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A Flying Farewell

When I started this blog, I never imagined I would still be writing it three and a half years later. It started off as a bit of fun, a release for all my musical passions, and for all the great bands I listened to who never got noticed. It’s grown into so much more than that, and has become a centre point in my life. Through writing and listening, I have met some incredible people, organised my own events, and had the chance to work on some amazing projects. If I hadn’t started this blog I can safely say that a lot of the cool stuff that has happened to me over the last few years, wouldn’t have happened. More than that though, it has become a complete pleasure to write about and support all the incredible new music coming out of the UK and the rest of the world.

I have always tried to keep my personal life separate from the content of this blog, however, I feel that I cannot just stop writing, some explanation is needed to explain why I am ending Flying with Anna. I’ve spent the last three years living in London, studying, blogging and working in the music industry. However, despite all the things I love about London, I became immensely tired of my life there, and in April, after almost 3 years, I decided to leave. For the past few months I’ve been finishing my degree from home, and preparing for what’s to come. Ending this blog feels like turning the last page of that chapter of my life, and opening a new book.

Today I fly out of the UK to travel the world, and I have no return ticket. I will continue to write, the aspect of music I have loved the most. You can now find me over at One Way to Kathmandu, where I will be writing, photographing, and soundtracking my travels.

Thank you for reading and listening for the last three years. It has brought me so much joy.

A special thanks to: Robin at Breaking More Waves (if you want a new blog to read, I can’t recommend Breaking More Waves enough- also check out Skeletory, Crack in the Road and Just Music that I Like– all excellent), and all the other bloggers who I have met over the last few years, the blogging community has been such a highlight of writing this blog. To all the incredible artists I have had the chance to work with, meet or exchange a few words over the internet, it’s your thanks which have kept me going for so long. To all of my favourite PR people, especially Matt and Ellie at Stay Loose. To everyone who has been involved with the events I have put on, the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition, and to anyone who has ever read this blog and found some new music to love and cherish.

I will leave you with a song, one which seems appropriate.

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Playlist: May 2013

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May was the month of a lot of changes, a big move, and the closing of one chapter of my life. It was also a great month for music, and despite being too ill to make the Great Escape, all the tracks in this playlist made May very musically memorable.

Here’s to June, it’s going to be great as both sunshine and Glastonbury are on the menu.

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Hiatus- We Can Be Ghosts Now (feat. Shura)

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Gabrielle Aplin- How Do You Feel Today?

I first heard this on Gabrielle’s Radio 1 session with Rob Da Bank. I thought it was stunning and was pleased to see she’d also uploaded a version to YouTube.

This track will appear on her debut album ‘English Rain’ which is out at the end of April. She’s come such a long way since I first featured her in January 2012.

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Blog Sound of 2013: Top 5

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A while ago you may remember that myself and a bunch of other UK music blogs announced the long list for our Blog Sound of 2013. You can view the original list here.

We can now announce the Top 5 which are…

1. HAIM

2. Chvrches

3= Savages

3= PINS

5. The Neighbourhood

And here is a playlist of the longlist of acts…

 

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