I've been a little reluctant to post this as in the past few weeks ALL I seem to talk about is Dan Croll. In the end I decided it'd be a waste not to write about this day and outfit - it's a lot more interesting than everything else I could write about doing this week! So yes, if you're sick to death of my musings on Dan then feel free to stop reading (but do come back - I promise after this I'll shut up about him!). If not, then yes: last Thursday I was lucky enough to go and see him live again, just this time at The Haunt (one of my favourite Brighton venues) all amped up.
knitted jumper - h&m
tshirt - topshop
crop top (worn under tshirt) - urban outfitters
shorts - to be worn again (vintage/thrifted)
tights - urban outfitters
choker - handmade
boots - doc martens
shirt - to be worn again (thrifted/vintage)
t-shirt - idek Caitlin when you read this please comment below saying!
mom jeans - topshop
boots - deja shoe
After school, we got changed at Cait's house and one bowl of plain yoghurt, grapes and granola (THE nicest snack ever) and a spot of online window shopping (we spend too much time on the topshop website) later, we got the train into Brighton. We did some shopping, and went to our favourite record shop Resident to pick up a London Grammar vinyl for her dad's birthday - she and her dad both love them! We then went to meet Caitlin's mum for a pizza before the gig, and then we were on our way.
When we arrived, the venue was already pretty busy and we managed to get about half way to the front. I managed to find myself in a spot right in front of about three really tall guys... needless to say this was a tad annoying! The first two acts were pretty good, but they didn't blow my mind - their names have escaped me but one sang these beautiful ballads and had an incredible soulful voice but did it all with a kinda dubstep background which was unusual, and then the next band were like an electro version of Bastille. We had a quick chat with them afterwards and they were really lovely, too!
Between the second support and Dan, a girl turned around in front of me and it turned out to be an old childhood friend from my primary school in Brighton, who I hadn't seen for a good five or six years. We had a lovely little chat, and it turns out that we're going to the same college which should be nice!
When Dan came on, he was greeted with such. loud. cheers. Considering the album had only been out for two weeks, the response was incredible, and in his words, it was 'beyond any expectations'. 90% of the songs had people singing along, and the atmosphere was just generally incredible! I literally could not see his face at all throughout most of the gig but seeing as we'd already seen/met him in such a small place, I wasn't overly annoyed - usually I would be but the music and atmosphere was so great even without seeing him that it was still one of my all time favourite gigs! The two highlights for me were not the songs I'd expected - 'In/Out' was so fun live and great to dance/bob about to, and the closing song, 'Sweet Disarray' (also the album's name) was startlingly beautiful and had both myself and Cait on the edge of tears. I did manage to catch a few glimpses of him whilst people in the audience were singing along, and he looked unbelievably happy; my favourite thing about seeing live music is the happiness on the bands faces when they realise that people know the words and actually really care: I feel like if I appreciate their music, I owe it to the band/musician to let them know, as I imagine it's what keeps them going at times. On our way out, we said a few words to Dan and he recognised us when we said we were at Resident, which topped off the evening very nicely!
She's going to hate me for saying this (hi ily cait) but when she got home, Caitlin cried (aw) about the whole thing and so I think it's pretty clear now that our little obsession with Dan is going to be a non-mover! What was the cherry on the top for us was when we got home, we found out he'd been confirmed for a festival we're working at in the summer which is perfect.
As I think you're probably all getting a little sick of my Dan Croll ramblings, I'm now going on a Dan blog hiatus - he's managed to crop up in pretty much every post of mine the month, so I think it's probably time we had a little variety in my posts! So yes, I'm very sorry for my musical rut that has been broadcasted on here recently.
How have you all been and what have you been listening to recently? xxx
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Title from 'Wanna Know'