Best of British: 5 BRIT Nominated Road Trips
The formula is simple. You take the Best British Album nominees of this year’s BRITS, combine them with the UK countryside and voilà; 5 perfect road trips.
Album: Bad Blood
Drive: Lowther Hills, Dumfries & Galloway
The opening eh-o-eh-o’s coupled with the eye-watering sight that is the Dalveen pass will have you feeling like you’re driving towards the epic battle scene at the end of Braveheart. Luckily you’re not and you’re just getting far too into Bastille’s mighty masculine refrain. Be sure to open the window and breath in that crisp, invigorating air for the full effect.
Image credit: Nigel Swales
Nominee: Arctic Monkeys
Drive: Normans Bay, East Sussex
On hearing Alex Turner’s mellow tones, your inner teenager will yearn to be instantaneously transported to a balmy summer’s eve spent with friends on the beach. Relive those heady days by taking a trip to this picture perfect Pevensey bay (and have a daring little dip in the ocean while you’re at it).
Image credit: Vicki Burton
Artist: David Bowie
Track: Where Are We Now?
Album: The Next Day
Drive: Mevagissey, Cornwall
Though this first single from Bowie’s return may leave some feeling melancholic, we think his melodic reminiscing should be a cause for more life-affirming thoughts. All of which lead us to recommend the tiny port town of Mevagissey – an ideal location for when you just need to sit by the water and ponder your past.
Image credit: Phil Jones
Track: You & Me
Drive: Isle of Bute, Firth of Clyde
The sweet, peppy, pop-iness of this Disclosure tune had us picturing a bumpy drive with your best friend down an offbeat country road. And none such an area makes us feel quite so fresh and ready to take on the world as Scotland’s enduringly beautiful Isle of Bute. The clues in the name, really.
Image credit: Magnus Hagdorn
Track: Waiting All Night
Drive: Kielder Forest
The darkest place in the UK is surely the most fitting for this nocturnally inspired track. And what better way to celebrate this night of shining accolades than to lay out on the bonnet of your car and watch the stars (both astral and musical) come out.
Image credit: Scott Wylie
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