Being the Hostess with the Mostess

Having house guests to stay can seem intimidating if you are not used to it but after a recent bout of unexpected visits from relatives and old friends, we feel confident we have come up with the perfect formula for providing 5 star service without losing your mind!

1. Make the bed

People need somewhere to sleep, so first thing’s first, make the bed. There is nothing quite as satisfying as getting into a crisply made bed, use freshly washed sheets (that match) for the best impressions. Open windows wide to let in fresh air before finding temporary homes for the detritus and debris that tends to accumulate in spare rooms; the box the TV came in, half finished projects and that bag of clothes that you were planning on donating to the charity shop. A quick dust down of the surfaces and the addition of vase of fresh flowers from Bloom Magic will go a long way to creating a warm and cozy feel. If your guests will be slumbering on a fold out sofa-style bed, absolutely unfold it before they get there, the amount of crumbs, dust and goodness knows what else that accumulates in the folds and creases of those things is disturbing and will certainly require a vacuum cleaner.

2. Bathroom

The bathroom should be next on your hit list, it is the one room in the house that your guests are guaranteed to make multiple visits to. If time is short spend your efforts here. Stock your water closet with the trinity of toiletry T’s: Towels, toilet paper and toothpaste. Speaking of toilets, give the toilet bowl a good scrub and don’t forget about the underside of the seat. Remove rouge hair from plug holes, add a candle and you are on your way to hosting success.

3. Feeding Time

No one likes a hangry house guest, if you do get advance notice of house guest, find out food allergies or preferences so you can stock your cupboard appropriately. Planning what meals you will be making in advance can go a long way to reducing stress once your guests have arrived. A basic meal plan will make the pre-arrival food shopping much easier too. If cooking s not really your thing gather together menus from local restaurants and takeaway places so you can easily browse the options with your guests.

4.Find out what’s going on

Check local event calendars for happenings while your guests are here. Artist showcases, live music and local museums will give your guests a feel for your city and an insight into your life (especially popular, it seems, if it is relatives who have come to say). Having suggestions for activities and ways to get out and about, takes the pressure off you to be the only source of entertainment during the visit. Showing visitors around is a great opportunity to play tourist for the day and see all that your area has to offer.

Follow these steps and you’ll have no problem looking after your guests! A huge benefit of having people stay with you rather than at a hotel is the opportunity to spend quality time together in a much more relaxed setting, so go ahead, crack open some drinks and enjoy catching up with one another.

Music Education in London

If you truly love music you might be really passionate and interested in gaining a job in the music industry. So first off you need to figure out what way you want to be involved in the industry, is it being on stage producing the music yourself? or in the back managing the levels? or perhaps you’re interested in promoting the events themselves or want to manage an artist? There’s quite a few different jobs in the music biz and just because you love music doesn’t mean that every music career will be the job of your dreams.

 Promoter

If you love music, promoting might be the job for you. Its fast paced, exciting, tonnes of hard work but you’ll get to be involved up front and close with live shows and the crowds!

Agent

If promoting the shows isn’t for you, becoming an agent who works with lots of different promoters might be down your alley. You’ll piece together an entire tour. Being an agent means you need good organization skills, attention, ambition and more! but the rewards are pretty lucrative.

Manager

A manager will take care of the business side of things for the musicians. He lets the artist focus on their music while he sorts out all the other ins and outs. Managers are the face of the musicians when it comes to the industry and this, as you can imagine, will bring a LOT of responsibility.

Radio PR/Plugger

Getting involved in radio is fun and exciting. Being a successful radio promoter means you’ll be doing a lot of schmoozing and building up your contact list.

Cover Art Designer

Not just album art but facebook banners, website graphics, album art and more! Good artwork can make everything that little bit more special and professional. Artwork is a massive role in music realises so having a decent designer is a great addition to any team.

 Music Journalist

Reviews, interviews, commentary, blogging on music and pop culture.. these guys help shape the industry and you get a lot of perks for it. VIP treatment, guest lists, chatting to famous people and more!

Producer

Producers make the actual music. No words needed, these guys make things work!

Music Teacher

Music teachers can work in schools or give private lessons. If you’re passionate about music this might be the job for you. This brings you a normal paced, steady, stable life too.

If you’re looking to get involved in the industry more you should check out Notting Hill Academy of Music and see how they can help you get ready for the industry.

5 Celebrations You Won’t Have Heard Of

I always feel so lucky when I get the time to really get to know a country. There’s something special about surpassing that wide-eyed, first time visiting feeling and becoming accustomed to life in a new part of the world. You get to see the most genuine side of the people and really learn the history of the culture. There’s not many better chances to see this side than at the special days and events known to the locals and hardly anyone else. The atmosphere is totally authentic and the experience is unforgettable as a result. If you want to experience this kind of feeling, then check out some of these unknown celebrations taking place around the world. Continue reading “5 Celebrations You Won’t Have Heard Of”

The Weirdest Festivals In The World

We all dream of going to festivals like Coachella, Tomorrowland and Glastonbury, but if they sell out before we can get tickets then what do we do? We can go to a run of the mill music festival and think about what could have been, or we can attend a completely out of the ordinary event and have unique memories that’ll last a lifetime. There are weird events all over the world, and while it might not quite live up to seeing your favourite band live, if you go to one of these festivals you’ll certainly have a story or two to tell. Continue reading “The Weirdest Festivals In The World”

The Best Musical Cities In The World

For many people the world over, music is one of, if not the most important part of their lives. We collectively spend billions every year on concerts, albums, subscriptions and merchandise, while it’s striking how many people walking the streets are listening to music on the go. Whether on the commute, in work, the gym or at home, we listen to our favourite songs constantly throughout the day. Since pretty much everyone loves their music, can one city really stand out for its musical chops? In this article you’ll find the answer, with the best musical cities in the world detailed here. Continue reading “The Best Musical Cities In The World”

The 6 Best Classical Music Venues In The World

Music is something that’s popular no matter where you go in the world, so it’s no surprise that to enjoy the best quality music you’ll have to travel far and wide to do so. Classical music is somewhat of a lost art form in today’s world of hip-hop, DJs and club nights, but it can be enjoyed at some outstanding venues. No less than four continents make an appearance on this list, so whether you end up in the States, Europe or South America you know there’s a place for you to listen to amazing music. Continue reading “The 6 Best Classical Music Venues In The World”

The Hottest UK Comedy Tickets

The real world can be a depressing place that we need to escape from for a few hours before diving back in. Some people do this by going to the football every week, supporting their team, singing the songs and acting out of character for 90 minutes. Others hit the pub as soon as the clock strike 5pm on a Friday and drink their worries away, picking up new, embarrassing ones to mull over on Saturday morning. For me, one of my favourite ways of escaping the monotonous mood of day to day life is laughing my head off at a comedy show. Comedians will always be in demand for this reason, and these comedians especially. You’ll find tickets for all these shows and more at Ticketmaster, and you can bag yourself a saving with a Ticketmaster voucher with Groupon.   Continue reading “The Hottest UK Comedy Tickets”