. The minute Michael began the opening riff of Amnesia I flashed back to the last time I saw them live. They sang a few old songs and a few off their new album, and overall they were a great start to the show.  12342339_960951477311329_9105859402304023521_n

In all honesty, I was there to see One Direction (which really shouldn’t surprise you at this point). The Kiis 102.7 crew made it very clear throughout the night that this was One Direction’s last performance in the US before their two year break *cue the tears* *yes, real tears* *ask Brooke*. The 23 minute set was perfect – and yes they sang “Perfect”. I was most excited about hearing their new songs live. I’ve heard “What Makes You Beautiful” live about 9 times now, so while it still strums on my heart strings the real feels came when they sang “History”, “Drag Me Down” and “Infinity”. It was one of my favorite One Direction concerts yet, and I’m not sure if it’s because it was in such a big arena and everyone was singing along or because it was a huge milestone in their careers. Regardless it was #WorthIt. 12294617_960951470644663_8100212345225230794_n

Other performers included Shawn Mendes, who brought out special guest Camila Cabello, Hailee Steinfeld, Zedd, Selena Gomez and DNCE. I was pleasantly surprised by Hailee Steinfeld and Zedd’s performances. I was not expecting much from Zedd but his set was a mix of his own songs and live mixing of other top 40 hits. His set was the most fun I’ve had at a concert in a long time, and that’s saying something. Hailee Steinfeld only sang two songs but she is an incredibly talented singer. I was impressed. DNCE was absolutely wild, which I was expecting. Joe Jonas ran through the crowd for the entirety of a song and I have never seen a performer jump up and down more than his guitarist did.

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Overall, Jingle Ball was Unknown. Next winter I highly recommend going to the nearest Jingle Ball to you. The concerts are exhausting (it was like 4 hours long!!) but you get to see so many incredible acts in one night and it’s super fun– right Brooke!?!

Peace n Blessings

Meg

Last Minute Gift Ideas For Fangirls


Still stuck with what to give to your friends, children, siblings, etc. for the holidays? With only eight days until Christmas, it’s a stressful and exciting time. I realize that not everyone is a die-hard music fan and that everyone has a different taste in music, but I have rounded up the best gifts for some of the fangirls and fanboys in your life. Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 8.35.43 PM Perhaps the most talked about artist of the year, Taylor Swift is bound to be an inspiration for someone close to you. Here are some gift ideas that recipients will not shake off:

  1. Concert tickets // The 1989 World Tour — Taylor just announced a tour, with special guest Vance Joy, and tickets are almost gone. To find out when she’ll be near you, check THIS out.
  1. 1989 — Sure, fangirls/fanboys have probably downloaded this album on iTunes already, there is nothing like owning a hard copy of a fantastic record.
  1. Merch — Taylor Swift has an immense collection of merchandise, from tees to tea to-go cups. This is great for gift givers, but be careful with what you buy: not everyone would appreciate a shirt with her face on it! This is one of my favorite tops. 

Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 8.35.52 PM Ed Sheeran, the ginger-haired guitar playing, singing/rapping/heart-melting British artist, is on almost everyone’s radar. Here are some gift ideas for the “Sheerios” out there:

  1. His book: Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey — Ed Sheeran just released his first book ever. Not only does Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey offer a first hand account of Ed Sheeran’s amazing success, but its illustrations are also done by Ed’s own childhood friend (and album cover artist)!
  1. Vinyls — Vinyl’s and record players are definitely becoming mainstream again. Even if you don’t own a record player yourself (like me), it is cool to hang on your wall or just look at! (here, “TOL” here)

Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 8.35.30 PM Ah, 5 Seconds of Summer. A band met with mixed reviews (INSERT TWEET ABOUT WORST BAND). Maybe (definitely) my fangirl is showing in this post, but I am totally on board with the 5SOS boys and music. Here are some gift ideas for the 5SOS fam:

  1. LIVEsos — This album is different from anything I have ever heard. The collection of fourteen live songs is deemed an “at home concert experience”. Available HERE.
  1. Concert Tickets // Rock Out With Your Socks Out Tour — Their tour was announced a whole year in advanced, but there are still a few tickets left for their North American tour this summer! Look HERE for tickets. 
  1. Merch — It sure does cure a fan’s aching heart. I love that 5SOS has a mix of tees with art and tees their faces. (From left to right, 1. 2. 3.)

Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 8.36.07 PM And last but certainly not least, One DirectionAs arguably one of the most successful boybands of the year, there is no doubt that you know someone remotely attached to the band in some way. Even if they just enjoy their new fantastic album FOUR, here are some gift ideas for One Direction fans and non-fans alike:

  1. Four — Seriously the boys’ best album yet. It’s vibe is definitely more grown up, which widens their audience immensely. Pick up your own copy HERE.
  1. Concert Tickets: On The Road Again Tour — Yes, another One Direction tour. Seriously, go. Even if you don’t like them. Find out when they’re near you HERE.
  1. Makeup by One Direction: Makeup by One Direction Kits and the Limited-Edition Beauty Collection — If you remember a while back, I reviewed the first round of Makeup by One Direction. I was pleasantly surprised the first time, and even more surprised the second time around. The Limited-Edition Beauty Collection (the tin featuring Liam on the front) is similar in essence to the first makeup tins, but with better, more pigmented colors. I am wearing a combination of “Tell Me A Lie” and “I Would” on my lids and a combination of “Loved You First” and “One Thing” on my lips. Also, the eyeliner in this set is the best eyeliner I’ve ever used. It glides on so easily and is definitely replacing my old eyeliners. On the other hand, the Makeup by One Direction Kits (nail polish, mascara and lip gloss) are quite different. The colors are brighter, more sparkly and less geared towards teenagers than their other products. I definitely recommend this for younger girls, though. While I cannot rock the Liquilights Glow Gloss for the life of me, I am positive younger fans would appreciate the Electro Glam Mascara and Rock Me Nail Kit. For more information on Makeup by One Direction, go HERE.

What would you give your fangirl/fanboys?

 

Peace n Blessings

Meg

#StarsStripesAndMapleSyrup | Concert Post

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you know that I am a concert junkie. Even more than a concert junkie, I am a boyband concert junkie. One Direction, Hollywood Ending, even Big Time Rush. Concerts are my jam.

Last night, I attended the 5 Seconds of Summer concert with Jackson Guthy (my prom date) as the opening act. 5SOS (pronounced  five sauce), aussie boyband of four, has been climbing the charts with the recent release of their EP, “She Looks So Perfect”. I met these lovely lads last summer at their first headlining show in New York and I was even happier to be a part of their second. 

The concert started off with Jackson Guthy, singer-songwriter prom date extraordinaire. This is the third time I’ve seen Jack live (and the second at Best Buy Theater) and he just gets better and better, and so does his music. One of my absolute favorites (apart from his new single “Young & Single”, of course) was “Legacy”. Hopefully I’ll get act together and post a video on my youtube channel with clips from the concert and this song, and I know the “junior year” excuse is getting old, but it’s junior year… Anyways, great show Jack, you never disappoint.

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Next came the Aussies, 5SOS. Playing a mix of covers (like “What I Like About You” and “Teenage Dream”) and original music, these boys put on quite the show. Their first headlining show in New York was an acoustic set, so I never really heard all of their music live. The whole waiting-in-line-for-two-hours-to-get-a-good-spot thing didn’t work out so well so my friends and I ended up in the back, but it is still one of my favorite concerts to date. Everyone was enjoying themselves and everyone was having a good time (even the parents in the back with us). My favorite songs of the set were “Disconnected” and “Heartache On The Big Screen”, available on their new EP. My words of wisdom: the next time they come to your area, do everything in your power to see them. It’s so worth it.

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I also met up with Jackson and his friend Ray (who doesn’t really understand the whole “blog” thing) after the show! See you guys in 41 days…

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And s/o to my friends Sophia, Leah and Rachel who put up with me the whole night, y’all rock, never change.

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Peace n Blessings

Megan

5SOS

Yesterday I had an adventurous day throughout New York City and wound up at 5 Seconds of Summer’s first concert and meet and greet in America! They are 16-18 year old musicians from Australia who are absolutely adorable (and unbelievably tall!).

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Ashton, Luke, Me, Michael and Calum

Skirt: Brandy Melville | Top: Brandy Melville

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Songs of the Day: “Try Hard” (available for FREE download), “Beside You”, and “Unpredictable” by 5 Seconds of Summer.

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p.s. Stay tuned for a big post about my One Direction concert last friday!

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Peace n Blessings

Megan ((and 5SOS))