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[REVIEW] NME Awards Tour @ Brixton 20/2/11 by wearesme

SME were very kindly invited down to Brixton Academy for the NME Awards Tour on Saturday evening by our friends at Get Involved. The lineup looked pretty impressive; The Vaccines, Everything Everything, Magnetic Man and Crystal Castles all in one evening? It was like Christmas come early!

The Awards Tour began all the way up in Glasgow at the beginning of the month and this, the biggest show of them all, would bring it to a close.

We were sure to arrive early because The Vaccines were up first, and following our interview with Freddie from the band, we couldn’t wait to seeing the band live for the first time.
They certainly didn’t disappoint; their up beat rock n roll sound had the main floor bouncing, especially during their brilliant debut single Post Break-Up Sex and the frantic 1 minute 20 seconds long Wreckin’ Bar, which will forever be a fan favourite. The band also performed their next single ‘If You Wanna’ which is due for release in March.

Their sets remain fairly short, at roughly the half hour mark; but in this short time they bring with them brilliant positive energy and upbeat, feel good tracks which leave you in great spirits. Having now seen them live, it is easy to see why they are tipped to be a band that will play a major part in guitar music’s resurgence in 2011.

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[REVIEW] Rock The Belles @ East Village with Yasmin and DJ Steffie 28/01/11 by wearesme

On Friday night (28/01/11) SME made our way to our second home East Village (home to our blog parties) for the launch of a cool new night called Rock The Belles. Rock the Belles aims to bring together the hottest female DJs, bands, designers and creatives for a genre-defying monthly celebration of the girls who are making their mark on the music industry.

On the night, 2 of those females making movements in the music industry were the incredible singer Yasmin, who was launching her debut single ‘On My Own’ on the night and SME’s very own Steffie, who was taking part in the all female DJ battle.

The night started off on the best note possible; bumping into A-Trak before his set at XOYO on our way to East Village.

We got to the venue and soon after it was ramo in the main room, with the queue outside making its way down Great Eastern Street. You had to feel for the guys waiting outside in subzero temperatures, but this reflected how big a night was on the cards.

Steffie on the decks - twitter.com/steffiemusic

The Work It Girls warmed everyone up with some old school RnB gems early on in the night. then later on in the evening, the vibe was turned up a notch. Steffie was spinning yet another big set upstairs, going head to head with the other 2 girls and Yasmin was tearing it up with a crazy cool Hip-Hop downstairs, which SME were definitely not expecting. The room erupted as she dropped banger after BANGER.
Good looking, the voice of an angel and a master on the decks…is there anything this girl can’t do!?

Check out some snaps from the evening below. And don’t miss Rock The Belles round 2 featuring Little Boots. Same venue on 25/02/11 and every last Friday of the month onwards.

And you can download Yasmin’s debut single/EP from iTunes HERE.

SME x



[GIG REVIEW+VIDEO] Jessie J Live @ Scala, Kings Cross 17/01/11 by wearesme

Last night, SME and the entourage had the pleasure of seeing Jessie J’s live show at Scala in Kings Cross and with it, celebrate her Number 2 single in this weeks chart.

Getting straight to the point; Jessie was incredible. Her amazing voice filled the intimate venue, while her charisma and cheeky personality had the crowd in stitches and hanging on her every word.

So often artist (cough*Drake*cough) pad out their sets and only succeed in boring all of those in attendance. However, with Jessie we were not only treated to a vocal masterclass, but at times a stand-up comedy set. The girl is hilarious! And the best part is that it’s all completely genuine because she was born to perform.

She opened the set with Mama Knows Best and followed with Stand Up, Nobody’s Perfect, L.O.V.E and Who’s Laughing Now.

The highlight of the night however, was Jessie’s performance of Big White Room; the first track she ever wrote.
She announced that while recording her album, the perfection for which she aims has thus far eluded her on every recording of this song which means so much to her. “It’s just never felt right” she said.
So, we were treated to something very special. The beautiful performance which was about to follow, would be the final recording of the song and will feature on her album.

At her request, the crowd were silent and she gave a flawless rendition which drew goosebumps all around. Watch the performance below:

This was followed by a special appearance from our favourite Essex boy Devlin who took to the stage to perform their new single ‘Price Tag’.

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[GIG REVIEW] Drake & J.Cole @ HMV Hammersmith Apollo 07/01/11 by wearesme

SME had been eagerly awaiting this date for quite some time. Friday 07th January 2011; Drake would perform his first ever show on U.K soil. It was Drizzy time.

The queue was, for lack of a better word, HENCH! Roughly 45 minutes later, we got through the doors and were greeted by the oh so welcoming and in no way irritating voice of Tim Westwood. The Big Dawg dropped a few big hip-hop beats to get the crowd in the mood.

Drake’s good friend J.Cole came along for moral support and it has to be said; he stole the show.

