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Title: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on September 29, 2010, 11:19:47 pm
Grinderman, Leeds Uni, Monday.

It was a great show - obviously Nick Cave and Warren Ellis and the rest have been at it a long time, so they know how to hold an audience and how to put on a show.  Warren Ellis is amazing to watch on stage - he looks like an Old Testament prophet, but dresses and struts around the stage like a louche rock star.

The noise was immense.  Not the loudest gig I've heard, but pretty damn loud, and the first gig I've been to where adults have worn earplugs.  On record, they have more of a Bad Seeds vibe, but live the Dirty Three sound seemed to come to the fore, especially during the extended instrumentals.  There was plenty of stage-to-audience banter:

NC: "It's always the highlight of anyone's career to play Leeds University canteen.  So, are you all students?"
Audience: "Nooo.  We're too old to be students."

Also, there was a bizarre moment when someone chucked a paperback at Nick Cave, which he opened with bemusement.  

I didn't get very drunk, as I was expecting SU prices, but it turned out to be £3.00+ for a can of vaguely-alcoholic stuff.  So I had a couple, and enjoyed the show.  
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: YahudaMoon on September 29, 2010, 11:48:30 pm
Dewa and another band of my friends of what I can't remember there name ? at Manchester Academy 3 about two month back is my last music gig. Dewa were OK and I don't think they have released any music to a format as yet ?
My mate was wasted and me myself sober as I was cycling back home.
There's something about live music I love though as I get older prefer the music in my own home. Also I'm getting to a part in my life now at 40 where walking into a gig on my own is becoming a little uncomfortable due to not being anywhere near in my 20's. Oh well at least I didn't look as out of place as my freind at the gig as he consumed way to much alcohol, is 5 years older than me and I'm better looking (Ihope ?) and I  was also part dressed as a cyclist and had my pannier bag over my shoulder flashing  a red tail light all night and no one botherd to tell me about it !.  I don't purposely go out to pubs , clubs and gigs with flashing tail lights flashing on my person.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: nicknack on September 30, 2010, 09:14:32 am
Geoff Achison (http://www.geoffachison.com/) on Tuesday night. Touring the UK at the mo. If you're into bluesy guitar stuff try and see him. Excellent.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Rhys W on September 30, 2010, 09:25:04 am
Also I'm getting to a part in my life now at 40 where walking into a gig on my own is becoming a little uncomfortable due to not being anywhere near in my 20's.

Don't be silly! There's always an old guy, nodding at the back and you know he's got a great record collection and probably was a musician himself. I aspire to be that guy one day.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Hot Flatus on September 30, 2010, 09:38:16 am
Deadmau5 at the Warehouse Project in Manchester. Rather disappointing.

Looking forward to Underworld at the Brixton Academy and Leftfield in December.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Katie on September 30, 2010, 01:54:51 pm
I think probably Regina Spektor in July, at the Cambridge Corn Exchange - was very awesome.  That was the end to what I called Awesome Music Week; I saw Frank Turner, James and Belle & Sebastian at Latitude Festival the weekend before, and then in the middle of Latitude and Regina, I saw Seth Lakeman and the Levellers at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

Next one at the end of October is 3 Daft Monkeys at London Borderline, and then Frank Turner up in Oxford in December, wooo :)

(I am perhaps a folk junkie, can you tell?)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: PaulR on September 30, 2010, 02:01:48 pm
Icebreaker and B J Cole performing Brian Eno's Apollo atmospheres and soundtracks and part of Gordon's Trance; two weeks back.  Top stuff.

Now bracing myself for Einsturzende Neubauten at the Forum on 16 Oct.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: JT on September 30, 2010, 02:18:22 pm
Do comedians count?

I used to go to tons of gigs but this made me realise the last gig I went to was either Underworld at the Roundhouse in 2007 or Rush in either Manchester, Newcastle or Brimingham in the same year.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on September 30, 2010, 04:07:55 pm
I think probably Regina Spektor in July, at the Cambridge Corn Exchange - was very awesome.  That was the end to what I called Awesome Music Week; I saw Frank Turner, James and Belle & Sebastian at Latitude Festival the weekend before, and then in the middle of Latitude and Regina, I saw Seth Lakeman and the Levellers at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

Next one at the end of October is 3 Daft Monkeys at London Borderline, and then Frank Turner up in Oxford in December, wooo :)

(I am perhaps a folk junkie, can you tell?)

How was Latitude?  I was looking at a festival for next year, and I'd prefer a smaller, friendlier atmosphere than fancy Glastonbury or Leeds/Reading or any of the mega-festivals  My two top choices (End of the Road and Green Man) both clash with other stuff, sadly, so Latitude has appeared on the radar - it's also less distance to travel from here in the boonies.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: StuAff on September 30, 2010, 04:23:17 pm
Now bracing myself for Einsturzende Neubauten at the Forum on 16 Oct.

Me too, assuming my ticket(s) actually turn up...going to both nights.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Hot Flatus on September 30, 2010, 04:34:14 pm
Do comedians count?

I used to go to tons of gigs but this made me realise the last gig I went to was either Underworld at the Roundhouse in 2007


I was there too. I have flac files of the gig if you are interested ( I owe you a favour)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Katie on September 30, 2010, 06:59:51 pm
I think probably Regina Spektor in July, at the Cambridge Corn Exchange - was very awesome.  That was the end to what I called Awesome Music Week; I saw Frank Turner, James and Belle & Sebastian at Latitude Festival the weekend before, and then in the middle of Latitude and Regina, I saw Seth Lakeman and the Levellers at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

Next one at the end of October is 3 Daft Monkeys at London Borderline, and then Frank Turner up in Oxford in December, wooo :)

(I am perhaps a folk junkie, can you tell?)

How was Latitude?  I was looking at a festival for next year, and I'd prefer a smaller, friendlier atmosphere than fancy Glastonbury or Leeds/Reading or any of the mega-festivals  My two top choices (End of the Road and Green Man) both clash with other stuff, sadly, so Latitude has appeared on the radar - it's also less distance to travel from here in the boonies.
I was only there for Saturday, but what I saw of it made me want to be there all weekend - and next year, finances depending, I will be :)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Chris S on September 30, 2010, 07:02:44 pm
Peter Gabriel at Blickling Hall.

Brilliant.

Never to forget moment - Mrs S and Me, arms in the air, swaying to and singing Biko - tears streaming down our faces. Top stuff  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: microphonie on September 30, 2010, 07:48:17 pm
At Norwich Arts Centre:

Last Thursday:  Serena Maneesh  (http://www.myspace.com/serenamaneesh) a Norwegian band that produce a 'My Bloody Valentine meets VU meets black metal' wall of sound. They were supported by Norwich's own  Sennen  (http://www.sennen.org.uk/) - so-called 'kings of the nu-gaze scene' and the rather unusual  Pumajaw  (http://www.pinkiemaclure.co.uk/allwebsite/pages/about.htm) - sort of a stranger version of Moloko but not quite having the songs to go with the interesting music.

The first two were both rather splendid (excepting the dodgy cover of New Order's Bizarre Love Triangle by Sennen) but was disappointed that SM didn't play any of the songs their female bassist sings on the latest album.


Last night:  This Will Destroy You  (http://www.myspace.com/thiswilldestroyyou) supported by  Talons  (http://www.myspace.com/gotalons) and  Eaststrikewest  (http://www.myspace.com/eaststrikewestband)

All three are exponents of the post rock meets math rock quiet/LOUD style - (only the latter have songs as such) so the hearing of this 40-something geezer (stood at the back on his own - just go for it Yahuda!) is still feeling a tad dulled...Have to admit: seeing Talons on stage made me feel old - they've only recently taken their A-levels!

Next up are  65daysofstatic  (http://www.65daysofstatic.com/) 21 Nov unless something else comes up in the meantime (maybe Mad Professor or Steve Mason). Saw them a few years ago but the singer was ill so only ended up with an instrumental show, but it was rather good anyway.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: PaulF on September 30, 2010, 10:06:56 pm
Bob Dylan in the safe end of Harlem last December.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on September 30, 2010, 10:36:46 pm
I think probably Regina Spektor in July, at the Cambridge Corn Exchange - was very awesome.  That was the end to what I called Awesome Music Week; I saw Frank Turner, James and Belle & Sebastian at Latitude Festival the weekend before, and then in the middle of Latitude and Regina, I saw Seth Lakeman and the Levellers at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

Next one at the end of October is 3 Daft Monkeys at London Borderline, and then Frank Turner up in Oxford in December, wooo :)

(I am perhaps a folk junkie, can you tell?)

How was Latitude?  I was looking at a festival for next year, and I'd prefer a smaller, friendlier atmosphere than fancy Glastonbury or Leeds/Reading or any of the mega-festivals  My two top choices (End of the Road and Green Man) both clash with other stuff, sadly, so Latitude has appeared on the radar - it's also less distance to travel from here in the boonies.
I was only there for Saturday, but what I saw of it made me want to be there all weekend - and next year, finances depending, I will be :)

I may be too, depending on finances and the line-up :)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Kim on September 30, 2010, 11:15:10 pm
Hmm, unless I've forgotten something, REM in Sheffield, 2005.  Which says everything you need to know about my interest in music, really.    :-\
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: JT on October 01, 2010, 09:02:49 am
Do comedians count?

I used to go to tons of gigs but this made me realise the last gig I went to was either Underworld at the Roundhouse in 2007


I was there too. I have flac files of the gig if you are interested ( I owe you a favour)

Thanks but I bought the CD they were selling on the night.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Hot Flatus on October 01, 2010, 09:05:19 am
Complete with the high-pitch feedback squeal that nearly blew Karls ears out?
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: JT on October 01, 2010, 09:14:42 am
Complete with the high-pitch feedback squeal that nearly blew Karls ears out?

Don't remember that. I went on the first of a three night stint - they cancelled the third because Rick was ill if I recall.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Hot Flatus on October 01, 2010, 09:17:36 am
I can't remember which night I went, but it was a good gig. Quite civilised compared to their gigs in the late 90's.

Their new album isn't that good tho
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: JT on October 01, 2010, 09:32:13 am
I can't remember which night I went, but it was a good gig. Quite civilised compared to their gigs in the late 90's.

Their new album isn't that good tho

Civilised, yes that's a good description. I too saw them a lot in the late 90s - best time was a small festival in France.

The new album is rubbish. The half-baked experimental stuff the release on their website is better and more interesting than this dance pap. All their albums have been patchy affairs since Second Toughest.. but this is particularly weak.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: clarion on October 01, 2010, 10:07:44 am
Last gig I can recall going to was Snake Davis & The Charmers at York Arts Centre in 1993 (a couple of years after leaving working there).
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: JohnP on October 01, 2010, 10:30:58 am
possibly, Joe Brown & The Bruvvers backed by Susan Maughan ??  Seems like very early '60s.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Hot Flatus on October 01, 2010, 11:31:02 am
Quote from: JT

The new album is rubbish. The half-baked experimental stuff the release on their website is better and more interesting than this dance pap. All their albums have been patchy affairs since Second Toughest.. but this is particularly weak.


Second toughest is my favourite too. Great music for a long drive.

I liked Beaucoup Fish very much, and Orblivion was good too. This one is the worst... there's nothing there.

Are you going to the Leftfield gigs?
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: JT on October 01, 2010, 11:38:42 am
No, not really into Leftfield that much. I have Leftism (but that's dated badly) and love Phat Planet but that's about it.

To be honest, getting a bit too old for "dance" gigs.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: TheLurker on October 01, 2010, 11:40:35 am
Ermmmm - I think it might have been the Billy Bragg '86 Red Wedge gig in Embra, but it was all a long time ago so I could very well be wrong.  
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: tatanab on October 01, 2010, 11:45:18 am
1982 or 83, Rory Gallagher at Colston Hall in Bristol.

Too loud - I could not "hear" the new material so only enjoyed the older stuff.  Good to see people of my generation (32 at that time), long time Rory fans in the seats upstairs, and a younger generation downstairs.

I am sure I saw Rory in the pub an hour or so before going on stage.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fungus on October 01, 2010, 12:01:27 pm
Rammstein 3/2/10 absolute quality, can't wait for them to come back  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 01, 2010, 12:09:22 pm
Robyn Hitchcock back in April.  Supported by wotisname who used to be in the Incredible String Band, er,

(Googles)

Mike Heron.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Redlight on October 01, 2010, 01:56:41 pm
The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain, last Saturday.  Good fun, especially their rendition of Teenage Kicks  :thumbsup:

Looking forward to Joe Jackson playing London sometime in the autumn - no dates announced yet but he's in Europe on October...
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: bikesdontfloat on October 01, 2010, 03:16:58 pm
The Might Be Giants at the Royal Festival Hall back in June as part of the Royal Society and the South Bank Centre's Festival of Science + Arts.

A barnstorming performance as ever from a band that must have been gigging pretty much continuously since the early 80s.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CAMRAMan on October 01, 2010, 03:19:20 pm
Half Man Half Biscuit in Bilston.

It was an "I was there" type of gig, as Dean Friedman came on stage and did a song as a riposte to The Bastard Son of Dean Friedman - followed, of course, by said song. Amazing!

They don't gig often, but it's worth a trip to see them.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: jogler on October 01, 2010, 04:11:44 pm
I recollect seeing The Beatles at Trentham Gardens,very early '60s.
I also saw Marc Bolan & T. Rex with mrs.jogler but have forgotten the venue & exact year
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on October 02, 2010, 11:43:45 am
Half Man Half Biscuit in Bilston.

It was an "I was there" type of gig, as Dean Friedman came on stage and did a song as a riposte to The Bastard Son of Dean Friedman - followed, of course, by said song. Amazing!

They don't gig often, but it's worth a trip to see them.

And I'm going to see them in Durham in November!  I was really pleased they added the Durham date, as I was trying to work out how to get to Holmfirth and back, which would have been an epic journey involving trains, bikes, four different route planners and a farmer carting his wares to ye olde market (probably).
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CAMRAMan on October 02, 2010, 01:44:11 pm
I saw them in Leamington - 3 miles away - in January, and did an overnighter in Cambridge in late March, so I've got 3 gigs under me belt this year. The ones later in the year are a bit trickier to get to seeing as they're all oop north...
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: pcolbeck on October 02, 2010, 01:51:12 pm
Joey and the Deacons (http://www.myspace.com/joeythedeacons) last Thursday in York. Some old mates of mine having a bit of a laugh. They even have a theramin which is pretty unique for a garage rock band.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: starkj73 on October 02, 2010, 02:04:25 pm
Almost a year ago now, Alabama 3.

ALABAMA 3 (http://www.alabama3.co.uk/en/home)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Hot Flatus on October 02, 2010, 04:06:32 pm
One of the worst gigs ive ever seen was Alabama 3, about ten years go. They weren't making an effort.
I didn't stay to the end.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: rogerzilla on October 02, 2010, 04:10:40 pm
Joey and the Deacons (http://www.myspace.com/joeythedeacons)
That's just wrong.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: onb on October 02, 2010, 08:52:09 pm
Went to Trowbridge and saw lots of great bands .The Ukelele band were amongst them their rendition of Teenage Dirtbag was brilliant .
Bellowhead stole the show natch.
Going to see the Levellers in Nov :)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on October 03, 2010, 01:56:48 pm
I saw them in Leamington - 3 miles away - in January, and did an overnighter in Cambridge in late March, so I've got 3 gigs under me belt this year. The ones later in the year are a bit trickier to get to seeing as they're all oop north...

That's why I was so pleased to see a Durham gig added - much less far to travel, and I might even be able to catch the last train, if Nigel wants to scarper for a quick cuppa before bed.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 04, 2010, 11:36:17 am
I saw them in Leamington - 3 miles away - in January, and did an overnighter in Cambridge in late March, so I've got 3 gigs under me belt this year. The ones later in the year are a bit trickier to get to seeing as they're all oop north...

That's why I was so pleased to see a Durham gig added - much less far to travel, and I might even be able to catch the last train, if Nigel wants to scarper for a quick cuppa before bed.

Just hope that nb57 has recovered from his laryngitis by then - last night's gig in Preston was cancelled.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Androcles on October 04, 2010, 11:59:10 pm
Not a gig as such, but went with Mrs A. last week to see "The Johnny Cash Story" performed by a chap called Roger Dean.  Wife is the long-time JC fan, but I've been slowly warming to his music - even had Ring of Fire as a ringtone.

Last "proper" gig would have been Deep Purple at the MK bowl in June 2006
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on October 05, 2010, 01:44:09 pm
"The Flight of the Arctic Tern"

before that a local festival I helped organise, and before that, probably REM, Radiohead, Cranberries, Someone Else at the MK Bowl.

Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: groucho on October 05, 2010, 02:47:21 pm
The Felice Brothers at the Thelka, Bristol. 6 September.

Next up LCD Soundsystem in November CIA Cardiff, unless something else catches my eye. Is Sonja Christina still singing with Curved Air?
cos they play the Globe, soon!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Wowbagger on October 05, 2010, 06:16:42 pm
My son's own stuff apart (now disbanded) don't think I've ever been to such a thing - until a couple of weeks ago when Mrs. Wow and I used up a pair of spare tickets that our daughter had for Eddie Izzard, Reginald D. Hunter & Dylan Moran. They were very good, but given that the day cost me £170 all in, I don't think I'll be repeating the experience.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on October 05, 2010, 08:25:18 pm
I saw them in Leamington - 3 miles away - in January, and did an overnighter in Cambridge in late March, so I've got 3 gigs under me belt this year. The ones later in the year are a bit trickier to get to seeing as they're all oop north...

That's why I was so pleased to see a Durham gig added - much less far to travel, and I might even be able to catch the last train, if Nigel wants to scarper for a quick cuppa before bed.

Just hope that nb57 has recovered from his laryngitis by then - last night's gig in Preston was cancelled.

He's got until 25th November - hopefully long enough!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: simonp on October 06, 2010, 10:33:39 pm
KT Tunstall, Thetford Forest

and the next gig will be

KT Tunstall, The Junction, Cambridge, in a couple of weeks.

Looking forwards to seeing Wee Bastard in action again. :)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on November 26, 2010, 01:32:33 pm
I saw them in Leamington - 3 miles away - in January, and did an overnighter in Cambridge in late March, so I've got 3 gigs under me belt this year. The ones later in the year are a bit trickier to get to seeing as they're all oop north...

That's why I was so pleased to see a Durham gig added - much less far to travel, and I might even be able to catch the last train, if Nigel wants to scarper for a quick cuppa before bed.

Just hope that nb57 has recovered from his laryngitis by then - last night's gig in Preston was cancelled.

He's got until 25th November - hopefully long enough!

Indeed it was.  They were fab.  Only the fifth time I've seen them, which made me feel a bit of a lightweight when I was at the station chatting to a couple of nutters diehards who were following them around the country.

Durham Live Lounge is a pretty new venue - hopefully there'll be more gigs there in the future, as it's so easy for me to get to  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Hot Flatus on November 26, 2010, 02:17:38 pm
Underworld last Saturday at the Brixton Academy. They came on at midnight. Good gig, but not as good as last time I saw them there 10 years ago when the gurning going on was amazing

Next week... Leftfield
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Gus on November 26, 2010, 02:32:31 pm
Einstürzende Neubauten had a 2 day gig in Cph I saw
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: sixcycler on November 26, 2010, 02:46:47 pm
Wallis Bird in Utrecht , very good
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on December 03, 2010, 02:17:43 am
Release the pressure!!

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/leftfield_4.jpg)

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/leftfield_3.jpg)

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/leftfield_2.jpg)

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/leftfield_1.jpg)

Was brilliant.

Shame about the window-licker behind me though.  ;)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Hot Flatus on December 03, 2010, 04:32:21 pm
Leftfield at the Academy in Bristol. Best gig I've been to for a while.

Spot Jaded...




(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5009/5228213413_c5cdb73065_z.jpg)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fungus on December 19, 2010, 07:05:58 pm
James last night in Manchester, Tim Booth is absolute class & they played my favourite James tune, Just like Fred Astaire  :)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Dinamo on December 19, 2010, 07:15:22 pm
Faithless at the Cardiff International Arena on December 1st.

Brilliant  :thumbsup:
Played all their classics plus lots from the latest album, guest vocallist on many tracks was awesome took the album to a new level.
So much so I've ordered the 'live gig' CD from them !!!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: mondobongo on December 19, 2010, 11:17:24 pm
Motorhead at Wolves Civic Nov 24th, Lemmy and the boys were in fine form.
However Michael Monroe was awesome in the support slot and in my opinion came dangerously close to stealing the show.

Next gig will be Michael Monroe in Brum April 15th.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: clarion on December 19, 2010, 11:24:14 pm
Last gig I can recall going to was Snake Davis & The Charmers at York Arts Centre in 1993 (a couple of years after leaving working there).

I was reminded today that this is not correct.  After the TdF Prologue in London, a few of us went to Southwark Park for their wee Festival.  Dave Edmunds was playing.  There may have been a couple of other bands, but I don't recall.  I was a bit taken up with the young lady I was with at the time (who I subsequently married :thumbsup: ).  Not a planned attendance, but I suppose a gig nonetheless...
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Adam on December 20, 2010, 06:06:25 am
James last night in Manchester, Tim Booth is absolute class & they played my favourite James tune, Just like Fred Astaire  :)

 :thumbsup:

A few decades ago, I saw the Smiths at the Hexagon in Reading, and James were the support band.  They were better.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on December 20, 2010, 05:37:23 pm
Runrig at the Barrowlands on Sat night.  For those south of the Border who may not have heard of either, Runrig is Scotland's coolest band and the Barrowlands is Scotland's coolest venue.  ;)

PS And that was definitely the coolest queue we've ever stood in ! 
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: JohnP on December 20, 2010, 05:41:32 pm
Probably Joe Brown & the Bruvvers, supported by Susan Maughan but could have included Billy Fury as well.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: jogler on December 20, 2010, 05:44:27 pm
Probably Joe Brown & the Bruvvers, supported by Susan Maughan but could have included Billy Fury as well.

 8)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Seineseeker on December 20, 2010, 09:30:25 pm
The Gorillaz @ Madison Square Garden in New York!!

It was my daughters first ever concert! And it was brilliant.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on January 28, 2011, 12:31:23 am
Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel, The Waiting Room, Eaglescliffe

I've just ridden back - it was an early finish, but even though the venue is next to Eaglescliffe station, the last train from Eaglescliffe is 22.05 (there is a later train, but it doesn't stop at Eaglescliffe), and I was outta there by 22.15, so rather than wait around for the connection to Thornaby and back to Darlo, I rode the 13 miles, which isn't a bad distance after a gig.  And knowing there was a possibility I'd have to ride kept my beer intake down.

The venue was tiny - it was a sell-out, whatever that meant, as no-one asked me for a ticket (probably for the best, as it didn't arrive in the post, and  when I called up the other day, they said they'd just check my name on the door).  It was a tiny 80-capacity conservatory at the back of the restaurant, with corrugated plastic roofing, ancient maps on the wall, and bits of old carousel fairing nailed above the stage.  A vegetarian restaurant on Teesside - home of the Parmo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parmo) - is always going to be a tough sell, but quirkiness seemed to be the order of the day, which suited the cult status of both performers (a theme which informs a lot of Jeff's songs).

A lovely, intimate gig.  It served - for me, at least -  as an introduction to Peter Stampfel, the Fugs, and the Holy Modal Rounders, as the set consisted of a few Jeff Lewis songs but mainly songs Peter Stampfel wrote and performed with his bands The Holy Modal Rounders and the Fugs, in the ferment of the 60s folk scene, interspersed with chat between the two where PS played the stoned jester and JL his attentive, slightly stern son.

It ended with a series of covers - Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky" worked much better played for laughs as "Demon in the Ground", and the Holy Modal Rounders' Birdsong (which I vaguely remembered from the movie Easy Rider) morphed into a loopy cover of Surfin' Bird.  Crass's "Systematic Death" had the joint bouncing.  

I've had a look at the line-up The Waiting Room has - Martin Carthy and Sweet Babou are playing there within the next month.  So I'll probably be back.  There was, however, a moment of aching bathos where Jeff Lewis looked around the tiny room, commented on the decor, and asked who was the next act to play there, and the reply came back in broad North Eastern: Wilf Lunn the inventor off the  telly (http://the-waiting-room.co.uk/Cabaret/Events/An-E-vening-with-Wilf-Lunn).
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Post by: pcolbeck on January 28, 2011, 12:47:26 am
Richard Thompson at York Opera House a couple of weeks ago. He had an electric band with him this time. First set was OK basically he played his new album which was good in parts weak in others. For the second set he did a selection from his back catalogue and it was brilliant. Some absolutely searing guitar work. No wonder he is referred to as England's greatest living guitar player.
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Post by: Deano on January 28, 2011, 12:49:18 am
I heard him on Tom Robinson's show on 6music t'other week, and he mentioned that gig.  I so nearly went.
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Post by: pcolbeck on January 28, 2011, 01:01:54 am
You should have gone. He played for two and a half hours and finished with "! want to see the bright lights tonight".
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Post by: jezzasnr on January 28, 2011, 07:55:08 am
Florence + the Machine, coopers field, cardiff last summer.
Very much looking forward to John Grant in March.
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Post by: groucho on January 28, 2011, 08:29:11 am
LCD Soundsystem at CIA Cardiff in November  8) Awesome from Mr Murphy!

Next up Phantom Band in Brissol 5 February.

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Post by: onb on January 29, 2011, 12:15:22 am
Bellowhead in November

The Smoke Fairies last saturday.
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Post by: LindaG on January 29, 2011, 04:58:13 pm
Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel, The Waiting Room, Eaglescliffe


I so nearly went to that!  It's my favourite restaurant, and Crusty was going to take me as a birthday treat, but I over-exfoliated my face on the road and decided against.

Oh, well, at least I know what I missed.  I've been very tempted by some of the gigs there but never get round to it.
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Post by: Rhys W on January 29, 2011, 05:21:10 pm
Runrig at the Barrowlands on Sat night.  For those south of the Border who may not have heard of either, Runrig is Scotland's coolest band and the Barrowlands is Scotland's coolest venue.  ;)

Never seen Runrig, but been to Barrowlands a few times and you're right. You can imagine it full of teddy boys in the 50s. Best time was I think the Manics on the first tour back after Ritchey disappeared - very poignant.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 29, 2011, 11:16:34 pm
Just back from Mogwai, really good but my word they were freaking LOUD.
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Post by: Pingu on January 29, 2011, 11:18:19 pm
Pardon?
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Post by: Deano on February 02, 2011, 10:02:57 pm
Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel, The Waiting Room, Eaglescliffe


I so nearly went to that!  It's my favourite restaurant, and Crusty was going to take me as a birthday treat, but I over-exfoliated my face on the road and decided against.

Oh, well, at least I know what I missed.  I've been very tempted by some of the gigs there but never get round to it.

It was a good gig.  This geezer seems to have filmed most of it.  I was sat at the back on the comfiest sofa I could find rather than faffing on with a camera, but good work, that beardy man.


    YouTube
        - Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel "Cult Boyfriend" Live in Eaglescliffe England
   (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8188Q5iZUU)
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Post by: LindaG on February 02, 2011, 11:30:55 pm
Thanks for that Dean.  I can't figure out where that is, is it in the back?
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Post by: Deano on February 02, 2011, 11:37:31 pm
Aye, behind the bar.  I've not been before - but it's the room between the bar and the bogs.  It was amusing to watch people coming from the restaurant at the front to the loos, and clapping awkwardly as they made their way back.
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Post by: Rhys W on February 08, 2011, 04:42:48 pm
British Sea Power at Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, last night.

They're playing smaller venues than they were last time I saw them, but they seemed to be enjoying themselves just as much. Disappointed not see The Bear though, and a distinct lack of foliage.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 09, 2011, 10:20:28 am
Ben Weaver (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Weaver) at the Green Note in Camden, last night.
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Post by: Deano on February 12, 2011, 12:41:53 am
The Singing Adams (lead singer outta the Broken Family Band) + support, York Playhouse Basement, tonight.

Firstly, I've just got back.  I left  York Playhouse at 23.14, and my train departed York Station at 23.20, from platform 10 *pantpant*

The gig was good.  Pleasant support, and the headliners had a good bunch of songs.  Their first time oop north, apparently, but they were no less willing to get us all singing along than when I saw them in Dorset.  Stephen Adams has a very good voice, and the songs were PDG.  There were a couple of wig-outs where the guitarist seemed to be pushing the point a bit..

Deffo a band worth seeing.
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Post by: Gandalf on February 13, 2011, 12:45:24 pm
Last night.  I went to see a Pink Floyd tribute band ' The Floyd Effect' at The Secombe Theatre in Sutton.  They were an unknown quantity so I wasn't sure what to expect.

They performed for three hours solid apart from a 15 minute break.  Managed to fit in pretty much all the biggies including Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety in the second half.

The venue is a tad downmarket and I did chuckle to myself when they finished with Comfortably Numb, given how my botty was feeling from the rather tired seating.

Great evening's entertainment and the best £12 I have spent in a very long time.  I would definitely go again.
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Post by: andyoxon on February 13, 2011, 04:09:41 pm
August 2009...  :-\  Wembley Stadium U2 360

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Post by: Chris S on February 13, 2011, 04:16:22 pm
The Edge seems to have gone straight to the gig from redecorating his lounge  :D.
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Post by: andyoxon on February 13, 2011, 04:38:07 pm
 ;D   DIY chic...
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Post by: Hot Flatus on March 03, 2011, 10:54:14 pm
Ask me on easter monday and it will be 2manydjs.

Cant wait  :P
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Post by: Simonb on March 03, 2011, 10:57:32 pm
Other than festivals, the last one I went to was Richard Hawley at the De La Warr Pavilion -- sublime.
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Post by: andrewc on March 14, 2011, 09:36:19 pm
Courtney Pine (http://gerryco23.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/courtney-pines-europa/) in Liverpool last night... rather good  :thumbsup:
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Post by: perpetual dan on March 26, 2011, 08:29:31 pm
Alabama 3 unplugged last night with Mrs Dan. Good fun.
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Post by: Fab Foodie on March 26, 2011, 11:41:42 pm
Funeral For a Friend, O2 Birmingham, last Wednesday (It's my daughter's thing).  F'in loud, I mean really F'in loud and very very sweary... wierdly, the emo-like pierced followers were one of the 'nicest' audiences I can remember!  Or maybe they took pity on the old fat bloke at the back.
Prior to that, Paramore at the NEC.
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Post by: Morrisette on March 28, 2011, 04:16:59 pm
Levellers and the Wonderstuff at Brixton Academy last Saturday. They did Levelling the Land all the way through (that's the point of the tour, it's 20 years old  :o)

Fantastic! I've seen the Levs loads of times, never get bored  :) First band I ever went to see and still the best I reckon.
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Post by: clarion on March 28, 2011, 04:52:49 pm
...Levelling the Land ...20 years old  :o

:o :o :o

*feels old*
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Post by: GrahamG on March 29, 2011, 04:23:01 pm
So few interesting (to me) bands mean that I haven't been to a gig since going to a gig in Texas over a year ago whilst out for my friends wedding. That was a Scottish band 'We Were Promised Jetpacks'. Awesome gig as it turned out.
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Post by: IanDG on March 29, 2011, 04:38:26 pm
Saw the levellers at the Heb Celt Fest 2 years ago  :thumbsup:

Last time I saw them prior to that must have been 1993 at Wolves Civic - a roadie gave Deanne a free kids t-shirt (she was very pregnant at the time and sat the concert out in the balcony whilst I joined the mosh pit)

Levelling the Land is a classic album that still gets a lot of play at 'Chez Windy'


Last gig for me was the Wiyos  (http://www.thewiyos.com/) at An Lanntair, Stornoway, 2 weekends ago
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Post by: clarion on March 29, 2011, 04:39:59 pm
Last band I saw live was Show of Hands in Hyde Park ;D

There was a samba band on after that, with some scantily-clad young ladies dancing.  I don't know what the band were called.
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Post by: LEE on March 29, 2011, 06:01:35 pm
Monsters of Rock 1982 at Castle Donnington

Status Quo
Gillan
Saxon
Hawkwind
Uriah Heep
Anvil

My memories of the event get mixed up with "This is Spinal Tap" but my overriding memory is of trying to find my mate's Mini, parked in one of the many surrounding fields, at night, amongst about 2000 other Minis when the gig was over.

I probably went to more gigs after that but I can't remember them, my mate was a DJ on Piccadilly radio in Manchester so we got freebies to see lots of bands but I don't particularly like live gigs.
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Post by: LEE on March 29, 2011, 06:07:49 pm
The Edge seems to have gone straight to the gig from redecorating his lounge  :D.

These young people today.
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Post by: a lower gear on March 29, 2011, 09:58:14 pm
Last stand up gig: Doctor and the Medics, Swansea University Union, 1986.

Good old fashioned hippy band when they played live. I'd graduated a couple of years earlier (from another university); it seemed really strange to be back amongst immature students necking beer, me being a staid working chap by this time.

Last sit down gig (do they even count as gigs?): either Christie Moore at St.David's hall, Cardiff, or Steeleye Span at what appeared to be a boomin' big sports hall, Kiddermisnter (Maddy Prior's voice wasn't quite what it had been but you could tell it had been really good), both early 1990s.

Then children, a move to west Wales and time devoted to work, home and garden intervened... 
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Post by: ludwig on March 30, 2011, 08:27:42 am
Elbow in Cardiff. Excellent uplifting gig. They made a large venue feel incredibly intimate. Guy needs to loose some weight I feel. Adrian Jones will probably never be quite the same again.
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Post by: jezzasnr on March 30, 2011, 11:09:53 am
John Grant Exeter Phoenix, last night.
Very good, if different from most of what I've seem before.
Strongly recommend the Queen of Denmark album.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on March 30, 2011, 12:08:13 pm
Monsters of Rock 1982 at Castle Donnington

Status Quo
Gillan
Saxon
Hawkwind
Uriah Heep
Anvil

My memories of the event get mixed up with "This is Spinal Tap" but my overriding memory is of trying to find my mate's Mini, parked in one of the many surrounding fields, at night, amongst about 2000 other Minis when the gig was over.

I was at that one!  I don't think that was the year that my idiot mate Iain "The Duck" Smith failed to switch off the lights on his Mini and flattened the battery though.  Four people trying to sleep in a Mini is a Bad Thing, especially when one of them earlier fell over, hurt her knee and won't stop whimpering :(
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Post by: LEE on March 30, 2011, 12:37:06 pm
John Grant Exeter Phoenix, last night.
Very good, if different from most of what I've seem before.
Strongly recommend the Queen of Denmark album.

I'd never heard of him until I saw him on "Later with Jools".  I immediately got the album (as you may have realised if you read my signature line carefully)
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Post by: LEE on March 30, 2011, 12:42:28 pm
Monsters of Rock 1982 at Castle Donnington

Status Quo
Gillan
Saxon
Hawkwind
Uriah Heep
Anvil

My memories of the event get mixed up with "This is Spinal Tap" but my overriding memory is of trying to find my mate's Mini, parked in one of the many surrounding fields, at night, amongst about 2000 other Minis when the gig was over.

I was at that one!  I don't think that was the year that my idiot mate Iain "The Duck" Smith failed to switch off the lights on his Mini and flattened the battery though.  Four people trying to sleep in a Mini is a Bad Thing, especially when one of them earlier fell over, hurt her knee and won't stop whimpering :(

My favourite moment was when Tommy Vance appealed to the "good nature of the rock audience" to stop them throwing plastic cider bottles full of pee at some of the lesser bands. 
Five seconds later the sky went dark with plastic cider bottles full of pee aimed at Tommy Vance. 

The sound of his turntables under the barrage was a forerunner of the Hip-Hop scratching sound to follow just a few years later, ironically a sound that would consign these bands to history.
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Post by: SteveS on March 30, 2011, 12:44:24 pm
Moishe's Bagel at the Theatr Mwldan in Cardigan 25th Feb. Lots of new material, even better than last time I saw them. Recommend the new CD, 'Uncle Roland's Flying Machine'.
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Post by: rob on March 31, 2011, 09:13:52 pm
Elbow in Cardiff. Excellent uplifting gig. They made a large venue feel incredibly intimate. Guy needs to loose some weight I feel. Adrian Jones will probably never be quite the same again.

Just as good at the O2 on Monday night.   The between song banter is always entertaining.
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Post by: groucho on April 01, 2011, 02:52:32 pm
Went to see Soft Hearted Scientists at Clwb Ifor Bach, what I actually heard was Soft Hearted Scientists under a load of chatter!

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Post by: itsbruce on April 05, 2011, 01:39:23 am
Elbow in Cardiff. Excellent uplifting gig. They made a large venue feel incredibly intimate. Guy needs to loose some weight I feel. Adrian Jones will probably never be quite the same again.

Just as good at the O2 on Monday night.   The between song banter is always entertaining.

Heh, I was there too.  The banter was good, yes, although the O2 is a pretty soulless venue.
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Post by: tiermat on April 05, 2011, 06:32:25 am
Monsters of Rock 1982 at Castle Donnington

Status Quo
Gillan
Saxon
Hawkwind
Uriah Heep
Anvil

My memories of the event get mixed up with "This is Spinal Tap" but my overriding memory is of trying to find my mate's Mini, parked in one of the many surrounding fields, at night, amongst about 2000 other Minis when the gig was over.

I was at that one!  I don't think that was the year that my idiot mate Iain "The Duck" Smith failed to switch off the lights on his Mini and flattened the battery though.  Four people trying to sleep in a Mini is a Bad Thing, especially when one of them earlier fell over, hurt her knee and won't stop whimpering :(

My favourite moment was when Tommy Vance appealed to the "good nature of the rock audience" to stop them throwing plastic cider bottles full of pee at some of the lesser bands. 
Five seconds later the sky went dark with plastic cider bottles full of pee aimed at Tommy Vance. 

The sound of his turntables under the barrage was a forerunner of the Hip-Hop scratching sound to follow just a few years later, ironically a sound that would consign these bands to history.

I went to the one in (I think) '96 when Skid Row came on and were so dire that the "Flight of the Piss Bottles" started earlier than normal.  At the end of the song, urine still flying everywhere Sebastian Bach says "This is cool, I'm not sure what it means but it is so cool" What it means, sunny Jim, is that you are shit.

ETA: It was '95, not '96
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Post by: StuAff on April 05, 2011, 09:44:25 am
I went to the one in (I think) '96 when Skid Row came on and were so dire that the "Flight of the Piss Bottles" started earlier than normal.  At the end of the song, urine still flying everywhere Sebastian Bach says "This is cool, I'm not sure what it means but it is so cool" What it means, sunny Jim, is that you are shit.

ETA: It was '95, not '96

I was there too. Don't remember that, but then I'd rather not remember Skid Row! :)
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Post by: tiermat on April 05, 2011, 08:06:18 pm
I went to the one in (I think) '96 when Skid Row came on and were so dire that the "Flight of the Piss Bottles" started earlier than normal.  At the end of the song, urine still flying everywhere Sebastian Bach says "This is cool, I'm not sure what it means but it is so cool" What it means, sunny Jim, is that you are shit.

ETA: It was '95, not '96

I was there too. Don't remember that, but then I'd rather not remember Skid Row! :)

Really? I remember the rain had just stopped, SB ran on stage from the left and nearly exited right when he slipped on puddled water.

They did about 3 songs then the bottles started.  TBF I think the majority of people that were there only wanted to see them do their one "hit" (18 and life)and were pissed off that they were doing loads of other crap before playing it....
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Post by: StuAff on April 05, 2011, 10:32:25 pm
I went to the one in (I think) '96 when Skid Row came on and were so dire that the "Flight of the Piss Bottles" started earlier than normal.  At the end of the song, urine still flying everywhere Sebastian Bach says "This is cool, I'm not sure what it means but it is so cool" What it means, sunny Jim, is that you are shit.

ETA: It was '95, not '96

I was there too. Don't remember that, but then I'd rather not remember Skid Row! :)

Really? I remember the rain had just stopped, SB ran on stage from the left and nearly exited right when he slipped on puddled water.

They did about 3 songs then the bottles started.  TBF I think the majority of people that were there only wanted to see them do their one "hit" (18 and life)and were pissed off that they were doing loads of other crap before playing it....

Yup, that would have been one of the 'pay as little attention as possible to whoever's on stage' bits for me..
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Post by: Mr Larrington on April 15, 2011, 10:16:55 am
Little Miss Higgins at the Green Note in Camden last night.  The lady's singing is spine-tingling, the guitar playing of both LMH and partner Foy Taylor was very special, the between-song banter was funny as a funny thing and the venue even has waitress service so you don't miss anything by going to the bar for more BEER.  Also, Foy's hat is way cool.
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Post by: jogler on April 15, 2011, 11:00:37 am
my earlier post is wrong.
mrs. jogler has reminded me that we saw Marc Bolan at The Regent Theartre in Hanley not long before  his fatal rta
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 20, 2011, 10:48:30 am
Explosions In The Sky at the Roundhouse last night.

Awesome :thumbsup:
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Post by: Deano on May 20, 2011, 12:06:39 pm
Git.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 20, 2011, 01:38:05 pm
If it's any consolation my feet still hurt from too much standing up for a man of my dimensions and age...

Edit:  Apparently they're back in Blighty in January.  Only gig announced thus far is Jan 27th at the Brixton Academy.
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Post by: Arellcat on May 22, 2011, 05:30:51 pm
Rush, in the Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, on their Time Machine tour.  The stage design was excellent and typically goofy, and Alex's backline in particular was beautifully executed.  The new video shorts for the big screen were hilarious; I had purposely stayed away from that YouTube and the forums, to keep it all a surprise.  :)

The mix in the first half was a wee bit mushy but seemed better after the interval.  I think there was just one wrong note played in the whole performance, and one pedal note that stuck on for longer than it should've.  But then, this is Rush and one naturally expects absolute perfection.  And they jolly well delivered near perfection.

Good crowd too.  I spent the evening next to two overenthusiastic guys from Dublin who somehow managed to make their beer last the entire first half.  I think by the end of the show they'd also lost their voices from shouting "Rush!!  F*** yeah!!  Wooo!!" and so on.
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Post by: starkj73 on May 22, 2011, 05:38:55 pm

Alabama 3, Newcastle. A long time ago, a bit too loud. A very diverse audience, some of them may well have been nice people.


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Post by: Flying_Monkey on May 23, 2011, 12:54:04 am

Alabama 3, Newcastle. A long time ago, a bit too loud. A very diverse audience, some of them may well have been nice people.

One of them was probably me!
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Post by: Aidan on June 07, 2011, 09:21:58 pm
Martin Taylor at the Ropery in Barton.

Extremely good jazz guitarist  in a small intimate setting. A great night
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Post by: matthew on June 08, 2011, 12:01:51 am
Chris Wood at the Forum in Basingstoke, can't sit more than 120 people and he could have coped without the mic!

A great folk song writer in the traditional line and a decent guitarist with it. Songs like "Hollow Point" need no introduction, but the back story to "Two Widows Walking" adds lots to the song.
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Post by: Aidan on June 26, 2011, 09:40:55 am
BB King at Manchester Apollo last night.

Absolutely fantastic. The man is a true legend.

And none of the shirt selection from Glastonbury either, the whole band were dressed in dinner jackets and black tie.



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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on June 26, 2011, 11:20:17 am
Take That on Thursday. Amazing.
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Post by: clarion on June 26, 2011, 09:56:55 pm
BB King at Manchester Apollo last night.

Absolutely fantastic. The man is a true legend.

And none of the shirt selection from Glastonbury either, the whole band were dressed in dinner jackets and black tie.





I have mentioned before that, of all the greats I worked with, it is only BB King who I asked for an autograph.  He seemed so frail then (though not especially old, but having had an intense life) that I couldn't believe he would ever be able to tour again.

That was c.1985.  And here he is, still on the road, and still making mesmerising music, in his late eighties.
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Post by: Aidan on June 26, 2011, 10:06:30 pm
BB King at Manchester Apollo last night.

Absolutely fantastic. The man is a true legend.

And none of the shirt selection from Glastonbury either, the whole band were dressed in dinner jackets and black tie.





I have mentioned before that, of all the greats I worked with, it is only BB King who I asked for an autograph.  He seemed so frail then (though not especially old, but having had an intense life) that I couldn't believe he would ever be able to tour again.

That was c.1985.  And here he is, still on the road, and still making mesmerising music, in his late eighties.

Absolutely. And according to the Tshirt I bought :thumbsup: this years tour has nearly 50 dates.  He ain't slowing down much!
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Post by: Jimbob on June 29, 2011, 11:17:27 pm
Roger Waters The Wall last night at the MEN arena, Manchester.

Absolutely incredible!   :)
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on July 01, 2011, 10:53:27 am
Hayseed Dixie, last night in Putney.

Tremendous fun, can't say I really warmed to the few studio recorded tracks I have heard by them but they were an awful lot of fun live  :thumbsup:
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Post by: tiermat on July 04, 2011, 11:58:41 am
2 weeks ago it was Kings Of Leon @ LCCC, last night was Foo fighters @ MK Bowl.

Two completely different gigs.  It just goes to show how much going to a music venue can improve the concert going experience, as opposed to just going to a venue that hosts music.

Biffy Clyro were brilliant as a support (even if he did forget the words to 100 holes), the Foos rocked the place and seeing both Bob Mould AND Sea Sick Steve as guests just topped the night off.  Oh and some old giffer from a '70's rock band played too :)
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Post by: marcusjb on July 04, 2011, 06:10:32 pm
Pulp last night at Hyde Park.

Supports were not that great (though I missed Metronomy and The Horrors) and Grace Jones really needs to put it away now - a 63 year old in a leotard pole-dancing isn't a brilliant spectacle!  Though she does have a good back catalogue to work with.

Little Unwind tent was very good - especially Cut Copy.

The main event - Pulp.  I will admit, I am not the biggest fan ever - however, Cass is - so it was more for her.  I've seen them live a few times (I lived in Sheffield in the 90s, it was hard not to!).

Jarvis Cocker is one of those men that straight men adore/worship in a very strange way (Morrissey being another) - seeing pissed up lads screaming 'Jarvis, Jarvis, we love you' etc. was amusing.

He certainly still has that stage presence - all the climbing about, hip wiggling and little poses are still there.

Overall, the band didn't really look like they were having fun (I can't remember whether they ever did!) - but Jarvis seemed to be enjoying it.

Started with Do You Remember The First Time and then, basically, didn't put a foot wrong - all the classic stuff, Disco 2000, Babies, Sorted for Es and Wizz etc. - This Is Hardcore was excellent.  Encore was Common People (naturally) with lots of confetti and stuff - was great.

Sound was pretty awful (even for these sort of outdoor events) - lights were all very nice.

Met with whole crowds of Sheffield mates (most of whom do now live in London though!) - it was all good.

Almost made me feel young again!
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Post by: TimO on July 04, 2011, 07:09:30 pm
Show of Hands (http://www.showofhands.co.uk/) at Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens (http://www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/gardens/index.htm) on Saturday.

Luckily I never have to pay for a ticket to their events, on the basis that my father makes about 90%+ of their instruments!

It was a quite good gig, with some good, and some indifferent support acts, as you always get with Folk stuff.  No one actually bad though. ;D
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 04, 2011, 08:44:23 pm
Kings Of Leon last Sunday at Murrayfield.
They weren't very exciting, the sound wasn't that great, we could see sod all and we were surrounded by completely pissed up yoof who'd been drinking since 1.30pm.
We left early and went to the pub instead.
We are officially too old for stadium rawk.  :-[
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Post by: tiermat on July 05, 2011, 09:40:32 am
Kings Of Leon last Sunday at Murrayfield.
They weren't very exciting, the sound wasn't that great, we could see sod all and we were surrounded by completely pissed up yoof who'd been drinking since 1.30pm.
We left early and went to the pub instead.
We are officially too old for stadium rawk.  :-[

See my comments above, KoL have really gone off the boil, to me anyway.  Add to that the pissed yoof element (we had a similar experience @ LCCC) and it stops being fun, unlike when we went to MKB on Sunday.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Gus on July 13, 2011, 04:33:59 pm

Grinderman last night in Copenhagen. 1200 people packed into a small  room and Nick Cave doing
what he does best; entertain.
It was awesome, Grinderman live are far better than I hoped and dreamed about.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Tim on July 21, 2011, 10:14:40 am
Scissor Sisters last night.

If the TdF is currently going slower due to a reduction in chemical assistance I think that any glut in the supply may be in use by Jake Shears - surely it must require Dr Ferrari's magic Astana beans to keep going at that rate.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: PeteB99 on July 27, 2011, 11:36:45 am
Folk by the oak on Sunday at Hatfield house

A decent lineup in pleasant surroundings - Show of Hands being the standout act
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Post by: IanDG on July 27, 2011, 11:41:32 am
KT Tunstall at the HebCeltFest, a week last Saturday
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Post by: tiermat on July 27, 2011, 11:49:59 am
Managed to catch (in between kids activities), in no particular order:
Hope and Social
My Forever
The Go! Team
Laki Mari (sp?)
The Tigers That Talked
and a couple of others, all at Deershed.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on October 29, 2011, 09:38:28 pm
I got taken to see this lot

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOdGkWD9VzA

by LindaG and Crusty, at The Cluny 2.  Which meant that I got to spot the Transporter bridge silhouette on the way there, and got to walk over the millenium bridge and admire the rest of the bridges at night (twice).  And the band were absolutely fabulous too.

Top stuff.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: pcolbeck on November 06, 2011, 12:10:55 pm
Took Pcolbeck Junior and his mate to see Rise Against last night at Manchester Arena. Very good at what they do ie political thrash / punk / emo type stuff but not my cup of tea and I wandered off to sit in the bar half way through. First support band Polar Bear Club were awful I though but the boys said they liked them.
But my night was made by the second support act (which wasn't billed when we got the tickets so a nice surprise for me) it was Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine fame with his new band The Night Watchmen.
Absolutely brilliant hard rock American folk crossover with ace soloing (as you would expect from Mr Morello). The boys really like it as well. So good I bough the CD at the concession stall.  He played them somewhat heavier than they are on the CD to go with the sort of the stuff the rest of the bands were playing. Ranged from this:

It Begins Tonight (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GatloTilSIs&feature=related)

To this

The Dogs of Tijuana (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnMDVrY_gzA&feature=related)

With Springsteen's the Ghost off Tom Joad slung in for good measure.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: tiermat on November 06, 2011, 01:34:23 pm
You lucky lucky man pcolbeck, I remember seeing something on TV about Mr Morello and his poetry.  Seemed to be in the same vein as Henry Rollins, but maybe with a bit less angst.
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Post by: Karla on November 06, 2011, 01:42:53 pm
Very very nice :)
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Post by: pcolbeck on November 06, 2011, 04:18:30 pm
Seemed to be in the same vein as Henry Rollins, but maybe with a bit less angst.

And with better tunes :)

When I got home Later was on and My Morning Jacket were on, "Holding on to Black Meta"l was epic. A rocktastic evening all round.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Redlight on November 06, 2011, 08:21:59 pm
Roy Harper's 70th birthday at the Royal Festival Hall - see the (Hats off to) Harper thread/

Magnificent!
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Post by: Palinurus on November 07, 2011, 07:13:59 pm
Chik Budo at the vortex last week.
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Post by: Rhys W on November 07, 2011, 09:07:53 pm
I got taken to see this lot...
by LindaG and Crusty, at The Cluny 2.  Which meant that I got to spot the Transporter bridge silhouette on the way there, and got to walk over the millenium bridge and admire the rest of the bridges at night (twice).  And the band were absolutely fabulous too.

Top stuff.

That's Steven Adams from the criminally underrated Broken Family Band. I'm not surprised they were good.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: andrewc on November 14, 2011, 10:24:44 pm
The Portico Quartet at the Capstone in Liverpool last night.  Rather good... :thumbsup:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1D3fdeUE8XM&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1D3fdeUE8XM&feature=related)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7prKXfvWD3w&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7prKXfvWD3w&feature=related)

Wednesday it's off to That Manchester to see Abdullah Ibrahim at RNCM

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Post by: andrewc on November 26, 2011, 10:53:17 pm
Just back from a fantastic 2 hours listening to some very talented musicians led by Anoushka Shankar.  Wonderful stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23zGI-rnGxk&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23zGI-rnGxk&feature=related)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spRQ_IunF9g (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spRQ_IunF9g)
Title: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: andrewc on December 02, 2011, 08:38:47 pm
Currently in the interval of a wonderful Beethoven recital by Joanna MacGregor.
Title: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: andrewc on December 02, 2011, 10:30:08 pm

Now it's the Rioters Dixie Jazz band in the Caledonia. What a name for a Liverpool band... :-)
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Post by: onb on December 04, 2011, 02:56:43 pm
We went to see Bill Bailey a couple of weeks ago   ;D ;D ;D
Went to see Show of Hands on Thurs
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Post by: itsbruce on December 04, 2011, 04:52:05 pm
Rikki Fredo and the Fucktones (http://www.flickr.com/photos/itsbruce/sets/72157628246525899/) on 2nd December at the Grosvenor pub in Brixton.  They do regular gigs in support of the LCEF (http://lcef.wordpress.com/).  I still have the hangover.
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Post by: marcusjb on December 04, 2011, 06:43:35 pm
Plastikman on Friday night. Having been a major influence on my life I knew I couldn't miss this.

As a technical acheivement, it was a glimpse of what shows in the future might be. He appears inside a cage made of a video led wall tha you can see through to see him, but then the video images sort of float in mid air in front of him. Quite a unique sight.

Then there was the synk app on your phone. Not only did he send us updates whilst he was preparing to do the show, once it started, the app would buzz and thngs would happen, sometimes the graphics benign sown on the video wall would augment with the phone, sometimes video feed from inside his cage. Other times, they'd be words on the phone screen and the server would detect the word that the most people are pressing that second and that word would then be played in the music, it was all weird, but just goes to show what is possible.

Musically, it was incredible. He is a man who has developed from just running a couple of 909s and 303s to everything being controlled from a couple of iPads. Totally on top of his game.

The last act was to step out in front of the cage and get back to basics with a couple of boxes and a mixer for a pretty brutal rendition of Spastik.

Hard, relentless, minimal, Detroit techno. Doesn't get much better.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CAMRAMan on January 31, 2012, 10:37:04 am
Half Man Half Biscuit at the Robin2 in Bilston. Very good, but not great. After the Dean Friedman appearance at the same venue in 9/10, I'm getting a little picky.

NB57 was on good form & playing acoustic. The old favourites were churned out and went down well. Some off the new album were played. As I had trouble shoehorning people out of The Trumpet, we missed Joy in Leeuwarden - one of my favourite tracks off 90 Bisodol. A good time was had by all, but The Olde White Rose in Bilston let us down pre-gig by only having one person behind the bar to cater for the dozens of punters I'd pointed to the place. No cover song played in the encore.

30 songs of joy & madness for £16. Bargain!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 31, 2012, 10:44:43 am
Explosions In The Sky, Brixton Academy, last Friday.  Well up to snuff, now appear to have turned into a five-piece.  Sadly Christina was feeling too unwell even to make it through support act Lanterns On The Lake and went home early chiz.  Double chiz at it was her birthday present >:(
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Post by: LindaG on February 19, 2012, 10:31:51 pm
Some folk fiddler.  As part of my midlife crisis I'm trying lots of new stuff - including this, with two friends.

My god I thought it would never end.

And the three of us were so polite we clapped for ages at the end - so he did an encore  :facepalm:

I just wish crusty had gone so he could have blogged about it.  Me and my mate Helen couldn't look at each other, without snorting with laughter.

But we all laughed so much about it on the way home we were in tears.  So not a total dead loss.

But £15 for that!

No doubt it was a virtuoso performance, but totally wasted on us lot.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: matthew on February 19, 2012, 10:41:48 pm
went to see Matilda at the Cambridge theatre yesterday for a family christmas present.

A fabulous show, Tim Minchin has held to a lot of the plot and set pieces which kept the children in audience entertained whilst adding to some of the characterisations  a level of humour that kept the adults laughing.

Matilda rightly stars but the supporting roles of Miss Honey, Trunchball, and the Wormwoods all help. The costume for Trunchball is obviously inspired by the Quintin Blake illustrations.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Valiant on February 25, 2012, 03:05:12 am
Skrillex at Koko

It was fab, sound and light were great :) It's the first time I was there from soundcheck to performance.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: nicknack on February 25, 2012, 09:46:34 am
Lonnie Donegan Jnr.

Yes, really.

Performing his old man's stuff.

Brilliant.

And I knew far too many of the words.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Peter on February 25, 2012, 10:28:25 am
Nicknack, I love Lonnie Donegan, too and will be doing several of his songs in the pub tonight.  Do you like Joe Brown?  He does a really good show and is on tour at the moment.  I'm hoping to catch him in Halifax in March.
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Post by: jogler on February 25, 2012, 10:36:40 am
Lonnie Donegan & Joe Brown :thumbsup:

am I really that old? ::-)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Peter on February 25, 2012, 10:40:17 am
Probably not, but I am, Al!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: nicknack on February 25, 2012, 11:10:05 am
Nicknack, I love Lonnie Donegan, too and will be doing several of his songs in the pub tonight.  Do you like Joe Brown?  He does a really good show and is on tour at the moment.  I'm hoping to catch him in Halifax in March.

TBH it's not really my thing at all (ie. not prog, jazz, etc.). However, there was a big enough element of nostalgia (I'm just about old enough to remember a fair amount of it) and it's always a pleasure to see good musicians at work. I wouldn't mind playing some of that stuff - I'm sure I could think of a way of stuffing a tenor sax solo into it - and I wouldn't mind seeing Mr Brown (or his loverly daughter, for that matter) but I don't suppose I'll get round to it.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: PeteB99 on February 25, 2012, 12:18:16 pm
Seen Joe Brown a couple of times at festivals. Always good value.

Even if you don't particularly like the style of music after 50 years in the business a guy like that knows pretty much everything there is to know about keeping an audience entertained.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Tim Hall on February 27, 2012, 01:23:08 pm
The Green Rock River Band, in a dingy railway arch in Horley.

Quote

We're a London based lively folk / bluegrass band, with dollops of doom based country, fiddles, mandolins, nasty songs of death, poor parenting skills, cuckoos and electric geese
 

What's not to like? And I danced with someone I was at school with. Last time I  danced with her it was in Country Dancing lessons back in 1971.

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Post by: LindaG on February 28, 2012, 01:00:56 pm
The Green Rock River Band, in a dingy railway arch in Horley.

Quote

We're a London based lively folk / bluegrass band, with dollops of doom based country, fiddles, mandolins, nasty songs of death, poor parenting skills, cuckoos and electric geese
 

What's not to like? And I danced with someone I was at school with. Last time I  danced with her it was in Country Dancing lessons back in 1971.

Why, they are rather fun, aren't they?   :D
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: henshaw11 on February 28, 2012, 01:13:27 pm
Rammstein, at the London O2 last friday. The sound was actually quite decent (for a change), I had a reasonable view of the stage in floor standing, and was about 10 ft from the riser platform nearer the centre of the floor where the band made their entrance, and later returned to for one song and some crowd-wetting..
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: StuAff on February 28, 2012, 10:14:32 pm
Rammstein, at the London O2 last friday. The sound was actually quite decent (for a change), I had a reasonable view of the stage in floor standing, and was about 10 ft from the riser platform nearer the centre of the floor where the band made their entrance, and later returned to for one song and some crowd-wetting..

I was there too- right hand side of the riser, stayed there all night. The spray was 'refreshing' :)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: andrewc on March 02, 2012, 07:09:32 pm
Terry Seabrook's Milestones at the Capstone Theatre in Liverpool.  Rather good..

A review (not mine) here http://gerryco23.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/a-different-kind-of-blue/ (http://gerryco23.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/a-different-kind-of-blue/)
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Post by: ludwig on March 06, 2012, 05:22:42 am
Laura Marling in Bristol. She's wonderful. She can have my babies if she likes
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: TimC on May 31, 2012, 08:59:03 am
Went to see Gary Numan in Cambridge last night. I was slightly sceptical - he's done nothing notable for years and I wasn't sure I needed to see a mirror image of myself (50's, bit out of shape, sagging etc) made up like a teenager and singing stuff from prehistory.

Well, it was bloody great! Gary worked himself and the audience like a Trojan, and his band was über-tight. The songs kept coming, with only one or two that were perhaps a bit weak. The light show and video background were superbly done, and the inevitable '80s encore was outstanding. Gary and his band really enjoyed themselves, and so did we.

Recommended!
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Post by: Tim Hall on May 31, 2012, 11:13:16 pm
Just back from seeing Andy Twyman (http://andytwyman.com/) in a low dive coffee bar in East Grinstead. One man band blues, with a bit of gob iron and one string diddly bow. Oh yes. And I bought a CD.
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Post by: perpetual dan on June 02, 2012, 04:15:09 pm
The Heritage Orchestra and Scanner doing "Live Transmission", which was more inspired by Joy Division than remake of, which was a good way to go - and a great nearly in the round with projections stage setup.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: LindaG on June 03, 2012, 03:45:49 pm
Not a gig, exactly, but there were some drum-and-pipers busking in Glasgow yesterday and they were goooood.   Wish I'd bought the CD but the panniers were full.  Dressed up like extras from the first bit of Highlander they were, all leather jerkins and ponytails and kilts.  A good look.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Illegal Combat Ant on June 03, 2012, 05:19:51 pm
Bob Mould and friends playing 'Copper Blue' in its entirety with nary a pause (except for 1,2,3,4 ...) at the Shepherds Bush Empire on Friday night. Loud, hot and rocking.
They went on to play some new stuff due for release in the autumn and some Husker Dü faves. Great night out.

 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg7VzWWxHVs)
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on June 04, 2012, 02:43:30 pm
Coldplay at The Emirates on Saturday evening.

I know a lot of folk run them down but they sure as hell put on a great live show. I was up in the gods so unaware of the ongoing weather until Chris did an impromptu chorus of 'Singing in the rain'. Apparently it pissed down for most of their set but they didn't bat an eyelid.

Supported by Rita Ora (not my scene but OK) and Robyn who was great.

The only downside was the chaos in getting home. The tube was a mare to get onto. I guess upwards of 60,000 gig goers all need the train whereas a full stadium of footy fans dispersed slower.
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Post by: jezzasnr on June 04, 2012, 05:04:15 pm
Dot to Dot fedtival(?) on Saturday in Bristol.
Fantastic event, lots of great bands & a nice relaxed atmosphere.
Stand outs were Beth Jeans Houghton, Lucy Rose & Friends. Already pencilled it in for next year.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on June 05, 2012, 09:51:22 pm
This
http://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/shows/takeover_disobedience.php#.T85uRMV90mT
on the recommendation of that Deano, who said he would hate me if I went.  Consider it revenge. 

To say it was a recommendation from a man who claims to have buried his sense of whimsy along with his inner child in a shallow grave at the bottom of the garden I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from a set of AA Milne's poetry set to music.  In the event, utterly splendid, with a tiny audience of scarcely more than 30 in the Theatre Royal studio space.  He opened with Halfway Down http://christt.bandcamp.com/track/halfway-down - a celebration of liminal space that greatly endeared him to me. There was audience participation.  And a couple of non-AA Milne tracks in the middle that made me snort most unattractively with laughter featuring hedgehogs and road-building jobsworths and giraffes being exhorted to stick their necks out.  And a broken string in the encore, but it really didn't matter.  A very pleasant way to spend an hour or so.  And I took a photograph.
(http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/282277_10150928472286839_79775094_n.jpg)
He seemed moderately entertained by being vengeance for Nepali bridges.

He has some other dates coming up - some of 'em free.  http://christt.com/live/

Highly recommended :)
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Post by: Deano on June 06, 2012, 04:32:12 am
He is very good. And you shouldn't believe everything you read on the Internet.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on June 06, 2012, 08:22:58 am
It was grand.  Thanks for the the tip :)
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Post by: bobb on June 30, 2012, 10:35:19 pm
Myself and токамак went to see Clive Carroll this evening. He is one of the best guitarists I have ever seen. Check him out on youtube if you are unaware of his work....
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: StuAff on July 02, 2012, 12:00:00 pm
Garbage at Brixton Academy last night. Splendid form from Shirley and the boys.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Illegal Combat Ant on July 02, 2012, 02:07:33 pm
Cornbury Festival. On stage with Elvis Costello. Looking down on the Chipping Norton set. Mrs Ant had already told Cameron he was a fucking wanker to his face.

His intro to Tramp the dirt down is classic.

"You never know who you're going to run into here, and if I ran into him I'd drive a stake right through his fucking heart."

Sorry my vid is a bit iffy, but it was covert. You can hear him clearly enough though.

 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z8Uns_ocgQ&feature=youtu.be)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Valiant on July 05, 2012, 05:44:33 am
Went to see the Hilltop Hoods at the Electric Ballroom yesterday. Amazing performance and sounded generally good apart from the slight monitor feedback issues.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Blodwyn Pig on July 06, 2012, 09:52:31 am
It WILL be the Wickham Folk Festivle, where our gothic morris side will be performing, along with jools Holland, and the Levellers. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on July 22, 2012, 12:16:18 am
Went to see Madonna at Murrayfield tonight.

The support was awful - some DJ called Alesso doing his DJ thang to terrible electronic music, the sort of thing I hate with a fiery passion.

Madonna was half an hour late starting. One of the people I went with had downloaded a set list from the internet, and we were somewhat apprehensive because the vast majority of it was stuff from the new album. The set list said the oldies would be Papa Don't Preach, Hung Up, Open Your Heart, Express Yourself, Vogue, Like a Virgin and Like a Prayer, and I love all of those except Open Your Heart, so I thought it would be ok.

The first 20 minutes was stuff off the new album and it was really bad. It's all very dancey, in the sense it's that pounding electronic stuff with a thumping bass and horrible high frequency stuff on top that makes me feel sick. The songs were crap and her voice was vocodered to fuck. The dancing was excellent, which is probably why she was using the vocoder. The stage production was all monks and mediaeval religious imagery and incense censures and crosses, then there were a lot of guns, and a lot of shooting and blood and splattery brains and things. I hated that, absolutely hated it. Call me old-fashioned, but on a Saturday night, I don't want to hear vocodered Madonna singing "I shot my lover in the head and now my lover is dead" over and over and over while the big screen shows splattery blood. It was like being in somebody else's nightmare.

Things picked up for a few minutes when she did about a quarter of Papa Don't Preach (but not all of it) and then Hung Up, which is only really any good because of the stolen Abba riff. More unpleasant electronic stuff, a lovely slowed down version of Open Your Heart, way better than the original. Express Yourself all mixed up with Born This Way was great, cheerleader outfits, bright, fun, cheery dancing tin soldier costumes, everything cheerful and fun for the first time all night. More dirgey electronic stuff, then Vogue was good. They were way behind time by then so they cut three songs from the set, unfortunately cutting Like a Virgin and leaving in a load more dirgey stuff, then a stonking version of Like a Prayer (that's always been my favourite Madonna song) and then some crap to finish with.

It was really really disappointing, especially because the good bits were so good that you could see how good it all could have been. If they'd cut some of the new album and kept in Like a Virgin people might have thought they'd got their money's worth, but really, £77 for four and a half good songs is a bit much. People in the seats didn't even get out of their seats to dance for the first four songs. Folk were leaving in droves all the way through, most people were just sitting with their arms folded through most of it, and the whole place only came alive for the old songs. Oh, and she mooned us. I paid £77 to be mooned by Madonna.

And what really pisses me off is if I hadn't gone to see Madonna, I could have afforded to get a ticket for George Michael's rescheduled Symphonica tour that I want to see more than anything. Bah.
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Post by: Valiant on July 22, 2012, 04:59:38 am
I did Eyeless In Gaza tonight at the Swiss Church. Small gig with only 65 people but it was enjoyable. That place is a nightmare for anything other than unplugged acoustic gigs.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: tiermat on July 23, 2012, 11:21:11 am
Deershed @ the weekend.

For once it was more about arts and crafts thaan the bands, but I did get to see a grand total of three bands...

The Janice Graham Band - BRILLIANT! An odd cross between The Specials and Happy Mondays, check them out, you won't be wasting your time.  http://janicegrahamband.com/

Saint Etienne - Outstanding, I had waited nearly 15 years to see these guys play live, and they didn't disappoint, even with the technical difficulties they had.

Cherry Ghost - the weekend closers and, to be honest, not my cup of tea.  Musically they are excellent, but they could do with just cheering the fuck up.  Miserable feckers.
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Post by: Deano on July 23, 2012, 11:24:35 am
Mancs are never happy in Yorkshire, innit.
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Post by: PaulR on July 23, 2012, 11:26:03 am
Saturday night: Mariza and Buika, Penguin Cafe (with Fyfe Dangerfield from them Guiilemots) in the courtyard of Somerset House.  Unremarkable, pleasant.
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Post by: tiermat on July 23, 2012, 11:30:29 am
Mancs are never happy in Yorkshire, innit.

Janice Graham Band are from Manc, and they seemed happy enough!
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Post by: Deano on July 23, 2012, 11:31:49 am
Shoots my theory right out the water.
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Post by: Illegal Combat Ant on July 30, 2012, 01:20:25 am
Just got back in from seeing Robert Plant Presents the Sensational Space Shifters from stage side at WOMAD. They were really, really good.
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on July 30, 2012, 04:07:11 pm
Springsteen, a couple of weeks back in Hyde Park.  After Macca at the Olympic Opening Ceremony I have kind of got over them pulling the plug on the end.  It might have saved me from yet another rendition of Hey Jude.
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Post by: LindaG on August 06, 2012, 12:13:58 am
James, tonight as the finale act at Stockton International Riverside Festival. It's 25 years since my student friends were all going to see them while I was busy having babies. This time it was my turn. All the energy was still there, great songs, marvellous trumpet and I was there with the kind of mate who I was never lucky enough to have back in the day. I had a really good time and the only criticism is that the set was too short due to council regs and they didn't do Sit Down.

