Meet The Milk.

the milk at brownstock
Although music festivals make for some pretty damn amazing locations for outfit photos, there is obviously the music part of the weekend to contend with. There were plenty of artists on my "to see" list that I managed to tick off (I'm talking Mark Ronson and Benga), ones that I will see as many times as it is legally possible (erm, hi Fratellis and crème de chèvre, I'm not creepy, promise), and then there's one that I tweeted about six months ago to ask if they'd be playing the festival again. I planned to see locals The Milk for the third time the moment they were added to the line up, and was lucky enough to sneak backstage to have a chat with frontman Rick and lead guitarist Dan before they graced the Brownstock stage on the Saturday afternoon.

the milk brownstock 2013

I first saw you at Brownstock a few years ago, and you've been back a few times, is it the local crowd you come back for?
We played it twice as an unsigned band, and four years ago, after a promotor saw us at a gig in Chelmsford, we came back with a record contract. It helps that we live locally, of course, and homecoming gigs are always going to have the best crowds. We're friends with Mat [DJ/Promotor] and he really looks after the artists, which is a bit different to V, the bigger local festival. We've played V twice, and the atmosphere is so different; it's amazing to come and play a homecoming gig to a massive crowd with the added credibility of playing a bigger festival, but when it comes to the big versus boutique festival debate, we firmly side with the underdog. It might surprise you to hear that one of the best gigs we ever played was in Hull! Brownstock's great because you get your friends and family hanging around backstage, and it's my nephew's first festival. V's good, we used to rent a flat in central Chelmsford and could hear it from the back garden, but Brownstock is a real contender.

the milk brownstock performance


Do you ever change your set for a local crowd?

Not really; we play what we want to perform, which is a mixture of new and old stuff, because the crowd's not going to be interested in listening to something if you're not into playing it to begin with. It's 45 minutes of playing to both fans and people who've never heard of you before, so it's more like a musical experience Telling a story? Nah, more like working your way through a musical piece - ranging from fast tracks to ballads. It's a set, not a story, but there is definitely a beginning, middle, and end.

brownstock artist interview


If you're playing new tracks, will your next album be similar to the first? I love the gapless nature of "Tales from the Thames Delta", which joins tracks with Greater Anglia voiceovers and ring tones, any intentions of doing more of the same?

It's still the same kind of sound, but we're not going gapless again. That first album was a bit like a DJ mix of everything one after another, but now we're making moments. That technique was drawn from the soul music we listened to a lot at the time, and the idea behind it was that you listen and you keep going through the whole album - a bit like a live show, really. It maintains that level of energy throughout. The recording was pretty old school, we did it all in one take rather than play separately. We did it in this medieval barn with stone walls, resulting in a sound that isn't too clinical or sanitised; our producer did say it was full of "happy mistakes" and we loved the little imperfections. It's more a show of being musicians than getting it perfect every time.

the milk interview 2013

And, as musicians, does that mean you don't get the festival experience any more?
We played Glastonbury on the Friday this year, and just said that we weren't going home. After finishing our gig on the Left Field stage we had the rest of the weekend to explore the rest of it - the perfect Glastonbury experience. Billy Bragg had asked us to play, and that's a pretty good start, so we made the most of our weekend.

the milk tales from the thames delta


The Milk's first album is currently available on iTunes (and is one of my most played), and click here for more of my Brownstock coverage.
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Henrietta, we got no flowers for you.

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Dress: £4.50, charity shop (similar here). Denim jacket: vintage Levi's, aunt's. Bag: vintage, from Claire's giveaway. Boots: Topshop (old). Flower garland: c/o Missguided.

Sunday is always the most relaxed day of the festival. We spent ours sat in the sun before the main stage and wandering around the stalls in the arena. I popped along to the
Havens Hospices tent as they were the honoured charity this year. They were the charity shop where I took half of my belongings before moving house (and picked up this dress to make up for the extra space - more on that later). I then meandered along a couple of tents to find my friends in the shisha tent, only for my camera to be stolen by them to take artsy greyscale shots, ahem. Once my camera had been wrestled out of the others' hands and was returned to its normal settings, we had possibly the best pizza I've ever had by Pizza to the People, covered in chorizo and good stuff (my specs for a good meal, obviously) leaving us pretty full, and ready for whatever was going to be thrown at us that night. That evening we saw veteran Brownstock artist Beardyman (photographed below) threaten to eat our brains, and finished off with The Fratellis, who reminded my why I listened to their debut album constantly in year eleven - please tell me I wasn't the only one to have their own dance to flathead? The music may have been a bit of an odd mix, but that's the best thing about festivals!