Appropriately opening the show with the track ‘Welcome’, taken from ‘The Warm Up’ mixtape; Cole brought real energy to the stage and went on to give an inspired ‘real hip-hop’ performance.

We felt his enthusiasm and energy; the crowd we’re loving every minute. And it was great to see an abundance of J.Cole fans in the crowd who sang along to every song. Quite the contrary to what he said when he took to the stage; ‘”most of you are probably thinking who the f**k is this guy”. Give yourself some more credit son!

In his 30 minute set, J.Cole performed a few older tracks along with fan favourites from the brilliant ‘Friday Night Lights’ mixtape. The 2 stand out tracks from the performance and those which had the crowd buzzing were inevitably ‘In The Morning’ (for which sadly Drake didn’t appear to perform his verse) and ‘Higher’. You can see footage of both below.


J.Cole gained a lot of new fans after this polished performance. And for those who are already big fans like SME; he only further reaffirmed the opinion that he may well justify the title that some have given him as ‘The saviour of Hip-Hop’. Now he’s signed to Roc Nation, there is no limit to what he can achieve. Here’s to real Hip-Hop!

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[SNAPS & VIDEO] We Are S.M.E Blog Party @ Villain 26/11/10 by wearesme

First and foremost, we would like to thank each and every one of you who attended last night. The night went better than we could ever have anticipated and we owe that all to you!

For those that couldn’t make it, shame on you! Only joking, but you did miss a big un.

We had Chico, Steffie, TP and Twiggy Garcia all on the decks and a surprise appearance from Twiggy’s partner in crime Trufix.

The standards were set high from the off, with Chico getting the crowd buzzing as only he knows how. And at no point from there onwards did the standards drop. Each DJ absolutely killed it!

Steffie spun a sick genre filled set, mixing classics with some hard dub beats and DJ TP, our ‘S.M.E Volume 1’ DJ, pulled out another flawless set. His mix of Tempz and Swedish House Mafia was greeted with a sea of gun fingers. BRAP!

And finally, Twiggy took to the decks, going back to back with Trufix and bringing with them an entourage of MC’s and a world exclusive play of a tune they worked on together in the studio. This track was a MADNESS!

Thanks to everyone who got involved in the live Twitter feed throughout the night and we hope you enjoy your free T-Shirts and Mixtapes. Because of the demand we are going to make the mixtape available for free download for any one who didn’t get a CD on the night. Watch this space.

Check out a few pics from the night below along with a video montage! The rest of the pics from the night can be found on our Facebook Page.

SME love you x



[REVIEW] Magnetic Man & Katy B Gig @ Heaven, London 03/11/10 by wearesme


On a surprisingly warm Wednesday evening that felt more like the beginning of July than November; SME made our way to Heaven in Charing Cross for the London leg of the Magnetic Man tour. Boy were we excited!

The lovely Katy B warmed up the crowd, taking to the stage in a Rinse FM T-Shirt (keeping it real!) to perform a handful of tracks including her new single ‘Lights On’ and her big hit ‘Katy On A Mission’.

After an annoyingly long gap between warm up and headline slot, Benga, Skream and Artwork took to the stage inside this box like structure. Little did we know it was more than just a bit of scaffolding…It was definitely worth the wait.

The cube lit up with a massive ‘M’ while the rest of the room was left in darkness. The shadows of the boys could be seen in flashes as they spun the intro of Mad (which SME think sounds like a theme tune to an old Nintendo arcade game) to build suspense before sending the crowd nuts with the drop. It was pretty epic.

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[REVIEW] Jackass 3D Premier – IMAX Southbank 02/10/10 by wearesme


On Tuesday night, SME were invited down to the Jackass 3D premiere at the IMAX cinema on Southbank.

What a bizarre experience! We’ve walked down the red carpet a few times, it was the madness that waited for us inside that we weren’t prepared for…

There were midget’s everywhere, serving drinks or just mingling in fancy dress. At one point an army of police turned up.

Then there was a tattoo parlour where a super fan was having Johnny Knoxville’s signature tattooed on him (really!?), along with a sticky suit wall where you could attempt to bounce as high as you could before launching yourself onto the velcro wall.

And if that wasn’t enough; we were casually sipping on a few brews brought to us by wee-mans posse, when over our shoulder, a full on hardcore wrestling match between a giant and midget kicked off in the lobby!

This all took place while we mingled with the likes of Chipmunk (below), The Inbetweeners and the cast of The Only Way Is Essex who were nicely bronzed for the occasion.

I suppose we should have expected nothing less from the Jackass boys.

As for the film, it was hilarious! Probably better than the first 2 and given a whole new dimension, quite literally, by the 3D effects.
And in answer to the question that’s on every ones mind, yes you see a 3D penis on several occasions. We were greeted with popcorn in sick bags which might have come in handy for some viewers.

Check out the trailer before the film is released in Cinemas tomorrow (5th November)

SME x




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