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Collective Effervescence - a feeling of belonging and assimilation produced by collective ritual action (a term coined by Emile Durkheim).

This describes how I felt at Love On Tour when I was there because there were so many special moments that 70,000 people at Wembley Stadium were all experiencing together. Being in a room with that many people who are feeling joy at the same time over the same thing is really something magical.

We went to see Harry at Wembley on Night 2 (14th June) and were in the front standing section and the three of us who went collectively decided we weren't going to queue for ages and try to get to the front because it was 30 degrees and way too hot to be pressed up against other people. So, we were near the back of front standing, in the middle, and still managed to have an amazing view, while also having space to keep cool and dance.

We arrived just before the support act Wet Leg came on. I knew two of their songs and they were pretty good, but I was mainly interested in the main event - Harry.

I also have to mention the outfits because there were so many amazing ones and the majority of Harry fans came to SLAY. Props to them because it was too hot for me to wear my original outfit so I ended up wearing a top and shorts but there were still lots of cowboy hats, cowboy boots, feather boas, and leather trousers even in the 30-degree heat.

Harry came on at around 8:30pm and started off with Daydreaming (full setlist to follow). Because we were so close and had such a good view it was even more surreal.

To our excitement as One Direction fans back in the day, Harry played not one, but two One Direction songs - Stockholm Syndrome, and their debut, What Makes You Beautiful.

It was the most fun concert I've been to, there was a gender reveal (it's a girl!) many conga lines, and my personal highlight was the incredible firework display during Sign of the Times.

I feel like being standing meant that we were more part of the magic and I'm so glad we got front standing.

The Setlist

1. Daydreaming

2. Golden

3. Adore You

4. Keep Driving 

5. Stockholm Syndrome

6. She

7. Matilda

8. Love of my life (bonus song)

9. Satellite

10. Late Night Talking

11. Cinema

12. Music for a Sushi Restaurant

13. Treat People with Kindness

14. What Makes You Beautiful

15. Grapejuice

16. Watermelon Sugar

17. Fine Line

18. Sign of the Times

19. Kiwi

20. As It Was

Overall, it is one of the best concerts I have been to (if not the best) up there with Beyonce who I saw in the same month?! They were both so different but amazing. I understand why the tour is called Love On Tour because while I was there and after leaving my heart just felt so full.

Related: Beyonce - The Renaissance Tour

Harry was right when he said his shows are like group therapy. If £115 is the price I have to pay for a great view, an amazing show with a bit of therapy thrown in there then that is money well spent!

Who's the best person you've seen live?



Everybody say "hey Mrs Carter!"

I was lucky enough to secure tickets to Beyonce's Renaissance Tour in London at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and when I tell you I ugly cried ...

Our seats were actually in the very back row in our section. We were in section 525 which had a side view of the stage and row 29, which was the furthest row there was. Because we had a side view, it meant that we were closer to the stage than those who were straight on.

I quite enjoy getting seated tickets at concerts because you can turn up without queuing and I just find it all round more comfortable. Doors opened at 5pm but we knew that Beyonce wasn't going to start performing until after 7:30pm so we arrived at 6:45pm which gave us time for a toilet and drink break before finding our seats.

The Show

Beyonce came up onto the stage from below at around 7:50pm and I have to admit I may have shed a tear or two when she opened with Dangerously in Love.

The rest of her set list at night 4 of the London shows is later on in the article. There were many clips of other songs in the intermissions. 

The whole show lasted for about 2 hours and 45 minutes and Beyonce managed to fit so many iconic songs in that time, with amazing dancing and visuals.

I found myself being shook the whole time with the props and visuals on the stage for most of the show. There were robot arms on stage making a faux mirror around her while she was singing. I don't know how they worked but they were SERVING.

Similarly, she came out on a tank at one point and of course finished the show by flying out on a glittery disco horse. Why wouldn't you? It was so over the top in the best way.

When I talk about the Renaissance tour, I have to mention the outfits. There was an outfit change every 4-5 songs and they were all insane. She started off the show with some slower songs in a long black dress, then when she got to the more upbeat songs she changed her outfits to match, as did the dancers.

When My Power started playing, Beyonce's daughter Blue Ivy came out and danced with her and she was amazing! (I did let out another couple of tears at this point). I couldn't believe that Blue is only 11 she was so professional. 

Everything was just 10/10 and I was so so grateful to be able to see Beyonce live. It was the best concert I have been to and if anyone needs me I will just be watching all the videos I took over and over again.

The Setlist 

1. Dangerously in Love
2. Flaws and All
3. 1+1
4. I Care
5. River Deep Mountain High (Tina Turner)
8. ALIEN SUPERSTAR (remixed with Sweet Dreams)
9. Lift Off
10. 7/11
14. Formation
15. Diva
16. Run the World (Girls)
18. Alright (Kendrick Lamar)
20. Savage Remix
21. Partition
23. Get Me Bodied
24. Before I Let Go
25. Rather Die Young
26. Love on Top
27. Crazy in Love
28. Green Light
29. Virgo's Groove
30. MOVE
34. PURE/HONEY (with Blow in the mix)
Who was the best musician you've seen live?



