Top 10 Favourite BabyMetal Songs

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I talk a lot about my love for K-Pop but I never really mention J-Pop. That’s because compared to K-Pop I don’t listen to anywhere near as much J-Pop but I am a massive fan of BabyMetal – I’m not sure if they count as J-Pop but that’s not the point. I wanted to write a list of my top ten favourite BabyMetal songs so here goes nothing!

10. Karate

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This song brought quite a bit of attention to BabyMetal, a bunch of Western artists were talking about this song and they ended up featuring in ‘Kerrang!’ magazine quite a bit. And it’s a good song, I love it but it’s definitely not their best song. I’m going to be honest and say I was a bit disappointed when they first released this song, I felt like after their debut album it was a bit of a let-down but the song did eventually grow on me and now I love it!

9. Tales of the Destinies

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I put the ‘Metal Resistance’ album onto my phone and started listening to the songs pretty much the minute I got home. Funny story, I caught the bus home from town and chilled in my room before realising that day was the day of ‘Metal Resistance’s release so I had to catch the bus back up town to buy the album. Anyway, I wasn’t too impressed the first time I heard the full album. Like, the songs were okay but they weren’t as good compared to their debut album.

The songs did quickly grow on me and this was one of the first ones I started to like. I think it’s because they used the guitar riff from ‘The One’ so I gave it a go and even though it’s a bit strange I ended up really liking this one!

8. Amore (Su-Metal Solo)

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Su’s solos are absolutely amazing, I also love ‘Akatsuki’ but I think I prefer ‘Amore’ just a little bit more. It’s an amazing song and I’ve always said I wanted to see it live someday but apparently she did sing it at the Wembley Arena show? I’m pretty sure I have a video of it? Either way, I didn’t appreciate it enough at the time because they dropped their ‘Metal Resistance’ album just one day before the Wembley show so I didn’t know enough of their new songs to fully appreciate them! BabyMetal need to come back so I can hear Su sing Amore and appreciate it more.

7. Line!

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I actually don’t know if ‘line!’ is the official title for this song but whatever, this song is amazing. A lot of people don’t like the changing genres thing how they switch from metal to rap but that’s what makes me love the song so much. It always puts me in a good mood and I love everything about it.

6. Onedari Daisakusen (Black BabyMetal)

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Black BabyMetal are a sub-unit made up of Moa-Metal and Yui-Metal, the two younger members and I love this song so much. Black BabyMetal have a few fun songs but this one is definitely my favourite of theirs. I’m so sad they didn’t sing it at Wembley and that they went for ‘Song 4’ instead but maybe they’re a little embarrassed to sing it now considering they’re both eighteen and the song is about begging your Dad to buy you things. Or maybe they just happened to not pick it for the Wembley show, I don’t know. Either way it’s a great song and another one I wanna see live one day!

5. From Dusk Till Dawn

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This song is amazing, it used to be my favourite but I think I listened to it one too many times just like ‘Amore’. But it’s definitely still high on my list of favourite BabyMetal songs because I think it’s just honestly so good. I don’t actually know what the songs about but I still think it’s great!

4. Doki Doki Morning

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This is another up-beat song that never fails to put me in a good mood. I think this was the first BabyMetal song but I might be mistaken. You can see the difference in the outfits they wore during this song and the types of outfits they wear now. I love this song, I think it’s amazing and it always helps to put me into a good mood.

3. Gimme Chocolate

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The obvious BabyMetal song, the first one I ever heard and I’m sure most people ever heard. I loved this song from first listen, I thought it was amazing. I remember first listening to it in college with Jess and I started singing it for the rest of the day, to which Becca sighed and said “I quite like this song and now you’re going to ruin it for me.” I’m sure I did ruin it, sorry pal! Either way I love this song and I’m glad it introduced me to BabyMetal!

2. The One (English Version)

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Originally I didn’t like the English version – I’d grown used to the Japanese-English version that was used in the music video and I didn’t like listening to it in English. I can’t remember what made me listen to the English one more but now I’m used to it I actually prefer it. When I first heard the song I didn’t love it because I remembered Su had compared it to ‘Road of Resistance’ and I really didn’t think it compared. But now it’s one of my favourites and I can see what she means. I love this song so much.

1. Road of Resistance

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I don’t think this will ever stop being my favourite song by them. If I ever need some like inspiration, motivation or just cheering up this is the first song I stick on. It was my top track from my running playlist because it always motivated me to keep running. This song is absolutely amazing and no BabyMetal track will ever top it in the future. I imagine this is most fans favourite song but for good reason! This song helps me a lot through rough times and I don’t know what I’d do without it.

So there we go, there are my top ten favourite BabyMetal songs! Feel free to leave a comment with your favourites!

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Favourite Movies

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I was originally going to write a list of my favourite five films but in the end I had to choose six because I just couldn’t eliminate one from the list and I also made the decision not to include any horror movies because I already wrote about my top ten favourite horror films here [x]. So this is a list of six films I love, in no particular order that I am happy to watch again and again and again.

The Maze Runner (Wes Ball, 2014)

I think this is on here because Death Cure came out not long ago and I’m not over it to be honest but I did love the first film a lot. I’m pretty sure I went back to see it at the cinema about four times. The sequel ‘Scorch Trials’ came out just before I went to university and I remember seeing it with my three best friends the day before I left. Then if I was having a shit day at uni and needed to get away from my flat mates I’d go and watch ‘Scorch Trials’ until it eventually left the cinema. I love this series.

