- Gigs 2019-2020
Hey? Tame Impala aren’t even an old band! Still, this is why prices will keep going up, cos folk pay it…
Saw some unusual stuff last night in London – Chaines: one woman, voice flute, guitar, effects pedals. Surprisingly excellent. Followed by a string quartet! yes.. semi-classical, semi-contemporary, very good… then they were joined onstage by Vessel. Who electronicyfied them and made some visuals. That was great. Stirring stuff.Posted 9 months ago
Vessel is supporting These New Puritans next Thurs, so it’ll be interesting to see what he does on a much smaller stage.
Sleeper last weekend were on top form, and worked the set out well, a couple of old tracks, then a new one, couple of old ones, then a new one, kept the balance and interest up through the set.Posted 9 months ago
Early start, though; 6.30 doors, we got there just after they opened, got places right on the crowd barrier, first band came on fifteen minutes later! They were really good, called Thyla, from Brighton, clear influences from Cocteau Twins, MBV, Blondie. Radio One seem to be pushing them, which is a bit of a surprise, somehow.
Then Supernaturals came on, then Sleeper.
Great evening was had by all, it seems.
Milo and Elucid on Mon was amazing. Especially when they did the Nostrum Grocers stuff at the end.
It was bloody empty too, I guess cos of Easter Monday and students all having their eggs. Loved it.
Here, you ever had that moment when a rapper goes to shake your hand and you miss? just got the end of his fingers… Urgh 😆
Apparat tonight 😀Posted 9 months ago
Dave at the Bristol Academy was **** awesome. I really need to swap to O2 for my phone – or just get a PAYG sim to stick in to get in the O2 priority queue – the queues there are horrendous these days with airport style security checks before going in. I think most of the people in the queue around me were wondering where my son or daughter was. 😂
I took a position on the balcony. The crowd was quite feisty. But it was good fun watching them all properly going for it. Don’t know if anyone else has noticed this at gigs recently. You get one guy/gal clearing a circle in the crowd while filming everyone around. They all get themselves quite psyched up, then all crash into one another closing the circle. It was most entertaining watching it from above. I popped downstairs for the last few tracks to get a bit more of the atmosphere.
Santan Dave is certainly a talented MC for his tender years – he’s only going on 21. Sometimes funny, sometimes satirical, sometimes political, he really has a handle on his craft. No other MCs joining in. Just him and a good background AV show. His mixing desk is off to the side.
It was a doddle to get to the bar to pay £11.50 for a 2 pint pot of shitty lager – most of the crowd didn’t have I.d. I reckon. 😀
Anyway, anyone into a bit of grime or wondering how it all sounds live – I’d definitely recommend catching him live.Posted 9 months ago
Sounds great DD 🙂Posted 9 months ago
Much..erm cleaner sounds for me last night! Brighton Attenborough Arts Centre in the middle of the Uni campus, was a really lovely venue. Great sized (small) hall and superb sound. (Even Sascha Ring said it was “a bit intimidating” to even talk the sound was so good!) Shame they don’t have more gigs there.
Karyyn, the support was a pleasant surprise – a bit Bjork, a bit FKA Twigs, creating a big electronic sound and an amazing voice live.
Apparat, were, just as you’d imagine, full of emotion, live guitars, violin, cello, bass, trombone!, with the electronics thrown in and Sascha’s crystal voice. Even more blown away than I expected. Gig of the year so far.northernsoulSubscriber
Went to see Half Man Half Biscuit last night at The Boiler Shop, Newcastle – fantastic! Great space, good acoustics, packed but with a friendly atmosphere. They’re quite accomplished these days and played some of the classics from their back catalogue (“All I Want For Christmas is a Dukla Prague Away Kit”, “Joy Division Oven Gloves”, “We Built This Village on a Trad. Arr. Tune”, “Trumpton Riots”) alongside the best from their new album. “Hey Joe” for the encore was a pleasant surprise. All in all a quality evening!Posted 9 months agobrantSubscriber
Mr Ben and the Bens / Family Selection Box last night with “Rob” from this forum wearing a Gnarpoon shirt also in attendance at Delicious Clam in Sheffield.
Teleman at Gorillan in Manchester tonight, just back.
Next up, Wedding Present in Chester on Friday.Posted 9 months ago
Oh, my. This sweaty bastard has just returned from seeing Fat White Family. Down the front just out of reach of the mosh pit… they were incredible. What a band. This was the 3rd time I’ve seen them and they’ve just got better. Actually got goosebumps a few times, especially when the guitar and sax were combining.Posted 9 months ago
Gig of the year! 😊simons_nicolai-ukMember
Summer Fest season in full swing. We’ve had two trips to All Points East, plus Glastonbury (and tickets for End of the Road and Gruff Rhys on the board and a few more in the e-ticket bank)
APE was as slick (and corporate) as before – sponsorship from American Express, Huawei phones, Firestone Tyres all feeling well out of place. Also the Tinder bar/stand/meeting area – WTF?
No new discoveries there but Chemical Brothers show is better than ever on big outdoor stage. Interesting seeing Primal Scream as a stripped down 4/5 piece now .
Ezra Furman’s mid afternoon set was OK (APE does feel like it sells mostly on the headliner so a lot of the audiences can be a bit lacklustre but we picked up tickets for his ‘secret’ gig at the Shacklewell Arms the next night which just blew the roof off. New record is punkier so all the old material has had a garage band update. He’s simply fantastic live – UK tour in November (so we’ve got tickets for the London gig on that as well).
Glastonbury highlight was, without a doubt, Janelle Monae. Made everyone else look like an amateur,Posted 6 months ago
Lizzo also a force of nature. Mavis Staples still has it at 80.
Saw Cowboy Junkies last Tuesday, one of only three UK gigs as part of a 30th Anniversary Tour for The Trinity Sessions, and they played The Trinity in Bristol, part of a larger River Town Festival organised by the Colston Hall while it’s undergoing a huge refit.
Great gig, a bit over two hours, with an interval and no support. Margot in fine voice, and the band as tight as you could want, hardly surprising when the guitarist and drummer are your siblings. Another bloke on lap steel and mandolin, which he managed to make sound like a Les Paul playing lead!
I rather liked Margot rearranging the flowers on her table, and standing back drinking her tea while the boys were playing instrumental stuff. Got to chat with Margot afterwards as well, she’s lovely! 😍
Next up, Opeth in Bristol, and possibly Jessca Hoop in Bristol as well.Posted 6 months ago
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