FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF – Cameron: “He’ll keep calling me, he’ll keep calling me until I come over. He’ll make me feel guilty. This is uh… This is ridiculous, ok I’ll go, I’ll go, I’ll go, I’ll go, I’ll go. What – I’LL GO. Shit.

It’s a ‘Weekend Mini Movie Festival’ at London Fields Brewery this weekend!!! 17th & 18th August.

Presented by Backyard Cinema there will be screenings of seven classic movies over two days, accompanied by craft beers, beanbags, deckchairs, DJ’s, live bands, and food trucks!

AVATAR Sat 17th August — 1:00pm
FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF Sat 17th August — 4:30pm
THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES Sat 17th August — 7:00pm
THE LOST BOYS Sat 17th August — 9:30pm
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK Sun 18th August — 2:00pm
ANCHORMAN Sun 18th August — 4:30pm
LES MISERABLES Sun 18th August — 7:00pm
THE LOST BOYS: Sam Emerson: “Look at your reflection in the mirror. You’re a creature of the night Michael, just like out of a comic book! You’re a vampire Michael! My own brother, a goddamn, shit-sucking vampire. You wait ’till mom finds out, buddy!”
WHO: Backyard Cinema Presents A Weekend Classic Film Mini Film Festival
WHERE: London Fields Brewery, The BrewHouse, Railway Arches 369-370 Helmsley Place E8 3SB
PRICE: Tickets cost £10 per screening / £15 for Movie + Food / £15 for Movie + Two Drinks / or £19 for Movie, Food + Two Drinks
OPENING TIMES: Saturday 17th August 12pm – 2am // Sunday 18th August 1pm – Midnight

OMG I’m literally so excited! (Oh no.. did I really just say that?). I heart chickflicks and haven’t seen a great one since Bridesmaids… August 16th brings the release of comedy Bachelorette.. which Lionsgate are claiming to be one of the biggest cross platform releases.  All that means is that on August 16th you can either watch this film in the cinema – or in the comfort of your own home..or buy it straight away as a download.

The cast includes underrated Lizzy Caplan one of my favourite actresses.. Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Rebel Wilson..


There are not enough chick flicks in the world to keep a girl sustained. Not enough good ones anyway…I’ve just finished watching Orange is the New Black.. (watch it!!! SO GOOD!) and I’m starting to feel a bit lost without the characters.



This year – is Leeds Festivals 15th birthday..  so to celebrate.. here are some facts you may not know about the festie!


ONE: NME’s official ‘Best British Band’ and headliners Biffy Clyro, tell us what to expect from their performance. “Biffy at our best. We love Reading & Leeds and to be asked to play the festival is such an honour. We plan to play as long as they’ll let us, to try and fit in as much of our 6 albums as possible. There will be bare skin and plenty of sweat, with a chance of tears………..and maybe some fireworks!” Ben Johnston

TWO: Eminem’s last performance at Leeds Festival was 12 years ago in 2001 when Leeds turned 3 years old, this year Leeds turns 15! The first Leeds Festival was held in 1999 moving to its current home Bramham Park in 2003.

THREE: Green Day are no strangers to Reading & Leeds Festivals, but the band haven’t played Leeds since 2004 so their return to headline on the Saturday evening will definitely be one to watch.

FOUR: After forming in Leeds at university, Alt-J’s debut appearance at the festival was in 2012 when they played the Festival Republic Stage.  After a huge year for the band, the Mercury Music Prize and Ivor Novello winners return to headline the NME/Radio 1 Stage. One of the band’s members, drummer Thom Greene, is actually from Harrogate so just a short drive from the Leeds site.

FIVE: System Of A Down’s last performance at Leeds Festival in 2003 was one of Managing Director Melvin Benn’s favourite ever sets at the festival! 

SIX: A band with great Leeds history is local boys Pulled Apart By Horses. They have played every music stage at the festival and not only that, they have opened on each of those stages, charting the bands success. The band will be appearing on the Alternative Stage as part of Transgressive and one of the members, Rob, will play in his other project Menace Beach during Dance To The Radio’s Thursday night takeover in Leeds.

SEVEN: Man of the moment Jake Bugg takes the leap from the Festival Republic Stage to perform on the NME/Radio 1 Stage, following on from his successes in 2012 which included a Number 1 album, an Ivor Novello nomination and a Best Breakthrough Act accolade.

EIGHT: Around 300 artists will perform over the weekend from DJs to MCs, bands to comics and more.

NINE: Leeds Festival is now the only festival to watch UK festival exclusive performances from Biffy Clyro, City and Colour, Deftones, Eminem, Fall Out Boy, Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, System Of A Down and White Lies.

TEN: Many bands and artists will be making their Leeds Festival debuts this year including Swim Deep, Peace, A$AP Rocky, Baauer, Childhood, City & Colour, Disclosure, Iggy Azalea, Judah Friedlander, Rob Delaney, Wretch 32 and Tame Impala.

ELEVEN: There will be new stages and areas at Leeds this year including the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage, the BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage and the much loved Relentless Stage relocating into the woods.

TWELVE: “Reading & Leeds is so special because it’s where you come of age. It’s where music fans and bands meet and get involved. It’s all about the music; the new music that you wait all year to see!” Huw Stephens

THIRTEEN: Sub Focus is looking forward to playing Leeds, he says it’s so special because…It’s always one of the most up for it festival crowds in the UK.”

FOURTEEN: “We came to this festival about six years ago when we were thinking of starting a band. It’s just one of those things that most musicians aspire to play and each year it seems bands have some of their best shows at the festival.” Fenech-Soler

FIFTEEN: Greg James sums it up “No better place to have a messy old time with your best mates with the biggest bands in the world


There ya go.. Excited?

