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Kenneth’s Monthly Mix: Music, Fashion & Lifestyle

So in a slight change to the normal posts from me on Pop On Down, I have decided to give you all a bit more of an insight into me: what music I like, where I am shopping and generally how good (or bad) my lifestyle is. So each month I will bring you my Monthly Mix of fashion, music, lifestyle and more.

September has been a great month for me in the general scheme of things with a few hiccups along the way but I won’t get caught up on them too much. Here is my pick of the best from September 2016!

Song Of The Moment for me this month is without a shadow of a doubt the return of Scottish songstress Emeli Sande and her new single ‘Hurts’. An instantly catchy song with amazing lyrics and with a voice like hers, how can she go wrong?

Other notable new releases this month for me have all been about the comebacks from Lady Gaga with ‘Perfect Illusion’, Michael Buble’s new single ‘Nobody But Me’ and Robbie Williams quite strange comeback with ‘The Heavy Entertainment Show’.


Shop Of The Month is a hard one for me as I like clothes so much I shop in practically every good men’s fashion retailer in Dublin most week’s but this month it is safe to say that Pull & Bear (online store and Henry Street, Dublin) has been my go to place. They have had an ongoing sale this month with many items up to 50% off and I have bought most of them as you can tell from my Instagram feed….. whoops!

Just to give you a brief insight to my one month clothing turnover, here is my delivery from Pull & Bear online mid-month:


From their sport trainers to joggers and denims to tee’s, they have you covered for virtually all occasions and they are super helpful with exchanges when you buy something and it doesn’t quite fit how you imagined…. ok, ok when you buy smaller than what you are! No hassle, swap or refund straight away. Props to P&B for their cool staff.

I will also be bringing you trends and fashion insight every week now from stores including Pull &Bear, H&M, River Island, Topman, Bershka, Forever 21 and the one we all love (even if you pretend you don’t shop there) Penneys!

TV Choices have to be the obvious talent show TV for me, Strictly, X Factor and even Bear Grylls Celebrity Island is bearable right now (see what I did there?). TV series of the month for me is the almighty comeback of Cold Feet, which I will point out is almost as good as the first time around and that is hard to do.

My Lifestyle Snapshot has been a varied bag this month from work to personal life. September always kicks off the busiest time for me with work but this year just seem’s even more so but in a really good way.

In short, I am producing ShowChoir Ireland Live Final on November 5th as well as presenting the show with my amazing friend Saoirse Long (FM104), choreographing two Christmas pantomimes, creative directing and choreographing the Eclipse tenth anniversary show for 2017 as well as running a blog, a business and a body (yikes).

My own life has been eventful these past few weeks having lost my Grandmother (Nanny Annie) in August suddenly as well as undergoing a small procedure to remove a lesion from my eye which is a whole other blog post to come I’m sure. It is true what they say though, live every day as if it is your last and be grateful for what you have because there is far worse out there.


So in general it hasn’t been half bad to be honest, good music, good shopping, good work, good personal life (with the few exceptions) and I’m happy which is the main thing.

Over the next few weeks you will see some changes around Pop On Down as I expand the blog into men’s health, grooming, fashion and lifestyle as well as keeping the music, entertainment and TV side of things going.

Keep up to date with everything that is happening at Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and right here!

Also, if you want something featured or maybe you know an awesome band that deserve to be talked about, let me now at popondown@gmail.com

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New Month, New Adventure, New Music

Ok, so technically it is not a new month until tomorrow but I just haven’t got the patience to wait to let you all know what I have been up to this past while.

Pop On Down is like my new baby, I have been thinking about blogging for a while now and this is what it has resulted in, a blog based primarily on music news, new artists (and old of course), reviews, interviews and more. Think of it as your one-stop shop for all your music needs.

So I know you are all wondering, where did the name come from? Pop On Down was decided from sitting around the kitchen table with a cup of tea, laptop infront of me and people throwing ideas around for a great name which was both relaxed as well as representative of what I was going to do. Almost instantly the suggestion was thrown out that we all love a good cup of tea, a chat and hanging out. We all ‘pop on down’ to our parents and friends to discuss the latest news or gossip about whatever we saw on Facebook this week so it fits quite nicely I think. The name also lends itself well to the gig goers among us who are constantly ‘popping on down’ to local and big name gigs.

So why music you ask? Well, why not I say. I have always been a big pop music fan and I am not afraid to admit it. My parents will tell you, I never watched a cartoon as a child, I always just wanted MTV on in the morning and I would be happy. At the age of 3, I was at a Take That concert dancing in the aisles, singing every word and enjoying every minute of it.


Apart from loving listening to music, I have delved into the pop industry in the past as well as the broadcasting and journalism side of things as well. I am not saying I am the Lord of Music or that I know the ins and outs of pop or anything like that really but I do know a good song when I hear it and I am not too bad at writing a few lines either.

Pop On Down will not only bring you the big names in music but we also want to promote new artists from around the world with our artist interviews, reviews and gig guide.

So, now that I have introduced myself and you know a little bit about me and Pop On Down, I really hope you will find my blog interesting and enjoy it as much as I enjoy writing it.

Come on and Pop On Down,

Kenneth 😉


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