Posted by Sandra on June 1 2015 0 Comments Dougie Poynter, Photo gallery update

Dougie and Ellie are back in London after spending their holidays in USA. I added to the gallery some pics of them arriving at Heathrow this morning.


Posted by Sandra on May 27 2015 0 Comments McBusted, News

XL Video is sharing in the runaway success of supergroup McBusted, an energetic fusion of two of the most popular pop-punk-rock bands from the early noughties – McFly and Busted – which is delighting generations of both original and new fans, all equally exuberant, on their latest UK arena tour!

The show’s design and set concept is a non-stop, high-octane narrative set in a classic 1980s arcade games machine, which was the brainchild of Artistic Director Paul Caslin. He’s known both bands for around 10 years and has a background in video and filmic art, so visuals and moving image were always going to be prominent in the aesthetic, which also includes snippets inspired by renowned cult movies of the 1980s and 1990s like Wayne’s World, Back To The Future, The Mighty Ducks – the formative era in which they all grew up.

Production North is handling all the technical co-ordination. The creative team working alongside Caslin includes Stuart Merser from Vis-A-Vis Video, who is both the Video Director and Catalyst Operator, and Lighting Designer Vince Foster … all contributing to the fun, craziness and adrenalized thrill of a great show.

Unique elements include a giant sized fully-working and playable version of a classic games console which is part of the stage set.

The show is completely full-on from the moment McBusted launch into “Air Guitar” at the top of the set, from where the performance memorably rocks-out, steamrollering through their many hits with the band giving it absolutely 200 per cent right to the final chord of “Year 3000”.

With the arcade machine design and Caslin’s desire for a retro look but using the latest technology, they needed a large upstage video screen, so XL – project managed by Phil Mercer, and tour Production Manager Iain Whitehead specified 350 tiles of Pixled F-12 LED product (arranged as a 25 tile wide by 14 deep surface).

Above that is an ‘active banner’ of Pixled F-12 making up the header of the machine – which is utilised for various complimentary graphics and very often song titles.

The selection of vibrant and cheeky playback content was all commissioned by Caslin and produced by Blink TV as pixel-perfect material. It was then programmed onto Stuart Merser’s own Catalyst V5 media server, running on the latest Mac Pro hardware, which is handling all the playback material.

XL Video is supplying four Sony HXC-100 cameras and a BlackMagic 2ME ATEM switcher on which Stuart is cutting the mix – a neat, lightweight piece of kit with inbuilt multi-viewer screens – which he really likes.

Stuart emphasises the importance of having skilled camera operators as a key to getting a great mix, especially on a busy show like this where he’s challenged to cover six super-animated band members, who, apart from drummer Harry Judd, don’t remain in one position for more than a nanosecond!

Both Tim Bolland and Phil Johnson, worked with Stuart on Il Divo, and he also has Patrick Vansteelant, another very experienced operator and regular XL crew member on this. “They are fantastic and I really appreciate their experience and flair,” he states.

One camera is positioned at FOH with a 70 box lens, two are on track-and dolly in front of the VIP area – created by an oval-shaped runway emanating from the front of the stage on which the band spend a lot of time charging around. These are both fitted with 22 x lenses.

The fourth camera is fitted with Stuart’s own RF back and serves as a roaming hand-held fitted with a J14 x 4.3 wide angle lens. Operated by Phil, it lurks around the thrust and moves out to the B stage just in front of FOH to get all sorts of interesting and more off-beat shots of the band and the audience.

On top of these are three of XL’s own mini-cams on the tour, which Stuart describes as “The best mini-cams I have ever used”. The HDiye units feature a 2.1 megapixel DSP chip that produces full HDI 1920 x 1080 resolution at 60 FPS and a 3G HD / SDI output, and he first specified them for the Blink 182 tour last year. On this, two are focused on the main stage drum kit and one on the B Stage drum kit, which is also a full setup.

In addition to the LED screens, there are two side IMAG screens, each measuring 21 x 11.5 ft (16:9 aspect ratio) which are each fed by a single front projecting Barco 22K projector mounted on T-trusses.

