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The 33rd annual golden joystick awards are coming soon, and voting is underway. To encourage voting green man gaming the official sponsor are offering bioshock infinite for free to anyone who votes. You will have to pay £1 initially but if you install and play the game with your playfire account linked from steam during the promotion you’ll get that £1 back to spend on anything within the green man gaming store at any point in the future.

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I would encourage you to vote saving kate marsh as the best scene winner as I think this is a very worthy winner, and I have included the scene from my playthrough so you can at least vote with an informed mind if you haven’t seen or played the game.

Life Is Strange Playthrough Playlist

Also if you would like to see the full playthrough considering how many times life is strange is up for nomination in the different categories I would encourage you to flick through my playthrough playlist.
Saving Kate Marsh in Life Is Strange Full Episode

To get your £1 rebate you will be required to link your playfire account to your steam account so it can track that you’ve played the game, this is a simple enough process and rewards you with many cash prizes throughout the year for simply playing games you own on steam, and allowing you to buy further games using credit on green man gaming.

If you wish to sign up to playfire, where you can feel free to add me, I’ll accept all requests where on steam I won’t my invite url is http://www.playfire.com/a/register/invite/uosz-e964e6

And for 20% off your first purchase at green man gaming use the voucher code GREENM-ANGAME-R20OFF I believe it is only valid on your first use of the code, so be sure you’ve got an adequate basket to take full advantage of the deal.

If you haven’t got your tickets for EGX 2015 at the NEC yet time’s running out as tickets are selling out fast, so be sure to head over before they run out. While you’re at it if you’re interested in attending a relaxed evening with the yogscast, there are two days of panels, each for £15 or £20 for both days, separate to main expo entry these are 2 hour long sessions of questions and gaming hosted by the yogscast, with team flux+ on friday being sjin, hannah, duncan and kim. And on the saturday evening it would be lewis and hat films (Ross, Trottimus and Al Smiffy)

https://www.egx.net/egx/tickets

Now onto the main event itself, if you’re not convinced to go purely for it being the main gaming convention in the uk being hosted at the NEC arena for convenience of location for the majority of the country, or the fact that you can get up close and personal with both developers and youtubers across four days, then lets get down to one of the biggest draws, the fact that there will be over 200 screens of playable games, featuring upcoming games such as homefront: The revolution, Assassins Creed Syndicate, Mirrors Edge Catalyst, Starwars Battlefront and many more.

One particular game you may wish to queue up for above all others would be the aseembly, being playable for the first ever time anywhere and being a virtual reality adventure game, which lets face it not everyone has a VR kit at home, this will be the opportunity to not only test the equipment out for yourself and experience whether you think this is the future of gaming, but also the fact that this is an adventure game rather than the usual fairground rides or on the rails stories VR tends to highlight, it would be interesting to see just how interactive the game would be and how far it pushes the technology forward.

While you’re there don’t forget to visit the rezzed zone too, filled with a variety of indie games, some you may know well such as speedrunners, and project zomboid, but also a chance to discover new indie games you will have yet to hear from, all being shown off by the development team themselves providing the best opportunity to ask them about the games and see the future plans of the development teams. If you’re after a break from the screen you can always chill out over some board games for some classic and tactile gaming.

If you’re not just there to play the games, chill out in the retro zone with some classic games such as megabomberman, or have a look at the leftfeild collection sponsored by sega, then there is even more on offer, not only the finals of a variety of competitive gaming tournaments which could be exciting to watch, there will be developer sessions where the big development teams will take to the stages to talk about the latest games and upcoming development plans, and don’t forget the usual plethora of cosplayers that will be around the event partaking in activities revolving around that and taking to the stage for judgement and even posing for pictures and to be drawn at times.

Finally for anyone wishing to enter the gaming industry there will be a career fair, providing the opportunity to speak to recruiters and get advice on how to develop your career within the gaming industry and a variety of career workshops based upon the gaming industry.

I will be attending the event and bringing you the latest from these games and more, so if there is anything in particular you would like me to cover be sure to let me know, and I will try to find you those hidden gems that might get missed by other people, and if you’re going yourself maybe I will see you there.