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The Maze Runner is about a boy called Thomas who wakes up to find himself in a community of boys with his memory erased. He soon discovers they’re trapped in the middle of a maze and joins the ‘runners’ to try and find a way out.

To be honest when the original film was released I remember not being all that interested but because Becca had enjoyed the books she dragged us to see it. Immediately I was pulled into the story and a few weeks later I did try to read the book but I couldn’t get interested. I think I donated my copy of the book which I now regret because I want to give it another go so I might need to buy another copy. They’re great films and I could watch them over and over again without getting sick of them.

Into the Woods (Rob Marshall, 2014)

I don’t know if it’s just me but I didn’t see any advertising for this film like at all? I think when I went to see it I hadn’t even seen a trailer for it. I’m going to be completely honest with you and admit that I only knew about this film because at the time I was completely in love with Chris Pine and it was listed on his iMDB page. So when I noticed it was on at my local cinema I invited Jess and off we went.

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Into the Woods is a musical about a baker and his wife who are desperate to have a child but discover they can’t because a witch has placed a curse on their family. They’re tasked with finding items from classic fairytales to reverse the curse.

It’s a musical that has a lot more songs than speaking which I don’t normally like but Into the Woods is an exception. I love the soundtrack so much that I burned all the songs onto a disc so me and Jess could listen to it in her car. It got to a point where me, Jess, Hirst and Becca knew all of the songs and we all had our own parts to sing on long car journeys. This film is amazing with a brilliant cast and it’s definitely my favourite musical. This one I saw at the cinema about six times. I’d love to see the stage version one day even though I’ve heard it’s extremely different.

My Neighbour Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)

I could’ve included a ton more Studio Ghibli films but I had to go for my favourite which will probably always be ‘My Neighbour Totoro’. I didn’t actually like it that much when I first watched it because although I thought it was sweet I didn’t really see the point. But after rewatching it I soon began to love it and it became my favourite.

This film is about two young girls Mei and Satsuki who move to the countryside with their father to live closer to their hospitalised mother and the adventures they have with the forest spirits who live nearby.

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This is a film I love to stick on whenever I’m sad or having a bit of a shit day and it cheers me right up. I love everything about it, especially the soundtrack. I’m going to Japan later this year and if I don’t go to the Studio Ghibli museum I might be sad for the rest of my life. If you haven’t seen a Studio Ghibli film then you’re missing out, they’re truly magical.

Coraline (Henry Selick, 2009)

I feel like the majority of my list are children’s films but this is a film I would think twice about before showing to my children. I must’ve been at least 12 or 13 when I first watched this but I was still creeped out. Even now it gives me the creeps. The book is amazing too and just as scary.

Coraline is about a girl who moves to an old house in the middle of no where and feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door and crawls through to find a parallel world where things are more interesting and everyone has buttons for eyes. When the Other Mother invites Coraline to stay there forever she refuses and soon realises the alternate reality is just a trick to trap her.

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I doubt there are many people who haven’t seen this film and I think it’s honestly really good. Every so often I’ll get a craving to re-watch it and each time it’s just as good as I remembered. I was actually lucky enough to meet Neil Gaiman and now I have a signed hardback copy of Coraline – which I can never read because it’s too pretty so I had to go out and buy a paperback copy too so I could actually enjoy it.

My Sister’s Keeper (Nick Cassavetes, 2009)

I first watched this film in Science because we were learning about designer babies or something and I enjoyed it but it didn’t leave a lasting impression on me or anything. I’m pretty sure we watched it again in Religious Studies, but again not much impact. Then I went out and bought a copy for my Mom because she’d sounded interested when I’d told her about it. The more I’ve watched it the more I’ve fallen in love with it and now it’s one of my favourites.

My Sister’s Keeper is about Anna Fitzgerald who was born with a particular purpose – to save her sister Kate who has been diagnosed with cancer. But when Anna turns eleven she files for medical emancipation so that her parents can’t force her to donate her kidney to her sister. Soon she is caught up in a legal battle against her own mother.

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My description doesn’t do the film justice but it is amazing and I always cry absolute buckets whenever I watch it. The acting is brilliant, especially from Sofia Vassilieva who played Kate. There’s nothing about this film that I don’t love and it’s a must watch.

Room (Lenny Abrahamson, 2015)

I always forget about Room whenever someone asks me what my favourite film is but it’s probably this one. This is another film that makes me cry absolute buckets and I just think it’s so beautifully done. I haven’t seen it that many times because I keep forgetting I own the DVD but I still think it’s my favourite film.

Room is based on the book by Emma Donoghue (which is also amazing) and is about a young boy named Jack who has grown up in the confines of a small shed with his Ma. He has never left Room and knows nothing about the outside world. But as Jack’s curiosity grows and Ma’s resilience reaches breaking point they hatch a risky plan to escape Room.

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I’d actually never heard of the book at the time and I learnt about the film from Jess who wanted to go and see it. I liked the look of the trailer so the two of us went to see it and I loved it. I loved it so much that I saw it two more times at the cinema and then bought a copy of the book. The book is also amazing but different to the film – sadder but more realistic. Overall I think I prefer the movie. This is another where the acting is amazing, Brie Larson 100% deserved her Oscar and Jacob Tremblay did an amazing job of playing Jack. If you haven’t seen Room then I honestly can’t recommend it enough.