The cameras are multi-routed. Everything going onto the side screens is fed directly out from the PPU, while all sources going to the onstage screen and banner are channelled via the Catalyst, where some of the footage also receives additional treatments.

It’s a busy show with multiple cues, with some of the playback timecode triggered. To aid the task of mixing cameras and operating the Catalyst simultaneously, Stuart is using a special iPad app that he has devised.

Operating both together is an exacting task – especially at this pace – but he prefers being able to control the full visual picture rather than just component parts of it. It also makes it easier for Caslin to make any tweaks just by talking to one person.

As well as it being a great creative working environment for Stuart and his video team, there is a big upbeat vibe on the tour generally as the success and popularity of the McBusted collaboration looks set to continue for some time!

The many challenges have included getting the vintage games console 16-bit graphics working to best quality on the big screen for a specific part of the show, which engaged Stuart, Engineer Matt Vassallo and the Catalyst for a couple of days!

The stage set console is fully playable – the buttons are triggered by IR beams and the joysticks are micro-switch controlled, all wired back to a classic games console. The audio feed from the console is played out through the PA while the video feed goes to the big screen.

As far as anyone knows … it’s the largest ever working video games console ever built!


Posted by Sandra on May 23 2015 0 Comments McBusted, Photo gallery update

I added to the gallery some pics of the boys taken by Conor McDonnell during the Hyde Park Gig and the dates at the O2 Arena in London in both tours, also there’s some cute backstage pics and some from the Air Guitar video. Enjoy them!!!

All the credit for the pics goes to Conor McDonnell


Posted by Sandra on May 13 2015 0 Comments McBusted, MEAT Tour, News

Let me paint this picture for you. Saturday morning, I’m sat on the settee (I may or may not have been in my pants) and I receive a call from my editor.

“Shit, what did I do wrong?” springs to mind. Little did my self-doubting brain know, said editor was actually calling me to ask me to review McBusted.


That was pretty much the reaction that I had. Why? Busted were the defining band of my childhood. McFly played a pretty big part in it too. To see both of them together excited me… a lot.

I remember seeing a review from Popjustice founder Peter Robinson about the McBusted show when they first fused together. He basically said it was one of the best pop shows he’d ever seen (that’s from a guy who writes about pop for a living) and I can confirm that this new tour (his review was from 2014) very much backs that up. In fact, it wasn’t one of the best shows I’ve ever seen, it was the best show I’ve ever seen.

Big talk. Now, I’m gonna try and explain why.

The theme of this tour was very much inspired by the eighties, both the video games and films that came from that decade. Before the band came on stage, the screens in the arenas played out eighties film trailers. From Back to the Future to Weird Science, they helped set the mood perfectly, even if half of the peeps in the room weren’t even born when these movies came out.. saying that, were the band?

Anyway, the stage set is a massive arcade machine. No, seriously, it’s modelled to look like one of those old button bashers you spent all yer pocket money on when you were younger… and it was fully functional. At one point, the band played the world’s biggest game of Street Fighter… but that’s later on.

I’ll make one thing clear. I don’t know any of McBusted’s new stuff. But I do know practically every word to every Busted song, and every McFly song pre-2008. Due to this, it wasn’t the strongest start for me as they kicked off with several of their new songs. Thankfully, after three songs they started firing out the pop classics, and all of a sudden I was eleven years old again.

Thunderbirds Are Go, You Said No, 3AM, Crashed The Wedding. I was almost in sensory overload. Ecstatic happiness from hearing the songs, and in fits of laughter from the set pieces that went along with them (seeing Matt Willis in a wedding dress was not something I had expected to see earlier that day.)

A few McFly songs later and the band performed a few songs from their new album. The first was a lovely little duet between James and Danny called Beautiful Girls are the Loneliest. The second was a bit weird. Good-weird though. The song was Riding My Bike and saw James get on a stationary bike while the backdrop behind him resembled that of a Super Mario level. Oh yeah, and it was completely autotuned… like big time. Despite the bizarreness, it was super catchy.

To give the band a few minutes to recover, there were two of the most entertaining interludes I’ve ever seen in live music. The first was the aforementioned game of Street Fighter, and the second was a pre-recorded video which showed a stereotypical American football coach give the boys a proper motivational speech.

