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I had the pleasure of watching and interviewing Vancouver 3-piece Shimmering Stars last night who are over on their first trip to the UK / Europe right now. They’ve got one more date in London, Friday August 26 at the Shacklewell Arms – PLEASE GO if you are in London. They’re the nicest dudes and their music is so dreamy and full of wonderful hooks and melodies.

I have a soft spot for the band, being originally from Vancouver myself. The video above has got to be one of the saddest videos I’ve ever seen, I almost wanted to cry at the end, but I love the fact it’s shot in Strathcona and around East Vancouver. They also have a song called East Van Girls with references to the Value Village on Hastings Street. Even if you’ve never been to Vancouver, you’ll appreciate this band. Trust me. Constantly referenced to the Everly Brothers (who I love) you can’t go wrong really…

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The highlight of my Field Day last week was meeting Omar Souleyman. The man’s a legend in Syria and most of the Middle East and now the Western world as well. He doesn’t speak a word of English. I got him to do an IDent for Field Day Radio through a translator.

But the best thing of all was I got to see what he REALLY looks like. Here’s what he looks like on stage and in all his press shots:

Omar Souleyman

And now here’s what he really looks like when he’s just hanging around:

That’s right, trackie bottoms, slip on crocs, a baseball hat AND the icing on the cake a hoodie which says “MALIBU” haha. Amazing !! I heard a rumour that he was going to Primark on his day off after Field Day but don’t quote me on that one.

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