So there we go, there are six of my favourite films in no particular order! Feel free to leave a comment with your favourite films, if you have any recommendations then send them my way.

Review: See How They Lie by Sue Wallman

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I wrote a review of Sue Wallman’s ‘Lying About Last Summer’ a while ago [x] and I thoroughly enjoyed it so when I saw she’d released another book I was really excited to read it. I’m pretty much always broke so I didn’t buy it for ages but did finally receive a copy for Christmas from my Mom which I was super happy about.

For those who don’t know anything about the book ‘See How They Lie’ is told from the point of view of Mae who has grown up at Hummingbird Creek, a wellness retreat for rich teens with psychological problems so they can receive the help they need from Mae’s father, a skilled psychiatric. All aspects of daily life are monitored carefully for the patient’s sake and there are strict rules. When Mae is caught breaking these rules the response is severe. She begins to doubt everything she’s been told and starts asking questions. But asking questions at Hummingbird Creek can be dangerous.

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This book sounded so good so I was really looking forward to reading it and I ended up really enjoying it. I had a feeling I would because I’d already liked ‘Lying about Last Summer’ but this book was much, much better. It kept my interest from start to finish and I couldn’t wait to get to the end to find out the truth.

I really liked reading about Mae, I don’t know what it was about her but I don’t know I just thought she was a really good character. I didn’t like Mae’s best friend Drew but I don’t really know why. He just seemed really pretentious and annoying. Her other friends were a lot more interesting to read about and I don’t know, I just preferred them. Hated her Dad right from the start before I’d even learnt much about him.

Although I loved the story I can’t help feeling a bit confused about the plot twist. I thought it was good don’t get me wrong but I’m not 100% sure how it would work? Obviously I don’t want to give it away for anyone because it was interesting and I didn’t see it coming but I just don’t know how it would work – it sucks because I want to go into more detail but anything I say could give it away. Don’t worry, I won’t ruin it for you guys!

Overall I really recommend this book because it had me hooked right from the start and it was just a super interesting read. If you haven’t read a Sue Wallman book before then you’re really missing out, her books are so good with interesting plot twists and I really can’t recommend them enough.

Mischief Movie Night Review

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When this was first announced I knew I had to go. I loved Mischief Theatre’s shows ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’, ‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’ and ‘The Comedy about a Bank Robbery’ so much. I only watched these shows for the first time last year and I’ve already seen ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ four times and ‘The Comedy about a Bank Robbery’ also four times. Unfortunately I’ve only seen ‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’ once but I’d have seen it more if it was actually still on.

Anyway, I’d never been to anything like this before so I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect but I can honestly say I loved it. I had a feeling it would be brilliant because like, it’s Mischief Theatre, of course it was going to be brilliant but I didn’t really know what was going to happen or anything.

I’m so broke at the moment because I’m an apprentice who earns £3.50 but I had no issue with spending £70 on a hotel room, £20 on train tickets and then £25 on the show ticket. I was counting down the days and it felt like a lifetime but eventually it was the 16th of December and I was on my way to London.

The show’s about an hour long so they do two each evening so before I went I considered buying a ticket for the one afterwards so that I wouldn’t end up back in the hotel too early. Because I had barely any cash though ‘cos of Christmas shopping and everything though I scrapped that idea and decided to see how I felt after the first show – and it was just as well I did.

I was a bit worried about the whole ‘audience participation’ bit at the start because nothing fills me with more anxiety than the words ‘audience participation’ so I went for a seat in circle instead of the stalls and personally I thought there was a better view up there anyway. However there’s no pressure on anyone to call out any ideas as there are tons of more confident people who are happy to so if you’re shy like me you don’t need to worry about that.

The first was a Christmas movie set in space called ‘Jingle My Laser Beams’ and honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much in my entire life. My favourite parts had to be the musical moments, especially Henrik’s soprano bed time story. It’s honestly so cleverly done and I loved every second of it. So at the end when they announced you could get a ticket for the second show for just £10 I knew I had to get one.

The second was an action-adventure movie called ‘Barred 2’ which is a sequel to ‘Barred’ that was a film they’d never done. I think overall I actually preferred this one a little bit because it was even funnier, if possible, than the first one. Mischief Theatre are honestly all so talented to come up with this on the spot, I could never do something like that if I tried.

I enjoyed it so much that I’m considering going back to see it again. I told my Mom and she was all “YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE SAVING!” but like, it was so good that I feel like I need to. If you’re in London you definitely need to go see this, I can’t stress how funny it is and it’s different every time! Even if you’re not in London, do what I did and travel because it’s 100% worth it.

And I just wanna say thank you to Mischief Theatre for a really good night, here’s hoping I can go again in the new year!

Happy Death Day: Review by Holly Bareham

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Happy Halloween guys! However you’re choosing to celebrate I hope you have a great day. I personally am stuck at work and by the time I thought about having the day off I realised there wouldn’t be enough cover in the office so… I’ll probably watch a horror film later tonight though just to say I’ve done something.

So for those of you who never saw this trailer you’ve done a pretty good job of avoiding it because for a while it was all over Facebook and people were freaking out about it. To be honest I thought it looked interesting but I also thought it looked like one of those films that would just annoy the Hell out of me. I assumed right from the start it would be dreadful but I was still intrigued so I decided to give it a go.

