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Gig Photos: Tom Odell at Tonhalle, Munich

Hey guys!

One thing I've noticed within the almost five years of running this website, has really surprised me:
Apparently my taste in music hasn't changed that much.

I thought one of many cool side effects of running a music blog, would be seeing a change in the music I listen to.

But somehow that hasn't really happened (yet).
I still listen to most of the music I've written about back in 2012 and there has been no drastic change.

Just a few days ago I got to photograph Tom Odell for the third time (click here for photos from 2013 & 2014). Tom has been on my playlist for three years now and his gigs always blow me away.

Therefore I'm really excited to share my newest photos from his recent gig in Munich with you.

I hope you enjoy!


Date: 29th November 2016
Venue: Tonhalle, Munich (GER)

Support Act: THE BEACH

The Beach is a young singer/songwriter based in London, UK.

His sound mixes modern Pop with Acoustic and sprinkles of Indie-Folk.

So far the musician has released two EPS - "Maybe" (2015) and "Colours" (2015).
His recent single "Geronimo" has quickly won over lots and lots of music fans and critics.

And just for Christmas, The Beach released a cover of his favourite Christmas song, "Driving Home For Christmas".

The Beach online: Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram


Support Act: JANE'S PARTY

Jane's Party are a four piece from Toronto, Canada.

The Alt-Pop mixed with Rock band consists of:
Devon Richardson
Tom Ionescu
Jeff Giles
Zach Sutton

The guys have been playing together since 2006, which has given them enough practice on how to work a crowd.
With their energetic and fun driven songs, Jane's Party have managed to share the stage with Blue Rodeo, Sam Roberts Band, The Arkells, Wintersleep, Matt Mays, The Maccabees, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Tom Odell, Lights, Manic Street Preachers, and others.

So far they have released:
Album: The Garage Sessions (2009)
EP: Jane's Party (2011)
Album: Hot Noise (2013)
Album: Tunnel Visions (2016)

Jane's Party online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram


Headliner: TOM ODELL

Tom Odell is a singer/songwriter/piano man originally from Chichester, UK, now based in London.
His sound plays with elements of Rock, Pop and slight bits of Dance. 

The young musician started playing the piano at an early age, then began writing and performing himself.
It was singer Lily Allen who signed Tom to her label and soon the world had the pleasure of watching the talented piano man play his way to the top.

Being the winner of the Brits Critic's Choice in 2013 set the tone for a successful debut album release.
Tom's "Long Way Down" built him a loyal and non-stop growing fanbase all over the world.

After two years of writing and recording, he released his second album "Wrong Crowd" in June 2016.

Tom Odell online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | YouTube | Instagram

And that's it!
I hope you enjoyed the photos!
Please feel free to share this post online.

Thank you for your visit!

Credits // Text & Photography: Vanessa Jertschewske | a ticket + photo pass have kindly been provided

Announcement: #HITSBC17

Hey guys! 

It's my favourite time of the year!

And by that I don't mean winter - I can't cope with cold weather.

What I mean is, it's time to plan and work on the next Birthday Countdown.

For those of you who aren't familiar with that project,  here's what it's about:
Every year in February - which is house in the sand's birthday month - we host the biggest birthday party we could think of.
Starting on February 1st, you will get to see one exclusive live performance a day, throughout the entire month.

We get to invite incredibly talented musicians from all over the world who then play a song in honour of our birthday.

For me, the person who organises the entire project, it's one of the biggest tasks - but it's also one of the best tasks.

Because this blog wouldn't be what it is without you, the readers and supporters - I want you to get involved.

Here's how:
Help me pick out artists to invite!

Simply message me on Twitter, Facebook or via email ( and tell me whom you would like to see perform a song for us.
It can either be one of the acts we've featured before or somebody you would really want to see on HITS.

In the past few years, you have always told about such fantastic artists, so I can't wait to hear what you're requesting this time.

To freshen up your memory, or to introduce you to the concept of this, you can check out the previous countdowns below.




 Official hashtag:
Hashtags are everywhere - even the technology confused grandma within me can't deny that.

So, of course, we're jumping on the hip bandwagon and we'll have our own hashtag for this party!

- #HITSBC17 -

(stands for: house in the sand Birthday Countdown 2017)

Please feel free to use it on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram - it'll help us to promote this project and reach more people.
Every share/retweet makes a huge difference.

As the final line-up always stays a secret, the acts and myself are going be using this hashtag to share sneak peeks with you.

This edition of the Birthday Countdown is already a very collaborative one;
the official logo was designed by the incredibly skilled Phil Barber who was an absolute joy to work with!

I have already filmed a few videos with some brilliant bands and I can't wait to see what our fifth birthday will be like.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'll be glued to my desk, emailing more acts! :)

Thank you for your visit! 

Credits // Text: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: Phil Barber for house in the sand