Becki Bx

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“Don’t.. go back.. to Dalston…” sang Razorlights Johnny Borrell.. so when I stepped off the train in London’s hipsterville Dalston for the Basia Bulat gig at Servant Jazz Quarters.. I was wondering if ‘going’ back was such a good idea. The Servant Jazz Quarters is a small cosy bar hidden down a side street and with no sign to identify itself one could easily blink and miss it. In fact that’s pretty much what I did. Walking past.. the stocky bouncer shouted at me… “Here it is.. this is the place you’re looking for….”. Wow. Amazing. How did he know. He was right though. It was the place I was looking for.

Down in the small basement – was the perfect setting for a cosy musical affair with Basia Bulat. A cute Canadian folk singer songwriter in town for a one off gig. My reason for stepping back out on hipstervilles streets. I’d listened to Basia Bulat online – but my feeling with this sort of music, is that the beauty is in the experience of the event. As a solo artist swapping between harp and piano, Basia exudes an onstage charismatic confidence.. she must be surely safe in the knowledge that her pure talent will guide her through the intimate performance and her fingers pluck at the harp so naturally it is as if they have been best friends for a very long time.

Her music..  carries a reflectiveness that helped guide those in the room into meditative daydreams, reflection and a joy in the shared humanity of the powerful vulnerability of Basia’s lyrics..

I put Basia Bulat on my highly recommended list. An amazing artist. Currently on tour in the US she’ll be back in London for a gig in Islington soon.. so look out for those dates:

Basia’s third album “Tall Tall Shadow” will be released on 30th September via Secret City Records co-produced album with Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingsbury and Mark Lawson.. listen HERE:

Becki Bxx



If her daddy’s rich, take her out for a meal
If her daddy’s poor, just do what you feel
Speed along the lane
Do a ton or a ton and twenty-five
When the sun goes down
You can make it, make it good in a lay-by

We’re not bad people, we’re not dirty, we’re not mean
We love everybody, but we do as we please
When the weather’s fine
We go fishing or go swimming in the sea
We’re always happy
Life’s for living, yeah, that’s our philosophy

When I was young I believed that a man and a woman should always pay half for everything including dinner on first dates. This was due to my own views as a young feminist… but mainly also down to fear. A fear of control and power. If the man paid was I indebted to him? I was uncomfortable with that position. And I always wanted to ensure that I could leave the night as independent and as guilt free as possible. Now, however I never feel guilty if a man pays on the first date. I see it as a sign – and I can choose whether to pick up on it or dismiss it. (And I’ve also learnt that if a guy makes you feel like you owe him after a date, well that’s certainly not a good sign either! And be wary… some guys may try that trick).

I guess it all depends on how much you’re going to get a man to work for a position in your life. I don’t necessarily think that a man paying/not paying for a date is a written in stone sign of his desires. But I think generally at the beginning… if a dinner date is suggested… he should pay.

Myself and a friend of mine were walking down the street a few weeks back debating this very topic. We stopped in front of two lads sitting next to their bikes in the street…

“Excuse me if you really like a girl and you asked her out to dinner… would you pay for them on the first date?” I questioned.

“Totally. Definitely!” they answered…

“What if you weren’t that into them would you pay?” I asked..

“Erm…maybe…maybe not” they answered. “But you’d definitely pay if you were into her?”

“Yes! Definitely!!!” they responded.

The unwritten constitution of dating: that guys should pay on the first date. And a girl should offer to pay half. If he’s into you… he’ll decline.

You have to distinguish – are you an option or are you the apple of his eye?

Let’s give an example…usually I always offer to pay dutch on a date. I was on a first date with a guy (this is like…ages ago). The bill had come – I’d offered to pay half. His response: “I know how you women feel about guys paying for bills…so let’s go halves and I’ll take you out for the next dinner”

“Ok…” I responded. Naively believing him. I liked this guy. But now looking back, had he used feminism against me?! I was after all, a proud, independent woman. Yes.. yes I was!

But this ‘overlooking’ led to a series of overlooking.

“Oh my god girl, that first date was such a red flag!” my friend screeched at me down the phone when I reflected on the short dating episode we’d had together. Hmm really!?!

Neither party wants to be taken advantage of in the dating game. But it happens. We live in a world where people are simultaneously dating several people at once through the power of the internet. And dating can get… expensive.

And you don’t want to be somebodys option. You want to be their number one. So all I can advise is.. that if he’s not putting the effort in at the beginning, then however much that might hurt to acknowledge the only thing I can say is that it happens to a lot of people. So don’t feel bad or dwell. Train yourself to spot the red flags. And do yourself a favour. (And I acknowledge that it happens both sides – men and women).

I’ve had a few guy friends I’ve tried to give advice to on dating girls. When I tell them they should offer to take a girl out if they like them.. occasionally their answer has been.. “I don’t want them to think they can take the mick blah blah blah”. The most important thing is to not let past woes of relationships get in the way of current dating opportunities. So he cheated… she took the mick, he did this, they did that.. so what! Don’t let that affect how you treat a current potential. I have three brothers who are all very much in love with their current partners… I’ve seen what’s worked, what hasn’t, and they’ve shared their dating secrets and thoughts with me about women.

We live in a rapidly changing world, where even the etiquette of dating is evolving. Who knows how far our society will advance and where dating will land in a couple of hundred years times. All I know is that.. you can pay half on the first date, you can take the man out, you can let him pay, you can not let him pay. But I’ve seen what’s worked and if he’s into you…believe me.. he’ll fluff his feathers. So let him? Believe me – you’re worth it girl!!

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

So my ultimatum is yes. A man.. should certainly pay on the first date.

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