They did Laid instead  :smug:
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on September 25, 2012, 10:32:08 am
George Michael, Symphonica, at the SECC last night. His voice is back to perfect. And he did A Different Corner. I nearly cried.  :-[  :D
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Post by: Valiant on October 24, 2012, 04:35:34 am
Went to see Newton Faulkner on Monday for Lyns birthday at Sheperds Bush Empire. It was a great gig, the sound was off at first but it was soon corrected though not fantastic and the subs where set to dubstep levels. But apart from that, it was a great performance!
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Post by: CrinklyLion on October 28, 2012, 08:38:43 pm
Euros Childs (and support, who mostly turned into the band) at Westgarth Social Club.  Good stuff.
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Post by: Valiant on October 29, 2012, 04:28:38 am
I got to see Simian Mobile Disco last night as part of my job. Was very good.
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on October 29, 2012, 01:03:34 pm
Muse at the O2 on Friday.

I do like em :thumbsup:
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Post by: Jacomus on October 29, 2012, 02:32:58 pm
Lacuna Coil, supported by This Is She, at Koko in Mornington Crescent.

Absolutely amazing performances from both bands. Lacuna Coil were playing the final UK gig of their 15 year anniversary tour and were mindblowingly good.

Also, credit to the sound crew, who were either too new to the business to have lost their hearing, or very dedicated, very skilled or very lucky. Or some combination of all of those. Lacuna Coil have what must be a difficult sound to set up which combines very, very deep bass, two highly distorted guitars, an operatic-style female singer and a metal-screaming male singer.

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Post by: Fohat on October 29, 2012, 02:42:37 pm
Acid Mothers Temple at Corsica studios, Elephant & Castle, last Monday. Marvellous.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on October 29, 2012, 07:07:49 pm
We went to see Public Service Broadcasting last Thursday at The Lemon Tree.
They were very good :)

Also, we were not the oldest by quite a long way, which was nice.
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Post by: Valiant on October 30, 2012, 12:50:12 am
Lacuna Coil, supported by This Is She, at Koko in Mornington Crescent.

Absolutely amazing performances from both bands. Lacuna Coil were playing the final UK gig of their 15 year anniversary tour and were mindblowingly good.

Also, credit to the sound crew, who were either too new to the business to have lost their hearing, or very dedicated, very skilled or very lucky. Or some combination of all of those. Lacuna Coil have what must be a difficult sound to set up which combines very, very deep bass, two highly distorted guitars, an operatic-style female singer and a metal-screaming male singer.

If it was Art, he has very good hearing, work with him a lot :) Very skilled and dedicated :) Sometimes likes things a bit too loud though. I reckon he forgets that sometimes he has fucking good ear plugs in with a bit too much attenuation lol.
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Post by: plug on November 02, 2012, 09:49:53 am
Chumbawamba's final (UK) gig at Leeds City Varieties.  A brilliant show in a fantastic, intimate, old-time music hall venue by the masters of political anarcho-folk.  Shame we won't see them again  :'(
All that's left is the release of a CD delayed until the day Maggie dies  :)
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Post by: Jacomus on November 02, 2012, 10:16:53 am
Lacuna Coil, supported by This Is She, at Koko in Mornington Crescent.

Absolutely amazing performances from both bands. Lacuna Coil were playing the final UK gig of their 15 year anniversary tour and were mindblowingly good.

Also, credit to the sound crew, who were either too new to the business to have lost their hearing, or very dedicated, very skilled or very lucky. Or some combination of all of those. Lacuna Coil have what must be a difficult sound to set up which combines very, very deep bass, two highly distorted guitars, an operatic-style female singer and a metal-screaming male singer.

If it was Art, he has very good hearing, work with him a lot :) Very skilled and dedicated :) Sometimes likes things a bit too loud though. I reckon he forgets that sometimes he has fucking good ear plugs in with a bit too much attenuation lol.

Ah, well in that case, please pass on my commendations for setting up the best sound I have heard at a gig in so long that I couldn't actually tell you when I last heard something so well done.

I was wearing EA20s which, now that I read that lubricating them for insertion reduces their effectiveness, are brilliant earplugs.
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Post by: LindaG on November 02, 2012, 11:06:06 pm
Saint Saviour, tonight at the Georgian Theatre in Stockton.  I'd only ever seen her do a Joy Division cover as part of the film 'Sound It Out'.

There was a bit of Bjork in there, a LOT of Kate Bush, a bit trancey, a bit techno; but that girl can dance.  Balletic, robotic movements that reminded me of Hazel O'Connor in Breaking Glass.

A great night.  I shall listen to her much more now.

She's from Stockton.  Go northern lasses.

Oh, and the cellist was bloody hot.  Yep.  I said cellist.
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Post by: Valiant on November 03, 2012, 03:39:54 am
Lacuna Coil, supported by This Is She, at Koko in Mornington Crescent.

Absolutely amazing performances from both bands. Lacuna Coil were playing the final UK gig of their 15 year anniversary tour and were mindblowingly good.

Also, credit to the sound crew, who were either too new to the business to have lost their hearing, or very dedicated, very skilled or very lucky. Or some combination of all of those. Lacuna Coil have what must be a difficult sound to set up which combines very, very deep bass, two highly distorted guitars, an operatic-style female singer and a metal-screaming male singer.

If it was Art, he has very good hearing, work with him a lot :) Very skilled and dedicated :) Sometimes likes things a bit too loud though. I reckon he forgets that sometimes he has fucking good ear plugs in with a bit too much attenuation lol.

Ah, well in that case, please pass on my commendations for setting up the best sound I have heard at a gig in so long that I couldn't actually tell you when I last heard something so well done.

I was wearing EA20s which, now that I read that lubricating them for insertion reduces their effectiveness, are brilliant earplugs.
On a side note I may end up being in house engineer for koko
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Post by: Aidan on November 04, 2012, 11:35:28 pm
Jack White, tonight at the Spa in Brid. 2 hours of how guitar music should be done. Bloody fantastic. Awesome doesn't cover it!
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Post by: CrinklyLion on November 05, 2012, 11:31:15 pm
Christy Moore at York Barbican, my very early birthday present to myself.

It's quite nice to go and see someone who you've quite like for the best part of 20 years and not be disappointed :)  Witty and engaging and a voice that sounds like being wrapped up in a great big warm blanket in front of a roaring fire and getting fed non stop chocolate.  With a bonus accent that always gives me Charlotte-esque *little moments*

He opened with The City of Chicago, which I love.  And did Viva la Quinta Brigada, another of my favourites, because someone in the audience had emailed and rung and written to ask for it as a 50th birthday present for his mam.  And took completely random requests from the audience in remarkably good cheer, altho he did eventually tell someone to feck off.  And did Ride On, which is the song that is the reason that I first encountered his music 20 years ago, and sort of responsible for two previous boyfriends happening.  And Lisdoonvarna in the encore, which I think might be The Law but I enjoyed greatly anyway.

It's still a shit venue, and we probably lowered the average age of those attending somewhat, but it kind of didn't matter.  Good stuff :D
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Post by: CAMRAMan on November 06, 2012, 11:01:42 am
I saw (surprise, surprise!) Half Man Half Biscuit at the Komedia in Bath. The build up to the gig was excellent as the Lyrics Project people had supplied me with some excellent (& 1 crap) pub recommendations. It's been a while since I sat down & had fish & chips, but very nice it was too.

The gig opened with 27 Yards of Dental Floss, a great track I'd not heard them do live before. What followed was an excellent tight set - well as tight as HMHB gigs get. Plenty of interaction with the audience - including Nigel spotting my Barnstonewoth United top my mate was wearing and quoting the whole team line up mid-gig. My Primark FM shirt got a mention in despatches too. No Harry Quinn, but I won the Garage People Pringles sweepstake with £1.89. A penny out.

A slow walk back to the Travelodge after a brilliant night out, hopefully to be repeated in Bilston next May if not before. My Harry Quinn should be ready by then too.
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Post by: Peter on November 06, 2012, 01:48:40 pm
Any prizes for guessing the colour?
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Post by: Lady Cavendish on November 06, 2012, 02:03:20 pm
Just got tickets chucked at me and told that I'm taking clients to see Amy McDonald tonight. I have TOTALLY inappropriate footwear on for traipsing around! :)
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Post by: CAMRAMan on November 06, 2012, 02:07:51 pm
Any prizes for guessing the colour?
Depends...
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Post by: Riggers on November 06, 2012, 02:09:15 pm
The Civil Wars. Last year in Brighton.

Hope that helps.

And now they've just announced they've split up!!!
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Post by: CrinklyLion on November 10, 2012, 11:36:40 pm
Thea Gilmore, at the Alban Arena in St Albans. Dull venue, terribly polite audience, freezing cold and truly astonishingly dreadful sound.

But bloody hell, that's a voice. She, and the rest of the band were very very good.

But someone should set The Bear on the sound guy.
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Post by: andrewc on November 11, 2012, 12:04:00 am
Just back from seeing Amira Medunjanin (http://www.amira.com.ba/index.php/about-amira/) at a cold and rather sparsely populated St Georges Hall in Liverpool.

She's sings Bosnian Sevdah, a style I've not heard before but it's very romantic & soulful.   She's got a superb voice.

Accompaniment was by the brilliant Bojan Z on piano and Nenad Vasilic on bass.

Edit - review http://www.liverpoolconfidential.co.uk/Entertainment/Music/Amira-Medunjanin-St-Georges-Hall-Concert-Room (http://www.liverpoolconfidential.co.uk/Entertainment/Music/Amira-Medunjanin-St-Georges-Hall-Concert-Room)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnZ31Iet3E4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnZ31Iet3E4)
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Post by: Valiant on November 11, 2012, 12:43:50 am
Redbull Culture Clash on Wednesday. The amount of bass was obscene. Not that I'm biased ;)
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Post by: Redlight on November 11, 2012, 04:41:40 pm
Joe Jackson at the Cadogan Hall, London on Thursday.

Bloody brilliant

Included Is She Really Going Out With Him? arranged for piano, banjo and tuba.
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Post by: onb on November 13, 2012, 08:25:10 pm
Show of Hands , last thursday in Kendal
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Post by: andrewc on November 15, 2012, 10:52:35 pm
Julian Lloyd Webber (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Lloyd_Webber) and John Lenehan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lenehan) at St Georges Hall Concert Room (http://nwex.co.uk/showthread.php?t=8038)

A lovely concert in wonderful surroundings. Bach Adagio in G from Cantata BWV156, Debussy Sonata, Fauré Elegy, Delius Sonata,William Lloyd Webber In the Half Light / Nocturne,John Ireland Sonata.

Lloyd Webber was on chatty and humorous form, giving a brief description of each piece, and like everyone else who plays here commenting on the beauty of the hall.  It's a perfect small venue.  The couple next to me were wondering what the quiet tinkling was... the chandelier moving with the air currents.....

(http://www.chessbase.com/news/2007/liverpool01.jpg)
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Post by: Jaded on November 15, 2012, 11:29:46 pm
Not many people there  :o

 ;)
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Post by: andrewc on November 15, 2012, 11:41:48 pm
Not many people there  :o

 ;)

 :)  Actually it was full tonight.  A nice contrast with the Amira gig at the weekend.
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Post by: Palinurus on November 18, 2012, 10:32:30 pm
Puma and Trio vd at the Bishopsgate institute. Puma were intense, they're a sort of experimental jazz-rock sort of outfit from Norway.
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Post by: onb on November 20, 2012, 01:10:42 am
Bellowhead in York last friday , Brilliant.
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Post by: Jaded on November 20, 2012, 02:10:34 am
The Lion King last Friday in Bristol.
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Post by: CrinklyLion on November 21, 2012, 11:48:59 pm
Rufus Wainwright, at York Barbican.

http://www.yorkbarbican.co.uk/performance/19648.aspx

99% amazing. Should have trusted my instincts on the encore thobut. The set of treads from stage to auditorium had rung a loud warning bell for me when we first went in, and yes indeed the encore made use of them. Audience participation before December and without a Dame and an apparently dyspraxic equine/bovine on the stage should be illegal. I half wished they'd made it up to us in the balcony with their 'everyone has to stand up now' nonsense so I could tell 'em so, rather more succinctly and less politely. Finish the set 25 minutes before the published running order has told your audience you are going to, and then make them stand for 5 minutes before you let half the band grace the stage, then send on a bloke in a nappy and angel wings to summon the god of music, Rufus Apollo? See that shark mate? You just jumped it. Astonishing line up who didn't need any of that shite. Mind, even with a couple of dozen audience members and a giant foam sandwich and a quite astonishing pink glittery bikini all featuring on stage, the last three minutes sounded pretty gorgeous. If you shut your eyes.

*goes off to google/spotify various other members of the band/support acts*
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Post by: Kim on November 21, 2012, 11:59:20 pm
I get the impression that he dates from after the time I lost the plot with music, but even without knowledge of genre, it seems safe to say that that's the stuff of bad co-codamol dreams.
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Post by: Deano on November 22, 2012, 12:41:35 am
Rufus Wainwright, at York Barbican.

http://www.yorkbarbican.co.uk/performance/19648.aspx

99% amazing. Should have trusted my instincts on the encore thobut. The set of treads from stage to auditorium had rung a loud warning bell for me when we first went in, and yes indeed the encore made use of them. Audience participation before December and without a Dame and an apparently dyspraxic equine/bovine on the stage should be illegal. I half wished they'd made it up to us in the balcony with their 'everyone has to stand up now' nonsense so I could tell 'em so, rather more succinctly and less politely. Finish the set 25 minutes before the published running order has told your audience you are going to, and then make them stand for 5 minutes before you let half the band grace the stage, then send on a bloke in a nappy and angel wings to summon the god of music, Rufus Apollo? See that shark mate? You just jumped it. Astonishing line up who didn't need any of that shite. Mind, even with a couple of dozen audience members and a giant foam sandwich and a quite astonishing pink glittery bikini all featuring on stage, the last three minutes sounded pretty gorgeous. If you shut your eyes.

*goes off to google/spotify various other members of the band/support acts*

It was a proper show of pop music, even if it did sink into self-indulgence at the end. Rufus can sing - there was a heartbreaking rendition of the Art Teacher with just him and a piano.

There was a whole sons-of-famous-parents thing going on, cos as well as Rufus Wainwright, we had support from Teddy Thompson and Adam Cohen. I hadn't heard of Adam Cohen before, but given the rest of the line-up, I should probably have guessed that he was Leonard's lad. I did enjoy what we saw of his set, so I should check out his music.

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Post by: CrinklyLion on November 22, 2012, 07:28:38 am
Rufus can sing - there was a heartbreaking rendition of the Art Teacher with just him and a piano.
Ho yuss.

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There was a whole sons-of-famous-parents thing going on, cos as well as Rufus Wainwright, we had support from Teddy Thompson and Adam Cohen.
Indeed - the people we were sitting next to (whose son is in the same class as the EldestCub - small world, York!) had only gone because of Teddy Thompson.  Who I would have quite happily gone to listen to for a couple of hours! 

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I hadn't heard of Adam Cohen before, but given the rest of the line-up, I should probably have guessed that he was Leonard's lad. I did enjoy what we saw of his set, so I should check out his music.
I hadn't either, but that's no surprise to anyone that knows how ignorant I am.  He was indeed splendid.  Krystle Warren's the one that has made it onto the breakfast playlist though.  Her solo number and the version they did of his dad's song were two of the real highlights for me.  Although the opening song was amazing too.  And the one with piano.  And, well, all of it really apart from the silly encore which was, admittedly, funny.  Just not funny enough for how long it was.
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Post by: Peter on November 22, 2012, 08:00:10 am
Did Rufus do Sans Souci?  I like Rufus but I suppose I'm always going to prefer his ancestors.  "Go Leave" by Kate and Anna McGarrigle is a desert island song for me.
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Post by: LindaG on November 22, 2012, 02:22:21 pm
Did Rufus do Sans Souci?  I like Rufus but I suppose I'm always going to prefer his ancestors.  "Go Leave" by Kate and Anna McGarrigle is a desert island song for me.

I just checked that out on Spotify Peter.  Now there's lovely.  Thanks for flagging it up.  Rufus has always been one of those names I've been aware of, on the periphery of other stuff, and music other people listen to.  Perhaps I should investigate more thoroughly.  And I plan to give the McGarrigle sisters another go as well, on your recommendation.
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Post by: LindaG on November 22, 2012, 02:29:23 pm
  "Go Leave" by Kate and Anna McGarrigle is a desert island song for me.

Oh dear.   :'(

Bit smoky in here all of a sudden.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on November 22, 2012, 02:33:07 pm
  "Go Leave" by Kate and Anna McGarrigle is a desert island song for me.

Oh dear.   :'(

Bit smoky in here all of a sudden.

Now try their version of 'Heart like a wheel'

"Some say love,
Is just like a wheel,
If you bend it, you cannot mend it."

So appropriate for a cyclist
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Post by: groucho on November 22, 2012, 02:45:08 pm
Last week - Weevil Zappa playing his dad's stuff!
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Post by: tiermat on November 22, 2012, 02:45:26 pm
Last week - Weevil Zappa playing his dad's stuff!

GIT!
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Post by: Peter on November 22, 2012, 02:49:35 pm
  "Go Leave" by Kate and Anna McGarrigle is a desert island song for me.

Oh dear.   :'(

Bit smoky in here all of a sudden.

Now try their version of 'Heart like a wheel'

"Some say love,
Is just like a wheel,
If you bend it, you cannot mend it."

So appropriate for a cyclist

 :)

  I love them, especially the first 2 or 3 albums.

Linda, sorry it's so sad; some things are worth a few tears!  It does end hopefully, though - although the relationship failed eventually!
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Post by: LindaG on November 22, 2012, 02:57:15 pm
There's some really nice Banjo on there.  I'm going to see a mate in a minute who's a bit of a Banjo man, I shall introduce him  :)
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Post by: Deano on November 22, 2012, 07:26:19 pm
Did Rufus do Sans Souci?  I like Rufus but I suppose I'm always going to prefer his ancestors.  "Go Leave" by Kate and Anna McGarrigle is a desert island song for me.

I don;t think he did, Peter. He did one Loudon tune, and as a tribute to his mother, a couple of Kate McGarrigle songs, though he sang neither of them. Teddy Thompson sang one, and Krystle Warren sang the other, both quite wonderfully.
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Post by: CrazyEnglishTriathlete on November 23, 2012, 10:16:29 pm
Beach House at the Roundhouse
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Post by: rob on December 06, 2012, 09:58:56 pm
Elbow at the O2 last Sunday.   2hrs of sheer bliss.
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Post by: Karla on December 06, 2012, 11:20:02 pm
Electric Six last Wednesday - better than last time saw them, but sadly wrapping it up at the end of this tour; all things must pass.  Dick Valentine's a great frontman, with a very dry sense of humour.  Unsurprisngly he's launching a solo project.  However, he thinks I look like 'a Russian skull'.  Does anyone have any idea what a Russian skull is?

Ben Folds Five last Saturday.  They were a bit early for me, so it was fantastic to see them re-formed.  I was standing right in front of their bass player (and boy, has he put on weight since they were last together) so heard more of him than anyone else, but it was still a cracking set, with lots of singalong favourites to go with the new stuff.  Talking of singalong, Ben now just assumes that the crowd know how to do the horn section on Army (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40aqIbcc59c).
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Post by: Hot Flatus on December 07, 2012, 07:11:18 am
However, he thinks I look like 'a Russian skull'.  Does anyone have any idea what a Russian skull is?

Not sure, but from the above we can deduce that it must look  somewhat like  this (http://i.lv3.hbo.com/assets/images/series/little-britain-usa/characters/daffyd-thomas-1024.jpg)


 :demon:
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Post by: CrinklyLion on December 08, 2012, 06:51:15 pm
http://theduchessyork.co.uk/whats-on/detail/1050

Picked, as I'd never heard of them, almost entirely on the basis that I had nowt on this weekend and it was local, pretty cheap, and they were Scottish.  I do like an accent, y'see.  Having bought the tickets I Spotified a little, found two albums that I rather like and decided that it might not be a bad random pick.  And it was at The Duchess - we saw Simone Felice there a few weeks back.  Basement venue.  Sticky floors, crap beer, smiley and pretty humorous doorstaff, insufficiently numerous barstaff.  I rather like it.

After a pint or two in town with Mr Bunbury, That Deano and I headed venue-wards and wandered in to a near empty room where a bloke on the stage with a blue guitar and harmonica was singing, whose name I didn't get but who was OK.  Next up were "Captains of Industry" who I believe are locals - definitely a warm up band, I felt.  Then "Olympic Swimmers" who have a lead singer who has both A Voice and An Accent. *Charlotte-esque little moment*  The rest of the band can go home though - they were OK, but they made it hard to hear her as well as I'd have liked, and just her on her own would have been sufficient :D

Despite the lead singer's grumpiness, I rather liked Admiral Fallow too - well, they have Voices and Accents and a flute and a clarinet and they aren't afraid to use 'em.  Oh, and some splendidly impressive guitarist facial hair.  A nice slight surprise was that the vocals felt more balanced between lead singer chap and the accordion/keyboard/flute playing female vocalist than I'd expected from the albums, which worked for me.  The burly beardy clarinettist was my favourite, by a fair margin, mind.  And when he stopped playing and came in with the "It harks back to" line on the vocals on Tree Bursts, which they played as their opening track, it was a proper tingle moment.  Liked him.

They had a couple of technical problems (of the loud bang and, I suspect, escaping magic smoke variety) but coped admirably and carried on tunefully.  Good sounds, a fair mix of tempos and tones in the fairly dynamic set list, nice wordy lyrics.  Beetle in the Box talks of dictionaries and nouns and verbs and the gaps and the spaces in between - and more use should be made of words like timorous in lyrics, I feel.  Linguistic trickery and an appreciation of liminal spaces. In good accents too.  It was always likely to be a winner for me, really.  It did start to feel a bit flat in the middle, possibly when the lead singer announced a couple of songs as 'drinking songs' that, well, weren't really.  And seemed a bit narked at the polite appreciation that greeted them.  But a rousing rendition of "Guest of the Governement" seemed to get them back on track.

Next Big Thing lead singer (who, instinct tells me, has been reading his own reviews a bit too much) just really needed to understand that this is York.  So the audience is terribly nice, and just a bit polite, but will start off pretty much on your side and it's up to you what you do with that.  Telling us off for not being whoop whoop enough was never going to work.  If you want Yorkies to jump up and down and clap and sing along and stuff, tell them so.  If we like you (standing in the middle of us it was really obvious that we mostly did plus I wasn't the only one who knew the words so there were clearly a few actual fans there, as well as us accidentals with nowt better to do on a Friday night) then we probably will, because we are nice like that.  As he finally discovered in the encore, when they made us wait just a slightly irritating minute or two too long but then delivered up a rather splendid rendition of "Isn't this World Enough". 

I'd go see 'em again.  I'd even happily pay more than the 9 quid it cost for last night's ticket.  Slightly perturbed at seeing a gig where I knew every track on the set list and most of the words mind...
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on December 13, 2012, 11:29:24 pm
Not recent, but this is as good a place as any to put this.

During the End of the Road Festival, we generally went for after hours at the Tipi Tent, where bands and acts that had been popular in the daytime came to play their after-hours gigs. This usually worked really well, as the bands would take a more relaxed approach and play a set that they couldn't have played on the main stage. Jeffrey Lewis had a slide show, the highlight being a lecture upon A History of Punk Rock as it Developed on the Lower East Side of New York.  The Low Anthem played an astonishingly boozy set as their alter egos Snake Wagon, where the festival organiser came onstage and bawled a few numbers to close the festival.  You get the idea.

Anyway, on the first evening proper, we wandered over when there was nowt on the main stage we fancied, and someone told us that the first act up were Horse Thief, who had apparently played a fine set earlier in the day.

They came on stage, and you couldn't have found four more ill-matched white lads. The lead singer had early seventies rock written all over him, the bassist looked like an extra from Happy Days, the drummer looked as though the lead singer kept him in a box all day and ate all his pies, and the keyboardist was in disguise, crouching behind his board and drawing as little attention to himself as possible.

But then they started, with a gorgeous drip of Fela Kuti guitars, and the lead singer, who could have survived the Lynyrd Skynyrd planewreck, opened his throat to sing in an incongruous Morrisey-esque drawl. It was bloody good. They even chucked in a loudhailer for no apparent reason during the first tune.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8356/8271196690_d796a9ca27_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/8271196690/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8081/8270132817_0a2228d269_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/8270132817/)

I was pleased to see that they studied at the George Formby School of holding your guitar really high on your chest. We even saw our mate Geoffrey, a floppy-haired Old English Sheepdog of a bloke who was at the front of every performance, using his right arm to make his hair even bigger, a right arm filled to the elbow with wristbands from all the festivals he'd been to. He must have been one of the faces of the festival - a fair few people shouted "Alright Geoff" when they passed him.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8062/8270134301_f539fe645a_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/8270134301/)

Still, the star of Horse Thief's show was the bassist. He might not have played that many notes, but there was a lot happening onstage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apFjFRJAXjo

It was a good show.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 14, 2012, 12:31:54 am
Ah... the Pony Pinchers.  They were splendid, weren't they?  I reckon I might go the entire rest of my life and never again see bassist-gurning done to such a high standard :D  I think the best thing about them was that they just looked, frankly, so completely unlikely.  But then did a great set.

And this was before drinking silly amounts of red wine in a field at 3am, so I was still remarkably sober and it wasn't just the boozahol that made me think so!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 16, 2012, 12:38:59 am
A game of two halves, last night's gigging....

First up, the utterly enchanting Kate Rusby at the Barbican.  With LG and MrCharly and That Deano and Clarion and Butterfly.  An almost full house, Ms Rusby in fine fettle and, together with the rest of the band, clearly delighted to be in York.  She really, really loved the selection of songs on the set list, btw.  Which I hadn't really clocked was a Christmas show, although had seen a flyer that mentioned Yorkshire Carols.

Opening with a splendid rendition of "While Shepherds..." to the tune of Ilkley Moor, complete with brass quintet.  Oh my.  She talked about the south yorkshire tradition and her family history of standing room only in the pubs, singing the carols that the Victorians had thrown out of the church for being a bit too cheerful and joyous.  Anecdotes aplenty, including the audience member who once gave them a Christmas Radio Times (which made her incredibly happy) and the one that asked for a set list with the keys on then produced a trumpet and played along, from his seat, through the whole thing, and the chap who left at half tie 'because it was all a bit Christian".  Oh, and I _want_ the wings her mam made for her the year she got to play Gabriel in the school Christmas play.  Butterfly and LG both want her ridiculously beautiful red shoes - although we couldn't work out from our relatively lofty seat how tall she is, and who they might fit.  The complete fit of the giggles she got to the extent of being unable to start singing the next song on cue (in response to what sounded like a very very audible audience fart) made me, quite literally, cry with laughter.  She left 'the boys' to it for an instrumental mash up at one point - never again do I expect to hear the Snowman scored for brass quintet and banjo.  The brass was, incidentally, glorious.  There should be more brass bands in the world. 

Lots of encouragement to join in and singalong - Deano commented that he needed a hymn sheet though.  Apparently York sang _much_ better than Bristol.  They did a couple of tracks from 20, the album released this year to celebrate 20 years in the business but the rest was all jolly festive - including a further two While Shepherds and I can't remember how many Holly and The Ivies.  I actually rather like carols, but was a bit concerned that I basically made Clarion listen to 2 and a half hours of singing (complete with some not always very good choices about levels from the sound engineer) about the nativity and Jesus.  However, he didn't mind in the slightest because it was utterly, completely splendid. 

Then we went across the road  to the Edinburgh Arms where Whyte Fyre - a band who describe themselves as "one of the top 100 bands to come out of Osbaldwick" - were playing.  Well, I know them.  All your favourites, "uniquely" rendered and performed to an audience of friends and colleagues plus a handful of slightly perplexed pub regulars.  I remember the days when they played in matching white nylon elvis-style jumpsuits.  They still do a raffle though - selling the tickets in the interval and calling the numbers towards the end of the set.  Dean won a chocolate variety box, so that was supper sorted.

Definitely a game of two halves.  But actually rather good fun all round.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on December 17, 2012, 10:25:43 am
...and coincidentally, the Unthanks were on the telly last night, celebrating English winter traditions, and they visited one of the South Yorkshire pubs which keeps up the carols:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01pdsvd/A_Very_English_Winter_The_Unthanks

No Whyte Fyre in there. Maybe in future editions.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: clarion on December 17, 2012, 10:37:10 am
Fingers crossed there isn't ;D
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 29, 2012, 12:33:23 am
So I was meant to be going out to a mate's birthday drinks tonight.  But that got cancelled a couple of days back, because many of the invitees had real life, work or lurgies get in the way.  It was one of very few interesting plans I'd made for these few days when the Cubs are away, so I was a bit :( really.  But that's OK - I had a bike ride planned yesterday.  But then weather happened, so we put that off.  And I made a contingency plan to go to a gig this evening, so we figured we'd have a ride today and then go to the gig.  And then lurgy happened so I was once more Billy no mates, having been stood up for three thngs in one day!  I had a pair of tickets, advertised via a variety of social media, and nobody wanted to come out to play.  But one of the (lurgy infested) birthday invitees suggested via fb inviting the mate with the birthday.  So I did.  And he could come!  Hurrah!

The following is a gig review, through the medium of selected and occasionally slightly edited text messages sent to assorted people (not all of whom stood me up today!) during said gig.

This gig, btw
http://www.thebasementyork.co.uk/news-item/222/

The headliners were a local band called The Blueprints.  Who have just released an EP, as you couldn't escape noticing.

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Off to gig on my tod. However I may have found a partner in crime. The one with the birthday, if he can get over from harrogate in time!
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Well, I might end up getting stood up for a 4th time, so wait and see!
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4 for 4!
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Meh. He missed the train. This place is tiny!
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Omg. It's full of young ppl!
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They have a pre-support act warm up act!
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He's not bad. Particularly if he's the opener on a 4 act bill.
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The compere just did a slot. A song entitled "Northern Rail Would Like To Apologise". Every bit as silly as it sounds. I think that the first guy (singing, guitar, stamping) may have been theoretically the first band and have experienced artistic differences from some of the asides :-D Littlemores are ok. But I went to the bar anyway.
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They all look about 11!
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Shocking lack of bassist gurning. Although the drummer is worth watching ;-)
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Oh, compere chap is back. With bongo backing track. And random guitar chap was just a random extra so we are about to get the second support band. Apparently!
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Yebbut we've had random bloke with guitar, then the compere doing a number called Northern Rail Would like To Apologise, then support act #1 and now support act#2 are setting up. For a fiver. Vfm anyway...
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Buggrit. I skipped the compere's second slot to go to the bar and the second tallest man at the gig nicked my spot near the front as I was battling through all the cool kids blocking the stairs and the doorway. I may have a view of a shoulder when the next lot play.
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Apologies. He was only the third tallest. Second tallest was sat in front of him. Note the was...
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He moved! This lot look at least 18 anyway. The buccaneers. They're not bad actually!
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Note to venue technical staff. Gaffer tape is.not an appropriate fixing method for stage lighting. When it falls on an audience member leaving it dangling by the power cord while you retrieve scissors and masking tape to effect a repair fails to inspire confidence.
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Where is kim when you need her!
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So buccaneers in a nutshell... drummer too pretty and he knows it, plenty of tortured effort faces or extreme chewing antics tho. Bassist facial hair shockingly tidy. Sounded quite good.
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Uh oh. Compere again.... will he sing another?
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Humour! That's better!
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Cello!
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They were ok!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 29, 2012, 12:38:03 am
Oh - and I managed to offload the spare ticket to a random stranger who was queuing to pay at the door.  She seemed to appreciate it, and it made me :D
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Kim on December 29, 2012, 08:36:21 am
Yeah, the problem with going to gigs like that is that I often seem to end up fixing things.

Or giggling in the corner, depending on sympathy levels and what tools I have secreted about my person. My days of wandering round with M8 bolts, safety chains, 10A fuses and fluorescent starters in my coat pocket are long gone, mind.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Illegal Combat Ant on December 31, 2012, 10:23:30 pm
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue at the Fillmore, SF. Last night.
Amazing.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: andrewc on February 02, 2013, 12:19:29 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZtYgfqQmFs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZtYgfqQmFs)

Heritage Blues Orchestra at the Liverpool Philharmonic.  I'm not the worlds biggest blues fan but this was a fun gig.

An excellent review of Fridays gig http://gerryco23.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/the-heritage-blues-orchestra-an-outstanding-show/ (http://gerryco23.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/the-heritage-blues-orchestra-an-outstanding-show/)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on February 03, 2013, 10:48:13 pm
Mark Morriss, formerly of the Bluetones, at Fibbers in York.  It must be a fair while since I last went there, because they've completely changed the layout from what I remember.... Good bar staff, jolly door staff, drinks similarly over-priced to the Duchess 2 minutes away, floor significantly less sticky, loos in poor order.  Good enough venue, but not my favourite.

Despite threats of it being cancelled the show went on, which was jolly good news because I rather enjoyed it.  Support was not the chap with acoustic guitar advertised, but was a different chap with acoustic guitar who looked strangely familiar.  Worked out, before he said as much, that he was the lead singer from York-based band the Blueprints (which also made sense of why their keyboard player had been sitting nearby looking vaguely familiar in a confusing way until I figured out where I recognised him from) who I saw and rather enjoyed a few weeks ago.  Have to say I liked him better when he was playing with the rest of 'em.  He's very chirpy, and engaging, and likeable, and does some pretty decent songs and the guitar (despite temperature issues - both he and the main man seemed to struggled to keep 'em tuned for more than one song!) sounded pretty good.  But his voice just doesn't really do it for me.  Not bad, but a bit nasal mid-atlantic, especially on a couple of tracks.  Which is a shame, because I nearly really like him. 

Morriss was another kettle of sambuca-downing poisson.  I've mentioned before my complete and utter cultural ignorance, so I didn't really know even the 'old favourites' he chose (or in some cases was nagged into performing) - the "Orville-the-duck and others" version of whatever really famous one which sounded vaguely familiar even to me was hilarious, mind.  Could have done without the just-irritating level of audience chatter.  Worst culprit being support-act's girlfriend, who was a bit behind us, which is a shame because she sang on a couple of tracks at the Blueprints gig and I think I like her when she sings.  Just not when she talks slightly too loudly through the whole of the headliner's set.  Even the encore.  Grr.

Anyhoo, jolly fine music and entertaining banter in between the JD and the sambuca shots.  I liked him, and I reckon I shall be trying to get me some tickets and a babysitter for his next York gig in a couple of months. 
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on February 27, 2013, 11:59:00 pm
This one (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=68956.msg1429605#msg1429605)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on March 01, 2013, 12:14:37 am
York basement, Dan Webster with, theoretically, Joe Solo and Carol Henderson supporting.
http://www.thebasementyork.co.uk/event/1807/
Cos it sounded like it might be OK and was only a fiver.

Got there - ooh.  Table and candles.  Found a seat, first support started, introduced herself as 'Amy'.  Oh.  Have I come to the wrong gig?  Peculiar.  Introduces her guitar-toting companion as something inaudible.  Not to worry... they sounded delicious anyway.  Then someone called Brad joined them from the audience and played double bass.  What's not to like.  No idea who they were, but good.  I'd go see em again.  If I knew who they were.

Random other people looking for seats asked if they might join me at my table, and said hello.  Yorkies are so frightfully nice, y'see.  Singer from the first act tripped over her own feet leaving the stage and nearly landed on me but we agreed that it was a complete nothing happened moment.  Honest.

Next up, Joe Solo.  Who pronounces Hull properly.  If you're from East Yorkshire you'll know what I mean.  Turns out he's from Scab, so that makes sense.  He was confused by how polite we were.  But quite sweet about it.  Lots of acoustic guitar slapping, some harmonica, a knee-mounted tambourine and a maraca in his shoe.  All a bit one-man-band-y, extremely good gurning and a splendid quiff.  Bit of politics.  Bit of humour.  Better than I expected and he grew on me.  One number completely a cappella - brave choice, and it worked actually.  Then there was audience participation and I have A Rule about that, namely that unless there is a Dame and someone dressed up as the arse end on a comedy farmyard animal and we are within spitting distance of xm*s it is Not Allowed.  Last time someone tried to make me audiencely participate it was Adam Cohen dressed in a nappy and cherub wings in the Rufus Wainwright encore-that-I-hated and I was really quite keen for him to come 'get me' so I could tell him to fuck right off to his face.  But this time there were only about thirty of us there, and he got the singer from the 'headline' act to go round with a bucket distributing shakers and the other support act all joined in (apart from the double-bass playing Brad who had gone because he was poorly) and it was all quite jolly and non coercive so I broke the rule.  As he said - one person shaking a morrisons tupperware filled with beans or rice and with a leftie slogan on it looks like an idiot.  A roomful of people doing it.... all look like idiots.  But at least we're a community of idiots, and it sounds quite nice and made everyone laugh.

Headliners - Dan Webster band.  I recognised the bassist and the cellist from another lineup.  Blueprints?  I think.  Sounded OK, some foot stomping fun, a track that he'd only told the rest of the band about at lunchtime to close with for added entertainment.  They all looked to be having fun together which always helps.  His voice didn't quite hit the spot for me, and I couldn't work out why.  Maybe it's the curse of the York accent again.  Cello, properly amplified, was the best thing.  She sounded fabulous.  We discovered between songs that some people had come all the way from Haxby for the show - but that was topped by a couple in the corner who voyaged all the way from yon side of Easingwold, where it appears they now even have email since that was, they told us, how they've found out about the gig.

Friendly, cosy, nice sounds.  Well worth a fiver and then some.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on March 07, 2013, 09:07:37 pm
Not only are we going to miss PSB in May, but to add insult to injury David Byrne is playing Glasgow when we're on holiday.
Humph  >:(
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on March 09, 2013, 08:19:18 am
http://www.songkick.com/concerts/15264534-wreckless-eric-and-amy-rigby-at-central

The ticket said Wreckless Eric.  But I went to see Amy Rigby :D  I knew I'd love her, and discovered that I also liked him.  A most pleasant afternoon of bimbling over and under Newcastle's many fine bridges (and, technically, I have now been to the Bigg market on a Friday night, albeit not dressed for the occasion!) then a jolly nice pizza for tea before one last wander over the High Level Bridge to The Central - a pub apparently nicknamed the Coffin because of its architecture.

I wanted to beat the sound technician around the head with her own mixing board. Especially since we were sat about 2 foot from a speaker (so about 4 foot away from the utterly delightful Ms Rigby) and I still haven't fully recovered the hearing in my left ear.... but blimey, that were good. They didn't do any of my top three Amy songs (Needy Men, The Trouble with Jeannie or Are We Ever Going to Have Sex Again, for those who may be interested) but two of my top five featured. Don't Ever Change was perfect :) Tiny poky room hidden at the top of an Escher-esque pub, a fine range of Proper Beer and Fentiman's ginger beer available. Friendly crowd, too many broken strings to count, gloriously brilliantly if deafeningly entertaining. And then chips and curry sauce for supper - but on proper posh china in a spot with table service and a chandelier - before retreating from the Friday night revelry to a bargainacious Premier Inn under the Tyne bridge with the alarm set for an audax o'clock train back south, as they no longer run any late services. 

Go see them. Hull tonight, Stockton tomorrow. You won't regret it!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: perpetual dan on March 10, 2013, 09:11:32 am
Went to see London Sinfonietta with and doing Steve Reich in the week. Went on my own, but in a 1650 capacity venue I was sitting next to someone I know. Enjoyed the music, particularly Electric Counterpoint.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: ferret on March 12, 2013, 09:17:43 pm
a tiny bit premature but!! just booked a couple of tickets for Show of Hands for next month :) 
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Valiant on March 13, 2013, 04:53:10 am
Had Jarmean perform at our party recently. They were truly awesome :)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on March 16, 2013, 01:05:29 am
This one
http://www.thebasementyork.co.uk/event/1761/
The Basement, £7, and we shared a table with some friendly randoms.  Decent pint of York Brewery bitter too.

First warm up - Lauren Varley, singing with acoustic guitar.  Nice enough, bit nervous.

Next up - Aimee J Ryan.  In what appears to be a recurrent theme, her bassist looked familiar.... Yup, it's Mark from the Blueprints again.  Of the three line ups I've seen him performing in, this was my favourite.  He looked to be having fun and I'm not surprised because she was lovely and bloody hell can she sing....

Then the headliner - Lisbee Stainton.  More audience participation, as she got us singing in three part harmony at one point.  She is ridiculously sweet and lovely and cute and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Review from the mate (who had never heard of her before) that I dragged along... "Definitely worth missing the last train home for!".

Bloody good night out, that.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: LindaG on March 19, 2013, 12:12:32 pm
Johnny Marr at The Leadmill in Sheffield.

There was a support act.  They were all right, a pretty girl with a nice voice and a boy with woolly hair on drums and someone playing a guitar.

Johnny and the band (including Doviak) were extraordinary.  The gig was helped by the crowd, who were definitely there for the music.  The tracks from the new album 'Messenger' were well received.  The most personal track for Marr is New Town Velocity, and the feeling really comes through in the recorded version - much more so live. 

He opened with 'The Right Thing Right', which is the first track on the album and pretty darned good.  I like it when guitar bands JUST PLAY THE MUSIC without too much bollocks in between tracks, and he kept the pace going brilliantly.  His experience shows in a mesmeric stage presence and looking-effortless virtuosity.

Of course, when he played Smiths tracks the place went wild.  He did some of my favourites - Bigmouth Strikes Again, There Is A Light That Never Goes Out, Ask, and a stonking version of How Soon Is Now.  He reprised some of his Electronica and Modest Mouse stuff too.

And Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before.  I thought I'd wee'd myself with excitement but it was the bloke next to me spilling his beer on me by jigging about frantically.  I confiscated his beer till the end of the track.  Bless.

Fantastic night. 

Ati, who has never heard of The Smiths, thought the songs after the encore were addictive and way above the rest of the set - which was interesting, because they were mostly Smiths songs.  I think he had the time of his life.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: clarion on March 19, 2013, 03:44:28 pm
There was a support act.  They were all right, a pretty girl with a nice voice and a boy with woolly hair on drums and someone playing a guitar.

I think I've worked with them.

Many times ::-)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: LindaG on March 20, 2013, 12:22:25 am
There was a support act.  They were all right, a pretty girl with a nice voice and a boy with woolly hair on drums and someone playing a guitar.

I think I've worked with them.

Many times ::-)

 ;D ;D
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: essexian on March 22, 2013, 08:18:40 am
1992….. and before laminate flooring there was The Insprial Carpets…… yes, I did start a gig review with what could be described as a weak joke…. Or in fact a crap joke.

Anyway, back to the band at hand…. Back in 1992 when I was a young, skinny Indie boy (actually a fat 30 year old with a younger girlfriend out to impress), we “did” all the big “Madchester” bands out at the time: Roses, Verve, Mondays etc etc…. the only band we didn’t see was the Insprials. Why, we have no idea but that oversight was put right last night at the “new” Birmingham Academy.

I say “new” as I haven’t been there since they moved from the Hummingbird a couple of years back. Can’t say I am impressed with the new venue as the sound was on the crap side of being rubbish. Now, not to put sound engineers down, they do a difficult job, but last night was like trying to hear the words in a wall of distortion. I don’t think it was their fault, more the venues (the smaller second room) designers fault as a concrete walled room is never going to be that great for sound….. or it could be that in my older age I have gotten used to large venues like the Royal Opera House or Symphony Hall Birmingham?

The band themselves…well it took as four songs for us to get into it but blimey, do they Indie Rock with a capital I!!! We and the vast majority of the over 40’s crowd, got down to re-live our younger days with hit after hit and mooo after mooo issuing forth. The only disappointing note was that quite a few people left at 10.40…. I am sure the buses/trains in Birmingham run later than this!!!!

So after seeing very few gigs over the last few years…. I had talked myself into feeling I was too old… would I do it again….well I note that Suede are playing Rock City next Thursday; while BRMC are there on Friday…. Oh look… the Eels are playing Birmingham next Saturday……….aaarrgggg…. wish I was younger and had energy.

Finally finally, the support last night: Danny Mahon is worth listening out for.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: clarion on March 22, 2013, 10:34:07 am
I didn't work with the Inspiral Carpets.  On account of they didn't turn up to the gig ::-)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on March 23, 2013, 03:02:08 pm
The really rather splendid John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett at the Basement, York City Screen, in the jolly fine company of That Deano and billplumtree plus three others not otp.

http://www.thebasementyork.co.uk/event/1737/

It took two pints to survive the warm up who completely failed to engage me on any level, really.  It was a bit like a 5 minute joke that was stretched out to last 20, and didn't get any funnier in the process.  Although credit where it's due - he managed to get Barnitts (the everything shop) into a lyric.  Then a suitable pause before the main attraction during which my mate Soph turned up with 2 others and impeccable timing, and commented that she quite liked the fact that she'd just walked past Otway and WWB who were sat at the bar with a pint apiece. 

They were, quite simply, gloriously entertaining.  I laughed so much I cried.  And rehydrated with more York Brewery Terrier.  The bagpipes, saw, hammer and the wah wah wheelie bin.... oh my.  Very very mild pogo-ing was necessitated by the combination of Otway's gangling height and the Basement's very low ceilings.  The tallest man in the venue, naturally, stood just in front of me and the lady sitting next to us, clearly a major fan, accidentally groped my left tit as she grabbed my arm to help her balance when she stood up uttering the phrase "Even us crips HAVE to stand up for Bodytalk!" - and she didn't even apologise.  OK, it was crowded but seriously, personal space, ppl!  And I didn't give a monkeys because it was a fabulous evening of entertainment.  Then afterwards, after a brief moment for inappropriately audienced CrinklyRanting outside the venue, we found a pub still serving a decent pint and had another couple before rounding off the evening with a bottle of red at the Den.

Completely barking.  Completely fabulous.  And I cannot for the life of me understand how I haven't got a massive and debilitating hangover today, although I really rather needed the now-becoming-rather-traditional-morning-after-a-gig fry up at Meltons Too.
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Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: clarion on March 23, 2013, 03:15:13 pm
Gone With The Bin! :D :thumbsup:


I should mention that the last time I saw Otway, it was at Sheffield Poly in the Mandela Building (no, really!).  The ceiling was low there, too, but Otway saw this as an opportunity, being as he is always up for creative new ways of hurting himself.  He climbed up the PA, had a very dodgy moment (on several counts) with my lighting stand, then climbed onto the spaceframe supporting the ceiling, where he climbed out over the audience.

He had not considered three basic physical constraints:

1.  Putting a microphone in front of the PA creates howlround, which, while having the side effect of drowning out Otway's vocals, is never much of a pleasurable experience (and a big Sorry! to Mr Frank Sidebottom for my attention to detail on this point; he'd been expecting a sound engineer not a lampie on the board, so the feedback he'd wanted was curtailed.  That's what soundchecks are for, though...)

2.  An SM58 microphone is not a radio mic.  It is attached to a cable.  Sometimes a very long cable, but generally the crew have not allowed enough spare length to reach the back of the hall, as this is not a requirement of most performers.  Sure, it was plenty long enough for Otway to get tangled in it and fall flat on his face on the stage, but, part way through his aerial antics, he ran out of cable, which confused him.

3.  Otway, bless him, is no muscle man.  He has a lot of experience of climbing up things, but just as much of crashing to the floor ignominiously.  When the mic cable length ran out, Otway was alerted to the fact that he was hanging upside down to a slippery piece of metal with condensation on. 

The inevitable happened.  Fortunately, Otway's head, survivor of Wild Willy's violence on many occasions (cf Headbutts), did not damage the floor, and, with the help of members of the audience, he made it back onto the stage in time for the end of the song, which had pretty much lost its way in the meantime.

He told me that he usually destroyed two SM58s per gig.  This one was a 3.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Valiant on March 25, 2013, 02:13:16 am
Man I hate gigs were kit gets damaged.

Anyways, I went to a cabaret night the other day and saw a band called Marcella and the Forget me nots. They were quite fun. Especially the bassist.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: essexian on March 30, 2013, 07:03:17 am
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at Nottingham Rock City.

What to say about BRMC which hasn’t been said before many times….er, they are a brilliant, tight, noisy three piece (Got to say the new drummer (Lahl) was most excellent) who put the rock into roll, the country into folk, the punk into…. Er, you get the idea. For those people who have never heard of BRMC, think Jesus and Mary Chain meets the Cure…ish.

BRMC are a band we have seen many times over the last ten years or so, so it was very nice of them to set up a gig on her in doors birthday just for us (and 1 000 “close” friends) in one of our favourite venues, Rock City. For those who have never been to Rock City, get your self down there: the sound is great and the way the venue is built with loads of different levels means that even short arses like us get a good view of the stage.

A little grumble to ourselves….remember gigs on Friday normally start early… turning up and finding the headliners half way through “Devils Tattoo” was a disappointment. As was following this up only 15 mins into the set with one of their best known “tunes:” “Whatever happened to my Rock and Roll (Punk Song). There was a little lull midset when some slower new songs were played, before the usual bouncy end to the gig

A couple of big ups to the Security who stepped in a stopped a fight in the mosh pit most impressively, and the expert way the handled stage diving. Good Security can certainly help with the flow of a gig.

So that’s two gigs in about 10 days for us after a fallow period of a couple of years….. if they are as good as these two, I can see us forgetting ballet and getting back into punk/indie rock!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Zipperhead on April 08, 2013, 02:17:04 pm
Last night I went to see Buddy Whittington (http://www.buddywhittington.com/).

Really fabulous electric blues (but then Mr. Mayall is noted for choosing quality sidemen), and nice to be able to chat afterwards and tell him how much I enjoyed it.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on April 08, 2013, 02:32:32 pm
The Leeds City Stompers (http://www.leedscitystompers.co.uk/) at the Waiting Room (http://the-waiting-room.co.uk/) in Eaglescliffe.

Jolly fine food enjoyed in most convivial company, before withdrawing to the conservatory for the evening's entertainment - several pleasant pints of stout, toe-tapping numbers, entertaining banter (who is the restaurant owner's new girlfriend?), and boogying staff.  Splendid.

(Then, because there are no trains back to York at after gig times, the walk to the glamour that is a 29 quid advance booked room in the Stockton West Premier Inn with its delightful car park views and an early alarm call for the first Grand Central back home)

I thoroughly enjoyed that, and would heartily recommend the restaurant, the venue and the band to the panel.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: itsbruce on April 08, 2013, 05:35:43 pm
Horace Andy at the Jazz Cafe.  Not a great venue.  He wasn't on top form, tbh.  The Dub Assante band was more interesting, but only had a chance to do a couple of numbers before he joined them.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on April 09, 2013, 12:07:10 am
A rare Monday with no Cubs... so, random pick time!

http://www.thebasementyork.co.uk/event/1859/

The Basement (because I like it, and don't mind it on my tod) for a 'who the hell are they then?' line up.  First up, random chap with guitar that wouldn't stay in tune.  He looked like Harry Potter's fresh-faced and unblemished undiscovered younger brother.  I felt old.  Very melodic mind, when his guitar co-operated.  I quite liked him.

Then someone called Alisia, who had a poorly finger that made guitar playing uncomfortable but that she was treating with Germolene New Skin and beer.  I think she might have been a bit squiffy, but it a most engagingly tuneful manner... starting out with "Drunk Monday".  The New Skin got caught on a string and came off, which meant her finger hurt more but more beer made it better-ish and she put said New Skin in her pocket so as to "not upset anyone".  Several fits of the giggles.  A heck of a voice.  I'd go see her again.

Then the headliner.  Dolfish.  I liked, muchly.  He is funny and witty and sharp, uses words well, makes a good noise, and you couldn't help but like him.  Even in his enthusiasm for Hull where, he said, he had felt most at home the night before since it is clearly the British equivalent of his hometown.  Cleveland, Ohio, in case you were wondering.  I may even have to go do some Spotifying.

Probably the best random pick to date, and a positive bargain at 4 quid.  Plus the venue was fractionally warmer and less dusty than the Den is tonight (due to a mild infestation of builders round here) which would have been worth 4 quid on its own!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on April 11, 2013, 02:39:27 am
The utterly and completely delicious Mélanie Pain, at the Brudenell Social Club.

An accidental discovery a while back when rummaging through the "What's On" listings for this week of the holidays, who has since been featuring heavily in my Spotifying.  I tried to rustle up some company with tantalising tales of ridiculously lovely french ingénues and bilingual lyrics and managed to persuade my mate David-the-animator by telling him that the venue is just round the corner from his favourite cinema in all the world.

As we wandered, relying on gmaps and me having extremely mild dangerous traces of knowing where I was and my astonishing(ly bad) sense of direction which is somewhat impaired by me having the spatial awareness of a jellyfish, out of Burley Park station (checking the maps twice to decide left or right, as experience has taught me this is my most common mistake) he mentioned having once popped into a pub round there before a film at the Hyde Park Picture House with a friend.  And then walking straight out again as said friend, raised in one of the rougher bits of Liverpool, said they weren't drinking _there_ thank you very much. 

But it's OK, that was the pub next door but a couple to the venue.  Mind, they'd also not lingered in the BSC bar either.  About half a minute.  Uh oh.  I think it fair to say that his expectations were not high, when he realised that's where we were going.  Parked outside was the rather delightful juxtaposition of a minuscule white Raliegh Shopper and an incredibly disco-zingtastic Joe Waugh fixie with cropped and flipped bars and a solitary front brake and we spent a while musing on whether their owners were together, and imagining the household with both those bike owners in it.

At the bar I sorted out a ticket for an upcoming gig and we bought some rather pleasant beer before heading into the Games Room, which was apparently the venue for that gig - there were two acts performing in different spaces.  A mix of seated and standing, twinkly fairy lights, and several half overheard conversations in French.  A very mixed bag of an audience.  Naturally the tallest woman in the place sat right in front of me, and 10 minutes later a very wide man sat next to me.  Well, I say next to.  More or less on top of, really.  I chair shuffled to get around both problems.

The support act took to the stage.  It wasn't a pretty girl with a guitar and a fuzzy headed chap!  Or a random-young'un-with-a-hard-to-tune-guitar!  She told us her name.  I've forgotten it, I'm afraid.  A flute.  Hmm. Interesting.  It was all a bit performance-arty, with lots of looping sounds and non-verbal vocalisations, and a mandolin came out to play - I found that if I didn't watch it sounded OK, but found the performance mildly irritating and was surprised by how well received it was in the room.  Maybe I just didn't get it.  I noticed that she wasn't wearing shoes - surely a brave, if possibly slightly pretentious, styling choice in a WMC.  Then a beardy bassist joined her, and I liked the sound a bit better.  Then she invited another vocalist to the stage with effusive praise for their singing.  And they performed a track during which you could hardly hear said guest vocalist's voice at all because the big cheese was drowning everything else out with her voice (which slightly missed the spot for me) and keyboards and that was probably when I decided this all felt a bit perilously close to slightly egotistical musical wankery and wasn't for me.  Maybe it was too clever for culturally ignorant me but whilst not actually finding it offensive, it didn't flick my bic.  She did have a nice accent tho, at least when she was talking.

Then, after a short break during which Sound Stuff happened in what appeared to be a slightly problematic manner, a man with a guitar and the obligatory fuzzy-headed drummer appeared and started to play.  Rather well.  Hmmm.... they sound proper good.  The audience wandered back a bit and gradually stopped talking and started listening, and then Ms Pain meandered through from the curtained-off green room at the side of the space to the stage, looking witchily bewitching in a vintage LBD and blood red lipstick to match her tambourine and took to the stage.  With a look, and a little gesture, she beckoned the lurkers at the back of the room forwards, just a little.... and from that moment on she had the place right in the palm of her hand.  Presence and charisma, this lady has 'em by the bucketload.

A nicely balanced set list (mostly in French) some of which I knew and some of which was new to me and none of which my mate David had ever heard.  He also doesn't speak French, but liked it all enough to go buy a CD from the merch desk at the end, nonetheless.  Her voice is beautiful, and the three of them together sounded amazing.  Keyboards and guitars and random instrument swappage featured.  In jokes and banter and bavardage.  She did "Bruises" which is, despite being one of the English tracks on her EP (I generally like the french ones better) probably my favourite.  David's preferred track was, apparently, "Bye bye Manchester".  She was far far better than I expected, and I expected to like her a fair bit anyway.  She made us wait a bit too long for the encore, but apologised when she came back and explained that she'd had to change as the vintage LBD was driving her up the wall.  Three extra songs (although I'd already decided halfway through the set that if they ran over and it looked like I might miss the 23:15 train into Leeds for the connecting service home I was going to stay regardless and hoof it across town on my tod because she was worth it) including a simply glorious cover of "Hang The DJ" then she headed to the back of the room to sell the merch herself and talk to people - in French or English or, in my case, a bit of both. 

Navigated back to the station where I caught a train one way and David went t'other.

A most spectacularly fabulous do.  To quote Ms Pain, from my fave track:
Quote
In the late night moment of joy,
I just want to say... Wow.
In the early morning with a clear head,
I just want, to say, Wow...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=208n2-Q4qi4&list=ALNb4maWNoT6QBqY6sRVQpNsPODd6WxjMF]
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Palinurus on April 11, 2013, 02:47:54 pm
Last week Jandek at Cafe Oto. I wasn't sure what that would be like at all, I took Ms. P and was wondering what she would make of it. 'Jandek' - the name isn't that of the musician but rather the project- played a keyboard rather than his usual guitar and he was backed by drums, double bass and trumpet/ french horn. Ms. P was rather charmed by him. It was a revelation for me, I finally got the point of his music (such that the following day I listened to four albums back to back as easily as if I was listening to the Beatles).

This weekend Pere Ubu in Brighton.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: tiermat on April 13, 2013, 12:05:39 pm
Last night, at The Duchess in York (thanks for the recommend, CL!) we saw Smoove and Turrell.

the support band looked like Uni students.  Their sound was sort of like Neil Young plays Reggae with all the twiddling and solos of Rush and their ilk.  Some of it worked, liked the cover of "All Along the Watchtower", others didn't, and some were just downright unrecognisable as songs.  Nice to see a lap steel guitar being used, though.

Onto the main act.  I have to admit I had not even heard of this band until they were announced as being on the bill for Deershed.  After listening to their 2 albums I have found that I like them, so, as tickets were only £8 each, it seemed like a good idea.  I am glad we went as they work well as a band, very tight and close.  The keyboard player looks like he has escaped from The Stone Roses, right down to his tatty converse and pullover windcheater.  Dances like Bez, too.  The first couple of numbers were a little ropey, but that I put down to warming up.  Once into the flow they belted them out.  They played a lot of their old songs, plus two off the new album, due out shortly.  An encore was demanded, but they hand nothing rehearsed to play, so they played the original version of "Beggarman Disco", called, aptly enough, "Credit Crunch Disco"

Anyways, here is them doing "Broke", sorry for the carp picture quality, I used my phone to capture it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCa1fMvGuQM
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Wobbly John on April 14, 2013, 08:58:22 pm
We went to see Thin Lizzy tribute group, 'Limehouse Lizzy' (http://www.limehouselizzy.co.uk/).

They were excellent!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: ferret on April 25, 2013, 11:56:31 pm
Just got back from watching Show of Hands in Brecon, well impressed with Miranda Sykes what a voice,
if I get a chance I would see them again
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Tim Hall on April 26, 2013, 09:14:36 am
The Green Rock River Band (http://www.greenrockriverband.com/) purveyors of Doom Folk and La Mouche (http://www.lamouche.co.uk/) doing stuff from the 20s, 30s, 40s and, gasp, 50s. Both of these at Horley's St George's day fair last weekend.  An excellent afternoon.  Pics here (https://picasaweb.google.com/timk200/StGeorgeSDayHorley?authuser=0&feat=directlink)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on April 27, 2013, 01:18:42 am
Low at the Sage, Gateshead.

Cor blimey. That were good.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on April 29, 2013, 09:02:51 am
This one.
http://the-waiting-room.co.uk/Cabaret/Archive/Andre-Herman-Dune-AND-Freschard

Travelled with the Very Lovely Valencia to Eaglescliffe on a Proper Train - the Grand Central driver got out himself at York to help get her into the guards van.  Grand Central, you are doing it right.  A most pleasant 30-ish miles with hills and hairy headwinds and a lot of grey drizzle (and bloody lovely it was too) out to Roots farm shop and cafe and back to Toytown to visit Shyumu and Daisyhill and drop off my overnight pannier before heading off onto the cyclepaths to and through Preston Park, back to 100 yards from where I got off the train. 

Fabulous soup and houmous, and a maple pecan and cashew tart with lashings of (boozy) ginger beer.  Andre Herman Dune actually performing as Stanley Brinks, which was clearly mildly confusing for one audience member.  My oh my they were splendid.  Freschard was the support - although Stanley played as her band and backing vocalist.  There was a really rather lovely moment as he first came in with supporting vocals, un-mic'd, and the relative levels (in the tiny conservatory at the back of the restaurant, which is fast becoming one of my favourite performance spaces, shame they only have acts on a Sunday!) were just sublimely perfect.  I liked her.  A lot.  In the interval as we chatted to them (as you do) I got a chance to natter a little in French and asked if either of them would be singing in French at all.  Back for the main man, who after a couple of tracks looked over at Freschard sitting at the back of the space and said "do I know one in French?".  "Of course - Jean-Marie!".  So he sang that, and she joined in from 3 feet to my left.  Oh my. Then he sang "the American version".  It wasn't as good.  Or as rude.  Torrential downpour on the conservatory roof as percussion for a couple of numbers, then the end of the set.  But he came back for an encore, and invited her to join him.  "Just one song.  Oh - actually, can we do two?  Then we'll do one in French too!".  Y'know that thing how it feels like the singer is looking at you?  Well, this time she was.  Happy happy.  A little more nattering - apparently he's off to record with the Wave Pictures after the last night of the tour, tomorrow in Nottingham, which is quite funny because we're off to see them in a few weeks.  Then a coffee (bought one for the band too) before navigating back through the cyclepaths to my very kind hosts for the night, then an early o'clock alarm call to get back for the 7:30 Grand Central home.  Perfect start to (or end of, depending on your perspective) the week. 

Best go to work now!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUBCjlsID4Q
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on May 16, 2013, 12:02:10 am
I've been slacking....  there's been 3!

Last Friday, Lotte Mullan at the Castle in Manchester.  Which does indeed, as I read on a different artist's facebook timeline, have a very splendid ceiling.  Tiny wee room behind the front bar, dreadful creaky uncomfortable folding chairs, very quaffable ale, audience of maybe 30 people including Andrew Br (otp) and Helen who took me out for Ginger Marble and fabulous (incredibly cheap) curry before the gig and then more beer at Bar after before putting me up for the night and feeding me delicious breakfast.  Jolly fine hotel, that :) 

I discovered the lovely Lotte whilst playing support-band-follow-the-dots looking for a local gig to buy tickets as a birthday present for my ex.  A brief listen convinced me that he'd probably like her.  After having given him said tickets I listened a bit more and discovered that actually, I rather did.  But I couldn't really go to the York gig... and the Durham one didn't work because of silly timed last trains and expensive hotels.  Then I realised that I could get to and from Manchester completely sensibly, planned to do that, asked A&H if they'd care to meet up for a pint or indeed join me - and instead got the invite to stay.  Fabulous!  I liked Lotte, altho the track about her mam and dad missed the mark for me and some of the tracks had a lot less impact with just her vocals and guitar than the band arrangements on the album.  She was good fun though, and definitely has A Voice and then some.  Wicked Way made me laugh as ever, there were a couple of numbers that I really rated as well as a couple that really worked for me with the simpler arrangements - and just about the right amount of chat and banter between.  I'd definitely go back to the venue, and go see her again, if the opportunity presented itself.  I asked her after the gig if she'd done the same set list in York - at the gig I'd sent my ex and his new girlfriend to.  Apparently yes, more or less.  Oops.  Hope he didn't take any of the lyrics personally....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrhkYMQlLGY
(someone else's video from a different gig, but you'll get the point from the track title)

Since I was going to be in Manchester on Saturday morning, I'd done a bit of wondering what to do next whilst plotting this Silly Bikeless Adventure.  And realised that on Saturday night there was a gig I quite fancied in That LonDon.... Hmm.  A call to the proprietors of Hertfordshire's Finest Hotel (AKA my mates Steve and Martin) sorted out the accommodation, some footling on the TPE site fettled the cheap advance train tickets and the credit card was deployed to procure three tickets for the Buffalo Bar in Islington.  The train south was pleasant, and a fine afternoon of coffee and wandering through parks followed before a really rather good meal at Killi's Kitchen followed by a pint (in The Famous Cock next door to the Buffalo :D) with Gattopardo otp before Steve, Martin and I headed down into the basement venue in time to catch the tail end of the first support act, who sounded pretty good.  Magnetic Fields album played between sets - that'll do.  Second support act - extremely 80s hair, sounded like he was singing underwater and I wanted to shout "Enunciate, Boy!" because I couldn't understand a word.  Most people seemed to like 'em tho.  Maybe I'm not hip enough.... Then the headliners - Allo Darlin'.  Bouncy lady next to us bounced into me several times, I could hardly see the tiny low stage because of the incredible number of stupidly tall people in the place, you couldn't get through the throng to the bar or the loos and it was crowded, hot, sticky and sweaty.  Plus I looked around and felt ancient.  But I thoroughly enjoyed it, as did the two I'd dragged along. The band sounded good, were clearly having a ball, and so were the audience.  A mix of new songs and favourites from a couple of recent albums.  Some singing along.  Mostly loud and upbeat but the first softly sung song of the encore brought the place to pin-drop silence.  Grand and glorious fun.  Shame about the penalty fare for getting on the wrong train back to hertfordshire...

Then tonight, at the Duchess, a visit with LindaG to see a band that I HAD to go see without knowing anything at all about 'em, just because of the name.  We turned up after the support and LG got to experience the incredible sticky floors and impossibility of being heard at the bar.  All part of the fun.  Turns out it was rockabilly.  Not sure I even know what that means... but  there was a most impressive selection of quiffs both on-stage and in the audience.  A double bass was deployed several times, with great aplomb, by a man with, somehow, a remarkable resemblance to a be-quiffed and beardless garden gnome.  The drummer was way too cool for school, played standing up and sang whilst chewing gum.  And is called Slim Jim.  The lead singer in black shirt embroidered with scarlet, with a high gloss white guitar that fought back and, by the end, a somewhat melted hairdo.  Not a huge audience, but a keen one with much bopping, some rather skilled jiving and, towards the end, a lady whirling something fabric over her head.  LG turned to me and jokingly bellowed "do you reckon that's her knickers?".  I laughed.  Then caught a better look at the lady in question.  Who I know.  One of my school cooks. "Erm.... given who it is... probably!".  It was indeed the biggest pair of flowery pants I've ever seen.  And yes, she threw them at the stage.  But got them back, and then signed, afterwards. 

Excellent entertainment, although I still don't know what rockabilly is or if I like it.  I'd go see 'em again though, I reckon.  I mean, I even bought a t-shirt.  Well, with a name like that it would have been rude not to...

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Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: tiermat on May 18, 2013, 11:26:51 pm
Just got back from seeing Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

In a word, it was fab! If you ever get chance, go and see him play live.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Aikon on May 19, 2013, 12:06:46 am
Public Service Broadcasting
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on May 22, 2013, 01:43:55 pm
Steve Earle & The Dukes (and Duchesses)

The Dukes & Duchesses is part of his old band filled out with the husband and wife duo who also record as The Mastersons.

Great gig - the Matsersons started off with a short six song support act, followed by a long set by Steve with them and the rest of the band - was a great one.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: LindaG on May 24, 2013, 12:12:43 am
Handsome Family. Brudenell Social Club, Leeds.

I hadn't heard their music much before last night. They are a country/folk/quirk trio singing original songs about the things they see around them, and stuff they think about, and stories they like. They are completely doing their thing and if other people like it too, they seem pleased about it. A really good night.

The support were dreadful. Three very pretty Dutch girls. Guitars. Glockenspiels. An accordian. And way, way too much screeching vibrato. It was all just a bit too earnest to be taken seriously.

But Handsome Family - I totally got it.

Catching a train to a small venue to see a non-stadium artist costs around the same as tickets to see a well known band at some arena or other. It's good to have choices in life  :)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CAMRAMan on May 24, 2013, 12:27:15 pm
Half Man Half Biscuit at the Robin2 in Bilston. It was a strangely subdued gig by their standards, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Some less common songs were sung and the banter from NB57 was excellent between songs.

It has to be said that Bilston is one godforsaken shithole!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on May 24, 2013, 02:08:17 pm
Handsome Family. Brudenell Social Club, Leeds.

That one.  By gum, they were good.

A hideously long Wednesday-ish sort of Wednesday was much improved when I got home and found the lovely LG and That Deano had both managed to get 'emsleves down to York ready for the evening's entertainment.  It then Very Very Nearly went Horribly Wrong when we realised that, with us in York about to get on a train to go to a gig in Leeds, some of the tickets were in fact still in Darlo.... oops.  We were considering a backup plan of going for a bike ride but on the off chance rang the venue where we spoke to the manager and then the promoter and after declaring our utter incompetence managed to convince 'em we weren't trying to blag anything, we were just rubbish.  We needed to deploy a glamorous assistant up north to find said tix and get the numbers off them.  You couldn't make it up - tickets numbered one.  And two.

An easy train ride to Leeds, sarnie for late breakfast from the station before getting on a train to Burley Park and a few minutes wander (I didn't get us lost - hurrah!) got us to the Brudenell where the people on the door took one look at us and said, "You're the lot from York, aren't you!".  Clearly I exude an aura of ineptitude :D  We got it, got some seats, and got beer.  Then had to leave the room several times to laugh during the support.  My word, they were shocking.  Handsome Family, on the other hand, were splendid in every way.  And I really liked the space - my previous experience of a gig at the Brudenell was in the (actually quite good) games room, not the main space which has great sightlines and is just the right size for me.  Then I bought the promoter and her sidekick a last orders pint to say thank you and after the encore we ended up having a bit of a natter with her about the NDH festival that we had hoped to go to - she worked the last one, apparently. 