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So I decided to search for myself see how the results were, on google and yahoo, and it seems I’m doing alright, sure there are a couple of off things, like the guy on twitch using my name hence being Indelacio_co_uk instead, and thats the major reason many of my things resort to being a URL rather than just indelacio, and on google some stupid tribal wars thing I’ve never used, so don’t assume someone using that name is me.

Other than that though things are rather accurate, and thankfully no dodgy things or porn, just slightly inaccurate users in some instances however I do operate the majority of the top slots.

I did see this site on my search on the top page, and decided to claim the page, it was stating that I have to follow 3 sites to claim it but I noped that off right away and just reloaded to claim my own site.  Seems an easy way to subscribe to new posts and a convenient page to see everything in a quick list different to the site, up to you if you use it for searching posts and being informed of new ones, either way I’m claiming it before someone else claims it.. Whoever created the page, or if its just because of plugins I installed I don’t know but either way it seems convenient.

*shrugs*

Soda Drinker Pro is on its final push for greenlight status, in the top 50 games this means that it is very likely to have a greenlight release very soon, considering they release in batches of around 100. The more votes it has now the quicker the release will happen.

Soda drinker pro is a surrealistic exploration game where you enjoy and collect bonus soda’s while walking around worlds inspired by oil paintings and the depths of your imagination, considering the majority of the levels are based on user suggested idea’s there is quite a variety in locations you can enjoy your soda. If you are looking for an escape from reality and to wander around some very unusual and colourful worlds this is the game for you.

Mentioned and confirmed via email by the dev is that all purchases of soda drinker pro on pc made already, and as an additional content upon release for console versions the game will include vivian clarke the surreal platformer and action game where things get a lot more twisted, and you begin as a single drop of rain from a raincloud and follow the journey of what this water droplet can become, wether drank by a bird who talks to a giant worm and takes a journey into space, or you make it all the way to the sea and into the eye of a giant sea creature there are many possibilities of what you can become all with thier own frantic arcade style.

The full release of vivian clarke is being developed with 3d interpolated levels and if you have seen the game jam works by this developer such as gator time you can see the styles being implimented, or if you follow the dev on twitter (link at the start) he often posts screenshots or streams of further development of the game, and appreciates input to potential new levels in the game as crazy as you can think anything is possible.

There also appears to be some big secret he is hinting at, and I don’t quite know what it is leading to but lets see how things develop.

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Paperbound is a fun game by dissidentlogic.com where the gameplay is very simplistic in nature but challenging, frantic and fun.

Essentially you play as papercraft characters inside the pages of books fighting epic battles where gravity holds little meaning, and you can flip around the screen and manipulate this to your advantage to dodge around like a ninja and take out your enemies in order to escape. Once you meet the requirements a tear will form in the page just for you to escape and become victorious. There are the usual trope of gamemodes including king of the hill, capture the flag, etc but the game holds its own even without these gamemodes being a fun and frantic game that can be difficult to put down.

My only problem is that I lack the capability to connect my xbox 360 gamepad, and the game is currently local multiplayer only due to its alpha nature, however the final release should be steam based multiplayer and sort out that issue, wether it remains gamepad only is to be seen, but one can always be purchased. I however am waiting for the steampad to be released to test if this is compatible with this game.

Anyone in the midlands area of the uk who wants to play a series with me I welcome them or I can visit them, provided they have the ability to connect pads, as I have been trying ever since EGX to source people with those capabilities to play with and my friends and contacts unfortunately lack that nature, hence releasing this preview so I at least got my video out there for you to see, because this remains one of the releases of 2015 that I am highly anticipating and looking forward to playing upon final release.

Having worked at a number of uk festivals this year I decided to give a roundup of my experiences both as a bar worker and also of the festivals themselves and the acts I got to see during my working process, there has been a delay in putting this video up since filming due to an issue while recording and losing my main audio recording, hence why this video plays with only one audio side and isn’t the best quality audio.

