Welcome to September’s instalment of monthly posts all
about what gigs I have been to. It was a busy month! Catch-up with August’sgigs here!
Internationale @ The Barfly*
I was supposed to see these guys a year or 2 ago, just
when they were releasing their first couple of singles. I’d gotten myself all
geared up, listening to them on Spotify, but for some reason or other, I
couldn't go in the end. So, imagine my delight when passes to their upcoming
Barfly show were released on Jukely
. Lead singer Delila has a real bluesy
voice, not to mention a cracking fringe!
Laura Marling @
This was a hauntingly beautiful gig. You could hear a pin
drop in the crowd. There were even members of the audience shushing other
chatterboxes! Laura is just so sweet and loveable with such a mature voice for
her surprisingly young age (only 2 months younger than me!).
Foo Fighters @
Milton Keynes Bowl
I think Foo Fighters are now the band I've seen the most
live (followed closely by McFly…), and I will never tire of going to their
concerts. This band knows exactly how to rock, even with their leader in a leg
cast! Grohl doesn't let a broken leg stop him, head banging from his throne of
guitars which even wheels down the platform. What. A. Show! Support came from Royal Blood (brilliant!) and Iggy Pop (bonkers!).
F.F.S @ The
F.F.S. might just be one of the most unexpected
collaborations, ever! This super group is made up of Franz Ferdinand and
Sparks. They've joined forces to produce an album together, and planned some
live shows too. Their new songs are pure catchy pop gold. It was great to see
both bands play a few of their own tunes too.
Shepherds Bush Empire*
After falling in love with their song ‘Marry Me, Archie’,
I bought tickets to see Alvvays as soon as I could. Then, 2 days before, Jukely
released passes so I sold my tickets and used the money for beer funds (and a
McDonalds on the way home). Alvvays may not strike you as a band to mosh to,
but my goodness did the kids in the crowd try their hardest!
Nimmo @ Oslo
I first saw Nimmo back in May
supporting Jack Garratt at
Village Underground. They had my feet dancing from the first beat. I knew I HAD
to see them again! You just can’t help but move to their music. I did some more
dancing at their after party (where the duo DJed), along with the boys from Seafret,
who kindly got me an Uber home (talented and kind!!).
Sisteray @ The
You may remember me mentioning
these guys before. I’d
missed their last couple of gigs, but made sure I had this one in the diary.
These guys have got so much raw energy. Moment of the gig has to be Dan passing
his guitar down to a randomer in the crowd for a solo. Close your eyes and
you’ll hear Ian Curtis when Niall sings. These are definitely the lads to watch
Morrissey gets a lot of slack for his live shows, but I
was pleased to see him take to the stage on time. It was a great show, with
Morrissey interacting with the audience. It just missed a few of his biggest
hits, which was a little disappointing for me as this was the first, and will
most likely be the last, time I've seen him live. There was 1 hiccup when his
set was hit with a power cut. After about 15 minutes, they had everything
running again and he strode back on stage and made a joke about it being a
conspiracy from the Royal Family who were trying to shut him down. There was
some pretty morbid videos shown on the big screens (people being beat by police
and animals being slaughtered!), but I'm glad I've finally had the chance to
see The Smiths front man live!
Florence + the
Machine @ Alexandra Palace
Florence exploded back onto the music scene and announced
4 dates at the Alexandra Palace. This felt like a massive homecoming for Flo,
who gracefully danced her way across the stage in a beautiful silk trouser and
waistcoat suit. There was also a street food market in the main foyer, so we
made sure to stuff our faces with nachos beforehand.
Sweet Baboo @
Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club*
I was going to actually buy tickets for this gig as
Meilyr Jones was supporting, but Jukely
passes came up before I had the chance.
You may remember me seeing him twice in July
. The main act was another Welsh
singer under the name Sweet Baboo. He brought along an array of musicians,
including a saxophonist and 3 violinists. He’s a funny guy this Sweet Baboo,
cracking jokes in between songs with his very dry humour. The venue was also
pretty sweet too, with the big heart lights and shiny tinsel. The Bethnal Green
Working Men’s Club put on a lot of drag Queen cabaret shows, which are
definitely worth getting down to!
Lail Arad @ St
Pancras Old Church
Back in June
, I got chatting to a girl in the pub across
the street from Islington Town Hall, after Rhiannon Gidden’s gig. 3 months
later, me and The Boyf (who I’d also met that very same night) are stood in a
beautifully lit church in St Pancras, about to see that very girl perform a
wonderful set. When Lail speaks, it’s softly sweet, but when she sings, she has
a rawness to her voice. I think I may have a new girl crush…
Summer Camp @ Village
I was so gutted to have missed out on seeing Summer Camp
back in June, so when they announced another London show, I snapped up tickets
straight away. They played a little bit of everything, including some songs
from the soundtrack they did for Beyond Clueless, which is available to watch
on Netflix, so that’s definitely been added to my list! Summer Camp ended their
show with a cover of ‘What’s Up’, originally sung by The 4 Non Blondes, which
had everyone singing along to in high spirits! If anyone can tell me where
Elizabeth’s pink polka dot dress is from, I’d be eternally grateful!
Be sure to check out my big gig post
, with the reason why
I attend so many live music events.
*These gigs I got passes to through Jukely
. Click through
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