Train back to York, and Den-wards via the pizza shop.

Excellent stuff.  If you get a chance to see Snow Apples, my advice would be don't bother.  But The Handsome Family are well worth travelling to see :)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Snakehips on May 25, 2013, 08:29:30 am
Georgie Fame and sons last night at the Rose Theatre Kingston.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Valiant on May 25, 2013, 04:29:59 pm
We did Mount Eerie last night. The soundchecks were difficult, the room sounded horrible, kept having problems with kit (kit from USA on step down etc). But when they went on to perform something magical happened.

The 200 strong audience all were so silent, you could hear me pushing buttons on the mixer. Even the echos and room resonances stopped to listen. It all came together so well that it felt close and intimate and almost like the band was singing just to you. Carressing your ears. Phil has a charming stage presence that just warms you to him, so that even when they had to change batteries on the DIs or something came up it was endearing. The quiet solos with Phil and his guitar sent shivers up my spine and reaffirmed my love of music and doing this job after what had been a hideous year so far. The harmonies just made me smile. I looked over to Dave who had been a bit of a mood all day, and we both had massive grins and we knew this was something special.

Mount Eerie was incredible. Sadly it was the penultimate date of their European tour which was to be their last ever tour. This hit me for six, I even offered to do the next gig in London including venue for free if we could get to use our big white rig.

If you ever get the chance to see them live, do it. Phil said on stage that it was one of his top 5 gigs he had ever done. Audience members were talking about how that was the best they'd ever heard him sound and that there was something about this gig. Maybe it was the church, or that it was their last tour, or maybe it was Radiance or a mixture of the lot but it/something came along and made it all a bit magical.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Peter on May 25, 2013, 07:23:04 pm
Great to hear of you having a good time for a change, Sam!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on May 26, 2013, 11:06:22 pm
Muse at The Emirates.

Support was Bastille who were good and Dizee Rascal who should be renamed Talentless Twat.

Muse were their usual fab self.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on May 26, 2013, 11:07:23 pm
Muse at The Emirates.

Support was Bastille who were good and Dizee Rascal who should be renamed Talentless Twat.

Muse were their usual fab self.

You are a prog fan aicmfp
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on May 26, 2013, 11:42:13 pm
Muse at The Emirates.

Support was Bastille who were good and Dizee Rascal who should be renamed Talentless Twat.

Muse were their usual fab self.

You are a prog fan aicmfp

Oh I dunno. I like lots of music and dislike what I dislike with a passion.

Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on June 01, 2013, 01:30:59 pm
The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band @ The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds
http://www.brudenellsocialclub.co.uk/Event/Details/860
A 5 piece line up that included a guest mandolin from the Wave Pictures, who we're going to see at the Basement in a few weeks time and who have just been recording with Stanley Brinks and Freschard, who we saw at the Waiting Room a few weeks ago.  Small world, innit.

Described in one of the reviews as 'joyfully peculiar', which is a pretty good summary. I even liked the support (Misty's Little adventure) which is a first for me at the BSC, after three gigs there. Jeffrey Lewis' Low Budget Film, "After Hours", was splendid. Cracking band, good beer, excellent company, a fine night out.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Illegal Combat Ant on June 03, 2013, 07:13:03 pm
Elvis Costello's Spectacular Spinning Songbook at Bristol Colston Hall last night. On his production guest list. Sat next to the FoH desk. Nice meal at a restaurant on the harbourside before. Sat in the sunshine for an hour or so before the gig.
Lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon/evening.  ;D
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on June 10, 2013, 01:22:59 am

Long Division Festival, Wakefield (http://www.longdivisionfestival.co.uk/)

A well set-up festival taking advantage of the thriving music scene in Wakefield (which, I must confess, has passed me by), and taking advantage of the venues within walking distance of Wakefield Westgate station. I've been to festivals in fields where you had to walk further. Here, I left the station and one of the venues was in front of me.  And being in the middle of town added a certain element of interest, where you weren't sure whether the person you were chatting to was at the festival, or was just out for a classic British Night Out. The stag and hen dos were a bit of a giveaway, mind. I was berated for smoking... in public! In the street! I reckon the recent (what, five years ago?) laws about smoking had passed her by.

So, onto the music. I had a quick pint at The Hop, where we picked up our wristbands, then had a wander about to acclimatise myself. I went over to the Orangery, which was a lovely space, though none of the acoustic singer-songwriter-y acts I saw there particularly grabbed me.

The Orangery
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7316/9000842773_6f402dd728_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/9000842773/)
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5342/9002021990_13c017b159_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/9002021990/)

I did comment to the promoter, who wasn't likely to have forgotten me after we forgot our tickets for the Handsome Family (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=post;quote=1490192;topic=38629.275;last_msg=1496176), that it would have worked very well in the gardens, but she made the very valid point that they weren't willing to take a chance on the weather.

Sunshine all day made it a very pleasant wander around Wakefield, and after having a chat with some locals over my jacket potato, I went to the Drury Lane Library (now unused, as a new library has been built) to see Piskie Sits. There was good hair on the hirsute guitarist, and I felt there was a bit of a power struggle between him and the lead singer who looked like Malcolm Elliot. Good noise, keyboards provided by a lad in disguise, beard and baseball cap. Took me ages to spot him. Charlatans-esque.

The sound was quite poor, though, and the venue gave it the air of a sixth form Battle of the Bands contest. Only one toilet in the place too! They made a good noise, but I disliked the singer's mid-Atlantic drawl, and went to buy more fags, and for another pint at The Hop (which served the best beer). I caught a bit of the Coopers, an Australian/English act playing summery folk-pop, but I was being jostled the whole time, and decided to wander off after my half-a-pint.

Back to Drury Lane Library, where I saw St Gregory Orange, a band about which the locals had been very enthusiastic, and which also featured the guitarist from Piskie Sits, the previous band. They weren't helped by a poor sound and the aforementioned sixth form atmosphere, but I thought they were awful, and escaped as soon as I could do so politely. They did, however, have a great introduction from a local compere, a local poet/performer named Skint and Demoralised. How official it was, or whether he just wandered on stage when he felt like it, I don't know, but he came across as a sort of Yorkshire John Cooper Clarke, and gave a fine anti-EDL rant.

The Theatre Royal, Wakefield
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Just around the corner was the Theatre Royal, where the bands I most wanted to see were playing, and it just happened that Howard Marks was giving a talk there (he lives in Leeds nowadays). As you'd expect, it was very witty, very funny, and very Welsh, and expounded a very moral position with regard to drugs and criminality. He went way over time, to the point that he had to be told to come off stage.

The Theatre Royal had the best sound of any of the venues, but it was a strikingly formal setting, which some of the bands used and went with, and other bands failed to come to terms with. I quite liked the faded glory of the place, the scruffy seats and peeling gold paint. I'd decided to stay there as the two bands I really wanted to see were both playing there later.

After Howard Marks, I saw This is the Kit, who had sort of caught my attention as someone had mentioned that they were one of the few bands they'd heard of on the line-up. Apparently there's a bit of a buzz about them in folky-indie circles.

They were utterly charming. The lead singer had the slightly distracted air of Kathryn Williams, and the sound reminded me vaguely of Lanterns on the Lake (OK, that's an obscure reference - think Sigur Ros, but with more girlie vocals and tighter songs). And they caught everyone's hearts by introducing the second song with a request for accommodation in Wakefield that night. They're from Brighton, apparently. It was a mesmerising set.

Next on stage, again, was Skint and Demoralised, who kicked off with a John Cooper Clarke cover. A performance poet covering another performance poet's poem, inspired by the name of the next band, Post-War Glamour Girls, which is a John Cooper Clarke reference. He performed the same anti-EDL rant, which again received a well-deserved round of cheers and applause.

I was never quite sure about Post-War Glamour Girls. They made a good racket, and were very adept at moving in interesting ways while playing guitar (they must have practised), but they had the worst lyrics of any band I've ever heard. Or, the lyrics weren't meant to be taken seriously, in which case they were an appalling fit for the music, a kind of post-rock grind.

Never mind. The female bassist was very pretty, and the lead singer was quite engaging. They're from Warrington, and that dry Lancashire wit came over in his introduction, where he followed Skint and Demoralised's rant with a comment about an EDL nutter on Youtube ranting about Muslamic Death Rays. So they were out to save the world from Muslamic Death Rays. Likeable, but not that good.

Next up was The Wave Pictures, which i was looking forward to. I'm a recent convertee to the Wave Pictures, having picked up on the fact that they are very good indeed from a slightly complicated Rock Family Tree involving various other bands, and this was the first time I saw them live.

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It has been very much my loss, as they were excellent. They made great use of the acoustics of the venue, singing almost without amplification during some songs, and the breathless hush inbetween the lines was magical. Then they'd come back in with a loud number, and fill the place with sound. They also feature a singing drummer (well, on a couple of the songs), who was bloody good. They were joined onstage by members of Allo Darling, who I understand are a popular beat combo, to whom I'm pretty much indifferent. They provided very fine harmonies during the finale, though. They were playing the Hop later that night, which is a tiny venue, and I expect it was packed.

After the Wave Pictures, came The Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel Band. Their set was a compressed version of their set when we went to see them at the Brudenell Social Club. Bands playing festivals, with time compressions and no guarantee that the crowd is there to see them, have less time to indulge in digressions and singalongs, but most of the audience got into it, and the finale, Demon in the Ground, which is a re-working of the Christian rock standard Spirit in the Sky, left everyone with grins on their faces. They always play that (apparently Peter Stampfel re-worked it as soon as he'd heard the original, and it is a song crying out for someone to stamp all over the awful sincerity of the original). The rest of their songs are in the same mould, though the formality of the setting took some of joy out of the wig-out feedback session during their version of Mule Train, and Black Leather Swamp Nazi was nowhere near as much fun as the drunken sing-a-long at the Brudenell. I suppose Saturday afternoon in Wakefield is different to Friday night in Leeds, and without the cues, a lot of the audience didn't know where to come in.

The Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel Band
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Peter Stampfel
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However, as The Fall were headlining the festival, Jeffrey Lewis, who is a fine comic book artist, resurrected his Legend of the Fall slides for the occasion.

http://vimeo.com/68010874

There followed a Fall cover version, though it was nowhere near as good as Jeffrey Lewis's ska-beat knockoff tribute to Kurious Oranj, which is one of the best cover versions I've ever heard. Mind you, it did make sense to take advantage of having female singers in the band. Don't ask me what song it was.

So it was a dash over the road to Warehouse 23, where The Fall were playing. I saw Mark E Smith out for a fag, and he looked (and sounded) well out of it. When he came on stage, though, he was obviously loving the apprecation from the venue, which was chocka. I hung around for a bit, and they were good, Mark E Smith has picked a decent bunch of musicians, but the constant jostling and people elbowing me and pushing me out of the way chased me out. I did have a brief chat with Jeffrey Lewis though, and saw Peter Stampfel and Heather the drummer hanging by the entrance on the way out (I guess they weren't as much into the Fall as Jeffrey Lewis).

It's a good festival - friendly atmosphere, good set of bands, good mix of local and national, nicely compact. Dirt cheap at £20, too.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Illegal Combat Ant on June 14, 2013, 10:28:06 am
Todd Rundgren's "STATE VISIT" tour at Bristol Academy last night. A huge number of balding or grey-haired old men there (including me), but a fair number of them seemed disappointed with the fact that it wasn't a 65 year old dragging his back catalogue around, but was, in fact, something new and challenging. Some of them even walked out after about an hour of waiting to hear one of his 'hits'.
Me? I loved every minute of the show, but then again I've been a fan since about '68, and if there's one thing I don't want Todd to do is drag his sorry arse like some Rolling Stones Pension Tour. He's always challenged me and fair play to him for still doing so.

Here's "Imagination" from last nights gig - a song about, errr, lack of imagination, rather appropriate really.

 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWpOxqVMG9Y&feature=share)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on June 16, 2013, 12:22:32 pm
Ahab, at the Arts Centre in Pocklington.

http://www.pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk/shows+on/15-06-2013

Nice bike ride out there, just missing the rain and stopping for a pretty damn fine coffee and cake at the Balloon Tree near Stamford Bridge, then tea round at Granny Annie's with assorted labradors trying to nick bits.  Then we piled GA and her oxygen tank into the wheelchair and walked round to the Oak House.

It's a cracking venue.  Formerly the Ritz - where I had my first ever experience of going to the cinema (Call of The Wild, aged about 7) and also the first place I ever sneaked in underage (one of the Rambos - dunno which, it was a long time ago) and where I once remember waiting outside for an hour to see something because the projectionist hadn't showed up.  It closed and reopened with a refurbishment back when I lived in Pock, then closed again before reopening as the Arts Centre the best part of 15 years ago.  Mostly volunteer staffed, and very strongly a community venture.  Granny Annie and my elder sister are on nod and greet terms with the sound technician, who has to set his board up in the wheelchair space.... and the whole place gives an impression of everybody knowing everybody.  Like being 15 again, I almost felt like I needed to be surreptitious with my pint.  Except I was sitting next to my mam... The venue still has the original seats that I remember from my childhood, although they have been reupholstered, but the shiny brass clickety clack ticket dispensing machine is no more.  There is a bar now though. 

Support was a fairly entertaining random Swedish chap called Ben who, it turns out, is a flatmate and squash partner of one of the guys in Ahab.  Old english sheepdog locks and impressive facial hair, he could get a lot of good noise out of a guitar and had a voice that worked for me despite the american twang.  Maybe I'm more forgiving of it it people who are singing in a foreign language.  I liked the sound he made better than the songs he sang, overall.

The headliners were missing one of their number, due to a recent visit from the stork keeping him busy.  They'd got a substitute (apparently another flatmate) in to take on the bassist's job and the bassist was redeployed to 12 string guitar.  I suspect this had a bit of an impact - several of the people I went with have seen them a couple of times before and commented that they felt the lack of the-missing-band-member.  They were pleasant enough, and fairly entertaining, but it felt a bit like they played the same song on repeat for the majority of the set and there wasn't a moment in there that what they did really grabbed me.  The nearest they got was probably in the encore when they switched off the amps and got the audience to sing along which - this being Pocklington - they did with great gusto.  Nice middle class boys being tuneful, but nothing exciting and a bit meh overall, I felt.  The full to capacity (200 seater) venue seemed very happy with them though. 

Then a wander back to Granny's for coffee and chocolate cake before a nearly-midnight departure and a rather splendid ride back home.  An enjoyable evening, although probably more for the bike ride (34 miles round trip - possibly the furthest I've done in about 8 months!) than the talent.

In summary....

Ahab - I probably wouldn't bother again. 
Pock Arts Centre - definitely.  Fabulous spot.

Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on June 16, 2013, 02:04:40 pm
Springsteen - last night at Wembley.

Not a fan of stadium gigs but Springsteen, his energy and the band somehow managed to make it seem like a more intimate affair.  Especial bonus was that they played the entirety of the 'Darkness on the edge of town' album as part of the set (mainly because I have recently really been getting into that album again).

The whole set was just under three and a half hours long, started with new stuff, others and requests, followed by the 'Darkness' set and then followed by more classics.  Over-ran a bit but unlike the Hyde Park gig last year, at least Wembley didn't turn the sound off.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on June 16, 2013, 02:17:19 pm
Saw him in the late 80s. Best stadium gig I've ever been to. (and no, that's not because it is the only stadium gig i've ever been to  ;D)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Cunobelin on June 16, 2013, 09:14:59 pm
I am at the Rick Wakeman Concert at Cheltenham

Eleanor Rigby in the style of Prokofiev with full choir and Orchestra .... Stunning

Also had the first Uk performance from"Arthur" since 1975


And the second half is Journey to the Centre of the Earth

.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Wobbly John on June 16, 2013, 09:32:21 pm
The Who at The O2 yesterday.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Got a VIP pass to the Green room bar & backstage after the gig.  :D
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: spesh on June 16, 2013, 11:51:48 pm
Joe Satriani, at the Portsmouth Guildhall.  8)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ham on June 17, 2013, 07:56:26 am
I, too, was at Springsteen and he really rocked the joint. Which, considering the vast expanse of the stadium is a pretty amazing achievement. I reckon it's the Grecian 2000 that helped. Ahhh that's churlish, he is still one of the very very very best live gigs ever. The E-Street band, steve van zandt, max weinberg all on top form

I have a couple of vids. Here is Jackson Cage, the "DIY" hungry heart will follow, but I may have to use Youtube rather than vimeo

https://vimeo.com/68496222
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ham on June 17, 2013, 10:57:56 am
And now the DIY Hungry Heart

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bbnM-nYiCY
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ham on June 17, 2013, 11:39:52 am
...and now Born to Run

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVep8ARrGSk
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ham on June 17, 2013, 12:47:47 pm
Followed by The Rising

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7VXPjIo1bI
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Post by: noggy on June 17, 2013, 08:50:05 pm
going to see Brooce for first time at Hampdung tomorrow :D
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on June 20, 2013, 08:06:16 pm
I was so knackered after work yesterday that I very nearly didn't bother.  But I managed to do battle with the online food shopping and win (I think) and decided that I would commit to going out, so booked my ticket online.  Paid now.  Have to go.  So... this one, last night.
http://www.thebasementyork.co.uk/event/1880/


The City Screen is undergoing renovations, so it was all a bit building site in odd corners of the place.  Basement seems unaffected... and is a venue that I really like, to the extent that I'm completely unphased by going to stuff there on my own, pretty much.  Last night it was mostly occupied by Officially Young People in skinny rolled up jeans and checked shirts.  Many of whom were sporting mildly entertaining facial hair.  I bet they all rode there fixed.  And brakeless.  I hadn't really paid much attention to the line up, apart from the name "Blue Rose Code" catching my eye on a listings website, but the Basement events often offer a 3 or 4 band lineup and I usually find something in there that I can get on OK with.  I have discovered a very strong preference for female vocalists, overall, but there's usually one in there somewhere.

I got there part way through the first support act so caught 3annabit tracks by him.  A chap called Chris Laycock, with a guitar, who I actually rather liked.  Nice voice, and a pleasingly confident-but-not-cocky-quite-glad-to-be-here-thank-you-yes-I -do-enjoy-doing-this-hope-you-do-too sort of attitude.  He got a female accomplice to join him for his last track (which is cheating really as she was bloody good and that automatically won him points with me) and jolly good they sounded too.  I'd go see 'em again.  Or, actually, just him.

Next up, a chap called Zak.  With a guitar.  Skinny jeans? Check.  Checked shirt? Check.  Beard? Check.  The loud people in the audience got louder.  Dunno if they knew him - there was banter about birthdays, so maybe.  OK, but I couldn't make out the words and that always irritates me.  A heck of a voice on him, but it was all a bit impassioned and heartfelt in a way that felt a bit OTT after the more understated first chap with a guitar who I definitely preferred.  Despite impressive facial hair he got possibly the best audience heckle of the night, from a lady sat at the table just in front of me, when he announced a song called 'When I was Young'... "What do you mean?  You're about 10!"

Next up, a chap called Nathan.  With a guitar.  Spotting a theme yet?  No check shirt or beard tho, opting instead for an emphasise-your-fragility baggy black t-shirt with huge armholes and wafting-around waist length hair with much timotei-esque sweeping it off one's face.  Mandatory skinny jeans present and correct, however.  I have to say, he can clearly really play his guitar.  And there's a voice there all right, but the mid-atlantic drawl from a nice Yorkshire lad irritated, as it so often does.  "Honest Love" was an expression of his cynicism about romantic love that made me want to ruffle his flowing locks patronisingly, since I'm old enough to be his mum and sometimes get a little tetchy when singers lecture me about such things.  A song about his parents splitting up caused me to reflect that this was the second time in the last month or two I've seen an act young enough to be my child perform a track about parental strife, and both have irritated me.  If you're old enough to be drinking beer and performing on stage you're old enough to not be whining about how your dreadful parents had the temerity to fall out of love and fuck you up in so doing.  There were a couple of covers but, in my dreadful woeful cultural ignorance, I couldn't tell you what of.  I actually think he was possibly better than I'm making him sound, mind.

Then, around 10 o'clock and after 2 hours or so of chaps with guitars, the headliner.  A chap.  With a choice of guitars.  Skinny jeans, checked shirt, beard.  Fingers crossed....

A few words about the creaky stage floor, moving the mic stand to a slightly less creaky spot, and off we went with a softly sung number.  And, completely unexpected bonus, a Proper Accent!  I hadn't noticed he was Scottish.  The atmosphere in the room went from typically York-ish politely quiet (the rowdy lot had left after Zak finished) to quietly attentive - a subtle but important distinction.

I really, really liked him.  A voice powerful enough to fill to overflowing every nook and cranny of the (admittedly diminutive) space but used intelligently and, particularly in the quiet moments, capable of being stunningly beautiful.  Gravel aplenty, and honest vowels to boot.  Quality banter, and there wasn't a song in the set list that I didn't like although Skin and Bones stood out, and the one about the highland clearances.  Oh, and the Ghosts of Leith, and my favourite was probably Julie during which he got all the supporting acts on stage to sing backing (apparently it had been the same lot, doing the same thing, last time he played York a few years back) and made us join in and despite being the random fat middle-aged-scruffy-bird-at-the-back and a little out of place and Not Approving of such things, I did because I felt like it.  Partly because he was so very engaging and all that.  Plus it sounded rather good. 

I've listened to the album today - quite a lot.  He performed the majority of the tracks from it last night, and they sounded very different since there's lots of other instruments and people involved on the recordings.  But both versions work for me.

And the best thing of all?  He's playing Deershed in July.  I have tickets!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on June 20, 2013, 08:46:43 pm
Woo! I has tickets to see 65 Days of Static!
Not only that, but in Ghent, so I get to scoff Belgian beer all weekend too. This makes me very happy :D
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on June 21, 2013, 06:42:47 am
Despite impressive facial hair he got possibly the best audience heckle of the night, from a lady sat at the table just in front of me, when he announced a song called 'When I was Young'... "What do you mean?  You're about 10!"

It was probably a cover of this song:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_I_Was_Young

That last guy sounds good.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: tiermat on June 21, 2013, 09:46:05 am

A quick heads up for those that have read Crinkly's review, would like to see Blur Rose Code and are in the Cambridgeshire area.  He is playing at the Baptist Chapel in Waterbeach this Saturday.

http://www.ents24.com/cambridge-events/baptist-chapel-waterbeach/blue-rose-code/3400425

Tickets are £7.50
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on June 21, 2013, 11:09:03 am
I only paid 6 quid in York!  North-south divide :D
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: tiermat on June 21, 2013, 11:22:45 am
Maybe, or maybe because the gig down here is a charity affair.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on June 28, 2013, 12:39:28 am
Wave Pictures, @the Basement.  The second night of a three night residency.

Wow.  Wish I'd worked out a way to go yesterday now.

More tomorrow.

Hurrah!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on June 28, 2013, 06:43:16 pm
The Wave Pictures at the Basement, York

There were also a couple of support acts - first up, Sam something or other, who was as forgettable as his surname.

Short review: Teen Angst Corner goes Acoustic.

Longer review: adequate bloke-with-twangy-guitar. The first song, with added harmonica, had a dusty desert air about it, aided by the amount of reverb in the sound. Shame about the lyrics - I did want to stop him and ask exactly what lyrics such as "eyes like a river" meant. I'm not even sure that's grammatically correct. I was having flashbacks to sixth form poetry group, though thankfully it didn't turn into an all-out confessional. The song about playing with his mates at the skatepark was the most successful...

Second up, Fillmark (I think).

Short review: band desperately seeks drummer.

They had a similar stage presence (and glasses) to Public Service Broadcasting, and some of their middle-class charm. The bassist is getting married at the weekend, and announced that he has 50 pounds of Wensleydale in his fridge. That's the sort of act you get in York.

They came on stage and announced "Hi, we're Fillmark from Leeds, and we're going to play some pop music", but the first few songs were ropey Joy Division a-like chuggers, and sent me off speculating about where this lot would fit in the football pyramid, if Joy Division were Manchester United. They wouldn't even be Accrington Stanley - maybe Darlington Spraire Lads under 16s.

Actually, that's quite unfair. As the set progressed, they added a bit more variety to their sound, and it's always good to see an omnichord being used to good effect. OK, I had no idea what one was before last night, but whatever it was, I liked it.

They urgently need a drummer, though, not only to fill the sound, but to avoid the awkward pauses while they tried to arrange the rebellious pre-programmed beats.

The final song was their best, a morose eulogy to death on the roads set to a cheery pop beat with some good ba-ba-ba-ba-BA-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-baa-ing.

A work in progress. They probably haven't had much time to practice since half of the band is about to get married, and the sound was set up for the main act, so I can't hold the sound against them. The little old gadgie at the sound desk could have done with a stuff drink after their performance, though.

Finally there came the Wave Pictures, on the second night of their three-night residency in York, with a different set every night.

They were excellent. I've only started listening to them this year, as they're connected to a load of other bands and performers I love through a complicated network of rock family trees.

They have the classic drums, guitar, bass and voice dynamic, a load of great songs, and a really crisp sound. They mixed up the sad songs with the upbeat bouncy numbers, got the drummer to sing, and even let him rip on a couple of drum solos, which were good. Apart from rock dinosaurs, the only other bands I've seen get away with drum solos have been arty American bands who do it ironically (they probably do everything ironically), but Jonny "Huddersfield" Helms is a straightforward Yorkshire bloke, and it was just enthusiasm and energy. He sings in an upright, slightly self conscious but utterly unaffected way, too.

The lead singer/guitarist gave some amusing banter about the Jorvik Centre, and mentioned that his parents were I the crowd. They were quite easy to spot - I've never seen dad dancing like it.

The bassist is an important element, too, and he's your classic stands-there-and-plays-his-bass bassist, none of your histrionics here. Watching them, they obviously really enjoy playing together, and their years of practice showed. It was, as they say, a tight gig.

More of the same tonight, please.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on June 29, 2013, 12:32:57 am
Wave Pictures, @the Basement.  The second third night of a three night residency.

 :o

Feck me.  That were good.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on July 02, 2013, 07:18:58 am
Simone Felice@The Duchess.

And my next door neighbour who is a MASSIVE fan (and father of the Smallest Superhero in York) could get to this one and got his photo taken with Felice afterwards.  And, in a completely unprecedented situation and after talking to the promoter after last week's Wave Pictures gig, I was on the guest list :o  Well, I was once I found the promoter and reminded him.

We saw Felice in the same venue a few months back, and I couldn't resist a second opportunity.  Last time he had a random brit in the line up and the utterly brilliant Simi Stone on violin and joining him on vocals.  This time it was a totally different line up - beardy aussie on assorted strings who was blinking marvellous, Felice brother Mountain John (epically hipster facial hair, moves like a mildly dyspraxic spider) on bass with both adding some vocals. And Simone Felice singing, on guitar and, unlike the last time, drums.  A completely different sound and a completely different performance, and whilst I think it would have been improved by the addition of a sprinkling of Simi's magic (though I suspect very few things wouldn't) if only so that Felice's occasional pomposity and posturing would once again be punctured by her calm self assurance and the fact that he wouldn't have been the most beautiful person on stage, bloody brilliant.  He is one heck of a performer.

And there was no poetry this time, which was a win  :D
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Tim Hall on July 03, 2013, 12:09:20 am
Penultimate gig I went to see was a band called The Hillmans at Crawley Folk Festival.  Billed as "Barn Darn Music for Plumbers", a psychobilly trio from some where in Sussex, possibly Eastbourne. Absolutely rocking. Not quite sure how they got on the bill at the folk festival, but pleased they did.

And tonight I relived my youth by seeing Tom Robinson and his current band celebrate 35 years(!) since the release of Power in The Darkness by playing it, in order, at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill. He's aged (as have we all), but it was just what I needed. I did the "working out what track is next" bit, as the previous one came to an end, by means of sub conscious memory branes and audio cues. Of course this was harder when they got to the end of side 1, but I guessed "The Winter of 79" opened side 2.  (Younger readers might not know, but back then, one had to turn a record over). Anyhoo, Tom's voice just about lasted, with TV Smith doing guest vocals on the title track, and  Adam Philips getting all Danny Kustow on the guitar.

I bought a T shirt, and a stencil. When I got home I found my album still had the original stencil in it, used.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Andrew Br on July 04, 2013, 11:58:17 pm
Massive Attack v Adam Curtis at Mayfield Depot as part of the Manchester International Festival (sadly it only abbreviates to MIF).

That's two hours of my life I shan't get back.
Sixth form debating society downloads some stuff from Wiki and Youtube and then borrows a projector and hi-fi.
Job done.
A criminal waste of Liz Frazer.

I also wonder if the levels of dust off the floor would be allowed in a work-place.


Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on July 05, 2013, 01:16:08 am
Manchester International Liz Frazer
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Illegal Combat Ant on July 05, 2013, 11:11:51 am
Last night. Bristol Colston Hall 2. Bristol Afro-beat project supporting. They were a really excellent, tight 10 piece brass heavy band that did exactly what they said in their name.
Then, my favourite band of the moment, Snarky Puppy. I  guess Hall 2 holds about 250ish and it was full. Tickets were a tenner. This was a very special night, kicking off a 30 date European tour. The sound in Colston Hall 2 was immense and it puts to shame the muddy, frequency eating harmonics of the main hall. They're off doing some festivals now, notably Latitude, Love Supreme, Moseley Park Jazz thing and the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, but all you hipsters from That London can catch them on the 24th of this month at the Macbeth in Hoxton - but it'll cost you more than a tenner. You also won't look out of place in your hipster get up - they seem very popular with young folk.

Here's one of their choons, 'Minjor'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JICdTKQ5jOU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JICdTKQ5jOU)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CAMRAMan on July 05, 2013, 12:32:42 pm
Just for a change, I saw Half Man Half Biscuit at The Junction in Cambridge last night. The lilac Harry Quinn had its first outing and it was a great gig, though banter free.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: billplumtree on July 05, 2013, 01:17:13 pm
Manchester International Liz Frazer

She's touring???
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Andrew Br on July 05, 2013, 03:55:35 pm
She's playing with Massive Attack at the MIF and, IMO, being criminally underused.
She did a Dusty* Springfield cover, "The Look of Love" and a Russian punk song (I think).
Both were good, although she's no Dusty.
I thought the night was winding up for a rendition of the Massive's "Group Four".
But no. Missed opportunity.
Highlight of the evening was probably Horace Andy singing "Sugar Sugar" although the cover of a JAMC song (I forget which  :facepalm: ) was nearly as good.

*Strangely appropriate given the conditions.

Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Illegal Combat Ant on July 08, 2013, 06:41:19 pm
Cornbury Festival (Poshstock). Me and the Mrs were laminated up to the tits and had access to all VIP areas and gatecrashed a couple of corporate dos as well ... but none of it could hold a candle to seeing Wilko Johnson with Norman Watt-Roy on bass. Grown men and women, including us, cried our eyes out. Especially when Wilko said "You don't know how grateful I am to be here". Stunning.

After last years, ahem, contretemps, Call me Dave's security kept him well away from Mrs Ant. They ended up putting him in the one place they knew she wouldn't be - on stage with Keane. She was at the other stage - on stage with Echo and the Bunnymen.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Andrew Br on July 10, 2013, 12:15:34 am
Another vist to Manchester International (L) Festival, this time to see XX at the Ritz.
And another 3 hours of my life that are gone.

If you're playing a "residency" you would:-
a) Know how long it takes to get from the hotel to the venue
and
b) Sort the sound out

So Why TF did they turn up ~45 minutes after they were due on and why did it sound so shit ?
If it hadn't been 30+ deg. C inside, I might have been more forgiving of the late start but when a roadie came out and crossed a song off the set lists long before they appeared, I knew they were taking the piss.
Arrogant bastards.

For once, I'll borrow the CD and copy it.
Stealing ? I don't think so; they owe me lots more than the price of a CD.

Can anyone tell me why they were wearing black arm warmers ?

On the positive side, Festival Square (Albert Square most of the year) had a really cool vibe.


Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: IanDG on July 18, 2013, 11:56:11 pm
Just returned from the first night of the HebCeltFest. Van Morrison the main act. Not the 'dream ticket' but a good show. He lasted 1 1/2 hours. First 1/2 a bit slow with new stuff but got - Baby Please Don't Go (some great improvisation), Jackie Wilson, Gloria, Here Comes the Night, Moondance, Bright Side of the Road,  brown eyed girl, and a couple from Avalon Sunset - including the Goddy one + a couple of 'jazz' classics in the second 1/2 :)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on July 26, 2013, 12:36:55 am
Polly and The Billets Doux, at the basement.  Support was Dan Webster and Boss Caine.

First time I've actually caught a bit of a Boss Caine set, which is frankly implausible given that I think he might be York's hardest-working gigging performer.  Loses a point for accent, gains a couple for epic facial hair.  Comfortable and confident.  Had to abandon the penultimate song due to a particularly awkward sting breakage - so Dan Webster popped out of the green room and lent him a guitar for his last track.

Dan Webster I've seen before (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=38629.msg1430344#msg1430344), albeit with a bigger lineup.  Just him and the cellist (who guested for the blueprints at their EP launch) tonight.  My word, she's good.  I'm still undecided about Mr Webster. 

Polly was a diminutive sweet middle class girl in a floaty frock and bare feet, with a flower behind her ear.  She also has a passion for pickled eggs, a sideline in taxidermy and aspires to one day make a giant rocking horse out of a dead suffolk punch.  An infeasibly tall hipster in skinny jeans and breton fisherman's top on guitars and harmonica and additional vocals, a gangly and oddly-familiar-looking bassist also taking a turn on the mic on occasion, and a smiley chap on drums complete the line up.  Actually, they mostly sounded bloody good.  Some silly instrument swappery, including Polly on the double bass (which was about 2 foot taller than her) for one track, and that's often good for a giggle.  Her taking over the guitar mid-song whilst the guitar chap did a harmonica solo in the final number, a fairly non-standardly interpreted cover of House of the Rising Sun, was pretty entertaining but they then lost me with the wanky guitar solo, massively extended instrumentals and dancing around with a tambourine.  I might not have been the only one either - there was no calling for an encore, although everyone had seemed to have fun.  Especially the two couples that got up and danced - one pair of barely-more-than-teens and one couple in, at a guess, their late 40s who did it with _much_ more style.

Very nearly very very good, certainly very accomplished, and an evening's entertainment well worth the fiver I paid.  I'd certainly give 'em another go - I suspect that a slightly less polite venue and maybe not a Thursday might be what was needed.  And sweet holy fuck, that woman has a voice. 
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Kim on July 26, 2013, 12:40:48 am
Y'know, I'm coming to the conclusion that, in a manner not unlike Wowbagger's ride reports, CrinklyLion's gig reports are usually more entertaining than the actual gigs.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on July 26, 2013, 08:34:32 am
The Grey Earls at Molly's Green Bar. A tight popular beat combo that mix expert artistic skills with a selection of other people's songs. Their easy on the eye drummer sets the pace for a set of catchy interpretations of recognisable

sorry got interrupted, there was a slug climbing up inside the tent

the lead singer has a corking voice.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: tiermat on July 26, 2013, 08:44:13 am
As none of those therein present seem to have mentioned it, I will.

At the weekend a group of us went to Deershed Festival.

During the day plus 2 half days there (Friday afternoon through to Sunday afternoon), I managed to see, in no real order:
The Moulettes
AlascA
Smoove and Turrell
The Milk
Tubular Bells for Two
Edwyn Collins
PSB
Stealing Sheep (well I might have been dozing when they were on)
Plus, possibly, a few others.

The majority were good, Edwyn Collins disappointed, big time.  AlascA were the perfect Sunday morning lazy start to the day music, The Moulettes were fab, every band should have a Bassoon!

PSB were ok, but I prefer a bit more life in my musicians when on stage.

Tubular Bells for Two has to be seen to be believed, really, yes, there is just two people on stage and they do the whole album (Parts 1 & 2!)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on July 27, 2013, 09:54:36 am
Kissmet. Rip roaring bangharing set signed off by Whole Lotta Love.

Splendid.

Went off to sleep to the sound of the Malawi Mouse Boys. The rhythmic African gospel tunes splendid as lullaby, belying their back story. 

Saw some sitar, can't remember when I last did. I seem to remember seeing Ravi Shankar playing somewhere, but I'm sure everyone says that. Anyway "Samanwaya Sarkar, a sitar-player who, alongside singer Debapriya Adhykary, forms one of the more potent duets - or jugalbandi - in Indian classical music today." So there.

Later someone billed as a new Bat for Lashes. Mellow, certainly, engaging Post-Mormon tales interspersed with (to me anyway) less engaging music. Jessica Hoop, if you are interested. Or Jesca if you spell it right.

And on to the Siberian throat singers. Fresh from scaring tigers, Huun-Hur-Tu provided a master set of understated, melodic rasping.

Who knows what today will bring. I'll be paying special attention to the Charlie Gillet stage, as the MMBs are on it later and we can probably slip backstage for them.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on July 27, 2013, 10:10:58 am
As an aside, two of the biggest cheers I've heard have been for classic rock or punk songs played by world music bands. Interesting observation on the audience, the bands playing for popularity or something else, or nothing?

It's definitely a Guardianista enclave. I keep on wondering why my strategically placed YACF water bottle hasn't been spotted by dozens of people, quite a few of them paying homage to Wowbagger.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on July 28, 2013, 01:03:27 am
Well, what a day.

The Malawi Mouse Boys were stunning. They've been out of Malawi once, one a plane once and played at one festival. This one. It's a long time since I've see musicians so happy to be playing. Even got to sing one line of a chorus for them. However missed out on getting a CD as they sold out, with stock being pulled in from across the site.

Lots of other stuff including a snatch of Arrested Development, but the second knockout set was by Mohammad Reza Mortazavi. Captivating, riveting, stunning. 75 mins of set seemed like 20 mins, so entrancing his astonishing music was. Eyes shut and there were three or more musicians on stage. Open, and there was just him. I was wise to the possibility of CD sell out, so bought one and asked him to sign it before he hit the queue.

Made the German electronic dub step techno rave funk bass duo Schlachthofbronx seem simplistically pedestrian by comparison.

Night all.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Illegal Combat Ant on July 28, 2013, 06:18:13 pm
I've broken myself at WOMAD. Just run out of energy and legs.
Never mind, I managed a fair bit and enjoyed just about everything I saw and heard.
Mrs Ant has been blagging her way onstage at every opportunity and she really got dressed up to go and see her old mate Lee Perry.

(http://i451.photobucket.com/albums/qq236/Illegal_Combat_Ant/shiny_zps3e63dfe7.jpg)

I don't know if it was her or the phone that went  misty-eyed when they were reunited.

(http://i451.photobucket.com/albums/qq236/Illegal_Combat_Ant/blurrylee_zpse9d425ca.jpg)

Last night she went and sparkled on the stages of both Babylon Circus and Arrested Development. I'm home resting, she's back over there doing gawd knows what.
The ever obliging Jaded is bringing her home later. At least that's what she said.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on July 30, 2013, 12:35:59 am
I brought her home.

Master and Miss Jaded had their festival experience brought to a close by giggling. Monstrous, industrial, endless, staggering giggling.

What's not to like.  ;D ;D
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Steph on August 06, 2013, 08:07:57 pm
I was at a gig on Sunday seeing this man:
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and this one
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Together:
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(http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/ae29/cyclisttony/037.jpg) (http://s954.photobucket.com/user/cyclisttony/media/037.jpg.html)

Wilko and Sweaty Norm were on scintillating form. I am sure I was not the only one in the crowd with wet eyes when he changed the lyrics  of a well-known song to "Bye, bye Johnny bye, goodbye Johnny B Goode"

I am also sure I wasn't the only one to get the joke in his penultimate song, considering who was on stage after him. The song was "Don't Let Your Daddy Know"

The following act was this man:
(http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/ae29/cyclisttony/040.jpg) (http://s954.photobucket.com/user/cyclisttony/media/040.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on September 07, 2013, 02:17:51 am
Last night, a different Herman Dune at the basement. Support was a Random Sam who I've seen before. Nice enough, nowt thrilling. Then either Turner Cody or Cody Turner, I forget which. As I commented to the promoter after his set I couldn't work if he was actually a performance artist assuming a persona. Hat and 'tache were prob the highlights. So american we concluded he was probably actually from Leeds.

The main man encountered a technical issue in the second song with a misbehaving mic. So unplugged and stepped over the.monitors and went acoustic. I liked. Would have been better without the 3 noisy pissed uber fans who comprised a significant proportion of the tiny audience...

Then tonight Krystle Warren at the Purcell Rooms in the Southbank Centre. Forgotten the support act's name. They were accomplished and interesting and totally not my cup of tea.  Some of the (excellent) company I was in disagreed tho.

Krystle Warren was amazing. Just her and her guitar. Some tracks I knew, some I didn't, a couple of splendiferous covers and the audience singing in three part harmony. She has the most spectacular voice. Worth every penny of the £12.50 ticket. Andnthe train fares that will total 4 times that for the weekend. And best of all, since I booked the tix for this one she has announce a york gig so I get to see her again in the sticky-floored duchess. Next week!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on September 10, 2013, 11:42:16 pm
Krystle Warren, again.  At the sticky-floored-Duchess this time.

Right now, I have no words.  I may do later.

Actually, I do have a few....

Manchester, tomorrow.
Hebden Bridge, Thursday
Brighton, Sep 18
Nottingham, Sep 19
Then some overseas stuff.  Go.  You owe it to your ears.

ETA: and apparently the Sage on Monday.  My word.  That would be a good'un...
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: clarion on September 11, 2013, 09:38:46 am
Trades Club is a fantastic venue (not that I'd take anything away from the beloved Duchess).
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on September 26, 2013, 09:45:00 am
Trades Club is one of those venues that I'm determined to get to, one day.  They have some stonking good bands on. 

I'm slacking here, aren't I? Catch up time....

So, there was the utterly sublime Krystle Warren.  I'd liked her in London the previous Friday, but the York gig was a whole other level.  I even quite liked Gwyneth Herbert supporting, solo this time, who had left me pretty cold the Friday before - in York I still didn't particularly like her songs but I enjoyed her performance of them a lot more.  Maybe 30 people in the audience; when KW came out she unplugged the guitar, stepped off the stage, apologised to the sound guy for wasting his hard work at the sound check and did the entire set acoustic with a sense of engagement and urgency and intimacy that the Purcell Rooms didn't come even close to.  The 3 part harmony audience participation wasn't as impressive but worked and made everyone smile - and huge kudos goes to the one solitary soprano in the audience who carried that part single-handed but assuredly.  And I got to talk to the woman herself after, and my two new friends who shared my table (turns out I taught one of their daughters) nicked a poster and asked her to sign it for me.  I still don't have the words to do the show justice.  One of my favourite gigs ever.

Then last week at the Basement, promoted by our favourite Joe from PPY, Laetitia Sadier.  Blurb described her as french and feminist, so I figured that'd do for me :)  I was subsequently informed that she used to play with a well known beat combo of some repute but tbh I've never heard of Stereolab so that meant nowt to me.
- First support - some name to do with sunsets, turned out to be some dreary chap with a guitar apologising for being a bit crap.  Meh.  I resisted the temptation to be excessively rude about him because you can pretty much guarantee at the basement that you'll be overheard by someone who turns out to be a FriendOrRelative of the talent.  But, yeah. Meh.
- Second support - Alisia Casper, who I've seen before supporting someone else.  I liked her a lot last time.  Less so this time - she was poorly apparently.  Stonking voice, but the songs did nowt for me and forgetting the words didn't help.  Quality banter at times, and the beetroot joke halfway through an otherwise terribly sombre track made me laugh.  Mildly disappointed that she didn't meet the expectations created from her previous set.
- Then the headliner. I liked her, actually quite a lot.  I'm not sure if it was partly the effect of being the thirs 'person with guitar' in a three act line up but I felt the lack of any additional instrumentation.  I liked the voice, I liked the songs, and I found her quietly engaging but I wanted more sounds somehow.  Stupendous accent mind, and excellent taste in stripey tops.

Then for Friday, with a Nikki and a Kim expected to arrive at the Den having ridden their bikes A Long Way to get there, I had discovered that local band Bull were headlining somewhere.  My Mate Soph (the punk fan who is raising her kids to appreciate Proper Music too) has been trying to get me to a Bull gig for months and describes them as 'surprisingly good for a bunch of teenagers'.  Plus someone in the band is the big brother of the kid who has been her daughter's best mate since nursery :)  So I dragged the cycle-tourists out to experience the delights of Fibbers.  Apart from anything else, one of the support acts was the Lungs.  How could I not take Kim to that?
So, first up was The Epilogues.  I think I've seen one of them before, and described him as looking like Harry Potter's younger fresher faced little brother.  We didn't get down to Fibbers til after their set though as we prioritise curry eating over listening to all the supports so we walked in as The Lungs, next on the billing, were doing their last couple of tracks.  Sounded OK from what I heard.  We found My Mate Soph and her husband and her teen son who was playing it very cool at his first 'real' gig.  And spotted MrCharly and Mrs MrCharly :D  Next came the Littlemores, who I've seen and liked before.  Unfortunately the vocals were pretty inaudible although a proper York accent was definitely present which I approved of heartily.  I was kind of hoping it was going to be one of those gigs where the sound check was optimised for the headliners and a bit tough luck on the supports but then Bull started and it didn't sound any better.  I thought they were pretty good though and, like the Littlemores, are undoubtedly better than the crappy sound and the excessively noisy talking audience made them appear.  I'll certainly keep an eye out for their upcoming gigs.  But not at Fibbers which, I've decided, is clearly not the venue for me.

Now, what's going to be next....
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on September 26, 2013, 12:50:15 pm
I've been slack, too.

Yup, that sound was really crap. The Littlemores have some really great lyrics and even knowing the songs I couldn't make out one word in ten.

Fibbers p!ssed me off for three reasons:

Sound

Miserable slow bar staff

Giving 15-year-olds who looked maybe 12 wrist stamps, then serving them at the bar. I tackled the admissions guy who tried to make some excuses.

I don't think we'll be going back to Fibbers.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Kim on September 26, 2013, 02:55:30 pm
CL took us to a gig in a murky basement full of unreasonably tall people behind the smoking stops in York.  The sound was both Too Loud and atrociously mixed (though I accept the venue is probably a feedback nightmare), and being in cycle-touring mode I'd forgotten my musicians' earplugs, so I spent most of the night with a finger in one ear in an attempt to hear anything other than bass and my own timpanic muscles.  This made signing difficult, but since I'd foolishly forgotten to bring anyone who could sign, it didn't really matter.  I may have sent a ranty SMS to barakta to that effect later in the evening.

The Lungs were basically inaudible.  Which is usually a good thing for lungs to be, I suppose.

The Littlemores were better, if only because their music was slightly less top-heavy, which gave me a sporadic opportunity to fail to hear the lyrics.

Bull also suffered from the bad sound, but demonstrated musical skill and a high level of enthusiasm that failed to be matched by the audience, who were mostly talking amongst themselves (no, I've no idea how).  They might be quite good in a venue with proper acoustics and a sound engineer who can be arsed to do a bit of knob-twiddling.

To demonstrate how long it's been since I went to a gig, I was delighted to leave suffering only sore feet and mild deafness, without having to resort to either Ventolin, or half a bottle of shampoo.

Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on September 26, 2013, 03:51:49 pm
I'll find one in a better venue with a higher probability of a competent tech for next time, Kim ;)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 26, 2013, 06:17:48 pm
65daysofstatic tomorrow :)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: interzen on September 27, 2013, 01:15:49 am
Not long back from seeing The Wave Pictures in Leeds.
Definitely worth sitting through two support acts (one strictly OK, one ear-gougingly shit) for. It's been a while since I darkened the doors of the Brudenell Social Club but I think I'll be doing so more often in future.

I have no doubt that a fuller review will appear in due course ...
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on September 27, 2013, 07:41:06 am
I have no doubt that a fuller review will appear in due course ...

Who, me? Go on then :)

I managed to fall asleep in the car on the way to Leeds - it's been one of Those Weeks, I guess.  Hope I didn't snore too loudly.  Woke up as Interzen was parking in Leeds city centre, and needed that coffee from the station before we jumped on the somewhat full train for the short hop out to Burley Park prior to the quick hipster-hair-spotting walk to the venue.

Got there and had a quick natter with everyone's favourite promoter, Joe of PPY.  I told him he was a fool for missing Krystle, That Deano asked about tonight's support.  "Some noise," he said it would be, "but good noise!"

We found some prime seats near the back with good sightlines over the tall people with their hipster hair and beer was purchased.  First support was the (strictly OK) crew from Wakefield.  A lead singer who clearly thought he was much, much prettier than he actually was.  That kind of Simone Felice-esque posturing works when, like Felice, one is really extremely pretty or exceptionally talented or, ideally, both.  Sadly Mr I'm The Lead Singer In The Band From Wakefield was neither.  Muddy vocals that I couldn't make out a word of too.  The rest of them sounded OK and personally I was fairly entertained by the contrast in visual performance style between the frenetic energy of stripey-topped guitar chap and near-catatonic bassist.  Turns out that Deano has seen them before - he said that it was a shame that stipey-guitar man had cut off his hair.  I believe he may have told him so during a between-sets fag break too.  And mentioned that they should get a better singer...

Next we had some gang who didn't bother to tell us their name.  Female vocalist/bassist.  Silly instrument swappery.  I should probably like them then.  As I said a couple of times... at least they weren't Snow Apple (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=38629.msg1489826#msg1489826).  Couldn't make out a word she sang either, although I am informed that was no great loss, which mildly concerned me in case we were going to have sound issues with the headliners...

Then the Wave Pictures themselves.  I was in the loos when they took to the stage.  Through two doors and over the sound of hand driers and decrepit plumbing I could actually tell what he was singing!  A bassist with quality facial hair and an expression of permanent wry amusement who clearly understands, unlike the first support chap, the difference between "calm and solid" and "unmoving and stolid".  It helps when you hit all the right notes in all the right places and are in a line up with crisp clean sound such that even an ignoramus like me can't fail to appreciate the balance and play between you all.  A lead singer who can really sing AND play his guitar... and the delightful Johnny  on drums.  With bonus added cowbells.  There were a couple of irritatingly talky women behind us, but a chap in the audience turned and "shh'd" them and then, halfway through a number that he was clearly familiar with, walked over and tapped one on the arm to repeat the request just before the quiet bit.  Deano pointed out an epic hipster bag.  I noted that it appeared to belong to Deano's tame hipster from Durham who we got talking to at the York gigs, an identification that was confirmed absolutely when he started to dance - unforgettable moves.  A fabulous set with some tracks I recognised from last time and some stuff I hadn't heard, some big noise and some quiet numbers that brought the room as near to silence as the bar clatter and air con allows.  A heckle about requests led to a flippant request for jager shots from the lead singer which started an apparently unending supply of the same to the stage from various corners of the venue and, apparently, his first ever jagerbomb.  He told us he would now have to start every day with one of those.  A couple of tracks featuring Johnny singing whilst drumming, and the one I'd been waiting for when, as Dave-the-singer said "Johnny comes to the front and does one of his heart-breaking performances of a song I wrote about a girlfriend".  I love the fact that the three of them have such completely different and distinct voices.  Johnny's singing is indeed capable of being heart-breaking.  But in a very good way.  And with a proper accent.

They were still going strong when we realised that we had to leave or miss our train.  An exchange of shrugs and another trip to the bar.  The tame hipster and his mate got into a bit of a dance off with the talky women from earlier.  It appears that dancing with your heart and soul whilst knowing all the words to the songs of what is clearly one's Favourite Band Ever, even combined with being a bit geeky and uncoordinated, trumps being pretty and dancing for the audience as the talky ones gave up and walked out.  Fools.  The last few tracks and the encore were completely worth missing that train to the city centre for we decided, as we nipped to the taxi office next door and booked a perfectly reasonably priced cab back to the car park.  Then York-wards, and again I hope I didn't snore too badly on the way...

Splendid night out.  Go see them.  They're bloody good.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: essexian on September 27, 2013, 09:22:48 am
The Primitives: The “Lovely” 25th anniversary tour. Wolverhampton Slade Rooms.

Another evening with Tracy Tracy, Paul, the really indie named Ralph and Tig as we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the release of their classic album Lovely. Doesn’t time fly eh.


(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5497/9962651505_947d60f19f_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/26068282@N07/9962651505/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/26068282@N07/9962651505/) by essexian (http://www.flickr.com/people/26068282@N07/), on Flickr

As always the band were tight as a tight thing with additional tightness; while Tracy’s shoes seem to be getting higher and higher: soon she will be nearly 5 foot tall! Special mention should go to drummer Tig who certainly knows how to put on a show despite looking like someones Dad  ;D

If you are part of the “Southend Massive” and fancy a good night out tonight, get yourself down to Chinnery’s for the next gig of the tour….sadly, SWMBO won’t let me go….too much history there it seems ;-)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 28, 2013, 08:04:47 am
65daysofstatic in Ghent

Support were a band called Sleep Makes Waves from Sydney. If you like Explosions in The Sky then give this lot a whirl. That was the best support act I've ever heard - in as much as they were properly mixed, the sound was good and they weren't turned up to distortion levels.
In fact the whole gig was like that, loud enough to make my ribs rattle but my tympanic membranes didn't feel like they were being liquidised.
I took ear plugs with me but never used them, although the Belgian youff did. I'd estimate 20% of the audience was wearing them.
65days were excellent, although from listening to their albums I was expecting a bit more electronic and a bit less guitar based shoegaze, but still they were very good.

Despite the venue being standing, everyone was very polite, I didn't feel the urge to punch, stab or otherwise maim anyone, which is unusual in these situations for me :)
The bar served real decent Belgian beer, a real treat to be able to have something worth drinking at a gig, in real glasses, young Belgians are so well behaved! Not a smash was heard, and all during the really deadly quiet parts of the set you could have heard a pin drop, unlike the usual neddish comments we'd get a home. The band remarked on how polite the 'student university town' audience were, I think they were rather shocked.
Anyway, I enjoyed the night in every way :)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on September 30, 2013, 11:15:40 pm
Currently on a train back to Embra after seeing Rod Stewart at the Hydro. Most of the hits, great band, not too many off the new album, great backing singers, HOT LEGS = great night. Could only have been better if Ronnie Wood had turned up. Train from Hydro to Central full of pissed Weegies singing Baby Jane and the woahohohohoh of Do Ya Think I'm Sexy :-D
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on October 01, 2013, 09:05:45 am
Can you see yourself in the photos?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-24345954
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 01, 2013, 10:42:21 am
I can nearly see where we were.  :D

The Hydro itself seems - well, the sound was good, but the access seems a bit half-arsed. We were on the 2nd level, really high up. The escalators only take you to the first floor and the steps through the arena to the second floor are incredibly steep with no banisters - very difficult in the dark. They've had the sense to make the escalators reversible, so they were all going up on the way in and all going down afterwards. And we all got covered in cement dust, for some reason. I think it needed a clean before they let the public in (insert soapdodger jokes here).

My mum's a huge Rod fan and I've seen him a few times before with her. I much prefer rocker Rod to the crooner Rod of recent years and that's what we got last night - it was by far the best show I've ever seen him do, and my mum says it was the second best she's seen. He started with This Old Heart of Mine and he'd thrown his mike stand in the air in the first minute  ;D . He did more of his older stuff, then went off for a break and his daughter Ruby came on and did one of her own songs, saying her dad had gone off to fluff his hair up. I was surprised how good she was, she can really sing and the song wasn't bad. IT was quite funny though, cos mum and Mcbobb and I had been talking about how good it would be if Ronnie Wood turned up and played, and then Rod started to say "and here tonight as my special guest at no extra expense to you..." and we were so hoping it would be Ronnie, but it was Ruby.  :-\ Then Rod came back on and they did a duet and she went off. Then he brought his acoustic set on and did The First Cut is the Deepest, I Don't Want To Talk About it, etc then three tracks from the new album. Then the backing singers did Soul Man while he went off for a costume change. Then You're In My Heart, Maggie May, Sailing, HOT LEGS (while he kicked footballs into the crowd), and Do Ya Think I'm Sexy (that noise you just heard was the country shouting NO) for the encore. At the end of every song the screen behind him showed the cover of the album it had come from, but while he did Do Ya Think I'm Sexy the screen showed a cover of Rolling Stone with him on and the cover line of "I don't want to be singing Do Ya Think I'm Sexy when I'm 50 like a parody of myself."  ;D

He always has a really good band, and most of them have been with him long term, and I like that several of them are women. One of his saxophonists is a leggy blonde - she'd better watch herself - and his violinist/mandolin player is a woman and they've both been with him for years. He had a female percussionist last night too. When I've seen him before the backing singers have been tucked away behind mike stands, but last night they had hand-held mikes and they were dancing like the Ikettes. The guys looked like they'd walked straight out of 1967 in their sharp suits and shoes.

His voice seems to be getting a bit of its rasp back, which I like; I haven't been too keen on his smooth crooner style. And he did a really good show - just enough of the new album to let you know there is one, but nearly two hours of classic hits. Great band, great backing singers, great night.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 02, 2013, 01:40:44 pm
Oh, also, according to my mum, if, in the middle of Maggie May, Rod Stewart does a minute or so of sort of singing/chanting "Maggie... Maggie... Maggie," it is NOT appropriate to respond to each call of "Maggie" with "OUT."
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: clarion on October 02, 2013, 02:38:55 pm
She's wrong ;D
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Peter on October 02, 2013, 02:47:32 pm
Dead wrong.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on October 03, 2013, 12:01:09 am
The Grey Earls. As good as last time, despite being cramped into a dartboard.

My standout - their version of The Passenger. As far as I am concerned they could play that 15 times in a gig. Then again for an encore.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: andrewc on October 03, 2013, 10:51:23 pm
Just back from seeing Robert Castellii's Boom Quartet at the Capstone.  Excellent gig, a pity the audience was so small

Video below is a slightly different lineup. Castelli is the drummer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a2Afe53N9k (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a2Afe53N9k)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Exit Stage Left on October 04, 2013, 10:41:42 am
A comedy gig. Bill Bailey in Blackburn. It's always the interaction between the audience and the comic that's interesting in Blackburn. Usually slightly provocative jokes about evolution and religion become charged with meanings about tolerance and Islam, so the response is wholly different from what they get in a college town.
There are whole subject areas you don't bring up if the person you're talking to is Moslem or a BNP supporter. Someone must have had a word at half time, as he then concentrated on the musical jokes. So the audience relaxed when they realised that Bill wouldn't be wandering towards comedy quicksands.
'Did anyone drive to the gig in a Prius?' was one line that fell flat. Yet Blackburn is ringed by windmills, so there were eco-jokes to be made.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ruth on October 04, 2013, 11:54:13 pm
A Winged Victory for the Sullen, at the Sage in Gateshead tonight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_L5E8kgpIgA&list=TLeQOIwjU16AjFqfisrjHDyY62UO2E1pAr

Ambient stuff, five strings over a synthy open chord structure, one piece live only.  I love the album they released in 2011.  Got to the gig a bit late and feared I'd missed my favourite track, but they played it as the encore.  I hadn't heard any of the other stuff but I did enjoy it.  Dreamy, ethereal, beautiful, with the added power of real live musicians playing real music.  It was a shame the deeper synth tones resonated in the metal rails on the balcony  ::-)

I'm so glad I went.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Peter on October 05, 2013, 12:13:58 am
Good to see you having fun, Ruthie - how did the house-warming/neighbour alienation turn out?!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ruth on October 05, 2013, 12:15:34 am
It was fun, thanks Peter!  I don't think the neighbours were alienated at all, in the end - worried about nothing I reckon.

The food went down well, as did the beer, and I GOT PRESENTS!!!!

I like cooking for people :)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Peter on October 05, 2013, 12:17:20 am
Great stuff - good luck with the job!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ruth on October 05, 2013, 12:19:44 am
Thanks Peter  :-*
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on October 06, 2013, 08:04:15 pm
Laura Cantrell, the Little Theatre in Gateshead.  SmallestCub is quite jealous, but has forgiven me because I told him that she didn't sing his favourite - Big Wheel.

Absolutely adorable venue.  Got knobbled by the promoter beforehand who was robbing smokes for the guitarist who, I learnt, doesn't like a certain square pizza with a particular cheese on.  Support was someone-or-another Smith who I wanted to like but didn't really.  Laura Cantrell was superb, as was the thieving guitarist.  A handful of old favourites, a generous sprinkling of gems from her new album, and a few (apparently) well known covers.  I realised once more the depths of my ignorance as I didn't have a clue about the covers or any of the famous people she told tales of (apart from her gossiping about Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric, which I knew about cos I went to see them play in a Gateshead pub) or her tales from the Grand Ole Opry or any of that stuff.  I have no idea or insight into where she fits into the country hall of fame, I just know that every single note she sang sounded amazing and I could have listened to her for hours :)

Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Wobbly John on October 06, 2013, 09:18:05 pm
On Friday & Saturday, I saw two Rolling Stones tribute acts on consecutive nights.

Friday - Counterfeit Stones (http://www.thecounterfeitstones.net/) - Their show is very much a piss-take of the Rolling Stones, but at least maps the band through the years. Venue was a village hall type with chairs and tables. The audience of mostly 60-70 yr old, 'blue rinse' crowd seemed a bit strange, but at least they enjoyed the show. The 'Charlie Watts-a-like' was convincing, as was 'Bill Hymen' on bass. They used humourous projected video clips of the band between the various costume changes through the eras of the Rolling Stones.  The Counterfeit Stones absolutely 'nailed' Sympathy for the Devil.  :thumbsup:

Saturday - The Stones (http://www.indexserver.co.uk/stones/about.html) - The Stones singer certainly had all the moves like Jagger - he truly acted the part with just the right amount of 'tongue in cheek' and had a great rapport with the audience. His voice was a bit nasal - so much that it was not possible to make out the words during some songs. Maybe he had a cold, maybe it was the, overly revealing, tight trousers that were the problem. The band were better musicians than the Counterfeit Stones, but the sound quality left a bit to be desired - it might have been the accoustics of the venue, a small theatre. The Stones played more songs and, as well as interacting more with the audience, at the end of the gig, rushed out to the door to shake hands and thank all the audience personally.  :D

So, some plusses and minuses for both bands. I think both would have been better in the right venue - an outdoor stage or a hall with an open floor for people to bob along.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on October 06, 2013, 09:57:37 pm
Laura Cantrell, the Little Theatre in Gateshead.  SmallestCub is quite jealous, but has forgiven me because I told him that she didn't sing his favourite - Big Wheel.

Absolutely adorable venue.  Got knobbled by the promoter beforehand who was robbing smokes for the guitarist who, I learnt, doesn't like a certain square pizza with a particular cheese on.  Support was someone-or-another Smith who I wanted to like but didn't really.  Laura Cantrell was superb, as was the thieving guitarist.  A handful of old favourites, a generous sprinkling of gems from her new album, and a few (apparently) well known covers.  I realised once more the depths of my ignorance as I didn't have a clue about the covers or any of the famous people she told tales of (apart from her gossiping about Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric, which I knew about cos I went to see them play in a Gateshead pub) or her tales from the Grand Ole Opry or any of that stuff.  I have no idea or insight into where she fits into the country hall of fame, I just know that every single note she sang sounded amazing and I could have listened to her for hours :)



Aye, it was a good venue.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/57044735/P1030235-2.jpg)

The support was a bit shonky. Darden Smith, I think he was called, and his mildly unusual name was about the most interesting thing about him. His songs were spectacularly dull, which was only placed into contrast by the quite-entertaining banter between songs. I drifted off into speculation about a situation where his songs would be worth listening to, and found myself imagining a cover of one of his songs by a southern rock band, coming through on a crackly AM band while touring the southern US in a battered old pickup. I think you'll agree, that's quite niche, and I was acutely aware that no drinks were allowed in the auditorium, so I took the opportunity to beat the rush to the bar.

The night's celebrity, Paul Smith from out of Maximo Park, was already there, and I would not have recognised him if the guitarist's gofer hadn't pointed him out earlier. It was pretty easy to spot him and his girlfriend - apart from me and CL, they were probably the only people in the venue under 50 who weren't there with their parents. I had him guard CL's beer while I nipped out for a smoko.

I hadn't had chance to see Laura Cantrell before - I was skint when I first listened to her, and she hasn't toured for eight years.  So I wasn't sure what to expect, but she was amazing. There was a Gillian Welch and David Rawlings vibe about the set-up, bloke on guitar and woman on vocals and rhythm guitar who clearly takes the lead, but without the bluegrass homeliness. Laura's references are either "classic" country, or slightly twee indie. I'm familiar with the latter (Camera Obscura, and the winderfully-monikered Franklin Bruno, who I was amazed to learn is an actual person called Franklin Bruno and not a band with a jokey reference to the boxer), not a fan of the former, but she manages to take all the good bits from her country references, strip it down and add a bit of modern bite with the lyrics, a hint of knowingness. As well as the slight indie leanings.  She also has the same schtick as someone like Rich Hall, which is to be able to explain something thoroughly American to a British audience.

Mark, the guitarist, was good, too - he filled in the gaps in sound which weren't being taken by Laura's voice, and knew his place. He was far better on stage than in person, though thanks to him I now know that, for example, the Monsanto plant in St Louis is next to the dog food factory. I did tell him to get to work at one point, but he was pretty relaxed about that - I saw him chatting to some other random punters inside.

He was relaxed with good reason, as the sound was excellent. Clean and crisp and made the best of Laura's voice. I was never concerned that drinks weren't allowed into the auditorium, it was as good as that.

A quick google also tells me that Laura Cantrell's Radio Thrift Shops on New York's WFMU have been archived on the internet. Despite being a wonderful live performer, she clearly has other careers going alongside, which helps to explain her lack of relentless touring schedules. I'll forgive her.

http://wfmu.org/playlists/RT

[I wrote a much better review, but most of it was lost when I clicked on one of those links, and it decided to close my browser, as it's been that long since I used RealPlayer]
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Illegal Combat Ant on October 09, 2013, 09:40:42 pm
Snarky Puppy at Kytopia Studios in Utrecht on monday night. Live recording session. Comfy sofas, everyone wearing cans like a silent disco. LOADS of hospitality at the aftershow and had really good chats with guys in the band. When the DVD/CD is released I'll pimp the tracks with me in shamelessly  ;D
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: padbeat on October 13, 2013, 01:02:26 am
The Proclaimers at the Hydro in Glasgow - flip me, that's a HUGE venue! 16,000 capacity, and I reckon there must have been 12,000 there.

Pretty bloody good, actually. All the favourites, but no real interaction with the audience - a massive singalong!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CAMRAMan on October 18, 2013, 04:07:04 pm
Half Man Half Biscuit at the O2 Academy in Brum. The band were great, but the venue didn't suit them and it never really got going. I didn't take the lilac Harry Quinn and the first song was A Lilac Harry Quinn. Last time I took it and they didn't play it. There's depth.

Why does the O2 Academy deem it necessary to show videos/ads on screens in the room while a gig is going?
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on October 18, 2013, 04:34:29 pm
This one

http://www.thebasementyork.co.uk/event/1890/

I missed the first two support acts, due to a phone call with my ex-MiCL.  Got there, got my hand stamped by everybody's-favourite-promoter-Joe who was very cheerful as the night's entertainment was just about sold out and he had just had a phone call and got a possible date lined up for one of his favourite acts in one of his favourite venues.  Since I share his views about both the band and the venue this also made me quite cheerful.  And he was cheerful that he volunteered to put me on the guest list when I worked out that I'd likely need get a sitter for the night in question.

I was in time for Chris Otepka, and very glad of it I was too.  Bought a drink, found a seat off to the side near the green room, worked out roughly what percentage of the crowd I recognised - including a parent from the SmallestCub's school playground, a Random Sam who wasn't a supporting artist tonight, a regular from the pub I worked in 20 years ago, and the two chaps I sat with and talked to at Krystle Warren.   Didn't spot any Blueprints.  Strange.  Worked out a couple of songs in that the chap sat in front of me and singing along was the headliner and the mildly irritatingly talky chap lounging on the floor was probably one of the unheard support acts.  Random Sam's female friend very clearly shushed the extremely talky people on the stairs... I approved, and what's more it worked. 

I liked both Mr Otepka and Eef ("like beef without the B!") a lot.  Would see again.  I quite like going to see a complete random pick without having even listened to them first.  I'd never heard of them or the bands they were in, had very little clue what to expect, came away smiling and have been spotifying 'em both all day.

Given that I nearly bailed at the last minute and went to bed instead, I'll count that as a win all round.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Tim Hall on October 20, 2013, 10:43:11 am
The Charley Farley Sunday Four (http://www.cfs4.com/) in a teeny pub in Dorking. Must have been 60 people in the audience, and it was packed.  Apparently most songs we hear today were written by Ma Farley back in the 1920s, and have been stolen by their current performers. The CFS4 perform the songs as they were written. Honest.  Big skiffly/ska/blues/rock thing. Bloody fantastic evening.  And I bought two CDs for a tenner.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Wobbly John on October 20, 2013, 11:25:34 am
Thursday night - first gig for a new band - Fleetwood Trax. As the name suggests, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band. Guitarist (acoustic) and 2 girl singers. Guitarist laid down bass/rythm & 'percussion' loops at the beginning of each song. A couple of nervous mistakes during the first 2 songs, but great once they gained confidence.

Saturday night - Dirty/DC. An AC/DC tribute act who have been playing the circuit for a few years, so they know what they're doing and were obviously enjoying themselves - as were the village hall full of aging rockers (a suprising number of them female). The band were LOUD...


...VERY, BLOODY LOUD!  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ham on October 24, 2013, 10:13:17 am
Surprised? they were probably all your local Rosies 
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Wobbly John on October 24, 2013, 12:29:16 pm
Nah. Grandmas in leather jeans.