‘Happy Death Day’ is about a college student who is murdered on her birthday but wakes up the next morning on her birthday. She is forced to relive the same day over and over again until she can figure out who her killer is and stop her own death.

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I actually really enjoyed it. I was intrigued the entire time and I found the whole thing really entertaining. It didn’t take itself too seriously which is just as well because it simply wouldn’t have worked if it had. Although at first most of the characters were unlikeable this was deliberate for the overall message of the film which was essentially ‘don’t be an asshole’. I ended up really liking Tree, the main character, by the end and I liked Carter right from the start.

Maybe I’m an idiot but I didn’t guess who the killer was at all. My friend told me she’d guessed before we even went in and was really bemused that I hadn’t figured it out. Listen, it’s good to be an idiot when watching films – I’m always shocked when the plot twist is revealed. I really liked this one. It was kind of ridiculous but in a good way.

As long as you don’t take it too seriously it’s a really good film. It’s entertaining and I’d really like to see it again before it leaves cinemas but I’m not sure I’ll have the time. I definitely wanna get it on DVD when it’s released though. I just really liked it and I’m quite surprised to say how many positive reviews it has on iMDB. Maybe we all low-key expected it to be trash but because it wasn’t that bad we can’t help by like it.

Compared to other horror films this year it just feels really refreshing. This is what ‘The Bye Bye Man’ should’ve been like because that was dreadful and took itself way too seriously. ‘Happy Death Day’ mocked itself and it worked really well!

Time for my piece of horror film trivia. There was quite a bit on iMDB and it was all pretty interesting but I’ve chosen this one: The scene where Tree walks across campus completely naked had to be done quickly as it was being filmed on an active campus thus presenting the risk of students witnessing the scene being filmed and taking photos. In the end they managed to do it in just 2-3 takes.

I recommend this if you haven’t already seen it and are looking for something interesting to watch this Halloween. I was genuinely really pleasantly surprised by this film so go into it with an open mind and just view it for it is: a bit of fun.

Tulley’s Farm ‘The Howl’ Experience

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Over the weekend me and two of my friends visited Tulley’s Farm for their ‘The Howl’ event in Leighton Buzzard. We’d been on about it for a while so this year we finally booked it and travelled three hours to get there. We ended up staying in a hotel in the middle of nowhere (we had to walk along a road with no path for half-an-hour to find it) and had to fork out extra money for taxis to get to the event but it was definitely worth it!

Now although I enjoy horror movies I am honestly the biggest wimp ever so when we got there I was thinking ‘oh my god why did I sign up for this I’m an idiot, I’m gonna have to sit out of all the haunts’. We joined a queue for the first one we saw and I was convinced I’d come out the other side and think ‘nope can’t handle that’ and would’ve wasted all my money. So I’m writing this for people like me who are nervous but want to give it a go!

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House of Hounds

We were given a ticket for the person at the front of the queue to sign off before we went in and I believe they were in order of how scary each attraction is so the order was: Topper’s Twister, Hotel de Basquervilles, House of Hounds, Squealers Yard and The Shed. That’s not necessarily the case but that was how we interpreted it. We didn’t think too much about this though so we just joined the queue for the first one we saw which was ‘House of Hounds’.

This one was good because although the farm had been open for half-an-hour the haunts had literally only just opened so the queues were short. As the queues were short we were allowed to go in by ourselves with the group we were with. So for example if you were with three other people the four of you would go in alone instead of teaming up with other groups to make it larger thus speeding the queue up.

Now I’ve literally never done anything like this before, I went to a zombie event at Blists Hill once but it wasn’t scary it was just confusing. So I was stood outside with my friends Becca and Jess absolutely peeing myself because I didn’t know what to expect. The three of us walked inside for the short briefing you get before each haunt and I held onto both their hands and I was shaking so bad! Then it started.

Because I’m such a wimp I held both their hands the entire way with Becca at the front and Jess at the back and although it was scary it was also so funny. I don’t wanna give away too much to anyone else who’s thinking of going but ‘House of Hounds’ is obviously hound related so there were people in cages who screamed and jumped out at you. There were little nooks so they could leave their cages and they’d come right up to you and scare the hell out of you.

I think I would’ve been a lot more scared had Becca not been there. My friends are like two opposite ends of fear, we had Jess at the back who was having fun but wasn’t the least bit scared and Becca at the front who was screaming and jumping at every little thing. My favourite bits were when we rounded a corner and I heard Becca yell “No! Hollie no, look, I can’t!” So I looked around the corner and found someone crawling on the floor, and when we were near the end and someone ran right at us and screamed at us. The amount of times me and Becca cowered into the wall was hilarious while Jess was so chill the entire time.

Also I don’t know how but two minutes in my shoe almost fell off and I was walking around desperately trying to put it back on properly because I didn’t want to lose it. The back of it went under my heel and luckily after a while I managed to kick it back on, it wasn’t like I could stop and pull it back on!

We came out and we were all crying with laughter but my throat hurt so badly from all the screaming I’d done but luckily we exited right by a drinks stand so I grabbed a tap water before we headed into the next haunt.