This year’s festival season began at the isle of wight festival where the weather was so ridiculousely hot that being held in the staff campsite for the morning briefing and having not stocked up on water to be able to drink during this, and a rather extended wait of several hours I got a little heat stroke and spent half of the first day recovering, luckily there were no bands playing and I didn’t have to start work at this point so spent most of the day sheltered attempting to recover. Once my shift began however I jumped onto the serving side, avoiding using the MDU machines because I probably would’ve passed out doing all of the heavy lifting after spending the day recovering and still feeling a little whoozy.

The next day was rather a busy day working the entire day and having worked at festivals for a number of years I’ve learnt that if you seem to have been missed a lunch break by a certain hour you’re not getting a lunch break so I ensured after being missed that I got my lunch break, this process continued throughout the next day with missing lunch again and even missing being called for dinner and it being “too busy” for me to be able to leave for a dinner break, because I was working hard and being asked to cover the pop bar during other peoples breaks and also while other people slacked off not working hard or to sneak off and watch bands, it just seemed a little unfair so I moved from the center busy area (which I enjoy working but not to be taken advantage of without getting food and rest breaks as needed) and I took the first advantage to hop off to see the red hot chilli peppers to finish early on the final day, as the only band I got to see the entire festival it was good to be able to see thier only uk performance, and getting to go off with a few people I got on with on the bar it was fun. I wouldn’t mind as much working harder and having less benefits than others if it lead to promotional prospects but usually you get looked over because you work too hard and are too valuable a regular worker.

Then it was off to sonisphere with another agency, which was drafted in last minute by creativevents another company I use to work for until they lost the nec contract and as a result I didn’t have a job to work, some of the managers I recognise and they appear to have moved to london, I wouldnt’ve moved because birmingham is my home and the town that feels right for me, but it was nice to be recognised as a good worker. The event however was severely overstaffed which was unusual considering how last minute they called in other agencies, so there were 5-6 different agencies all with many staff sat around hoping for hours and many staff not even getting any hours and only those who persisted getting any. I got to see quite a few bands here and a couple of the noteworthy bands were babymetal who put on a good show with a cross of metal and jpop stage entertainment telling a story through song. I don’t think much of the audience understood due to how they began cheering along to the soundcheck thinking it was the performance, it was entertaining and the “metal gods” behind the j-pop girls did more than just play smiling and interacting with the audience drawing them into the performance.

Another Early morning performance which drew people in was ghost, where the main performance is around the stage presence of ghost who plays a demonic priest manipulating the band to play and acted the role very well, drawing people in with his heir of dignaty and had the presence of an overlord controlling everything around him. I can’t say I agreed with the lyrics being sung but the melodic nature and the stage act all tied in and it was definately an entertaining act, but possibly one that aids the incorrect negative image people have of metal fans. Sure you get some idiots who are violent sociopaths but you get that with every group, and on the most part metal fans actually tend to be kind natured caring people who just enjoy that music style and are outcast for thier looks and choice of dresscode.

I got stuck on a bar in the back end of nowhere for my actual shifts halfway between the dodgems and silent disco, there were a few customers but for the most part it was a little quiet and you couldn’t even hear the acts on stage from there so I couldn’t enjoy the festival while stuck there. After work there was a staff party, where all the people you’d been working with gathered. I got a sonisphere cup from one of the ladies who did the check in process, I really can’t remember if I promised her something if she got me one I have the feeling I may have promised things and completely forgot at the time (slipping my mind after a slow dragging shift) so if I see her again I’ll have to live up to promises, she didn’t ask but I guess people get shy to ask. Another minor regrett is not saying goodbye to the girl I’d been chatting with most of the time sat in the campsite waiting for work who describes herself as an outgoing doormouse, or something along those lines where she use to be shy but now she’s not afraid to ask for what she wants. She was nice but at the staff party I felt a little spurned when she decided to go off and chat to other people all night leaving me with the slightly offputting guy who attempted to use NLP on absolutely every girl “oh I don’t know why other people don’t think you’re pretty. I think you’re pretty” Who’s been saying that dude, nobody! seriousely don’t use NLP around me it seriousely puts me off you.