Five Colours In Her Hair was up next. Unsurprisingly, everyone went mental, as they did for Shine A Light. They didn’t bother running off stage for the encore, they simply asked “Who wants more music?” to which what felt like a million screams responded “US!”

Year 3000 was the final song. Was it amazing? Yes. Was it one of the happiest moments of my life? Yes, yes and yes.

You may have noticed I said “show” quite a lot in this review, and that’s because that’s exactly what the night was. A hugely entertaining show, with some incredible pop tunes that brought back tons of nostalgia. I’d recommend this show to anyone… besides pretentious hipsters. But I guess it’s technically cool to like them cos they’re seen as uncool? I’ll shut up now. Cool.

McBusted played at the Capital FM Arena on 19 April 2015.


Posted by Sandra on May 13 2015 0 Comments McBusted, MEAT Tour, News

You can already pre-order a copy of the DVD on Amazon HERE

The supergroup will release a DVD of their M.E.A.T arena tour in June.

The supergroup, formed of McFly and Busted, will release McBusted’s Most Excellent Adventure Tour – Live At The O2 on June 22 via Universal Pictures.

The band played 21 arena shows in March and April this year following the release of their eponymous debut album, which includes the hit single Air Guitar.

The DVD sees the group turn the arena into “the world’s biggest arcade machine”, including a game of Street Fighter 2 and a Delorean descending from the roof.

The release, directed by the band’s long-time videographer David Spearing, also includes behind the scenes footage and backstage interviews.


Posted by Sandra on May 13 2015 0 Comments McBusted, MEAT Tour, News

Old article I know but I didn’t have time to update until now.sorry about that.

Supergroup McBusted finished their Most Excellent Adventure tour in Belfast on Wednesday night, bringing a huge party atmosphere to the Odyssey Arena

The union of McFly and Busted has delighted fans in recent years as the now six-piece continue to perform their fun-loving, guitar-heavy songs to their legions of fans.

As the Odyssey crowd waited for Danny, Matt, Dougie, Harry, James and Tom to arrive on stage, they were treated to a bit of nostalgia as trailers for a number of films from the 80s and 90s – which would have been the films the band grew up watching – were streamed to the arena.

Everything from The Karate Kid to Back to the Future to Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure was included, bringing the older fans back to their childhood and leaving the younger fans to wonder if that really was Neo from The Matrix.

A clip was then shown of the band caught in a Back to the Future parody as they pondered the future and could this DeLorean really go 88mph?

McBusted then arrived with a bang to their video game themed set and huge screams from their excited fans, but there was no time for anyone to catch their breath as the group went straight into their high-energy hit Air Guitar.

With a mix of McFly, Busted and McBusted tracks spread equally throughout the show, the common denominator for each performance was that all six members looked like they were genuinely having the time of their lives on stage – and that good time vibe became infectious as the crowd didn’t need to be eased in to the party mood, they were already there.

Highlight performances in the show included Get Over It, It’s All About You, Air Hostess and 5 Colours In Her Hair.

While midway through the show the band achieved something that most men over the age of 30 have always wanted to do – arrive at their destination in a flying DeLorean.

Granted, McBusted’s journey only took them to the centre of the Odyssey crowd, but it still brought the cool factor to a band who are, and surely they would agree, a bunch of film geeks.

The Busted hit Crashed the Wedding saw the band dress up in full wedding party attire, with Dougie playing the blushing bride, again letting the audience know that they weren’t about taking themselves too seriously.

A final video clip saw the boys send up a scene from the 90s teen film The Mighty Ducks 2 – again a classic for fans of a certain age – as they dramatically declared “McBusted jump together”, referring to their much-famed on stage moves.

Returning to the stage for the final part of their non-stop fun show, McBusted ended the party with the 00s smash hit Year 3000.

The supergroup seem like a band who are all about bringing the fun factor to a concert and they certainly did just that as Belfast returned the favour by making sure their final performance of the tour was one where everybody had a good time.


Posted by Sandra on April 30 2015 0 Comments McBusted, MEAT Tour, News


When a mash-up of pop pals announced they would be reforming and regrouping as McBusted in 2013, the entire Noughties generation fell in love with the band’s entire catalogue of hits all over again.

