Fantasy music festival

With summer on the way many people are starting to look forward to going to a music festival.  But what if you had the chance to organise your own festival, which bands and singers would you invite?

Some of our students have recently been discussing and writing articles about which artists, living or dead, they’d choose to play at their fantasy festivals and we thought we’d let you in on the who and why of their line-ups…

The first singer we’d choose would be Ed Sheeran because we really like his songs which are irresistibly catchy and touching.  He’s from England and started singing pop, folk and acoustic music in 2005.  Since becoming famous in 2011 he’s been nominated for a lot of awards.  Up to now he’s never played in Portugal so getting him to appear here would be great.  We’re sure he’d be popular.

Our second choice is The Script, who have recently come back into the limelight with Hall of Fame.  We really think they would put on a great show.  They’re from Ireland and they started playing together in 2001 but they only got famous in 2008 when they released The Man Who Can’t Be Moved and Breakeven.  They play alternative rock, pop and indie.  During their show, we imagine everyone would be singing because the songs are really infectious and they appeal to everyone.

Last but not least, we’d choose Bruno Mars to perform at the festival because he has a reputation for being great live and he  is really hot right now.  His eclectic style is a is a mix of pop, reggae, soul, R&B, rock, jazz, funk and blues.  Bruno began singing in 2006 and he rose to fame with the song Nothing on You.  Since he’s a really good showman who gets the audience really excited, we imagine everyone would be having a great time during his performance, especially the girls who’d be screaming a lot!

By Sofia and Inês

If we were organising our own fantasy festival we’d invite LMFAO because we really think that the best type of music to rock a party is electro and there’s no doubt that this band’s music will make you want to shake your stuff.  This amazing group, which was founded in 2006, is known for their hit songs Party Rock and I’m Sexy and I Know it.  LMFAO’s members, Redfoo and Sky Blu, have a reputation for being great live performers so get ready to move!

Our next guest would be Skrillex, who is a leading figure in the world of dubstep.  His music is really hot right now.  Some people may find his music noisy but we feel this DJ from LA is certain to get you on your feet.  Skrillex, whose real name is Sonny John Moore, is best known for the hit Bangarang and his album Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.

By Pedro and Frederico.

The group we’ve chosen is one which Inês has always dreamed of being able to see live:  The Pogues.

This band, which was formed back in 1982, began their career busking on the streets of London.  They use traditional Irish sounds in their songs, like Summer in Siam and Fiesta, and they are famous for inventing Celtic-Punk.  They split up in 1991 but reformed in 2001.  In 1988 their song Fairy Tale of New York got to the number one spot.

Their energetic music and performances are why we’re sure they would put on a great show which would leave the audience entertained and going home with a big smile on their faces.  🙂

By Inês and Gots.

I’ve always wanted to see 30 Seconds to Mars play live.  They’re an amazing American rock band who are coming to Portugal this year with a new album called Love, Lust, Faith and Demons.  Jared Leto, who is also an actor, is the lead singer and song writer.  He’s joined by Shannon Leto, his brother, on drums and Tomo, who plays lead guitar and keyboards.

I’m sure they are going to be huge, capturing the attention of teenagers and making them feel a connection with the music which would be perfect for a festival.  They would appeal to a wide audience because their music is appealing to both teenagers and adults.

By Joana and Margarida

The line-up for our fantasy music festival reflects our love of contemporary Indie-Rock, Indie-Pop and Alternative music.

The first band we’d choose would be Imagine Dragons, whose most famous song is It’s Time.  This band come from Las Vegas where they were formed in 2007.  Their original and out of the ordinary songs mean they are going to be the next big thing and would be popular with the audience at the festival.

As far as our second choice goes, we’d like to invite FUN, a band from New York.  Formed in 2008, they shot to fame when they released the single We are Young.

Our next choice would be the London band Florence and the Machine, who have been together since 2007 and became really well-known in 2008.  We’re sure they would go down well at the festival, especially their cover version of You’ve Got the Love with which they often end live shows.

By Inês, João and Carolina.

If I was organising my own fantasy festival, I’d want to see Linkin Park.  They are an American band which was formed in 1996.  They combine different musical styles like alt-metal, alternative rock and rap.  They had a very successful album, Hybrid Theory, in 2000.  Since then they have released many other great albums.

I’ve always wanted to see them live at a festival.  Their music has a lot of rhythm and would be popular with the audience.

By Diogo

I would like to see Soja at my fantasy music festival.  They are the best band to represent reggae nowadays.  Soja are an American band from Virginia who have been playing together since 1997.  So far in their career they have released eight studio albums.

This talented band, which is famous for touring and performing an average of one hundred and fifty live shows per year, play really catchy songs.  This means that everyone will sing which is awesome for a festival.

I like this band so much that I am trying really hard to have good marks at school so that I can go to the Sudoest Festival in Zambujeira do Mar this year where they are going to play.

By Mini-Milk.

The final festival line-up

The final festival line-up

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One response to “Fantasy music festival

  1. A quick note for the writers…

    Hi everyone, here are your Fantasy Music texts. Thanks for introducing me to a load of bands and artists I’d never heard of!

    When I was editing them I made a few changes to the originals so there are a few things to look at when you compare your original texts to the ones here…

    1) A few of the texts used “became famous” repeatedly. Can you find alternatives to this phrase in the texts here?
    2) We’ve been spending time in class recently looking at relative clauses and a lot of your texts had good examples of these. When you compare the edited versions here to your original versions, can you find any examples of relative clauses that have been added? What do they help you avoid? What do they add to the text?

    Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for working so hard on these!

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