Anyway at the end of the party she came to say she was heading off to sleep, I should’ve said goodbye and got her number to stay in touch, but I was a little spurned and did think I’d see her at other events but it seems not as after this event they severely reduced numbers of staff to give people a fairer chance of working.

After this came the Ynot festival a small event with big bands, which this year got upgraded to a “medium” sized festival. I headed to the event a day earlier than the management of the event company I worked for because I would rather set up in the daytime (and travel on the shuttle bus) than arrive first thing in the morning and have to set up in order to work, and considering the travel required to get to the event it just makes it an impossible factor. Anyway having arrived the night before I got to enjoy the pre festivities which included goldie looking chain, usually frequent in the hidden garden of V festival unlisted they instead operated at this festival, and put on a good show drawing in the crowd. There were a few other acts on the first night and it was a fun start to the event.

My second day of the festival however was rather a dull one, considering I got shipped (literally) on to a bar on the side of the saloon bar which they had especially created as an experiment last minute as a shipping crate fast can selling bar, the lady the night before had found it boring on a short shift and I was in there the entire day on my own which was definate torture, a few of the customers came up intregued and thought maybe it was the secret area usually hidden within the festival, I had to point out my thoughts that it was in area 51 due to the layout of that area, still they persisted attempting some secret handshakes and passwords thinking it would get them somewhere, and a couple of leary people trying to steal the communications radio made the shift tougher than it needed to be but I got through.

The next day I insisted I couldn’t do that all weekend as they planned and I got moved onto the main bar where I had a good time and it was nice and busy, also the customers came up chatting to me who’d seen me in the fast can, and I was working alongside my EDS friend. I probably got her to make more drinks than I should’ve but having dated someone with EDS I get the feeling she wouldn’t want special treatment and she chose to operate the pouring of the stout, the next day she was helping in the office instead and I know she’d been to hospital recently for heart operations. I don’t know I’m not the most socially normal and we still chatted away normally and fine so I think everything was fine.

The last day while sat waiting for shifts they were trying to find someone to operate the fast can again, having used a rotating system the previous day and accidentally leaving someone in there on thier own with no stock and no radio unable to leave the till they decided to operate a two person system, I was asked by the manager of the main bar personally and my manager pointed out thats good to be asked personally, social awkwardness kicked in with me thinking “well I’m use to being asked for because I work hard” of course I didn’t say that and just sat with a strange look on my face. Anyway that day consisted of running around to cover every bar at the festival and missing my dinner break, and when I got back to the main bar I got sent on my break, but after finishing serving a customer, which happened to be 5 double spirit mixers, 5 jagerbombs and 2 stouts, so took a long time to pour. After serving this I went out to get my dinner which today was actually a decent cooked meal after an entire weekend of undercooked poorly made food. I got my food from the food vendor sat down and had one bite before being told I had to go back in to help work, needless to say I had a mini episode and probably blew any chance of being given a better role having spent the entire weekend being groomed by the bar managers and chatting and getting on well with thier closed knit group.

On the social side I also got to see a few bands and went off to the backstage area chatting with raggle taggle photography who I see there every year, who’ve still to put up the photo they took of me signing the guitar :-P and this year instead had a book to sign and remembered me well, I can’t say I checked to see if they’d put a photo of me signing the book with all of the bands but hey I don’t expect much after they promised to put up the photo of the guitar (or at least they could’ve sent me a copy if they didn’t wish to display it) and while waiting for my shift the second day I simply sat on the bails of hay on the bar and didn’t even attempt to socialise and made a friend who chatted to me who’s pretty cool.