And following on from the success of their first sell-out tour as a newly formed ‘supergroup’ last year, the Busted/McFly hybrid took to the road once more – but this time with a new album under their belt.

The six-piece – consisting of McFly’s Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd, and Busted’s James Bourne and Matt Willis – fell into a colourful 8-bit world for their Most Excellent Adventure Tour.

The series of shows have been inspired by the late 80s Bill and Ted films, and the gig showcases the band’s love of all things retro – including Wayne’s World, Karate Kid and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

It led in perfectly to the enormous classic arcade computer game set, which came complete with giant joysticks, Sega Megadrive-style graphics and a coin slot.

McBusted opened with Air Guitar and Hate Your Guts, from their new self-titled album, but when they started playing their iconic hits, such as Busted’s Thunderbirds are Go and McFly’s One for the Radio, the show really took off.

Songs from the band’s debut were interspersed between Busted and McFly hits, and these were broken up by charming and witty exchanges between each other and the audience.

Despite being older than when they first hit the music scene in the Noughties, the lads haven’t lost their adolescent energy and sense of humour – Crashed the Wedding saw the band transformed into a bridal party, while James zoomed around the stage on a BMX for Riding on my Bike.

They crashed to the back of the arena from inside a Back to the Future replica car and played a whole array of former hits, including Busted’s debut single What I Got To School For – taking the entire crowd back to 2002.

But the magical moment of the night came when the lights were turned off, and the arena was illuminated by the torches on people’s phone.

It sparked the first mass singalong of the night to McFly’s hit Obviously, while It’s All About You – the romantic song that Tom used as part of his viral wedding speech – took on the form of a kisscam.

The encore brought the show to a nostalgic end with some of the two band’s most popular hits. Five Colours in Her Hair, Shine a Light and Year 3000 saw every hand in the 10,000-capacity stadium shoot up into the hair.

The concert was fully equipped with show-stopping pyrotechnics, a set-list of hits and a bunch of talented lads who are having fun and enjoying their moment back in the spotlight.


Posted by Sandra on April 30 2015 0 Comments McBusted, News

Harry Judd has talked about touring with One Direction, dubbing the group an “anti-boyband”.

The McFly-turned-McBusted-drummer also revealed his “wild days” are firmly behind him since he tied the knot with classical musician Izzy Johnston and gave up both drinking and smoking.

“It was an amazing experience to be a small part of the 1D phenomenon for a few weeks,” Judd told Attitude’s aTEEN magazine.

“It was great having less pressure and going out each night with the challenge of winning over a crowd. Plus we finished at 8pm… Bonus.”

On McBusted’s similarities with the former X Factor finalists, he continued: “1D aren’t like most boy bands either, they have a bit of that anti-boyband vibe about them too which resonates.”

On prioritising fitness over partying, Judd explained: “My wild days are as good as over. I’m happily married and stopped drinking four years ago and quit smoking two years ago. I know – boring, right?

“I had plenty of fun in the early days and we spend a good time reminiscing, but I’m done with all that,” he reflected. “The craziest thing I’ve done on this tour would have to be play a round of golf and do a met con workout back to back… Crazy! Try and stop me.

“Seriously though, touring for me now is all about staying fit and healthy so that I’m in the best mood and at the highest energy level I can be for the shows. I realised that being hungover every day was making touring unenjoyable.”

Judd also admitted that he enjoys being a gay pin-up, joking about how he often feels obliged to whip his shirt off.

“Does it get boring to be lusted after? Er, not at all! I guess I do play up to it,” he said. “We meet a lot of gay guys whose favourites are Dougie or Tom. It actually pisses me off. I want a monopoly on that market! Only joking. Kind of.

“Sometimes I feel obliged to take my shirt off. At first it was uncomfortable, but I don’t really care now. Some gay guys and women like it, some straight men want to know what workouts I do, and some people think I’m a douche for it – but I know who I am and that’s what matters.

“I’m totally cool with the fact that I’m a douche.”

And on which members of the McBusted boys he would date, marry, have a one-night stand with and have an affair with?

“[I’d date] James because I’d want to see what kind of weird chat he would have on a date. [I’d marry] Danny because we are similar,” said Judd.

