Friday date night at Oxford Brasserie, Southampton

Going out to dinner is one of my favourite ways to indulge. I spend most of my waking hours thinking about food in some way, whether it’s planning a menu for my week of home cooked meals, thinking about how best to avoid disappointment in the work canteen, or giving into my garlic pizza bread…

Southampton Bloggers You Need To Be Following On Instagram

I’ve lived in Southampton all my life. It is by no means the most beautiful, exciting or progressive city, but it is home. I learnt to ride a bike on The Common, I went to my first ever gig at The Joiners, kissed my boyfriend for the first time next to the old walls. I…

HDL REVIEWS: Cosmo, Southampton Westquay

If you’re a lifelong Soton resident like me, you’ll know that any changes on the horizons of the city are usually useless and underwhelming. In a place that is attracting and accommodating more and more people, changes are inevitable. Promises of an ice rink disappear like smoke, cries of ‘do we really need a new…

HDL Turns 22

So this is a little belated because it’s been over a week since my birthday, but I think it’s worth giving a quick mention to the occasion. I have now been living for 22 years of my life. I fit securely into the category of ‘twenty-somethings’. All my ‘big’ birthdays are over now; it’s just…

REVIEW: Island – Bel Esprit

The latest track from the Bel Esprit Lose My Mind EP is now here! After their initial success on Soundcloud with the EP’s title track, a follow up from this southern indie rock four-piece has been long-anticipated. Taking a less energetic approach, ‘Island’ explores the moodier side of the band’s songwriting, incorporating technical musical prowess…

Preview: Independent Venue Week 2015

It’s a sad fact that local live music is on the decline. Pop giants dominate the charts, the music channels and the radio, and with the huge pool of bands and artists out there, it’s much harder for small bands to break through and stay successful. Countless small music venues in my hometown of Southampton…