The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Kent Edition

Category: Music

#WHATIREALLYREALLYWANT: EMPOWERING A NEW GENERATION

8 Aug 2016

I’m a bit slow off the mark with this – hats off to Lou, editor of Muddy Cornwall who spotted it waaaaay before me (*sniff*) – but if you haven’t already seen it, it’s definitely worth a gander.

It’s a vid featuring global female artists (none of whom I recognise but there you go, that’s middle age for you) taking The Spice Girls’ Wannabe and grabbing the hashtag #WhatIReallyReallyWant by the scruff of its neck and flinging into the future.

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The Muddy Summer Festival Guide: Kent and Beyond

11 Jul 2016

I’m a dedicated festival lover but, let’s be clear, I’m not a hardcore roll-in-mud and wet-wipes-at-dawn music-fan. Oh no. I’m just going to come out and say that I’m a namby-pamby glamper. All the way. So I get excited at this time of year when there’s so many awesome music festivals going on right here on my doorstep. That way I can head out, rock out and then pass out back home in the comfort of my own bed.

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Review: Priscilla Queen of the Desert

11 Mar 2016

Prepare yourselves. The Priscilla tour bus is coming to Kent – woo-hoo! First the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury (Mon 21 – Sat 26 Mar) then Orchard Theatre in Dartford (Mon 25 – Sat 30 April). My fellow Muddy editor over in Surrey has already seen it – here’s her exclusive Muddy sneak peak so you have plenty of time to get tickets if you so wish. Surrey had Darren Day, we’ll be having Duncan James of boyband Blue fame both are meant to be brilliant…  Did I mention Muddy Surrey is an Aussie?

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Review: Annie, the musical, at the Assembly Hall

2 Mar 2016

My nearly nine-year-old is an Annie aficionado. She’s watched all three movies, bought the soundtrack, learnt the lyrics and perfected the art of feisty back-chat that would make our heroines in the orphanage proud.

So she made the perfect companion and critic when I went to see Annie at The Assembly Hall, last night, on the first show of its five-day run in Tunbridge Wells. In case you don’t know the story, it’s set in the time of the Great Depression in New York City after the stock market crash of 1929 (yes, I had to look that up) and follows the fortunes of Annie, a tough-girl orphan, cared for (or not as it turns out) by the child-hating Miss Hannigan.

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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 25 Feb – Weds 2 Mar

25 Feb 2016

Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London, 11 Feb – 22 May

My fabulous, finger-on-the-pulse colleague Muddy Berks gave me the heads up on this one and I couldn’t wait to tell you about it. Having been at the forefront of fashion, beauty and portrait photography since its launch in 1916, British Vogue has an enviable and unrivalled archive of outstanding imagery.

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Lesley’s stay young secrets!

23 Feb 2016

What does Lesley Joseph listen to before a big night out? Meatloaf’s Bat Out of Hell of course! She stole the show as Dorian on TV’s Birds of A Feather and continues to do so now the girls have reunited over 15 years later for another series. She’s also playing one of my all time favourite characters – song-belting, gin-swigging Miss Hannigan in the theatre tour of Annie, The Musical

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The Muddy Kent half-term survival guide, Feb 16

9 Feb 2016

It’s half term already.  I know, it’s hard to believe.  Five minutes ago, we were picking pine needles out of the carpet – now it’s time to figure out how to keep the little darlings amused for a whole week again.

Lucky for us, there’s loads of fun stuff going on across the county and beyond.  Indoors, outdoors, crafty, sporty, musical, you name it.  So, time to get planning. 

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