The Gibraltar International Song Festival

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SO the past few weeks have been a whirlwind full of hard work, dripping sweat and lots and lots of laughter! This time last weekend I had just checked out of the stunning Sunborn Yacht Hotel in Gibraltar, making the most of my last few hours in the beautiful Island-like country. My family and I ventured up to Europa Point before our departure and enjoyed the most breathtaking views... But more on that in my Gibraltar Photo Diary! I didn't get to bed until 4am last night as I was up editing photos and I had some serious withdrawal symptoms, haha, but I have no doubt that I will be back in Gibraltar sometime in the near future ;) 

I wanted the first post to centre around the event itself, The Gibraltar International Song Festival, and the whole purpose of our trip. I arrived at the venue at 8pm last Saturday night and spent some time mingling with the other performers and songwriters, as well as feeling some pre-show jitters mixed with bouncing off the walls with excitement! I knew the evening was going to be a crazy one so I made sure to prioritise shooting some outfit photos for you guys. 

My outfit in question is something that I just can't quite get over. If you follow me on instagram, you may remember me (very subtly) posting about some exciting fittings that I had and snaps of interesting fabrics... Well, that was all in preparation for the GISF! I wanted to wear something that represented who I am as an artist but just couldn't find anything to suit the occasion when shopping around. So... I put my creative thinking hat on and drew what I pictured in my head. The design process was pretty simple for me as I generally have a clear vision in my head of what I'm trying to achieve, so the next steps were fabric shopping and meetings with my dressmaker! It's a two piece costume: A one piece playsuit and a tutu style skirt. Backstage prior to the show, I just wore the playsuit and added the skirt just before I went on stage. I was so pleased with how many compliments I received for it, especially considering it is my own design. It was so incredible to see this vision of mine come to life... Exactly what I saw in my head, stood right in front of me on a mannequin. All I could say was: WOW.

Another unique addition to my costume are these seriously insane sneakers (see in full length shot below)... But I am so in love with them that I have decided I will talk about them in a completely separate post! ;) Aside from my costume, I thought I would take this opportunity to share some behind the scenes photos of myself with a number of the other performers/songwriters, as well as some friends and family members of mine who came out in force to support me. 

I'm still on a high after the experience. There were a few minor hiccups along the way but the feeling of performing my own music, something that I started working on at the tender age of 12 years old, was something that I will never forget. Hope you enjoy the photos... Here's to the future!!! <3 

Talk soon,
H x

P.S. Now that I have given my blog a facelift, I will be posting to a schedule from now on! Haven't quite decided the exact post days and times just yet, but I will be sorting that out in the next few days and sharing it with you when I know!!! :) 

P.P.S. I will soon have the official video clip of my performance at the GISF and will be sure to share it with you guys then ;) 


With Ony Martos, another performer and songwriter on the evening!
With the awesome security guard, Christian!
With Sash, my choreographer, who I would have been lost without!!

Definitely one of my favourite photos, haha.
With some of my crew! Sash, Granny, Mum, Myself, TMAR and our friend, Barry.
My friend, Edgar and I!

Another snap of myself and some of my fellow performers :)
With another fellow performer, Luis and his friend!

The squad and I! (L-R) My sister, Sarah, and friends, Sophie, Conor, Voulter & Edgar.





With the insanely talented, Mo Anton, who came away with 1st Prize!!

At the after party, with most of my fellow performers :) 

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