Some of them were hawt.  ;)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ham on October 24, 2013, 01:36:11 pm
you mean you didn't have a whole lorra rosie? shame.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on October 25, 2013, 09:27:42 pm
Dr Feelgood, in a "murky basement full of unreasonably tall people behind the smoking stops in York (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=38629.msg1567410#msg1567410)" aka Fibbers, last night.

My mate Sophie-the-stripey-punk-fan suggested it ages ago, but was ver' surprised to find me there.  "I didn't know you were a Feelgood fan?!  Oh, hang about.... it's a gig.  Why would I be surprised to see you here?"

She confessed to a certain ambivalence about the prospect of the night's entertainment, given that she's been a Feelgood fan herself since before she was even a teenager.  She did manage to get tickets for one of the gigs on Wilko's 'last' tour, and then some more for the unexpected bonus gig he did a bit later but told me that she's had a conversation with her own, now pre-teen, daughter just that night about Trigger's Broom...  About three tracks in to the main set I bellowed deafly at her "So, do you like your broom" and just about understood her answer that yes, she did.  And she thought they were good.  But that it also made her very sad.

Having never even listened to them in any of the head/handle formations I didn't have that feeling, despite the fact that they chose to dedicate the night's performance to celebrating the life of Gypie Mayo, one of their guitarists, who had died the day before.  It did feel pretty celebratory, too.  Finally I've seen an act that can make Fibbers seem like a venue that works - possibly in part due to the pretty relentless pace of the set and the being so loud, most especially on my left, that it seemed to induce a mild inner ear disturbance such that I nearly lost my balance a few times.  There was epically bad dad dancing, and some incredible audience air guitar performances, and clearly a lot of people in the room who really, really loved the band in whatever configuration.  I wasn't planning to have a drink, what with it being a school night and all, but after a few tracks relented and had a beer.  It somehow just seemed wrong to not be clutching a bottle of boozahol in a sweaty hand as the temperature and humidity rose almost enough to cause indoor rain.  I was probably one of the youngest people there, but it was the liveliest night I've seen is the murky basement.

A good'un.
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Post by: LEE on October 25, 2013, 11:17:39 pm
Thursday night - first gig for a new band - Fleetwood Trax. As the name suggests, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band. Guitarist (acoustic) and 2 girl singers. Guitarist laid down bass/rythm & 'percussion' loops at the beginning of each song. A couple of nervous mistakes during the first 2 songs, but great once they gained confidence.

Saturday night - Dirty/DC. An AC/DC tribute act who have been playing the circuit for a few years, so they know what they're doing and were obviously enjoying themselves - as were the village hall full of aging rockers (a suprising number of them female). The band were LOUD...


...VERY, BLOODY LOUD!  :thumbsup:

Thinking about it I think I'd prefer to see a good cover band than the tragic ageing remains of a band I once loved.

Usually they look and sound better (and don't play stuff from a crap new album you never heard before)

Example:  The Cure

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I prefer to remember my heroes in their pomp.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: matthew on November 01, 2013, 11:34:27 pm
Just back from seeing Eric Bibb at the Anvil in Basingstoke.

Eric Bibb gigs are either a one man show, which is a good troubadour blues guitar and singing gig or he has his band when you get a louder bluesier set with some of his better numbers included that don't work without the band.

Tonight was a five piece group which was just what I needed at the end of a  hard week.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Pingu on November 08, 2013, 11:36:52 pm
Public Service Broadcasting - rather good  :) And premiering two new Dutch tracks about skating  :thumbsup:
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Post by: CrinklyLion on November 09, 2013, 12:20:11 am
Kate Rusby.  Who I still really want to take home for tea.  She's luvverly.
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Post by: clarion on November 09, 2013, 03:55:17 pm
Yeah.  Whatever.
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Post by: andrewc on November 09, 2013, 06:19:09 pm
The Matt Ridley Trio/Quartet in Liverpool last night.

http://www.mattridleybass.com/ (http://www.mattridleybass.com/)
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Post by: CrinklyLion on November 10, 2013, 06:12:47 pm
Lisbee Stainton at the Leeds City Varieties, last night, to round off a weekend of Culture (and TEA) in the splendid company of Ruthie..

Support was a musically very good and personally very engaging Irish woman whose name escaped me.  Strange juxtaposition of her chirpy cheerful self with a selection of being-dumped-songs such as to induce miser.  The lawyer-speak one was funny.  I like her better when she joined in the band line up for a few guest numbers on fiddle or backing vocals.  Wrong for my mood that night.

Lisbee was a sweetheart with a fairly splendid band to boot.  Double bass is always a winner, although I like Kate Rusby's double bassist on Friday a lot more.  More stringed instruments than you could shake a stick at and a guest drummer who might be the smiliest man in the world (as in about as smiley as mike and phil otp ADDED TOGETHER!) that she borrowed from Seth Lakeman, who she's just been supporting on tour.

Lighting technician needs to learn not to point roboscans at the audience.  Sound was a bit over-egged for the space and the slightly sparse audience, I thought, but not offensive.  Quality banter and some enthusiastic audience singing, the venue is a peach and is staffed by Lovely People.

Jolly, cheerful, and rather good.
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Post by: andrewc on November 12, 2013, 10:56:03 pm
Just back from the Capstone. A wonderful performance by the Serbian pianist Branka Parlic (http://www.brankaparlic.com/en/biography).

Music by Erik Satie, Arvo Part, Jeroen van Veen, Graham Fitkin & Philip Glass.

The Capstone is part of Liverpool Hope University and the majority of the audience were music students , some of whom need to learn not to rustle their programs during the recital!

I was pleased to be able to buy a CD of "Metamorphosis" after the show, as I'd tried & failed to buy it online.

http://youtu.be/4qAAPRbRSc0 (http://youtu.be/4qAAPRbRSc0)
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Post by: vorsprung on November 13, 2013, 10:34:15 am
We saw Glenn Tilbrook on sunday, he was pretty good.  He was on his own, just a guitar and him for 90 minutes or so

In case you don't remember, he was one of the prime movers in the 80's favourites Squeeze
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Post by: clarion on November 13, 2013, 11:06:44 am
Changed his first name to Glenn, has he?  Used to be Diffordand. ;)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: PaulF on November 15, 2013, 10:26:17 am
The National last night at Alexandra Palace.

Venue's a  bit of a barn in the back of beyond*, poor acoustics and because the floor isn't stepped had to stand on tiptoes to see the band. PLus I'm getting too old for standing :(

But the gig was great! Mostly from the last 2 albums and some old favourites too.

*By pure chance a school friend of my wife came for lunch on Sunday who lives close by so gave me a bed for the night :thumbsup: otherwise I'd probably have missed teh last part of the set trying to get back to Paddington for the last train
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Post by: Charlotte on November 15, 2013, 10:40:29 am
Hayseed Dixie last Friday in Cambridge.

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DSCF4973 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyope/10808348945/) by lyope (http://www.flickr.com/people/lyope/), on Flickr

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As usual, they were brilliant - I think this is the seventh or eighth time I've seen them and this time, I managed to wedge myself up at the front with a camera.
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Post by: IanDG on November 15, 2013, 12:56:49 pm
Martin Simpson @ An Lanntair, Stornoway on Tuesday 12th
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Post by: StuAff on November 15, 2013, 04:02:40 pm
Hayseed Dixie last Friday in Cambridge.
As usual, they were brilliant - I think this is the seventh or eighth time I've seen them and this time, I managed to wedge myself up at the front with a camera.
Great shots. Saw them in a rather smaller venue in Guildford Monday night (the aptly named Boileroom), again an excellent show.
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Post by: CrinklyLion on November 15, 2013, 07:43:06 pm
Laura Veirs, at Fibbers.

First support was s'posed to be The Lungs who I've missed before, despite them being recommended. I assume that for some reason they didn't play since we weren't _that_ late after doors and the next support was already on... Led to the Sea.  Violin, a Voice and some clever looping.  Last time I saw clever looping (with a flute that time) it was at the Brudenell, suporting Melanie Pain, and it made me want to punch people so I didn't hold out a lot of hope.  Actually, I really liked her and only wanted to punch the talky people who wandered in 10 minutes after us, even though one of 'em had an ortlieb frontroller as a handbag, which is normally a sign of common sense.

It was hipster-tastic - some astonishing hair, and red trousers with braces.  Also had a complete out of context error triple take moment as one of 'my' teachers and I worked out who the familiar face over there was....

Then some extended faffery with sound stuff and on came the band.  Turns out the support is also in the band.  The lighting disconcerted the lead singer somewhat until the lighting guy woke up and heard her asking for a spot to get turned down.  She also commented on the stage in Fibbers feeling a little zoo-like.... apparently the band is comprised of a penguin on bass, a scorpion on violin/backing vocal/other stuff, I can't remember what he decided he was on drums and a bobcat singer.  They made me smile.  There was a couple there who had emailed a request for Galaxies, since they'd used it for their wedding dance.  I experienced a sense of distinct disappointment that the audience didn't drift to the edges for them to reprise their performance when it was played.  The tallest men in the venue were nearby, and their almost as tall friend joined them and stood right in from of me.  But then their shortarse mate joined them and their protecting of her view meant that I got to actually see over her shoulder, which was nice for me.  I'd picked this gig out ages ago without listening to her at all on the basis of a cub-free night and a spotify recommendation before forming the view that fibbers and me don't really click, and nearly didn't bother.... but I'm really rather glad I went.  She's a bit good.  And the tips on sewing and assorted handicrafts from the bassist were well worth the entry alone :)  Apparently he is currently sewing a Ozzy Osbourne/Wolfman doll for Ms Veirs' 6 month-old son, who was hopefully napping in a "oh-no-it-isn't-a-premier-inn-is-it-that's-a-pisser-I-like-them-much-better-than-travelodges" with the band's babysitter during the show.  A story that made me recall that when my eldest was 6 months old I found it a big enough achievement brushing my hair and teeth within the same 24 hour period, never mind taking him on tour and turning up, coiffed and pearly-toothed, to put on a show that even Fibbers couldn't make sound bad. 

Recommend.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 19, 2013, 08:24:57 pm
Sigor Ros last night at the Usher Hall. They were great! The audience seemed to think so too....
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ham on November 20, 2013, 04:28:44 pm
Martin Simpson @ An Lanntair, Stornoway on Tuesday 12th

That'll be THE Martin Simpson, with his guitar? Banjo as well? Is he still as good as ever?
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: IanDG on November 20, 2013, 05:05:26 pm
Martin Simpson @ An Lanntair, Stornoway on Tuesday 12th

That'll be THE Martin Simpson, with his guitar? Banjo as well? Is he still as good as ever?


It was indeed and yes he still is - we got 2 banjo tracks the other 1 1/2 hours guitar and stories :)
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Post by: matthew on November 20, 2013, 05:10:25 pm
I always find some of the most astounding bits of a Martin Simpson concert to be the seamingly random finger picking as he retunes the guitar between numbers. Often changing the pitches of the various strings.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ham on November 20, 2013, 08:46:27 pm
Hard to say for certain, but I think I first saw him about 30 years ago.....

Actually it isn't hard at all, because he'd just released  Grinning in Your Face which I still have so http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grinning_in_Your_Face 30 years it was!

ETA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vr_zU5N9MQQ ................
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Post by: CrinklyLion on November 22, 2013, 08:14:53 am
Wednesday - http://www.brudenellsocialclub.co.uk/Event/Details/923

Low, at the Brudenell.  Easy bus/train/train journey followed by a quick wander across Burley Park in the sleet.  Chilly.  The place was full, the hipster quotient noticeable but not overpowering.  Support a mildly irritating (well, he irritated me) chap hiding behind many keyboards and under a baseball cap making noise I couldn't bring myself to care much about.  I gave him two tracks to see if he could grab me before wandering away for a while.   Then the main attraction.... complete with a projected countdown to their arrival on stage at the beginning of their multi-media backdrop.  Lovely stuff.  A male vocalist (I tend to prefer women singing) I could listen to for a Very Long Time Indeed.  A drummer who sings, captivatingly.  Clever words, enunciated clearly, and plenty of stunning vocal harmonies.  The Extremely Tall Man in front of me had a habit of swaying in a view-obstructing manner but I could mostly see the band most of the time.  The bassist/keyboard player, same chap they had in the line-up when I saw them at the Sage, still looked a bit lost.... the show feels a little like a conversation between Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker with him on the edges, occasionally saying 'excuse me?'.  Having said that it sounded bloody good.  Remarkably polite audience on the whole.  I'd be interested to see them with a rowdier crowd.  Very similar set to the Sage but a very different setting.  2-step in the encore was delicious although would have been improved by the whispering chaps behind stopping for 5 minutes.  A somewhat swift walk to the station and a run down the slippy ramp to the platform as the train pulled in avoided the need for a taxi.  Good night out.

Then, last night.... http://www.thebasementyork.co.uk/news-item/275/
A jolly fine evening of entertainment organised by Mr Coates, everybody's favourite promoter. And a bargain, at a fiver! 
First up were relatively new York band, Freaks & Geeks.  Couple of guitars, drums, his'n'hers vocals.  He is the lead singer from the Blueprints, who has been reviewed in this thread before both from band shows and a solo gig.  I still just don't like his voice enough to warrant seeing him headline.  She is the elusive Sophie Mac, solo artiste and more recently Blueprints keyboard player, who I've never managed to see before although I like her EP which I found by accident a year or so back.  Hard to _really_ hear her in the mix a lot of the time last night - I like her voice on recording more than I would expect based on last night's show.  They didn't really convince me last night, but I'd probably give them another go.

Next up, the Buccaneers, also previously reviewed here (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=38629.msg1385628#msg1385628).  Drummer still too pretty, although I couldn't see him behind a speaker stack so can't vouch for the facial antics this time.  Lead singer's somewhat weedy Movember 'tache caused comment.  Bassist facial hair still shockingly tidy.  Still sounding good, although the slight cod american accent could go and be no loss.  The lead singer from the headline act came and joined us at our table during their set, to listen in while drinking a cup of tea.

Then the headliners - Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside.  In a typically York-ish but somewhat odd turn of events, a several of the fairly small audience left before they played.  Presumably friends of the supports, and possibly with school in the morning.  I though it was a bit out of order for the buccaneers chaps to bugger off without listening to the set, so Freaks & Geeks (and associated Blueprints) can have an extra Brownie Point for having the manners to stick around.  Sallie Ford and her pals were well worth sticking around for, too.  A brief listen on the laptop with its crappy speakers didn't really give the flavour of this lot.  I'd say go see 'em, but it looks like last night was their only UK date - they're off to mainland Europe tomorrow with plenty of dates in France before heading home to Portland, Oregon.  Which probably explains why their Biggest Fans Ever had apparently driven quite a long way to get to the Basement.  Fast-paced toe-tapping sweary-energetic stuff that had 'em dancing in the basement.  Especially the Superfans.  I got the impression that the band found them a little disconcerting - in the rather intimate space offered by the Basement everything and everyone is pretty damn close.  I reckon I'll be seeing how they sound on headphones, instead of crappy laptop speakers, and that could be this morning's playlist sorted.

Oh, and they have a very Orange set of speakers.  Saw it and thought of Interzen...
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Post by: Rhys W on November 23, 2013, 01:33:34 am
Just back from Billy Bragg at St David's Hall in Cardiff. Excellent show as usual, and Billy's impassioned between-song banter is second to none (actually it might be second to the Handsome Family). I like the way he revises his lyrics, adding verses or lines to classic songs from the 80s to bring them up to date.
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Post by: StuAff on November 24, 2013, 08:41:15 pm
Queens of the Stone Age at Wembley Arena last night. Absolutely awesome show from Mr Homme and band, excellent support slot from Band of Skulls too. Had to go during the encore (I correctly surmised I might need those extra few minutes to make the last train home), but never mind.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on November 30, 2013, 01:07:47 pm
Chris T-T upstairs at the Black Swan in York. A grand old pub, actually, with cheery bar staff serving a wide range of ales, though I stuck to the Golden Pippin.

There were three supports, which was one too many, as Chris T-T's set was less than an hour long. The first guy, we only caught his supposedly rabble-rousing finale, but it was more than a bit sixth-form politics debate. Look, we all know the Tories are bad and stuff, now make some music out of it!

It's a tiny little venue, and I was hoping that the other two supports weren't going to be equally sincere folk-wannabes, as when you're close enough for the performers to see the whites of your eyes, it's hard to maintain facial composure.

The second support wasn't a sincere folkie. However, it was yet another version of the Blueprints, who seem to be stalking me using the unusual method of supporting bands I actually want to see. There are bands I adore, who I've never seen live, and I've seen these bleeders three times now. Stu out of the Blueprints (for it was he) is accomplished on the guitar, but has the slightly nervous, expectant air of someone performing to a panel of X Factor judges. Let someone else do the singing, mate. That would be my verdict.

Tumbleweed Salesman was third, dressed as a waistcoated Dr Who for some reason, though he left his scarf of many colours with his coterie of fans before taking to the stage. He was alright, tending towards enjoyable at times, with some likeable between-song banter and an admirable range of harmonicas which he deployed strategically. There was a lovely mandolin-and-kazoo-and-sleigh-bells-tinged finale of a Hawaiian Christmas song. It deserved a crowd sing-a-long, but no one could pronounce the Hawaiian bits. He did lose some goodwill for facebooking throughout Chris T-T's set, mind.

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Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/11132133216/) by dean.clementson (http://www.flickr.com/people/30024450@N04/), on Flickr

Then, finally, and I felt we'd earned it, Chris T-T, who spent a bit of time commenting on the muriel which formed the backdrop. A king on his throne, which is probably some allusion to the history of the pub, and which doesn't really fit Chris T-T's style of anti-establishment folk-indie. He seemed amused by the juxtaposition, though.

As he said, he must have jinxed himself by dissing the decor, as technical issues crippled the sound, and he had to play the first couple of songs unamplified, which wasn't an issue in such a tiny space, though they did have to shut the door.

It was a good set, mostly new stuff, with a couple of AA Milne poems set to music thrown in. I wasn't entirely surprised when he released that album, as he's always spiced his rage with a mix of wit and charm, and the sweetness of the songs was sandwiched across a very sweary anti-Disney rant. I also thought of Mr Larrington during his first song, The Bear, from his new album, The Bear.

And the encore (after an amusing half-hearted pause at the side of the stage - the venue being far too tiny for any proper leaving-the-stage shenanigans) was a pleasing to me version of Giraffe #9, the oldest song on the set and one I would have picked if he'd asked, which he sort of did, except he then added that he was going to play what he wanted anyway, and he finished with a quiet, sad little tune. Always leave 'em wanting more.
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Post by: CrinklyLion on November 30, 2013, 01:46:56 pm
That ^^^

Jolly fine beer.  Support mostly inoffensive, averaging acceptable, and occasionally amusing that made the headliner look good and us feel we'd earned him.  Headliner actually Very Good Indeed.  And he did Halfway.  Happy happy :D

(He's doing a grand piano set in Leeds next week.  I can't go, everybody else should!)
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Post by: Peter on November 30, 2013, 04:16:47 pm
Been there a few times - I seem to remember it has a sloping floor?
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Post by: CrinklyLion on November 30, 2013, 04:56:49 pm
After 5 pints, it slopes A LOT!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on November 30, 2013, 08:03:37 pm
Been there a few times - I seem to remember it has a sloping floor?

I would have guessed that you'd know the place. Lots of folkies play there - including Dick Gaughan for a couple of nights next week, already sold out, sadly.

The stairs were definitely a bit skewiff, too.
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Post by: Peter on November 30, 2013, 09:51:00 pm
Beer must have been good - Dick Gaughan, possibly?  He's top notch.
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Post by: CrinklyLion on December 05, 2013, 10:52:08 am
Well, that's a first.  Didn't bother staying to the end!

A gig that failed my newly invented 'elbow test'; historically the similarly subjective 'arse test' is one I deploy as a method of assessing theatre, dating from the time I studied theatre at Lancaster and saw a lot of shows in the rather uncomfortably-chaired Nuffield Theatre there.  It more or less comprises of asking oneself "did I notice that these chairs are really uncomfortable or was the performance engrossing enough that I got through the (three hour interval-less modernist theatre meisterwerk) show without my arse complaining".  I shall in future apply a similar test to gigs... do I like 'em enough to not care about the amount of being trodden on, walked through and, specifically, elbowed in the face.  By this measure I can tell you that Otway, where I got my left tit groped, must be really quite good because I didn't care too much.  Allo Darlin' in Islington just landed on the right side of the line despite lurchy-groping-couple-bouncing-into-me-specifically-the-wrong-elbow-a-lot.  Patti Smith was worth "Waving Pink Gin Girl" - although admittedly in that case I didn't actually get hit on the head with the bottle, unlike Ruthie.

So... last night, the joy of Fibbers.  We'd seen one section of the audience get kicked out of the pub round the corner 5 minutes earlier.  It was full of happy bouncy people, most of whom were very tall.  Fibbers gives the average shortarse three choices in these circumstances - at the front and very squished, at the back in the talky bar bit where you can't hear or see or somewhere in between, hoping to hear above the chatter and maybe see some of the time and we opted for the latter.  I occasionally got a glimpse of some hair...  A Very Enthusiastic Fan did offer me a lift onto his shoulders, which was kind, but I'm not that generous to the region's chiropractors and declined.  Very many very tall people (seriously, they should have a special enclosure for 'em) including the tallest man at the gig - immediately in front of me, natch - who was obviously a handy waymarker for people navigating between friends and bar/bogs since everyone seemed to treat him as a kind of roundabout.  He was also very, very elbow-y.  And the elbows were nose height.   There was a lot of dancing and bouncing and cheering and stomping, by an audience who were clearly listening to the prior knowledge of the music in their heads, unlike me.  Bright side, we missed the Blueprints (I've done my 2013 quota of BPs gigs) and nearly all of the other support who didn't seem very good at all.

Electric 6 headlining, btw.  Who I can't tell if I like or not because I could neither hear nor see 'em.  The curse of Fibbers.  Went back to the pub after track no 5 and had a jolly fine pint of Bad Kitty and a nice natter with the landord instead.
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Post by: clarion on December 11, 2013, 08:41:27 pm
We (Butterfly, myself and 'the cutest baby in the world ever' (according to one of the members of staff)) are on our way home from seeing a performance by TGL and his peers on the music course at college.

He did very well, managing a range of styles from soul and reggae to rock and rap.  I've never seen him play with a band before, and it was good to see.  I've taken loads of photos, and, if I'm given clearance by the lad, I might post some.

He asked me to thank Flatus, whose incredibly generous deal on a bass and cab inspired him with ambition and a direction in life.  He wasn't actually playing that one tonight, as it was shared with the second year students, so they used a college one, but that bass is his prized possession.  Thank you
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Post by: padbeat on December 12, 2013, 01:27:05 am
I'm really looking forward to next Tuesday - The Wonder Stuff, PWEI & Jesus Jones in the Edinburgh Picture House. Dinner in Yummi Tori just up the hill and then into the mosh pit for the first time in 20 years. I may even break out my vintage Tank Girl T-Shirt!
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Post by: tiermat on December 12, 2013, 07:40:52 am
I'm really looking forward to next Tuesday - The Wonder Stuff, PWEI & Jesus Jones in the Edinburgh Picture House. Dinner in Yummi Tori just up the hill and then into the mosh pit for the first time in 20 years. I may even break out my vintage Tank Girl T-Shirt!

You lucky, lucky man!

The last time I saw PWEI was at Bradford Uni, in, oh, 1995 or so (the year that there was a rumour that NIN were touring with them).

I loved every last minute of it.  Wear shorts and a T-shirt only, take towels and cold drinks in the car (if driving to the gig).
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Post by: padbeat on December 12, 2013, 03:13:53 pm
 ;D I'm expecting it to be ... energetic!
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Post by: tiermat on December 12, 2013, 03:19:28 pm
One thing I do remember is the point, halfway through their set, where they reach the end of a song and the singer says "This is the point in the evening where you all want us to slow down a bit...... TOUGH SHIT" and then they launch into "1000X No!"

Having seen the Wonder Stuff before, I would be upset if I missed them, PWEI would make the evening for me (unfortunately the only gig I would stand even half a chance of getting to is Sheffield next Wednesday :( )

Enjoy
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: interzen on December 12, 2013, 03:25:38 pm
I'm really looking forward to next Tuesday - The Wonder Stuff, PWEI & Jesus Jones in the Edinburgh Picture House. Dinner in Yummi Tori just up the hill and then into the mosh pit for the first time in 20 years. I may even break out my vintage Tank Girl T-Shirt!
I'd probably wear a Ned's T-shirt - just for the lulz ;)

It's years since I saw PWEI - in fact, it might have been back in the early 90s when they appeared on the same bill as the Other Band From Stourbridge (Ned's Atomic Dustbin)

It was definitely .... energetic (what I remember of it - I was totally off my face for most of that particular evening)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: padbeat on December 12, 2013, 03:51:43 pm
I'm the same - I saw PWEI in Pompey back in 1992(?) and The Wonder Stuff in 93, but it's the Poppies I'm really going for. Tinnitus here we go! Possibly whiplash too.

I'm tempted to wear my HRM, just for giggles!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 14, 2013, 07:57:50 am
Thea Gilmore in Hall 2 at the Sage. Traffic at a standstill on the road into Gateshead meant we got there half an hour after doors but discovered the interval was about to start so we hadn't actually missed any of Ms Gilmore. Hurray! Mind, I reckon support would have been good... it was her husband. Who is also her guitarist, keyboards player, backing vocalist and her producer.

We found a standing space on level 1 1with a decent view and settled in. The lineup also included a violin and a cello and was occasionally supplemented by the Gilmore/Stonier's 7 year old son on second fiddle. Thea apologised for her cold and at one point described her own voice as acting like a toddler - she was never quite sure which direction it was going to head in. But whenever it found a note she wasn't expecting it still sounded bloody good. And this time the sound tech was paying attention.

Grand stuff.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: IanN on December 18, 2013, 10:45:11 pm
The Waterboys. Last night at The Colston Hall in Bristol.

Very good. very good indeed. Even though I'm not that into their later Irish folk stuff.

I obviously don't get out much - but mobile phones at gigs are a menace. Nobody cares about your ffff...  lipping text message - put it away.
Flashless photos aren't a problem - the screen is as dark as the venue. I should have put this in the rant thread  :)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 21, 2013, 09:13:21 am
Acoustic TV, at the Basement on the recommendation and in the company of Tiermat otp.  A plan that nearly went awry as my end of term nap meant I slept through all the messages about times and meeting up and stuff, but fortunately woke up in time to discover via the wonders of modern telephony that Tiermat was exploring a couple of the pubs between station and venue and I managed to be just a bit less than fashionably late for doors.

Busy, although not busy enough for me to be able to flog my spare ticket back to them and everyone I saw going in as I loitered by the door waiting for Tiermat to conclude his impromptu bar crawl already had a ticket so I couldn't offer them free entry.  Hands stamped and expensive pints bought, we found a spot to lurk without too many tall people in the way.  I had to take a pic of the stamp to send via the wonder of technology to Mrs T since the doorstaff had in a fit of synchronicity used a fox one which made Mr Foxton's evening and we thought his Mrs would appreciate it too.

Support by the Idol Dead who I've never heard of but actually enjoyed.  Apparently they'd had a bit of a catastrophe and ended up borrowing a guitar or possibly several guitars.  Chap on the far (stage) right was like a kid at Christmas when he discovered his loaner had a built in tuner.  Quality bassist facial hair.  Engaging lead singer with a decent line in banter.  Proper accents.  Clearly fans of the main attraction, which is generally a good sign.  The four bar stools lined up, boy band stylee, made me smile - as did most of the set.  Lead singer chap commented on the slightly surreal experience of playing a selection of borrowed instruments in a basement full of people wearing Christmas jumpers and.or santa hats and, in the case of two women, decorated with strings of fairy lights.  Surreal in a good way thobut.

Another expensive round while they cleared the bar stools and drum kit, and a tall table in the corner became available.  I quite like said tall table as sitting on a bar stool give me a chance to see over people a bit unless you get unlucky and the band are lined up behind the awkward pillar.  I did realise that for once the tallest man at the gig was pretty much guaranteed to not stand in front of me - since a look around confirmed that it appeared to be Tiermat :)  There was a bunch of mildly annoyingly talk-y people just to my right.  Clearly fans as, like most of those attending, they knew all the words.  Always makes me wonder why they'd rather listen to their own braying than the band.

Acoustic TV are apparently a side project by some of Terrorvision, of whom Tiermat is A Bit Of A Fan.  He commented afterwards that some of the tracks probably didn't make much sense if you didn't know the originals but actually, I disagreed.  It worked as a set even for the uninitiated - the only track (well, apart from the Elvis number and a selection of Christmas "specials") I'd heard before was Tequila, but I liked 'em.  Enough that I kind of regret not getting my arse into gear and going the night before for the first night of their mini residency.

And they just finished in time for Tiermat to run for the sensible train back home instead of having to wait an hour and a half for the silly one.  Splendid.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: tiermat on December 21, 2013, 01:12:02 pm
'Twas, indeed, a good night.

As mentioned, due to a cock up (by me) WRT the time of doors, I arrived in York $TOO_EARLY, so set about having a few pints (something I don't normally get to do as I am, normally, DES for concerts).  A pint of Titanic Plum Porter in York Taps went down beutifully, the Kirkstall Smaked Black Boy Porter in the Maltings much less so, in fact I left the last quarter of that.  On to the Lendal Cellars, which was mercifully quiet, for a couple of pints of Yorkshire Sparkle (not an alcoholic Gliterberry clone, but rather a very nice Blond Ale), and NO PHONE SIGNAL!!!  All worked out in the end, though.

I thought Idol Dead were good, had a little bit of a "Bullet For My Valentine" thing going on, but I won't hold that against them.  They had a great line in banter and were obviously really enjoying themselves.

As CL says, I am "A Bit Of A Fan" when it comes to Terrorvision, having followed them, on and off, for nearly 20 years now (might be longer, but certainly since "Formaldehyde" came out) and love Tony's stage style.  Self deprecating, cracking jokes and generally having one hell of a party, which he wants you all to join in with.  A few notable highlights of the evening, song wise:
"Party Over Here, F*** you over there" was complete with a member of the audience stood inbetween Tony and Milly.
"Tequila" was cut right back (as you might expect when all they had, instruments wise, was 2 guitars and a keyboard) and felt like it had when they first recorded it (and not that heretical remix)
The Laika Dog* song they did worked really well, too.

I would have loved to hear them do a couple of old songs, one which was a B-side (Hard To Feel) and one which is another Laika Dog song (Daddy What's Your Soul?)

*Laika Dog is Tony's side project, or one of them at least.  In common with a lot of the smaller bands (and some larger bands) the members don't just commit to one band, they spread themselves about a bit!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on January 18, 2014, 11:15:24 am
John Otway, at the Basement.  Bumped into a couple of old friends from waaaaay back when (as in over 20 years ago) on arrival.  Their kids are now of an age to be left home alone and said friends are remembering how to be grown ups... although I'm not convinced that Otway is the best way to do that :D  Also found my-mate-Soph-the-stripey-Punk-fan along with her husband and another former work friend of theirs.  Since they all used to work together with my Formerly Beloved I remembered not to rant too much this time.  Dry January may have helped with this...

No WWB or wah-wah wheelie bin this time.  Just as much silliness.  The roadie-as-straight-man was splendid.  Otway was as mad as a box of frogs, and very proud of being A Pop Star with TWO (count 'em!) hits to his name as well as now being A Movie Star.  Gloriously entertaining even when stone cold sober.  And nobody in the audience groped my tit this time.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: citoyen on January 19, 2014, 12:12:57 am
Went to see Robin & Josie's Utter Shambles tonight, but Josie [Long] was ill, so it was just Robin [Ince]. Didn't matter though, because he was on fine form, brimming over with righteous anger and some hilarious Brian Blessed anecdotes.

Also on the bill was folk-pop singer Grace Petrie, who was just wonderful. She has a lot of the Billy Bragg about her - songs about politics and relationships, often entwining the subjects together, highly lyrical with some winning wordplay. And a truly lovely voice.

Here's a taster (she performed the first of these two songs tonight):
http://youtu.be/hwhj_vMDJU8
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on January 19, 2014, 12:19:31 am
The Grey Earls.

In a church.

Ruddy marvellous.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: sg37409 on January 25, 2014, 12:00:27 pm
Going to see "trampled by turtles (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trampled_by_Turtles)" in celtic connections this evening in glasgow.  Hadn't heard of them at all, but liked the sound of them, since downloaded their latest album which sounds good. Always look forward to a gig, this one should be good, it seems ages since we were out.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: sg37409 on January 27, 2014, 04:42:35 pm
Quite good.  The rock & bluegrass mix didnt end up as good as I'd thought but their slower numbers were good. Short and sweet gig.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Valiant on January 27, 2014, 05:19:48 pm
I didn't go see it as they came to our place but I watched an amazingly moving performance by Caroline Kraabel on sax having a musical conversation/romance with Cleveland Watkiss doing what he does best, beatbox/sing etc.

The whole place went silent, and everyone left their spots at the door/bar etc and came and sat down and watched for 30/40minutes. It really was something.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrazyEnglishTriathlete on February 05, 2014, 09:53:23 pm
Well, that's a first.  Didn't bother staying to the end!

A gig that failed my newly invented 'elbow test'; historically the similarly subjective 'arse test' is one I deploy as a method of assessing theatre, dating from the time I studied theatre at Lancaster and saw a lot of shows in the rather uncomfortably-chaired Nuffield Theatre there.  It more or less comprises of asking oneself "did I notice that these chairs are really uncomfortable or was the performance engrossing enough that I got through the (three hour interval-less modernist theatre meisterwerk) show without my arse complaining".  I shall in future apply a similar test to gigs... do I like 'em enough to not care about the amount of being trodden on, walked through and, specifically, elbowed in the face.  By this measure I can tell you that Otway, where I got my left tit groped, must be really quite good because I didn't care too much.  Allo Darlin' in Islington just landed on the right side of the line despite lurchy-groping-couple-bouncing-into-me-specifically-the-wrong-elbow-a-lot.  Patti Smith was worth "Waving Pink Gin Girl" - although admittedly in that case I didn't actually get hit on the head with the bottle, unlike Ruthie.

So... last night, the joy of Fibbers.  We'd seen one section of the audience get kicked out of the pub round the corner 5 minutes earlier.  It was full of happy bouncy people, most of whom were very tall.  Fibbers gives the average shortarse three choices in these circumstances - at the front and very squished, at the back in the talky bar bit where you can't hear or see or somewhere in between, hoping to hear above the chatter and maybe see some of the time and we opted for the latter.  I occasionally got a glimpse of some hair...  A Very Enthusiastic Fan did offer me a lift onto his shoulders, which was kind, but I'm not that generous to the region's chiropractors and declined.  Very many very tall people (seriously, they should have a special enclosure for 'em) including the tallest man at the gig - immediately in front of me, natch - who was obviously a handy waymarker for people navigating between friends and bar/bogs since everyone seemed to treat him as a kind of roundabout.  He was also very, very elbow-y.  And the elbows were nose height.   There was a lot of dancing and bouncing and cheering and stomping, by an audience who were clearly listening to the prior knowledge of the music in their heads, unlike me.  Bright side, we missed the Blueprints (I've done my 2013 quota of BPs gigs) and nearly all of the other support who didn't seem very good at all.

Electric 6 headlining, btw.  Who I can't tell if I like or not because I could neither hear nor see 'em.  The curse of Fibbers.  Went back to the pub after track no 5 and had a jolly fine pint of Bad Kitty and a nice natter with the landord instead.

It doesn't matter how tall you are there is always someone taller than you about two places in front.  I can speak from experience of (a) being tall and (b) plenty of gigs.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on February 07, 2014, 06:55:39 pm
I'm slacking again.  Shocking!

Anyhoo - last Wednesday was the Wave Pictures, once more at the Brudenell.  Support was the same lot as supported 'em in York one time last year - Finnsummatoranother - but now with added drummer and keyboards.  I spent most of their set worrying about the bassist wandering perilously close to the edge of the stage and wondering why they'd got the lass on keyboards because I didn't see the point.  They ended with their best song which, like last time, was actually quite good.  Then the rest of the band left the singer/guitar chap on his own and he sang some incomprehensible dirge that went on too long.  Adequate.

Wave Pictures were, once again, jolly good indeed.  I'd have quite liked another one sung by drummer Jonny "Huddersfield" Helm, because I really like the ones he sings quite a lot, but if he's only going to do one then "Give me a second chance" isn't a bad choice.  They did some fast ones and slow ones and loud ones and a couple of very quiet ones and no bad ones at all.  Just the one support this time meant the good people got on stage relatively early and still did a decent length set.  Then two encores, which included the SmallestCub's favourite (the spaghetti song, if you were wondering, and he's very jealous that I heard it live) and we still made it to the station in time for the last train.  So that was my (*counts on fingers*) fourth WPs gig, now.  I'll be off to see 'em again in a few weeks. 

Then yesterday, having done some very complicated negotiations to swap days off and stuff, I did a flyer from school and successfully completed a 2 bus and 2 trains journey to the seaside.

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Ross Wilson (of Blue Rose Code) and Bella Hardy, in a totally bonkers hippy hotel with a harbour view in Whitby.  Down the stairs to the basement where you could put 20p in the Madame La Rosa machine to get your fortune told or admire, by the light of tealights sat in seashells and strings of fairy lights, a subset of the place's eccentric collection of objets and ephemera.   Artfully displayed pillboxes under glass, anyone?  Who knew there were so many varieties of ex-lax tin... and so few people in the audience.  A dozen or so of us seated on gold-painted opera chairs around the densely packed and creaky tables - just too many to necessitate actual introductions but few enough mean you couldn't just feck off to the pub if you realised you didn't like the talent without it being really really obvious.

Support was a bunch of terribly sweet, middle class, reasonably competent kids.  Skinny lad on guitar introduced the lass on vocals (but then proceeded to do most of the singing himself, really) and the 'joins them sometimes' fiddle player.  Apparently they normally have a drummer but can't fit them in La Rosa.  I quite liked her voice, and there were some pretty harmonies and stuff, but nothing exciting.  I was in a good mood, so they didn't annoy and actually made me a little cheerfully nostalgic. The first pint of the year while listening night have helped too.  Come back in a few years when they have summat to say.  Although I didn't get their names...

I went because of Ross Wilson who I saw by accident in York once and then on purpose near Thirsk another time.  Bella Hardy was a new one to me, and I liked her.  Fiddle and voice and humour and warmth.  The two of them together I liked a lot.  More beer was drunk, more stories told, and an eclectic mix of songs were sung.  Of the three performances I've seen by Wilson, the first is still my favourite but this one was pretty bloody good too. 

Since a night experiencing the quirky delights of La Rosa is rather beyond my budget it was a stomp down to the harbour then up the steps to the YHA that awaited at the end of the show.  Whitby YHA is an absolute gem too - highly recommended.  Then this morning the dread discovery that Arbut's caff, beloved of trawler-men and zombie-like goths and night-riding forumites, is up for sale and wasn't open for breakfast.  The Singing Kettle, round the corner, did a pretty good scrambled eggs and mushrooms to fuel me up for a meander along the pier then up to the cinder track to go and admire the viaduct.  Then back to the station for the train to 'boro - realising halfway there that Mr Wilson himself was a bit further up the carriage.  I left him in peace though and he was last seen toting guitars, presumably off to his apparently sold out gig at the Victoria, and getting on the Saltburn train on the platform opposite where I was waiting for my connecting service home.

A decent start to the weekend, that.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: interzen on February 07, 2014, 09:34:14 pm
Anyhoo - last Wednesday was the Wave Pictures, once more at the Brudenell.  Support was the same lot as supported 'em in York one time last year - Finnsummatoranother - but now with added drummer and keyboards.  I spent most of their set worrying about the bassist wandering perilously close to the edge of the stage and wondering why they'd got the lass on keyboards because I didn't see the point.  They ended with their best song which, like last time, was actually quite good.  Then the rest of the band left the singer/guitar chap on his own and he sang some incomprehensible dirge that went on too long.  Adequate.
Finnmark, I believe it was.
They should have called themselves "Tonight, Matthew, we're going to be Joy Division. Or New Order. Or possibly both. Or neither"
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on February 14, 2014, 06:00:28 pm
Last night, at the Arts Centre in Pocklington, Mark Thomas on his 100 Acts of Minor Dissent tour.

I committed a minor bit of rule breaking myself, by sitting in not-my-booked-seat to avoid the very tall person in front.  But I waited til the house lights went down and the next seat along remained one of the handful of untaken ones in a very nearly full house because, after all, this is Pocklington.  It's a terribly polite spot.  There was lots of laughter and a fair bit of applause and a few sharp intakes of breath but very little heckling - though he did comment in response to one audience member's "Well then you're a tosser aren't you!" near the end that he is always happy to work with mixed-ability hecklers :)  Thomas does a fairly convincing impersonation of a Pocklingtonian disapproving-folded-arms 'tut', incidentally, which makes him sound alarmingly like Granny Annie in a grump.

Very funny, very rude and frequently thought provoking which is as I would have expected from my vague recollections of watching the Mark Thomas Comedy Product as a young'un.  I particularly liked his very much by the way comment that there was one thing, really, that he needed to make life complete.  A handcarved mug.  Made from the skull of Gove.

Recommended - both the venue and the show.

(Less recommended is the late night, kipping on Granny Annie's sofa and having to catch the 6:35 bus to work in the morning.  ZZZZZzzzzzz......)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: StuAff on February 16, 2014, 10:07:25 pm
Kodo last night in Poole. Second time I've seen them. Absolutely awesome, again.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ruth on February 17, 2014, 10:17:34 am
The Boys, last night at the A.S.E. Engineers social club in Darlo.

This was the band they hired for the last Ball at my work, I'd been told they were a fantastic covers band.

They weren't.

They were four blokes karaoke-ing to backing tracks whilst dancing in a Four Tops kinda style.  It was quite entertaining, and for what it was it was good I suppose, they were never trying to be a real band.  The dancing and singing was pretty polished, and there's no harm in a good sing-along whilst teetering round the dance floor at the club in your ridiculous heels (not me - band shirt, jeans, DMs).  I was so bored.

The queue for the bar was 30 people long, there was no decent draught ale, so I ended up drinking three pints of wifebeater and staggering home after the bingo.  Ah well.

Saturday night, however, was The Boxer Rebellion at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds.  I had a choice this weekend, catch the last half of the act after work at the Sage in Gateshead on Friday, or miss the end of the gig in Leeds to get the last train back.  I opted for the latter.

The support, Christof, was surprisingly very good, one bloke, nice voice, guitar, harmonica, topknot.  You get the picture.

I really, really like this band's recorded music,  but was kind of wary in case the subtle keyboard sound would be lost in a live context.  Didn't need to worry, they were fabulous, luckily for me they did some of my favourite stuff as soon as they came on so I didn't feel like I'd missed out too much.  Four lovely handsome boys who can really play.  The bass player was a bit, er, unique, with his nice quiff.  He seemed to have some kind of Mod/Smiths thing going on with his performance that I couldn't quite figure out.  Button-down shirt tight to the neck.  Stiff, controlled arm movements.  Who does that remind me of?

I think my favourite bit was when they did 'New York' from the new album, 'Promises'.  All their music is very rhythm-driven, but the three instrumentalists picked up sticks and did an almost pure rhythm backing to the vocals and a teeny weeny bit of keyboard, to make the song sound even more powerful live than it is on the CD.  Loved that.  A close second was 'We've Got This Place Surrounded', which is from way back when, and a wonderful song.

It was annoying to have to leave before the end though.  Another massive queue for the bar, but not as bad as in Darlo, and they have some decent beers.  So that was all right.
Title: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: citoyen on February 18, 2014, 01:46:37 am
I can tell you the last gig I didn't go to - Swim Deep at Koko in Camden tonight.

Did taxi duty for the callow youth and his beloved and was half minded to join them inside, but judging by the queue, it was a very young crowd and I would have felt like the oldest swinger in town at the school disco. So I left them to it and repaired to a hostelry where I whiled away the evening by nursing a pint and reading a good book. Most pleasant.

I noticed several "cool" parents accompanying their kids to the gig. Word to the wise: some environments are not appropriate for people our age.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: perpetual dan on February 19, 2014, 09:10:51 am
I went to see TOY last night. The likely people to go with were all busy the next day, so I was on my own in the back third with the other older folk and with enough space that I could see what was going on. I'm really not very good at describing music...
First act were some quite likeable locals mostly playing to their friends and relatives who I think were trying to channel something between the Stooges and Joy Division.
Second up was The Proper Ornaments, who were new to me but good enough live that I bought the CD. I haven't listened to it yet and I fear that a producer might aim for jangly pop with them. Live they had a great guitars and harmonies energy, with just enough noise to give them a full sound with a bit of an edge.
Toy were a good translation of their recorded sound, which I sum up as lots of phasers and a bit of moog but driven rather than ethereal. There may have been noisy moments, which I quite like. However, it may be that I'm now an old git, but the PA could have done with turning back down to 10 (I'm sure the support weren't as loud). However, all in all, very enjoyable.
Brisk walk to the station and in bed by midnight.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on February 22, 2014, 03:24:39 pm
Laura Cantrell, at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal.

I saw her last year in Gateshead's Little Theatre, and fell a little bit in love, tbh.  And the Brewery seems to get some good people in touring and some decent reviews, so I've fancied going to see something there for a while.  So when I spotted a LC gig on a night that the Cubs were away at their dad's and I didn't have work in the morning and everything, I was very tempted indeed.  So much so that I asked billplumtree otp if I might prevail upon him for a place to crash in Kendal(ish) and a lift to Actually Kendal and back so that I could effect a minor invasion of CrinklyChaos into his otherwise peaceful existence... Oh, and did he fancy a gig btw?

The Brewery is indeed very nice indeed.  With time for a drink before doors, we wandered through an exhibition of paintings that failed to impress me, what with me having spent a while earlier in the day admiring from a spot on the pier the infinitely superior skies of Arnside and all that, to find the bar and, in my case, a pint.  My third-anna-bit of the year!  There was a snotty woman who objected to us co-opting part of the extremely huge table that she and her mother had 'dibsed' with coats, towels-on-the-sun-lounger-stylee.  We offered to share but she wasn't impressed.

The Malt Room is cosy and low ceilinged with a plenty of pillars that could be irritating but weren't for me.  Very polite audience.  We were glad to see that the stroppy woman didn't appear to be in the audience.  Or, at least, not visible to us.  No support - straight in to Ms Cantrell's first set, accompanied by the same guitarist as was in Gateshead.  He didn't try to pinch any fags or tell stories about pizza this time though.  The contrast between them works, on many levels.  Three songs in before she even said hello... and, oddly, a couple of moments early on when it felt a touch precarious.  A spot of mild speaker buzz from the left was a tad annoying and, I thought, it was all a bit unnecessarily over-amped.  I love the sweet sharp precision of her singing and, from my seat in the third row, couldn't help wondering if it wouldn't sound better without the sound system.  But they, and the audience seemed to warm up a little a few more songs in.  The slide guitar came out to play and a stonking rendition of Queen of The Coast prompted me to send a jealousy-inducing text to That Deano who I recalled has a real soft spot for that particular track.  And then we got Someday Sparrow which is one of my favourites from the latest album, which made me ver' happy indeed. SmallestCub will probably forgive me that she closed the first set with his second favourite - Yonder Comes A Freight Train - since once again there was no Big Wheel, which is his number one Laura Cantrell song by quite some margin.  The second half felt more confident and the audience more responsive.  A good mix of her previous recordings, the new album and an unrecorded track - from memory, the same one she did in Gateshead.  Apart from that and a cover and Kitty Wells Dresses I appeared to know all the words which I suspect might mean I am officially A Fan.  They finished the second set with, as she told us, 'the song that brought her' namely Not The Trembling Kind.  I could have happily listened to as much again, so was glad when after putting the guitars down and taking a couple of bows they looked at each other and came back to the mics saying "We're too old to pretend.  And anyway (pointing to the sides of the stage) there's nowhere to go!" to give an encore.

She is delicious.  And also in her introduction to to Letter She Sent had a conversational diversion into talking briefly about Girls, the TV series.  Which meant in one night I got to hear the delightfully slightly prim-appearing twinset-wearing Laura Cantrell sing The Whiskey Makes You Sweeter and also utter the word promiscuous with a most impish look. 

*Charlotte-esque little moment*


Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on February 23, 2014, 11:10:26 am
The Random Pick gig.  Always a gamble.... but y'know when you go to a gig purely speculatively because, well, you can?  And you haven't got a better plan?  And then with star-aligning simplicity it works out rather well and you end up really glad that you did?

That.

So, last night was the last night of half term that the Cubs were away.  There were a several of gigs that I'd really have liked to have gone to, but they were mostly in places that really didn't make sense - with complicated or impossible travel.  Or in new venues in mildly awkward places, and I'm a bit rubbish at new venues on my tod.  But I noticed that Pock Arts Centre had something on.  The publicity bumph made Anais Mitchell sound good, but then that's its job.  However a bit of Songkick rummaging for listings elsewhere accidentally showed up that she was also touring a couple of other venues I like and that lots of artists I like have played at.  That isn't a guarantee, but it's often a good sign.  I could have gone and listened to her, of course... but there's been a couple of acts, like Dolfish and Sallie Ford, where that strategy nearly meant I didn't go and they ended up being excellent random picks.  Then Bella Hardy, who I saw and liked in Whitby a couple of weeks ago, tweeted or facebooked or something about being excited about going to the Radio 2 Folk Awards (she won, btw - Folk Singer of the Year) and name-checked Anais Mitchell and the dots joined up so last week when I went to Mark Thomas with my sister not OTP I asked her if she, and any of her dog-walking mates, fancied going along to Ms Mitchell.  The dog walkers weren't game, but Granny Annie was up for it so we got the tickets.  I did actually listen to a couple of her albums on the bus on the way to Pock.  Quirky and interesting but possibly a bit too clever for me, I thought and I was mildly ambivalent but open-minded as last night found us negotiating the wheelchair into the Arts Centre lift.  The foyer was full of the usual Pocklington worthies, many dressed in their glad rags for an evening of musical entertainment.  A cluster of out-of-place looking 20-somethings and hipsters didn't seem to fit the typical Pocklingtonian demographic and in their absence I suspect I'd have been right at the bottom end of the age spread in the audience.  The wheelchair spaces in 'the box' were available too, so we all got to sit there without complicated transferring manoeuvres.  Right at the back but with a stonking good view - better than our booked seats - and it ain't exactly a big space.

Support was a chap called Phil, although he performs as Hip Hatchet.  This being Pock he was on stage exactly on time. Skinny jeans.  Check shirt.  Black rimmed glasses.  The biggest beard I've seen on stage for quite some time.  Hipster-tastic.  He said hello, and I realised that at the very least I wouldn't have to find an American accent irritating since he is in fact American. Some extended tuning followed - as he said, he'd made a schoolboy error by changing his strings before the show but he really hadn't wanted to be That Guy who was swapping his guitar strings on the train - before the finger picking started.  For a handful of bars he continued to tune, head on one side in concentration, then once finally happy started in earnest.  I really am no expert but it certainly sounded impressive.... Then, from the biggest beard I've seen on stage for some time, emerged the biggest voice I think I've heard.  Ever.  Half a dozen notes in my sister turned to look at me with eyebrows raised high (she does have our dad's rather impressive eyebrows and often uses them expressively to great effect) and just mouthed 'Wow!'.  Deep, sometimes deceptively sweet, and with a quarry-load of grit and gravel on demand. Between songs as he retuned the misbehaving new strings there was wit and dry humour and the odd explanation of some of the americanisms in the lyrics.  We got a couple of those explanations mid song too.  He has apparently been touring since September (I did wonder if he'd just forgotten to pack a razor, hence the beard) and commented at one point, looking out at the rows of Pocklington's finest in their finery and velvet seats, how very lovely it was to not be in a pub tonight.  Densely wordy and sometimes darkly humorous, he trod a precarious line between a set that was cohesive and one that risked seeming a bit same-y but as it washed over me I found I was happy listening to it and wanted more so I think he judged it right.  I think Granny Annie liked him less, probably because she couldn't keep up with the flow rate of words and he strikes me as a singer where hearing the words counts.  We all listened politely, applauded appreciatively and by the end of his 30 minute set he warranted a shitload of clapping and even a few whoops.  The interval gave me a chance to run over to the cash point to get the dosh to pay m'sis back for the tickets, buy her a very delicious if massively expensive ice cream tub, and pick up a card (so that I could look him up later on Spotify) from the merch desk where his last few CDs were already selling out.  I'll be doing some listening.

Then Anais Mitchell took to the stage.  Cowboy boots, mini skirt and pixie good looks.  No band, just her and her guitar.  She discovered that her tuner was playing up and cursed our growing dependence on technology before launching into her first track.  That quirky voice, live, seemed to have a depth and weight and edge to it that I hadn't quite expected.  At the end of the song my sister looked at me and commented "That was just... beautiful."  And it was.  She did some from Hadestown, her folk opera about the story of Orpheus, and several that were from her Young Man in America album and one traditional one that she just won an award for, with Jefferson Hamer, at the Radio 2 folk awards.  She seemed a bit shell shocked that she'd just performed it in the Royal Albert Hall but didn't seem to feel that Pock was a _massive_ comedown after that.  After about half an hour she asked if there was anything anyone particularly wanted her to play and the requests came thick and fast.  Confessing to being a bit nervous about some of them she managed to fit almost all of them in to the set and commented that it is quite nice to get that bit of audience validation when you're worrying that your set list is a bit miserable and maybe you should play something a little more uplifting but then all the requests are for the most depressing songs you ever wrote.  She got Pock singing along a couple of times although, in fairness, that's relatively easy to do as they do like a singalong.  I think my favourite might have been "Tailor", to which we got a complicated back story and discovered it had started off being about oil drilling in Texas and ended up being about nothing to do with oil whatsoever.  Enthusiastic audience appreciation brought her back for an encore that brought her whoops and cheers along with applause at the end and a fair few of the audience on their feet.  Then she popped backstage to check on her 6 month old daughter, who has apparently responded to her first international trip by adopting a rock'n'roll timetable of staying up til 2 then sleeping til 11, before heading down to the foyer to sign CDs which were selling like hot cakes.

They're both playing tonight in Sheffield, at the City Hall, tonight then he has a few other shows (Stafford, Battle, St Leonards On Sea, London) before heading back to the states at the end of the month.  She has about a dozen UK dates to go.  http://anaismitchell.com/tour/

Well worth a listen if they are in your neck of the woods.

ETA - oh, and the slightly out-of-place young'uns, it turned out, were on the same bus back to York as me and headed to the uni.  Students in Pock.  Definitely a bit out of place.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on February 28, 2014, 12:54:28 am
This one
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http://www.thebasementyork.co.uk/news-item/301/

After a few weeks of terribly mellow folk and country and tuneful stuff, I thought I'd see how something a bit more raucous fitted with my Thursday mood.  Nobody wanted to come with me.  Maybe the suggestion of an evening of Casual Sex in the Basement for just a fiver didn't appeal?

First support, the Valmores, were just finishing their last song when I got there.  I could hear them from the top of the stairs in the cinema when I got there, so shall summarise them with the word "loud".  They later managed to nark me generally so don't deserve more than that one word of review, musically.

A short break during which I bought a ginger beer, and reflected on the fact that the audience was a terribly odd mix.  Nearly half of 'em teenage lads with artful hair.  A selection of middle aged blokes who I am quite sure wanted to be playing air guitar most of the night.  A couple of couples and a cluster of parental-looking people round some tables to one side... my suspicions were proved correct later when they turned out to be the roadies of the support.  Oh, and Joe, of course.  Everybody's favourite promoter. 

Second support was The Article.  Also loud.  Floppy haired teenagers concentrating hard.  Drummer (he's called Cameron, and is easily young enough to be my child) looked in pain.  Bassist and, later, synth player, scarcely opened his eyes and had a serious case of wandering feet so nearly sent a couple of mic stands flying.  Lead singer/guitarist managed to pingfuckit three plectrums over the course of the set.  Obviously he's used to this, as he had a supply of spares in a pocket.  Not really my kind of thing, they did a selection of mostly original tracks with  mildly inaudible lyrics and one cover of "Ever Fallen in Love" that didn't really do it for me, I have to say.  The last couple of songs seemed a bit stronger, but I wouldn't bother to turn out on time (or an hour late for doors, as I was today) for the sake of catching this lot again.  Audience seemed fairly enthusiastic, mind.

A second short break and I had a quick word with Joe, who apparently has a top gig lined up at the Brudenell this weekend and hadn't clocked that the Wave Pictures AND Stanley Brinks AND Freschard are playing Wakefield next week until I told him, then on to the main attraction.

They were described as post-punk from Glasgow.  Call Trading Standards!  With that advertisement I'd expect a proper accent.... actually, the lead singer did point out that while he lives in Glasgow he quite clearly and obviously isn't from there.  Manchester, via Brighton, apparently.  A four piece line up, all dressed in black.  Drummer appeared to be a nose pointing out from behind his long dark swishable-as-a-timotei-advert hair.  Tall skinny chap who had been right at the front for most of the support's set, clapping them and being a Good Audience Memeber, turned out to be a guitarist.  Bassist (with no beard) chipped in with a spot of backing vocals.  Lead singer, who finished the first song then stopped to reapply his lippy, also on guitars.  Also loud, but rather more adept and with a spot of wit and knowingness that the painfully sincere support couldn't muster.  Not really my usual style, but entertaining and good fun and they might grow on me.  Throughout their set one of the first support was wandering around distractingly.  His girlfriend did a fair bit of that too.  And his parents.  Although his mum was toe-tapping and clapping along, in her suit and all.  Various friends and relatives kept on nattering and bimbling about.  First support chap wandered off to the 'green room' in a very 'look at me I AM the band!' way and then came back and despite being stupidly tall decided to stand directly in front of me to have his conversation with the table.  I found this a tad irritating, given that there was probably only 30 people in the audience so nobody needed to stand in front of anybody, and anyway he had a chair just in front of him.  During one track the first support lot did lots of extended saying goodbyes and hugs with various people and a fair percentage of the floppy-haired awkward teens and suspiciously parental-looking people left before the last 3 or 4 numbers.  Shame really, because they sounded pretty good.  I thought about buying a t-shirt for a certain Mr Fassbender otp (as is my occasional habit at gigs) but decided it could be one of Those Gifts and didn't....
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Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: sg37409 on February 28, 2014, 08:49:30 am
Eric Church in the O2 Glasgow last night.  :thumbsup:   A good bit rockier than I thought it would be, but none the worse for that.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: andrewc on March 01, 2014, 01:11:25 am
The Impossible Gentlemen , as part of the Liverpool International Jazz Festival.   Youtube Video below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mediFH0hkpA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mediFH0hkpA)

Followed by Marley Chingus at the Caledonia in Liverpool.  Video below

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWm_ku1znTg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWm_ku1znTg)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: T42 on March 01, 2014, 08:56:49 am
Probably the Corries in 1967
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrazyEnglishTriathlete on March 04, 2014, 03:02:59 pm
Graveltones, last night at the Garage, Highbury & Islington.  Never seen a drummer hit the drums so hard.  Very loud and very good.  Catch them while you can.  Acts with the energy, commitment and precision of these two do not come along very often.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Dibdib on March 04, 2014, 05:57:09 pm
I can't remember :( Probably Scroobius Pip and B Dolan in Bristol, which was probably a couple of years ago.

I need gig plans  >:(
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: matthew on March 11, 2014, 12:16:36 am
Just back from seeing Martin Simpson at Nettlebed Folk Club.

Great gig as usual from such a skilled musician. Lots of tracks from the Prodigal Son album but ranged from Heartbreak Hotel to Lead Belly to Scottish Folk Ballads.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Basil on March 11, 2014, 01:11:24 am
Just got back from Camel at the Birmingham Town Hall.
As we settled into our seats, I looked around and thought to myself, "Blimey, everyone's really old .... oh hang on... :facepalm:  "
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: andrewc on March 15, 2014, 11:28:53 am
Heading over to Manchester tonight to see the Tord Gustavesen Ensemble at RNCM.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6pH3rhCT03I (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6pH3rhCT03I)

A review of their Barbican gig with more videos http://gerryco23.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/tord-gustavsen/ (http://gerryco23.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/tord-gustavsen/)

Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: IanDG on March 15, 2014, 01:40:19 pm
Seznec Bros. (http://www.seznecbros.com/) at An Lanntair, Stornoway last night :-)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fboab on March 18, 2014, 09:21:27 am
Maxïmo Park, at The Waterfront in Norwich.
This is the third time I've seen them, and I think the least-brilliant. I didn't much like the venue with its claustrophobic low ceiling and we found ourselves positioned behind people who were on a night out, rather than there to see the band. I resisted getting all mumsy and telling them to shut up or fuck off as I thought it would probably ruin my evening, rather than just marring it.
The support were meh. I told Chris they sounded like the warm up track for 5 minutes at zone 2. Unfortunately they went on for a lot longer than that.
I'm as close to fandom with the Park as I'll get to anything, so they couldn't really screw it up, and didn't. Their latest album doesn't really have many tracks that lend themselves to good gigging (not really participatory enough) but I did like the performance, and they reeled out the old favourites with panache.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: microphonie on March 30, 2014, 10:27:37 am
Friday night at Norwich Arts Centre: 65daysofstatic supported by Thought Forms.

The support were ok - typical quiet/loud shoegaze with indistinct vocals - might well d/l the album to see whether studio production does them some justice.

65dos were magnificent - a set that was a nice mix between the new album & back catalogue, great sound quality & good banter with the audience from a band who obviously enjoy performing.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on March 30, 2014, 08:40:52 pm
Last Tuesday evening was spent at the Betsey Trotswood on Faringdon Road EC1 (ish) where The German Comedy Ambassador was fleshing out and rehearsing his upcoming tour Eins, Zwei, DIY. I think Henning is a good laugh and he didn't dissapoint, even when the material didn't work as he hoped.

The jollity was preceded by some pints and dinner- lamb and chorizo pie, mash, peas and gravy. The mash was smooth and tasty, the peas had good flavour, the gravy was nice and rich and the pie- oh Gods, the pie! The pies sold out in no time flat. If you are in the Betsey and lamb and chorizo pie is on the menu, do it :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on April 04, 2014, 01:18:44 pm
Simone Felice, last night at the Brudenell Social Club, Leeds.

Decent support act at the Brudenell for a change - I've only seen one other good support act there (Misty's Little Adventure, FYI), so it was a pleasant change. They were called We Died at Sea, a bunch of lads in a mix of vaguely Southern US attire, from Mississippi steamboat captain to the hoedown-approved belt and baggy shirt sported by the fiddle player. It was definitely a fiddle, rather than a violin, and as they launched into a rowdy opening number it confirmed my initial impression that it was going to be pretty good. I'd seen the double bass being hauled onstage, and that's always a promising instrument to see, as was the washboard wielded by the very emotive percussionist. Seriously, that lad lived every moment of every song. It was a bit of a contrast to the bassist - impassively is the correct way to play a double bass, obviously, but this lad had the act down, and he resembled a young Alan Rickman to boot.

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They had just the right level of seriousness, with songs about itinerant wanderers and lost souls and living on the fringes, but it lost a bit of sparkle when they opened their gobs to speak in pure Leeds accents. Cultivate some American accents and commit to the part, lads!

Then it was Simone Felice, and a couple of yes-men on guitar/mandolin/backing vocals and cello/backing vocals. That's a bit unfair, cos they both added a lot to the gorgeous sound coming from the stage, but no one was there to see them. Simone Felice is an amazingly compelling performer, and we were all there to see him. I'm told there was even a scrap brewing to the left of the stage, but I was so absorbed in the set that I never noticed.

He probably could do with someone to tell him when to rein it in a bit - trimming the fifteen-minute version of One More American Song down to a lean ten minutes or so, for example. But for the most part he does a good job of taking the intensity just far enough and knowing when to chuck in an upbeat number. It was actually a pretty upbeat set, and as well as cutting a fairly messianic figure onstage, he gurns better than almost any drummer I've ever seen.

And as is traditional, the encore was a riveting cover of Springsteen's Atlantic City, followed by the finale, a singalong of Helpless, closed with a real crescendo of swirling cello and guitar, and Simone really bashing the shit out of his drums.

The third time I've seen him live - it was fabulous, again.

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Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on April 04, 2014, 04:25:44 pm
My rather shorter review, also posted elsewhere...

Quote
Yowser. That were good!

Felice is spectacular, and I like the fact that the three times I've seen him have all been utterly different and totally identifiably him.  I've even forgiven him the poetry from the first gig I saw now, after he punctured his own pomposity so splendidly at one point last night.  A gig that had him chasing hard on the heels of the top dog but still left him in the position of my Second Favourite Singing Drummer.  But then I do really, really like Johnny Huddersfield Helm of the Wave Pictures... the man that made me actually enjoy a drum solo for the first time in my life.

I have been shockingly remiss.  There was also a Stanley Brinks/Wave Pictures shindig at the Hop in Wakefield.  Nice venue, decent range of beers, handy for the station.  Support was Freschard, who I loved last time I saw her.  For reasons unknown she was playing lead guitar on this occasion, which was A Very Poor Choice imho given that her backing band for the set included Stanley Brinks and Dave from the WPs - the latter being the first guitarist ever that has made me actively enjoy guitar solos.  Entertaining audience interaction, a set that Deano concluded was 'uncompromising' (solo for the recorder, anyone?) and interzen declared was 'shite'.  I liked her better acoustic, but would still go see her again and travel to do so and see what happened.  It's be an adventure, if nowt else.  Stanley Brinks was blooming marvellous, and in combination with the WPs is one to definitely not miss.

And an International Women's Week performance at the basement by Union Jill and a Yorkshire poet whose name has currently escaped me.  I'm not a poetry fan, generally.  I don't really get it and never really have.  But I liked this poet.  Union Jill (two women, spectacular harmonies and an array of stringed stuff) sound glorious, sing about among other things the suffragettes, and make banjo jokes whilst one of 'em plays said instrument.  I liked 'em.

*wanders off to see if there's owt decent on this week*
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Canardly on April 08, 2014, 08:22:45 pm
Probably Steppenwolf (ahem)  ;D (Actually Cher goodbye tour)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: essexian on April 11, 2014, 09:32:02 am
One score year and six ago, the young lady who would later become my considerably better half impressed me by announcing her liking of the popular Manchester punk combo, The Buzzcocks. So much so, one of our first nights out together was to see them play at Edwards No.8 in Birmingham City Centre: a gig which we will never forget (some great fighting in the crowd and a bloke so drunk but friendly on the No.51 bus home that he stayed chatting to us about the band all the way to Walsall when he was getting off at Perry Barr). Oh those where the days my friends, I thought they would never end.

They did, however with the onset of middle age. Going out gigging every other night is no longer possible without a good sit down and a cup of tea afterwards: and even then, only with a large amount of cake to top up my energy reserves.... honest. Most of the time, not even that works, sadly.

However, having had a couple of hours sleep mid afternoon (one of the benefits of working at home), I felt energised to head out with my considerably better half to see Pete, Steve and the other two play a great hits plus quite a few new ones set at the Robin 2 in Bilston. Now we have visited just about every venue in the West Midlands over the last 25 years including some right toilets (The Hummingbird carpet comes to mind...yuk) to some really great places to see bands play: Stoke Sugarmill comes to mind, but we have never been to the Robin 2 before. How we managed to miss it is beyond me as, well its rather nice being just about the right side of large without being massive. Also, the sound quality; often something I moan about, was first rate.

The band itself was, as normal, tighter than a tight thing with added tightness; while I want some of whatever Steve is taking as how can a man heading towards his late 50's have some much energy? I guess he really likes what he does, something which will always keep you going. We had a real shock however when some bloke with a large grey beard took centre stage.....  “what on earth,” I thought, “is our erstwhile breaded correspondent from South East Essex doing on stage?” Not sure Pete, that a grey bread works on an ageing punk.

Talking about ageing punks, there were more beer guts there last night than people in skinny jeans, while bald heads outnumbered spiky hair cuts a 100 to one..... as my considerably better half commented it: “that's you that is....” Sigh. Yes, middle age and balding is me!

Overall, an excellent night out what with an great band playing, a nice venue, an acceptable curfew (half ten) and a 25 minute drive home. Blimey, I was in bed by 11.30! For an old(ish) bloke, that's first rate! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Moultonaught on April 12, 2014, 08:57:49 pm
Currently awaiting the Manics coming on stage at the Brixton academy, (son's friend couldn't make it so I'm being a last minute stand in & responsible adult). Scritti politti were a disappointingly medicore support act!

Updated: what a fantastic live band and a great audience resulting in a superb atmosphere. I was surprised how many of the songs I knew as I'm not (wasn't!) a fan.

More guitar-y live than I expected. Son vanished into the 'mosh pit' early on to reappear at the end very sweaty and very smiley!

He'd been super excited beforehand and wasn't disappointed. :{)>

Worth getting home at 2 am for...

For those who know the Manics having now seen the bass player I now see the inspiration for son's style of hair, wardrobe choices,  and eyeliner :{)>
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: andrewc on April 18, 2014, 10:43:05 pm
Handel's Messiah at Cadogan Hall last night & St Johns Passion at Smith Square earlier today. Two beautiful perfomancrs but I now think I'm choraled out for the rest of the year!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ruth on April 18, 2014, 11:09:01 pm
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Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: andrewc on April 26, 2014, 01:26:15 am
Tonight was a musical evening.

First off was the Michael Nyman Band (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Nyman) at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, performing a selection of Nyman's work for film.  I never knew that "Memorial" the main theme for " The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover" was written for the victims at Heysel. It will be incorporated into his "Hillsborough Memorial Symphony" to be performed later this year.

