All Change Here
Things have been quiet on this blog as of late, and for this I can only apologise if you’re in the habit of checking in on here every day or two (and if you are, thank you). The past few days have been an extraordinary cluster of events and new information and my mind, as such, hasn’t been able to comprehend the concept of putting words to paper during this particularly busy time. But I have a moment to share with you now my current plans, and invite you to join me in some of them.
As of today, I have began discussions with my current employer, Hamleys Glasgow, in order to terminate my contract. I have been offered, and have accepted, a job with an independent games developer in Edinburgh in a community and social media role, the details of which I am not ready to discuss yet. It’s with a very heavy heart that I resign from the toy store, and would like to share some of my experiences in another post on another day - but hopefully my new work will be just as exciting, fun and satisfying to do.
I write to you on board this tilting train because I am en route to a hopefully sunny Brighton on the south coast of England for The Great Escape independent music festival, which takes place from Thursday 10th through to Saturday 12th. I am, truth be told, extremely nervous; 7 Bit Arcade has seen fit to outfit me with a rather important-sounding delegate pass, putting me on par with record labels, promoters and other companies and persons of note in the music business.
The key theme of The Great Escape is to essentially keep an eye out for The Next Big Thing: Adele, CSS, The Fratellis and countless other notable music acts have cut their teeth at the festival before moving onto bigger and better things, giving the event a very good reputation for hosting tomorrow’s big music stars before they even know it. But as I have done nothing of the like since last year’s Eurogamer Expo, I am excited to be back in the world of what I hate coining ”live journalism” - but you’ll have to forgive me, because I can’t think of better terminology at this point in time. To be in the midst of something as exciting and as promising as a music festival without the persistent air of shrink-wrapped record producers and forced party atmospheres is perhaps me of the greatest treasures the UK music scene currently has to offer; 30 venues in a fairly close-knit area of Brighton will keep the surroundings varied, and there’s no stigma attached to opting for a smaller act over someone more mainstream and popular - because such a scenario doesn’t really exist.
The majority of my writing will be found at 7 Bit Arcade for the next few days and I expect it to be fragmented, hard to understand and ultimately of a lesser quality than you’d like. But hopefully It entertains and informs in equal measure, nd points you towards the next big music acts you should be listening to. And if you do read what I do and like it, please drop me an email, or a tweet, or anything - it’d be good to know if I do anything right. The train’s bing-bong announces an imminent arrival at London Euston. Catch you over on 7 Bit for the extended present.