Arguably the worst thing about festivals is the camping situation. However much I love being woken up by people falling into your tent, it doesn't make for the best changing room (although it does help being short enough to stand up inside). We tend to cheat a little and head to the local supermarket (and McDonald's...) to use their toilets in the morning, but there's nothing that's gonna stop my mane from turning a little wild. In true festival style, for the first and last time ever, I popped on a floral garland (I've nothing against them, I just find them a bit too cliché for my liking) and a dress short enough to have me thinking about laser hair removal costs, but you only go to festivals at least once every summer, so that makes it okay, right? Come the time the arena closed for the final time, we headed back to our circle of tents and sat with our neighbours (hi Neil!) for a good few hours singing everything but Wonderwall, before retiring for the last time. Striking camp is always a rather melancholy affair once you've got over your tent never actually fitting back into its bag, but now mine's stowed away in the garage, patiently awaiting next year's adventures.

I'd just like to end with a big thank you to the Browns for having me again at Brownstock this year, and providing me with a press pass (yes, there's an interview coming soon!) and a weekend of new nicknames and hearing chelsea dagger sung out of tune - I wouldn't have had it any other way!

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The minor fall, and the major lift.

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Baseball tee: free, American Apparel. Sunflower shorts: £54, American Apparel (similar here). Boots: £27, Topshop (old). Bag: vintage, from Claire's giveaway. Necklace: vintage. Sunglasses: 25p, charity shop.

Although most of you will have scraped the mud off your wellies and stored them away for next summer by now, my favourite festival has only just come around. For the past four years, I've been to Brownstock with my friends, and this year was on a par with its predecessors. There may have been a much smaller contingent of our posse to sprawl across the campsite with, but we had two ukeleles, a guitar, and enough cider to make it one of the best festivals so far, and that's saying something after travelling to the Isle of Wight Festival in June! A fair bit bigger than in previous years, we found that there was a lot more to do, and although we did spend a large proportion of our time sat around in our tents, we made sure we explored everything from the Good Shed to mussel beach.

Thankfully we were blessed with glorious sunshine, so I took that as my excuse to bring out the sunflower shorts again, and paired them with a plain tee and a bag big enough to fit my camera in (I finally got a new lens, so now it's not as big as the camera itself!). Add some ridiculous sunglasses, and a few old wristbands (no, I haven't kept them on for four years as I'm not fourteen), and you're ready to stay up till 2am with Mark Ronson, and then get to know your fellow campers into the small hours.

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Take me to the place I love, take me all the way.

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1. Sabby at Polo in the Park.
2. Rizzle Kicks doin' the hump.
3. Polo!
4. Walking on sunshine.
6. Pizza.
7. Hampstead.

It really has been a long time since I last posted any of my film photography, we're nearly halfway through 2013 and this is the first time I've shared some this year! It can prove to be a rather expensive habit once you've bought the camera, film, and got them developed, so I've had to put it on the backburner for a while, but I'll be sure to capture as much of my last couple of weeks in Liverpool on film as I can. These are some snaps taken with my Lomography Action Sampler which I bought on a whim last year. It's one of their cheaper cameras (I think I paid about £20, but it's currently out of stock on their website) and takes 35mm film, so it's not too bad regarding cost as you can just take the finished film into Boots rather than go to a specialist. I like it as it takes four photos in a row, giving them almost a cinematic feel, rather than the static nature of photography.

If you'd like to see more, I use a disposable camera and a fisheye too!

Anyway, that's enough procrastination for me, back to the essays it is (deadline Tuesday!). Good luck to the rest of you third years out there, not long to go now, and then we get a couple of weeks of down time before starting something which I've heard is called Real Life?
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See them walking hand in hand across the bridge at midnight.

1. Up close and personal mere minutes into 2012.
2. Girls got $.
3. Pub golf on a leap year.
4. Classy mugs.
5. The best flatmate you could ever have the fortune to meet.
6. Annabel and Sian and experiencing Snobs.
7. Lunchtime walks through Spitalfields.
8. Olivia and Jazmine babin' out for the latter's birthday.
9. Boys.
10. How we request songs at Brownstock.
11. What are we like!
12. Studying English Literature through the means of classic hip hop.
13. Forever wishing I were blonde.

Thirteen memories from twenty-twelve, captured on film, and slipped inside a shoebox to be rediscovered when I'm old and nostalgic.

xxx
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