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Topper’s Twister

So this one is supposedly the least scary of the five but it’s also the clown haunt so I was not looking forward to it. Yes I’d had fun in ‘House of Hounds’ and at least I hadn’t lost it yet but I do not like clowns so I was worried this would be the one where I started to freak out. As the haunts had been open a bit longer the queues had gotten longer which meant we went through as a group which we kind of preferred.

We went in with the same formation, Becca at the front, me in the middle and Jess at the back but this time we had a couple in front of us and a few people behind us. This meant the entire way round Becca kept screaming “Guys we’ve gotta keep up with the people in front!”

Although I hate clowns this one was really fun with inflatable walls that made me feel extremely claustrophobic and a bridge that made you feel like you were going upside down when you weren’t. And also clowns at every turn making you jump.

As I said, I really hate clowns. So at the end there’s a triangle shaped door and a clown standing just in front of it so Becca ducked through the door and as I went to the clown came right next to my head and started creeping me out so I moved to the left, rushed forward – and banged my head on the bloody doorway! I pulled back and of course Becca didn’t know why so she dragged me forwards again and luckily I made it through the door this time but my head hurt so bad! Five minutes later I asked my friends if they could see anything and it turned out there was a lump on my forehead! So yeah it was a fun attraction but make sure you watch where you’re going guys!

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The queues were really starting to get quite long at this point because it was mid-event so my advice is to show up as soon as the haunts open because that’s what we did and we were there until nearly closing time and you definitely don’t want to miss any of the haunts! Also I went to the bathroom before we headed into this one and found one lady sat on the floor on the edge of a panic attack because she’d found the haunt too scary. Only do what you’re comfortable with guys, it’s not worth risking your mental health for!

We had to queue quite a while to get into this one but we didn’t really mind because long queues meant having a quick emotional break and for us it meant discussing the last haunt in great detail. The only trouble was that it started raining and although the queues are under some cover the rain still found a way in so bring a rain coat!

This one was brilliant too, it’s set in a hotel that’s haunted and you walk through and the actors pull open doors, windows, paintings etc. to jump scare you and it works really well. We went through in the same formation again and this one was making me laugh because Becca started yelling angrily at the people scaring her “No! Stop it! It’s not funny!” There was also one point where a girl was stood on a table screaming “You’re not welcome here, you’re not welcome here!” to which Becca started saying “That’s fine, okay, that’s fine!”

I’m making fun of Becca yet I was just as scared.

I was not a fan of the girl in the exorcism position on that bed and was even less of a fan when she turned around and screamed at us.

It’s not as scary when you go through with bigger groups which was fine by me and Becca because we kept letting people go in front of us. Also the couple in front seemed really chill and kept looking back and laughing at me and Becca screaming every couple of seconds. I’m pretty sure I screamed my throat raw at this event.

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Squealers Yard

I don’t think I was prepared for this haunt at all.

The first three had scared me but they were manageable. This one hit us like a ton of breaks and even Jess said she was slightly scared at this one!

It all starts when you go in and they start splitting people up, mostly sending in men by themselves and splitting them up from their girlfriends etc. Me and Becca stood there praying to God he wouldn’t ask us to split up while Jess genuinely didn’t mind because she’s bloody mad. When there was maybe six or seven of us left he let us go through together. However, throughout the haunt the actors still manage to split us all up but as we were all holding hands we managed to stay together we just lost the rest of the group.

For the first few minutes I was scared but I was also having a great time because Becca was making me laugh so hard – until we encountered a lady who told Becca to stand against the wall and then pinned her against it. I didn’t wanna be next so I let go of her hand and me and Jess carried on walking but I think because Becca looked so panicked by this the lady let her go. I feel a bit bad because I’d have killed her if she’d left me so Becca, I am truly sorry! I won’t ditch you again!

Because of that the formation changed with Jess, the brave one, going first with Becca holding her hand and me holding onto Becca’s shoulders. We went into a room which was so foggy that we couldn’t see a thing until some man was right in front of Jess’ face telling her to squeal like a pig. I was honestly terrified, my head was in Becca’s back and we shuffled out of the room. We ended up outside but none of us could say anything, I genuinely thought we were in a pitch black room until my eyes adjusted.

The last room was another one where you can’t see a thing, there’s strobe lights going off and all I could hear was this really loud chain saw so I was screaming at Jess to get a move on and when I came out I needed a minute to get my chill together. Definitely the scariest haunt there and it was so much fun, Jess gave it a 10/10 and I have to agree. Probably the longest haunt as well it was just really well done and the actors in there were the best of the lot – just make sure you don’t get split up from your friends!

However my only complaint would be that I wasn’t a fan of the fat-shaming like I understand it’s a meat haunt and it’s all meant in good humour but I don’t know, it made me feel pretty uncomfortable. I think had someone said something to me I would’ve just felt like crap so I’m glad no one did.

The Shed

I was not looking forward to this one, I’d overheard one man telling one of the members of staff that the haunts weren’t too scary but ‘The Shed’ had creeped him out a bit. After the trauma of ‘Squealers Yard’ I really wasn’t sure I was ready for this one. I’m not really 100% sure what the backstory for this haunt was because it was hard to hear the safety instructions and I was pretty scared as it was.

Although it was scary it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as Squealers Yard. This time Jess went first with me in the middle and Becca at the back, all of us holding hands again because I was honestly bricking it. Becca at the back did not work just for the record, the girl stood on the back of both my shoes so they nearly fell off, nearly dislocated my thumb and ripped my hair out when she got scared. She is funny though.

