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Why do some tunes bring back such vivid memories?

I’ve just managed to pull my shit back together.

I managed to recover¬†the tune and all the music that I found throughout the summer before my laptop broke and I stupidly didn’t backup the majority of my music.

95 tunes that I downloaded to play out over the summer… I forgot about some of them and now my emotions are running high, it’s pretty amazing how music can move you in different ways. I’m pretty positive I could never get this same emotion from death metal or opera but that’s my personal preference and I’m sure intense emotions have been felt by different people over every genre out there.

Suddenly, there it was… Long gone by Al Zanders. I don’t know what it is about this song considering the first 2/3 minutes are actually pretty boring. It’s just a certain memory I have listening to it.

It was around 9am at Love International, a few people left dancing, the sun beaming on my face… I was actually feeling pretty weird and emotional at the time but anyways I was DJ’ing but I really wasn’t feeling it, then I played this by accident, I was feeling shady about it because like I said the start of it is relatively boring.

One of my friends was running round in a technicolor dream coat and an Irish woman I really wish I’d stayed friends with was sticking post it notes on her head… good times.

I don’t even remember when I downloaded it… but it worked and the tune picked up and the sun was out and everyone around me was dancing and I felt amazing and I’d forgotten anything bad that had happened in the world.

Over three months have gone by now and I have listened to so much music since that I’d completely forgotten about it, I heard it earlier in one of my recovered files and it took me back to that exact moment… I had never really thought about that morning before, but I just started crying. It was so weird. What a feeling?

As it turns out there has been A LOT of research done on the topic.

What amazed me the most was a study done by Baird & Sampson on people who had suffered traumatic brain injuries and as a result had suffered from memory loss.

They played popular number one hits to patients and amazingly patients were able to recite a certain time period in their lives that they weren’t able to remember before. Not necessarily the time that it was number one but a time period that the song reminded them of.

I’m not a neuroscience expert so I’m not sure exactly what this means but I do think its amazing how certain memories can be pulled out of the back of your brain down to a certain melody.

So in some way I’m recovering files from the depths of my mind as well as inside my computer.

Can someone get an external hard drive for my head?

I wonder which other tunes bring out super strong memories to different people?




Surviving camping at your first festival in Croatia

It’s almost the most beautiful time of the year… festival season! If you are jetting off to a festival in Croatia this year you are probably in two minds about whether to get an apartment or camp… camp camp camp! I cannot advise it enough, if you don’t camp you end up missing over half of the festival. And who wants to miss out? Yes in an apartment you get 8 hours sleep a night and a comfy bed but what’s the point of that? It’s a festival!


Camping is the ultimate way to immerse yourself in the full vibe of the festival. You’re constantly meeting new people, making new friends and always having fun, plus you don’t have the dreaded walk or taxi ride home.


Camping Essential Items

Solar Charger or Portable Charger 

At most festivals there is a fee to charge your phone and then you have to leave it there for hours and then go back and collect it. The best thing to do is get a solar charger, it’s usually scorching all day you can leave it charging and then use that to charge your portable charger. For free!

Refillable water bottle

It’s essential to keep hydrated but there’s nothing more annoying than paying ¬£1.50 every time you need a drink. If you get a proper plastic bottle you know its yours and can always stay hydrated.

Ear Plugs

One day or night you will inevitably need to catch up on some sleep. As music is only off for a few hours in the morning you need some earplugs to block out the music and probably your mates for a few hours too.

Portable speaker

Chances are you will be spending lots of your time at the camp site. Having some early morning sunrise tunes are essential for when everyone is chilling out. Also this is good to leave playing in your tent when you are elsewhere, it sounds as if someones in your tent to keep other people out!


You tried to pack light for festival season but ended up bringing loads of clothes right? Well use this to your advantage! Fill your pillowcase with clothes and you have somewhere comfy to lie down.


Double use as a mattress – enough said!


You need a pair of slip on flip flops for the beach and roaming around the campsite and a pair of old trainers for the arenas. Don’t bother taking any nice footwear with you – you were warned!

Fairy Lights

From camping to glamping! At around 9pm before the music starts again most people drink at their campsite and there is nothing more annoying than not being able to see your drinks, pick up some cheap battery powered fairy lights before hand, this also draws new people to your camp too.



The best way to stay out of the sun in the morning is to try and camp under a tree but the chances are you will wake up due to your tent becoming a sauna. A not so essential item is a hammock but getting one makes it much easier to sleep throughout the day.

See you in Croatia!