Next weekend it was off to bloodstock where the staff I got on well with all went down to brighton for an event there while I chose bloodstock because it was closer and convenient and I knew people who would go as customers. I got a fair bit of time off at the event due to the fact that I was working from 8am-3pm so got to see most of the event, and while looking after the bar while the manager was off on lunch break I had uncle gio’s itallian joint came to the bar took plastic cups off the display and said “don’t worry come to me and I’ll give you pizza” after I stated we’re not allowed to giveaway stock. At this point I couldn’t really abandon the bar and it wasn’t worth tacling someone for some plastic cups so I just accepted it, however later when coming to claim the pizza for us all (and having checked with the 4 members of staff we had on the hobgoblin truck that nobody had claimed any pizza) he stated very loudly and harshly that 20 people had claimed pizza’s already and one person had 6 portions all to themselves, and pointing clearly that we were only 4 members of staff on our stand and nobody had claimed any pizza he refused outright to provide any, stating instead he would offer a £1 discount and “they were only plastic cups” which is besides the point, its about the honour and that he stated clearly he’d do a pizza for us in exchange, which in the spirit of trades shows that as a festival trader he and his stall are not to be trusted and you should never make any trades with them. Having emailed the company they state “trades are a regular part of festival work” and made no effor to apologise or put things right instead defending thier worker who clearly wanted to rip people off and probably made trades with other vendors not giving anything in exchange either so as a result are a company never to be trusted and you shouldn’t even purchase food from them due to thier shifty nature.

After this it was off to V festival, which is the one I’ve worked at for the longest, unfortunately due to the time I had to call the event from bloodstock to confirm my shift I ended up on the hidden garden rather than a main bar and ended up stuck on till with a very boring shift indeed. I did get to see some bands with all saints during one of my breaks, having to return and miss pure shores unfortunately, and getting to see the main headliners each day due to the closing time of the hidden garden. I also had a minor fanclub who thought my name was judas because of playing a name guessing game, and they even had pictures and signitures which was rather fun. I also ended up having to constantly shift my change out of the till onto customers due to the fact that they overloaded it with loose change and pound coins for how slow and hidden that particular bar was, which some of the other workers found a bit strange, but it was natural to get a better balance of change and notes for cashing up at the end of the day (and being able to close the till rather than having it overflow with coins)

All in all this year wasn’t as fun as usual but I got to have a good time and meet some new people, and I got a little more abuse than usual due to having put some weight on, but with the nature of people I would assume they would see I could excercise a little and lose the weight, so I plan to once I can sort my circumstances out and get back into shape and looking like me again, and I wouldn’t presume that was the reason I was on worse bars than normal, but we shall see how 2015 goes, and hopefully next year I will be able to get press permission to take footage and photo’s at the actual events to include in my roundup and reviews for next year, where I will more than likely return to seperate reviews because it makes more sense than having this overloaded single article. Time constraints and issues lead to this, and the less than professionally written article but I hope you still enjoyed reading and watching.

The marvelous miss take comes out on the 20th, it is an entirely mouse driven heist game over 25 levels and 5 chapters. With all of the gameplay options essentially that is 150 different puzzle floors and around 8-9 hours of gameplay and possibly more if you want to rerun to get all of the paintings and 100% the game.

The story is set around miss take trying to get back her aunties artwork after it was stolen by an art fiend changing the will and taking the lot, nievely miss take sets out in the stylish life of an upper class cat burgler, taking only what is hers and doing it with style. Not all of the artwork ends up in her gallery which is the hub world for access to the different levels, some must go to her home, or perhaps even sold to fund her lifestyle (essentially the level would become cluttered if everything you took in the level went there and taking just one painting would be too easy)

You can see that there are some artwork’s that remain untouched, although there are optional masterpieces that you can take, presumably in typical revenge style of taking the most prized posession of the fiend who took your aunts work, and to throw the scent off you directly for the crimes.

The game is well designed with stylish flair, very colourful and challenging yet fun and addictive keeping you coming back for more and retrying levels in an attempt to get all of the outcomes, beating the par time, taking the masterpieces etc, and with the extra ways of running the floors that you unlock later such as clearing out the remaining artwork at night during lockdown with most routes gated off and making it harder to progress whilst the focus is on stealth and not being spotted during this time or later when you return to clear out the safe’s for (*redacted plot spoilers*)

I think that this game even has a great potential to be a tablet or phone game, perfect file size with a great easy to use interface with everything being driven from the mouse and depending where you click and what you click, either to move stealthily or run, whistle for distraction, or throw objects with varying effects. Levels are fast paced and ramp up the challenge between chapters to a good degree, adding additional enemy types and even more difficult challenges each with thier own subtle features which you can exploit to speed run the levels and get all of the loot as fast as possible.