The walkways were really narrow on this one like the actors couldn’t stand on the ground because there’d be no room for us to walk at all. We were at the back and Becca was screaming at us to keep up with the people in front of us which was great until we got to the end and they dropped something and they calmly tried to find it while we were screaming and trying to get away from the man with the giant leaf blower.

Although it was scary it didn’t have a lasting impression on me like Squealers Yard did.

Overall, my favourite haunts were ‘House of Hounds’ because that was our first and it was fun going through by ourselves, and ‘Squealers Yard’ because it was just so terrifying. We’ve decided that Tulley’s Farm is going to become a regular tradition but next year we want to go to the one with eight haunts because we had so much fun!

Rules and Tips for The Howl
– Each safety briefing is generally the same: no going on your phone, no hats/masks and no touching the actors. Also you’re not allowed to go through if you’re pregnant or have asthma, a heart condition or just generally if you’re anywhere near the end of your life
– I cannot stress the whole no touching the actors rule enough. You see it on the internet all the time about people who are like “sorry my reaction to getting scared is to hit out”… Well then don’t come? Although it’s scary it’s not hard to remember that they are just actors at the end of the day so even when people were crawling on the floor or right in our faces, there is no need to touch or lash out at them. It works both ways, they will not touch you either so just stick to the damn rule. If your reaction is to lash out then do what I did and hold hands with someone for crying out loud to stop yourself!
– If you’re nervous go with a group of friends. People went in couples but I think three or more works well if you’re scared. It was nice to have a really brave friend and a friend who was peeing themselves. I’d have been 100x more scared if I hadn’t been laughing at Becca the entire time so yeah, if you’re nervous go with a group!
– Start from the least scary and work your way up. Although I don’t regret jumping straight into the third scariest I probably would’ve felt differently if I’d entered Squealers Yard right off the bat!

But yeah, I survived the night and that’s the important thing! Definitely give it a go if you’re thinking about it, it’s so much fun.

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24K in London Fan Meet Experience

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Okay so this post is going to be an absolute mess because I’m a mess so I’ll try and make sure everything makes sense but no promises! I added the screenshots ‘cos this was quite lengthy so I thought it’d break it up a bit.

So a while back 24K announced they were coming back to Europe but instead of doing concerts they were going to be doing fan meets. I was over the moon and then I found out that my two best friends who also like K-Pop would be in Berlin the week 24K came. So if I wanted to meet them I’d have to go by myself.

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Now I don’t particularly mind doing most things by myself but I was terrified at the thought of going to meet them by myself. I’d met them with Becca in Amsterdam and I’d lost my shit then.

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Me and Becca are the ones at the end on the left.

There were a few different types of tickets, you could get standard where you didn’t technically meet them (until they announced they’d be giving a hi-five to standard and early bird tickets like baes) or you could get like gold and silver which came with all sorts of stuff. I didn’t know what to go for but my friends convinced me to get a gold ticket which included a fan signing, hi-touch and a photo.

The day arrived and the anxiety was real. It didn’t help that I literally managed to fuck up so many things – I’d planned to wear this one specific t-shirt and I could not find it and I was stressed about that so I ended up having to pick a different one. Got to my hotel in London and I was rushing ‘cos the doors were opening at 3 and it was already past 2 so I was like “Right I’ll leave now” and realised that even though I’d be in the room for about five minutes I’d lost the key (it was under the bed somehow)? I found that and then nearly left without my ticket and I was honestly just generally a mess haha!

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I got to the queue and I got given number ‘93’ and joined the back of the Gold queue. I was in that queue for like an hour awkwardly on my phone ‘cos everyone was in their little groups and I’m too shy and awkward to even attempt to make conversation with anyone so I was just chilling by myself in the rain feeling a bit miserable but then the doors opened and we all went inside and the anxiety got even worse oh my god.

So we had to sit in order of your number so it was in rows of 10 and there were 100 gold tickets so I was in the back row which was fine by me, I hate going first. I need to see what everyone else is doing before I can do it myself – I don’t know why; I just need to know what’s happening. So 24K came out and we had the fan signing first and I was really nervous. My friend once posted a tweet about how different people feel anxiety in different places and how she feels hers in her wrists which I thought was strange ‘cos I normally feel it in my stomach but last night I 100% felt it in my legs like I was convinced I wouldn’t be able to stand up when it was my turn.

Eventually after what felt like a lifetime it was our rows turn so we got up and we each got given a poster to get signed and we had a sticky note with our names on. Got to the table and the first person there was Kisu. Now like I’m awkward at the best of times but I don’t know any Korean like at all and I didn’t know how good their English was (except for Cory obviously) so I was convinced I wouldn’t know what to say or do but it was absolutely fine.

I met Kisu and he was so sweet, he pronounced my name like ‘hoe-zie’ and he was like “Hi! I’m Kisu! Nice to meet you!” I’m pretty sure I do this weird thing where I like nod my head awkwardly so I start doing the weird nodding and I’m like “Yes, nice to meet you!” And he smiles and I smile and he pushes the poster onto the next member which was Jeunguk.

