|Thanks to Kate and Hannah for the photos!|
At the beginning of June I attended the Sound of Change Live concert at Twickenham Stadium with two of my best friends, Kate and Hannah. I hadn't been to a concert in years, but I couldn't have picked a better one to go to. When the day finally arrived I couldn't quite contain my excitement, I was actually going to see Beyonce live, as well as some of my other favourite singers and bands including Florence and the Machine and Haim.
We were blessed with such beautiful weather on the day of the concert. I'm so glad I decided to ditch the 'cag and in bag' raincoat before heading out - it was a risk that certainly paid off haha! After a Pimms and a couple of berry ciders we were well and truly ready to dance the night away.
Out of all of the singers and bands we were lucky enough to see, my favourite of course was Beyonce! She was every bit as epic as I thought she would be. The girls and I loved singing along to 'Irreplaceable' (one of our favourites) but the highlight for me has to be Crazy in Love, as she was joined by hubby Jay-Z. Adorable couple!
I also absolutely loved Florence Welch. She's such an amazing singer and I loved how she almost floated around the stage in her gorgeous green dress. The biggest surprise for me was how much I loved Jennifer Lopez's set! I haven't listened to J-Lo for a long, long time, but she was awesome! We were treated to a few of her older tunes as well as her very energetic dancing. The lady can dance, that's for sure. Oh and I must mention how awesome it was to be surprised with Jessie J as the very first lady on stage!
In between all of the acts which included the likes of Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, Haim, John Legend and Timberland (to name just a few) we were shown video clips of some of the inspirational girls and women that Chime for Change was aiming to work with and change the lives of. Guest speakers at the event included Madonna, Frida Gianni, Salma Hayek, Ryan Reynolds, Jessica Chastain, James Franco and Blake Lively (again to name just a few). As a huge Gossip Girl fan, I was a little excited to see Blake Lively 'in real life' and introducing her bessie-mate Florence to the stage was pretty cute.
About Chime for Change (The important part)
Chime for Change was founded by Gucci and has Beyonce, Frida Gianni and Salma Hayek Pinault on the founding committee. The Sound of Change Live was all about drawing attention to areas where there is work to be done in the world, with a focus on women and girls. It was about empowering women and celebrating inspirational women throughout history. What I really liked about Chime for Change is that you were able to donate your ticket money to a women's charity of their choice after the concert. Basically you went on to a website called Catapult where you could scroll through hundreds of projects.
Choosing a project...
With so many amazing projects to choose from, I found it a really difficult choice to make. For a full list of projects please see the Catapult website. I ended up donating my ticket money to a project called 'Clean water to women and families and rural Kenya.' Everyone should have access to clean and safe water, which is why I thought this was such an important project. I'm not going to go off on a tangent, but some of us (including myself) do take for granted things like clean drinking water, which is why this was my project of choice.
If you want to find out more about the organisation then please visit the Chime for Change website, or if you would like to find out more about the projects, or are kind enough to donate and get involved, then please visit the Catapult website. Chime for Change also have a Twitter account, so pop over and give them a follow!
All in all it was a fabulous event for a fantastic cause. It was one of those evenings that I know I will never forget.