A few weeks ago my friend Ellie and I went to watch The Spongebob Musical at The Mayflower Theatre in Southampton.

We honestly had such a good time, so I must tell you about it. I grew up watching Spongebob Squarepants and have always enjoyed it since. Yes, 24-year-olds can still enjoy Spongebob into adulthood.

I saw The Spongebob Musical being advertised on Instagram and it was quite a reasonable price so getting tickets was a no-brainer.

It was made even more exciting because Divina De Campo, a drag queen who featured on RuPaul's Drag Race UK Season 1, played Plankton. Everyone who knows me knows about my obsession with Drag Race

Also, the person who played Plankton's wife, Karen, was Hannah Lowther. Hannah is a TikToker I have followed since she was working in Tesco during the pandemic when theatre shows weren't on, so it was great to see her perform live as Karen.

Related: 9 to 5 The Musical Review

The show

The spongebob musical mayflower southampton

Before the show, we weren't too sure what to expect. Spongebob is a family show so we weren't sure whether it was going to be mainly aimed at children, but it definitely exceeded expectations and had something for everyone to enjoy.

The plot of the show was that there was going to be a volcanic eruption that was going to wipe out Bikini Bottom and the citizens of Bikini Bottom had to work together to stop that from happening.

Spongebob and Sandy set out to save the day, while Plankton was conspiring an evil plan. Alongside that, the main characters all had individual musical numbers.

The singing and dancing were 10/10 but our favourite thing about the show is that it was SO funny and cleverly so.

We were so impressed by the attention to detail which made the show that much better and gave it a special edge. Things like someone playing the maracas while Mr. Krabs walked side to side, and Squidward having another set of legs sewn onto the back of his.

The show was just so much fun that I think people would have no choice but to enjoy it. Before going to watch Spongebob, I had a lot of people laughing about it because they were saying it was for children. It's funny because who's the one who had a great Saturday and saw what was probably one of my favourite shows? Me!

Spongebob decorations at the mayflower theatre

If you get a chance to watch The Spongebob Musical I'd definitely recommend it. Whether you are planning to go as a family, or not, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
What's your favourite musical?



Every year, I finish the year with a roundup blog post of the whole year and I think it is one of my favourite blog posts to write. It's great to be able to look back on the year, and especially remember positives, achievements and good memories before the new year. So welcome to my roundup post for 2022 and I hope you enjoy seeing what I've been up to.


January is always my least favourite month as I just find it so depressing even though I make every effort for it to seem less so by making fun plans.

I did manage to make some good memories in January with my friends and I visited Ballie Ballerson in London for the first time. If you don't know, it's essentially an adult ball pit/night club which for me was kind of an assault on the senses but it was fun to try once.

Other highlights included going on a winter beach walk down in Mudeford and trying a roast dinner at the local pub for my Dad's birthday which was a success!


Once January was out of the way, February came in to step the year up a notch. One of my favourite activities from February was seeing the Rupaul's Drag Race UK Season 2 live tour in Bournemouth with my friend Kitty which was AMAZING! I love Drag Race so much, especially that season.

For Valentine's Day, Joe and I had a date day extravaganza which consisted of brunch, mini golf, Gordon Ramsay's bottomless street pizza for dinner and drinks in Battersea afterwards. We ended up so tired afterwards but it was such a good day!

My gorgeous baby nephew Leo was born mid-February and it's so bizarre looking back at the pictures now as he's gotten so big and will be 1 soon.

With work, I got to watch BBC South Today while they recorded and get some footage for socials. It was really cool being there while they recorded and getting to watch the news later that day after having been there.


The beginning of March included a mega night out to Bath with my friends - there were injuries, and lots of sick (not from me luckily) but we still had a great time even if it wasn't all of our finest of moments.

Joe and I tried an amazing Japanese restaurant in London called Flesh and Buns (weird name great food). It was my first time trying Japanese food too and I loved everything I had. It was quite expensive though so defo a special occasion venue.

More foodie fun consisted of a Bottomless Brunch at Tinga in Salisbury (*PR Invite) with my bestie Poppy which was fab.

At the end of March, another one of my besties, Maddie and I had a joint birthday in London between both of our birthdays which was so much fun. We had a pizza bottomless brunch at Pizza Pilgrims, tried out Vagabond wine bar which is basically wine vending machines and you can help yourself! This was followed by a night out in Shoreditch.


To start April off, Joe and I went on a trip to Cardiff for my 23rd birthday. I had 2 lockdown birthdays in a row before this so it was great to get away and explore a new city.

The weekend after that, Mum and I walked alpacas. This was a present I'd got her for her birthday so luckily she chose to take me with her because I really wanted to walk alpacas too. It was so much fun I want to do it again! Warning: you WILL want to take the alpaca home with you at the end.

