All about PRUEY
This time two weeks ago I was making the most of my last Thursday night out in London.....I’d just eaten a massive Vietnamese meal (one of the only London BYO restaurants) with my London besties and we were trawling the streets of East London in search of a late night boogie. The night would have ended with drinks and dancing in the kitchen back at my place about 2am before everyone realised it was a school night and bailed to bed!
This week....well....I'm back in Melbourne, the sun is shining, I’m making the most of my Melbourne besties being just a short drive away and I'm trying to figure out what the next ADVENTURE in my life will be.
After spending the past 18 months in Europe, I am attempting to settle back in to life in Melbourne. I spent the last European summer ('08) travelling with four girlfriends - the trip of a lifetime! We crashed boats in Croatia, ate home-made wood fired pizza in Sicily, climbed the Eiffel Tower at sunset so we could see the bottom two floors in day light and saw the lights of the Tower light up by the time we reached the top, danced til dawn in Berlin (three times now…what a city!!), drank sangria in Spain, trawled the red light district in Amsterdam, partied at pimped-out clubs in Mykonos (and ate wayyyy too many gyros) and spent an AMAZING two and a half months seeing the sights of Europe on our Eurail.
Post holiday I was a little disappointed to settle back in to 'real life' in London. I had visions of a fab PR career in London but was sorely disappointed to find London in the depths of the recession with little work for highly qualified professionals let alone a 22 year old Aussie with an under-grad degree, far from extensive experience and even less knowledge of UK media. Time for a rethink.....
After two months living and working in a London hostel (my back will never recover from that bed) plus being door bitch for a club at the weekends (ok, cloak room bitch) one the side, I finally found a job in corporate events.
While I have little interest in Air-Finance or Structured Trade this job gave me some fantastic insights in to the events industry, an industry that I see myself in. More importantly, after living on a shoestring budget, I had some money to play with!
I found the most amazing flat on Brick Lane (the hub of the East London party scene) and moved in with four total strangers, who proved to be best friends.
Over the next year I developed a love affair with London, particularly East London, and continued at the corporate events company, assisting with logistics at their London-based events and even travelling to Berlin to work at one of their biggest Conferences.
Every night in London was a chance to make new friends and explore new places. Whether it be a new band or DJ that we just HAD to see, free Brick Lane exhibition opening, a secret warehouse party or a yummy cheap eat to savour, London was a constant whirlwind of FUN times. Sundays were spent trawling the markets of East London in search of a bargain or simply sitting in the park, cider to hand, people watching. There was a CONSTANT stream of new musical talent in London and with so much on offer I was blessed to see amazing artists on a regular basis. Some of my fave gigs included the Whitest Boy Alive, Crazy P, Erol Alkan, Filthy Dukes, Ricardo Villalobos....too many to name!
My summer holidays were spent at Exit Festival in Serbia (one of the greatest experiences while travelling - a week of camping, four nights of music, a Serbian fortress.....) then recovering on a Croatian beach.
But you didn't have to travel as far as Serbia for festival madness...my crazy house ventured to the Isle of Wight for Bestival in September this year. With a cosmic theme for 2009 the crowd was adorned in sequins and glitter (and loads of tin foil!) as we rocked to Passion Pit, Friendly Fires, Florence, La Roux, Delphic, 2manydjs. Then there was Ladyhawke at LoveBox, Candi Staton at Milk in the Park....TOO MUCH FUN!
As the days got shorter and colder (and also due to the fact that my visa was up!) I decided a return to the Australian sun was in order. And there was already lots to look forward to! Tickets to Stereosonic, Format B at the Likes of You and Falls Festival were on my doorstep to book up most of my weekends til the NY.
I left Melbourne with little idea of what career I wanted to get in to but after my time in London have returned with a passion to get in to music events/journalism. With a degree in PR behind me and a love and respect for the power of a song to transport you back to where you first heard and loved it and bring the biggest smile to your face, I stumbled across this competition and simply HAD to join.
I can handle shit weather, extreme heat, little sleep and crappy toilets if the music is great. In fact, it's the shit weather, extreme heat, little sleep and crappy toilets that make the festival experience and I LOVE it all.
Good luck to all those taking part. See you in the fields!!