The Songs of the Summer 2019

It’s September and Summer is almost definitely over (although global warming and the changing temperature will make you think otherwise) and here at Upside Down Shark we think it’s a good time to look upon the sweaty times we’ve recently had and explore the songs that have made our summer. Feel free to let us know what your Summer playlist consisted of this year!

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Enter Shikari at The Vegan Camp-Out 2019

I had a wild time at the Vegan Camp-Out. To read my impressions on the festival as a whole please see my review. This article focuses on the Enter Shikari presence that was there.

I have seen Enter Shikari a variety of times throughout the years. The first time being in 2008 when they supported Jay-Z and Linkin Park at Projekt Revolution. In the last 11 years I have always been constantly impressed by the energy that they bring to their shows no matter the venue. Shikari Sound System is the Electronic alter-ego of Enter Shikari and was the main reason I was interested in going to the Vegan Camp-Out Festival as they were headlining the main stage on Saturday night.

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Vegan Camp-Out 2019 Review

August is the month of festivals, especially in the United Kingdom. The most well known are called Reading & Leeds, but there’s also Creamfields and One Love, not to mention the various smaller independent festivals all across the island. Vegan Camp-Out is one of the smaller festivals (at least when compared to Reading, for example) but has a big festival feel. It is about spreading the positivity of what can be accomplished by being Vegan and has a variety of speakers, activism classes and musical acts.

Vegan Camp-Out is, as the name implies, a festival primarily for Vegans. First started in 2016 to an attendance of 400 (with one food vendor) the Camp-Out has since gone from strength to strength and gotten bigger and bigger every year. As a non-vegan I was curious as to what exactly the festival would have to offer myself (aside from Enter Shikari based shenanigans, which I cover in a separate article), I had so many questions. What do Vegans do at a festival? What do they talk about? Do they just walk around patting each other on the back? Are they preachy? In over my head, perhaps. But I was very eager to learn the different ways people live.

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Hello To Your New Favourite Podcast!

Podcasts have changed the way we consume audio. What once started as a very niche medium that could only be accessed through syncing your iPod up to your computer can now be instantly downloaded onto your mobile communication device. The medium really has grown leaps and bounds in the last decade with up to 6 million weekly listeners in the United Kingdom alone. It definitely is my preferred entertainment form, according to the Pocket Casts app I’ve listened to podcasts for a total of 103 days which I believe is mostly Hello From The Magic Tavern and the three times I have listened through all the episodes. Season 3 has just started and I am here to tell you that should definitely dive in. Get ready because things are about to get wild!

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Tesla at O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Review

This is a review for Tesla who played O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 16th June 2019.

Up front, I should say I was very curious to see Tesla. Known for being a staple in the “Hard Rock” genre, they have been around for decades, selling millions of records worldwide, yet I had never really heard of them. I was going in blind as it were, listening to their current album only once on the journey toward them. They were coming hot off the heels from their Download Festival appearance on the Main stage and were now headlining the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. So I went to see if they were like a fine classic rock wine or perhaps an old bottle that should have been decanted a while ago.

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UDS’s Favourite Moments from Each Series of Taskmaster

Rejoice! After 6 long months, a brand-new Series of Taskmaster makes its way to Dave next week, featuring 5 brand new contestants, 10 episodes full of new mundane tasks and a whole heap more of TV’s favourite couple, Greg Davies and “Little” Alex Horne! To celebrate the return of Taskmaster, and to whet our appetites for what’s in store, let’s take a look back at some of our favourite moments from each of the previous 7 series.

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The Best of EGX REZZED 2019

Recently, Neale, friend of the site Joey Chilton, and I, were lucky enough to go to this years edition of EGX REZZED at the Tobacco Dock, London. For those not aware, EGX is the name of a long running video game convention that takes place annually, and REZZED is a spinoff dedicated purely to indie games. Whilst this may not seem like something to take note of, the key difference is that developers here appear to take on the feedback that you have about their games as you play them. It’s refreshing to play some hidden gem and say an off-hand comment, then see them write it down because they obviously want to make the best game they can. Although Microsoft, Nintendo & Sony were there, the emphasis was on independently made video games, and here are some of the best ones I happened to see at EGX REZZED 2019.

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