As a Beyonce/Justin Timberlake kind of gal, I was a bit apprehensive when I was asked by my boyfriend Rob to see contemporary folk band, Bellowhead at Ludlow Castle. In all honesty, I'd never really made the effort to listen to folk music and just tended to dismiss it as 'not my thing.' However, since leaving school I have decided that I want to take a leap of faith out of my comfort zone and make the most of every opportunity that comes my way- a bit like Jim Carey in 'The Yes Man.' With this new, open mindset, I said a big 'YES' to seeing Bellowhead, a decision that lead to a whirlwind of dancing, happiness and most importantly, unforgettable memories.
I will admit that the journey there wasn't quite so pleasant as the combination of country roads, the national speed limit and sitting in the back of the car led to a slightly green Sarah- but that did make stepping out onto flat, non bumpy land a wonderful feeling.
I'd never been to Ludlow Castle before but WOW it was a beautiful venue for the festival. Whereas so many festivals nowadays seem to take place in a random field (says the girl that has never been to another festival other than Bellowhead), it was pretty special to be surrounded by history and have such lovely scenery surrounding the stage. There were also various tenty, gazebo-type things on the edge of the grounds- one of which we'd pre-booked!- so Rob's family and I could cozily sit there and look on into the distance before the festival began... as well as eating a mountain of food!
What I loved about Bellowhead was the fact that when they came onto the stage, they seemed just as excited to be there as the crowd and within minutes, they created such a buzz by their presence alone. This buzz was existent throughout the entire evening and their sheer talent, charisma and personality shined through in their performance. Something that was utterly refreshing in a world of slick choreography and 'samey' routines was how Bellowhead were able to have so much fun on stage together and there was not a moment where I felt that they were just churning out another performance that they had done time and time again. Instead, they lived in the moment and seemed to genuinely appreciate the support of every single crowd member.
Before seeing Bellowhead I had done my homework and had listened to some of their music so that I wasn't completely clueless all evening. However, the bands wide array of folk music and traditional dance songs meant that I didn't need to be a Bellowhead brainiac and could just happily dance the night away in the magical mist of their music.
The band played a mixture of songs, including music from their new album 'Revival,' but my particular favourites were 'New York Girls,' '10,000 miles away' and 'Fine Sally.' The evening itself is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life and if you ever have the chance to see Bellowhead- GO. I was so hesitant when I decided to go but I ended up having a wonderful evening- so much so that Rob's family and I will be seeing Bellowhead again very soon! Sometimes it's the more spontaneous and risky decisions we make that pay off the most and I left Ludlow Castle feeling so happy knowing that I had gone out of my comfort zone and had an amazing time.
Have you done anything recently to go out of your comfort zone? x