He was drinking water when I came over and he put his hand up but like he was holding a marker so I was confused about what he wanted me to do so I waved at him and he raised his eye-brows and I was like “ah I’m supposed to touch his hand” so I did and he laughed. He pronounced my name in the same way Kisu did. I’m pretty sure he talked to me more but like I was already a wreck at this point so I can’t remember so he moved the poster down to the next member which was Cory!

You’d think I’d kind of chill out ‘cos Cory’s fluent in English but he’s my bias so nope still awkward as ever. He was like “Hi! Hozzie! I think you definitely win having the most original name tonight!” so I was like “Ahaha thank you” and he grabbed my hands and was like “Thank you; have a really good time tonight!” So I start doing more awkward nodding and being like “Ah thank you, thank you.”

My interactions with Changsun and Hongseob were mostly the same, a lot of “nice to meet you”, hand holding and me just generally being awkward. Then I get to the end and it’s Jinhong and he went “Hi!” so I went “Hi!” And then… He didn’t say anything else. He signed my poster and then kind of looked at me and I didn’t know what to do so in the end I blurted “IT’S NICE TO MEET YOU” and I’m pretty sure he said something but I had no idea what he said and like every other fan has said, he has an intense stare man and I was folding under the pressure so I like took my poster and went “Thank you!” and walked away before I did something stupid.

Then we had the hi-touch which is a lot quicker than the fan sign so you just walk down and hold their hands for a second. Kisu was saying “I love you” to everyone and I could’ve said ‘I love you too’ like a normal person but I decided to go “Aha yes thank you”??? We had the photo taken and when me and Becca had ours taken in Amsterdam we literally plotted and schemed so that we could be in front of Cory and Kisu but I didn’t have her there to scheme with so I just went wherever I ended up. I don’t know where I ended up to be truthful. I wanted to do a heart with one of the members but I don’t have the confidence for that so I went for the peace signs, they’ve never let me down.

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UPDATE: So uh they posted it and I look awkward af but at least I’m in front of my bias?

So that finished and they went backstage and we all went to the barriers then they came back out so they could greet all the early bird and standard ticket holders. A few people had moaned that it was unfair that we had to pay extra to meet them which early bird and standard were essentially getting for free but it was a lot quicker than we’d had and personally I thought it was really sweet 24K had decided to do that. I could only afford a gold ticket because like I’m an adult and I have a job, there was once a time when I was a teenager and I had to go for standard tickets because my parents refused to buy more expensive tickets and I would’ve been over the moon if a group had done that.

After that the event started and I could talk about that but I know tons of people on Twitter have done threads about the Q&A and I remember it being really funny, like 24K are actually hilarious but my memory is absolutely awful so I’d have to refer to everyone’s threads and it would take all night and I’ve already rambled on so much so I’m going to jump straight into what was possibly the best thing that ever happened to me ever.

So they finish the Q&A and Cory and Kisu jump straight into the letter event which I’d heard about last month. Basically fans were asked to write a letter to 24K and at the show 24K would announce like their favourite one and whichever fan wrote it would go on stage with 24K. I’d seen the announcement and had taken a screenshot and sent it to my friends like ‘This sounds awesome but I don’t know if I should do it?’ To which they responded:

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The thought of meeting 24K was enough to make me feel terrified so I really didn’t know if I wanted to be on stage with them but I thought fuck it, I can write a letter right? They’ll never choose me but they’ll still get to read it and know what they mean to me. So I did, I spent like over an hour working on this letter and it was quite personal about something that had happened before I went to their show in Amsterdam and just general things about how amazing I thought they were and other stuff like that.

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To be honest I’d mostly forgotten about it until the show when we were doing the fan signing and they were all pronouncing my name and looking at it as if it was the first time they’d seen it so I assumed they hadn’t read the letter and like I was okay with that.

So Cory starts talking about how he wants to dedicate this song to all of us but also one specific fan so I’m like ‘ah cool the letter event’ and he was like “It’s for one girl, she wrote about how we inspire her” and I automatically thought ‘oh okay it’s not me then’. Because like I assumed he meant inspires them musically? To be musical? If that makes any sense at all? And then he said something along of the lines of “She really opened up to us and obviously I won’t go into the details because it was quite personal and can we all be nice about it please” and I was like well I did get personal in my letter but it won’t be me and then he’s like “Her name’s Hozzie.”

For a second I like blacked out like I’m pretty sure he carried on talking and I have like no recollection of what was said or what was happening. Now I’m a pretty quiet person unless I’m around people I’m comfortable with so like it’s pretty rare for me to think ‘ok I’ll be loud’ like I don’t even like yelling “I’ve finished all the notices” to my colleague who is one bank of desks away from me at work, I will email her ‘cos I don’t wanna be too loud. But my friends will vouch for me, when the panic sets in, I will become loud. About a month ago my friend won a game of Bingo but was too scared to call it and when I figured out she’d won I screamed “JESS!” at the top of my lungs across a silent bingo hall. I panic, I become loud.

So of course I was like ‘shit it’s me, it’s me’ so I legit yelled “THAT’S ME!” and threw both my hands in the air ‘cos like fuck being scared, I was not gonna miss this opportunity. I was losing my shit, everyone around me was losing their shit all cheering and Cory’s like “Oh cool, can you join us on stage?” and I had this like moment of ‘what the fuck is happening’ where I couldn’t figure out where to go or what to do but everyone pointed me in the right direction. I remember Cory being like “We didn’t even have to reveal your last name because your name’s so unusual”.

