It’s April! I can’t believe March went by so fast, but then there were lots of dates to look forward to and so much going on it was bound to fly by. It’s officially British summertime now, at least according to the clock, and we’ve had some amazing summery weather to boot, but of course the most exciting thing that a lot of us will be anticipating is Easter this week and the chance to gorge ourselves on chocolate eggs without feeling the least bit guilty.
That’s right, one of the biggest dates this month is undoubtedly Easter Sunday which usually involves a roast dinner, lots of family time and copious amounts of chocolate, at least in the UK anyway! Aside from Easter there are tonnes of great movie and album releases happening this month and we’d better hope for some April showers because there’s a whole load of great TV about to hit the box too that’s so worth staying in for. Seeing as April’s events list is bursting at the seams we’d better get cracking (egg pun totally intended) and see what’s in store…
1st April (today)
Game of Thrones Season 2 Premieres
The next series of Game of Thrones starts tonight and although nothing can beat how excited I was for the season premiere of Mad Men, I still can’t wait to see what happens next in this epic series. For those who don’t know, Game of Thrones is actually the name of the first book of a best-selling series called A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin which is described as ‘medieval fantasy’. The series follows seven noble families and their fight to control the ‘iron throne’ and in turn the entire kingdom in which they live. It’s a very complicated plot to explain further and the character list is up there with Lord of the Rings in scale, but all you need to know is that it’s a fast-paced drama with some brilliant actors to boot and this series is set to be even more fantastic than the last. A friend of mine who’s read the books has ensured me that it only gets better so take from that what you will!
1st April (today)
The Killing Season 2 Premieres
I told you there was lots of TV to cover today! Yes, another amazing TV show premieres its second season tonight and it’s the U.S version of The Killing, which is originally a Danish series. Personally I haven’t seen the original series and only started watching this as it was on Channel 4 last year. I couldn’t believe how quickly my boyfriend and I got hooked on this programme, it’s really compelling. I’m going to put it out there and say though that now we’re watching (and utterly loving) Homeland (which is on Channel 4 at 9pm on Sundays), I don’t know if we’ll be as in to this but we’ll see. The series follows a homicide team trying to uncover the mysterious death of a teenage girl, Rosie Larson. At the end of the last series the plot had really thickened and it seemed as though the murder was just the tip of a mystery iceberg. The teaser implies that, like I just said, the plot is set to thicken and I’m interested to see where they go with it.
Damien Hirst hits the Tate Modern
Diamond skull fans, take a deep breath because Damien Hirst’s epic creation is about to hit the Tate Modern. Whether you love or hate the man or his work, you can’t deny that his effect on modern art has been huge and this fantastic exhibition gives everyone the chance to see all the famous pieces that he’s created. I’ll be the first to admit that I sometimes leave exhibitions like this and feel like I’ve been a victim of the emperor’s new clothes effect, where everyone is saying how amazing it is, and you have no idea what they’re talking about! However I feel like I know what I’m going to get with this exhibition and I’m dying to see all the pieces I’ve read about and seen in pictures, in real life, I think it’ll be really interesting. But what about you?
Titanic in 3D hits cinemas
Who isn’t excited to see Titanic in 3D? I own two copies of the film on DVD (and am anticipating comments about how sad I am for that) but am still going to go and witness it in all its glory in the cinema. I’m obsessed with the Titanic tragedy and collect books about it, watch the documentaries and have been to most of the exhibitions so this is a no-brainer for me.
I will always remember when the film came out, (I was 7!) and I was at a family party when all of the adults began to talk about how they’d been to see this film that was breathtaking, called Titanic. My grandparents told me how they cried and how the cinema made it feel like they were there, and how the sea sounds made you feel like you were sinking, and as a child who adored film, I couldn’t imagine a more exciting experience. Obviously I was too young to see it, and for a few years never did as people told me it was too sad for a child to watch, but when I did watch it, coincidentally at another family party I couldn’t take my eyes off the TV all evening (this is probably what started me off collecting books about it too!) I thought it was one of the best things I’d ever seen, and I still watch the film a few times a year, especially when they play it at Christmas time, it’s one of my all-time favourites!
Now I feel like I need to go and experience it in the cinema for my seven year old self who was dying to go at that age but couldn’t! It’s like living out a little childhood dream to see it in the cinema, however sad that sounds! I think it’ll be really weird going to see a film in that environment that you know off by heart, I’ll have to stop myself saying my favourite lines out loud! In all seriousness though I think it’ll be well worth the ticket price to see it the way it was meant to be seen, on colossal scale with the amazing quality surround sound and of course now with added 3D.
Marina and the Diamonds’ Electra Heart release
Finally! The second album from Marina and the Diamonds will hit stores online and on the high street on the 30th April and I cannot wait. So far three tracks from the album have been released and they are all amazing! Radioactive has been stuck in my head ever since it was released and new single Primadonna, (which I just featured in my Videos of the Week this week) is also a new favourite.
There is an obvious reason why I was drawn in to the music, and it was of course Marina and her phenomenal style (which I’m doing a whole style inspiration post on this month) but as soon as I checked out her/their music I was just as much in love with that as Marina Diamandis herself. If you like electro pop you will love Marina and the Diamonds, and frankly I’ll be surprised if you’re not already a fan. Check out the amazing album artwork and then check out Radioactive below, if that doesn’t convince you to get your hands on their album I don’t know what will.
That’s it for this month folks, make sure you don’t miss out on any new happenings by following me on Twitter @MillieDelacoe, and don’t forget to let me know what you’ll be up to this month and what April has in store for you. Until next time…