Later on in April was the meeting of the parents - AKA the day mine and Joe's family met. Joe and I have been together for 4 and a half years and we always said our parents should meet so we ended up arranging it and meeting Joe's family down in Hastings where they live. It honestly couldn't have gone better!


In May I went on the first holiday I'd been on since 2019 before covid to Corfu with the girls and I can't even tell you how good it was. I actually cried a few days before going because I was so happy I could leave the country again. Who remembers lockdown?

Everything about the holiday was 10/10 I just wish we had more time and went for longer.

Mine and Joe's anniversary is 1st June so we celebrated a few days early at the end of May by going to Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm and going on a date night in Salisbury to Tinga for food and drinks.


June was good vibes all around. More boozy bottomless brunches and trips to London and I just had a great time all month with friends. 

I also bought my new car at the end of June which I felt was such a win for me. It just felt like a moment in my life where my hard work had paid off because I saved up so much and was finally able to get the car I'd wanted for years. 

I went to see Six the musical in Southampton which was great - I am obsessed with the soundtrack now.


In July, I went to a festival in Poole with my work colleagues and it was so much fun. Ladies' night was a huge success!

I also went to my first-ever gender reveal party. Joe's sister hosted a gender reveal party, where you bite into the cupcakes and the icing, is either blue or pink. It was pink!!

July seemed to have a baby theme because I went to a baby shower too for my cousin's baby girl. AND I met my friend Siobhan's little boy Tommy for the first time.

Some not-so-good news from July, I had a really painful infected wisdom tooth. Luckily it went away with anti-biotics and it didn't have to be taken out. I wasn't really in the mood for minor surgery it would have killed my best summer since before covid vibe.


Speaking of killing the good vibes, I also killed a deer at the beginning of August so we didn't get off to a good start.

After having my new car for only a month, I hit a deer with my car while driving to work one day and sadly the deer died :( and my car was in the garage for about 2 months being fixed as there was so much damage.

There was nothing I could do to stop in time - it just ran straight in front of me and it was pretty traumatic. There were police and RSPCA surrounding me - not to mention it was in the heatwave.

As bad days go, that was a very bad day!

August did get better though, I went to my cousin's wedding which was lovely - I love weddings so much. We also celebrated Joe's birthday and went out for a lovely meal with his family.

I also had 2 great PR meals at Cosmo in Bournemouth and The Giggling Squid (*PR Invites). These meals were both fantastic and I'll be honest - they couldn't have come at a better time. They really cheered me up after the deer incident and it cost me a lot of money so review visits really did come in handy.


My main highlight from September was of course visiting Barcelona with Joe - it was one of the best weeks of my life - if not THE best. Barcelona is my new fav city now so it is going to be difficult to top it but I will keep trying the more I travel.

Another highlight was going to my friend Maddie's new flat in London and having a dinner party. She is an amazing cook and we felt like such adults. That was of course until we went clubbing afterwards. Some things just never change.

Also in September, Mum and I went on a cocktail-making experience at Revs which she bought me for my birthday and it was great!

I also got my car back from the garage after hitting the deer - it's as good as new.


In October I was invited along to an awards ceremony with work and it was one of the most fun nights I've had. The CEO of my organisation won the award which was fantastic and we were all so proud. It was also great to dress up and have fun with colleagues outside of work.

The National Trust was giving out free tickets over autumn so Joe and I utilised that by going for a long walk around Stourhead. It was the first time I'd been but we really enjoyed it.

I did some more travelling in October and went to Milan, which included a trip to Lake Como. I really loved my time in Milan - I just feel like anywhere in Italy is fab. The food was 10/10 and I felt like I was made up of 70% Aperol Spritz when we got back.

At the end of October, I met my new baby niece on Joe's side, Mahli-Blu. The gender reveal party I mentioned earlier - was for her!


November started with a pub quiz that I went to for the first time and I have ended the year as a regular. The best thing about it is that you get a great prize for coming second to last, which we have now won multiple times. I would say work smarter not harder but I'm not sure that works for this. Work dumber not smarter?

Joe and I also went on a relaxing trip to the Cotswolds in November. We stayed in a barn conversion that had a hot tub! I truly was living my best life.

I also had a great time meeting up with lots of friends which left me feeling very grateful.


Towards the end of the year, I celebrated the festivities with lots of my friends and family. I went to the Christmas markets in Dortmund after two years of missing out due to covid. Ironically, I caught the worst flu I've had and still have it at the time of writing - I am on day nine of it now so I am hoping it bogs off.

Looking forward to next year

Here are some of the things I already have planned for 2023 that I'm looking forward to:

  • Seeing Harry Styles
  • Watching Pangina Heals live
  • Circa Waves gig
  • More travelling!
  • 5 years with Joe
  • Visiting Harry Potter Studios