The Phil was almost full, with a very appreciative audience.  One chap decided to start singing along and was carried out by security staff!    There were several encores including a piano solo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IMPBZYCT-4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IMPBZYCT-4)   Video of "Memorial"

Review from the local paper http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/michael-nyman-band-philharmonic-hall-7035757 (http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/michael-nyman-band-philharmonic-hall-7035757)

After this I walked to The Caledonia (http://www.thecaledonialiverpool.com/) for a session by Blind Monk Trio (video below) and far too many beers....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgd0xDmVzpA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgd0xDmVzpA)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on May 02, 2014, 03:17:08 pm
Last week (I think) was Micah P Hinson, at the Brudenell.  Support was summed up by That Deano as 'at least they aren't Snow Apple.  I don't remember anything else about them other than I think there was a cello and a smoke machine.  And they probably began with a b.  Micah P was rather more memorable, with his omnipresent e-cig and a pint of milk on one end of the keyboard.  It felt a bit precarious at times - most notably when his wife joined him for a couple of songs.  Her voice seemed sweet enough but was lost beside the power of his.  As for the drumming... it was a bit 'Freschard on lead guitar' really.  Interzen will know what I mean.  But I liked Mr Hinson, overall.

Then Krystle Warren, currently touring the UK.  I like her.  A lot.  Enough that last year I went to London to see her.  So I really didn't want to miss out on this tour.  Unfortunately the CrinklyCalendar gave only two vaguely possible dates.  Last Wednesday was the only northern date, or the contingency option was tomorrow.  In Aldershot.  That's a very long way away... which made actually arranging to lose a night of Cubtime and asking a favour from the Cubs' dad, which I don't do very often, and going to Hebden Bridge seem positively sensible by comparison.  Even on a school night.  Even if we did end up missing the planned train back and so not getting back to York until 2:45am.  And anyway, Krystle Warren offered me bread and cheese and beer (to which I said no, cos it was a school night) after when she discovered that we were in for an hour's wait before the long journey (via almost everywhere including Halifax more than once, as it turned out).  And gave me a hug.  Totally worth it :D
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: andrewc on May 02, 2014, 07:34:21 pm
Last week (I think) was Micah P Hinson, at the Brudenell.  Support was summed up by That Deano as 'at least they aren't Snow Apple.  I don't remember anything else about them other than I think there was a cello and a smoke machine.  And they probably began with a b.  Micah P was rather more memorable, with his omnipresent e-cig and a pint of milk on one end of the keyboard.  It felt a bit precarious at times - most notably when his wife joined him for a couple of songs.  Her voice seemed sweet enough but was lost beside the power of his.  As for the drumming... it was a bit 'Freschard on lead guitar' really.  Interzen will know what I mean.  But I liked Mr Hinson, overall.

I thought I'd heard that name before..... https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=58889.msg1677854#msg1677854 (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=58889.msg1677854#msg1677854)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Barry on May 02, 2014, 08:10:29 pm
New York noise rock band, "A Place To Bury Strangers" at Dingwalls in London. This is me backstage with guitarist Oliver Akerman. (He's the one in black).

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8380/8544212543_63a529fd98.jpg)
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Post by: CrinklyLion on May 03, 2014, 10:49:25 am
Back to Pocklington last night.  I'm told that one shouldn't go to a gig on the basis of liking the support, but the support was Blue Rose Code who I really like so I did it anyway.  Apparently he's been trying to get a slot in Pock for ages and sneaked onto the bill for last night having recorded with the headliner, Kathryn Williams, recently and set up some dates to support her tour.

Home from work (and a bit of a nap as I was tired and under the weather) then a bus (with driver who will be getting grinked about this morning) to mum's.  Then my elder sister (not otp) and Granny Annie and I wandered and wheelchaired round to the Arts Centre.  I really like Pock as a venue.  It is cosy and comfy and the sound is decent and they sell interval ice cream.  At an eyebrow-raising for Pock 1 minute late, Ross of BRC took to the stage with his gaffer taped guitars and delivered, as he put it, "half an hour of bearded testosterone before the full on hour of oestrogen that will follow" and a slick 30 minutes of tunes and banter is what we got.  Some of my favourites from the first album, a couple I hadn't heard from the new one.  It was assured and engrossing and he seemed to be having a whale of a time, which I always like.  He did comment at one point 'I'm nowhere near this charming in Real Life' but he was perfectly lovely when I spoke to him at the interval - and again when during the headliner's set I had to go to the lobby for a bit because the Cough Of Doom won the battle briefly.

Kathryn Williams was promoting her latest album.  I had listened a little bit and found it pleasant although it didn't grip me.  But I've had that experience before so was open to liking her.  A double bass lurking on stage is always a good sign too.  Plus it led to the biggest laugh of the night when there was a bit of a technical hiccup and Ms Williams had put down her guitar and was scrabbling on the floor with leads and pedals and the sound guy was looking a bit concerned and stuff - and the very laid back bass player, with a little grin, started to play _that_ tune (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happiness_is_a_cigar_called_Hamlet) with the fuzzy haired guitarist/backing singer joining in within a couple of bars and the singer herself torn between swearing at the cheeky buggers and laughing as hard as the audience before commenting when the sound stuff appeared to be fixed and they stopped playing 'that was the best clap of the night!'.  She then, once both she and the audience had finally got over the giggles and regained our composure, did one of my favourite tracks of the set, laying down vocals and looping harmonies with a sweetness and a verve that literally had audience members on the edge of their seats, with the bass and guitar creeping in with a delicacy of touch that brought a smile and dense wordy darkly poetic lyrics.  It got a bigger round of applause.  She also managed to get a nearly bigger laugh when introducing "Count" with the throwaway line "that's got an O in it by the way".

I had to bugger off twice to avoid disturbing the show with the Cough Of Doom - and there were a few other snifflers in the house.  She offered one chap at the bottle of water from backstage and wondered aloud if he'd carked it when he didn't answer.  Asked if there was a plague going on in Pock.  Was tickled pink by the reaction to saying that she was staying at the Feathers (site of much underage Crinklydrinking in the dim and distant past).  Engaging.  The more poppy upbeat stuff still didn't totally grip me, but there were some gems in there that made me glad that I'd liked the support enough to get tickets.  And actually, I like her better than her recordings. 

Oh, and Ross really liked his "Happy first visit to Pock" pressie.  Granny Annie sox.  Blue ones.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 07, 2014, 09:10:39 pm
Going to see Neil Finn in Brussels on Sunday night.
Just an excuse to drink beer and eat chocolate, you say?
And?
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Post by: De Sisti on May 07, 2014, 09:38:10 pm
Eska, with Laura Mavula at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival (2014).
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 12, 2014, 08:35:03 pm
Neil Finn in Brussels on Sunday. Good as usual, however those Belgies are obviously stuck in the 80's as he played too much Split Enz for my liking but they were lapping it up.
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Post by: Deano on May 23, 2014, 01:55:12 pm
Wednesday night, Melt Banana at the Brudenell Social Club

Two supports first, though, an amusing juxtaposition of Legion of Swine and Young Conservatives.

Legion of Swine lived up to the name - he walked onstage in a lab coat and pig mask and half-heartedly entreated the audience to get up. Cue calls of "don't tell me what to do, pig".

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2905/14064512847_473b51fca2_z.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/14064512847/)
The name of the band is Legion of Swine (https://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/14064512847/) by dean.clementson (https://www.flickr.com/people/30024450@N04/), on Flickr

About twenty minutes of ambient noise of increasing volume played through a laptop followed, occasionally punctuated by messiah poses from the piglaptopmeister.

And that was it. It did kinda raise expectations for the Young Conservatives - they'd have to come onstage in sharp suits and red braces, or gang-fuck an effigy of Margaret Thatcher for a finale, surely.

Sadly, not. They made a decent enough racket, but they weren't that young, although they were pretty conservative. I've heard it all before - actually, I think I was  once in that band. We were called Mr Evil Breakfast and Alan McGee came to have a look at us.

A quick fag break later, and Melt-Banana were a treat. The last time I saw them they were a four-piece, now down to two, with most of the sounds controlled by the singer, who brandished what looked like an old Simon Says pad. Damn loud, with loads of wit and some damn good tunes lurking behind the noise. They finished with a hilarious cover of What a Wonderful World, and we were off into the night with ears still ringing.
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on May 23, 2014, 02:47:01 pm
The Searchers at swindon Wyvern last night.

60's tastic mate :thumbsup:
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Post by: Steph on May 26, 2014, 01:00:10 am
At my folk club this evening, Mean Mary, aka Mary James and her brother. Absolutely fantastic banjo playing, excellent fiddle and more than adequate guitar. I avoided the mailing list when I saw the titles of some of the books on offer, though, and the website confirms it. A tad...biblical. Never mind; the music and stage presence were superb. Some links. In the first one, ignore the cod-Injun dressing up and just watch her fingers at the end of the piece.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CNB5OLUPM0&list=RD6CNB5OLUPM0

In this one, she credits herself as co-writer with some German
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_1DQi_P9MI&list=RD6CNB5OLUPM0&index=34

St James...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzUiGWKIJec&list=RD6CNB5OLUPM0&index=14


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofAQtE7zHe0&index=9&list=RD6CNB5OLUPM0
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Post by: Jaded on June 08, 2014, 06:30:49 pm
A selection of bands, including Short Elbow

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/short_elbow.jpg)
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Post by: tiermat on June 08, 2014, 06:39:33 pm
Hope&Social on their Tour of Infinate Possibility tour. 12 shows in 4 days, involving local schools at each location.

It was just fantastic.

Check out Red, Red Rose. They opened with it and tore the place down!
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Post by: Steph on June 09, 2014, 01:12:32 am
Fairport, at Beckenham, and when I get back from Holland I will share with you the joy of Peggy's Hair
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Post by: essexian on June 14, 2014, 08:44:37 am
Pet Shop Boys at NEC….

It was like “Almost Aged UK” had arranged a night out for me and 3 000 of my closest friends at the shed that is the NEC…. Fun though in the end.

Our evening started off with the realisation that the gig was not at the NIA as we had thought, but at the NEC! An easy mistake to make of course (well I am sticking to that statement!) but given that it was a Friday night and the M6 is a parking lot most weekends, it could be costly! However, for some reasons I'll never understand, the road flowed well and we got to the venue in good time.

Essexian Top Tip: Rather than pay vast car park charges to park in the NEC car parks, why not park in the station car park as we did? Its only £5 for the evening and closer to the venue than the main parking sites!

Once in the venue we were quite pleased to see that instead of the vast shed that the NEC normally is, only one end seemed to being used, thus we were less than 40m from the stage: which was nice. Sadly however, the sound was as poor as it normally is. That didn’t matter for the “DJ” set before the gig as we spent most of the time with our fingers in our ears….just terrible crap. Call that music? Well it wasn’t!

The gig itself, my considerably better half accurately described later as “a gig of two halves…Harry.” It certainly took some time to get going but picked up towards the hour mark with an impressive light show. However, one of the bands stand out songs: “West End Girls” seemed a little flat to us, whereas “Rent,” I am not ashamed to admit it, joined a small selected group of songs which has made me cry in public….. Actually it was a bit of dust from the lasers….honest.

For me, the highlight of the show was “Go West”…. Love singing along to that song!

Overall, a worthwhile night out but it’s always best to stand at these type of events as sitting doesn’t get you as involved. Will rant about the trip home somewhere else!

Next gig: Dandy Warhols in Nottingham in a couple of weeks time.
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Post by: Jaded on June 19, 2014, 12:55:58 am
He wears it well.

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/rod_1.jpg)

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/rod_3.jpg)

Impressive set up
Aged audience
Expert performer
Pricey tickets

Lots of fun.
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Post by: tiermat on June 21, 2014, 03:07:47 pm
'Twas, indeed, a good night.

As mentioned, due to a cock up (by me) WRT the time of doors, I arrived in York $TOO_EARLY, so set about having a few pints (something I don't normally get to do as I am, normally, DES for concerts).  A pint of Titanic Plum Porter in York Taps went down beutifully, the Kirkstall Smaked Black Boy Porter in the Maltings much less so, in fact I left the last quarter of that.  On to the Lendal Cellars, which was mercifully quiet, for a couple of pints of Yorkshire Sparkle (not an alcoholic Gliterberry clone, but rather a very nice Blond Ale), and NO PHONE SIGNAL!!!  All worked out in the end, though.

I thought Idol Dead were good, had a little bit of a "Bullet For My Valentine" thing going on, but I won't hold that against them.  They had a great line in banter and were obviously really enjoying themselves.

As CL says, I am "A Bit Of A Fan" when it comes to Terrorvision, having followed them, on and off, for nearly 20 years now (might be longer, but certainly since "Formaldehyde" came out) and love Tony's stage style.  Self deprecating, cracking jokes and generally having one hell of a party, which he wants you all to join in with.  A few notable highlights of the evening, song wise:
"Party Over Here, F*** you over there" was complete with a member of the audience stood inbetween Tony and Milly.
"Tequila" was cut right back (as you might expect when all they had, instruments wise, was 2 guitars and a keyboard) and felt like it had when they first recorded it (and not that heretical remix)
The Laika Dog* song they did worked really well, too.

I would have loved to hear them do a couple of old songs, one which was a B-side (Hard To Feel) and one which is another Laika Dog song (Daddy What's Your Soul?)

*Laika Dog is Tony's side project, or one of them at least.  In common with a lot of the smaller bands (and some larger bands) the members don't just commit to one band, they spread themselves about a bit!

Last night was the reprise of this, with my younger brother actually managing to get along to this one!

Similar mix of songs, along with a couple from Tony's solo album.  These I didn't really get, but hey, they may grow on me.

Lots of beer drunk, songs sung and a good night, all in all.
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Post by: Jakob on June 23, 2014, 06:58:30 am
Vancouver Jazz festival started this week, but I got a million things going on, so I was only going to see Hiromi Uehara:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfAqWdxSJ9Q

Because I was very late buying tickets, I could only get a seat to the side and the sound was horrendous. Easily the worst of any gig I've been to (Classical, jazz, punk, metal, you name it). It was 90% drums, 8% piano and then occasionally you could pick up a muddy & buzzy bass.
This wasn't helped that the supporting act was awful as well. More of a dance/electronica act than jazz and the sound was equally poor. (And showed why you should never let the percussionist be the main creative force).

Really disappointing, more so as I was really looking forward to finally seeing Hiromi live.
So, despite not really having time, I decided to go and see Bill Frisell tonight. I've seen him twice in the last few years and both have been amazing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhg2CoE_jOQ
Basically an interpretation of the music that inspired him as a kid (space age).  A lot of his work is inspired by 'Americana', but last time I saw him (2 years ago),  he was doing a "Lennon" which was mindbogglingly  good:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9a87Q3w7Ds
 

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Post by: bobb on July 14, 2014, 10:24:23 pm
On Friday I went to see Pearl Jam. They were fucking awesome.
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Post by: Jaded on July 14, 2014, 10:45:46 pm
A short while ago I saw

The Grey EarlsTheir best set yet
The Lottery WinnersRather Fun. Norty Northerners doing music and rude jokes
Kiki Dee & CarmeliEarnestly dull
The FeelingDidn't feel much at all. Especially during the elongated covers section
Suzanne VegaAs Kiki Dee but on a bigger stage
Sophie Ellis-Baxters Soup DragonLuckily only managed to see the last song
Jools Holland and GuestsRather Good. Marc Almond was rather flat and sounded a bit dry. Mel C was stunning
Southside JohnnySo reliable and timeless it was brilliant
The DualersNo thanks
Rusty ShackleMumford and Sons without their mum watching and with a drummer
Nina NesbitOne to watch
Scouting for GirlsOne trick rabble rousing wonders
Simple MindsClinically good
Gabby Young and other AnimalsQuirky and not on the list of bands to see again
Kid Creole and the coconutsHe still wears his trousers high. You know why.
Sam BaileyScreechily forgettable
10ccSimple but exceptional. A capella Donna stunning.
HoteiHow to not take yourself seriously and blow the crowd away, definitely a see again
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Post by: Jaded on July 14, 2014, 10:49:26 pm
Hotei

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/DSC_5955.jpg)

Simple Minds

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/jim_kerr.jpg)

Grey Earls

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Lou%20singing.jpg)
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on July 25, 2014, 09:58:53 pm
Not seen yet but in the offing for this year-

Rewind at Henley (the Sunday line up).

War of the Worlds at the O2

Sparks doing Kimono my House at The Barbican.

Looking forward to all.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on July 25, 2014, 10:05:09 pm
The Ukelele Orchestra of Great BRITAIN are in my local park tomorrow afternoon :thumbsup:
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Post by: CrinklyLion on July 25, 2014, 10:18:55 pm
I used them as my 'favourite music' example when I was teaching databases, mainly so I could make the point that however long you set the character limit on a field to be, some bugger will come along with data that doesn't fit.  But also so I could tell the kids that they should totally look 'em up :D
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Post by: Mr Larrington on July 26, 2014, 07:46:49 pm
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2908/14750249892_02f4c3ce61_c.jpg)
Massive security presence to protect audience from performers...

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3865/14563904198_799d3c8de3_c.jpg)
Looks like a cigar box.  Doesn't sound like one...

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5596/14750550395_f8bb956ac8_c.jpg)
Freak out!

Clicky here (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/sets/72157645529096577/) for more ukelele-enriched goodness.
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Post by: Jaded on July 26, 2014, 08:56:57 pm
The Grey EarlsAudience loved it, but the tension from difficulties with the monitors showed up those of us that know the band.
9BachInteresting. Don't think I've every heard Welsh music before. Current ranking of traditional music: Scottish : Welsh : English.
Bernie KrauseFascinating talk on how music may have developed from sounds in the natural world. Also how sound recording can be used to show how man's works on the planet affects animal life.
DebadembaHigh energy African 'rock' music
Magic Drum OrchestraAn orchestra made up of lots of drummers. Magic.
Richard ThompsonEarnestly dull. Only lasted a track and a half before retiring to the bar.
Swing ZazouSort of French tinged 30's flapper band with a bloke who seemed to be meant to be Eno, but didn't have the hair or the talent. When I remarked that we'd heard the 6th track already once there was general agreement. After a couple of pints it was bed time.
SiyayaDidn't grab me
Snarky PuppyStarted 15 mins late, so played a truncated set. They were struggling with the monitors. Fantastic musicians, playing together extraordinarily well, but with music that doesn't hit with me. Their last European set, but I'm sure they'll be back.
Trombone ShortyThe standout set. Musicianship and showmanship tangled together in a high energy embrace. Filled the house, then brought it down. A thoroughly charming man too.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on July 27, 2014, 08:39:24 am
Heard Richard Thompson at Cropredy in 1999.  His set made me glad I was in a nice warm narrowboat full of BEER moored directly behind the stage rather than outside in the pissing rain with the three masochists who made up the rest of the crew.
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Post by: PeteB99 on July 27, 2014, 12:05:51 pm
Saw Richard Thompson at Folk by the Oak last sunday. He was pretty good, probably the best act of the day. It did rain though for which he apologised.
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Post by: Illegal Combat Ant on July 28, 2014, 02:27:43 am
Public Broadcasting Service bought Womad to a right good climax tonight. They've certainly grown into bigger venues quite seamlessly. One of my highlights.
But Trombone Shorty pwned the festival.
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on August 18, 2014, 08:12:36 pm
Not seen yet but in the offing for this year-

Rewind at Henley (the Sunday line up).


It was absochuffinglutley great :thumbsup:

The South (what is left of The Beautiful South)
Howard Jones
UB40
The Boomtown Rats
Hazel O'Connor
Hugh Cornwell
A Flock Of Seagulls
Bonnie Tyler
Roland Gift
Jimmy Somerville
Tony Hadley
Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey

A real nostalgia fets for me.

My favourites were Hazel , Boomtown Rats and Tom Bailey.

Hazel O'Connor only getting time for 3 songs was sad.  Her saxophonist was Clare Hirst. She was fantastic on 'Will You'
Sir Bob must have felt a bit emotional doing tracks like 'I don't like Mondays' and 'Modern Girl.
Tom Bailey live for the first time in 25 years apparenlty. new all girl band to back him up. They were great.

A great day in the meadow :thumbsup:
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Post by: Jaded on August 20, 2014, 12:44:56 am
Sunset Sons

In a pub, a small pub.
Free, but would not have felt fleeced for £12.
Keyboards/vocal
Guitars
Drums
Bass
Good set of songs. Described as 'Surf rock', a genre which has passed me by thus far.

Tight backline, charismatic lead, stylish guitar
Best song was the one before the encores. First encore was a cover of 'Stay with me' which was probably the weakest of the set.

Best audience participation:

"this song is a new one"
"they all are to us!"


(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/sunset_sons_1.jpg)

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/sunset_sons_2.jpg)

Bez look-a-like dancing outside the window
(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/sunset_sons_3.jpg)
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Post by: marcusjb on August 25, 2014, 04:08:44 pm
South-West 4 yesterday - primarily went to see Deadmau5 (and he was amazing), but was delighted to see Kolsch on the bill as well - if anything, being in a tent, rather than the open air stage, the atmosphere was better for him earlier in the day and he was really rather good and extremely glitchy and twitchy (especially compared to the super-slick Deadmau5) and not afraid to really bend his music live.

I knew nitrous oxide was big (again), but was surprised at just how big. As we left, we were wading through disposed canisters!  Bonkers.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on August 25, 2014, 04:45:39 pm
Galtres Festival

Highlights

Littlemores. Up and coming York band with fantastic lyrics.

Strung to the Sky. Duo with lovely harmonies, great sound

Blackbeards Tea Party. Entertaining as always and boy can they play.

The Lungs. Duo with a great sound.

Good
The Levellers. Play their guts out. Their very old guts. Lead single looked likely to keel over, I was informed by backstage crew that he was absolutely drunk as a skunk before he went on stage. Still a great performance.

Not so Good

Bellowhead. I'd heard great things about them. Well, no doubt they can play - but every song sounds the same, the lead singer is oily and has a very uninteresting voice.

Human League. Meh. Just listen to the CD, live is no improvement.

Sh!te

Tricky. I didn't bother going over to the stage. Backstage manager described it thus "What an amazing talent. Absolutely incredible. What it must take to get so stoned, go on stage and do fuck all."
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Post by: Deano on September 19, 2014, 01:18:50 pm
A joyous performance from the Burning Hell at York Basement last night.

I've been their fan since last weekend :D
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Post by: CrinklyLion on September 19, 2014, 05:37:05 pm
They were Jolly Splendid Indeed.  And have been on loop all day, while I spent 8 hours trying make sense of updating other people's content on a website that someone else built. 
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Post by: Ruthie on October 01, 2014, 09:16:16 am
More a concert than a gig - Mary Chapin Carpenter with the Royal Northern Sinfonia at the Sage Gateshead last night.  She's stepped sideways from her country origins recently, and her latest album 'Songs from the Movie' is a selection of her work from the last twenty years, accompanied by Vincent Mendoza's orchestral scores.  Mendoza and some of her studio accompanists are touring with her.  It was immaculately performed in the gorgeous main concert hall at the Sage.  mcshroom and I were wondering what Clarion would have made of the sound, which to our ears was perfect.  Carpenter's serene alto was never lost in the orchestra.  She was a humble performer, there to share her music, but I did love her simple black velvet dress with a red rose pinned on the back.  The highlight for me was one of my favourite songs ever, 10,000 miles.  She dedicated that one to Pete Seeger, who died on my birthday this year.  It got a bit dusty at that point in the Sage.

The support is more than worthy of a mention, Benjamin Scheuer.  Singer/songwriter, swapping between guitars for different songs.  The songs were all about true things, like the day he finished his chemo and went for his final test results, and about his family.  My favourite was the opener, 'Cookie Tin Banjo' about his dad introducing him to music.  Lovely stuff.  A close second was 'The Lion' which was about Crinklylion.

I bought the ticket for this gig on impulse, it wasn't cheap, but for once it was a good snap decision.  A great night.
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Post by: CrinklyLion on October 01, 2014, 03:12:15 pm
http://youtu.be/qwlnmusOhLw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwlnmusOhLw

I like that.
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Post by: CrinklyLion on October 05, 2014, 07:30:56 pm
Arse.  Wrote a review, browser lost it.

It was dead witty and clever, honest.

Anyway, the Old Cinema Launderette in Durham - bonkers but brilliant.  The Burning Hell - I'd travel a lot further than Durham to see them again.
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Post by: Karla on October 06, 2014, 12:30:17 am
How much did they sound like Slayer with clarinets?
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Post by: sg37409 on October 06, 2014, 12:50:07 pm
Mary Gauthier as part of glasgow americana festival. It was OK, not that good. Thought the special guest, Ben Glover had a better voice. 1st time for me at St Andrews in the Square, great venue.
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Post by: IanDG on October 06, 2014, 01:47:18 pm
I went to see Lulo Reinhardt and the Latin Swing Project at Stornoway An Lanntair last Thursday.

(http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p404/we3vil/john-thomson-fast-show-jazz-image-1-996834484.jpg)
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Post by: Ruthie on October 07, 2014, 10:50:59 pm
Kate Rusby at Darlington Civic Theatre.  She was magnificently Yorkshire, and drank Yorkshire tea throughout from a Yorkshire Tea mug.  It can be draughty on that stage, indeed our Kate complained that she was reet Nesh.

She was her wonderful self singing her wonderful songs, and lots of traditional folk songs, quite wonderfully.

I do like her.

Most tempted to see her again at the Barbican York on December 12th.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on October 10, 2014, 03:43:16 pm
Just for a change I saw Half Man Half Biscuit at the Robin2 in Bilston. Urge for Offal, their new album was on sale. Irritatingly I've pre-ordered it, so will have to wait. Despite other people's good reviews, I thought it was rather subdued, but then I do enjoy a good mosh and it never really got going. Saw lots of familiar faces and met some new people too. Roll on Leicester in a fortnight.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on October 10, 2014, 04:34:21 pm
I am Glad you did not buy UFO at the gig as otherwise I should have been forced to kill you utterly to DETH
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Post by: CAMRAMan on October 10, 2014, 04:47:39 pm
Ha, but I did hear three tracks live, so there...
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on October 11, 2014, 10:11:06 am
Wednesday, the relocated should-have-been-in-Fibbers James Yorkston gig.  I've never liked Fibbers all that much but I really like Yorkston and seeing as he chose a no_Cubs Wednesday it'd have been rude not to.  Then I'd had an email telling me it was going to be in the New Fibbers, and then another with the even better news that it had moved to the Fulford Arms.  Although I hadn't been there before I'd heard good things, and the good things were true.  Plus they have decent beer, and sensible-for-York prices - although with it being a school night I stuck to the lime and soda.  Turned up proper early at doors, as it is a much smaller venue and we thought it might get busy so won a tall table with bar stools, convenient for the bar and with a good view even for shortarses.

First support - some chap in a hat with a shonky fake accent.  Deano commented (most discreetly, since it was clear that half the people in venue knew him) that the hat was the most interesting thing on stage.  I pointed out that was unfair, since the double bass resting in a corner clearly had real charisma.  He started promptly at 8 and I checked my phone at one point to discover that he'd actually only been going for 17 minutes.  It felt rather more.  I really don't like people talking through gigs, but this time was almost wishing they'd talk up a little as the conversations seemed like they might be more interesting.

Second support - Boss Caine, the second time I've actually caught a full supporting set from York's hardest working gigging musician.  No hat, but another fake accent although he does it much better and what's more some of his songs are actually pretty bloody good.  I shouldn't like him at all as there are a number of my instant turn offs (like the accent) in the mix, but somehow I kind of do.  Plus he got the sympathy vote for having discharged himself from hospital and borrowed a guitar from a friendly music shop owner he bumped into en route from hossie to venue in order to get to the gig.  First support chap and his noisy friends talked throughout and therefore lost him his one remaining 'at least he tried and his voice (if not his guitar) was in tune' point.

Hoping for Yorkston next, but no...

Third support - another chap with a guitar.  Ok, wish me luck... but we have to stay put, we've guarded out seats for the best part of 2 hours and if we go then we'll lose 'em and probably have to stand for Yorkston.  We're committed now... however, this chap-with-a-guitar turns out to be Adam Ross of Randolph's Leap.  What's this?  A Proper Accent?  And what's more, that's the accent he sings in?  Sneakily getting everyone to actually shut up and stop talking with comic passive aggression and a touch of manipulation?  A "sympathy story" that he apologised couldn't possibly compare with Boss Caine's but meant that he was nervous about barre chords due to a TOASTED MARSHMALLOW injury?  Spinach-induced-farting-Yorkston-on tour jokes?  I liked him.  And his songs.

Then Yorkston, and a double-bass player whose name I didn't catch apart from John.  A long set with, as he promised, no encore.  Some of the old stuff including a stonking version of Sweet Jesus, some of the new stuff which went down well with me.  A rambling spoken to music anecdote lasting a good 15 minutes about a visit to the Antiques Roadshow that trod judiciously the fine line between humour and taking the piss out of how much a Terribly Polite York audience will go along with you.  Self-described 'most miserable banter at a gig, ever!' including stories of dead dogs and poisoned rats.  And a cover of A Little Respect, which is apparently one of his standards.  The reworking raised a plenty of laughs, as is I am sure the intention.  And then I remembered the last time I heard it covered, by the incomparable Whyte Fyre, a band mostly comprised of teachers-wot-I-know, in the Edinburgh Arms (in the company of forumites as a post-Kate Rusby-after-gig) with vocals by the chap who taught the EldestCub in reception (apart from the high notes, which were provided by the bassist) and realised I'll not see their guitarist, Pete, laughing his head off at Andy's singing that one again since Pete very sadly died in March, and I had a bit of a quiet moment.  So there you go - James Yorkston, moving the audience almost to tears with Erasure covers.

I really wanted to go see him again, if only to find out how different the improvisations might be, but the Nottingham/Sheffield gigs were totally un-doable travelwise.  Heartily recommended.

ETA
Googlage tells me the bassist was Jon Thorne (http://www.jonthorne.co.uk/Site/Home.html).  Who I've reviewed before (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=38629.msg1679125#msg1679125)!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: marcusjb on October 12, 2014, 12:21:57 am
Royal Festival Hall - Underworld Dubnobasswithmyheadman 20th anniversary concert.

Bunch of 40 and 50 year olds, giving it everything and pretending we were all 21 again.

Danny Boyle (he who made Underworld a million selling act) was in the row behind us dancing and singing along like a loon.

Fantastic night - nothing beyond the mid 90s in the set. Still an incredible live act. Karl is still sensational up front (and he is 57!).

Lost power to their racks at one point, they dealt with it just fine.

Amazing and certainly took me back to my very misspent youth.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 12, 2014, 11:40:23 pm
Rory McLeod at the Rose & Crown in ve 'stow.  He was this: excellent.  Unfortunately the venue doubles as a folk club, thus ensuring a ready supply of "support" acts who were not excellent.  Mostly I was reminded of what Tom Lehrer had to say on the subject.  And we each paid a tenner >:(
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Tim Hall on October 13, 2014, 01:39:25 pm
Last night my sister took me to see Mnozil Brass (http://www.mnozilbrass.at/en/) at The Rose, Kingston.  Hard to describe, as funny as a funny thing, wrapped up in funny string.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Rhys W on October 19, 2014, 07:23:39 pm
Johnny Marr at Cardiff University last night. Fantastic. Such a cool guy - sharp threads, good haircut, great attitude. Plenty of Smiths songs for us nostalgic 40-something blokes, and also a cover of a cover (I Fought The Law). Oh, and amazing guitar playing!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: StuAff on October 19, 2014, 07:49:39 pm
Royal Festival Hall - Underworld Dubnobasswithmyheadman 20th anniversary concert.

Bunch of 40 and 50 year olds, giving it everything and pretending we were all 21 again.

Danny Boyle (he who made Underworld a million selling act) was in the row behind us dancing and singing along like a loon.

Fantastic night - nothing beyond the mid 90s in the set. Still an incredible live act. Karl is still sensational up front (and he is 57!).

Lost power to their racks at one point, they dealt with it just fine.

Amazing and certainly took me back to my very misspent youth.
Missed out on that one. But I've got a ticket for Hammersmith in March :)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on October 25, 2014, 06:52:17 pm
Otway and Willy Willy Barrett at the Basement in York on Tuesday.

It was excellent, again, though Otway was a fair bit more restrained than even recent shows. And we were blessed to be in the presence of the World's Happiest Man, just to our right, who laughed at everything and was having Officially the Best Time Ever ;D
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CAMRAMan on October 25, 2014, 07:16:37 pm
For the last time in 2014 I saw Half Man Half Biscuit at the O2 Academy in Leicester. It was a better atmosphere than the Bilston gig a few posts above, but still not really rocking. They did three songs from Urge for Offal, their new album, and lots of the old favourites. The lilac Harry Quinn got an outing, so it was a good job they played A Lilac Harry Quinn! The stewarding was very officious. I'm 53 and got told off for my exuberance!

Manchester is too far and so is Edinburgh, so I'll have to hope they play a little nearer in any upcoming gigs.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: andrewc on October 25, 2014, 11:58:16 pm
Otway and Willy Willy Barrett at the Basement in York on Tuesday.

It was excellent, again, though Otway was a fair bit more restrained than even recent shows. And we were blessed to be in the presence of the World's Happiest Man, just to our right, who laughed at everything and was having Officially the Best Time Ever ;D

That brings back ancient memories,  I must have been 19 the last time I saw those 2 play in Liverpool!      I had a musical evening as well.  The RLPO playing in Liverpool Cathedral.   Elgar, Vaughan-Williams and the finale was Also sprach Zarathustra  :D
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CAMRAMan on October 26, 2014, 06:23:48 pm
After the somewhat earthier HMHB last week, I went upmarket and took my two girls to see the CBSO at the splendid Symphony Hall in Brum this afternoon. I should temper that by adding that it was a Cartoon Classics show, but very good, nonetheless. I'd never seen In The Hall of the Mountain King performed live before, so that was a bonus. We had great seats, perched right over the orchestra. It's a great way to introduce youngsters to the delights of live classical music.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Otto on October 26, 2014, 07:49:09 pm
Just for a change I saw Half Man Half Biscuit at the Robin2 in Bilston. Urge for Offal, their new album was on sale. Irritatingly I've pre-ordered it, so will have to wait. Despite other people's good reviews, I thought it was rather subdued, but then I do enjoy a good mosh and it never really got going. Saw lots of familiar faces and met some new people too. Roll on Leicester in a fortnight.

Saw Half man Half Biscuit at Manchester Uni in 1988 .. brilliant
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CAMRAMan on October 26, 2014, 08:20:34 pm
Just for a change I saw Half Man Half Biscuit at the Robin2 in Bilston.
Saw Half Man Half Biscuit at Manchester Uni in 1988 .. brilliant
They're back at The Ritz in Manchester next month. G'wan, g'wan, g'wan...
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on October 31, 2014, 09:15:06 am
Joan Armatrading last night atWycombe Swan.

Supported by a young singer/ songwriter Alice Walker (http://www.alice-walker.co.uk). A very nice voice and interesting songwriting including a song 'inspired' by her day job as a nurse- 'I think I could kill a man' (she hasn't- she promises us!).

Joan had some tech issues early on but these were overcome. She played her stalwart tracks of course- Love and Affection, All the way from America- Willow- Me, Myself, I- The weakness in me, plus many that were either new to me or reminders of previously really enjoyed but forgotten tracks (Rosie). Some of her singing had me welling up a bit (Love and Affection- Weakness in me- Willow) as I think her songwriting is beautiful and her voice is like a mellow red wine.

A good night out.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on November 07, 2014, 08:42:07 am
Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook on their The At Odds Couple tour last night at The Hexagon, Reading.

I loved Squeeze back in the day and they played all the staples (Tempted, Pulling Mussels, Black Coffee in Bed, Labeled with Love etc).

Their playing is still crisp and enjoyable and the voices remain as good as ever.

A good night out.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: tiermat on November 07, 2014, 09:18:34 am
Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook on their The At Odds Couple tour last night at The Hexagon, Reading.

I loved Squeeze back in the day and they played all the staples (Tempted, Pulling Mussels, Black Coffee in Bed, Labeled with Love etc).

Their playing is still crisp and enjoyable and the voices remain as good as ever.

A good night out.

I went to see Squeeze play at Leeds T&C (as it was then), back int he '90's.

A throughly enjoyable night out, it was.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Palinurus on November 07, 2014, 11:48:12 am
Had a mini night out yesterday. Saw in my Twitter feed that Young Husband were playing a short and stripped-down set at a local cafe in 45 minutes time. 10 minute walk, Arrived at 8:30, took in their set (good), was back home by 9:40.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on November 10, 2014, 08:45:55 am
Last night, at the Hammersmith Apollo, whilst Dancing With Myself, I heard a Rebel Yell that it was a Nice Day For A White Wedding :thumbsup:

My ears are still ringing :D

ETA: 80's legend Rusty Egan was in the audience, 2 rows down from me.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 18, 2014, 11:33:58 am
Rory McLeod at the Rose & Crown in ve 'stow.  He was this: excellent.  Unfortunately the venue doubles as a folk club, thus ensuring a ready supply of "support" acts who were not excellent.  Mostly I was reminded of what Tom Lehrer had to say on the subject.  And we each paid a tenner >:(

Miss von Brandenburg writes:

Quote from: Miss von Brandenburg

cat expresses how we felt at the floor show at the Rory McLeod gig

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7506/15795026746_902afaa649_o.jpg)

Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: sg37409 on November 19, 2014, 08:48:58 am
Robert Plant in glasgow at the weekend was very good. His latest album "lullaby and the ceaseless roar" isnt my favourite by a way, but the tracks were very good at the concert: in fact fewer than I thought were from that album. Im a big fan of guitarist Justin Adams who was on terrific form.

Last night, Trampled by Turtles in glasgow art school. Fantastic. Small venue, so you felt up close to the band.  Couple of the set were standouts for violin (fiddle ?) then mandolin solos trying to out-do each other. Last bit of their encore, they came into the crowd with the support and stood playing in a circle in the middle of us.  Easily the best gig I've been to in ages.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: andrewc on November 22, 2014, 10:42:58 pm
Just back from listening to Kyung Wha Chung & Kevin Kenner at St Georges Hall concert room in Liverpool.  Mozart, Prokofiev,Bach & Franck.
A stupendous performance which got a standing ovation. 

Here's the same duo playing some Dvorak & Schubert.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzmHsN3QTM4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzmHsN3QTM4)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 24, 2014, 12:34:39 am
Just back from John Mayall in Dartford.  He's only six months younger than Lt. Col. Larrington (retd.) FFS :thumbsup:  Ably supported by King King who are three moonlighting geography teachers and a heavily bekilted Scotsman on guitar and vocals.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: clarion on November 24, 2014, 08:49:03 am
John Mayall is immortal.  I shall be very sad if I am ever proved wrong about this.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: essexian on November 24, 2014, 09:42:58 am
Carter USM- The final comedown.

Over the last 25 years or so, I, and at times my long suffering considerably better half, have stomped around the country to watch what I consider to be one of the best bands this country has ever produced: Birmingham Hummingbird, Wolverhampton Civic, Northampton Roadrunner, King Tuts Glasgow, Dudley JB, The 100 club, London Astoria and of course, Brixton Academy have all been visited at one time or other (although my considerably better half often seemed to find something else to do instead of travelling for hours to see a band play for 90 mins...strange that.  :facepalm: )

With that in mind, it was hardly surprising that I was one of the 5 000 odd (take that whatever way you wish!) people who attended what was billed as Carters final ever gig…according to Jim Bob he is going to concentrate on writing fiction from now on; while Fruitbat is going to become a serial killer….. from a lead guitarist to an axe manic…. Good fit that!

After a rabble rousing support set from the most wonderful Sultans of Ping (Give him the ball and a yard of grass; Stupid Kid; Veronica; U talk too much) it was time for the main event….

Now sadly John “Fat” Beast, the bands original lighting man and member of the Crazy Carter Crew died early this year, so we were not treated to the sight of a naked 25 stone bloke introducing the band as normal….so instead, as a rather moving tribute, the band were introduced by 15 or so semi naked members of the CCC with Johns name written on their chest. Nice and fitting I thought.

What to say about Carter USM live…. I suppose you have to be there but the band like to play and the crowd like to mosh….. I have been in the moshpit once… and that almost killed me! Saturday night was no different; I left the venue knackered as normal!

I don’t suppose it is worth going over the set list but they played most of their biggest songs BUT missed out one or two I would liked to have heard… perhaps they should come back and do another final, final gig?

Anyway, this review isn’t going anywhere and I realise I lack the writing skills to do the band the justice they deserve, so I’ll simply say thanks to Jim and Les for some of the greatest gigs I have ever been too; while even after all this time, their music still holds up as worth listening to I feel.

Carter USM 1987 to 2014 RIP.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 24, 2014, 10:40:20 am
John Mayall is immortal.  I shall be very sad if I am ever proved wrong about this.

Before the show he was actually sat in the foyer on his actual lonesome actually flogging his own CDs :thumbsup:  My grate frend Mr Woolrich bought one and reminisced briefly about JM playing the Royal Festival Hall an æon or two ago.

I just mumbled...
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrazyEnglishTriathlete on November 24, 2014, 02:15:16 pm
Joanne Shaw Taylor, Salisbury City Hall.  Great gig.  Not my favourite venue.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Torslanda on November 24, 2014, 06:07:42 pm
An excellent set by Peter (OTVP) and two friends at the Tim Bobbin in Milnrow, on Saturday night.

Peter on guitar and vocals, one friend on fiddle violin and the other on bass. Great tunes by Hank Williams, Beatles, Woody Guthrie and many more. Looking forward to the next one  . . .
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: scott on November 24, 2014, 06:14:04 pm

Robyn Hitchcock at the Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, Maryland, a couple of weeks ago.

(http://i.imgur.com/RXf5XoM.jpg)

They spelled his name "Robert" on the announcement in the restaurant next door.  :-\
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 24, 2014, 08:15:13 pm
Git!  I've lost count of the number of times I've seen Mr Hitchcock but it's been a while since the last one (with John Paul Jones that time).

Miss von Brandenburg tried to persuade me to divert on the way back from Battle Mountain this year, that I might see him in Nashville.  Northern Nevada -> Nashville -> Denver?  I think not.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: scott on November 25, 2014, 02:38:07 am
Ummm.....no. Not  even gmaps would create a route like that.

This was only our second time, about 18 years after the first. :-P
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: TimO on November 25, 2014, 03:55:49 pm
(http://jakal.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/xanthus/Random/BellowheadShepherdsBushEmpireEdit512.jpg)

Bellowhead, at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, last Thursday.

I got to see them, because a friend couldn't get hold of a baby sitter, and no one wanted to buy the tickets off of her.

I hadn't heard of them before, but they are suitably insanely fun and impressive!  An eleven person contemporary folk group, with both a brass section, and at one point four fiddlers playing on stage simultaneously.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on November 26, 2014, 09:20:23 am
Linkin Park supported by Of Mice and Men at the big plastic tent in Grenwich on Monday evening.

Lots of loud and bass and aaaaarrrgggghhhhhhy type 'singing' followed by a several of hours of roooned hearing.

'Twas great :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ruthie on December 05, 2014, 12:13:53 am
Saint Saviour and Bill Ryder Jones at the Georgian Theatre, Stockton.

Watching an artist of such mighty talent at a venue like this is a privilege. Bill Ryder Jones made a good crack: "Stockton. You seem just like Becky (St. S): Rough as fuck and always ready for a laugh."

The audience were rough as fuck and noisy with it. Becky herself backed by the Manchester Camerata Orchestra and Bill Ryders Jones's band Nantes was impeccable. Her dreamy, beautiful Kate Bush inspired vocals, her songwriting virtuosity, all about nine inches from where I stood with my friends, made for a superb evening. She sang most of the new album but also did a real favourite of mine, Fallen Trees, which is a heartrending plea for environmental restoration.

How come Dido is so famous when Becky isn't? Bonkers. A tremendous musician and performer. So glad I went.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Peter on December 05, 2014, 06:35:07 pm
Great place for an album cover.....
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ruthie on December 05, 2014, 07:02:31 pm
Great place for an album cover.....

Good idea, Peter!   ;)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on December 05, 2014, 09:59:36 pm
Last night, Martin Carthy at the Black Swan in York.

He was excellent, as you'd expect.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: perpetual dan on December 06, 2014, 12:22:40 pm
Fields of the Nephilim at Shepherds Bush last night. Very jolly.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fboab on December 06, 2014, 09:00:08 pm
Rodrigo y Gabriela at the Birmingham Symphony Hall.
I was/am iller than I've been for years but the tickets weren't cheap and it's been the-thing-I'm-looking-forward-to for quite some time, so despite losing half my lungs' surface and having to pause for breath and energy between New Street and Broad Street I risked being the most hated audience member and sucked cough sweets hopefully.
The support was alright despite being Norwegians singing in American but Rod and Gab were fab. The audience was, I think, an older and more sedate demographic (symphony hall) than they were used to, and it took a long time before they got the feedback they were hoping for.
Ace. I'd like to see them again, in a different venue, where we were standing (& I was  well enough TO stand for an hour or two, with even maybe dancing).
We got a taxi back. 
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Aidan on December 07, 2014, 11:40:05 am
I saw Rod y Gab at Manchester Apollo and they were fantastic. Would deffo go see them again.

Went to see Paul Heaton and Jaquie Abbot last night at Brid Spa.  The supports were awful. Not helped by my total and utter dislike of country music, I actually found myself thinking during the second support act "I wonder if this is what having stroke is like" ;D  they nearly got animated with bit of country boys for about 30 seconds but fuck it was dull. I can't remember anything about the first support other than it was a bloke with a guitar singing crap country songs to a formula.

Anyway , Paul Heaton and Jaquie Abbot came on and were brilliant from the first bar.  had great report with the crowd and were really on form, not one dull moment and it seemed over in a flash. Two encores with the last being an acapella version of Caravan of Love   which was perfect.   Absolutely brilliant.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on December 15, 2014, 12:40:05 pm
On Saturday evening, No.1 Son and I made our way to the O2 for an evening of entertainment courtesy of Jeff Wayne.

Here is a crappy phone pic of a Tripod popping upstairs for a cuppa during the half time break-

(http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b360/mattlangridge/Photo0043.jpg) (http://s23.photobucket.com/user/mattlangridge/media/Photo0043.jpg.html)

'Twas a damn good evening :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on December 22, 2014, 12:06:01 am
Last night SWMBO and I went to The Barbican where we experienced Sparks performing their break through album Kimono my house in its entirity to celebrate 40 years since it was released, plus other tracks. Russel and Ron Mael were supported by a 35 piece representation of The Heritage Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley.

To experience a 70's glam rock album performed by an orchestra with nothing electric apart from Ron using a Roland electric piano (renamed a 'Ronald'  ;D ) for a handful of tracks was very refreshing. The Barbican Hall looked to be full to bursting and everyone had a damn good time.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Wowbagger on December 27, 2014, 08:54:04 pm
I am at Chinnery's, Saarfend, for the 4ft Pimp gig. Some other band is on ATM. In order to generate the right atmosphere they have to generate ersatz fag smoke, the real thing no longer being available.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Wowbagger on December 28, 2014, 06:59:56 am
That was very good indeed. Greg Kiss, 4ft Pimp's front man, is a very entertaining performer with an easy relationship with the audience. My older daughter asked the rather uncharitable rhetorical question "Why does Greg have his hair like that? Has no-one told him it makes him look just like Ed Balls?"

Even though this final gig was organised for the most tragic of reasons, and the band last played some 5 years ago, splitting up shortly after all but my son had left Uni and gone into the world of work, it made me rather sad to think that they won't be performing together again.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Wowbagger on December 30, 2014, 09:04:55 pm
Given that the gig I went to on 27th is the sort of thing I would never attend if my son wasn't involved, and even then it was mostly the good cause that got me out there, I have nothing to compare it to. I attended an aoccasional gig when the band was regularly active, but not often.

Dez and a couple of others were wielding cameras and microphones and Dez is in the process of producing videos of the entire gig. Here's the first.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs2_yDM8d7c

I'd be interested in others' opinions.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on January 25, 2015, 11:49:57 pm
A random pick at the Waiting Room in Eaglescliffe - a night of finger-pickin' Americana from "Serious" Sam Barratt and David Broad.

After about thirty seconds I realised I'd seen these lads before, performing at the same venue. Which was the other occasion that I'd been to the Waiting Room to see a random pick. They were then performing as the Leeds City Stompers (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=38629.msg1457544#msg1457544), all brylcreem and suits and double-bass-tastic blues standards.

They were lacking the sharp suits and double bass, but you got your money's worth for a fiver - two hour-long sets separated by an interval.

It was an excellent night, a mix of trad tunes and their own compositions (I liked how they hammed up the American accents for the bluegrass tunes, but their own Merseyside/Teesside accents came through on their own compositions). With a gratuitous Chas n Dave reference at the encore.

Pretty good for someone I'd never heard of before (or so I thought).
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on January 26, 2015, 12:10:09 am

Robyn Hitchcock at the Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, Maryland, a couple of weeks ago.

(http://i.imgur.com/RXf5XoM.jpg)

They spelled his name "Robert" on the announcement in the restaurant next door.  :-\

I think he was wearing the same shirt the last (and only) time I saw him.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 26, 2015, 02:44:55 pm
Uncle Bobby, as he is known in these parts, has a quite comprehensive collection of shirts in patterns which I aten't worn since 1975.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: sg37409 on February 02, 2015, 01:31:14 pm
Hayseed Dixie again in glasgow's celtic connections. Great fun. Next night we went to one of the transatlantic sessions, very different experience altogether !  Bought tickets for this on the strength of Patty Griffin appearing: She was very good but a coupel of the other singers were better I felt. Rodney Cromwell and some other guy whose name escapes me.  Wasnt as fussed for some of the traditional scottish tunes. 
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ruthie on February 02, 2015, 09:48:47 pm
Not really a gig, but it doesn't really belong anywhere else.

Hoppo, in a QandA organised by DarloCC.  What a guy!  Reading out his palmares could've filled more than an hour, so the host just skated over the surface really.  He is not as other men.  (Except Teethgrinder, he's a bit like Teethgrinder).  He just doesn't listen to pain, not even when it's the pain of a broken hip, or a broken wrist.   I ended up in awe of his time management skills as much as anything else!  Fitting in a paid job, a gazillion ultra distance events every year, being a triathlete sometimes, having a partner, being a dad ... I mean, how?

PBP is on his bucket list (so he'll have to qualify for that this year), and I really really liked him for that.  And he gave some hints about his strategies as Steve Abraham's team leader, but they need to stay in the Dolphin Centre.

In twelve days he'll be riding the Sebring in Florida (which he mentioned, ooh, once or twice) and I might have to do some internet wrangling to find out if I can follow that.
Rode there on m'bike.  It was well worth £2.50.

And what a self-effacing chap he is. 
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Karla on February 02, 2015, 10:09:21 pm
Just don't get him and MattC started on bike lights.
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Post by: Ruthie on February 02, 2015, 10:12:28 pm
Yes, I was quite surprised when he said he does all his training indoors because the roads are too dangerous.  But his list of dead friends kind of supported his point, sadly. 
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: andrewc on February 06, 2015, 10:05:55 pm
The Carducci Quartet (http://www.theartsdesk.com/classical-music/carducci-string-quartet-st-georges-hall-concert-room-liverpool) at St Georges Hall.

A lovely performance to a packed hall.   I was late getting out of the office so didn't go home, I had a Lebanese mixed grill & pint of Roosters before the concert.  This was a mistake,  I kept nodding off during the first set.  I hope I wasn't snoring....  :o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6iskscxDes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6iskscxDes)
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Post by: citoyen on February 06, 2015, 10:42:04 pm
It's a weekend of funny women for me.

Lucy Porter was at the local arts centre tonight. Have heard her on the radio but not seen her live before. An engaging, likeable performer, and very funny with it.

Tomorrow it's Josie Long in Canterbury. I've seen her several times before, she's my favourite comedian, and I'm really looking forward to this new show.
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Post by: CrinklyLion on February 08, 2015, 12:24:46 am
Finally heard a set by The Lungs (thought of Kim) and followed it up with the utterly splendid Wave Pictures.  There were people dancing.  In York.  Joe (everyone's favourite promoter) gast was positively flabbered.  Or his flabber was gasted.  Or something.
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Post by: Kim on February 08, 2015, 12:55:35 am
Finally heard a set by The Lungs (thought of Kim)

Hope they sounded better than mine...
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Post by: Tim Hall on February 09, 2015, 01:53:04 pm
The fantastic Terry & Gerry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_and_Gerry).  I last saw them at their farewell gig in 1987 at Dingwalls. Golly.  They reformed last year. Cowpunk skiffle at its best.
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Post by: clarion on February 09, 2015, 02:15:04 pm
One of whom is otp, of course. :D
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Post by: Tim Hall on February 09, 2015, 02:26:41 pm
One of whom is otp, of course. :D

Do what?   I shook them all by the hand. Bored them to death with tales of how I'd seen them back in the day. Go the EP signed.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: turista on February 14, 2015, 02:13:09 pm
That'll be me then - now that I know OTP = of this parish!
It was great to meet you Tim!!
Thank you for the kind words,
Terry
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Tim Hall on February 24, 2015, 02:31:28 pm
Saturday I saw The Charley Farley Sunday Four. (http://www.cfs4.com/) Mission statement:"Don't be shit". Top stuff.

Sunday afternoon I saw, amongst others, The Hallelujah Junction Blues Collective (http://www.surreybluesband.co.uk/). No members of YACF in the line up as far as I know. Blues from Chicago to the Delta, but I think it was probably the Mole Delta. Harmonica by Deep South Dave, sc called because he comes from Horsham.  Good musicians not taking themselves too seriously.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on February 25, 2015, 12:28:40 am
Hurrah! I'll celebrate the unlocking (?!) of this thread with a slightly belated review of Simon Joyner and the Ghosts' gig at the Newcastle Lit & Phil Society. April 2013.

The Lit & Phil is a cracking place, all the famous north east engineers were members, and their portraits line the walls. It has a wonderful library, and the staff will serve you coffee in the reception between reading sessions, it not being a lending library.

However, it is an utterly bizarre venue for a gig. I had bought a ticket on the understanding that it would be at the Star and Shadow Cinema, which has an altogether more down-at-heel vibe, which has bike parking inside, and where I saw Melt-Bananana play a set lit only with their own headtorches.

My problem was transport. The last train back from Newcastle was 22.20, which is useless for any sort of gig, so I rode my bike up, and met a mate for some beer. He did say I'd be welcome to kip on his floor, but he lives all the way out in Westerhope, and by the time I'd got there I might as well ride to Darlo (ish).

I got to the gig, fastened my bike to some handy railings, and had another beer, since they were serving bottles at the coffee hatch. I also got chatting to a bunch of Carlisle hipsters - Simon Joyner's audience has a large hipster quotient.

The support act was a local bod playing John Fahey-Jack Rose type of guitar instrumentals, with a distinct Northumberland lilt. It went down well, with the mostly-very-polite audience.

In the interval, I was chatting to Simon Joyner's band while out for a fag - me and Dave the guitarist are like that *makes crossy-fingers-gesture*

Turns out, Dave had been attacked with the squits, though you couldn't tell by his performance onstage. Jeez, that was some energy, which nicely offset SJ's typically languid vocals. It was an utterly surreal gig, sat on the floor watching the band leap about in front of the portraits of North East grandees. Someone videoed it, and it does capture the surrealness, if not the sound:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=x-8RzIKcgMc

It was such a good gig, I even bought a t-shirt, and gushed embarrassingly at SJ.

I had missed the last train by that time - however, the Carlisle hipsters invited me back to their gaffe in Heaton, as a flatmate was away. Probably just as well, given the amount I'd drank. I had a cup of tea and was away to sleep in a comfy bed, and I was the first up in the morning - which was when I noticed that the absent flatmate had an expensive-looking laptop and an iPad lying about in the room.

It was a bloody good gig, and lovely to meet some decent hospitality.

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Post by: billplumtree on February 25, 2015, 12:36:39 pm
Dean, I'm shocked. 

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Post by: CrinklyLion on February 25, 2015, 06:25:21 pm
I think Deano collects tame hipsters at gigs, as if they are guided to him by some mystic force - all the way from Carlisle, if need be.  There was one who kept turning up like a stripey-shirted and beard-be-wisped bad (although actually perfectly pleasant) penny.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on February 25, 2015, 10:19:42 pm
Dean, I'm shocked. 

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:)

I knew someone would mention that. I assume they were made Not Welcome in the border city and had to move elsewhere to live out their lifestyles.

I think Deano collects tame hipsters at gigs, as if they are guided to him by some mystic force - all the way from Carlisle, if need be.  There was one who kept turning up like a stripey-shirted and beard-be-wisped bad (although actually perfectly pleasant) penny.

Like a freak magnet, but with better facial hair.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: sojournermike on February 26, 2015, 09:35:10 pm
In slight contrast, last gig I went to was Andre Rieux (sp), which turned outbound be anon evening of popular classics presented with gushing Dutch humour. Slightly shocked by ticket prices, but then I didn't pay for that one.

Next couple are the Aussie Pink Floyd and, my think, The Unthasks. I may be called to London for the latter, which would be a right pain.

Also bizarre juxtaposition last year of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at the Brudenell with the Eagles at Leeds Arena. 
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: andrewc on March 01, 2015, 05:32:07 pm
Just back from a very enjoyable afternoon at the last day of the Liverpool Jazz Festival,   3 really excellent bands.

Jam Experiment

Rory Ingham (trombone)
Alex Bone (saxophone)
Toby Comeau (piano)
Sam Quintana (bass)
Oren Mcloughlin (drums)
Formed in early 2014, the quintet is mainly comprised of jazz students at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester. The ensemble is based in the north, and plays styles ranging from bebop to contemporary, showcasing an exciting set of arrangements and original compositions. The five-piece includes the Young Jazz Musician of the Year ’14 Alexander Bone – on saxes.

The quintet formed as a vehicle for composing and arranging, which was the result of a weekly 'jam'. The band rehearses regularly at Chetham’s, and hope to carry on playing together for many years to come.

Influenced by the likes of Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride, Keith Jarrett, The Jam Experiment play exciting melodies, soul injected improvisations, and chewy grooves, creating a truly original sound.​

The band has been selected as winners of this year's Jazz North Introduces scheme and will be performing at a number of high profile jazz festivals throughout the region.

Can't find a video of the group playing together, but here's the sax player.    You know you're getting middle aged when the musicians are younger than you...... ::-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bjc6kAHX47w (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bjc6kAHX47w)



White Canvas
Barry Dallman (piano)
Andy Hulme (guitar)
Grant Russell (bass)
Adam Goldberg (drums)

This exciting and eclectic quartet was formed by pianist Barry Dallman as an outlet for his original compositions and his writing is influenced by artists such as EST, Michel Petrucciani, Bill Evans, Michel Legrand and Miles Davis.

Barry has always maintained that jazz doesn't have to focus solely on complexity and technical facility and his own music reflects a love of space, melody and dynamic contrast.

White Canvas made their debut at the inaugural Liverpool International Jazz Festival in 2012 where they supported Robert Mitchell and the Kit Downes Quintet and are currently working on their first album which is due to be released late 2015.

Really liked this lot, but again I can't find any videos of them together,   here's their website http://barrydallman.com/white-canvas/ (http://barrydallman.com/white-canvas/), there are some tunes there , and here's a video of Barry Dallman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVkAVwRlC8U (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVkAVwRlC8U)
 

Blind Monk Trio

Bob Whittaker (tenor saxophone)
Hugo Harrison (double bass)
Johnny Hunter (drums)

Blind Monk Trio have caused quite a stir over the past couple of years in the UK Northern jazz scene, putting a fresh spin on the sax/bass/drums trio format. With influences from the whole history of the genre (Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, FLY) blended with alternative rock and eastern folk. The trio’s debut album COULROPHOBIA was released November 2014. For more details visit the trio's website.

"Some bands exude cool and Blind Monk Trio have their unique musical style down to a T. We can't get enough of this fantastic trio. Join the Brotherhood for a Live Music Treat!" - Claire Turner, owner, Matt & Phreds Jazz Club, Manchester

"Energetic, original and quirky - think John Coltrane meets Led Zeppelin" - Barney Stevenson, producer, Marsden Jazz Festival

Blind Monk are local boys and are often to be found playing in The Caledonia (http://www.thecaledonialiverpool.com/whats-on/), Bob Whittaker also leads "Marley Chingus"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F11dksohTLE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F11dksohTLE)
 
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Rhys W on March 02, 2015, 05:53:55 pm
Jesus and Mary Chain, Cardiff University Students' Union last Friday. Playing Psychocandy in its entirety. Sounded much better than a 30-year old album has the right to be.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 02, 2015, 07:13:44 pm
I hope it sounded better than the actual album.  Whoever mixed it should be shot.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Vince on March 09, 2015, 11:05:37 pm
Saturday night I was at the art centre in Wotton-under-Edge to listen to Gren Bartley's band. The first time I've been to a folk concert. Quite enjoyed it.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on March 13, 2015, 10:52:47 pm
Alasdair Roberts at the HEART* Cafe, Leeds

Owing to work and trains and finding the damn place, we arrived about fifteen minutes before the end of the second support act, which was about enough. It was strictly OK - I mean, I always like to see a handsaw on stage, and a hurdy-gurdy even more, but vaguely folky wordless guitar noodling ain't my thing (unless it's dead good, of course). He was all over that guitar, too, waving about like a main mast in a Force 10. I found myself yearning for the squirly brass which had been emanating from one of the practice rooms.

Anyway, I wasn't there to see him, and despite the tired-corporate-conference air of the room, Alasdair Roberts was excellent. He has an incredibly arresting voice, just on the right side of being completely wrong, and a fabulous accent. He kicked off with the Fairest Flower of Northumberland, which kinda set the tone for a more trad set than I'd been hoping for, but I'm happy with whatever he chooses to do. The annoying support act came on to support him with a double bass, and continued his bobbing-dog antics while playing it (as CrinklyLion pointed out, if you closed your eyes, he was fine, but he did remind me of the old French and Saunders sketch about Meryl Streep holding an orange in the background to draw all eyes to her *acting*).

I'd go to see Alasdair Roberts again, whether solo, in a band, or even with his bobbing-dog tourmate. Not sure I'd bother with the HEART cafe again, unless it was someone really good, like Alasdair Roberts.

*It stands for Headingley Enterprise and Arts, no Riff-raff, Thankyou. I think. The dragons ladies at the front desk seemed a bit scornful at my incompetence with the tickets, but I stand by my assertion that an e-ticket which has to be downloaded and printed is a damn stupid e-ticket. The cafe was alright, a decent range of (bottled) beers, and I wouldn't mind nipping in for a coffee if I was passing. And the dragons ladies at the front desk were very helpful with advice about getting back to the station.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: tiermat on March 15, 2015, 12:40:07 am
Just got back fro,m seeing Paloma Faith, supported by Vintage Trouble, a good old style Soul band all the way from the US of A. They were good, Paloma even better (TLD was in awe as PF is her favourite singer, ever!). The event hit a high note, literally and figuratively, with the closing song, that being a BELTING cover of "River Deep, Mountain High"
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Wobbly John on March 15, 2015, 09:15:20 am
... supported by Vintage Trouble, a good old style Soul band all the way from the US of A. They were good, ...

I'm sure I've seen Vintage Trouble  - I think they opened for the Who when we saw them at the O2.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on March 16, 2015, 12:00:48 am
Just back from the Handsome Family's gig at Gateshead Old Town Hall.

It's a grand old place, but I thought the formal public speaking auditorium didn't suit them that well. They were very good, with the usual hammy husband-and-wife schtick making everyone laugh. Two of us had to explain to a third member of the party why Brett became quite annoyed at someone in the audience requesting Free Bird for the encore. Not enough of Renee singing, in my opinion, but the new songs were good, inhabiting the usual hinterland between Hank Williams and Edgar Allan Poe.

The sound wasn't great - I thought they'd have been better without the amps, though that would have reduced Brett's opportunities to let rip with his axe(s), and that would have been a shame.

The sound also kinda crippled the support act, Daniel Knox. I thought he was alright, but everyone else seemed utterly enthralled. He has an amazing voice, but he seemed like a poor man's Daniel Johnston to me - twice the singer, but not half the songwriter. I'll probably give his records a listen, mind, to see if he sounds better when I can actually hear what he's on about.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Rhys W on March 18, 2015, 11:54:14 pm
Excellent - I'm going to see them in Cardiff on Sunday. Probably 5th time I've seen them now. "There's a free bird right here".  ;)

I'm just back from Morrissey at the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena. I went dressed as a Smiths fan from 1986, which is what I usually look like really. Started off very promising with The Queen Is Dead and some rather subversive backdrops poking fun at the Royal Family. Who else could get away with that? Very, very slick performance with Moz looking good but a little too much of the latest album (which I haven't got round to buying yet) and not enough of the old favourites.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: andrewc on March 19, 2015, 11:23:59 pm
(http://www.salfordcommerce.co.uk/resizeimage.php?filename=images/newspics/tiger_lillies_500x400.jpg&newxsize=300&newysize=300)

The Tiger Lillies (https://www.tigerlillies.com/) at The Lowry in Salford.

First time I've seen them live,   well that was different........... :o

Pimps, thieves, prostitutes, circus freaks & murderers,   no that wasn't the audience, who were very respectable.

Superbly versatile musicians, one minute playing horrible songs about murdering children, forcing young girls into brothels, alcoholics & drug addicts. The next playing sad & moving ballards, and then onto blasphemous filth as an encore!

I blame Andy Gates (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=31411.0) for corrupting me!

A full concert here (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=70481.0)

Review 1 (http://www.thepublicreviews.com/the-very-worst-of-the-the-tiger-lillies-the-lowry-salford/)

Review 2 (http://www.salfordonline.com/entertainmentnews_page/55419-4_review_the_very_worst_of_the_tiger_lillies_the_lowry_salford.htm)

Tour dates (https://www.tigerlillies.com/tour)

A pig of a place to get to though.   I didn't get back to Liverpool until 00:40,  bog help me if I'd missed the last train.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: PeteB99 on March 23, 2015, 12:00:09 pm
Focus last night at the Floral Pavilion New Brighton. Some amazing guitar from Menno Gootjes and nice to see 7 minute drum solos still in fashion ;D Thijs Van Leer has sadly lost a bit of his vocal range since the previous time I saw them in 1973!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Steph on March 23, 2015, 03:59:25 pm
Brian Willoughby, formerly of The Strawbs, and Cathryn Craig, at Horsham folk club, last night.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R3UpabPO7U
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Rhys W on March 23, 2015, 10:59:32 pm
I went to see The Handsome Family at The Globe in Cardiff last night. Never been to the Globe before - really nice venue (an old cinema) that is just the right size with very good acoustics. Cheered me up after a terrible afternoon - I'll never get tired of Rennie's sense of humour. I came home and dug out my Handsome Family songbook and strummed my way drunkenly through Weightless Again and So Much Wine.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on March 24, 2015, 08:01:30 am
Oh.... jealous, I am :)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ruthie on March 25, 2015, 07:16:57 pm
Josie Long, supported by The Pictish Trail, at the Arc, Stockton on Tees.

Her humour is self-deprecating, so honest as to be raw, and she laughs at herself at her most vulnerable and ridiculous.  She managed to get Walt Whitman in, and a few other poets (she's not exactly Bernard Manning), and socialist literature, and Barnard Castle, and loads of other random stuff.  She even made Cecil The Idiot laugh out loud, which was a miracle.

She also talked a lot about heartbreak and relationships, in a hilarious non-bullying way, and I just loved it.  I left feeling uplifted and affirmed, giggling, and it was a great night.

The Pictish Trail was worthy of a mention, but his music is really quite dark, and it wasn't what I needed that night.  Another time I might have really liked him.  His banter was fun thobut.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: andrewc on March 25, 2015, 10:53:04 pm
"Sniffing Boris Johnson's bicycle seat" , that's not a line you get in many songs........  :sick:   and they actually had a bike on stage earlier as well!

A fun night with Fascinating Aida,  topical references to Jeremy Clarkson & Tony Blair as well.   
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: essexian on March 26, 2015, 08:18:10 am
Nile Rodgers and Chic Birmingham O2 main room.



Many, many, many years ago, I was a punk…well I would have been if my Mum had let me. As she would not, I spent most of the late 70’s an early 80’s locked away in my room in a strop. According to my current wife, not much has changed apart from the fact that I now own a shed were I can go and have a strop in.

Anyway, one thing I knew back then was I hated that disco music they played on the radio, for, as the great sage Morrissey once said: “The music they constantly play, says nothing to me about my life.” Indeed, I only ever went to one, non school disco: Eltons in Tottenham High Road sometime around 1979.... I hated it and missed the last 123 bus so had to walk back home across the Marshes. Its strange what you remember.

So it may come as a somewhat of a surprise, Dear Reader, when I inform you that I spent an extremely enjoyable evening last night with Mr Disco himself: Nile Rodgers and his Chic Organisation. “How comes” you may ask…. Well marrying a beautiful women some 10 years younger than yourself who was brought up in a different musical environment is likely to be the key to solving the puzzle.  ;D

On to the gig at the “new” Birmingham Academy. Now I know it’s not actually new, but it was our first time in the main hall after many many many gigs at the sadly missed Hummingbird. Got to say, we were impressed not only by the sight lines, but by the sound: something I often complain about. It was first rate; so well done the sound tech and the buildings designers.

