Luke felt sad.
Some of you will remember that last year I took some pictures at Tomorrowland Festival in a town called Boom in Belgium. It is known as the world’s largest electronic dance music festival, and, knowing very little about that sort of music, I felt that I needed to bring my friend Luke along for company. Luke is a musician.
Recently I had a quick look through some of the images that I took and I think that soon I’ll put some of them up on my website. However, as I was looking at these pictures I spotted something that I hadn’t noticed before. Something peculiar cropped up in a few of the pictures. I began to see a pattern emerging.
It slowly became apparent that I had made the mistake of assuming that Luke, as a musician, would feel instantly at home in (what is now very obviously) a very different musical environment from his usual habitat.
Luke, this is an apology: I’m sorry that if, during our time together in Tomorrowland, you felt sad.
At first, Luke appeared happy to be at the festival. Here he is, having a good time, entering the festival park.
He gladly made use of the site’s amenities, such as this deodorising booth.
Upon first hearing some electronic dance music, he found himself pleasantly surprised and soaked up the atmosphere with other festival-goers.
Gregarious as he is, Luke even made friends with some EDM fans.
And then things started to go wrong.
Luke saw some new things that he didn’t understand, and didn’t like the look of.
Waiting in the queue for the facilities, he did not expect this.
Even his new friends couldn’t cheer him up.
This man’s haircut came as quite a blow (as did the focusing skills of the photographer…)
This peacemaker tried to ease Luke’s suffering. To no avail.
This girl, upon seeing someone with a similar sense of style, leapt into this boy’s arms with joy. Luke was not consoled.
Neither Luke, nor I, knew what was going on with this lady.
I suggested that a haircut a bit like Mr Skrillex’s might help Luke relax into things a bit more. These kind girls were happy to help out.
It just so happened that she hadn’t cut many people’s hair before. :s
I thought it looked nice.
These guys thought they were superheroes. I think Luke felt a bit left out.
Oh gosh, this happened again.
Some nice person gave Luke a toy to play with. It almost worked.
Poor soul. Here he is, at the end of it all. Brussels airport. Utterly worn out.
BlindsidedLuke Leighfield & Jose Vanders
Luke Leighfield & Jose Vanders - Blindsided (Bon Iver Cover).
Piano popstars Luke and Jose cover Bon Iver with the help of a string quartet and it’s freaking lovely. Jose’s voice is perfect, kind of a middle ground between Regina Spektor and Kate Nash. They played it last night in my basement and she forgot the words and it was hilarious in that ‘you totally had to be there and if you weren’t then you’re a sucker’ way. But yeah, listen to this, it’s an amazing cover.
Blindsided (Bon Iver Cover) - Jose Vanders and Luke Leighfield
A good cover of a good song. It’s raining outside. I’m trying to differentiate Romantic Operas. This is more difficult than Romantic Lieder. I’d rather be listening to this. Though Verdi is pretty good.
Luke Leighfield & Jose Vanders - Blindsided (Bon Iver cover)
Luke Leighfield & Jose Vanders - Blindsided (Bon Iver Cover)
Tea(m) Time with Luke Leighfield
On Thursday afternoon Luke and I chatted about his SoundCloud story, why he loves Berlin and what his favorite sounds are! Hear his full interview above and continue for some more highlights!
Specifics: Luke Leighfield, Community Support Specialist, originally from England
Fun Fact: Started using SoundCloud in 2009
Likes: Movies, reading books, eating kebabs, passionate about – justice issues, cats, memes, GIFS
Favorite tour stops: Berlin, Germany, Sweden
Does not like: Reggae
Favorite thing about SoundCloud: Nice people, fresh fruit, tempting beer