The game kept me coming back for more, and I would definately recommend a purchase as this is very accessible and anyone can jump in and out of gameplay and suit either someone who wants a casual distraction, or someone who wants to sit and get addicted and go through the entire game in one sitting.

The artwork is very clever, with faded scenery outside in a blue tone so it doesn’t distract but gives the essense of a living city surrounding you and not just being in a puzzle room, everyone loses thier hat while running, and while you have to retrieve yours it would be a fun achievement to collect the guards hats and escape the floor.

Note that footage shown is from a special press preview build, so there may be changes in the final version, some noted will be that bystanders will have more variation from the current clone everywhere, additional resolution options to ensure everyone can play, along with some minor tweeking to artwork etc. Saying that everything already looks great to me and fits the styling of a classy mischievous cat burgler of the time. Even the music is rather fitting, with elevator music playing while stood waiting on the second floor, and changing to fit the different “modes” of playing the levels, and everything feels very smooth and refined.

You will notice subtle art pieces such as blue fox statues as a nod to TRI, another rising star game, and perhaps even other nods that I have missed or am not aware of.

I found the game fun and definately recommend to anyone who likes what they see in the gameplay footage shown.

Purchase on steam at http://store.steampowered.com/app/327310/

Steam have introduced a new curator system for reviews, where you can post a short synopsys and link this off elsewhere to reviews you have posted such as youtube, or your own website.  It seems a convenient place to keep easy links to all of the steam based game reviews as not only does it link to reviews here but also the steam games and you can keep an eye on wether any go on discount in the store.

My curator page is located at http://store.steampowered.com/curator/6860437/ if you would like to follow and keep an eye on any game reviews I create, this should be easy as it doesn’t require me to post full content there also, just a short statement and then a link to wherever I have posted the main content.

So you can still read here and view reviews I post in video format while also being able to checkout the game for yourself and see the accurate current pricing in your district.

I found myself working at the ynot festival this year due to an unusual set of circumstances of flair having lost all of thier festival contracts, and creative (who I previousely worked for) having closed thier birmingham NEC branch requiring staff for the festivals in the area and hiring in flair staff to work at thier events. So I agreed to work and found myself at this event.

At the station I met a band who were travelling to the event and also found myself camping in the same area, so security photographers, press, bar staff and the bands were all mixed together in the same camping area which was quite a mix and created a civilised area for sleeping at night with the main partying occurring out in the public area’s of the site.

About the Event

The event itself consisted of 3 days of bands playing accross a number of stages, along with some art installations and a small selection of shops to purchase from.

For a festival that isn’t well known there were some major headliners along the lines of ash, electric six, the cribs, the darkness and the mystery jets amongst others. Along side this there were publicly voted in indie and unknown bands playing on the alotment stage which is where things really got interesting, although it was a small stage inside a tent some of the best music of the event was found inside this and any talent scout worth thier paycheck should have been inside this tent listening to some of the acts that played.

Surprise Highlight of the Event

For me the real surprise highlight was the band naymedici who opened up the saturday morning acts with a lively mix between viking melodic rock and irish sea shanties, and with the charisma oozing from the lead singer you couldn’t help but be mesmerised by the band, and the acts that followed had a hard enough time following such a unique and tuneful band.  Maybe it was following naymedici or the fact that the bands that played afterwards just weren’t my standard, including a very depressing act which came on after the following band that I had to leave the stage area to find a better source of music, if these guys had been given a better lineup position they would have blown the audience away and they would not be out of place at other popular rock festivals such as download and bloodstock where they would be very appreciated and draw in a huge audience.

Homegrown Talent

The allotment stage was of course the location for the up and coming talent of the country and another amazing act was located here on the sunday, parasight drew in a large audience and captivated those attending the stage with thier youthful energy and had skills that matched dragonforce coming out of the hands of a teenager which amazed me personally how such talent could be mastered at such a young age, these guys are definately ones to watch and I would not be surprised to see them signed up shortly as if these guys were to enter britains got talent they would surely win in my opinion.  Following these were chase the rain Another noteworthy act who again outshone some of the early morning acts on the mainstage the day before.  Thier music was much more mainstream than parasight but both were very talented acts.