Musically what can you say about Nile Rodgers apart from if it’s a disco song you know, he wrote or produced it: from “He’s the greatest dancer” to “Lets dance” and on and on and on. Hit after hit after hit left me somewhat knackered after 2 hours of dancing….or “middle aged white man shuffling”, as my considerably better half called it. Indeed, I was heard to proclaim after the event that that gig was up there in my top ten favourite gigs of all time….although not as good as my favourite gig EVER…. Morrissey at Stoke Victoria Halls around 1991….. the only time I have ever tried to get on stage…

If you get a chance when he returns to the UK, go and see Nile Rodgers and Chic. Okay, the tickets were nearly £50 each but there are some artistes which you should spend your hard earned on and he is one of them.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on March 26, 2015, 04:32:04 pm
Just got back fro,m seeing Paloma Faith, supported by Vintage Trouble, a good old style Soul band all the way from the US of A. They were good, Paloma even better (TLD was in awe as PF is her favourite singer, ever!). The event hit a high note, literally and figuratively, with the closing song, that being a BELTING cover of "River Deep, Mountain High"

We did the Paloma Faith thing last night. A VERY good night out.

Vintage Trouble is a band I had never heard of but, were a CD of theirs to land in my lap as an unasked for gift or whatever, I would not be dissapointed. Their music was different from the run of the mill current stuff. They have a deep drum sound and their lead vocal- Ty Taylor reminds me of the bastard love child of James Brown, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury. He moves really well and has a sweet voice. His duet with Paloma was a fantastic track.

As for Ms Faith- her voice is as good live as on the TV or radio and her band and backing singers do a fantastic job. it is nice to see and hear a brass section and a double bass. A really good show.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 29, 2015, 12:36:21 am
My aged feetses have just dragged me back in from seeing Amplifier at the Old Blue Last in the Hipster Ground Zero Zone that is Great Eastern Street.  Six albums (one a double), high on the bill at European festivals and they're playing on a stage barely big enough for the four of them (never mind Sel Balamir's effects pedals) to a couple of hundred people in the upper room of a pub >:(

Two hours of bangin' prog-tinged heavy rock and Miss von Brandenburg got a hug from a somewhat damp Mr Balamir afterwards, which she reckons was preferable to being aksed out to dinner by ex-Blondie bassist Gary Valentine at a book launch.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: essexian on March 29, 2015, 09:05:07 am
Morrissey

 NIA...sorry Barclaycard Arena....Central Birmingham


We hadn't planned to go to this gig.... not because we don't like Morrissey: hell, if the bloke was to release the sound of him singing in the bath I would buy it, but simply my advancing age means that two nights out in a week are best avoided if I want to be functioning the next day: especially as our trip back from seeing Chic two days earlier had been badly delayed by a total closure of the M6!

However, unexpectedly, our energy supplier decided to return a large amount of money to me after over estimating our winter usage.... many thanks for a nice and mild winter.... so we decided to make the effort and thus, booked the tickets of the morning of the gig.

The NIA is a large multi usage venue and for tonight's gig, the stage was set about half way back leaving a large standing area and amount 10 blocks of seating. We found ourselves a spot with a clear view (and no 7 foot talk people wearing top hats as normally happens to us short arses!) and settled down for a gig which started off well.... rolled along with a couple of decent tracks off the new album and then, sort of hit buffers a little with a couple of songs no one seemed to know.

Then, to follow the railway analogy along even further, the gig came totally off the rails during Meat is Murder. Now, we all know that Morrissey is a vegetarian  (as am both my wife and I) but showing film of animals being killed was just too much and made my wife cry. Not sure I want to see that sort of thing when I am out for an evenings entertainment. (of an interesting aside... none of the food outlets in the venue were allowed to sell meat based products that evening).

Overall, of all the Morrissey gigs I have seen.... and I have seen him just about every time he plays in the UK, this was the one I would most like to forget. Not enough of the classics played and the horribleness of the video behind Meat Is Murder were just a bit too much for me. I suppose Morrissey will be Morrissey and we love him for that (or hate him for that, its your choice) but tonight he did himself no favours.

The trip home in case you were wondering (which you weren't I am sure) was traffic free as we used the A452 instead...   
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: IanDG on April 19, 2015, 11:31:08 pm
I got home this evening after a trip away to see Seasick Steve at Galsgow Barrowlands. What a great gig and a wonderful guy :)

A couple of crappy mobile phone snaps

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Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 21, 2015, 12:41:33 am
Just back in from Godspeed You! Black Emperor at the Shepherds Bush Empire. Two hours of teh Aces.  My feet hurt.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: PaulR on April 21, 2015, 06:40:22 pm
Just back in from Godspeed You! Black Emperor at the Shepherds Bush Empire. Two hours of teh Aces.  My feet hurt.

teh Aces indeed - I saw them at the Forum a couple of years back and was impressed, but this time round their sound seemed better defined, and also had a more triumphant and positive feel to it

I was upstairs, so my feet were fine.  My buttox, on the other hand, were glad of the relative comfort of an hour on a bike saddle on the ride home from W12 to SE23.

and Xylouris White were a pretty good support act as well
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 21, 2015, 10:35:36 pm
Miss von Brandenburg and I always try to lay claim to the little balcony thing next to the bar that backs onto the mixing desk.  There is a handy railing on which to lean but after five hours of queuing and viewing it's still hard on the plates.

We thought the support lot to be the alter egos of The Mighty Boosh, or Vic 'n' Bob doing Lebanese pop music in the style of a club singer, or something else not terribly good.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on May 01, 2015, 11:58:58 pm
Sunset Sons (http://sunsetsons.com) on the first night of their latest tour.

Really excellent. If you've not heard of them and like what they describe as surfer rock, then go see them (http://sunsetsons.com/live/).

Supported by The Beach (https://www.facebook.com/thebeachmusic)
(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/P5010012.jpg)

They played an hour set. with about 4 or 5 news songs. First photo - recording the gig with yer phone.
(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/P5010024.jpg)

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/P5010029.jpg)

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/P5010036.jpg)

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/P5010052.jpg)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 06, 2015, 11:59:45 pm
Just back in from King King + guests at the Jazz Café in soggy Camden.  Guests being Hat Fitz And Cara.  Hat Fitz is an Aussie guitarist with an impressive beard and a cool hat; Cara is an Irish woman with a 1940s hairdo who plays flute, penny whistle, washboard and drums - sometimes simultaneously - and sings with a bluesy voice only marginally smaller than, say, Canada.  They were excellent.

King King are a Glaswegian blues outfit, with Mick Hucknall's little brother on keyboards, a young Elton John on bass, Martin "Wolfie" Adams on drums and huge bekilted singer/guitarist Alan Nimmo up front.  They were also excellent, and Mr Nimmo's mum is a very nice lady (she was standing behind us).

On the down side, my feet hurt.  At least at next Sunday's gig we shall be sitting down.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Rhys W on May 08, 2015, 11:19:12 pm
Went to see the Super Furry Animals last Friday at Cardiff University Students Union (first night of a 3 night residency!) They've been on a hiatus (solo projects) for over six years, and their return was welcomed by (effectively) a hometown crowd. I was a little disappointed by the audience, many of whom seemed more interested in drunkenly chatting than the music - I had the bad luck to be standing next to one idiot who spent practically all the time with his back to the band, trying to get the attention of his mates through the medium of dance. They put on a great show anyway, and it was great to see them again. I remember Gruff and Daf when we were all schoolkids starting crap but enthusiastic bands in North Wales in the 80s, it's fantastic to see them having made a worldwide success of it. On a plus note, I've figured out how to play Golden Retriever...

I thought they were playing Mwng as the tour is to celebrate the re-release of it, but it was a career-spanning set. I love the fact that they started out singing in Welsh, wrote songs in English and became massively popular worldwide... then released an album all in Welsh. Someone mentioned that Coca-Cola offered them a seven-figure sum to use Hello Sunshine in an advert, but they turned it down and gave it to War On Want for free. Take that, globalisation! The yeti suits came out for the last number, The Man Don't Give a Fuck.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Illegal Combat Ant on May 09, 2015, 10:07:40 pm
Snarky Puppy with the Metropole Orkest at L'Olympia, Paris, Thursday night.

(http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg82/IllegalCombatAnt/P1010364.jpg)

Seriously awesome.

If you want to see the set we saw, this is pretty much it. All 105 minutes of it.

http://m.culturebox.francetvinfo.fr/festivals/jazz-sous-les-pommiers/snarky-puppy-metropole-orkest-a-jazz-sous-les-pommiers-217919

But with a slightly less involved and rowdy audience.

Probably the best show I've ever been to in my rather lengthier than I thought life. And I've been to allot.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Marco Stefano on May 12, 2015, 06:10:45 pm
Last gig? Been so long I cannot remember. But I have tickets for Swervedriver in Norwich in a couple of weeks (me & Son of Marco) - can't wait.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 15, 2015, 12:33:55 am
Just in from seeing Rory McLeod at the Green Note in Camden, where the stage is about the same size as my bathroom and about three inches above nominal ground level.  Fortunately we were able to perch on stools some five feet from Mr McLeod and thus had an unparalleled view of his left armpit.  To call him a folkie or even a singer/songwriter would be to do him a disservice as he spends at least a third of the average gig telling stories and generally making the audience cry with laughter.  Ably backed up in the second half by Bob on clarinet and saxophone and Diego on harp.  Top stuff.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 17, 2015, 12:07:38 am
Recently returned from Masters Of Reality at the Garage in Highbury.  The sound man, who rendered both Chris Goss' vocals and his 12-string utterly inaudible, is in urgent need of a good kicking.  Apart from that it was jolly good.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Steph on May 17, 2015, 12:49:47 am
Just in from seeing Rory McLeod at the Green Note in Camden, where the stage is about the same size as my bathroom and about three inches above nominal ground level.  Fortunately we were able to perch on stools some five feet from Mr McLeod and thus had an unparalleled view of his left armpit.  To call him a folkie or even a singer/songwriter would be to do him a disservice as he spends at least a third of the average gig telling stories and generally making the audience cry with laughter.  Ably backed up in the second half by Bob on clarinet and saxophone and Diego on harp.  Top stuff.

I have seen and nattered with Rory many times, lovely man. Oddly, when I googled him, the sample Wiki page came up as 'singer/songwriter' but with a photo of the snooker player of the same name. Who is somewhat darker and has less hair.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: onb on May 21, 2015, 02:56:28 pm
Peatbog Faeries last night @ Settle Victoria hall  great night .
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: tiermat on May 26, 2015, 10:45:51 am
Last night Mrs T, TLD and myself went to the coldest stadium in the country (Sunderland) to see The Foo Fighters.  Ably supported by The Strypes and The Kaiser Chiefs.  I liked the Strypes but wasn't that impressed with the Kaiser Chiefs.  The Foos, however showed them all how it should be done.  My biggest surprise of the evening was turning to TLD, whilst they were playing "My Hero", to find her singing along!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: IanDG on May 26, 2015, 11:11:33 am
Just in from seeing Rory McLeod at the Green Note in Camden, where the stage is about the same size as my bathroom and about three inches above nominal ground level.  Fortunately we were able to perch on stools some five feet from Mr McLeod and thus had an unparalleled view of his left armpit.  To call him a folkie or even a singer/songwriter would be to do him a disservice as he spends at least a third of the average gig telling stories and generally making the audience cry with laughter.  Ably backed up in the second half by Bob on clarinet and saxophone and Diego on harp.  Top stuff.

Bloody Hell!!! Is he still going?  Saw him at the Hibernian in Birmingham in the 90s :)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 26, 2015, 11:44:21 am
Miss von Brandenburg first saw him supporting Roy Harper, I think in the late 80s.  Mr McLeod is alive and well and living in the Scottish Borders.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: IanDG on May 26, 2015, 12:26:15 pm
I have 3 or 4 of his CDs from his Cooking Vinyl time and still listen to them occasionally - 'Lullabies for Big Babies' is on my phone music library so different tunes keep popping up at random :)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Illegal Combat Ant on May 29, 2015, 04:18:44 pm
Bill Laurance Project @ The Lantern (formerly Colston 2) in Brisl last night. Really astonishing.I expect jaded could explain exactly how much hair is needed just to put on this gig.
Here's (https://youtu.be/W1bX9_RG9Mk) a bit of the awesomeness that was on show last night.

Mothership, Snarky Puppy, are touring UK early October. Get your tickets NOW. jaded doesn't have to bother, he's connected.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: StuAff on May 29, 2015, 09:42:34 pm
Two-night stint by Einstürzende Neubauten at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels. First night was 'greatest hits', with Blixa Bargeld on fine & droll form & two hours of glorious stuff. As good as that night was, the next night was even better. Last year they released and toured 'Lament', a performance piece commissioned by the town of Diuksmuide in Flanders as part of WW1 commemorations. Missed the London show, which I've been regretting ever since I read the reviews... The album is amazing, but it's meant to be heard live…and it was absolutely extraordinary. In places poignant and blackly funny, beautifully melodic and incredibly ferocious, utterly unsentimental, and grounded in extensive research. Every show I've seen by them in the past 22 years has been brilliant, but that was the absolute best. I've got some great gigs lined up in the rest of the year…none of them will top that.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on May 29, 2015, 10:30:11 pm
Bill Laurance Project @ The Lantern (formerly Colston 2) in Brisl last night. Really astonishing.I expect jaded could explain exactly how much hair is needed just to put on this gig.
Here's (https://youtu.be/W1bX9_RG9Mk) a bit of the awesomeness that was on show last night.

Mothership, Snarky Puppy, are touring UK early October. Get your tickets NOW. jaded doesn't have to bother, he's connected.

Hair?

A lot.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: perpetual dan on May 29, 2015, 11:32:34 pm
Just back from Chameleons Vox at the Concorde in Brighton.
As I arrived there were some goths playing, who I'd warmed to by the end.
The Chameleons were really good. Brilliant, clear sound, really gelling as a group from the off (Swamp Thing, a floor filler from my youth). I wept as they played Second Skin. This is a song that is dear to me, but I'm not given to crying. Lots of dancing, much smiling.
Just a hint of light in the sky as I did the brisk walk back to the station.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Marco Stefano on May 30, 2015, 08:01:27 am
Swervedriver at Norwich Arts Centre on Tuesday; disappointing, and not just because the bass player couldn't make it, replaced by a bloke from Supergrass (he did okay).

They have always been about a mix of melody, harmony and loud 'n' jangly guitars with loads of pedal effects; this was just too loud. I wish they had turned it down to 10 to let the music out. Same thoughts from 19 y.o. son and my mate Russ, neither of whom are averse to a little loudness.

However, bought their new album at the gig - a superb return to classic Swervedriver.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 30, 2015, 10:41:25 am
It seems to be a disturbing trend, this "eleven is too quiet" business.  Miss von Brandenburg suspects the sound bloke who messed up the vocals at the Masters Of Reality gig the other week was the same idiot who cranked it up so loud at another gig she attended recently - a solo Swede with a piano - that even hardened fans were retreating from the stage.  She Had Words; the sound idiot just made a complicated gesture suggesting that he was unbothered, or mutt, or both.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on May 30, 2015, 11:18:39 am
It's what earplugs are for.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 30, 2015, 12:39:52 pm
 
Quote from: Lemmy
Ted Nugent?  He's not loud; not for the size of hall he plays in.  Plus he's a cunt.  He wears earplugs.  What's the point of having all that volume if you can't hear it?
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ham on May 30, 2015, 12:47:16 pm
Quote from: Lemmy
Ted Nugent?  He's not loud; not for the size of hall he plays in.  Plus he's a cunt.  He wears earplugs.  What's the point of having all that volume if you can't hear it?

To be fair, he is on the NRA, so might just have the earplugs in case he hears someone talking sense and forgot to take them out.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on May 30, 2015, 12:56:52 pm
Most people wouldn't consider going out in bright sunshine without sunglasses but don't give a shit about their hearing.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 30, 2015, 05:40:11 pm
Pardon?
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on June 06, 2015, 10:51:01 am
A very pregnant Amanda Palmer in Leeds. She is very, very funny live. I can take or leave the uke songs but she's amazing on piano.

Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 13, 2015, 01:13:00 am
Half Man Half Biscuit at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds.  Nigel Blackwell was on goood form, taking the piss out of the front row and jabbering on about his half-share in a luminous frisbee - "invented for Goths".  Bassist Neil Crossley demonstrated a hitherto unsuspected (by me, anyway) talent by swapping instruments with lead guitarist Ken Hancock for a couple of songs.  I have some crappy phone photos which I may post tomorrow if I can be arsed.

Only downside was failing once again to meet AWL at an HMHB gig chiz.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 13, 2015, 12:24:26 pm
Gig pix from last night:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/264/18760036492_ebb0396989_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/uzL6g3)
Jon "Politcially-motivated garden gnome" Donaldson of JD Meatyard (https://flic.kr/p/uzL6g3) by Mr Larrington (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/), on Flickr

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/535/18577186898_ca6355c4fe_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/uiAWrQ)
Spot the Warwickshire Lad and you could win a cruise (https://flic.kr/p/uiAWrQ) by Mr Larrington (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/), on Flickr

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/262/18142331864_f069ae08a9_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/tDbccf)
Neil "Ray Winstone with a Rickenbacker" Crossley rocks out (https://flic.kr/p/tDbccf) by Mr Larrington (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/), on Flickr

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/506/18767468241_c3178725a9_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/uAqbsD)
Nigel Blackwell whips the audience up into doing the Time Warp.  Or something. (https://flic.kr/p/uAqbsD) by Mr Larrington (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/), on Flickr

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/425/18767468691_29dbbe9666_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/uAqbAp)
Ken Hancock switches to bass (https://flic.kr/p/uAqbAp) by Mr Larrington (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/), on Flickr
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Pancho on June 13, 2015, 12:34:03 pm
I'm fairly certain that I was at the IOW festival last night. Or, rather, it came to me across the water on a southerly breeze. If that was what I was hearing it was bloody loud.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: tiermat on June 13, 2015, 06:47:32 pm
A very pregnant Amanda Palmer in Leeds. She is very, very funny live. I can take or leave the uke songs but she's amazing on piano.

1) bother, I missed that.
2) do you get the feeling that the baby's bedtime stories will be very very dark...
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: lisat on June 14, 2015, 11:45:17 pm
Tony Visconti, Woody Woodmandsey and Glenn Gregory performing The man who sold the world.  Then they did another load of Bowie classics. It was great.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on June 15, 2015, 07:27:30 pm
Having expected to miss all their dates on the current tours, an unexpected last minute-ish plan formed to catch The Burning Hell at Arden Road Social Club on Friday and The Wave Pictures at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge on Saturday. 

Silly trains, 1:30am kebab shops in Leeds city centre, spectacularly vomiting drunks on the last TPE out of dodge Leeds and getting home after 3am and the Halifax trip was absolutely worth it.  Friendly welcome from the promoter on the door - they were relatively impressed with Dean travelling from Darlo for the evening, but he was trumped by the guy who'd come from Brighton.  Nice enough venue although, as Deano commented, it was more set up for a bingo night than a gig.  And at the top of a bloody big hill.  They seem to get some decent acts in though, so I'll probably keep an eye on it...

First support was a solo slot by the BH's bassist, Nick Ferrio who I quite liked but maybe didn't see at his best - I suspect it was a tough-ish space/audience for a bloke with a guitar and a turn for the whimsical.  Good call from the venue to switch the glitter ball for this one
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHiix4p1mZ8
https://youtu.be/yHiix4p1mZ8
Next up was From the Woods, who were OK (although I couldn't make out a word and generally speaking the lyrics are Quite Important to me) and I wouldn't have minded listening to a song or three by them.  Shame they seemed to do the same one on repeat, really.  Shortening both support sets and getting the headliners on rather earlier would, I think, have improved the evening generally as well as meaning I could have been home by 1am not 3.  But The Burning Hell were utterly splendid while working damn hard to get what felt like a very mixed (and very talk-y) crowd on side and on their feet, and did so most successfully - especially when they came back for an encore and threw in a new one, a quiet little duet by Mathias and Ariel telling the story of when they met.  I don't think it had a title.  Bloody good it was.  Seen 'em three times in three spaces now and I think that might have been my favourite so far.  Plus also they 'liked' my facebook comment.

A Saturday of dashing about meant a later-than-ideal train to Hebden Bridge, straight up a bloody cliff face (the innocuous sounding Birchcliffe Road) to find the hostel and drop off a bag then more or less straight back down the hill to town where we found Peter, or he found us, and we headed to the Trades Club.  The running order on the wall made it clear that Peter would have a choice of seeing the main attraction or catching his train home and made me very glad that the scheduled bus replacement service out of Leeds after midnight meant that I was staying overnight and didn't have to make that decision.  Turns out that the event was basically a promo for an upcoming local festival, and they'd booked three bands of differing flavours from the line up for that.

First up, Bird to Beast.  Bloke with assorted stringed things and singing, woman with a voice and occasional keyboards.  Oh, and a  tambourine for one of them.  I liked her best when she was playing something as the "expressive" hands were a touch off putting.  "Accomplished" was the word that sprang to mind - I'd turn up to listen to them again, possibly even as headliners, although I wouldn't catch a train for them.  Astonishingly good for the opening act in a three band line up, I started to wonder if we might be in for a real corker of a night.  They were followed by something-with-Foxy-in-the-name, who were loud, numerous and easily young enough to be my kids.  Seemed to be going down well with much of the audience but I was not unpleased when the assembled company suggested retiring to the other room where conversation was just about possible.  Apparently this meant that we missed the punch up on the dance floor, which is always an added bonus. 

Regretfully Peter stuck to his plan to catch the train to make a tram connection and get home and so missed the Wave Pictures who were, as on every occasion that I've seen them, jolly splendid indeed, and gave us a good hour and a quarter which meant I was very glad indeed to have that bed in the hostel as we were way beyond last train territory.  I still think I really shouldn't like them all that much, with their guitar solos and the drum solos and the male vocalists which are none of 'em things that usually flick my bic.  But I really like them anyway :D
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Peter on June 15, 2015, 08:42:54 pm
A great night out.  I even travelled home with one of the fightees!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: vorsprung on June 15, 2015, 09:00:21 pm
Lau and Tinariwen are both excellent and should be checked out if you ever get the chance

Me and Lesley saw them in Bristol at Coulston Hall recently, excellent
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on June 16, 2015, 01:26:08 am
Having expected to miss all their dates on the current tours, an unexpected last minute-ish plan formed to catch The Burning Hell at Arden Road Social Club on Friday and The Wave Pictures at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge on Saturday. 

Silly trains, 1:30am kebab shops in Leeds city centre, spectacularly vomiting drunks on the last TPE out of dodge Leeds and getting home after 3am and the Halifax trip was absolutely worth it.  Friendly welcome from the promoter on the door - they were relatively impressed with Dean travelling from Darlo for the evening, but he was trumped by the guy who'd come from Brighton.  Nice enough venue although, as Deano commented, it was more set up for a bingo night than a gig.  And at the top of a bloody big hill.  They seem to get some decent acts in though, so I'll probably keep an eye on it...

First support was a solo slot by the BH's bassist, Nick Ferrio who I quite liked but maybe didn't see at his best - I suspect it was a tough-ish space/audience for a bloke with a guitar and a turn for the whimsical.  Good call from the venue to switch the glitter ball for this one
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHiix4p1mZ8
https://youtu.be/yHiix4p1mZ8
Next up was From the Woods, who were OK (although I couldn't make out a word and generally speaking the lyrics are Quite Important to me) and I wouldn't have minded listening to a song or three by them.  Shame they seemed to do the same one on repeat, really.  Shortening both support sets and getting the headliners on rather earlier would, I think, have improved the evening generally as well as meaning I could have been home by 1am not 3.  But The Burning Hell were utterly splendid while working damn hard to get what felt like a very mixed (and very talk-y) crowd on side and on their feet, and did so most successfully - especially when they came back for an encore and threw in a new one, a quiet little duet by Mathias and Ariel telling the story of when they met.  I don't think it had a title.  Bloody good it was.  Seen 'em three times in three spaces now and I think that might have been my favourite so far.  Plus also they 'liked' my facebook comment.

A Saturday of dashing about meant a later-than-ideal train to Hebden Bridge, straight up a bloody cliff face (the innocuous sounding Birchcliffe Road) to find the hostel and drop off a bag then more or less straight back down the hill to town where we found Peter, or he found us, and we headed to the Trades Club.  The running order on the wall made it clear that Peter would have a choice of seeing the main attraction or catching his train home and made me very glad that the scheduled bus replacement service out of Leeds after midnight meant that I was staying overnight and didn't have to make that decision.  Turns out that the event was basically a promo for an upcoming local festival, and they'd booked three bands of differing flavours from the line up for that.

First up, Bird to Beast.  Bloke with assorted stringed things and singing, woman with a voice and occasional keyboards.  Oh, and a  tambourine for one of them.  I liked her best when she was playing something as the "expressive" hands were a touch off putting.  "Accomplished" was the word that sprang to mind - I'd turn up to listen to them again, possibly even as headliners, although I wouldn't catch a train for them.  Astonishingly good for the opening act in a three band line up, I started to wonder if we might be in for a real corker of a night.  They were followed by something-with-Foxy-in-the-name, who were loud, numerous and easily young enough to be my kids.  Seemed to be going down well with much of the audience but I was not unpleased when the assembled company suggested retiring to the other room where conversation was just about possible.  Apparently this meant that we missed the punch up on the dance floor, which is always an added bonus. 

Regretfully Peter stuck to his plan to catch the train to make a tram connection and get home and so missed the Wave Pictures who were, as on every occasion that I've seen them, jolly splendid indeed, and gave us a good hour and a quarter which meant I was very glad indeed to have that bed in the hostel as we were way beyond last train territory.  I still think I really shouldn't like them all that much, with their guitar solos and the drum solos and the male vocalists which are none of 'em things that usually flick my bic.  But I really like them anyway :D

All true. The Arden Social Club in Halifax was alright, lots of decent touches such as the framed twelve-inches and old NME covers decorating the walls. Not a bad walk from the station through a leafy bit of Halifax. Nick Ferrio was OK, the second support were From the Woods, and about the most interesting thing I can say about them is that they're about to play support to a band called To the Trees. Fairly standard metal grind, mostly unobjectionable (and at least they were competent, could play their instruments, and appeared to have practised), apart from the annoyance of each song starting with a cracking intro then going swiftly downhill. It became quite frustrating after three-quarters of an hour.

The Burning Hell were, of course, fabulous. About the only disappointment of the night was that they didn't pick up on the t-shirt which the bassist in From the Woods was wearing, which was something like this (https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=back+to+the+future+1985+t+shirt&client=safari&rls=en&tbm=isch&imgil=Ju6sHVwXTMGbJM%253A%253B29RMl5XylluV6M%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.santacarlaboardwalk.com%25252Fback-to-the-future-alternate-1985&source=iu&pf=m&fir=Ju6sHVwXTMGbJM%253A%252C29RMl5XylluV6M%252C_&usg=__YRTTUZKgzYadCFRuYQwQfrGJhRE%3D&biw=1593&bih=816&ved=0CEwQyjdqFQoTCOWfj4D3ksYCFYa4FAodMHcAXg&ei=DWp_VaXlO4bxUrDugfAF#imgrc=Ju6sHVwXTMGbJM%253A%3B29RMl5XylluV6M%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.santacarlaboardwalk.com%252Fimage%252Fcache%252Fdata%252FBack-To-The-Future-T-shirt-1-820x1000.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.santacarlaboardwalk.com%252Fback-to-the-future-alternate-1985%3B820%3B1000). and would have been a perfect opportunity to play Nostalgia or something else from Flux Capacitor.

I was also astonished by how good Bird to Beast were. At least, as soon as I went to the bar and couldn't see the band anymore, I was amazed, as they sounded so much better when I didn't have to look at them. They were just a bit annoying onstage, but they made a great sound, and never stood still, so they covered a lot of musical ground. I really enjoyed the filthy Bowie-esque riff on the finale. Pretty sure they're local to Hebden, as there was a guy from Tod making some comment about them. They'll probably be a lot better when they have some years in them, as some of the lyrics were a bit old for them.

And that was pretty much the problem with the next lot, who didn't seem like owt special, just a bunch of young lads and some sixties props. Shallow Purple. I couldn't take them seriously, so we decamped to the games room, even though I kinda wanted to see if the barefooted bassist would pratfall on the long scarf he'd draped around his guitar.

The Wave Pictures topped the night off beautifully. I've said it all before - they're a cracking band.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on June 16, 2015, 01:49:16 am
(I don't think there's a "what's the last gig you rode to" or "have you been out to a gig today thread", so I'll put this here)

My weekend wasn't quite over, as the Burning Hell were also playing Boro last night (Monday). I'm usually not that faffed about seeing a band twice on the same tour, but on Friday night in Halifax, they mentioned that there was a chap named Chris who was going to every gig they were playing, and they were going to do their best to make it interesting for him.

So hurrah! For me, this meant the Boro gig was going to be different to Halifax.

The last train out of Boro to Darlo is 23.04, though. That would always be tight, and I'd have to take my bike. And I thought I may as well ride - generally you have a tailwind to Boro and a headwind back, so getting a train there and riding back would be the stupid way to do it.

I arrived about 8.30, a few songs into Nick Ferrio's set, and he did indeed come across much better in a small space, especially with an audience who were there specifically to see the Burning Hell. There was a funny story about getting a prostate examination from a doctor who turned out to be a fan of the band, and he even got Boro singing a bit.

I had missed the first support, a local act called Dressed Like Wolves, who I've never managed to see yet. Apparently they were good. The other support were another local bunch named after a transmitter, and the first couple of songs were about space travel and astronomy. What's not to like? Winter Hill Transmission, they were called. Basically, they were the Wedding Present, or the Wedding Present after listening to Sigur Ros. I really enjoyed their set, not least their air of being a bunch of secondary school teachers on a jolly.

Of course, the Burning Hell were great. I got a bit of laughter when the band asked what the best thing to do in Middlesbrough was, and I shouted back "Leave!". They played a different set, it was bound to be in a much tighter setting (in the bar of the Westgarth - I don't know how we all fitted in there), with lots of songs dedicated to members of the audience. I spotted the same beardy chest-beating fan we'd seen at their gig at the Laundrette last year. Barbarians and Schoolyard Scrappers and Nostalgia, and the same gorgeous duet as an encore, followed by the rousing duet The Things That People Make, which Nick the bassist really bawls out with gusto.

If I'd left before the encore, I still would have missed the last train ;D

It was a decent enough ride back, home by half midnight and a flat ride on a warm June night. There are worse ways to get back after a gig (see above).
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Peter on June 17, 2015, 01:24:40 am
Bird To Beast are from Colne, near Burnley and are a husband and wife (as in married one to the other).  I think the stage irritations came mostly from Hannah (the non-male), who didn't have enough to do with her hands.  I was thinking next day about their set and while I still have good memories of it, they are increasingly full of bits of other people's riffs, like the Aretha Franklin piano steal from "Natural Woman" in Hannah's big solo and huge chunks of The McGarrigles and Rufus Wainright (big chunk of Sans Souci, for example).  But I imagine you have to be old enough (check) or have been on one of the all-pervasive pop-music degree courses to know some of these "references".  They were good, though and The Trades Club is a great venue.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on June 18, 2015, 07:55:48 am
Kathryn Williams in the teeny tiny wonky-floored and wobbly-staired upstairs room at the Black Swan.

Review by the method of texts sent during show (since I haven't done that for ages)

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I'm here before doors with 75p to my name!
(It's been an expensive month)

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And the black swan is packed, and roasting hot!

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First support,  Chris Laycock. Liked. Likable. With bonus added female vocalist who was lovely. Second lot, currently nameless. They can get tae fuck. Accomplished. Tedious AND pompous tho, and shamerican twang to boot. Same dirge on repeat. And started late. Want to know name tho. For avoidance.

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Chris and Chris. That doesn't really help. Middle act syndrome strikes again!

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A yacf bidon of tap water :-D
(In reply to the query "What drinks can you get for 75p then?)

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She was fab :-)
(Ms Williams, that was.  And she was, too!)

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She did a generous set too. Apparently the mystery Chris was Chris Helme. I thought he was shite. So did two women from Scarborough that I talked to outside. Mercian+carradice chap enjoyed him tho.
(Generous as in a handful of favourites then the entire new album then another favourite then hiding behind her own hands in a well-advertised pretence at leaving the 'stage' prior to a rousing Little Black Number then a cover for the encore)

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All his listings have (seahorses) after his name. Also, he appears to be facebook friends with [insert names of two of my mates].

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Suffice to say I thought the first Chris was much better :-D
And that Kathryn Williams was simply splendid!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: StuAff on June 18, 2015, 09:30:44 am
Faith No More at the Roundhouse in Camden last night. Awesome.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 18, 2015, 10:31:03 pm
My grate frend Mr Woolrich and I were supposed to be seeing Hat Fitz And Cara, whom we saw supporting King King at the Jazz Café last month, tonight.  So we rocked up to yhe venue, only to find a note pinned to the door.  Gig cancelled coz Cara is ill :(  And it was in Winchester chiz.

At least there were a couple of friendly cats in the pub garden.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on July 10, 2015, 11:19:53 pm
Ezra Furman and the Boyfriends at Westgarth Social Club in Boro.

(Side note: it seemed appropriate to ride there as part of the 6Music Cycling Challenge, as I first heard Ezra Furman playing a live session on 6Music and thought that this was someone I wanted to see play)

Support was from Blue Kassette, who were alright. A little like an up-tempo Interpol, or a Gang of Four without the funky edge or aggression, or like a Manc Bloc Party... I think that was the point when I realised I was searching for comparisons rather than listening to them. Decent sound, perfectly adequate for a support act, and pretty likeable.

It was an early gig - doors at 6 pm, 9 pm curfew. This worked perfectly, as I'm audaxing tomorrow, and the last train back to York for CrinklyLion is 9.50 pm, so it would have been a tough ask otherwise. The promoter was selling raffle tickets (I didn't win), and he explained that the early curfew is owing to the sabbath. It all made sense.

The Westgarth has pretty poor sightlines (I'm 5'11"-and-a-half, CL is 4'11"-and-a-half, and I do occasionally encourage her to bring a set of stepladders to gigs), so I mostly saw the top half of Ezra Furman's head, and it was only at about the third song that I realised there were 5 people onstage, when the keyboardist stood up and started playing guitar. 

It didn't really matter, and energy poured from the stage. It was bloody hot inside, and during my brief glimpses of the drummer, I could see sweat pouring from his forehead. They're fantastic, go and see them.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on July 11, 2015, 12:03:42 am
5'1"and3/4, I'll have you know!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Redlight on July 13, 2015, 12:05:15 pm
Duran Duran, about 10 days ago.  I didn't know I was going to see them; they were the surprise entertainment at a party.  All things considered, they were actually rather good, bashing out one hit after another with "the new single" thrown in for good measure. And Lady Redlight was a Durannie in her teenage years, so she was very happy.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: perpetual dan on August 02, 2015, 05:22:10 pm
Last night, and about a week and a half ago - Lewes Glynde and Beddinham Brass Band with added fireworks. Very jolly. And I got to sleep with one of the band after :)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Peter on August 02, 2015, 06:52:24 pm
You phony'n, you!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Valiant on August 02, 2015, 07:46:58 pm
Went to see Abandoman recently with a friend and it was brilliant. Abandoman is an Irish hip-hop comedian who is really quite good at improv.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Chris S on August 02, 2015, 08:00:58 pm
Augustines, Waterfront - Norwich.

Too loud. It's a tiny venue, and they were very loud. I couldn't hear their songs, so much as sense them amongst the ROAR.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/402/20240937351_3a7ff56b11_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/wQC6ut)20150728_215141 (https://flic.kr/p/wQC6ut) by Chris Smith (https://www.flickr.com/photos/40735552@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on August 04, 2015, 11:15:08 pm
It's what earplugs are for...
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on August 25, 2015, 01:37:24 pm
Hot Chocolate, Billy Ocean, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, ABC, Slim Jim Phantom (former Stray Cat), Black Box, Go West, Belinda Carlisle, Joe Lynn Turner (ex rainbow), Altered Images, Kim Wilde and Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark.

Then there was The Selecter, Hue and Cry, T'Pau, Midge Ure, Soul II Soul,  The British Electric Foundation featuring vocals from Robin Scott (aka 'M'), Peter Hook (Joy Division), Shingai Shoniwa (Noisettes), Glenn Gregory (Heavens 17 (Far better postcode than East 17 ;) )), Thomas Dolby and Eddie Reader (Fairground Attraction), also Dave Edmunds, Bananananananananarama, Nik Kershaw and The Human League.

A damned good weekend at Rewind South, with possibly a little too much grape or barley or apple flavoured happy water.

Highlight of the acts? OMG it's OMD :thumbsup:

This sad git loves the 80's ;D
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: matthew on September 05, 2015, 11:30:45 pm
Just back from Bracknell Festival of Folk, headlined  by Cara Dillon  :thumbsup:

Two free stages during the afternoon / evening with the theatre for the main stage which was ticketed. The two support acts for the evening show were Jigtastic and Luke Jackson. Jigtastic are a 5 piece group heading at times towards Cajan / Bluegrass and were energetic fun. Luke Jackson played solo and was a big bonus some piercing lyrics and guitar work that at times made me think of Martin Simpson.  :o

Finally Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman to close the day and the purity of the voice was stunning with that wonderful understanding that comes from a Husband and Wife pairing. Black is the colour was the number I really recognised but I think that was due to my CD collection having been superseded in her repertoire.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: sg37409 on September 09, 2015, 11:38:17 pm
Houndstooth at the glad cafe in Glasgow.  It was even better than I'd hoped
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: andrewc on September 16, 2015, 10:43:35 pm
The very wonderful Denis Kozhukhin at St Georges Hall in Liverpool.  Beethoven, Debussy, Bartok & Prokofiev with a little bit of Bach for the encore.

3rd time I've seen him play now,  a marvelous talent.  If you are in Paris he's playing at the Louvre next week.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFWxyx82kMQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFWxyx82kMQ)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ruthie on September 20, 2015, 01:05:04 pm
Blue Rose Code at the Old Cinema Laundrette in Durham.

It turns out I was confusing Pictish Trail with  BRC for quite some time, and went expecting very very dark songs interspersed with lighthearted banter.  Instead I got gorgeous vocals, poetry set to music (good poetry, not teenage angsty poetry), and accomplished, beautiful guitar playing.  Interspersed with honest introductions to  the music. 

The best night out I've had for ages, in large part due to the company of the much missed SlowCoach, Mrs SlowCoach, and that Crinklylion who generously introduced me to this fine artist. 
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on September 20, 2015, 01:25:40 pm
I like the Pictish Trail too.  But apart from the being Scottish and having a beard and me liking 'em I don't think they're all that similar.

It were good, weren't it?  And it really is a launderette!
(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfl1/v/t1.0-9/12049103_10153499684636839_5092121710168016067_n.jpg?oh=aa0fbd5dfc83fd9cc0ed4d7353590fe1&oe=56AA2860)

Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on October 05, 2015, 12:05:25 am
Sleaford Mods.

Weird collection of people to see this band. We saw many of YACF there, homage look-alikes. Andrewc, Clarion, Crinkly, Charlotte. No photos as it was dark. Also there in the (average age mid-40s) audience were Ricky Gervais, the bass player from Sunset Sons and Emma Thompson.

As for the band - fucking shut up!

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/PA040002.jpg)

Andrew was good though, as a Bez-a-like. He's the one on the left. It's the other one that swears a lot.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 05, 2015, 04:25:34 am
(Googles)
(Is unconvinced)

1: By the Torygraph :o
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: tiermat on October 05, 2015, 07:50:02 am
(Googles)
  • Not mods
  • Not from Sleaford
  • Described as "UKIP for angry liberals"1
(Is unconvinced)

1: By the Torygraph :o

I think you will find your second assertion to be wrong.

The third one is just plain stupid.

I quite like them, but then again I can also appreciate that there is a place for profanity in music.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 05, 2015, 01:13:43 pm
The Internetz claims them to be from Nottingham and therefore this is Trufax.  I have no problem with profanity in music, partly because it annoys busybodies like Tipper Gore but mostly because swearing is both big and clever ;)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: tiermat on October 05, 2015, 01:45:25 pm
They are based in Nottingham, now, but are originally (or at least 50% of them) are from Sleaford.  Key Markets, which is the name of their second album, is also (allegedly) the name of a supermarket that used to exist in Sleaford.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on October 06, 2015, 12:48:49 am
From the ridiculous to the sublime  ;D

Although last night wasn't ridiculous...

Snarky Puppy

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/DSC_4689.jpg)

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/DSC_4662.jpg)

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/DSC_4630.jpg)

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/DSC_4606.jpg)

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/DSC_4554.jpg)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: TimC on October 11, 2015, 02:43:27 pm
Walk Off The Earth, last Wednesday at Chalk Farm Roundhouse. Brilliant.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: microphonie on October 13, 2015, 06:53:22 pm
The wonderful LoneLady at Norwich Arts Centre

Finished with an extended version of  Hinterland  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMyRI20wXU0), which was mighty funky.

Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: menthel on October 13, 2015, 07:01:43 pm
Blackbeard's Tea Party at the New Cross Inn on Sunday- bloody great they were too!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 16, 2015, 12:48:58 pm
Half Man Half Biscuit at the Town & Country Club Forum, Kentish Town, and jolly good they were too.  nb10 in good form with a fine rant about the crapness of the cafe at Cecil Sharp House and they played "Jarg Armani" which I don't think I've heard them do live before.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: PaulF on October 22, 2015, 10:25:30 pm
Bob Dylan at the Royal Albert Hall. Not so sure about the Sinatra but overall he's still got it.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on October 27, 2015, 10:48:28 am
Simone Felice, in the wonky-floored upstairs sauna at the Black Swan on Sunday. 

I think I worked out that it was the 5th Felice gig I've been to.  Less messianic than at the Brudenell, nicer venue (and rather more polite audience!) than the Cluny, less sticky floor and much better bar than the Duchess (where I've seen him twice)  I realised that I probably like him better drumming than playing guitar - I still think the one (at the Duchess and with guitar) with Simi was probably my favourite though.  No poetry reading!  An early curfew, 10:30, at the Swan on a Sunday meant it was a prompt start at 8 and an unusually-short-for-Joe running order, comprised of Anna Mitchell then Felice with Anna Mitchell, and none the worse for that.

I suspect That Deano might have been one of the youngest there!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Tim Hall on October 27, 2015, 11:22:01 pm
One For The Road, self proclaimed busking band at the Kissingate Brewery Octoberfest.  Followed by banjo-ey Americana goodness from The Wildest Way.  I've seen Alex from The Wildest Way before, fronting Straight No Chaser, a big band. The Wildest Way claim to be playing at Horsham folk club in January. I'll try and go along.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 30, 2015, 11:25:21 pm
As a change from the Purveyors of Musical Tunes I am just returned from a vaguely Halloweeny-themed literary bash at Foyles, at which Louise Welsh, Neil Spring, Andrew Michael Hurley and Dr Larrington plugged their latest books, and some other bloke whose name has slipped my mind plugged someone else's book on account of the author himself being dead.  And jolly good fun it was too, especially when I got a Special Mention for having introduced Dr Larrington to the popular folk song "Black Shuck" by The Darkness.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 12, 2015, 12:28:01 am
I am not long back from seeing jolly blues-rock outfit King King at the Islington Academy and teh aces they were too.  Also bekilted front man Alan Nimmo actually said hello to me before the gig though he was in civvies so I didn't recognise him at first.  But I did recognise his almost-hipster keyboard player.  And then spent half the gig trying to work out what effect his Leslie speaker was having on the sound of his Hammond.  "None" would appear to be the answer.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Hot Flatus on November 12, 2015, 07:01:05 am
Nerve. A sort of techno/dnb band but with humans playing it live. Was stood next to a grinning Roni Size for most of it.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: andrewc on November 13, 2015, 07:05:53 pm
The RLPO playing Schumann & Mahler.    I was knackered after a pretty crap few days at work, so sadly the Schumann didn't really register and my eyes kept closing.  I woke up for the Mahler though.  Wonderful stuff, and Petrenko deserved his applause.   

http://www.theartsdesk.com/classical-music/faust-rlpo-petrenko-philharmonic-hall-liverpool (http://www.theartsdesk.com/classical-music/faust-rlpo-petrenko-philharmonic-hall-liverpool)

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/nov/13/royal-liverpool-philharmonic-orchestra-vasily-petrenko (http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/nov/13/royal-liverpool-philharmonic-orchestra-vasily-petrenko)

I'm really lucky to have the Phil on my doorstep (5 minutes walk) and it's great to see the hall full to capacity (1800),  but I'm one of the younger members of the audience!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Graeme on November 13, 2015, 07:09:11 pm
Currently riding the bus to Stockton-on-Tees to see Dreadzone at Ku bar. Very excited about this. Last gig before that was Dead Kennedys up at King Tut's in Glasgow. #vicarfactory
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Oakhambike on November 13, 2015, 07:20:37 pm
Keston Cobblers Club at Portland Arms in Cambridge.

Any band that uses Tuba for the bass line just has to be seen and heard!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on November 16, 2015, 08:02:34 am
I've missed one out!

Towards the end of half term - Cat Power at St John-at-Hackney in That LonDon.  I've been looking out for a show I could get to for about three years so I wasn't going to miss the opportunity.  One of our party had to bail due to "manflu" but I managed to flog their ticket on the door.  Packed venue for the second of two (I think both sold-out) performances.  Dreadful support, although there was a group in front of us who clearly disagreed, wildly expensive hipster beers in cans and wobbly portaloos round the back of the church.  The main event was precarious and therefore, for me, a touch nerve-wracking and I'm not sure the heavy handed use of the smoke machine was helping with her bit of a sore throat but with 1400 people clearly willing her on to the end of the set list she made it and it worth every second of the delayed trains, peak time underground, commuter-sardined overground and grumpy TfL staff that it took to get there.  And then I had a bonus weekend in Hertfordshire's Finest Hotel too.

Then, last night, another church and some more spectacularly beautiful voices (one of whom was also a touch croaky) at the last night of the Unthanks 10 year anniversary tour, with Pocklington Arts Centre co-opting All Saints church as their performance space for the night.  I've nearly seen them live several times and this time it finally happened!  There was even some clogging.  Glorious stuff.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Riggers on November 19, 2015, 05:08:47 pm
Oh Wonder at The Haunt in Brighton. Josie (the girl singer) is the daughter of one of my wife's old teaching chums. Good gig (as the young folk say).

http://www.thehauntbrighton.co.uk/#!oh-wonder/c1e7z
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: David Martin on November 22, 2015, 12:02:43 am
Dundee symphony orchestra tonight at the Caird Hall.

Borodin - Prince Igor. Great start
Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a theme of paganini. The soloist (Fali Pavri) was fantastic - for most of it it seemed that he was just playing with the orchestra (who were doing a good job of keeping up - bit like wiggo going for a ride with the club chain gang.) and the rest he showed that he was putting the effort in and it was fantastic.
Mussorgsky - Night on a Bare Mountain.  A popular piece and again very well done.

Tchaikovsky's first. I must admit that I thought the first movement was pants. Not the playing but the music itself. The next two were sublime - just lost myself in them completely - could have been anywhere. One thing the orchestra does really well is the sustained tone and harmony so it sounds superb without any defects to jar. And a good finale.

Then we came out of the hall and it was snowing.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: menthel on November 27, 2015, 11:18:05 am
Bellowhead at the New Wimbledon Theatre, bloody great live band. Shame its their farewell tour.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Wobbly John on December 02, 2015, 01:27:57 am
The Darkness, in Cambridge - Brilliant show by a great rock band that don't take themselves too seriously. Justin Hawkins is possibly the ultimate front-man (appeared for the encore, dressed in tight, short, lederhosen and then crowd-surfed!  :o), while brother Dan is the epitome of a classic rock guitarist. Bassist, Frankie Poullain - the coolest dude in the house, and new drummer Rufus 'Tiger' Taylor (son of Queen drummer) looked terrified of what Justin Hawkins would do next...

This was the second date of their short UK 'Blast of Our Kind' tour (http://thedarkness.co.uk/2015/06/uscanada-blast-of-our-kind-tour-2015/) (The new album is called 'Last of Our Kind') - well worth seeing if you can get a ticket.

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y252/wobblyjohn/IMG_20151201_215558128_zpse3mty2t7.jpg)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 02, 2015, 01:40:03 am
And they get a name-check in Dr Larrington's last last-but-one book, thanks to MEEEE!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: clarion on December 02, 2015, 10:50:10 am
Middle oaf went to see Judas Priest last night, supported by Michael Schenker, grumble grumble.

Though I have seen both Scorpions and UFO live, I have never seen Michael Schenker :(

And I've never seen Priest, either, which is surprising. :(
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrazyEnglishTriathlete on December 03, 2015, 10:28:48 pm
Middle oaf went to see Judas Priest last night, supported by Michael Schenker, grumble grumble.

Though I have seen both Scorpions and UFO live, I have never seen Michael Schenker :(

And I've never seen Priest, either, which is surprising. :(

So did I.  They were very good.  So was Michael Schenker although I was a tad disappointed that he didn't open up with into the Arena like he did at High Voltage - the other time i saw him. 

Perhaps the best bit was the whole crowd singing along to War Pigs which played as Priest were coming on stage.  You knew you were in for a good gig from that point on.  Or was it Desert Plains and Victim of Changes played back to back.  Monster.  The only problem is that there is no longer a kebab shop on the walk back to Stockwell tube.
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on December 06, 2015, 11:58:50 pm
Friday night was Paul Weller at the Hammersmith Apollo.

An evening I wont get back :-\
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Post by: Deano on December 07, 2015, 11:15:44 pm
LAst night, Howard Eynon at the Waiting Room in Eaglescliffe

I was drawn in by the blurb:

http://thewaitingroom.uk/events/howard-eynon-plus-special-guest-suzanne-elizabeth-vanner/

Enigmatic acid casualty on his first trip to the UK? Why aye. And it was a Sunday night when I had nowt else on, and I reckon my mate was sold on the Hunter S Thompson support gigs.

First up was Timothy James Oxnard, who didn't quite live up to his billing as “Teesside’s own Lord of psychedelic misrule”, but it was a bit surreal to have a bloke singing pure, acoustic delta blues while dressed like a lowly HR manager. It was good, though, especially the lilting instrumental tracks. Quite a mixed bag of stuff in there.

Second, Suzanne Elizabeth Vanner - proof, if it was needed, that Teesside has a thriving middle class, as she sang four songs entirely in French to a rapt audience. She sang them beautifully, and it was delicious.

Then the main act came on just as most people were finishing their meals. Go for the show, stay for the food, that’s the deal with the Waiting Room, which is probably Teesside’s finest vegan restaurant. PSA: It’s right next to Eaglescliffe station, and you can get a direct train from London.

The first thing most of us realised was that we had no idea what Howard Eynon looked like, only having grainy 40-year-old photos to go on, but he looked exactly the way you’d imagine. We were sitting next to a couple of tie-die aficionados, and one of them joked “that’s how you’ll look in 30 years”.

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We all enjoyed it, including the singer, who even got a bit of a singalong from the audience. It was a really joyful, accomplished performance. He was a bit cagy about what he’d been doing during his 30-odd years out of showbiz, but since he’d managed to acquire a wife, it’s fair to assume he wasn’t just golloping mushrooms out in the Outback. He was revelling in his rediscovered cult status, and I’ve never seen an act play the Waiting Room who didn’t enjoy its lo-fi relaxed atmosphere.

It was a good random pick, and my mate bought the record at the end. He was doubtful at first, but as soon as it was explained to him that it was on orange vinyl, he was sold ;D
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Post by: Jaded on December 07, 2015, 11:30:57 pm
Now that sounds like a good night out  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Deano on December 08, 2015, 09:49:43 pm
AND Simon Donald from Viz was at the table in front of us ;D
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Post by: Katie on December 08, 2015, 10:47:03 pm
Last gig I was actually at was Kodaline, on first aid duty, Saturday night just gone. What I heard of them from our little hidey-hole under the stage was… alright.

Last one I properly went to was Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, a few weeks back. It was immense, as his gigs often are for me (one of my favourite artists). Lots of old favourites, so much dancing that my spine hurt for about 24 hours afterwards.

One of the support acts ended up crowdsurfing whilst still playing his double bass, which was… rather impressive.
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Post by: rogerzilla on December 11, 2015, 08:59:22 pm
Happy Mondays at the O2 Academy in Oxford.  They played the whole of "Pills 'N' Thrills 'N' Bellyaches" in order, as this was its 25th anniversary tour.  Then Hallelujah and W.F.L. for an encore.  Bez was brilliant.  Shaun Ryder still doesn't sing in tune but makes a very genial frontman compared to the old days when he sat down for entire gigs and just couldn't be arsed.  Not really sure how he's still alive as he must have taken more drugs than anyone else on the planet.  Rowetta really can sing.  The mix was a bit poor, with drums, bass and vocals about all I could hear (through earplugs, admittedly).   They are basically a funk band with somewhat idiosyncratic vocals, so the bass-heavy mix might have been A Thing.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 11, 2015, 09:25:06 pm
Shaun Ryder more drugs than Keef?  Do leave off...
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Post by: Deano on December 13, 2015, 03:50:17 pm
Thursday: Jeffrey Lewis and Los Bolts at Wharf Chambers

I've seen Jeffrey Lewis loads of times, and I've never seen him play a bad show, so rather than boring everyone with the details of set lists and the proportion of new songs:old songs, I'll concentrate on the important things, such as the atmosphere of the venue, the quality of the support, and the grumpiness of the sound tech.

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The Wharf Chambers makes a decent venue. I liked its air of general leftiness and lack of advertising, in a bit of Leeds which is mostly bistros and bars nowadays. In fact, I liked it so much I bought the company joined as a member (it's a co-op, and only members and guests can get in, so I didn't really have a choice). It's the sort of place where people meet and plot revolutions, or at least imagine that they do. Decent beer, too, pretty cheap, and only ten minutes from the station.

The first support was the house band, whose name I've forgotten. The tickets advertised someone called Mush, but I'm sure they said something else. Probably just as well that they remain anonymous - it seemed to be pitched somewhere between performance poetry and utter shite. Imagine a middle-aged Rik from the Young Ones backed by a bad Fall covers band. Mind you, it may have been a slow builder of a set, as they were making a right racket by the end, when we were having a smoko out in the beer garden.

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Second up - probably Downdime. Again, we only lasted a couple of songs. If you put a woman centre stage with a microphone and don't let her sing, then it's bound to lead to disappointment, and that was the least of their crimes. I survived Britpop, and the scars really never healed, I'm not going through that again. Some decent gurning from the bassist, and that was the highlight of their set.

The performance area is a converted storeroom at the back of the venue, but I was pleased that it was fairly easy to get some sort of view of the headliners. Top gurning from the new drummer with cool hair (it started out as a quiff but was a fringe by the end of the show), but not a lot from Los Bolts, thought it was advertised as a double-header with her and Jeff Lewis. We thought the sound tech had forgotten to switch on her mic. She was good when she eventually made herself heard.

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It was a decent mix of quiet songs and loud numbers, with a rap-tastic spoken word encore including a bonkers version of Heroin for the modern age. That was probably even better than his Sonnet Youth project where he made a sonnet of every Sonic Youth song (though thankfully he only performed one per show). He's a ferociously independent performer, I can't wait till he's back. Hopefully with better t-shirts, as you'd expect from a comic book artist. Pick it up, Jeff!
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 13, 2015, 03:59:02 pm
Only seen Jeffrey Lewis once chiz, at which gig his pictorial history of the Russian Revolution inna-Subterranean-Homesick-Blues-video-stylee made the entire clientele of The Windmill off Brixton Hill piss themselves laughing.
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Post by: Deano on December 13, 2015, 04:00:35 pm
We had the Fall of the Soviet Union, funnily enough.
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Post by: CrinklyLion on December 13, 2015, 04:02:28 pm
http://www.alt-tickets.co.uk/jeffrey-lewis-los-bolts-tickets

In Hackney, Saturday@2pm.  Go, Mr L!
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Post by: Hot Flatus on December 13, 2015, 07:42:14 pm
Leftfield at the Warehouse Project. They played from 1.30am until about 3.15am. I'm tired today.
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Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on December 13, 2015, 10:19:29 pm
Clare Teal and Jason Rebello at JW3. A comfortable, chatty, friendly gig and a few bits were sublime.
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on December 17, 2015, 08:43:56 am
Last night I was at the Hammersmith Apollo (again) where the support act was Andreya Triana (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andreya_Triana). A very nice voice and I particularly liked her track 'A Town Called Obsolete'.

She was followed by the star billing- Caro Emerald (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caro_Emerald). Wow but this girl can sing! She started her set completely fooling most folk in the stalls (including me) by commencing her singing from the front of the circle whilst the band did their thing on stage. A fantastic night which had the whole audience on their feet, clapping along and boogying at the end.
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Post by: Wobbly John on December 18, 2015, 02:05:37 am
Limehouse Lizzy again tonight at one of the smallest venues they play - The Grapes at Bury St Edmunds - a small-town pub.  :thumbsup:

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Post by: Valiant on December 24, 2015, 08:34:03 pm
Limehouse Lizzy again tonight at one of the smallest venues they play - The Grapes at Bury St Edmunds - a small-town pub.  :thumbsup:

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y252/wobblyjohn/Limehouse%20Lizzy%202015_zpsa6f1dspc.jpg)

Might have them come and play at the Limehouse Town Hall soon :)
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Post by: Wobbly John on December 24, 2015, 09:46:26 pm

Might have them come and play at the Limehouse Town Hall soon :)

 :thumbsup:

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Post by: Valiant on December 26, 2015, 01:48:08 am

Might have them come and play at the Limehouse Town Hall soon :)

 :thumbsup:

Sign upto their newsletter - they sometimes decide they can fit an extra gig in and put out a 'Anybody got a venue in the XXXX area we can play next week' appeal.

They've been trying to play here again for years since the last time. Sadly never works out.
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Post by: sg37409 on February 01, 2016, 12:55:04 pm
They Might be Giants. Fun, loud, high energy and pretty funny interactions with audience. Thye have a big back catalogue and were on stage over 2 hrs. We had to leave in 2nd encore, it was a school night. Recommended  :thumbsup:

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Post by: tiermat on February 01, 2016, 02:13:21 pm
They Might be Giants. Fun, loud, high energy and pretty funny interactions with audience. Thye have a big back catalogue and were on stage over 2 hrs. We had to leave in 2nd encore, it was a school night. Recommended  :thumbsup:

 :thumbsup: I saw them in 1990, just after "Flood" came out.  One of the best gigs I have ever been to!
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Post by: CrinklyLion on February 01, 2016, 09:02:38 pm
James Yorkston/the Withered Hand/Pictish Trail a week or so back.  Well worth travelling to Edinburgh and the cheap Premier Inn room in Haymarket :D
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Post by: sg37409 on February 02, 2016, 08:51:44 am
They Might be Giants. Fun, loud, high energy and pretty funny interactions with audience. Thye have a big back catalogue and were on stage over 2 hrs. We had to leave in 2nd encore, it was a school night. Recommended  :thumbsup:

 :thumbsup: I saw them in 1990, just after "Flood" came out.  One of the best gigs I have ever been to!

Bizarrely they were playing as part of Celtic Connections.
Also went to see Patty Griffin as part of CC too, I really enjoyed but she wasn't as good as I'd hoped. I didn't think her voice was on top form, and less Americana stuff in her set list.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 03, 2016, 08:36:40 pm
Woo, we haz Explosions In The Sky ticquets for that Manchester :)
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Post by: jsabine on February 06, 2016, 03:22:33 am
Sunday night, Hozier at the Brixton Academy. Not sure what I make of him (there were bits of the show that, in a kind of funk-rock-folk way, reminded me a bit of Jethro Tull, and it was definitely less bluesy than when we saw him at the Garage in April or May), but my wife loves him. (Audience highlight was probably the woman 3 yards away from us who declared that she really loved the song he'd just said was 'about kissing someone else' - her boyfriend took umbrage, and after a full-on but muted domestic, they left.)

Monday night, the Transatlantic Sessions at the Festival Hall. Fab. Just stunning. We'd got tickets (got lucky with returns) after seeing Rhiannon Giddens on Jools Holland at New Year - she was in many ways the highlight, especially a storming performance of Black is the Colour that left jaws collectively dropped - but everyone else was great as well. It was a real joy to see musicians so self-evidently enjoying themselves; vocals from Karen Matheson and Cara Dillon, a cover of Wish You Were Here from the Milk Carton Kids, Aly Bain fiddling away ... and an undercurrent of black humour suggesting that the chief musical connections to be explored were themes of misery and death.
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Post by: Ruthie on February 07, 2016, 11:18:20 pm
A good gig at that Waiting Room in Eaglescliffe tonight, where I started my evening with a bowl of beetroot and butterbean soup, fresh artisan bread, real butter, £4.65.  Marvellous.

The support act was a beardy hipster type with an acoustic guitar and those jeans you can't pull up properly, and that show the crack of your arse.  Oh, please.  Wear proper trousers.  His name was Luke or something.

*googles* Trev Gibb.

Anyway, he was all right actually, he managed to get the words 'anthropogenic' 'lacrimal' and 'quotidian' into his lyrics, which got some points, and he was very listenable.  But when he stopped in the middle of a song to get the waitress to take an order more quietly, I wanted to punch him, the great ponce.  You wouldn't see Bowie put off by a wee bit of whispering, you badly-jeaned twat.  Have a bit of class.  And pull your bloody trousers up.  But I'll forgive him because of playing a number on the out-of-tune piano in the corner.  Actually, he wasn't bad.

So, the main act, The Shooting Of.

Very, very interesting sound.  I ran out of 80s artists to label his influences:  Bowie was a big factor in his lyrical references.  And he sounded like Madness, and Howard Jones, and Depeche Mode, and Fad Gadget, and Kraftwerk, and that guy who used to play the one man band at the Cleveland Centre in 1986.  The one with the jack russell terrier.  And he played the stylophone and the kazoo and the harmonica.  Make of that what you will:  as I said, very interesting.  Intelligent lefty lyrics about ghosts and austerity and the end of the world.  Hmmm.

He's playing in Darlo next week.  I'll probably go actually.  I might even buy the album. 

Except I promised not to buy any more music.  Bugger.

He covered two Bowie songs and a Kraftwerk song, and he didn't murder Bowie and only murdered Kraftwerk a little bit.  More rehearsal of that one wouldn't have hurt.

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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 12, 2016, 12:48:46 am
Ooooh me feet!  Just in from a bangin' evening of blues-rock courtesy of Stevie Nimmo & Ben Poole.  Stevie is the older brother of King King frontman Alan and hav a very interesting Stratocaster (right-handed body, left-handed neck, non-standard bridge pickup).  Ben Poole is a small skinny square-faced youngster who can play guitar more than just a bit.  Stevie was up first, then Ben, with the same bassist (Douglas Adams' little bother, from the look of him) and drummer, plus a different Stevie on keyboards.  And all five for a cracking rendition of 'Goin' Down' as an encore.  They're playing the Forum Music Centre in Darlington tomorrow tonight if any of the Darlo Massive is at a loose end...

ETA: afterwards some clot asked me if I was Tom Araya, bassist/shouter with USAnian thrash metal bozos Slayer :o
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Post by: sg37409 on February 12, 2016, 12:24:32 pm
Woo, we haz Explosions In The Sky ticquets for that Manchester :)

Theyre playing in glasgow also. Barrowlands, I don't think its sold out. I got a ticket just the other day.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 12, 2016, 10:25:57 pm
Woo, we haz Explosions In The Sky ticquets for that Manchester :)

Theyre playing in glasgow also. Barrowlands, I don't think its sold out. I got a ticket just the other day.

Yes, closer to home but midweek, and far enough away to be a ballache midweek.
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Post by: Deano on February 12, 2016, 10:36:54 pm
Ooooh me feet!  Just in from a bangin' evening of blues-rock courtesy of Stevie Nimmo & Ben Poole.  Stevie is the older brother of King King frontman Alan and hav a very interesting Stratocaster (right-handed body, left-handed neck, non-standard bridge pickup).  Ben Poole is a small skinny square-faced youngster who can play guitar more than just a bit.  Stevie was up first, then Ben, with the same bassist (Douglas Adams' little bother, from the look of him) and drummer, plus a different Stevie on keyboards.  And all five for a cracking rendition of 'Goin' Down' as an encore.  They're playing the Forum Music Centre in Darlington tomorrow tonight if any of the Darlo Massive is at a loose end...


Bugger, we could've made that.

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ETA: afterwards some clot asked me if I was Tom Araya, bassist/shouter with USAnian thrash metal bozos Slayer :o

And what was your answer?
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 12, 2016, 10:55:24 pm
Ooooh me feet!  Just in from a bangin' evening of blues-rock courtesy of Stevie Nimmo & Ben Poole.  Stevie is the older brother of King King frontman Alan and hav a very interesting Stratocaster (right-handed body, left-handed neck, non-standard bridge pickup).  Ben Poole is a small skinny square-faced youngster who can play guitar more than just a bit.  Stevie was up first, then Ben, with the same bassist (Douglas Adams' little bother, from the look of him) and drummer, plus a different Stevie on keyboards.  And all five for a cracking rendition of 'Goin' Down' as an encore.  They're playing the Forum Music Centre in Darlington tomorrow tonight if any of the Darlo Massive is at a loose end...


Bugger, we could've made that.

They're in Bingley tomorrow and then taking a few weeks off; the flyer is at home though, and I'm not.

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ETA: afterwards some clot asked me if I was Tom Araya, bassist/shouter with USAnian thrash metal bozos Slayer :o

And what was your answer?

"Why, yes!" I said1.  "You have caught me, like a Treen in a disabled spaceship!"  Actually the clot phrased it like a lat. master would when explaining "questions expecting the answer 'no'".

1: Lie.
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Post by: Deano on February 12, 2016, 11:08:38 pm
Catching up, last Sunday was a funny night at the Fulford Arms (great pub, if you're in York and at a loose end). Sweet Baboo was headlining, again, he even referenced the previous gig there, where there was a very bolshy short audience member (not CrinklyLion) who couldn't see and chirruped throughout the performance until getting fed up and leaving.

Sweet Baboo was fantastic, still playing on the idea of being a singer rather than a singer-songwriter, and singing wonderfully throughout the performance. I love his effort at it, as he's clearly a bit self-conscious without a guitar, a keyboard or some other prop. A great, endearing performance.

The supports were what made it all a bit weird, though - if Sweet Baboo was Scott Walker leaving behind his folky/indie roots, then the two supports were Fred Neil, Tim Buckley and Leonard Cohen, so it all had a late sixties vibe about it. Except both of the supports would have been better if they'd hoyed out all their Fred Neil, Tim Buckley and Leonard Cohen records. They were both PDG for support acts, but the second support was especially surreal, in his suede jacket with matching shoes, singing songs that were way too old for him. He could really play the guitar and sing, but he may as well have just bitten the bullet and put a Leonard Cohen Best Of on the jukebox.

But we managed to get right at the front, and I wished I had my camera with me rather than just my phone:

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Also, Sweet Baboo's drummer looked just like my old mate Adam, so I paid really close attention when he named his band (it isn't him).

Wednesday: Withered Hand and Billy Liar at the Empty Shop HQ in Durham.

"Alright, here's a song about social anxiety, 1-2-3-4!"

...wasn't quite how Billy Liar opened his set, but not far off. A staccato burst of two-minute acoustic punk songs followed, and I think he won over the audience. Such as there was - maybe a couple of dozen people. I don't think I'd have found the tiny venue without my Durham resident sister.

There's such an intimacy about a tiny venue with no amplification, where you can feel the vibration of the guitar strings, and I really enjoyed Billy Liar's set, but my only complaint about the night would be that it all started a bit late - a local band was lined up as first support, who couldn't make it, but instead of starting a bit earlier, we all sat around for about three quarters of an hour, which meant I had to miss the last few songs as I had an 11 pm train to catch.

Withered Hand opened his set with a lovely, lilting but frankly miserable song, and after he'd finished he announced "sorry, that's the high-energy portion of the night over with". He really lives his songs, and his songs are strong enough to survive a solo performance. I must see him with a band sometime, though.

We also got chatting with someone who works at Beamish Museum, and I'm sure she said her job title was "enticer". It was a good night.
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Post by: Redlight on February 19, 2016, 03:35:58 pm
Joe Jackson at the London Palladium last Saturday.  I've lost count of the number of times I've seen him perform - certainly 15+ - and I've come away disappointed only once, after an uncommunicative performance at the Royal Festival Hall that I can only put down to the fact that he was touring to promote an uncharacteristically mediocre album.

Saturday, on the other hand, was very good. Joe played the first part of the set solo (I'm the support act, he said), which gave him the opportunity to demonstrate what an excellent pianist he is, before bringing on his long-time bass player, Graham Maby, and a guitarist and drummer for the rest of the 2 hour show. He was in chatty mode, occasionally talking about how songs came to be written or sharing anecdotes.  A story about being asked to perform in a Joni Mitchell tribute show in New Orleans was a great lead-in to a blistering jazz interpretation of Big Yellow Taxi.

Naturally, a good part of the set was given over to material from his latest album and, for the most part, he had selected what I think are the strongest songs.  They were interspersed with songs from the back catalogue but, disappointingly, nothing from any of his albums since 'Big World', which was 30 years ago.  He seems to have settled on a core "greatest hits" selection that get played at most gigs, interspersed with just the occasional surprise, and leans a little too much on his 'Night and Day' album for my liking.  I'd have liked to hear some songs from more recent albums like 'Rain' and 'Volume 4'.

20 years ago, Joe would stand at the mike for most of the show but these days he remains at the piano and, while he can't reach (or doesn't try to) some of the high notes in his older songs, overall, his voice seems to have become stronger and lost the slightly sneering tone that it had in his early days.  The band was excellent; superbly tight and strong on the backing vocals. 

At the end, Joe seemed quite overwhelmed by the audience reaction - "whenever I come back to the UK to do a show, I'm never sure what to expect," he said.  All in all, a good night and I'm already looking forward to next time around.
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Post by: Deano on February 21, 2016, 10:54:50 pm
That's a lovely review, Redlight. I only really know the odd Joe Jackson song, and it sounds like my loss.
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Post by: Deano on February 21, 2016, 11:08:55 pm
Two-gig weekend - first up, the Wave Pictures at the Crescent in York, accompanied by CrinklyLion and CrinklyCub the Elder (I mean we went to the gig together, they weren't the support act). I think CCtE enjoyed his first club gig (the venue is a former working men's club in the middle of York), though it was a very late night for him.