“We both like golf, football, sport in general, working out. [I’d have a one-night stand with] Tom because he is clean, and [I’d have an affair with] Dougie and Matt so I could invite Ellie [Goulding] and Emma [Willis] along.”

Harry Judd features on the cover of aTEEN magazine, which is available to purchase now at or the Attitude app on iTunes.


Posted by Sandra on April 29 2015 0 Comments McBusted, MEAT Tour

With their self-consciously plastic moniker, nostalgic culture-exploiting stage act and songs that seem to lampoon the competition, there has to be more going on with McBusted than catchy power chords

As six men staring down their 30s – one pirate, one geek, one vampire, one skater, one TOWIE and one drummer – leap out of trapdoors in the world’s biggest working arcade machine, it strikes you: how could the unholy matrimony between McFly and Busted, minus the latter’s former singer Charlie Simpson, be anything other than a genius satire?

Consider the evidence. Their composite moniker sounds exactly like a cheap, mass-produced version of a punk-pop band whose every song would resemble a CBeebies Green Day, as if commenting on brand-centric age when no Sugababe is indispensible. They’re grown men, playing to arenas of twentysomething women and dutiful boyfriends, who still deliver saccharine power-pop anthems with moronically trite lyrics about year-nine teen-boy concerns: approaching “out of your league” girls (Beautiful Girls Are the Loneliest, You Said No), phoning them from their front gardens in the middle of the night (3am), and inevitably getting dumped (Get Over It). They pillory nostalgia culture by theming their McBusted’s Excellent Adventure tour around a 1986 of Atari and Matthew Broderick few here could remember. Between-song banter about “boobs!”, “poop on a stick!” and Matt Willis’s stinking genitals surely lambasts Blink-182; the anti-critic One for the Radio pastiches Green Day’s hollow rebel aesthetic; and they even lampoon their own marriage of convenience with a full-costume bridal procession down the aisles before Crashed the Wedding. This can’t just be a bunch of formulaic chancers huddling together to survive the One Direction monsoon. Can it?

Whatever, McBusted revel enjoyably in their naffness. They bound about like boardless skaters, playing solos with each other’s teeth; have a game of Street Fighter on the gigantic joysticks; and time-jump to a B-stage in a wire-lowered Back to the Future DeLorean. A Kiss-Cam encourages couples to snog along to the cheesy All About You and, after a Teenage Dirtbag-aping Year 3000, they leave the stage down a Super Mario pipe. Relentlessly catchy and knowingly ludicrous, McBusted stick to your brain like toxic sparkly bubblegum. Insert coin, continue.



Posted by Sandra on April 29 2015 0 Comments McBusted, News

Just in case there’s someone who doesn’t know it yet:P

PS. I Vote for a medley of I Want/I Would/Don’t Forget Where You belong with the McBusted lads on stage too.. YESH YESH YESH PLEASE

Niall Horan’s done a little video thing announcing that McBusted will support One Direction on the Cardiff Millennium Stadium dates of their On the Road Again tour this June.

Yessir – the McBusted boys obviously did their thing for 1D on their Australian OtRA dates earlier this year, and now they’ll be joining Harry, Liam, Louis and Niall yet again on June 5th and 6th.

Here’s hoping those communal showers happen this time round, eh? With some form of video evidence.

Announcing the rather exciting news on Twitter, Nialler said: “McBusted are gonna be our support act for the Millennium Stadium shows in Cardiff on the 5th and 6th of June. It’s very, very soon; it’s seven weeks away and we can’t wait to see you all back on our side of the world. See you soon, lots of love.”


Anyway, yeah; if all of these things could happen at the Cardiff shows that’s be much appreciated please and a-thank you:

– An I Want/I Would/Don’t Forget Where You Belong medley with the McBusted lot.
– Very little in the way of clothing. We hear Cardiff’s very clammy in June.
– Niall coming on stage for 3am and doing Charlie Simpson’s old bits. Y’all know it’s basically his dream.
– Some kind of 20-legged Irish jig. YES WE KNOW CARDIFF’S IN WALES.
– A surprise appearance from 5SOS, just because 24-piece supergroup goals.



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