I got onto the stage and one of the members was there to walk with me to the centre but I’m like losing it at this point, I’m shaking so bad I don’t even know which member it was. And there was this chair facing away from the crowd so I sat down and Cory’s like “Is it okay facing this way or do you want it the other way?” I was so nervous already I knew looking at the crowd would be a bad idea so I was like “This ways fine” and they like all walked off and the lights went down and I’m just sat there like ‘well shit, things got very real very fast.’

The music for ‘Honestly?’ starts and I’m just sat there not knowing what to do ‘cos like what the hell do you do? And I just oh my god, here is what I do remember:

– I remember seeing Cory, Kisu and Jinhong a lot like way more than the other three members
– I had no idea where to look or what the hell to do, I’d be looking at the members then I couldn’t handle it and I’d have to look away haha!
– Cory had the cutest smile when he was singing to me I just I can’t
– They all held my hand at some point and I just what
– One member, I couldn’t even see which one put his arm around me and I was just sat there being an awkward bean
– Another member played with my hair for a second like yes boy
– Kisu KISSED MY HAND AS IF I WASN’T MELTING ENOUGH AS IT WAS
– One member was already holding my hand and Cory came up behind him and started holding it too and I just, Cory’s smile was so beautiful oh my god
– It got to like the middle eight of the song and Kisu gave me a flower and I just I don’t even know how I was still alive at this point
– Hongseob is so cute I just
– The song ended and they’re all in front of me doing these cute poses and I’m like oh my fucking god
– One of them hugged me, I was so like starstruck that I don’t know who it was but I was over the moon – UPDATE: According to a girl on Facebook it was Hongseob ^_^
– What the hell do you say to that? I was sat there and they like all looked at me and I was like “well thanks” like an awkward person
– The song ended and one of the members was like “cheer up” and I don’t know if that was in reference to my letter or the look I had on my face but I’ll get to that in a second
– They were like “Thank you!” And I was still sat there so Cory like held his arm up like ‘you need to leave’ so I was like ‘ah here’s my cue’ and I left
– One of the members walked with me off stage but I was too shy to make eye contact

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So basically what was happening with my face was a big concern because a couple of years ago I met Pierce The Veil and I went over and Vic Fuentes was like “Hi! What’s your name?” and I was like “It’s Hozzie!” and he was like “Hozzie? Well, we’ve been waiting for you Hozzie.” And I legit died on the spot so the guy with my phone took the picture and well…

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I WAS SO HAPPY IN THAT PHOTO. DO I LOOK IT? NO. I LOOK LIKE I WANNA BLOODY CRY. IT LOOKS LIKE THEY’RE HOLDING ME RANSOM OR SOMETHING? Clearly I develop sad face in situations like this so I cannot even begin to imagine my damn face when all this was going on ‘cos like it was intense, I’m just gonna put it out there. So rest assured that it was the best moment of my life and if I looked sad, it’s because my face is weird.

The rest of the fan meet happened but like I was a mess. I was thirsty before I went up but I came off and it was like I’d been in the Sahara desert for three weeks so I like walked over to the bar and asked for a tap water and the woman was like “Yeah, I bet you need one now” and I was like “aha yes”. I was just stood at the back messaging my friends because in that moment I just really needed some moral support from my main hoes.

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Also, I’m just gonna put this out there, 24K fans are so nice and chill. Like I went back over to the crowd at the end for ‘Bingo’ and ‘Superfly’ ‘cos I’d kind of calmed down by this point and I was stood by this group of girls and they started talking to me and they were all like “Oh how was it? I bet it was awesome.” So I was like “I’m dead inside now, I can’t believe it.” And this girl smiled and went “Aw, you really deserved it.” And like the way everyone around me lost their shit and cheered for me when they found out it was me even though none of them had spoken to me before that moment? Like they all had every right to be salty but they weren’t – I found one girls thread and she said her and her friends even started chanting my name and I just? 24K fans are honestly the best.

We weren’t supposed to take photos or videos but I hope someone sneakily did ‘cos like I went there by myself and I’m messaging everyone like ‘I WENT ON STAGE WITH 24K OMG’ and luckily my friends know that I wouldn’t bullshit about something like that but it would be nice to have some proof. If I find any I’ll update this post and add them.

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Also, I was nervous about meeting 24K because of like general anxiety but there was another thing. I’m so insecure about the way I look. And like I’ve seen the Korean beauty standards and I’m a size 20 and most days I think I’m ugly as fuck. I didn’t for one second think they’d say anything about it but I don’t know, it made me ten times more nervous but the fact that they were all so sweet has made me feel so much better.

I’ve been feeling so down this year, like you would not believe how much of a shit year I have had. But like I feel like I can put all that behind me after last night. I have to go back to work tomorrow and it’s gonna be such a downer because I had the best time ever and I will never get to relive that.

But yes if you ever get the chance to see 24K, 10/10 I do recommend! Apparently they’re preparing for their next comeback so let’s all emotionally prepare ourselves for that.

I’m just going to apologise for the sheer length of this post and how my basic grasp of English disappeared (fuck knows how many times I used the word ‘like’ in this post) but I just really needed to write it out. Since I was by myself last night there was no one I could fan girl with and I got maybe four hours sleep last night ‘cos I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. I’m shook like honestly.