What a night it was. The two supports were excellent - first up, Chorusgirl, pretty much a power pop band reminiscent of 90s Britpop, but they had some good tunes, and they were a really tight band. Matching white t-shirts too -  they should really look into giving it the full-on Rocket from the Crypt sharp suits-and-slicked-backed-hair look, then they'll go far.

Second support was the brilliant Tigercats, who put on a really freewheeling, joyous set. Can't say I'm sure about the vocalist, especially after listening to the records, but the band were great, and there were some great noises coming from stage right, where the guitarist I couldn't see was standing, and who later came on to join the Wave Pictures.

Tigercats were also noteworthy for their bouncing-labrador-puppy of a bassist and his amazing floppy hair, jigging away at stage left. This could also be seen later in the night, when I think the entire band were right upfront, dancing like loons to the Wave Pictures.

It's a point worth stressing - the Wave Pictures got a York crowd dancing :o I don't think I've seen the band on finer form. All the bits that I love were there, the crisp sound, the luscious solos, there were no awkward moments at all, and it was fantastic. You can't beat seeing a rock n roll band at the top of their game.

Saturday was a different night, a jazz-folk-classical Indian fusion provided by James Yorkston, John Thorne and Suhail Khan.

Finding the venue (Fruit) was the first issue, it's buried away in all the renovation going on for Hull's city of culture 2017 moment. And there's a warehouse next door with the same name but better signs. We worked it out.

The music that's playing in a venue is always a good sign - the Crescent were playing the Television Personalities on Friday (though by the third time around, I thought they could have probably changed the CD), and Fruit was playing some really early Go-Betweens, of which I approved. They also had the most astonishing choice in beer - too much choice, really, and I commented to a couple of Tykes that if they were looking for the cheapest drink, it just wasn't there. They really need to put a sensible session ale on draft, rather than really nice-but-incredibly strong-and-expensive American imports. The weakest was about 5%.

I think CrinklyLion came down on the side of liking the support act, but I'm still broadly undecided. If you like performance cellists pushing the limits of celling, she may be your thing, and she was undoubtedly talented and wonderfully engaging inbetween playing, but it veered too much towards performing arts for me, and I struggled to keep a straight face during the first couple of numbers. I did nip out for a smoko, but you could still hear from outside, so I decided I may as well endure it from a comfy seat. Fruit has very comfy seats as well as two A4 sheets of beer choices. She could really play that cello, and very occasionally made it give out a wonderful noise, and she could sing, but I disagreed with her formal very formal vocal style, and mostly it was fucking about with the cello rather than letting it sing. When she did the throaty Marianne Faithfull impression, her vocals were far better. It was just lost on me, really.

Anyway. Bizarre as a jazz-folk-classical Indian fusion sounds, it not only works, but it's astonishingly powerful. They kicked off by not really kicking off, as we weren't sure where the tuning stopped and the performance started, but it became a great frenzy of noise. Yorkston gave us one of his rambling anecdotes (we heard the same one in Edinburgh, and CL pointed out that the urge to heckle "we've heard this before" or "your Selkirk accent was better" was almost overwhelming) and generally guided proceedings along, on the reasonable assumption that most of the audience (26 by his reckoning) had come to see him, and gave the other two lads space to play. Yorkston has a very self-deprecating air which is thoroughly unmerited, as he's a very fine guitarist* and sings wonderfully, but I think anyone onstage with Suhail Khan would feel like a clodfooted clown by comparison. He just sat there and brought the sound down from heaven.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1594/25061529812_5773fda3ca_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EbATFA)

Go and see it if you can, it's nowhere near as worthy middle-class as I've probably made it sound. Apart from the support.

http://yorkstonthornekhan.com

*I think - I know nowt about the technicalmawatsits of playing music.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Steph on February 22, 2016, 03:03:59 am
VickI Swan and Jonny Dyer at the Green Note in Camden a week ago.
http://www.swan-dyer.co.uk/

Lovely people, fun evening, organic veggy bar snacks. I had last run into them at Tenterden festival last year where I had been forced to go in drag, but this time I was out as Me (and with a stripped down cheapo handbag just in case of meeting the Wrong Sort on the way home). I had purchased a copy of their last album, which should come with a booklet with all the music and lyrics in, and didn't so one came back with me free.

Jonny is one of those gentle men with a slight stammer that disappears when he sings, and a smile that could almost turn me heterosexual.
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Post by: CrinklyLion on February 22, 2016, 07:07:40 am
Two-gig weekend - first up, the Wave Pictures at the Crescent in York, accompanied by CrinklyLion and CrinklyCub the Elder (I mean we went to the gig together, they weren't the support act). I think CCtE enjoyed his first club gig (the venue is a former working men's club in the middle of York), though it was a very late night for him.

He has confirmed that he did indeed.  It was a long, though excellent, gig and he was a bit 'sensory overloaded' by the end so, combined with the late hour, he'd started to shut down a bit.  Having discussed it with him, he still preferred getting there early while the venue was fairly empty to watch the lot (he was always massively anxious if he arrived at birthday parties once they were in full swing too) although I have pointed out that he won't always be as lucky with support acts. He certainly wants to go see some other stuff with me anyway!

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I think CrinklyLion came down on the side of liking the support act, but I'm still broadly undecided.
Although probably much too clever for me, she kind of won me over.  Definitely not Snow Apple (http://www.snowapple.nl/), at least :D

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(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1594/25061529812_5773fda3ca_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EbATFA)

Go and see it if you can, it's nowhere near as worthy middle-class as I've probably made it sound. Apart from the support.

http://yorkstonthornekhan.com
I don't particularly like male voices (strongly prefer the sound of women singing) and don't really 'get' instrumental stuff (not clever enough, see above...), and there was quite a lot of both.  But this was unbelievably beautiful and for the second time, albeit for very different reasons, Yorkston nearly made me cry. 
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Post by: menthel on February 22, 2016, 01:24:40 pm
Woo, we haz Explosions In The Sky ticquets for that Manchester :)

I has Brizzle ones cos of my bro- looking forward to it!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ruthie on February 26, 2016, 09:55:05 pm
The Darlington Big Band (http://www.durham.gov.uk/article/2905/County-Big-Band) and The Little Big Band, they generously did a fundraiser for our Church funds.  We raised £400!  Hurrah!

They were absolutely excellent.  St Matthew and St Luke's Church has very good acoustics, which helped.  The fact that some of the band members are off to University to continue to study music is indicative of the quality of musician here.  They played some technically difficult stuff, pretty faultlessly, and the swing numbers all swung along infectiously.  It was bloody good value for a fiver, tea and jaffa cakes included.

Some of the pieces were new to me, probly because they'd been specially written for the band by various composers and musicians.  I knew other pieces pretty well.  'Night Train' was a real treat.

They're playing at the Darlington Jazz Festival in a couple of weeks.  Worth a trip, I reckon.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: tiermat on February 26, 2016, 10:10:29 pm
Today has been a "book tickets" day.

First up, Nathaniel Rateliffe at Leeds O2, in November.
Then I got tickets for Terrorvision at Manchester Ritz, again in November.
Then, after a conversation over dinner, I got 3 tickets for Terrorvision at Holmfirth, in May (TLD 's first TV gig!)
Finally, and this is not a typo, Nathaniel Rateliffe, again, in Colorado, in August....
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Karla on February 27, 2016, 10:45:08 am
Puscifer at the Bridgewater Hall on 30th May (the May bank holiday).  Hey Tiermat, if you want to go, I'll go halves on petrol?
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Woofage on February 27, 2016, 11:26:18 am
Howard Jones at The Apex last Sunday 21st. I've never paid him any interest but Mrs W was a big fan in her teens so was v keen to go. I have to admit that I really enjoyed the performance. It was just him with a piano and I wasn't sure how well his synth pop tunes would work in that format but the bloke's a brilliant keyboard player and everything held together superbly.
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Post by: Woofage on February 27, 2016, 11:30:12 am
Twenty-One Pilots at the Brixton Academy. I felt old and a bit out of place (I was accompanying Miss W and some of her friends). Good show, but I was glad to be home afterwards.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: tiermat on February 28, 2016, 08:04:56 am
Puscifer at the Bridgewater Hall on 30th May (the May bank holiday).  Hey Tiermat, if you want to go, I'll go halves on petrol?

Already booked up for that weekend, sorry. I may also have reached the limit of my concert budget, especially with the Colorado gig!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Riggers on March 03, 2016, 08:56:17 am
Last night at Concorde 2 in Brighton Turin Brakes. It was great thank you very much.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: perpetual dan on March 13, 2016, 08:58:44 am
A bit big for a "gig" maybe and at least as much about the visuals as the music, but last night in that London, Jeff Wayne conducting War of the Worlds.  A good time was had.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: SoreTween on March 13, 2016, 06:58:28 pm
Peter Hook and the Light at the tramshed  Cardiff on Thursday. Good gig, enjoyed it and Mrs Tween loved it.

First time at the tramshed and it will not be the last. What a revelation to find beverages worthy of consumption rather than the usual choice at gigs : cryogenic camel piss or vinegar in red or white. All the staff were friendly and the place is big enough to have a good atmosphere but still pleasantly small. We spent the whole time on the railings at the front and even though there was a group really cutting loose in the middle recapturing their youth no one was annoyed or would be purple in the morning.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: menthel on March 14, 2016, 10:47:41 am
Blackbeard's Tea Party at the Borderline. Bloody marvellous live band- damn good at what they do and obviously having a ball! Shame the beer was so bloody awful.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Woofage on March 17, 2016, 02:59:57 pm
Is non-music allowed?

Saw Sarah Millican last night. I've always found her funny since I first heard her (on the radio I think) several years ago. However, seeing her live I have increased respect, especially her handling of the school bully :thumbsup:. Great show, great night.

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Post by: toontra on March 17, 2016, 04:35:33 pm
Akhnaten at ENO.  Stunning production but the synchronised juggling wore a bit thin by the 3rd act!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on March 17, 2016, 09:52:51 pm
WTAF is going on? No gigs forever and then everyone we like suddenly decides they're going to play Manchester in the same month - not on the same weekend we're down there unfortunately....
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on March 18, 2016, 01:38:43 pm
WTAF is going on? No gigs forever and then everyone we like suddenly decides they're going to play Manchester in the same month - not on the same weekend we're down there unfortunately....

They've heard all about you and are avoiding you.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Vince on March 21, 2016, 03:40:02 pm
Steve Tilston accompanied by Keith Warmington playing the arts centre in Wotton-under-Edge.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: citoyen on March 23, 2016, 10:44:23 pm
Wolf Alice @ Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall

I've not been to this kind of thing for such a long time, so I was a bit nervous about it. And the opening act did nothing to assuage my fears - a trio of callow youths in need of a haircut, going by the name of Bloody Knees. It was when I caught myself thinking "All the songs sound the same!" that I started to fear I was turning into my dad. I didn't quite get as far as "Is that a boy or a girl?" though. The Kids in the moshpit seemed to quite like them, but even from the comfort of my seat on the balcony, I didn't feel like I was far enough away from the stage.

Next up were Swim Deep. Now, I've listened to one of their long-players before and actually quite liked it, so I was looking forward to seeing them and accordingly moved down from the balcony (leaving all my fellow old duffers behind) to the rear of the main dancefloor. They were pretty good. The sound was shite, mind you (and I began to feel some sympathy for Bloody Knees, suspecting that having to be their own roadies - half-heartedly assisted by a 12yo who looked like he'd showered far too recently to be a professional muso-techie - and not getting the chance for a proper sound-check meant I hadn't seen them in their best light). But sound quality aside, I really enjoyed Swim Deep's performance. The front man is a real Rock StarTM and the keyboard player was whooping it up like he was the band's biggest fan (I later found out that he had only recently joined the band, so I wouldn't be surprised if he won his slot in the line-up in a competition). They finished on a rather splendid 8-minute spectacular called Fueiho Boogie which almost made me want to dive into the moshpit, though I settled for just tapping my feet and clapping enthusiastically. Magic.

There was quite a bit of faffing about on the stage before Wolf Alice came on - a pair of grizzled old roadies who really looked like they actually knew what they were doing very meticulously setting up the stage. And boy, did it pay off. Wolf Alice put on a proper show. Very slick, near perfect sound quality, great performers and fantastic songs. Ellie Rowsell is a mesmerising frontwoman. Wow. It was getting a bit lively on the dancefloor by the time they came on, but rather than pull back, I let myself get drawn into it and just cast off my inhibitions. Had a flipping marvellous time. Totally drenched in sweat by the end of the set - not all of it my own.

They saved my favourite song, Blush, for the encore - I am convinced this is one of the finest rock songs of the last ten years and the live rendition was totally spellbinding. The rest of the set was mostly a run through the album, and I'm sure that the fact they've been performing most of these songs for at least a good two years now is part of the reason it was all so polished. Would have liked to hear some new stuff though.

Great to remember what I always used to love about gig-going, though I can't help regretting that I ever stopped. Must make more effort to do these things in future before I really am too old to enjoy them.
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Post by: Ruthie on March 23, 2016, 11:22:25 pm
Ray Mears at Darlington Civic Theatre.  A treat from a dear friend.

Inspiring stories of endurance.  He delivers the stories very well, and very professionally.  A short Q+A as well.  His real gift was the way he gave a sense of the people whose stories he was telling, especially those he had met in person. 

Much food for thought that probably left much of the audience in a reflective mood.  There was a group of DofE kids in the audience, in fact there were many young people, which was great - they're interested in being outdoors, and in being self-sufficient. 

A lovely way to spend an evening.  I wish we'd had better seats though, we were right up in the upper circle - it had nearly sold out by the time we booked.
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Post by: Wobbly John on March 27, 2016, 11:00:04 pm
We went to see Limehouse Lizzy again on Saturday. Missed the support band as we had been working all day and had a hour's drive to the gig.

Singer/bassist Wayne (Phil Lynott) is still recovering from shoulder surgery, and in his place was ex Saxon bassist Paul Johnson.

A really good gig, helped by an enthusiastic audience.

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y252/wobblyjohn/lizzy_zpsofuz6xc1.jpg)
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Post by: StuAff on March 28, 2016, 06:08:23 pm
Third gig of the year on Friday night. first two being Therapy? in Southampton in February, and Front Line Assembly at the Garage in Highbury a fortnight back (exchanged greetings with Bill Leeb when the band went for a walk, which was nice). Both splendid, with great supports. Underworld had support from Unknown DJ with a Laptop- actually played some good stuff- but more than made up for it with their performance. The best of the new album & an excellent selection from most of its predecessors. 2 hours 10 minutes of excellence that made sure I didn't feel knackered despite doing the FNRttC to Southend the previous night, then riding back into town (fittingly, through Romford and Barking)..
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1717/25494763334_d2f200dddb_h.jpg)
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Post by: citoyen on March 31, 2016, 08:42:28 am
Richard Herring's 'Happy Now' in Canterbury last night.

I laughed a lot. My wife didn't laugh so much. My son clearly found it funny but also rather uncomfortable at times. Herring doesn't have a filter when he's performing. I like this about him, others not so much. He's undeniably a very polished performer though - there was no warm-up or support act, he just came out and launched straight into the show, but the first laugh came after no more than a few seconds. A lot of the material is familiar to me from his podcasts but it's all packaged nicely together in a well structured show that deals intelligently with whether or not we can be truly happy, framed by the context of his recently having become a parent for the first time at 48. Really good, highly recommended.
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Post by: Legs on March 31, 2016, 10:57:36 am
Thanks for that, citoyen; Mrs Legs and I were going to get tickets to see that when he's in Stafford next weekend.  :thumbsup:  My parents are coming up to stay with us and babysitting - it'll be our first date night for 9 months!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: citoyen on March 31, 2016, 11:51:41 am
My parents are coming up to stay with us and babysitting - it'll be our first date night for 9 months!

Ha! You couldn't have picked a more appropriate gig... or is that inappropriate? Well, you'll see what I mean soon enough.  ;D
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: essexian on April 10, 2016, 08:27:45 am
The Primitives at Coventry Empire.

Not been to the Empire before, perhaps due to the fact that its newly opened (doh) and previously it was the student union bar, but I was impressed by the high quality of the sound and the sticky carpets....ah that took me back to the good old days of the Hummingbird.  ;D :o

I was also impressed by the band as once again (this is the fifth or sixth time we have seen them), they put on an enjoyable show. And extremely impressed by the ticket price for this home town gig...a fiver! Try getting four live bands and a Saturday night out for a fiver.... the last time I paid that amount for a gig was Billy Bragg back in 1992!

What did not impress me however was the start time of the main band.... now I am approaching "old" so I don't really want to stand up for hours waiting for Tracy Tracy and the lads to roll up at 10.35pm. Come on at 9.30pm, do an hour and a quarter set and let me get home to bed by midnight please.... nope, not home until well after 1am..... I can't cope with late nights anymore and CBH has been complaining all night that her back hurts.

That aside, we are thinking about seeing them again at the Hare and Hounds Birmingham next month. However, we already have a gig that week and wonder whether we will be up to two nights out in the same week......yes, it has come to that!   :facepalm:   I remember the days when................

   
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: andrewc on April 12, 2016, 10:04:31 pm
Just back from seeing Yundi (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-3528611/Lang-Lang-Yundi-s-tail-Yundi-Li-subtle-pianist-Chinese-contemporary.htm) at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (warning, link contains David Mellor content)

An all Chopin program, played with dazzling virtuosity to a packed hall.   I knew he was a good pianist,  I didn't know that he seems to have rock star status with a lot of young Chinese people, who must have made up half the audience.  He finally left the stage carrying a dozen bouquets presented by adoring young ladies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo82ipPkTRY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo82ipPkTRY)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on April 13, 2016, 08:30:16 am
Muse and the O2 last night. A visually stunning show and a great set.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: PaulF on April 16, 2016, 12:03:15 am
The Sixteen at Christchurch in Oxford.

Got my moneys worth as there were actually 18 of them
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 20, 2016, 12:42:34 am
Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, whom (grammer) I have mentioned before, at the Half Moon in Putney.

Hat Fitz is an impressively-bearded Australian with a couple of beat-up guitars and, obv, a hat.  Cara Robinson is a non-bearded Irishwoman who pkays drums, washboard, fife, cowbells and penny whistle, frequently at the same time.  They both sing.  If I said Seasick Steve meets The White Stripes I'd be wrong, but not totally (only Cara is a much better drummer than Meg White).  In the words of Theresa, who borrowed my lighter at the interval, "Awesome!  Like, totally awesome!".  She is USAnian.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: PaulF on April 22, 2016, 10:19:04 am
Seth Lakeman at the Arlington centre. Solo and acoustic, great set and he works really well in a small audience
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 24, 2016, 12:21:40 am
Two very different exponents of the electric-type guitar at the Town & Country Club Forum in Kentish Town.  First up Joanne Shaw Taylor, who can play more than just a bit and sings real purty1 too, accompanied by a Thin on bass and a Beard on drums.  The Beard could almost have been Hat Fitz (qv.) in hatless disguise.  She's dead good and, to my jaundiced eye, a lot better looking than...

...the main attraction, a Mr John Wilkinson of Canvey Island, accompanied as usual by the superlative Norman Watt-Roy and the slightly less superlative but still pretty handy Dylan Howe.  Wlko manages to look even more sinister than in his pre-illness days but on the other hand has treated himself to a new guitar since the last time I saw him, with which he was soon machine-gunning the grinning public.  He's still dead good, but then you knew that.

My feet hurt.  Note to self: while your age may contain both a five and a two you are not 25 any more and really ought to steer clear of mosh pits.  Actually Imthink I'd just turned nineteen when I first saw Wilko :'(

1: If your definition of the word encompasses bluesy growling at Men Who Have Done Her Wrong, that is.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 25, 2016, 11:41:36 pm
Explosions In The Sky :thumbsup:  Hurrah except for the arsehole mentioned in the RANT thread.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: clarion on April 26, 2016, 01:24:59 pm
Messrs Wilkinson & Watt-Roy (of the Canvey Island Watt-Roys) are jolly good.  They may make it big one day.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: rogerzilla on April 26, 2016, 02:09:06 pm
I'm off to see ELO (sorry - "Jeff Lynne's ELO") tonight.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 26, 2016, 04:20:04 pm
Messrs Wilkinson & Watt-Roy (of the Canvey Island Watt-Roys) are jolly good.  They may make it big one day.

They're playing Cornbury this year.  I hope Wilko has some choice words for any members of The Lizard Alliance who might happen to turn up.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on April 26, 2016, 09:21:55 pm
Explosions In The Sky :thumbsup:  Hurrah except for the arsehole mentioned in the RANT thread.

+1, except it's hurrah except for the crowd all talking through the quiet bits.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: PeterM on April 26, 2016, 10:18:06 pm
Explosions In The Sky :thumbsup:

Caught them in Hoxton-on-Sea on Sunday, for the first time since the ICA in 2004-ish, with Part Chimp supporting then (and causing my trousers to waft about in the hurricane from the speaker stacks). Still excellent, but fundamentally slightly polite, hence the soundtracks, maybe. See also Mogwai...
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on April 26, 2016, 10:21:51 pm
Messrs Wilkinson & Watt-Roy (of the Canvey Island Watt-Roys) are jolly good.  They may make it big one day.

They're playing Cornbury this year.  I hope Wilko has some choice words for any members of The Lizard Alliance who might happen to turn up.

Oooh, might be there.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: sg37409 on April 26, 2016, 10:23:39 pm
Folk talking and arseing around with phones at gigs is sadly common.
At the barrowlands gig they seemed to have some kind of techy fault with bass (guy on the left). I thought this might have been cause for no encore but it didn't seem to be as they didn't do one at brighton.  I had been really looking forward to it, but I felt their music didn't come over well at a concert. It was dead loud - good and bad, as during the loud bits I found it hard to make out the tunes. And I didn't feel the quieter tuneful bits came over well.  Maybe I'd been looking forward to it too much. I'd give it a 6.5 out of 10. 

Barrowlands took me right back. First time there in maybe 20 years of more sanitised venues. I enjoyed it a lot.

(corrected autocorrect of barrow lands....)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on April 26, 2016, 10:26:04 pm
I only remember the tremendously sticky floor at the Barrowlands.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 27, 2016, 03:43:40 pm
That's the fourth time I've seen EITS and I can't recall them ever having done an encore.  This time they ended with a massive chord, stage lights out, house lights up, thank you and goodnight.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: rogerzilla on April 27, 2016, 05:40:42 pm
ELO were very good but, to be fair, The Feeling, supporting, were tighter.  It was ELO's last night at the O2 so Jeff Lynne's voice may have been a bit strained.  Very expensive-looking light show.  Best songs were probably Livin' Thing and Mr. Blue Sky (managed fairly well without a choir* and with Richard Tandy, who looks like a retired music shop proprietor, doing his usual stint with the vocoder).  Shine A Little Love was a bit ragged.

*look up the Chldren In Need performance from a few years ago where Gareth Malone and friends help out with the choral bits...it's note-perfect, sublime, and the main reason ELO are touring again
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Post by: andrewc on May 02, 2016, 09:40:14 pm
I saw the very excellent Phronesis http://www.phronesismusic.com/  on Friday,   and bought their live double LP afterwards.

One of the tracks is called "Herne Hill"   :-D


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWCz0KvdDPU



Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: menthel on May 03, 2016, 02:23:40 pm
Explosions In The Sky :thumbsup:  Hurrah except for the arsehole mentioned in the RANT thread.

Saw them too in Brizzle. Good but not great. They haven't really moved on...
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on May 07, 2016, 07:46:01 am
A New International, last night at St Lukes in Glasgow . Absolutely fantastic.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Redlight on May 12, 2016, 10:11:35 am
Elvis Costello, solo, last night, in London.  An eclectic mix of old songs, new songs from a musical he is co-writing and a few covers. If he occasionally went a little over the top with the various effects pedals ("Watching the Detectives" was a bit of a mess, for example) his blistering version of "I Want You" more than compensated for the excess.

He also brought his support act, Larkin Poe, on for several songs, which made the show even more visually appealing :demon:

It was a lengthy set. He played until about 11.15, which unfortunately meant that my friend had to leave before the end to catch her last train - she wasn't the only one from the look of it; there were quite a few empty seats by the time he closed with "Peace, Love and Understanding".

Overall, a good, rather than great, show. But well worth it.  There are still tickets available for some of the nights this week. I'd recommend it, even if - like me- you're an long-term admirer rather than an out and out fan.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 13, 2016, 12:16:18 am
Repeat performance of one from three months ago - Ben Poole (small English) and Stevie Nimmo (large Scottish) for a couple of hours of blues-rock Splendid.  Bassist Matt and drummer Craig played both sets; Ben Poole also has a keyboard player who clearly goes to the same barber as Bradley Wiggins.  They all seemed a fair bit sharper than last time, as well they might after a further fifty-odd gigs this tour.  Recommended.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ruthie on May 13, 2016, 11:04:08 pm
I was feeling a bit down so my friend Ian dragged me out to see an Adam and the Ants tribute act at the Quakerhouse in Darlo.

Worst.  Tribute band.  Ever. 

I used to be a fan of the Kings of the Wild Frontier and this was almost parody.  Ian isn't a tall man and he was behind an eight foot man in a ponytail.  The man standing beside us had shit himself, from the stench coming from his trousers.  You couldn't get to the bar because, well, it's the Quakerhouse to be fair.  We left after the first set because we're getting old and wanted our beds.

I've never laughed so much in my life.  What a great night.  Knackered now.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Redlight on May 14, 2016, 05:45:48 pm
an Adam and the Ants tribute act

Mind still boggling at this concept.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on May 18, 2016, 12:43:48 am
First The Burning Hell gig of the week - I'm slightly stalking them, but not to the extent of going up to Aberdeen tomorrow or Glasgow on Friday. Though there are loads of decent bands play the Lemon Tree... And they're playing Spanky Van Dyke's in Nottingham next week - it has to be worth going there just for the name, but I'd be really disappointed if it turns out to be the Roxy rebranded.

The support was... well, he might have said, but there was so much reverb that you couldn't understand him. It was all a bit J Mascis, without the energy. But with all the hair. I kept waiting for him to really cut loose on his axe, but he never did. J Mascis plays Galaxie 500, maybe. 

Enough 80s US indie references already. Onto the main act, who were actually the second support, as the actual second support had van issues, and were going to be late. Great news for me, as I could make the early train rather than the slow-as-snot train at 20 to 1 which takes twice as long to reach Darlo as normal.

But, I'd have tolerated that train to see the Burning Hell. They're such a joyous band live, sharp lyrics and freewheeling tunes, and even an electric clarinet wig-out. I have seen them a lot the last couple of years, and it was a bit surreal to hear them sing a song about being rescued from Scotch Corner by a magical mechanic, when last year I heard them tell the anecdote. They do good t-shirts, too.

They're playing Mickleton* on Saturday - I have tickets. I might even stalk them properly and go see them at MIMA** on Monday.

* It's in Teesdale
** Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. Yes, Middlesbrough has museums.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Riggers on May 19, 2016, 12:59:49 pm
Not me sadly, but friends have just seen Bruce Springsteen in Spain.

Sang 33 songs in 3 hours 45 minutes. They were very very happy bunnies. Certainly had their money's worth I'd say.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on May 22, 2016, 08:58:54 pm
Second Burning Hell gig of the week :D

I was astonished at the marvellous set-up they have at Mickleton Village Hall. It ain’t like no other village hall I’ve been in. They’re obviously proud of the acts they get to play there, and they’ve lined the walls with posters of past acts. Plus a full bar, and a pie-and-pea supper was the icing on the cake, or the peas on the pie. PSA for vegetarians: flesh pies only, though they’d probably be accommodating with some warning. We ate beforehand, otherwise I’d have had the pie and Peter would’ve had the peas. It had the air of a decent working mens’ club, with a crowd that most bands would love - quietly appreciative at worst, and prepared to dance, sing along, whatever.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7755/26902800560_201bb266f5_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GZiTjY)

We arrived early, and sat through the perfectly-adequate support acts. Can’t remember the first guy’s name, but his stand-out song was one about being a parent in the Facebook age, and made him sound about a million years old. Pretty much unobjectionable, and decent enough for a first support.

Second up - the Dan Webster Band. Bit of an egotistical name, I thought, especially as he was clearly outclassed by his band of mandolin, double bass and cello. It’s always good to see a bit of slapping-the-strings double bass action. But they were proper musicians who were just playing with him for the gig. Lovely warm sound, annoying strangulated American accent which meant you couldn’t hear the words. Strictly OK, and definitely at the right spot in the line-up. Peter was gently heckling him during his mid-song banter when he’d have better spent his time actually tuning his guitar. Dan, not Peter.

Finally The Burning Hell. The sound wasn’t perfect, so it was hard to pick up some of the words when Matthias was verbalising at a million miles an hour during Grave Situation and a couple of the newer ones, but that’s a minor quibble which I’m only mentioning as the raffle ticket paid for the sound tech. They were fantastic, again, a similiar set to Tuesday but different enough that I don’t think I’ll be bored on Monday. They even finished their first encore with a cover of La Bamba which had the whole place bouncing. I reckon that’s a local favourite which they were asked to play, and it bloody worked. The band even got the guitarist to sing - I’ve never heard him say a word onstage, and I don’t think they ever bother miking him up, so I was fairly surprised. He could sing pretty well, too, but maybe his nerves explain why he was rarely seen without a pint in his hand all night and looked a bit more out-of-it than usual onstage. Mind you, La Bamba is a great boozy song, so it all worked out. There was some amazing dancing on the go, too - I assume this was in reference to the line in Wallflowers, “when I dance, people think I have some rare syndrome or disease” and if so, it was well done.

After the first encore that everyone knows is coming, there was a second, proper encore, and the audience en masse decided that they’d make their cabbies wait rather than leave early. It was Grown-Ups, for those who know the band.

Yes, I loved it, and they were great even by their high standards, though there was a little part of me watching Uncle Peter to see what he made of it. If he really didn’t enjoy it, then he’s an accomplished liar and not to be trusted under any circumstances. That might be true anyway.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7189/26572617703_597039299e_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Gu8Bt6)

(Jonah on bass was Peter's comment - I can't see it myself (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=92632.msg1907667#msg1907667) ;) )
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on May 24, 2016, 12:19:44 am
Another day, another Burning Hell gig.

I've not deliberately stalked them, and I've stopped stalking them now, and soon I'll stop boring you lot. But they have a thing for Teesside and Teesdale, and it's mutual.

What a great venue there is in the making at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. The Waiting Room (famous Teesside vegetarian/vegan restaurant) has also set up shop at the cafe, and you can now get a damn good meal to go with your gig experience.

The support, it turns out, was Dressed Like Wolves. He never said. We spent ages trying to work out where we knew him from, and eventually we realised he was the waiter from the Waiting Room who wore the most astonishingly baggy ganzie while waiting tables. Good to see he was maintaining his reputation as the worst-dressed man on Teesside (and taking the pressure off me) with his shorts. Not even wolves would have worn these...

(https://c3.staticflickr.com/8/7692/26928625490_16b642159f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/H2Afbo)

I enjoyed their set, though I would have probably enjoyed it more if I could've heard the words.

One of the reasons I've been happy to go and see three gigs on the same Burning Hell tour is how mutable they are. I've seen them in a WMC, a village hall and a museum within a week, and each set has been different. Tonight they played with the huge echoes created by the space, and tret us to a version of Kings of the Animal Kingdom, a song full of bathos and genuine heartache. The crowd was a bit unwilling to sing along, but there were quite a few Fuck the Governments echoing up the chamber. It all worked, it was great, and Peter was right - that drummer is really short.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7538/27134746201_115eae1981_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HkNEFK)

Probably the best line of the night - during the intro to The Song About Sportsball, was a brief congrat to Middlesbrough for being promoted, and how this sounded as though they'd gotten a new job...
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Peter on May 24, 2016, 12:35:26 am
It was genuine pleasure, Dean!  They are very good indeed.  A wonderful night.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: tiermat on May 29, 2016, 12:47:12 am
Unsurprising, to those who know me, I went to a Terrorvision gig, tonight. This one was a little different, though as 1) it was at a venue I have never been to (Holmfirth Picturedrome) and 2) it was TLD's first non-festival gig.

A good night was had by all, I am now really tired.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Wascally Weasel on May 31, 2016, 04:49:30 pm
I went to the Springsteen gig at Manchester last week.  I enjoyed it but not as much as the two gigs I saw on the 'Wrecking Ball' tour with the big horn section, ace backing singers and guest artists like Tom Morello and John Fogerty.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on May 31, 2016, 10:17:45 pm
For a change, not the Burning Hell, but Chris T-T in the Games Room at Brudenell Social Club.

I wasn't in love with the support acts, but I've been a bit spoilt recently, and I have an unusually low tolerance for run-of-the-mill bands. Chris enjoyed them, but after a week or two of playing folk clubs you couldn't blame him for enjoying an actual rock band.

It was excellent, funny and sharp, including some lovely interplay with the audience. The dick jokes came out early, around the same time as the AA Milne songs, and just before the angry political songs. It's a good mix of sweetness, swearing and rage. He pushes the audience a bit, too, though I really wanted to ask how well his line about obeying well-spoken middle-class English people for years went down in Scotland...
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 02, 2016, 01:32:28 am
Just back in from Rory McLeod & The Familiar Strangers at the Green Note in Camden, accompanied by Miss von Brandenburg and Miss von Brandenburg's skoolfriend's teenage daughter Jana, who is doing some sort of work experience thing with a firm of architects in Beckenham.  Mr McLeod was on fine form - the only problem is that his branes work faster than his mouth so he usually only gets halfway through telling a story before shooting off at a tangent.  Some rubbish phone photos:

(https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7062/26798901403_775eba5bf9_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GQ8nJc)
Getting the audience's attention via the medium of harmonica abuse (https://flic.kr/p/GQ8nJc) by Mr Larrington (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/), on Flickr

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7640/27307557342_668abe9684_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HB5nqb)
L-R: the back of Jana's head, Rory McLeod, Richard Sadler (double bass), a random Canadian, Diego Laverde Rojas (Colombian harp & cuatro), Bob Morgan (clarinet & sax) (https://flic.kr/p/HB5nqb) by Mr Larrington (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/), on Flickr

(https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7237/27405769115_cca2f3373f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HKKJmB)
Trombone appeared to have been molished by Dyson (https://flic.kr/p/HKKJmB) by Mr Larrington (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/), on Flickr

(https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7782/26798913643_0ef164fdd7_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GQ8rne)
Improvisation on a theme of "Happy Birthday" while Rory changes a string (https://flic.kr/p/GQ8rne) by Mr Larrington (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/), on Flickr

(https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7338/27334525501_4fb872ab64_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HDsA7r)
Shirt off for the grand finale! (https://flic.kr/p/HDsA7r) by Mr Larrington (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/), on Flickr

We all thought it was dead good, though Jana was possibly just being polite.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Woofage on June 03, 2016, 04:53:57 pm
The Blockheads
A bunch (7, to be precise) of old blokes who really know how to knock out a tune. Lots of the old favourites like In Betweeners. Billericay Dickie, Wake Up and Make Love with Me plus the singles What a Waste, Reasons to be Cheerful and Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick. Derek the Draw does a pretty good job of filling the late Ian Dury's shoes and the rest of the band are as tight as a gnat's chuff, as you might expect. Plus Norman Watt-Roy is a demi-god of bass.

The support act - Three Kings High - put on a good show and are definitely worth checking out.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: essexian on June 05, 2016, 07:29:13 am
Bruce Springsteen Coventry Ricoh Arena.

As I have often said to CBH, length does not always mean quality. So, a 3 hour ride may not be as enjoyable as an hours blast. The same with gigs. Thus, playing for 3 hours and 10 minutes might seem excellent to some people, to me, a bit of editing to remove some of the filler there was: including what seemed to be a 10 minute version of Lulu's "Shout" would have been most welcomed and would have made the gig more enjoyable, rather than at times, a bit of a drag.

As to the sound.... too loud and far too much base for my liking. I shouldn't really expect more from a rugby stadium should I.  :facepalm:

What I should expect however, is not to pay £20 to park in an official car park, and then have to queue for nearly 2 hours to get out of Coventry. Frankly, given the traffic problems there were after the gig, we are never going back to the Ricoh again. It would have been quicker and easier to go to Wembley to see him this evening!

Overall, give me a smaller band playing in a decent venue any day. And yes, I have seen Springsteen twice before so knew what I was going to get.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Tim Hall on June 05, 2016, 10:43:17 pm
I'm just on my way back from Wembley.  Long, yes (3 hours 35) but excellent. Really enjoyable, obviously not the same as an intimate gig in a pub, but excellent just the same.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ham on June 06, 2016, 12:00:36 am
... and another satisfied Wem-ber-ley customer here, although I was disappointed with the sound quality this time. Astonishing energy and, as ever, some interesting versions. In particular, the songs from The Rising were treated almost as a joyous celebration,  which surprised me.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on June 20, 2016, 02:03:26 pm
Coldplay at Wembley.

Chuffing good evening :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Vince on June 20, 2016, 03:09:09 pm
At the start of the month we listened to The Odd Folk (http://www.theoddfolk.com/) at the local arts centre. A band that can sing lyrics so that you can hear them.

On Friday we went to Amped - The end of course gig for the music students at Stroud College. We listened to 4 of the bands - Confetti Underground - Reminiscent of X-Ray Specs: Surf Switch - Hawaiian Shirts, and bad language; Corrupting Jose who were brilliant [/proud Dad] and Cashes Green - An amalgam of Prog Rock and Drum and Bass (Lead guitarist praying Prog, Bass and drummer playing Drum and Bass).

Why is it that modern music has to be so loud that you need to wear ear plugs and lose 40% of the tonal range (it wasn't just us olds wearing the ear plugs) I chose to use one ear plug to appreciate the music and leave one ear working.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on June 20, 2016, 04:21:08 pm
A while ago I resorted to having custom made earplugs for scenarios like that. We are happy to buy sunglasses to protect our eyes.
The earplugs block all frequencies pretty equally, so tonal range isn't affected much.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrazyEnglishTriathlete on June 22, 2016, 09:43:24 pm
Explosions in the Sky, Royal Albert Hall.  "Thanks for coming out to see us guys, so we can get to play rooms (sic) like this!"  A 90 minute medley of out-of-this-world post-rock.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ham on June 22, 2016, 10:54:20 pm
Couldn't we arrange another version of this thread just in case David Cameron ever popped his head around the virtual door? "What's the last pig you went to see?"

Just a thought, we ought to be inclusive.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: andrewc on June 25, 2016, 10:56:26 am
Martyn Joseph at The Atkinson in Southport.

http://www.martynjoseph.net/

An excellent singer & guitarist, who can be a bit political & preachy, but not in a bad way.  (There was comment on The Referendum, and an appeal to contribute to his charitable foundation)   A much bigger audience (and better venue) than the last time I saw him.

Mostly his own stuff with a couple of Springsteen covers (he's done an album of these, apparently with The Boss's approval).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IBmmXn1QwM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58nBku4C4ag

A few more dates in his current tour, if you can catch him he's worth the time.

25 June 16 DARLEY DALE Peak Concerts, The Whitworth Centre, Station Road, Darley Dale, Derbyshire, DE4 2EQ
 Tel: 01246 860022 | Website: www.peakconcerts.co.uk (http://www.peakconcerts.co.uk)
30 June 16 BROMSGROVE Bromsgrove Folk Club, Catshill Club, 13 Meadow Road, Catshill, Bromsgrove, B61 0JJ
 Tel: 0121 476 5938. | Website: www.bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk (http://www.bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk/)
16 July 16 SWANFEST The Swan Inn, Ascott -u- Wychwood, Chipping Norton, Oxon, OX7 6AY
 Tel: 01993 831427 or 07870 563299 |  Website: www.wychwoodfolkclub.com (http://www.wychwoodfolkclub.com/#%21swanfest-2015/cr8r)
19 July 16 CHURCH VILLAGE, PONTYPRIDD Gartholwg Centre, St. Illtyd Rd, Church Village, Pontypridd CF38 1RQ
 Tel – 01443 219589 | Website: www.gartholwg.org (http://www.gartholwg.org/)
24 July 16 FOLK BY THE OAK FESTIVAL with Sweet Liberties, Hatfield house, Herts
 Website: www.folkbytheoak.com (http://www.folkbytheoak.com)
 

Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on June 25, 2016, 10:58:33 pm
Bill Bailey at The Hexagon Reading.

Front row seats. Often a bad choice for a comedy gig. We survived but I did get picked on.

Bill is funny and a good musician.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrazyEnglishTriathlete on June 26, 2016, 07:32:51 am
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Birmingham

It could have all gone horribly wrong.  A 71 year old guitarist dusting off stuff from 20 or 30 years ago.  It could have fallen so far short of those glorious Live in Germany recordings of Blackmore, Dio, Powell, and that ethereal guitar playing, those concerts which were the first I would go to see if someone invented a time machine.

Then they kicked off with Highway Star.  Drums and bass up to scratch, big beefy organ making that wonderful fat Purple sound, and then Ronnie Romero. What a voice!  He carries off both David Coverdale's reptilian vocals and Ronnie James Dio's huge operatic style, especially in Mistreated.  Then the guitar, some notes drawn out until you feel your soul is going to expire and then the fingers move in a blur, all those beautiful sounds from memory being reincarnated on stage.  Modern lighting makes the 'Rainbow' more practical and it lights up one ray at a time during 'Catch the Rainbow'.  The whole crowd sings along with Child in Time and Ronnie Romero lets us sing the first part of the chorus on our own, a 10,000 strong choir before he takes over for Gillanesque screams.  He doesn't even need to introduce Black Night, we just sing along for a while.  They open up the encore with Burn, which I've never seen Blackmore play before, before the final classic riff of Smoke on Water, the whole first verse done a cappella by the crowd. 

The time machine worked, for one unforgettable night.

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/rainbow-adds-deep-purples-burn-and-soldier-of-fortune-to-setlist-at-birmingham-concert-video/
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: PaulF on June 26, 2016, 11:26:58 pm
Stornaway in Oxford. Also my son's firsts gig!

We had rain, mud and a tent but it wasn't Glastonbury. On the plus side small venue (the tent) and a couple of hundred people in the audience. Great band live especially in an intimate setting. Very west coast vibe with great harmonies reminiscent of CSN&Y.

All in all a great night but sadly had to leave early as its a school night for son at least
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Valiant on June 28, 2016, 02:46:05 am
I saw DakhaBrakha on Tuesday. I have no words for how amazing it was.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on July 09, 2016, 11:29:21 pm
Brian Ferry. Way better than anticipated.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: HeltorChasca on July 10, 2016, 08:06:12 am
Xavier Rudd in Bristol. I got into his music when he was a multi-instrumentalist. Apart from being talented he campaigns for Australian aboriginal land rights etc. An amazing package.

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Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on July 11, 2016, 01:11:18 am
Wilko Johnson

Apart from being alive, a superstar in the art of being able to make a lot from a little.

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/DSC_7612.jpg)

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/DSC_7716.jpg)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 11, 2016, 09:15:00 am
Not to mention His Normanness, the man who plays a bass guitar in the manner of Michael Heseltine wrestling a crocogator :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on July 11, 2016, 10:33:44 am
Ah yes...

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/DSC_7740.jpg)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: andrewc on July 12, 2016, 07:39:40 pm
Just seen that Zoe Keating is playing a gig in London next year,  that's going to cost me a weekend away. 

http://www.zoekeating.com/perform.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAHno0eyAb0
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jock Stewart on July 16, 2016, 07:33:06 pm
Jah Wobble. Humble, funny, funky, and legendary. He's touring all over everywhere at the moment.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: tiermat on July 22, 2016, 08:46:29 pm
So far, White, Lonegirl, Fronteers, Mahala, Gwenno and currently enjoying Eagles.

Best has to be The Fronteers, though. Imagine The Housemartins getting stuck on the wrong side of the pennines during the Madchester days.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Karla on July 22, 2016, 09:04:36 pm
I've just booked to see Peter Hook in Sheffield a week today (the 29th).  Time for some proper dad rock  ;D
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: ElyDave on August 09, 2016, 12:40:56 pm
Bryan Adams last Friday in Peterborough, open air by the river, great set and very well attended. Some of the acoustic stuff better than plugged in.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on August 11, 2016, 09:35:51 pm
Great line-up at the Fulford Arms last night, in support of CALM (https://www.thecalmzone.net/about-calm/what-is-calm/)

First up, unobjectionable but mostly forgettable Americana-ish band who should've chucked in a few more foot-stompin' tracks. We were out for a fag for that bit as the first 20 minutes of misery was a bit much. Started with an Em.

Second up, York's answer to Bruce Springsteen and the city's hardest-working gigger, Boss Caine. He's entirely likable and engaging, and if you go down to the Fulford Arms in August, it's highly likely he'll be playing a support set there.

Then, for most people, the main set. Richard Dawson is just so out there, it comes from a completely unexpected direction. I can't really describe it, it was fucking extraordinary, and he even got the talky people in the corner to shut up. One thing I can't get over is the intensity of the performance - whenever I thought he'd gone as far as he could, he amped it up a bit more. Proper Geordie accent, too, and brilliantly engaging inbetween songs.

There's an entire gig here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af7Gk2jY3pQ

N.B. he said he did buy a modern guitar, but got rid of it as the damn thing just stayed in tune...

Poor Charlie Parr had to follow all of that, but he was characteristically relaxed about the prospect. I doubt much fazes him, except possibly the prospect of fame and fortune - my mate reckoned he'd fill much bigger venues, but I doubt he's bothered. He has the wonderfully easy air of someone who's effortlessly brilliant at what he does, which is yer traditional US folk/blues. He managed to follow the unfollowable, and it was a fantastic night.

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8814/28919158735_28a46333d9_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/L4ufn6)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on August 16, 2016, 12:55:41 am
KT Tunstall supported by The Pictish Trail.

Great fun gig.

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/IMG_9160.jpg)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: StuAff on August 21, 2016, 10:56:52 pm
Ministry at the Forum in London last night. Before the show I had it pegged as 'gig of the year apart from Rammstein' (who topped off an excellent weekend of heaviness at Download Paris with a flaming marvellous performance). I was so, so wrong. Rammstein was 'gig of the year apart from Ministry'. Al Jourgensen and his various bandmates over the years have always been good value live. The first UK show (Brixton Academy 1992) burnt itself into my memory- intense, ferocious, setlist the definition of all killer no filler. The last two or three shows lent rather too heavily on newer material, and at the last one Al was not looking or sounding in good shape, pretty much rooted to the mic stand. What a difference. Al seems to have worked out his fans like the newer stuff, but they really, really like the old stuff, and the setlist had an opening stretch of newer ones as warmup before NWO, Just One Fix and (yay!!!) Stigmata. The man himself roamed the stage with vigour and seemed thoroughly revitalised. Gates of Steel (covered on the Surgical Meth Machine album) closed off a terrific evening.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: tiermat on August 22, 2016, 03:53:25 pm
Last night (well this morning, UK time), Caroline Rose, Shovels and Rope followed by Nathaniel Rateliffe and the Night Sweats at a small, unknown, venue called Red Rock Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO.

A cracking night it was. 
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on August 23, 2016, 09:26:25 pm
Did the weekend at Rewind, Henley. Feature were Tony Hadley, Heather Small, Jimmy Sommerville, Snap, Earth Wind and Fire Experience, Glenn Gregory (Heavenes 17) Marc Almond, Rick Astley, Roland Guest, Andy Bell, Trevor Horne (accompanied by Lol Creme) amongst others and my favourite of the weekend- Adam Ant. Many others featured and Rusty Egan DJ'd during the down time with a few tribute sessions to Bowie and Prince. A good though wet weekend.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ruthie on August 25, 2016, 07:03:06 am
Last night at MIMA:  Jeffrey Lewis.

There was food, supplied by The Waiting Room, the best restaurant in the North, which was inevitably stupendous.

The support:  Pellethead.  https://www.facebook.com/Pelletheadband/app/2405167945

They were awful.  With odd touches of true greatness.  It would've helped if most of the band weren't off their faces.  'Living In Skips' shoulda bin a classic.  Kind of, what happens if you fall asleep listening to The Clash and then sleep-learn all the Roxy Music riffs.  But you never learned to play an instrument.  And then they make you play a gig.  Would not see again.

Jeffrey Lewis:  excellent in that space.  Some of my favourites, some I didn't know, but honed to perfection and wonderful.  Quoth The Pigeon Bupkes, about a pigeon in New York, was priceless.  There's not enough parody in the world.  A new cartoon/film show.  Is this man a genius?
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Post by: Mr Larrington on August 25, 2016, 07:21:39 am
Jeffrey Lewis. [...]  Is this man a genius?

Yes.  Yes, he is.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on August 29, 2016, 07:27:21 pm
Ruthie, I enjoyed your review of Pellethead :)

In other news, 65 Days of Static are touring again \o/

Currently deciding whether to fork out to go and see them in Brussels so we can avoid Glasgow...
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Post by: CrinklyLion on August 30, 2016, 09:14:40 am
Jeffrey Lewis. [...]  Is this man a genius?

Yes.  Yes, he is.

I concur.  Hence why, even though nobody could come out to play, I went to see him last night on me tod at the Crescent in York.

First support was "Me & My Bro".  2 chaps with guitars singing sweary and snort-inducingly funny stuff.

Second support was Meabh McDonnell.  I quite liked the opening number.  The second one was called 'dyslexic bitch' but I really think, from the lyrics, that she should think about the co-morbidity of dyspraxia.  At one point she said she'd do one more number but the tech said 'three' so she compromised on two before admitting she'd run out of songs.  Hell of a voice.

Jeffrey Lewis had the same line up as when I last saw him in Leeds but with bonus added brother Jack!  Maybe that's why there were a several of numbers from City and Eastern Songs - either way, I was happy to hear 'em.  2 films too!  They were a bit late getting started due to technical issues with one of the keyboards but then delivered a generous set that even had a few of the Yorkies moving in a manner somewhat resembling dancing at times.  And then for a post encore encore he did Don't Be Upset.  HappyCrinkly.
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Post by: CrazyEnglishTriathlete on August 30, 2016, 10:07:27 pm
Blue Oyster Cult at the O2 Forum Kentish Town on 29th July.  Former drummer Albert Bouchard joined in for the play through of the entire Agents of Fortune album on its 40th Anniversary and then for the encore after they did their regular show.  Poignant moment as their original producer and manager Sandy Pearlman had died three days before.  They showed a few signs of slowing down so it might have been one of those last chance to see moments - which was good for CET Junior who has been corrupted by overplaying of Extra-Terrestrial Live in the car.
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Post by: PaulF on September 02, 2016, 08:03:17 am
Nine barrow at the Unicorn Theatre* in Abingdon.

excellent folk due from Dorset playing a mixture of traditional tunes and their own songs. Very much like early Simon and Garfunkel in their harmonies.

*an amazing venue that I hadn't been too since my schooldays [redacted] years ago when we used to put productions on there
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Post by: Steph on September 04, 2016, 04:27:22 pm
Among others, these incredibly talented nutters:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-Em7UmdTWc&index=13&list=PLn09QzYUbGaIOivYujFi7IBVfRJY6sQow

ETA: "If you've enjoyed it, we've been Sheelanagig. If you haven't, we've been Mumford and Sons"
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Post by: CrinklyLion on September 04, 2016, 05:27:27 pm
Blue Rose Code, at the Vic in Saltburn in the always splendid company of Ruthie otp.  Unfortunately her mate who was going to go (and give us a lift) had to bail due to injury, so we needed to resort to train tactics.  Doors at 8 and when we got there just before 8:30 the support was in full swing.  Nice venue - looks like a decent pub, and the upstairs room (once you find it, having gone through a door with a 'no entry' sign on!) has good sightlines and splendid fairy lights.  Support, 2 beardy blokes with guitars, sounded OK - only caught a couple of numbers and didn't catch the name.  Then the MC announced there would be a break until 9:00 when the next support - his band - would play.  Oh shit.

I asked the nice lady on the door what the running times were and they were expecting Ross on stage around 10.  Or maybe 10:15.  And we would have to leave at 10:25ish for the last train.  Bah.  Ah well, we figured that we'd get either a couple of songs or a song and a really long story.

Second support - somebody and The Murder.  Musically, they made a pretty decent noise.  Lead singer was an 80s goth clearly refusing to grow up... I wondered if I might have known him at school.  :Lyrically, it was music to slit your wrists to.  It got increasingly painful.  I couldn't even bring myself to politely clap the one aboutr dying Syrian refugee children - which left me feeling distinctly UnBritish.  And the bastards ran over.  They stoppped, the MC extracted himself from his corner behind the drummer and said that he couldn't ask for a round of applause for his own band, so we cheered the fairy lights instead before he announced another break before Blue Rose Code would play at 10:05 'but as late as they like'.  After hours is no sodding use to us, matey!  The nice lady next to us offered a lift back to 'boro (I think) but Darlo would have been a touch too far.  We moved to the standing space at the back so as to avoid creating a kerfuffle when we left and pointed out our now free seats to a couple standing there.  The other chap standing told me that the bloke I'd given my seat to was 'quite famous actually' but I haven't got a scooby who it was.

BRC on stage exactly when the MC said, 10:05, and managed to fit 4 songs and a story and the HollyOaks joke into the 22 minutes we had available before we had to skedaddle downstairs, past the rowdy hen party and to the station where there was a pair of gigantic hounds to spoffle before the train back to Darlo for hot chocolate and gossip (not the dancing sort) and a sofa to crash on before my half 7ish train home the next morning.

The Vic gets a thumbs up - although I might look for a B&B another time.  Promoters who schedule doors at eight, start the music at 8:15 and then don't get the headliner on 'til after 10 in a venue at the arse end of a tiny train line get a double thumbs down, even if it is their birthday.

And Ruthie gets a big fat  :-*
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Post by: Ruthie on September 04, 2016, 09:48:40 pm
Awww shucks  :-*

It was so lovely to see you, little one  :-*
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Post by: Jaded on October 01, 2016, 12:37:52 am
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Feeder
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Post by: Jaded on October 02, 2016, 01:26:36 am
(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/DSC_2547.jpg)

Mark Radcliffe's Galleon Blast
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Post by: andrewc on October 02, 2016, 12:41:17 pm
A live performance of Steve Reich's "Different Trains" at Liverpool's Edge Hill railway station, with a specially commissioned film.

The audience was on a sloping cobbled road that used to be used as access for horse drawn carriages to the station, specially opened for the event.  The stage was at the far end and there were working railway lines at either side, with extra atmosphere provided by announcements from the station.

The evening started with Mats Bergstrom performing Reich's "Electric Counterpoint", which was really good. Sadly this doesn't appear on the video stream. 

The main performance was spellbinding, with live play from the London Contemporary Orchestra and Bill Morrison's sombre filmed accompaniment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXDJSSAns1k   Video of the event & an interview.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/sep/30/watch-steve-reichs-different-trains-performed-by-the-lco-at-edge-hill-station-liverpool

https://gerryco23.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/an-extraordinary-performance-of-different-trains-in-the-worlds-first-railway-station/
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Post by: Jaded on October 07, 2016, 12:56:15 am
Jamie Cullum doing a freebie, and having the stage full of people by the end. That's the second time I've seen him for nothing this year. His music isn't the type of stuff I normally listen too.
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Post by: andrewc on October 09, 2016, 10:59:03 pm
Explosions In The Sky at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool.    I'd not seen them live before, Rather Bloody Good..

Here they are in Washington DC in August.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNMhiMtNq2g  Different set list to tonight's gig though.
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Post by: andrewc on October 11, 2016, 09:58:00 pm
Just back from seeing Australian jazz pianist Sean Foran at Liverpool's Capstone Theatre.   A very talented chap backed up by some wonderful British musicians.

Listening to the album now  :thumbsup:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0QNheFiRVg

http://www.londonjazznews.com/2016/08/cd-review-sean-foran-frame-of-reference.html

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/oct/04/sean-foran-review-quintet-pizza-express-jazz-club-stuart-mccallum

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Post by: Deano on October 25, 2016, 10:43:46 pm
Loudon Wainwright III at the Barbican in York. Shite venue, great gig.
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Post by: CrinklyLion on October 26, 2016, 12:37:31 am
Yeah, there's not many people that are worth enduring the Barbican for.  I was most pleased that (30-odd years after I used to listen to More Love Songs somewhat frequently) LWIII still counts among them.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on October 26, 2016, 01:41:34 am
Robyn Hitchcock at Cecil Sharp House in That London, with Miss von Brandenburg and a thoroughly splendid time was had by all, although Mr Hitchcock did look rather tired, the poor old chap.  Support from Nashville-domiciled Sydneysider Emma Swift and BJ Cole on pedal steels:

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5326/30569708935_4f29d60969_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NzkKra)
Emma Swift (https://flic.kr/p/NzkKra) by Mr Larrington (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/), on Flickr.  She has a voice and a half, which masks her somewhat workmanlike guitar playing and songwriting - her best song was a cover of a Rowland S Howard number (yes, him wot used to be in The Birthday Party :o)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5642/30569713985_a63c2accab_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NzkLWe)
Uncle Bobby (https://flic.kr/p/NzkLWe) by Mr Larrington (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/), on Flickr.  Note matching shirt and tablecloth.  Here he is explaining that in the film version of his autobiography he will be played by Benedict Cumberbatch, while Bryan Ferry will be played by Tilda Swinton.

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Robyn joined by Emma and BJ for a couple of numbers mid-set (https://flic.kr/p/NzkQ96) by Mr Larrington (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/), on Flickr

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5504/30569726985_d604ddca1c_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NzkQNn)
Fresh shirt for the encores (https://flic.kr/p/NzkQNn) by Mr Larrington (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/), on Flickr.  The Velvets' "Caroline Says", His Bobness' "Visions Of Johanna" (complete with missing verse) and his own "Queen Elvis".
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Post by: Tim Hall on October 27, 2016, 02:07:50 pm
(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/DSC_2547.jpg)

Mark Radcliffe's Galleon Blast

I didn't know Clarion played drums.
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Post by: Tim Hall on October 28, 2016, 10:45:29 am
Last night I went to see the energy, joy and commitment that is Merry Hell (http://www.merryhell.co.uk/index.html). They're from Wigan, so seeing them in That London was a bit of treat.  They were playing at The Miller, a pub in Southwark(?), in their compact and bijou upstairs space. Support was Phil Odgers and Bobby Valentino (who dat? Phil Odgers is Swill from The Men They Couldn't Hang, Bobby Valentino looks like Clark Gable, plays the violin and was a Fabulous Poodle. I saw TMTCH in Battersea Park in 1985, where they were on the same bill as turistaTerry and Gerry. Damn, I'm getting old.)

Anyhoo, Phil an Bobby were great. A short break and the room filled up a bit more, say 60 people, and Merry Hell lit up the place. Like it says on their website:
Quote
Our art is energy and our hope is unity

A cracking evening out. And I bought a couple of CDs.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on October 28, 2016, 06:24:41 pm
Gosh!  I saw Bobby Valentino loon-dancing on stage during Dire Straits' encores at the Rainbow in December 1979.  I think drinkohol may have been involved, as was Phil Lynott.
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Post by: CrinklyLion on October 29, 2016, 12:25:42 am
Ezra Furman, at the O2 Ritz in Manchester with That Deano and the EldestCub.  Jolly splendid it was too.
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Post by: sg37409 on November 02, 2016, 10:56:44 pm
Hayseed Dixie again, this time at a smaller venue, the Garage. As much fun as ever.
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on November 03, 2016, 01:58:56 pm
Tuesday night was Bastille at the O2.

Dan Smith raised a few eyebrows and smiles by going for a walk through the crowd a couple of times whilst singing and really surprised a section up in the gods when he and Will Farquarson turned up in the arena side of a top tier vomitarium to sing one of their tracks.

The only thing about Bastille is that I can't get the Telletubbies out of my head when they are singing Pompeii.....
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Post by: CrazyEnglishTriathlete on November 04, 2016, 09:26:26 pm
Joanne Shaw Taylor at the Brook, Southampton.  The first lady of British Blues never disappoints, the most impressive bit was how good her new stuff sounds against her older material.  The only disappointment was her not playing her amazing cover of Summertime - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_z_SU0rzc3w - but she's getting better and better.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on November 05, 2016, 12:18:54 am
Good-o!  My grate frend Mr Woolrich and I are seeing her some time in the New Year, having already done so when she supported Wilko Johnson a few months ago.
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Post by: tiermat on November 11, 2016, 11:21:21 am
Last night myself, Mrs T, plus two friends went to Leeds Town and Country to see Nathaniel Rateliffe and The Night Sweats.

First up was Ed Harcourt.  His song subject matter is not to my taste (all middle age angst etc), but his musical ability is undoubtable.  Imagine, if you can Ed Allayn Johnson (sp?) using his overdub technique, but one multiple instruments (drums/other percussion, guitar (with a couple of strings downtuned to act as a bass line), keyboards and vocals).  A really interesting act to watch.

Next up came the main act, both myself and Mrs T had seen them in the polar opposite type of venue, back in August (Red Rock Ampitheatre in Colorado) and knew they can kick up a go party.  They didn't disappoint last night.  The room started out quite restrained, with no one dancing and no feedback to the band.  As the songs went on, though, everyone got into the groove, the lead of the band worked the audience really well and, as the band hit the climax of their set (S.O.B.), the crowd went nuts.

I would recommend seeing them to anyone who likes to see a band that can play songs well, interacts with the crowd and gets a party going.

On a side note, the ignorant fuckers that were stood behind us, if you wanted to have a fucking conversation piss off home and have it.  If you want to go and see a band, at least do them the honor of facing the fucking stage whilst they are playing.  You may not have known what to expect, or you may not have wanted to listen to all the songs (yes, even the slow, quiet one), but we fucking well did and you were going all out to try and spoil the evening for us, you fucking bunch of divs.  Our friend, Craggsy, who is one of the most laid back people I know (and a drummer, but we don't hold that against him! :) ) was angry, and that is the first time, in 16 years, that I have seen him get angry!
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Post by: sg37409 on November 11, 2016, 11:39:43 pm
Enjoyed the Aus pink Floyd tonight at the Hydro arena in glasgow. Great fun but the lead.singers voice isn't very good imho and the other singer was.going off a bit towards the end of the gig.   Too many guys of my age going back and forth to the bars and.toilets constantly through the evening.  Didn't take away from a rrally good gig though
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Post by: sg37409 on November 14, 2016, 10:52:12 pm
Black mountain tonight. Small venue great atmosphere and some really great tracks. Some filler.though and a bit loud. Probably just.me though. 
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: PaulF on November 14, 2016, 11:48:31 pm
Low Anthem at the O2, Oxford.

Probably the most challenging gig I've been to. Moving from Eno/ Budd-esque ambient sounds to self indulgent thrash via some beautiful pastoral sounds it was varied to say the least!

If you're expecting the tranquil sounds of "Charlie Darwin" you'll be disappointed but they've evolved from there and it had some incredible moments. Still trying to work out whether I enjoyed it or not....
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on November 15, 2016, 12:20:23 am
Low Anthem at the O2, Oxford.

Probably the most challenging gig I've been to. Moving from Eno/ Budd-esque ambient sounds to self indulgent thrash via some beautiful pastoral sounds it was varied to say the least!

If you're expecting the tranquil sounds of "Charlie Darwin" you'll be disappointed but they've evolved from there and it had some incredible moments. Still trying to work out whether I enjoyed it or not....

We saw them at Gorilla in Manchester and I thought it was fantastic. They've gone psych rock! I did nearly corpse when the drummer was waving a bag of shells at us, though.

They just about clung to the right side of the playful/pretentious line, I thought. I'm tempted to go and see them again in Leeds on Sunday.
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Post by: Peter on November 15, 2016, 01:32:07 am
Don't.  The trains will be full of the Toon Army on its way home.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on November 15, 2016, 11:13:55 am
Black mountain tonight.

Is that the USAnian Canuckistani stoners or some other outfit with the same moniker?  I rather like the former, and then they went all quiet (in an inactivity kind of way)
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Post by: sg37409 on November 15, 2016, 12:43:11 pm
Yes, from Vancouver.  Their latest album "IV" is really good. The keyboards were brilliant, really adding to the atmosphere of the tracks. The lead singer seemed a bit distant though, that maybe just her style.  If you like them and you've not got IV, I'd highly recommend.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on November 15, 2016, 01:10:56 pm
Ta, I shall Investigate :thumbsup:
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Post by: perpetual dan on November 17, 2016, 10:19:50 pm
New Model Army at the Concorde 2 in Brighton. Met an old friend, sang, danced and had a jolly good time - though, to be frank, its upsetting that songs like Purity and 51st State remain relevant. If I'm being critical the drums and the band didn't always feel quite together, and there was some rather "metal" hair spinning, but a packed room singing as one with the band carried the night by a long way. Violin player was also very good and the band really benefits from that.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: perpetual dan on November 20, 2016, 01:27:57 pm
TOY at the Haunt in Brighton last night. They were a pretty good version of themselves, but it was a bit odd...
It was all quite early - 745 support on, TOY finished at 10 - I think the venue becomes a club later.
I had the *only* pint (bottle) of bitter they had stocked at the bar (I don't count Guinness). Why have only one???
I was standing near the sound desk, and the engineer was having a bad night. All of the band wanted to be louder in the monitors and he was gesticulating back that they were as high as they could go. Eventually he threw his headphones off. To his credit, he was clearly working the mix for each song and their style is pretty full on, so there isn't much of a sonic gap to put an individual into.
They did a good set of new and better known songs, and despite the sound issues carried the music pretty well. The place was busy, but the crowd made almost zero effort to get an encore. Which was odd. So at 10 we all kind of drifted off into the night.
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Post by: Graeme on November 23, 2016, 11:14:19 pm
Just on my way home from seeing Rachel Sermanni... What a stunningly intimate gig. It was at Holy Trinity in Hull, there seemed to be only a small audience so we all crammed into the sanctuary. Her voice soars... is haunting... and suited the venue perfectly.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Clare on November 23, 2016, 11:34:48 pm
Tonight, Show  Of Hands with support from Megan Henwood. SOH were excellent as ever, but MH was amazing, brilliant voice. She joined Steve Knightley for a rendition of Suzanne and it was heart rendingly good.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Riggers on November 24, 2016, 11:06:09 am
Lake Street Drive, at the Hove place-thingy Can't remember the precise name of it now, but was a couple of weeks ago. Fab. Lead singer's got a HUGE voice and fab vocal range. There's other songs to choose from on YouTube, but here's one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcVbkiVZg7U
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on November 24, 2016, 12:00:22 pm
Not music but Ned Boulting's Bikeology at the Clapham Grand last night.

An amusing, irreverent and sometimes poignant look at the activity and sport we love.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Tim Hall on November 27, 2016, 08:45:07 pm
The Green Rock River Band (http://www.greenrockriverband.com/), in a brewery in darkest Sussex.

Described by themselves as "Wonky Tonk Doom Folk" they are a 7 or 8 piece band, including trombone, banjo and washboard.  Last night was a benefit for the utterly deserving David Nott Foundation (http://davidnottfoundation.com/).

Go and see them if you get a chance.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: tiermat on November 29, 2016, 11:18:40 am
On Friday myself and my younger brother trotted off to that there Manchester, to see Terrorvision play.

The gig was at the O2 Ritz, the last time I had been there was to see Elvis Costello, which was a very sedate, seated affair wherein Mr Costello appeared to get his braces caught in the piano lid as he kept coming back again and again, even though no one was calling for an encore!

Anyways, due to various reasons I had ended up with 2 spare tickets.  There was no takers for them at face value, and I _hate_ wasting gig tickets (especially for a band as good as this, live), so posted on here and Si snapped my hand off for them!

The journey over was uneventful, we checked in then waited in the bar for Si to turn up.  The beer was crap, if you ever have to go to the Copthorne in Manchester, stick to bottles!

Food was consumed, as was more beer.  We found out, via the Terrorvision FB fan page, where every one was meeting (for future reference, The Salisbury, which offers 50p/pint off if you show your gig ticket).  We got chatting to a few people and thus missed about half of the support band's set*.  What we did see was very good, but a bit too middle of the road for my liking.

A couple more beers and the main band came on.  If you haven't seen them play before you will not be prepared for the energy they project from note one through the dying chords.  It is not uncommon to see people drenched in sweat by the end of the gig.  Friday was no different, I spent the first half of their set 3 rows from the front, bouncing around like a loon.  I then spent another couple of songs at the front and decided that my legs just couldn't do any more, so retired to the foyer to get some air and to cool down.  At some point we found a) Si and his missus b) the couple who we had been chatting with at the pub.

The band are touring to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of "Regular Urban Survivors", which makes me feel very very old (I saw them on the original tour and bought the CD the day it came out!).  This meant the first part of the set was made up, instead of a mish mash of the most popular songs from their back catalogue, the songs from the album, in order.  They were all there, including the never heard before live songs, Junior and Mugwump.  The second half was made up of the mish mash, including the crowd pleaser "Tequila", "Middleman" and "Oblivion".  At the end, as always, there is a feeling of elation mixed with a dash of disappointment that it is over.  We tried to cover that over by going for another beer...

The rest of the night and the next day seem to have slipped out of my mind, probably because they are so boring... :)

In short, if you get a chance, go and see them!

*Tax the Heat, from Brizzle, apparently.
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Post by: Aidan on November 29, 2016, 10:37:30 pm
The Cure - tonight MEN- beyond superb

Edit:  Turns out Robert Smith wasn't too well!  you couldn't tell, they were on for two hours, which I understand is a bit short for them, but I've been to plenty of shorter gigs!  and it was the best gig I've been to for ages, by a long way.  They must be stunning when on top form!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 30, 2016, 12:21:59 am
King King at the Islington Assembly Hall.  Frontman Alan Nimmo has been crook with voice issues this year but is now back at full throttle.