Of course I had to return for blue sunday (worry I do not have a link at present) who I met at the train station as they were one of the bands who had to travel up on thier own accord as no transport was provided, they were good guys and very down to earth and also played again better than some of the main stage acts which were on at the same time and deserved a much bigger audience than came to see them at the stage.

Camping

Camping on the site was split into different area’s, with a family camping site, then 2 more campsites for regular visitors so partying would not disturb families, and also a campsite for artists and staff where I personally found myself alongside a photographer and a band, this of course led to me signing a rickety old guitar which was also signed by if not all of the acts at the event at least the majority of them courtesy of raggle taggle photography. who were very nice people and were very busy interviewing all of the bands and taking photo’s for the event and you should check out thier page to see for yourself some of the views of the site and what went down at the festival.

The feel of the event

Everything at this festival felt a lot more laid back than at more major events, with the capacity of the event being more than ample for the ammount of people there, so the stages never got crushed and there was plenty of room and very family friendly (with everyone remaining very civilised and polite even the children were very polite and not overactive) so everyone could enjoy the event no matter who and how old.

With the mix of unknown bands and known bands this would have been the ideal setting for bands to be a little more experimental and rather than play all of the well known songs or just play the albums through in some form, perform some remixes, B sides or even cover songs, or perhaps even some unknown and up and coming stuff.  But alas this didn’t happen.  There was some fun though with a UFO showing up crashed into the wall for the final day, and a morning ynot echo for anyone up early enough to recieve one for free with a one page newspaper of the events the day before.

Overall thoughts

This was definately a fun festival and I would definately reccommend that everyone should visit this at least once, it deserves more recognition and is a lot cheaper than some more well known events and gives the same full weekend of good bands and a lot of fun to be had, there is even a roller disco at £2 for 30 minutes which is amazing for a festival price. I don’t think you would even get that anywhere in birmingham.  Everyone is really friendly and laid back, the bands are good and if the not so good ones come on theres plenty of stages to go find (even one hidden in a wardrobe inside a bar like narnia) so you should definately explore everywhere as maybe you missed that, and who knows that person stood next to you might even be in a band.

Check it out for yourself you won’t regret it.

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After playing both sites I can say safely that the site where you perform searches works best for me, there is no need to buy anything or do anything other than use the search engine and that has earnt me 2 free euromillions tickets every week and last week I matched 2 numbers plus a star, which splitting between the 20 people in the syndicate (which would be 10 if I chose the regular lotto draw) I recieved 28p, okay its not much but larger prizes will be more and when the prize reaches £100 million+ sharing that with 20 people is still a significant jackpot (plus I’m more likely to win smaller prizes with the euromillions just because of the increased number of prizes on offer) Also it notes the millionaire raffle number assigned to your ticket and you can tell that these are genuinely purchased tickets as it is not automated, but instead updated when the site owner has purchased these tickets and distributed them amongst the members.

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The other site however where you would essentially earn cashback in the form of tickets instantly produced numbers the moment you purchased them, without providing a millionaire raffle number so seemed a little dodgy, also it would play exactly the same numbers every time you chose a new draw rather than randomly giving you new ones like a lucky dip, so although I won twice on that these were £10 prizes, split between 10 people so only getting £1 but with a cashout limit of £25+ there was nothing to do but purchase more tickets in the system which inevitably lost due to the way this system worked, of course I paid nothing again and got my tickets free there, but I would recommend against using the site to earn tickets from buying things elsewhere and instead use an online cashback site such as the following link where you earn actual cashback which if you really wanted to buy lottery tickets with you can do that yourself and not split it between anyone else, whereas the first link where you earn the tickets for doing nothing but searching on the internet as you would anyway you’ve got nothing to lose and because they pay out any win direct to you, with no cashout limits even my small win of 28p found its way to me, so be sure to have a look, even if you only earn yourself one of the two free tickets for the week give it a shot, you could even win the jackpot, just remember to come thank me if you do :-P

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