Into the Valley – Swedish Dance Music Festival

It’s a well-known fact that when the Swedish people do music festivals, it’s either all in or nothing at all. Perhaps the country’s most eagerly anticipated event—for house and techno enthusiasts, at least, the festival Into The Valley have formed a fierce reputation as one of the world’s most interestingly located parties, annually transforming a former lime quarry in Dalarna into a three-day celebration of electronic music. The hopes were of course high when this year’s festival was moved to Estonia from Sweden.

into the valley

With the assembly of one of the strongest electronic lineups found anywhere in the world this year, nothing could go wrong, right? Unfortunately not. The festival, while boasting great potential, represented the organizers’ first misstep in what had previously been an uninterrupted upward trajectory towards the techno stratosphere.

Swedish and German Crowd

The crowd—largely Swedish and German in origin—seemed determined to soak up the atmosphere, excited at what was to come: Cassy, Hunee, and The Black Madonna were all set to play, and the latter’s genre-hopping set worthy of particular praise as the former Smart Bar selector seamlessly transitioned from retrofitted disco numbers to acid-flecked house cuts and forward facing techno to keep an expectant crowd moving on the beach.

Unfortunately trouble was brewing on the horizon. Several days before the start of the festival the company tasked with providing security pulled out. This left the festival relying on volunteers to secure the festival and it was this lack of professional security which we’d imagine led to police shutting the opening night’s festivities earlier than scheduled, at around 3 am.

Trouble in Paradise

The next day, however, was when the real trouble began as a lot of water started to fall from the sky, and it became very apparent that the team behind Into The Valley simply hadn’t prepared for rain. This seems a particularly strange oversight when the smallest amount of research would have told them that it quite often rains heavily in Estonia at this time of the year.

And then it got worse: with three of the festival’s four stages being outdoors, attendees had to move to the only indoor space—the heavily hyped Warehouse stage. But this stage was out of service due to safety concerns. Loose bricks were falling from the ceiling so it seems that the festival made the right decision to close the stage but one would hope that such architectural issues would be made apparent to the promoters a long time before the event.

Baby Driver – Movie of the Year (So far)

Now I have to admit that i haven’t seen a lot of Edgar Wright movies, but I have heard a lot of people praise him for his older movies like Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim, Shaun of the Dead and The World’s End. I’ve only seen Hot Fuzz and I didn’t like it very much. The trailers for Baby Driver on the other hand; were really good, so I just went in with an open mind.

This movie is only as good as the lead character called Baby. I haven’t seen Ansel Elgort in any previous movies, but he gave a great performance as Baby and the character was great and relatable.

baby

Baby is a getaway driver for heists and always listens to music because of an accident that happened when he was young. The reason for him to listen to music is explained well, and I love that he listens to a classic IPod. I had an IPod just like that so that made it relatable and Baby is a great character; so that really made the movie fun for me.

Other than Baby, the rest of the movie is also great, I absolutely loved it, there really are no issues I have with it, to be honest.

So besides the main character, what else makes the movie great? Well, the side characters are really good as well. Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Lily James and so on; they’re all really great. I totally believed the love story between Baby and the girl Debora. I honestly was afraid of that, but they made it work out perfectly.

Another thing I loved was the soundtrack, throughout almost the entirety of the movie the score and the soundtrack is used and it works perfectly. They made the music one of the characters in the movie.

Of course this is also an action movie; so the question is how the action handled. Well, if you saw the trailers you could see some really cool shots there, and the movie is no different. The style is great and luckily most of the action is shot with long takes and all in frame. I was so into the action because it was so well shot and it was practical. I have to admit that I don’t know if they used CGI but that’s the great thing, if there was CGI, I didn’t see that it was CGI, so that’s great.

 

Fix up your Guitar – Price Examples

Repairs is not only a thing for bicycles or cars. Every musician knows that a fine tuned and polished instrument need to be taken care of on a regular basis. We often get a lot of questions on prices for repairs and of course this depend on the type of service and the instrument in place.

guitar repairs

At Playsomething we know a lot about repairs and how to handle a wide range of repair services to many different instruments. These include:

  • A Complete Guitar Repair Service including re-string & clean, guitar set-ups, pick-up installation, re-frets and full maintenance overhauls.
  • A Complete Brass and Woodwind Service including servicing, set-ups and re-pads. Brass and woodwind repairs are carried out by the highly respected technician Graham De Vere White.
  • A Complete Service to String Instruments including servicing, set-ups and bow re-hairs by the highly respected craftsman George Blackburn
  • A Complete Electronic Service to equipment such as Keyboards, Amps & Digital Pianos through our contract electronics company JB Electronics.

Price quotations for instrument repairs can be given upon inspection of the instrument. Some repairs, such as guitar re-strings are carried out on our premises, other instrument repairs, such as brass & woodwind services, etc are collected and returned by our contracted technicians.

For more information please contact us or post a comment here. Since so many are asking us about prices on repairs and since most of these are asked towards the perspective of the guitar or bass, we have gathered prices to be seen as general for these repairs. Please see the list below. Your can always contact us for any more quotation on other instruments or other types of repairs.

Description Charge

Guitar
Acoustic and Electric Guitar Restring £15.00
Classical Guitar Restring £15.00
Guitar Setup inc strings £45.00
Guitar Refretting £60.00
Guitar Refinishing £60.00
Restoration and customize on inspection £0.00
12 String Guitar Re – String £20.00
Floyd Rose Re String £20.00

Bass Guitar
Bass Guitar Re – String inc Strings £30.00