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Look, I’ve done my share of mistakes and I have learnt as a fan. I’ve tried to see my mistakes and improve. So when I say these thoughts, think about them first before calling me a bitch.
Being a fan means loving their work, respecting them and supporting them and sharing this with other fans. I…
Yo, I am going to pipe up now even though this blog is mostly dead. (Hi, new followers who have cropped up regardless!) Part of why I’ve kept so quiet here is because I’ve joined the team at The Third Bar, but part of it as well is that a few people have gotten downright creepy.
"Fandom" is a strange, nebulous thing. I don’t love the term because I think it implies more group unity than there is. Personally, I’m not a fan of the "fandom" that posts a lot of sexual stuff because these are real people. Go write some fan fiction in a locked diary if you want to get into all that. But to steal people’s personal photos and spread them without giving credit, especially when they’re pretty private? Not cool. To insult their friends just because they hang out? Not cool. Having aggressive opinions you defend, even though you have no good reason to be so cruel about a person you don’t know? Very much not cool.
It has gotten to the point now where a certain segment of fans will go on a CSI-worthy rampage to stalk down all of the personal details of any woman who appears in a photo with Gary. It’s none of our business who he hangs out with, who he may date, or anything of the sort. (By the way, he’s not dating Courteney Cox. I was at Houndstooth Pub at the afterparty. You’re welcome.) This is a fever pitch of jealous, and as Desa says so well, he’s not going to date you. He’s not going to marry you. He’s not even going to fuck you. You can have your fantasies, but ultimately they’re going to be about your interpretation of the man, not the man himself. That is never going to be reality. You can have your imagination, but stop letting it meddle with how you treat other fans or real people in the real world, even on the Internet.
If you can post unsavory stuff, other people can read it and respond likewise. You can’t really get offended putting negative energy into the world and then getting called on it. People come together because they like the band’s music. Other opinions will vary, and that’s what makes the world beautiful. But bitterness is not healthy, and that’s not the sort of energy the ban would ever want to be around. Those fantasies get further away. Be nice. Be helpful. Put on one of the fucking records and just be happy, because they don’t owe us anything other than the tunes.
To celebrate the recent release of Snow Patrol’s new version of “The Lightning Strike (What If This Storm Ends?)”, the band is inviting aspiring filmmakers to create a music video inspired by the song. See full competition details here.
The £10,000 pledged by Bushmills has been matched by Gary and Davy, which is great news for Belfast artists David C. Clements and VersusChorusVerse, AKA Tony Wright, who are the first two beneficiaries.
“It’s no secret that I’m a passionate supporter of the Northern Irish music scene,” Gary reflects. “Davy and I have been friends since school and we set up Third Bar together to help advise up-and-coming artists in the music industry, which is why I think it is brilliant that the Bushmills brand is prepared to get involved at this grass roots level and put their money where their mouth is.
“I’m a big fan of both David and VerseChorusVerse, having watched them both live – they have incredible stage presence and fantastic material, they just need a platform to make it big.”
Both acts will get to line up alongside Of Monsters And Men, Jake Bugg, Sons And Lovers, Willy Mason, Bear’s Den, Iain Archer and Foy Vance on June 19 & 20 when the latest invite-only Bushmills Live bash takes place in their home Antrim distillery