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Day 28: 5th Birthday!!! | #HITSBC17




Hey guys!

IT'S OUR FIFTH BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!

As the photo above shows, I actually made a cake and bought a "number 5" candle.
Yes, I am that weirdo who celebrates their website's birthday like an actual birthday.
Go ahead and judge me.

I don't quite know how to start this post, to be completely honest.

Five years ago, a concert left me feeling so inspired, that I had to tell everyone about it.
After boring my friends with the story for the fourth time, I decided to find a new audience. 
And so I started my very own blog.

The name, "house in the sand", comes from a line of one of my favourite songs.
"Wrong Directions" by Martin and James.

Within the first year of blogging, I wrote about everything. From purses to lipsticks, to my pets and my favourite songs.
Soon I realised I had the most fun writing about music. And so I dipped my toes into the unknown territory that is music journalism.
A few months later, after graduating from school, I started to study journalism.

And all my time off was spent building this website and learning more about the industry. 


house in the sand is the most important project of my life.
It has allowed me to find my voice and to use it,
to discover my passions, my strengths and my weaknesses.
It gave me a chance to figure out my priorities.

It let me realise what creativity means to me.
It taught me how to focus on positivity. 
It made me feel confident about myself and my skills.

It made me find support in the most unexpected places,
it made me find support in the most desired places.
It allowed me to make friends who inspire me.

It allowed me to travel.
It allowed me to find peace in stressfulness.
It always filled my iPod with great new music.
It became my online home. 





And I'm incredibly proud of everything we've done in the past five years.
So today is a very special day for me.

Unfortunately my internet crashed and I had to re-upload today's video.
It's taking a total of 10 hours (thanks to the worst internet connection), so it's not online yet.

It will be embeded right here as soon as it's online.
Of course we'll also be sharing it on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, so keep an eye on that.

So sorry about this.
But I can promise you it's a fantastic video.

Now, how do I wrap this up?

By saying thank you, I guess.

Thank you to everyone who ever made the decision to visit house in the sand.
Thank you to everyone who actively supported us.
Thank you to everyone who submitted their music.
Thank you to everyone who worked with us.
Thank you to all the labels, PRs, managers who spent time organising things for us.
Thank you to all the musicians we have ever featured.
Thank you to my talented team.
Thank you to my friends who always cheer for us.
Thank you to every follower on social media.
Thank you to everyone who enjoys house in the sand.
Thank YOU.

house in the sand is a home for music lovers and we've got enough space for everyone.



Here's to many more birthdays!


Thank you for your visit!













Credits // Text, Image & Video:  Vanessa Jertschewske

Day 27: Birthday Wishes | #HITSBC17




Hey guys!

And so it's day 27 of our Birthday Countdown.
That's just mad. I can't believe how quickly time flies when you're spending one month celebrating.

I would like to use today's post to thank all the fantastic people involved in this countdown.

This lineup was an absolute dream and every single act was a pleasure to work with.
Every year, when I start inviting people, I get a little paranoid, thinking that maybe nobody wants to join.

But of course we always find some of the most wonderful artists who are excited to be a part and that means the world to me.

Today we have another little Best Of video for you, this time focusing on the birthday wishes.
It's such a wonderful feeling to watch those clips because it makes this website a lot more personal.

It's just so beautiful to see how everyone took the time to film a video for us and I know that a lot of thought was put into it, and that just makes me incredibly happy.

The fact that a lot of musicians appreciate what we do on house in the sand, is something I could never take for granted.

So before we dive into the video, I would like to say a massive thank you to all artists, managers and labels involved. You have made this countdown so special and you keep on proving that we need to unite in this industry.
I adore all of you!


Please make sure to check out the video below and feel free to share it.






You can find all videos in full length below, just click the photo of your choice!


http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-1-hyena-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-2-roe-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-3-ryan-oreilly-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-4-beth-keeping-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-5-alx-green-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-6-nina-luna-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-7-chris-stringer-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-8-panic-tree-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-9-dan-dietrich-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-10-jess-kemp-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-11-ragamuffins-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-12-liam-mcclair-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-13-jourdan-myers-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-14-noah-guthrie-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-15-lunar-year-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-16-robbie-cavanagh-hitsbc17.htmlhttp://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-17-ben-barritt-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-18-dylan-cassin-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-19-martin-kelly-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-20-mark-mathews-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-21-james-edan-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-22-shoot-rabbit-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-23-stained-glass-ceiling-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-24-saint-alto-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-25-janes-party-hitsbc17.html




Day 27 is over!
I'm honestly so excited for tomorrow. Please join me as we're going to celebrate our fifth birthday in style tomorrow.
I have to warn you, I'm probably going to be super cheesy, but hey- this is a big thing.




Thank you for your visit!

















Credits // Text, Image & Video: Vanessa Jertschewske | Logo for #HITSBC17 designed by Phil Barber | Music intro by Martin Kelly

Day 26: Best Of Performances | #HITSBC17




Hey guys!

So, as I've already mentioned yesterday, we are through with all performances of our Birthday Countdown this year.

This month we have seen 25 fantastic performances and I am super proud of the entire lineup.

After hosting multiple countdowns before, of course my expectations were very high. I picked those acts with a lot of thought and it really wasn't the easiest task.

There were a few points I wanted to make and, just in case they haven't been that clear, I wanted to list them for you below:

- equality: I wanted more ladies involved. Yes, feminism is something we need to discuss in the music industry. It's not that we need more ladies involved (even though that would be great), it's just that we need to give them the power they deserve. And that's why I made sure to invite as many ladies as possible.

- variety: It happens to all of us; we get so comfortable listening to the genres we know we love, that we forget to broaden our horizons by listening to something else. And that's why I made sure to find a few more artists whose sound we might not be familiar with.

- new faces: It would've been easy to just ask all the artists who have been involved before, to play for us again. But I was determined to find and invite acts we haven't seen before on house in the sand. In the end we've had a great mix of new faces and old friends.

- old friends: I feel like this is what HITS secretly stands for. Some of the artists featured have been with us for five years, others joined us along the way. However, I am so happy that I get to work with people I adore artistically and personally, that's definitely a massive bonus.


I think we've all done a brilliant job and deserve a little bit more attention.

So, today I'm super excited to share this little "Best Of" video with you, which includes short snippets of all videos we got to see.
You can either use it to catch up on the videos or to refreshen your memory in case you missed checking out any of the acts.

Please enjoy our Best Of Performances for HITSBC17!






You can find all performances in full length below, just click the photo of your choice!



http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-1-hyena-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-2-roe-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-3-ryan-oreilly-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-4-beth-keeping-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-5-alx-green-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-6-nina-luna-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-7-chris-stringer-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-8-panic-tree-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-9-dan-dietrich-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-10-jess-kemp-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-11-ragamuffins-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-12-liam-mcclair-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-13-jourdan-myers-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-14-noah-guthrie-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-15-lunar-year-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-16-robbie-cavanagh-hitsbc17.htmlhttp://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-17-ben-barritt-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-18-dylan-cassin-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-19-martin-kelly-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-20-mark-mathews-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-21-james-edan-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-22-shoot-rabbit-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-23-stained-glass-ceiling-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-24-saint-alto-hitsbc17.html http://houseinthesand.com/2017/02/day-25-janes-party-hitsbc17.html



And that's it for day 26!
Remember, we still have two more videos coming up, so make sure to come back for those!




Thank you for your visit!
















Credits // Text, Image & Video: Vanessa Jertschewske