(https://c6.staticflickr.com/6/5477/31210676781_06d13849e0_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PxYSQV)
So the bys got together and formed a band... (https://flic.kr/p/PxYSQV) by Mr Larrington (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/), on Flickr

(https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5540/30957058620_67af58bc4e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Paz211)
Mr Nimmo frightens the audience into singing along (https://flic.kr/p/Paz211) by Mr Larrington (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/), on Flickr

His big brother Stevie is also worth catching if you are a fans of blues-rock with a Scottish accent.
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Post by: sg37409 on November 30, 2016, 11:57:44 pm
The levellers at Barrow lands for their 25th anniversary tour of levelling the land.   Wow - that was fantastic !
Find the political stuff a bit ott now but I knew what they're all about. I'm just a bit (well 25 years) older and more mellow than when I first saw them.

Recommended.
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Post by: CrinklyLion on December 12, 2016, 07:53:03 am
I've been jolly lax, haven't I?

So, there was Eef at the Crescent, then the Low Anthem at Gorilla.  Hmm..  Kristen Hersh at the Crescent, Blue Rose Code in Gullivers, The Burning Hell at the Brudenell, Low in Halifax Minster and then on Saturday the SmallestCub's school choir in Selby Abbey.  I might have missed a couple...
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Post by: PaulF on December 12, 2016, 08:06:11 am
How were Low? Wanted to see tehm at the Union Chapel last week but was working so couldn't make it :(
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Post by: CrinklyLion on December 12, 2016, 05:27:57 pm
Bloomin' marvellous.

Sorry...

If it helps, the loo Q was horrendous and the Minster ceiling was more interesting than the second support.
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Post by: CrinklyLion on December 15, 2016, 08:20:21 am
Last night was the school "carols by candlelight" featuring the SmallestCub's choir.

Then my random pick of the week - Slow Club (who were both a bit squiffy) at the Crescent with an audience of obvious fans who completely smashed the festive singalong to the obvious delight of the band.

Decent night's entertainment, that.
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Post by: Vince on December 15, 2016, 09:29:36 am
Three bands on Saturday in The Lower George Inn, Gloucester. Dear Skylight playing their first gig. Some nerves to start but did get better. Corrupting Josie who played with great energy a mix of covers (Paramore and Linkin Park) and their own pieces*. The headline act was Brevity Fall who put on a confident performance again a mix of covers and own work.

* I admit to bias as Corrupting Josie is Boy Wunja's band.
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Post by: CrazyEnglishTriathlete on December 16, 2016, 09:55:18 pm
Blues Pills about a month ago.  Was surprised how good Kadaver were in support.
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Post by: CrinklyLion on December 16, 2016, 11:44:14 pm
King Noone, at Fibbers, fulfilling the role of Officially Responsible Adult (along with the mum+partner of one of the EldestCub's mates) to accompany a gaggle of teens.

I resorted to a bottle of brown.  Then another... My word, I feel OLD.
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Post by: andrewc on January 08, 2017, 10:05:16 pm
The Armida Quartet at the concert room in St Georges Hall, Liverpool.


(https://liverpoolphilharmonic.cdn.prismic.io/liverpoolphilharmonic/a7854b1bafcc4e65d54e03653ff655f53f4c9a3d_st-georges-hall-concert-room.jpg)




 Beautifully played Haydn & Beethoven


[size=78%]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N1wS2I9aCU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N1wS2I9aCU)[/size]


and then a new piece by the young Serbian composer Marko Nikodijevic which I enjoyed a lot. 
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Post by: CrinklyLion on January 22, 2017, 12:45:04 am
The traditional Kate Rusby Christmas show, on my burfday just before Christmas and a whole month off before Friday night's random (my dice were probably a little loaded since it was a PPY gig, and stuff picked by everyone's-favourite-promoter-Joe is generally a safe bet) pick in the Basement.  Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton.  Support sent me out to the bar.  Barefoot in the basement - couldn't take him seriously.  Spent the majority of the headliners lurking on the stairs for leaning purposes in a knee-saving manner (whoever designed knees got them Wrong) which meant I could actually see.  Liked.  Today I are mostly listening to the Be Good Tanyas.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on February 05, 2017, 02:44:29 pm
Just for a change, I saw Half Man Half Biscuit at The Robin2 in Bilston, near Wolverhampton.

All in all, a very good gig. The mosh pit never got going in earnest, despite my attempts. A Lilac Harry Quinn made a later than usual appearance and For What is Chatteris heralded my piss break. Looking at the set list, if I could have chosen two hours' worth of their best efforts, pretty much all of them were on the list. A Per Ubu cover was part of the encore & very good it was too.

HMHB gigs are becoming like family reunions now, although I'm still not sure Mr Larrington really exists in person.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 05, 2017, 02:49:42 pm
Worthing...Holmfirth...Oxford...bah!
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Post by: CrinklyLion on February 05, 2017, 04:08:28 pm
The Young Voices performance in the pretty much sold out Manchester Arena on Thursday.  Well, I went as staff with/part of the SmallestCub's school choir, and was therefore technically one of the performers but when there's 8annahalf thousand of 'em I think singing at the gig also counts as seeing the gig.

Although I did spend a lot of the rehearsal and performance supervising trips to the loos!
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Post by: StuAff on February 05, 2017, 04:18:41 pm
Black Sabbath at the O2 last Sunday on their final tour. I'd seen them a couple of times, but quite a while ago (1998 and 1999). Excellent show, all the classics which sounded as good as ever, but they're right to call it a day. Ozzy was pretty much rooted to his mic stand all night, and there was a lengthy drum solo from the nipper (a mere 36) Tommy Cufetos that seemingly existed only to give Ozzy, Geezer and Tony a quick mid-set break. Farewell chaps, thanks for all the riffs.
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Post by: tiermat on February 06, 2017, 07:02:31 am
Last night, Leeds First Direct Arena, Green Day support by The Interrupters.

It was everything you would expect, loud, fast, full of energy. I loved it. Only bit I didn't like was being so far up I swear clouds were forming!
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Post by: CAMRAMan on February 06, 2017, 07:38:18 pm
Not exactly a gig, more of a show, but Stomp at the Uni. of Warwick Arts Centre. Everything including several kitchen sinks. If you get the chance, go and see it. Superb.
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Post by: CrinklyLion on February 06, 2017, 11:17:20 pm
Big Thief, at the Crescent.

Because Joe (everyone's favourite promoter) said that he'd disown the lot of us if we didn't go, and the SmallestCub's teacher saw my facebook last minute enquiry as to whether anyone fancied babysitting and suggested her teenager who, although not a great deal older than my teenager, has the significant advantage of not being the SC's brother making it therefore reasonably likely that I'd come home to find both chiddlers in one piece.

Which they were.

I liked Big Thief too, although I did leave before the end because I didn't want to keep someone else's teenager up too late on a school night.
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on March 04, 2017, 11:40:38 pm
Hazel O'Connor at Kenton Theatre, henley on Thames last night.

Bloody great gig, many of the old classics from Breaking Glass plus much other stuff.

The old stuff was given a different vibe.A bit jazzy. Like the music had grown up. A lot of the set was chosen to compliment stories from her life. Wow, she has lived an Interesting life.

Her set included a gorgeous cover of Snow Patrols Chasing Cars.

Her band were Clare Hirst on sax and Sarah fisher on piano.

If you can get tickets to see her, do so :thumbsup:
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Post by: CrinklyLion on March 19, 2017, 05:29:59 pm
A double-gigger weekend.  Kathryn Williams at the Cluny 2 in Newcastle, and Otway in the Basement at York City Screen. 
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Post by: Graeme on March 27, 2017, 08:33:17 pm
Currently at the Church in Leeds: The Membranes are supporting The Jesus and Mary Chain. What year am I in?
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Post by: StuAff on March 27, 2017, 11:41:27 pm
Currently at the Church in Leeds: The Membranes are supporting The Jesus and Mary Chain. What year am I in?
Saw the Membranes supporting Therapy? last year, jolly good they were too. Had I not been sick, I'd have enjoyed them supporting Killing Joke in November.
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Post by: StuAff on March 27, 2017, 11:59:12 pm
And last night, I saw Ghost at the Forum. Sunday worship of the loud kind. Most excellent.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hG4PQhMwkJk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hG4PQhMwkJk)
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Post by: Deano on March 28, 2017, 11:10:33 pm
Yorkston-Thorne-Khan in York.

I want a sarangi.
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Post by: CrinklyLion on March 28, 2017, 11:30:44 pm
T'was rather splendid, wasn't it?
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Post by: CrinklyLion on April 01, 2017, 01:58:20 pm
Thursday, Devon Sproule (Baby Copperhead supporting) at the basement. Joe, everyone's favourite promoter, stamped my hand for nowt so I felt honour bound to visit the merch desk. Ruthie - next time I see you you'll have a new band t-towel :D

Then last night a rather more raucous night when I took the EldestCub and one of his mates to the Brudenell to see King No-One (since he can't make their next York gig with the rest of his gang as we're away that night) thus  earning ALL the good mummy brownie points.  I can't take KNO seriously (keep wondering if I've ever taught any of 'em) but the assembled throng of teens and studes, including "my" two, were having a great time and I got a seat near the bar (with fab sightlines) and left them to it. Beer was decent and trains cooperated. Apparently it was said mate's first gig :D
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Post by: Aidan on April 09, 2017, 09:06:25 am
Paul Weller at York Barbican. I'll say up front I'm not really a Weller fan but Mrs Aidan likes him.  Third time I've seen him now, First he was great ( but he played quite a few Jam songs which I knew)   Second time in Dalby Forest I thought he was a bit crap.  The other night he was really quite good and I enjoyed it  , he had two drummers , keyboard player, bass and another guitar player all who played really well together , I should imagine if you know lots of his songs then it would be excellent.

One note though , his audiences do seem to attract more than their fair share of knobheads :hand: 
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Post by: CrinklyLion on April 09, 2017, 09:31:41 am
Thursday - Lisa O'Neill, at the Brudenell.  All the strings!  A co-promoted gig by PPY (everyone's favourite promoter, Joe) and Hee Haw - which turned out to be the lady who once let us in to the Handsome Family because we'd travelled from York, even though we left our tickets behind in Darlington.  She remembered the incident too....   I'd bought the ticket as a 'random pick' and only realised afterwards that Lisa O'Neill was the irish singer who did some of the vocals on Y/T/K's first album.  Prime seat next to the merch desk, decent beer and fabulous music.  I missed the train back to Leeds to get a train back home but managed to avoid the taxi optin since everyone's favourite promoter was driving back to York and gave me a lift so it all worked out OK :)

Then last night, Orielles at the Fulford Arms.  Busy night,  I missed the first support completely, second support were a loud and lively bunch called Fat Spatula.  They were followed by MOM, an all female line-up apparently from Selby who had clearly brought their fan club in.  I quite liked 'em but they defintely lost points for their queue jumping in the loos later in the evening.

10:15 and time for the headliners and the 4 (!) tallest blokes in the room migrated to form a wall in front of me so I haven't got a scooby what the band look like.  Sounded decent though.  And did a track called 'liminal' which is one of my favourite words in the world. 

Decent night out for less than £15 - £6 for the ticket, a couple of quid for the couple of pints of lime and soda and the rest on buying a round for the bar staff :)
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on April 13, 2017, 11:39:36 pm
Last night was Caro Emerald at The Royal Albert Hall. Wow, that girl can sing :thumbsup:
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Post by: Mr Larrington on April 22, 2017, 10:06:46 am
Last night at the Borderline, Laurence Jones.  Blues rock.  Top stuff.  Whole band looked like they were thoroughly enjoying themselves, which bass player Greg "The Quiff" Smith said was Trufax when we chatted to him afterwards.  Mr Jones professed himself surprised at the size of the audience given that Joe Bonamassa was playing the Albert Hall.  "Too expensive" shouted someone behind me.  'nuff said.
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Post by: Deano on April 23, 2017, 12:41:27 am
Withered Hand at the Cumberland Arms in Byker Ouseburn.

Brilliant - full band gig, upstairs at one of my favourite pubs, and a set that reminded me that I love so many of his songs.

Also supported by Dressed Like Wolves, who is getting better, and I enjoyed the bit of his set that we caught.  There was an entirely gratuitous guitar-tuning interlude which was eventually stopped by a random member of the audience - he walked up on stage and did some thing so quick and simple that I missed it. Nevertheless,  it solved the issue immediately - he obviously has The Knack.

A lovely night.
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Post by: Tim Hall on April 23, 2017, 09:22:42 pm
Last night the occasional band my sister is in put on a benefit for Langtang Valley in Nepal at St Luke's in Kingston.  First up were this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVnhRJeDdhs) lot.

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Post by: Jaded on May 01, 2017, 01:23:46 am
Snarky Puppy

We like it here.

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/IMG_0485.jpg)

Rather good. I like it when I am younger than most of the audience. Which was surprising.
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Post by: Woofage on May 02, 2017, 02:54:41 pm
Couple of weeks ago: Wilko Johnson. I'd never seen him live before so I was muchly looking forward to this gig. They didn't disappoint. Plus point was having a seat almost right above Norman Watt-Roy so I could watch the bass demi-god in action.

Last Friday: Caro Emerald. She was, of course, brilliant but I hope I don't upset fans when I report that my favourite part was when van der Leeuw was off stage and her band performed an incredible version of Duke Ellington's Caravan. Bonus points for coordinated dancing by sax, trumpet and guitar throughout.
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on May 02, 2017, 04:26:19 pm
Couple of weeks ago: Wilko Johnson. I'd never seen him live before so I was muchly looking forward to this gig. They didn't disappoint. Plus point was having a seat almost right above Norman Watt-Roy so I could watch the bass demi-god in action.

Last Friday: Caro Emerald. She was, of course, brilliant but I hope I don't upset fans when I report that my favourite part was when van der Leeuw was off stage and her band performed an incredible version of Duke Ellington's Caravan. Bonus points for coordinated dancing by sax, trumpet and guitar throughout.

They are good aren't they :thumbsup:
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Post by: Woofage on May 05, 2017, 08:56:21 am
They are good aren't they :thumbsup:

Sorry Fuzzy, didn't see your post above :-[. Our venue wasn't quite as grand as the RAH (Ipswich Regent*) but still a bloody good gig.

* mind you, it's only half and hour away by car and we can park for a quid only 10 mins walk away :).
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 05, 2017, 09:10:58 am
Last night at the Green Note in Camden, the very splendid Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, whom this Unit has endorsed hereabouts before.  Country blues-stylee Splendid from a gravel-voiced Aussie and an angel-voiced Irishwoman.  Plus they remembered my grate frend Mr Woolrich and me from their last Londonton gig fourteen months ago :thumbsup:  We dragged Miss von Brandenburg along this time; she says she'll go again, which is high praise indeed.
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Post by: CrinklyLion on May 05, 2017, 02:48:31 pm
Wednesday - Simon Joyner at the Crescent with That Deano, one of his audax chums and one of _his_ non-audax chums.  Splendid stuff, sufficiently so to get a new playlist created before bedtime and hammered all day at work yesterday.  I'd like to see a full band show now....

Then last night, Roxanne de Bastion at the basement where I was part of a very select audience or, as she described us, a very long wiggly front row.  2 supports, both young women singing prettily and playing a guitar (including one track they collaborated on).  A pinged string while retuning after that ("curse you Ellie and your silly tunings!") meant the second support ended up borrowing the headliner's guitar for almost her entire set.  Said headliner (who also took a turn on keyboards) was in the company of a bassist, a drummer, and a chap on keyboards/guitar depending on what R de B was playing.  T'was most lovely indeed and she has, I'm afraid, utterly convincingly evict Mr Joyner from today's listening.  Sweet, pretty, precise vocals and a rather glorious noise, very engaging performance and well worth trooping out when really far too knackered to go be Billy No Mates in a basement.  Mind, not completely no mates - I did get a hug from Joe (everyone's favourite promoter) when I was leaving.

I do tend to prefer female vocalists and am Quite Keen on being able to hear the words, which should be sung in a proper accent instead of silly shamerican, so a line-up of three women all with All The Words and wonderful diction and on the whole some interesting stuff to sing about was a fine treat.  Especially onna Thursday for a fiver.

Tonight will make it three in a row - Chriss T-T in Leeds, as I need to introduce the teenager to him before Mr T-T quits at the end of this tour.
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Post by: andrewc on May 11, 2017, 11:24:05 pm
Mahan Esfahani , playing with some of the RLPO.   There was lots of Bach & a little bit of Scarlatti.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TioMwJreI4I
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Post by: Jaded on May 20, 2017, 08:53:32 am
Hunter and the Bear

Good old rock. I thought their more anthemic songs were better.

I remembered some songs from the last time I saw them - which usually indicates good material, well perfomed!

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/IMG_0677.jpg)

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/IMG_0658.jpg)
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Post by: Feanor on May 21, 2017, 12:19:28 am
Tonight with the family: A somewhat less Rock n Roll but somewhat more Radio 4 gig...

Prof Brian Cox and Robert Ince ( Infinite Monkey Cage style ) at Aberdeen Soon-To-Be-Demolished Exhibition and Conference Centre.
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Post by: Vince on June 18, 2017, 11:49:54 pm
Been following my son's band around - not sure if this is being a supportive parent or just creepy ;) This weekend they played in Landsdown Hall in Stroud, on Friday evening and then at the Party in the PARC festival in Wotton.
Other than that I have the pleasure of seeing Harriet Braine perform her humorous musical routine, sending up art critics. She will be playing the Edinburgh Fringe and I recommend going along if you are there.
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Post by: rob on June 19, 2017, 10:10:23 am
Elbow at Bedgbury Pinetum Saturday night.   A blissful evening in a forest on a warm night.   

What's not to like other than the 40 minute queue to get in as they hadn't set up the entrances correctly.   Also the A21 being shut on the way home so an interesting trip through the lanes using my local knowledge - see riding bikes at a weekend can be useful at times.
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Post by: Little Jim on June 19, 2017, 10:26:06 am
Saw Eric Bell, formerly of Thin Lizzy.  Superb guitarist, and it was good to see someone walk on stage with one guitar, not even a spare on at the side, and play just using the guitar and "on-board" effects (sorry, I'm not up to speed with the terminology - the knobs and whammy bar)) - not a wa-wa pedal or bank of foot switches in sight, and yet he still got an amazing range of sounds out of it.  One of the best I've seen.  And yet Eric is probably the first Irishman I've come across who doesn't like talking - finish number, turn round, walk over to amp and take swig out of pint glass, walk back to mic and start next number.  About the only time he spoke was after the penultimate one he said "that's probably the last one we're going to do tonight, and then started on the next one which was a bit confusing.  When he finished that one he bowed to the audience and waved and then walked off and that was the last we saw of him!  Too much chat interrupts the flow of the music, but a bit of banter between numbers (yes, I know it must be the same every night) helps make the whole thin gel.
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Post by: Jaded on June 22, 2017, 12:14:44 am
Just been to a concert at which Angus Dei by Samuel Barber was sung by a choir split into groups around the audience. One of the most remarkable performances I've ever seen.
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Post by: StuAff on June 23, 2017, 09:23:14 am
Night two of Kraftwerk at the Albert Hall last night. Wunderbar! 3D effects very impressive- pin sharp & not cheesy in any way, great set list with a few tweaks from studio versions, excellent sound. Ralf Hütter as chatty as ever: he said something about their TDf prologue show in Dusseldorf, send-off 'Good Night. Auf wiedersehen'. I should complain, got five words not four in 2004 :)
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Post by: Quisling on June 23, 2017, 10:24:43 am
Night two of Kraftwerk at the Albert Hall last night. Wunderbar! 3D effects very impressive- pin sharp & not cheesy in any way, great set list with a few tweaks from studio versions, excellent sound. Ralf Hütter as chatty as ever: he said something about their TDf prologue show in Dusseldorf, send-off 'Good Night. Auf wiedersehen'. I should complain, got five words not four in 2004 :)

Squeeeee!  I'm off to the Albert Hall tonight with MiniQ. The Grauniad has been giving this tour excellent reviews too.

Edit: they were fantastic. Major bucket list tick for me.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 25, 2017, 01:52:17 pm
Just been to a concert at which Angus Dei by Samuel Barber was sung by a choir split into groups around the audience. One of the most remarkable performances I've ever seen.

I'm sure there's an AC/DC joke in there somewhere :demon:
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Post by: Redlight on June 25, 2017, 06:39:38 pm
Madeline Peyroux at the Barbican a couple of weeks ago.

Accompanied only by a guitarist and double bass player, with whom she recorded her most recent album.

Just wonderful. And, as it was the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper, she threw in a wonderful ukulele/bass/guitar version of Getting Better.

Next gig at the moment is Deaf School in December.  I need something before that!
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on June 25, 2017, 11:07:35 pm
Jeff Lynns ELO at Wembley last night. Fecking ace :thumbsup:
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Post by: Jaded on July 09, 2017, 04:56:22 pm
Midge Ure playing an acoustic set. Rather good, so I told him afterwards  ;D
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Post by: IanDG on July 22, 2017, 12:32:52 am
Hunter and the Bear

Good old rock. I thought their more anthemic songs were better.

I remembered some songs from the last time I saw them - which usually indicates good material, well perfomed!

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/IMG_0677.jpg)

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/IMG_0658.jpg)

Missed these in Stornoway recently (my admin asst raves about them) - truth is I was too slow buying a ticket and it sold out.
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Post by: IanDG on July 22, 2017, 12:37:51 am
Just back from the hebcelsfest - Imelda May headlining tonight, not impressed (don't think most of the crowd were either) - can't remember ever being at a gig without an encore before
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Post by: Jaded on July 28, 2017, 11:20:24 pm
Sorry to hear Imelda May disappointed, (we thought) she was quite good the week before.

We've just seen Goat. A rather fun Swedish costume drama. Somewhat limited in repertoire, but that's not a worry for only an hour.

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Womad-2017/DSC_3407.jpg)

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Womad-2017/DSC_3459.jpg)

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Womad-2017/DSC_3466.jpg)
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Post by: Jaded on July 29, 2017, 10:22:54 am
Bill Laurance. Inexplicably on at 12:45, so rather late. Brilliant nonetheless. Always interesting and sometimes mesmerising. I wish I could remember the name of the standout track.

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Womad-2017/DSC_3739.jpg)

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Womad-2017/DSC_3797.jpg)
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Post by: Jaded on July 30, 2017, 05:18:47 pm
Beating Heart.

Charitable project using music to support good causes. Wicked setting of singing African dining recordings to a hardcore bass clubbing vibe. Stunning.
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Post by: Jaded on July 30, 2017, 05:22:49 pm
!!!

Listed as dance punk they were more funky than punky. However they had the best frontman yet. Pure energy and cheek. Much fun.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo are just doing group selfies before they go off to the stage, so I guess that's where we go next.
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Post by: Jaded on July 30, 2017, 05:28:07 pm
Benjamin Zephaniah and the Revolutionary Minds.

Good revolutionary reggae.
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Post by: Jaded on July 30, 2017, 05:36:56 pm
Ifriqiyya Électrique

Very intense, set with video clips on the back screen. "sufi ritual music from North Africa melding with post-industrial sounds from Europe". First time I've seen audience gasp and turn away during a set. It was probably the video clips of a goat being slaughtered.

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Womad-2017/DSC_3947.jpg)
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Post by: Jaded on July 30, 2017, 09:44:55 pm
Nick Mulvey

Watched a few songs in the latter part of his set. Meh. His last song was "Wake Up!", which seemed quite appropriate.
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Post by: Jaded on July 30, 2017, 09:48:11 pm
Clap! Clap!

Rip roaring relentless dj Drum 'n Bass. High levels of energy raised even more when the dj desk fell off the dais.

Standout session.
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Post by: Jaded on July 31, 2017, 12:41:18 am
DJ Marky & MC GQ

Hmmm. Fairly standard jungle and Drum & Bass dj stuff. Blown off the stage by Clap! Clap! earlier.
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Post by: Jaded on July 31, 2017, 12:44:04 am
Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Mesmerising set, 'weightless, dignified choral singing'.
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Post by: Jaded on July 31, 2017, 12:46:01 am
Hunter and the Bear

Good old rock. I thought their more anthemic songs were better.

I remembered some songs from the last time I saw them - which usually indicates good material, well perfomed!

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/IMG_0677.jpg)

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Missed these in Stornoway recently (my admin asst raves about them) - truth is I was too slow buying a ticket and it sold out.

Catch them at the last Loopallu...
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Feanor on August 20, 2017, 08:15:16 pm
Went to a 'comedy' show at the Edinburgh Fringe yesterday.
An ozzie by the name of Alex Williamson.

What a heap of nasty misogynist shit.
It was like Bernard Manning with swear words.

I'd expected something sweary like Billy Connoly or Kevin Bloody Wilson, but it just wasn't.

If you strip out the swear words to listen to what he was actually saying, it was just not funny.
He seemed to take the view that the more offensive, the better.
Now, sometimes funny things can be offensive, and you can make play on that.
But being offensive is not funny by itself; there needs to be some cleverness behind it.
There was not. It was just like listening to a drunk at the bar.

I sat through an hour of it.
I wasn't offended; I just thought 'meh, what a pile of crap'.

Well, it only lasted an hour.

But hey, that's the fringe for you.




Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Quisling on August 22, 2017, 09:34:31 am
Went to a 'comedy'
What a heap of nasty misogynist shit.

I saw Paddy McGuinness a few years ago and had similar feelings.  It was shouty witless tosh.  The best he could manage was a game of Family Fortunes with the audience where you had to guess what were the most popular types of shit their survey had named.
Someone behind me shouted "goldfish" which received a bigger laugh than the rest of the show put together.  Says it all.

Off to see Sigur Ros in a few weeks, then Public Service Broadcasting in October, then Wolf Alice in November.  It looks like a good autumn coming up!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: StuAff on August 27, 2017, 10:47:53 pm
Last night, Revolting Cocks in Islington. Richard 23 of Front 242, Chris Connelly (ex Finitribe, ex Ministry) and Paul Barker (ex Ministry) exploring their shared musical past in glorious fashion. Missed the one and only London show in 1991 (a bit of a mess by all accounts, Chris apologised for it!) Whole show was a highlight but the closer, one of the greatest cover versions ever (IMHO) was the cherry on top...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk0_NXSPfs4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk0_NXSPfs4)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Torslanda on August 28, 2017, 09:11:30 am
<Thora Hird> Well you're easily pleased!</Thora Hird>
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on August 28, 2017, 02:46:02 pm
Niall Kelly at The ALe House.

Although I hadn't gone to see him, he happened to be on whilst I was drinking beers.

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Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: StuAff on August 28, 2017, 03:46:26 pm
<Thora Hird> Well you're easily pleased!</Thora Hird>
Songs of Praise was more her thing ;)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on August 30, 2017, 12:01:07 pm
Had weekend passes for Rewind South so got thoroughly entertained by various artists.

Go West, The Christians, Kim Wilde (reminiscant moment time), Kim Appleby, Jilted John (a several of thousand folk singing 'Gordon is a moron!' was fun), Saint Midge of Ure, Big Country (a few tears from Mrs F who adored Stuart Adamson), being taught the CORRECT shapes for YMCA by The Village People  :thumbsup:, Glen Matlock (the same several thousad of souls wanting to be Anarchy....) amongst others.

The hihlight for me was probably Status Quo. I know Rick is no longer with us but Francis Rossi was accompanied by artists who have been with him for a while. I'm not a fan of Quo but happily listen to their stuff. Being in a big crowd, singing along to all the favourite was a good way to finish the event. All the other acts used the fixed sound system (varios racks and chains of Martin Audio speakers. Quo however had a fuck off big wall of silver Marshall amps. Serious noise :D

I suspect I shall attend next year.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: perpetual dan on September 02, 2017, 08:48:33 pm
Saw Therapy? and the Sisters of Mercy at the Roundhouse last night. It was originally intended as a night out for Mrs Dan and I, but childcare for a late return eluded us. So Miss Dan the Elder got to go to her first gig. She's not the biggest fan, but enjoyed them. Was nearer the front for Therapy? than I'd planned, who were more rowdy than I expected (from limited knowledge). Sisters were doing a fairly ROCK interpretation of their stuff, but enjoyable from further back than I expected although we missed some in order to get home before breakfast.


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Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: PaulF on September 03, 2017, 10:30:46 am
Saw these two last night, great show.

Martin and Eliza Carthy at Arlington Arts Centr

To my shame I'm not familiar with their work except via The Imagined Village so it was almost all new to me.

Just the pair of them on guitar and fiddle. Great rapport between the two of them and a real passion for the music with the stories behind the songs told to place in context.

They're touring for a while so worth a visit if they come near you.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Pingu on September 08, 2017, 05:28:26 pm
Mrs P & I went to see Public Service Broadcasting at His Majesty's Theatre last night. They've expanded somewhat since we last saw them to include a three-piece brass section and a bod who seems to be able to play just about anything (bass, guitar, percussion, brass). Oh, and a dancer in a spacesuit  ;D They played a mixture of stuff from the latest album, some familiar older tracks and some songs from The Race for Space which we hadn't heard live before. Good stuff as usual  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Redlight on September 09, 2017, 08:34:32 pm
Anyone else going to On Blackheath tomorrow?  Performers include  KT Tunstall, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Seasick Steve and The Libertines, about whom I admit to knowing nothing except that their singer used to shag Kate Moss and seems to be a bit of a pratt.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Veloman on September 09, 2017, 08:50:11 pm
Proms

50 yr of Stax at RAH week last Friday and still available on iPlayer.

Absolutely brilliant night with legends in a performance that will go down in history.

Good old Proms!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Quisling on September 21, 2017, 12:29:40 pm
Sigur Ros at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith last night.  No support act, but played two sets with an intermission featuring old and new stuff. No encores though. I have a fair few of their albums but I didn't recognise about half of what they played.  Blooming awesome noise for three blokes though.  On paper, there shouldn't be anything good about a band led by a chap singing in Icelandic and a made up language in falsetto whilst frantically sawing at a guitar with a bow.  In practice - totally amazing wall of sound.  Some obvious omissions in the set list - no Von, Ara Batur, Hafsol or Hoppipolla; any of which would have been crowd pleasers, but they did do some corking well known tunes like Glosoli.

Jonsi's voice sounded excellent.  At one point during Festival, he held a note for something like 20-25 seconds, so everyone clapped.  But he carried on.  All the other instruments had stopped and he must have held it for something in the order of 40 seconds.  Big round of applause at that point.  Great lighting and visuals. Recommended.

Looking forward to Public Service Broadcasting next month now.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: madcow on September 23, 2017, 11:22:27 pm
Our local stately home,Newby Hall , has been hosting a Street Food Festival this weekend.
The food offering is pretty overblown stuff. What was once edgy is now mainstream Waitrose territory.
But the evening entertainment is a bit better.
Last night we had a session from Scott Mills playing some great tunes.
Tonight we had Five who were surprisingly good. A bit cheesy like many boy bands of their time but they did carry the audience with them and entertained everyone. Lots of happy people, which is what entertainment is all about IMHO.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: IanDG on September 24, 2017, 08:50:37 pm
I have just sold my Nick Cave tickets for Glasgow Wednesday night  :'(
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on September 29, 2017, 07:15:41 pm
Just seen Neon Waltz and Sam Fender. We escaped after two tracks from the Ska band  :sick:
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on September 30, 2017, 11:29:38 am
Then saw Tide Lines who were pretty good,

The Pigeon Detectives - who were the stand out for me

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and finally The View who disappointed spectacularly.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 30, 2017, 04:41:58 pm
Sigur Ros at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith last night.  No support act, but played two sets with an intermission featuring old and new stuff. No encores though. I have a fair few of their albums but I didn't recognise about half of what they played.  Blooming awesome noise for three blokes though.  On paper, there shouldn't be anything good about a band led by a chap singing in Icelandic and a made up language in falsetto whilst frantically sawing at a guitar with a bow.  In practice - totally amazing wall of sound.  Some obvious omissions in the set list - no Von, Ara Batur, Hafsol or Hoppipolla; any of which would have been crowd pleasers, but they did do some corking well known tunes like Glosoli.

Jonsi's voice sounded excellent.  At one point during Festival, he held a note for something like 20-25 seconds, so everyone clapped.  But he carried on.  All the other instruments had stopped and he must have held it for something in the order of 40 seconds.  Big round of applause at that point.  Great lighting and visuals. Recommended.

Looking forward to Public Service Broadcasting next month now.

Good, we've got Sigur Ros in Brussels tomorow night...
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on October 01, 2017, 02:03:57 am
A few more today

Hunter & The Bear.

Good sound rock - one to watch.

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The Rezillos

Good old-fashioned punky fun with a hint of ageing.

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Turin Brakes.

Honest and hardworking.

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Glasvegas

When they played old favourites they were great. They don't seem to be a band that enjoys working a crowd. "Daddy's Gone" and "Geraldine" the standouts.

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Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: StuAff on October 08, 2017, 07:00:00 pm
DJ Shadow at the Roundhouse last night. Most excellent.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Tim Hall on October 13, 2017, 01:33:29 pm
The Festival of the Spoken Nerd and their "You Can't Polish a Nerd" show.  Science! Songs! Really weird stuff!

As it says on their website: (http://festivalofthespokennerd.com)
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You Can’t Polish A Nerd will see Helen, Matt and Steve putting the “oooh” into zoology, the “fun” into fundamental theorem of calculus and the “recursion” into recursion with a veritable Periodic Table of new science, songs, and spreadsheets.

We learnt about the Droste effect (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Droste_effect), then did mind bending stuff with spherical cameras and got encouraged to sign a petition about footballs.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: madcow on October 13, 2017, 01:38:52 pm
Australian Pink Floyd at Leeds Arena last night. Pretty good vocals , great instrument playing and almost ,almost shut your eyes and be transported back to the real thing.
Obviously all PF fans are now decently middle aged and middle class , so it was only on the last few numbers that people got out of their seats and clappped along to the music.
They did spoil it a bit by showing archive footage of the real PF and their gig at Wembley or some other great stadium, which made a weekday night in Leeds feel a bit tame. Still it's great music and worth the money , even though I was only dragged along my Mrs. M , who has been a fan since the 70's.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on October 14, 2017, 09:32:57 pm
Altho the summer was quiet, there have been plenty of excellent gigs I never got round to reviewing in September and October.

I am currently at another KNO gig in Leeds, at Church. The toilets are flooded from an overflowing blocked sink, there's no seating, and it's definitely venue-priced beer. I had to queue for doors, and they've just said that it's a no phones rule for the next song cos it's a new one.

I am _such_ a good mum. And such a rebel, since I haven't put my phone away...

(In fairness all the staff are lovely)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: sg37409 on October 15, 2017, 11:55:24 pm
Oz Ping floyd again. Great show as usual.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4443/37650327966_acfa221a84.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Zn2LMC)Oz Pink floyd again.  Must have seen them about 4 times now (https://flic.kr/p/Zn2LMC) by sg310 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/24775321@N02/), on Flickr
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: essexian on October 18, 2017, 07:04:31 pm
Marc Almond at the Symphony Hall Birmingham.

This gig caused some disagreement between CBH and I over whether we ever saw Soft Cell live: I am sure we did at the late, much missed Hummingbird back in 2001. However, CBH has no memory of this and thus is certain we didn't go. Memory is such a strange thing.... however, I can say without fear of contradiction that both of us will remember last nights gig for all the right reasons: it was excellent!

To be honest, I am getting old and after having a long busy day at work and the fact that I would need to face the M6 during rush hour, along with the mess that central Birmingham is currently, I wasn't really looking forward to the gig. After a few songs however, I started getting into the event and by the end, both of us were up on our feet singing away.... not a nice sound but hey, when the mood takes you!

A couple of further things, CBH said during the break that it was nice to see a gig where there was no production apart from the 20 people on stage. So, no dancers wearing next to nothing or that type of thing but instead real, actual talent rather than plastic performers who would get bottled off stage at the local social club should they tried it on there.

A final plea.... if you go to a gig, please don't spend most of the time on your phone.... not only is it disrespectful to the artist but its off putting to those of us who want to watch the gig!  That said...here is a photo taken with my phone....doh!

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Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on October 19, 2017, 11:13:33 pm
"Passion's Peak"

with the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra


Featuring

Mussorgsky Night on the Bare Mountain
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.4
Prokofiev Classical Symphony
Tchaikovsky Fantasy Overture Romeo & Juliet

Conductor Alexander Dmitriev
Piano Peter Donohoe

Rather good.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: PaulF on October 20, 2017, 10:40:18 am
Been quite busy gigwise the last week.

Friday we went to see Ninebarrow with Lee Cuff on cello at Ferndown and last night Eastpointers at Uffington - better known to audaxers as the Arrive for the Blowingstone and Harlequin Hack audaxes.

Both great bands who are touring at the moment well worth seeing if you can. Both "folky" Ninebarrow in a more English/early Simon & Garfunkel mould with mandola and reed organ, Eastpointers more Celtic in feel with banjo, fiddle and guitar.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: IanDG on October 26, 2017, 11:11:15 pm
Does a slideshow/talk by Ragnar Axelsson count?
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on October 26, 2017, 11:26:14 pm
Godspeed at the Boiler Room, Newcastle. Massive sounds and quite a rocky gig, I thought. Intense, and I loved the droning build ups to the big crescendos.

No encores. Unless walking across the stage to turn off amps counts. I reckon they should have come back on to do a cover of Rockin' All Over the World, but i'd have been a little disappointed if they had.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 27, 2017, 07:18:07 am
Got them on Tuesday :thumbsup:  Silly Miss von Brandenburg is going to Abroad, where the FOREIGNS come from, for a week starting today so I will be going on my own chiz.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 01, 2017, 01:04:46 am
Just got in from GY!BE.  Best I've seem 'em :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Quisling on November 02, 2017, 01:43:29 pm
Public Service Broadcasting at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith.  Fantastic gig.  Excellent musicianship and loads of guests.  Apart from the normal PSB guys there was a 6-piece brass ensemble and guest appearances from Lisa Jen Brown, Haiku Salut, some folks from a marching band and for the finale the Beaufort Male Voice Choir. Also, dancing spacemen and a blizzard!  In total, probably somewhere between 50 and 60 performers throughout the gig, and all for £25 + booking fee.  "Every Valley" has a wide range of music on it and this was well represented live.

Recommended. :thumbsup:

Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 02, 2017, 08:18:34 pm
Just got in from GY!BE.  Best I've seem 'em :thumbsup:

Although I'm sad I didn't get to see them cos I had this prior appointment, we saw Pat Metheny in Berlin on Monday. He was freakin awesome. He played for 2.5 hours.  He's quite good at that guitar playing as well...
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Palinurus on November 03, 2017, 11:07:19 am
Haven't been out since but the last gig I saw was Rhys Chatham lead a performance of 'Guitar Trio' at the Jazz Cafe at the end of September. Ms. P. was tired and not sure whether to go but found the whole thing a transformative experience. Drummer Charles Hayward needs a special mention.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 04, 2017, 12:05:46 am
John Mayall at Cadogan Hall off Sloane Square.  Still pretty lively for someone only six months younger than Lt. Col. Larrington (retd.).  Spherical Texan supporting type Buddy Whittington can play a bit too.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Tim Hall on November 04, 2017, 11:31:45 pm
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at The Same Halls. I haven't seen them for a bit and they're still wonderful.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on November 09, 2017, 10:18:29 pm
So, since the weekend of double Yorkston/Withered Hand/Kris Drever followed by KNO with the teens there's been a couple of splendid last minute random picks at the Crescent - Matthew E White gig and Wire - then last night I escaped the Ofsted bubble and took the teen to his third (and my  seventh, I think) Blue Rose Code gig.  Someone put videos on the internet...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5OSARhIz9g&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgbxFY3ZIsA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2-O1Qgg3po

The EldestCub and I both thought the first support (bloke with guitar) was surprisingly decent, although personally I reckon he can lose the shamerican and use his own perfectly acceptable York accent, and rated the second support - girl with a harmonium, a mandolin and quite the voice.  And Ross of BRC was very pleased with the Granny Annie-knitted baby matinee jacket (as modelled by a number of YACF babies over the years) we gave him for his impending arrival - the first such jacket ever to be accessorised with little round green buttons, because Hibs.  Apparently he was discussing his stripey team-colour socks - which he got as a birthday pressie in Manchester last year - in a radio interview a couple of days ago.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on November 09, 2017, 10:22:42 pm
Oh - and everyone* needs to go to the Crescent in York on the 17th (ETA - of December).  Surfing Magazines!  Take half of Slow Club, 2/3 of the Wave Pictures, stick 'em on a stage (and add plenty of boozahol) and you've got the recipe for a bloody good night out.  And Joe, everyone's favourite promoter, is putting them on for my nearly-birthday!


*Apart from whoever is prepared to babysit for the SmallestCub?
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ruthie on November 09, 2017, 10:33:08 pm
Kate Rusby's not doing York this year!   :'(
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on November 09, 2017, 10:36:38 pm
I know :(  And the Sage is a school night.  I could theoretically do Leeds, with Cubs.... you free?
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Ruthie on November 09, 2017, 10:44:51 pm
No, I have plans for that night already  :(
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: mcshroom on November 09, 2017, 11:21:32 pm
She's coming to Carlisle this year though, on a Friday night too! :)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Quisling on November 21, 2017, 09:44:04 am
Off to see Wolf Alice in Southampton tonight, just in case anyone else is going.
Will report back in in due course.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: perpetual dan on November 21, 2017, 05:08:20 pm
Two at the weekend .
Saturday Mrs Dan and I went to see The Men They Couldnt Hang. They're still putting on a good show, with lots of old favourites that are sadly relevant. Support was good. Naomi Bedford (i think) then Mark Chadwick, reviving Levellers songs.
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Sunday off to that London to see the Eden House, with Cyberia, Dance Society and Skeletal Family supporting. So, as goth as you like. Good night out and sounding great. Only marred by having to leave early because of the trains.
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Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Adam on November 21, 2017, 06:23:58 pm
Saw Blondie at the Brixton Academy on Friday.  Absolutely brilliant.  Chris Stein barely moved, unlike Debbie Harry who was dancing all over the place.
 
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Quisling on November 22, 2017, 11:42:42 am
Off to see Wolf Alice in Southampton tonight, just in case anyone else is going.
Will report back in in due course.

Excellent!  It turns out I'm not too old to mosh, not that I had much say in the matter ;D  As soon as the 2nd track (Yuk Foo) started everyone was like a kangaroo riding a pogo stick on a trampoline.  With the exception of the odd slower track the evening continued to be equally epic.  Probably one of the most exciting gigs I've been to.

Honourable mention to the two support acts:

Superfood were funky but not really my cuppa, though played a solid and very tight act.  No complaints.  Would happily see them again.

Sunflower Bean were the better of the two.  New York rockers with hints of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, mixing grungy thrash with some dreamier stuff.  Singer Julia Cumming has a hell of a voice.  A well rehearsed and accomplished act well worth seeing in their own right.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 23, 2017, 12:34:21 am
Just in from Billy Bragg at the Grand in Clapham with Miss von Brandenburg.  Which was also the place where we first actually met in person after a mutual friend had been trying to arrange such a thing for a couple of years.  Mr Bloke was in fine form and just as acerbic as ever.  :thumbsup:

Edit: now with rubbish photo:

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The Bard of Barking givin' it large on "World Turned Upside Down" (https://flic.kr/p/21NQRdp) by Mr Larrington (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/), on Flickr
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Robh on November 23, 2017, 12:45:43 am
The Ezra Collective, Islington, Sunday night. One of the best live shows I’ve seen in a long time. Great players, great material, great atmosphere, great show :-)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: sg37409 on November 23, 2017, 12:58:41 pm
Deep Purple last night, on the Long Goodbye tour.  Great fun.  Steve Morse and Don Airey were brilliant. Gillans reigned in some of the longer high notes a bit, and was on form as well.

Support was Europe who did their ear-worm "final countdown" as their last number and its still an earworm. 
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Little Jim on November 23, 2017, 03:01:56 pm
Bernie Marsden of White Snake a week ago.

He's gone back to his blues roots now!  He played the first half solo with an acoustic guitar and was superb.  His voice is still very good and he mainly played very original stuff - Howlin' Wolf and Robert Johnson being two that spring to mind.  After the break he was in full electric mode plus bassist, drummer and keyboards player.  Gallagher and Clapton featured as well as his own stuff.  It was loud!  A lot of it was quite slow stuff and I would have preferred a few more lively numbers, but as a guitarist he was superb.  He is also very entertaining with anecdotes and chat between each one - an excellent stage presence!

Keep on rockin' Bernie!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: PaulF on November 23, 2017, 03:20:11 pm
Whitesnake was one of the first gigs that I went to, longer ago than I care to remember!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 25, 2017, 12:24:46 am
Samantha Fish at the Borderline.  La Fish can play guitar like ringing a bell and sings like someone way older, larger and, frankly, more black, but the enjoyment was tempered by the ham-fisted clod of a sound man who drowned the guitar with the parping of a trumpet and a floor-shaking Adolphe Sax-o-Phone that looked like the offspring of an unholy liaison between an oil refinery and a V8 Moto-Guzzi's exhaust system.

Bah!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Wobbly John on November 25, 2017, 01:46:01 pm
Went to see AC/DC tribute band Dirty DC two weeks ago, Black Star Riders (Including Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham)  last week and Limehouse Lizzy last night - That's the back of my head infront of the stack of Marshall's on the left:
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I'm looking foward to seeing The Darkness next week  :D
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Post by: Peter on November 25, 2017, 02:23:00 pm
Samantha Fish at the Borderline.  La Fish can play guitar like ringing a bell and sings like someone way older, larger and, frankly, more black, but the enjoyment was tempered by the ham-fisted clod of a sound man who drowned the guitar with the parping of a trumpet and a floor-shaking Adolphe Sax-o-Phone that looked like the offspring of an unholy liaison between an oil refinery and a V8 Moto-Guzzi's exhaust system.

Bah!

Never heard of her till this.  So looked her up on the tube and was impressed - but even more so with Sadie Johnson, as in this clip:-


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2Xyk12nhLo

Sadie Johnson was 14 at the time....... .  Stuff moves on!
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Post by: CrinklyLion on November 25, 2017, 07:48:29 pm
The Burning Hell, at The Harley in Sheffield.

https://scontent.flhr2-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/23844388_10155671143196839_2800488961063896616_n.jpg?oh=dc5ac370c7a3bdd8867074b152130f50&oe=5A992875 (https://scontent.flhr2-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/23844388_10155671143196839_2800488961063896616_n.jpg?oh=dc5ac370c7a3bdd8867074b152130f50&oe=5A992875)

Photo taken and posted to a friend on fb as they were singing the line 'come on dog, it's the apocalypse, we can't get sentimental' from Amateur Rappers because it is her most favourite line ever.  Totally fabulous they were. I realised over breakfast this morning that my unfulfilled ambition may be to see them perform goodbye ukelele live one day. Deano pointed out that I could have shouted it out when they asked for requests but that wouldn't have worked - they didn't have a uke with them.  He then started to form a clever plan that another time we should make Uncle Peter go see 'em and take his ukelele with him to quash objections to such requests :)  Some old favourites, a rousing rendition of Fuck the Government, and some new material.  Plenty of silly instumentt swapping.  I really  like their usual bassist who is currently on sabbatical/paternity leave/doing solo stuff back in Canada but it also worked as line up of three without him - different, but still brilliant.  Which is probably true of every gig of theirs I have been to... never the same thing twice, always a splendid evening.

In hindsight the ridiculously early curfew meant we could have made a train home but I didn't know that when I booked the tickets so booked a room at the Harley... convenient, basic and budget friendly, does what it says on the tin.  The Tripadvisor reviews are hilarious.  Room keys also get you free access to the club night (banging choons til 4am, hence some of the hilarity of some of the reviews, which I passed on), a 20% discount on all food and drink which meant that a bloody nice burger&chips&pint each for 2 came in at under 13 quid with subsequent pints of decent ale costing 2 quid, and a voucher for breakfast up to a value of 4 quid in the bar.  Since the fryup, including that excellent veggie version, was £3.95 complete with unlimited coffee I reckon that'll do :)
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Post by: Kim on November 25, 2017, 08:27:44 pm
*fond memories of The Harley bar staff bringing massive free platters of fried potato products[1] to the assembled Sheffield gayers on account of the group's predictable, spectacular and not entirely healthy consumption of fermented vegetable drinks*


[1] And possibly chicken nuggets for Glyn of the shiny trousers, but I might be misremembering.
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Post by: sg37409 on November 26, 2017, 11:53:36 pm
Rhiannon Giddens.  Wow, fantastic !  The best voice I’ve ever heard live and a superb show. Can’t recommend highly enough
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Post by: jsabine on November 29, 2017, 01:26:57 pm
She is absolutely fabulous, isn't she?

We saw her in May - we were on holiday seeing family in Texas when she was playing in Dallas - and she was also the stand out performer for me at the Transatlantic Sessions in the RFH a couple of years ago.

I'm sorry not to to have got tickets for her in London 10 days ago but we were going away for the weekend - poor timing on our behalf.
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Post by: sg37409 on December 01, 2017, 10:10:00 pm
Emily Barker the other night.  OK.  Great venue, the Voodoo rooms in edinburgh, but the set list wasn't really to my liking.  I've been a fan of "the river" for a while, but I thought the gig lacked atmosphere, the songs seemed more moody/sad than I'd like.
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Post by: StuAff on December 03, 2017, 08:56:17 pm
Front 242 at the AB in Brussels last night. I've been a fan for 25 years now, but shows have been few and far between for a while. They've been to the UK three times this century- 2000, 2008 & 2011- so when they announced two nights in their home town, one of my favourite places, including a Saturday night, bookings were made sharpish. I was not disappointed (except that I couldn't do the Friday night show as well...)! :)
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Post by: Riggers on December 11, 2017, 09:48:49 am
Hidden Orchestra on Saturday night playing at the Gardner Arts Centre at Sussex Uni (now called the Attenborough Centre) but thoroughly enjoyed it and, even more so, Poppy Ackroyd (daughter of artist Norman Ackroyd: http://www.normanackroyd.com/prints/), who was part of the band, but she also played solo beforehand, on piano. What a talent! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2agN-jBLl6s).

Ours was the last of their current tour dates: 18 performances in 20 days in 10 countries. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm7LU8-VPhc)
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Post by: Jaded on December 11, 2017, 09:54:51 am
They are rather good, aren't they!
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 12, 2017, 09:43:24 pm
Don't know if authors in conversation count as gigs, but I'm just back in from seeing Philip Pullman talking about "La Belle Sauvage" and other Stuffs, and quite fascinating it was too.  Thanks due to Miss von Brandenburg, Grauniad Member, for spotting it.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 13, 2017, 12:44:42 am
As someone who works in a number of (primarily primary) schools I have a little Christmas tradition.  The moment I hear my first rendition of "Little Donkey" is the moment that the festive season is officially declared open.  At lunchtime today, whilst raiding a staffroom biscuit barrel, I commented to a colleague that, with less than two weeks to go 'til we break up, that moment still hadn't arrived.

I did NOT expect it to occur (with a couple of minor NSFmyW lyric changes) in the City Screen Basement, during the encore of tonight's jolly splendid PPY-promoted Pictish Trail gig.

I often go to gigs put on by (everyone's favourite promoter) Joe without a clue what I will see, because I am massively culturally ignorant and haven't heard of hardly anyone. In the case of tonight I've seen the Pictish Trail 4 (I think) times before... but still didn't have a clue what I might see :)  Between carols and the insane giggle loop (https://www.snotr.com/video/6244/The_Giggle_Loop) that caught him, the other band member (and support act) and the entire audience just before/as they were starting a song about death-n-stuff it was entirely expectedly unexpected.
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Post by: CrinklyLion on December 13, 2017, 09:50:08 pm
I posted a similar comment on the event page on fb. Joe-the-promoter liked said comment... And the Pictish Trail just commented in all caps that I am, apparently, awesome. I'll take that validation :D
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Post by: Jaded on December 13, 2017, 09:55:33 pm
Pictish Trail is rather fun.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Mr Larrington on January 18, 2018, 11:25:08 am
To the Finland Station Shepherds Bush Empire last night for the opening of blues-rockers King King's postponed tour.  First up: Rhino's Revenge, which is ex-Teh QUO bassist John "Rhino" Edwards, Paul Rodgers' drummer Richard Newman and a bloke known as Jim-Bob, with a Telecaster.  I do not think it is the Jim-Bob from Carter USM.  They were quite fun, in spite of Mr Edwards' vocals being buried too deep in the mix for proper audibility.

Happily the voice problems which had plagued King King's bekilted frontman Alan Nimmo seem to have been well and truly fixed and their new keyboard player is even betterer than Rob From Rotterdam who departed during the off-season.  Mucho fun.  Though sadly any hopes of sibling encore rivalry were dashed by the news that Stevie Nimmo has b0rked his arm, leaving him in the role of guitar roadie.

Also bumped into guitarist Ben Poole, who co-headlined on a tour with Stevie last year and whom this Unit endorses.
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Post by: perpetual dan on January 27, 2018, 02:08:05 pm
Lewes Psychedelic festival this weekend, so err several bands and some groovy lights  8)
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Post by: pcolbeck on January 29, 2018, 12:30:35 pm
Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer in Glasgow on Saturday night. It was one of the Celtic Connections festival gigs. Stunning harmonizing from the sisters.

Here's a bit that's appeared on Youtube. Phone camera I think.

https://youtu.be/4XucNEWO5Qk
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Post by: Peter on January 29, 2018, 12:55:46 pm
Pat, if you are a fan of harmony singing, I'm sure you are aware of these gods?:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAOxxP6iOM0
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Post by: pcolbeck on January 29, 2018, 04:16:56 pm
Pat, if you are a fan of harmony singing, I'm sure you are aware of these gods?:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAOxxP6iOM0

Indeed Peter. They were amazing.
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Post by: Steph on January 30, 2018, 11:55:29 pm
I have just had a most welcome surprise. I have my ticket ready for the Shrewsbury folk fest in August, and was looking forward to a several of treats. Peter Knight is there with Gigspanner, and as Steeleye are also there I anticipate a guest appearance. He is also doing a double act with a Bellowhead person.

E-mail arrives yesterday. New act joining the headliners.

Richard Thompson's electric trio.
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Post by: pcolbeck on January 31, 2018, 10:32:44 am
Richard Thompson is always good value. Saw his son at the gig mentioned below. Teddy is not the song writer or guitar player his father is unfortunately, mind you he is an excellent producer.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CAMRAMan on February 09, 2018, 03:12:56 pm
Half Man Half Biscuit at the Robin2 in Bilston. A good gig. Nigel, the lead singer, was very animated by his standards. A Lilac Harry Quinn was played. The choice of songs meant it was rather up and down in the mosh pit. The new guitarist was unveiled, but he is a man of mystery, as he refused to divulge his name and the forename didn't match that given by another punter who recognised him from another band. New album out soon, hopefully.
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Post by: Steph on February 11, 2018, 03:43:23 pm
Beth Orton, the Roundhouse, last night.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 11, 2018, 06:45:00 pm
A-ha in Oslo last night. 32 years later than I wanted to go but still good and the arrangements were much less cheesy. :)
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Post by: Steph on February 11, 2018, 07:39:58 pm
I can never hear that name without immediately thinking of Alan Partridge.
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Post by: PaulF on February 25, 2018, 07:12:11 am
Cara Dillon @ Somborne Sessions

My wife’s favourite singer at village hall 20 minutes down the road from my parents. With free baby(well teenage) and dog sitting could hardly say no!

Somborne Sessions run a few gigs of mainly folk in the village hall to raise money for the village and have had a great range of acts and a real ale bar. Another plus!

Cara was supported by husband Sam on keyboards and guitar. He apologised for playing his backup Guitar, a Martin as his Taylor had broken. Nice choice to have!

She sang a range of her repertoire mainly from the new album but also spanning her career back to when I first saw her in about 2002. AAs before her voice was beautiful and well supporteddd by Sam’s understated guitar and keyboards.

Had and a brief chat with Sam in the interval where he was able to date the first time I saw them.

All in all a great night, they’re still touring so I’d go and see them if they’re near you.
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on March 01, 2018, 11:17:35 pm
Last Friday night- Erasure at the Hammersmith Apollo.

Absolutley chuffing great. Andy Bell giving it his all and the crowd joining in. What a night :thumbsup:
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Post by: Mr Larrington on March 04, 2018, 12:26:44 am
The mighty Amplifier at the smaller version of the Islington Academy.  If there was any justice in this world they would be in LA driving groupies into swimming pools, snorting Cadillacs and throwing cocaine out of hotel windows before filling mega-stadia, rather than getting so close to the audience that frontman Sel Balamir actually rubbed his SG against my nose :thumbsup: Rock and, moreover, roll.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on March 11, 2018, 01:36:19 am
Snap decision to potter up to Milton Keynes to see the mighty Amplifier for the second time in a week.  Bigger stage allowed Sel Balamir to jump about without Smiting anyone with his guitar.  Also he's had a haircut, and confirmed that absent bassist Alex "Magnum" Redhead1 is indeed pregnant, "with the Spawn of Satan".

1: Magnum, BTW, is a bloke.
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on March 28, 2018, 08:34:57 pm
The Stranglers at The Hexagon in Reading last night.
Supported by Therapy, from Norn Ireland.

My ears are still ringing :thumbsup:
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Post by: tiermat on April 15, 2018, 09:16:39 am
Nathaniel Rateliffe and the Night Sweats at Manchester Albert Hall, last night. Fantastic venue, carp beer and an outstanding band.

Support from Slim Cessna's Auto Club, a strange mix of Nick Cave, C&W and rock.

The main act did a mixed set taken from all their albums, including one from one of the solo albums. There were people there who were obviously only there to here one song, as they shouted for it after every single song! Why do people do that?

I had a bit of a problem with some Monkey Hangers who thought that they could magically make space in front of me by barging past, more than a few drinks were spilled (not mine, I learnt a long time ago not to take drinks into the crowd) but none of it spoilt the evening for myself, Mrs T or TLD. For the latter it was her first proper gig.

In short, go see them, or at least try to go to Albert Hall for a gig.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on April 15, 2018, 12:11:08 pm
When the unruly mob calls for a particular tune at HMHB gigs, Nigel is wont to reply "Yeah, that's one of ours!"

A sarky comment about Metallica by Amplifier's Sel Balamir at a recent gig led to repeated calls for "Enter Sandman" ;D
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Post by: sg37409 on April 17, 2018, 09:01:48 am
Arcade Fire at the Hydro in Glasgow.
They had a boxing ring setup for the stage which i thought was a bit gimmicky at first but it worked really well for the show, and although the sound wasn't great where we were sitting, it was a fantastic show. One of the best in a while.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/785/41506848571_c75c836460_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/26ePs1c)Arcade Fire gig at the hydro (https://flic.kr/p/26ePs1c) by sg310 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/24775321@N02/), on Flickr
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Post by: Graeme on April 17, 2018, 01:00:10 pm
Arcade Fire: I would have liked to see that gig.
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Post by: PaulF on April 18, 2018, 11:55:45 pm
Just got back from one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to!

(https://s26.postimg.cc/h1oootvvt/B0_E79757-5188-4_E10-_AC23-0_C21_C07677_F8.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/se1a6m4kl/)

Featuring the classic bluegrass  lineup of guitar, banjo, mandolin and, er, cello they have their own blend of high energy punk/bluegrass

(https://s26.postimg.cc/628ja941l/870_CDBED-8_DC3-41_BC-87_F1-36_FECB1_D0_C2_B.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/s1exxgkvp/)

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a band so obviously enjoy themselves so much on stage.

(https://s26.postimg.cc/y2cmujf7t/CE6_C3_B54-97_B9-4_C28-_A0_E3-6_CA4_EE0_E4_DE8.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/8jkahivnp/)

Think they’ve got a few more UK dates left!
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Post by: sg37409 on April 19, 2018, 08:57:14 am
Sounds up my street but no scottish dates.
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Post by: PaulF on April 19, 2018, 09:11:07 am
Sounds up my street but no scottish dates.

They're sold out anyway! But apparently back in February.

For those that don't know them these guys are to bluegrass what the Pogues are to Irish folk music
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Post by: Karla on April 20, 2018, 10:22:22 pm
I'm watching this week's UC semi-final, where one team clearly has no-one who knows the lyrics to R.E.M.'s It's the end of the world ...

What is the world coming to?  In fact, it really must be the end of the world.
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Post by: Wowbagger on April 22, 2018, 11:42:32 pm
Last night, our choir's spring concert.

First half: Mozart Clarinet concerto, soloist: William Knight.

Second half: Mozart C minor mass.

I don't think I have ever heard such a polished performance of the clarinet concerto. Absolutely wonderful, with a few decoration of notes that I had never heard anyone else attempt. William Knight is a former pupil of Westcliff High School for Boys, and I reckon he could well become a household name. Benjamin Grosvenor is another Old Westcliffian. Whether the school has anything to do with the production of such fine performers, or whether it's more to do with private tuition and sheer talent, I don't know.
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Post by: perpetual dan on April 24, 2018, 11:08:51 pm
Just been to see Gomez playing Bring it On (and some other things), 20 years on. Still really rather good.

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Post by: Mr Larrington on April 25, 2018, 06:02:59 am
I'm watching this week's UC semi-final, where one team clearly has no-one who knows the lyrics to R.E.M.'s It's the end of the world ...

What is the world coming to?  In fact, it really must be the end of the world.

I don't know the lyrics to it either but still managed to answer the questions.  Worse by far were the numpties who misidentified Led Zeppelin as Oasis the other week.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: matthew on April 26, 2018, 12:26:48 pm
Last Sunday as part of my fathers 70th birthday do we went to see Tom Paxton and the Donjuans play at the Haymarket Basingstoke.

My siblings, niece, nephew and I worked hard to reduce  the average age of the audience but the five of us only had a marginal impact as most were more my parents age. The music was good with some strong close harmony singing and the audience being encouraged to join in with many choruses.

Interesting to see musicians sharing a guitar on stage.

In a couple of weeks I will be going to see Eric Bibb's migration Blues tour. Much more to my taste.
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Post by: Redlight on May 10, 2018, 12:12:18 pm
Don McLean at the London Palladium, last night.

In the '70s, McLean was a consummate solo performer, competent on guitar and banjo and with an easy-going dialogue with hits audience.

Now he isn't. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that this was the worst gig by a major artist that I've attended since I endured Genesis at Wembley Arena in 1981.  And that's saying something.

The first problem last night was that instead of the solo performer, we had Mclean on guitar plus a 5-piece backing band (2 guitars, bass and keyboards). If you listen to McLean's solo performances, one of the enduring qualities is the fluidity in his guitar accompaniments and the way his vocals often slip in and out of the rhythm without ever being out of time. Last night every song seemed to be accompanied in workmanlike 4/4, apart from the keyboards, which often sounded to be several beats behind the band and several bars before the singer.

Second problem: the sound. Overamplified for a venue with good acoustics and harshly mixed, so that the bass was lost completely in a cacophony of strained vocals and trebly guitar. It was actually physically painful to hear and I soon worked out that everything sounded much better if I put my fingers in my ears, at which point the harshness was alleviated and the vocals actually sounded OK.  Even when we were leaving (see below) it could still be heard in the theatre lobby and sounded just as bad.

Third problem: The material.  McLean is billed as a "legendary singer-songwriter" and, if you like his style, he has written more than enough good songs over the years to fill an evening. Last night, we had a self-indulgent parade of mediocre covers and third-rate compositions, interspersed with only the occasional worthwhile piece. It was rather like listening to an average house band in a Nashville bar.  By 10.15, a fair number of the audience members had left and we had stood up to join them when he launched into American Pie. At this point, most of the audience stood up (in relief, perhaps) and it became impossible to leave our seats.  Never my favourite of his songs, we endured the 10 minutes or so that it lasted (extended by a pointless guitar solo) only for him to start the damn thing again!  Happily, that was for just a couple of verses and we were able to escape as he lurched into another cover version.

I don't know for how much longer he carried on; we were just glad to be out and into the comparative quiet of Oxford Street!

Luckily I still have my recording of his solo shows to remind me of the good old days and, hopefully, the memory of this one can be buried, very very deep.
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Post by: PaulF on May 10, 2018, 12:18:44 pm
And another trip to Ardington last night, this time to see Eddi Reader. Superb as always. Plus a great support slot from Siobhan Miller
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Post by: Legs on May 10, 2018, 01:33:28 pm
Don McLean at the London Palladium, last night.

...In fact, I'd go so far as to say that this was the worst gig by a major artist that I've attended since I endured Genesis at Wembley Arena in 1981. 

I'd love to hear your review of that, if it was worse!  I suppose that must have been Abacab-ish?
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Post by: Redlight on May 10, 2018, 04:43:32 pm
Don McLean at the London Palladium, last night.

...In fact, I'd go so far as to say that this was the worst gig by a major artist that I've attended since I endured Genesis at Wembley Arena in 1981. 

I'd love to hear your review of that, if it was worse!  I suppose that must have been Abacab-ish?

It was.

I didn't write anything at the time but I do recall that at one point I went to the loo and decided to stop off and have a coffee before going back in to the arena.  I had seen them three or four times before and, as a long-time fan, thoroughly enjoyed it, but on this night most of what they played from the Abacab album was dire and the selection of older material was unimaginative and repeated stuff that had been played on the previous tours.  The rendition of Firth of Fifth was particularly awful for anyone who had heard them play it when Steve Hackett was still in the band.
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Post by: Veloman on May 10, 2018, 05:07:00 pm
Heather Small

Fantastic night and her voice remains as stunning as ever and she also looked absolutely stunning, although the energy she puts into her performance no doubt helps and she clearly visits the gym.

I thanked the 'sound man' at the end as they can be the make or break of any gig as identified by Redlight upthread; he got it just right.
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Post by: Thing2 on May 11, 2018, 05:56:38 pm
Just been to see Gomez playing Bring it On (and some other things), 20 years on. Still really rather good.

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We did that too. A mighty fine evening, rounded out by accidentally bumping into a very old acquaintance when we had a sneaky pint afterwards (in the building Thing1 first heard the album the week it came out).
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 13, 2018, 11:15:29 am
Perfect antidote to Eurovision nonse last night in the form of Robyn Hitchcock and His LA Squires at what used to be ULU.  Opening act was Jessica Lee Morgan1.  She can sing a bit.  In fact she can sing a lot.  And she had these percussion gadget strapped to her boots, which looked like the sort of electronic tags The Man fits to ASBO recipients.  Miss von Brandenburg and I approve of her, though not quite enough to buy her records.

Quite a long wait for the main attraction, but worth it.  The LA Squires are a rum-looking bunch but they play guitar/bass/drums like ringing a bell.  It's Mr Hitchcock's first tour with a full band since his collaborations with the Venus 3 a Several of years ago and was a fine trawl through his extensive back catalogue all the way back to the Soft Boys2 days.  Highlight had to be "I Wanna Destroy You", written for Reagan and Thatcher in 1980 and 'dedicated' this time to "Jeremy Hunt and that other guy, whatisname, Trump".  "Stop hectoring us" shouted the token twat in the audience.  I've never seen Uncle Bobby get angry before but he tore the token twat a new one :thumbsup:

1. Whose mum came second in Eurovision in 1970
2: Whose other guitarist won Eurovision in 1997
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Post by: CAMRAMan on June 09, 2018, 10:55:14 am
Half Man Half Biscuit at the O2 Academy in Kentish Town. At least I can say I have been in the same room as Mr Larrington.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 09, 2018, 12:34:23 pm
And vice-versa.  We spotted a Several of people wearing Dukla Prague home shirts.  What's that all about?
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Post by: CAMRAMan on June 09, 2018, 01:21:07 pm
When I was buying my DP tracksuit top, I actually preferred the colour of the home one, but to actually buy it; perish the thought! At 58, I am far too old to be moshing. My knee hurts and, boy, was it sweaty at the front. AND I forgot my steel-toecapped trainers.
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Post by: SteveC on June 09, 2018, 01:25:37 pm
Martin Carthy on Thursday evening
Airport Convention last night
I was the second youngest in the room on Thursday and not too far off that on Friday
But both gigs were excellent!
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Post by: Basil on June 13, 2018, 06:22:10 pm
Patti Smith in that Cardiff last night.  An excellent evening.
I have to admit to feeling a little trepidation before hand.  I mean, she's 71, this isn't going to be embarrassing, is it?
Not at all.  Her voice is great. Almost unchanged in 40 years, and importantly, she is very relaxed and obviously enjoying herself.
She was accompanied by Tony Shanahan and (of course) Lenny Kaye.
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Post by: PeteB99 on June 14, 2018, 10:46:52 am
Fairport Convention on Sunday. A pleasant evening and a good chat with Dave Pegg beforehand
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: JonB on June 15, 2018, 10:26:42 am
David Byrne at New Theatre Oxford.  That's going down as one of the best gigs I've ever been to (it's in the top 2!). A complete experience of sound and vision with an empty stage, no equipment at all.  The 12 piece band (think it was 12) carried their instruments and were constantly moving with much of the movement being highly choreographed.  At least half of them were percussionists, with one bass, a guitar, keyboards and backing vocalists.  Following a start with just Byrne on stage (not sure of the number), the two backing vocalists appeared followed by the entire band for a wonderful version of Lazy which was followed by Izimbra and Slippery People - by this point the audience was no longer seated. What followed was a mix of Talking Heads and solo music that continued the high for another hour and a half. A truly memorable night of music.   
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on June 16, 2018, 05:36:21 pm
That's good, we're off to see Mr Byrne in Berlin in a couple of weeks. :)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Graeme on June 18, 2018, 08:32:06 pm
Currently stood in the inactive mosh pit at Hull University waiting for Public Image Limited to come on stage. The football appears to be the support act. #NoLightyNoLikey:Football ... Now to be fair, few people like punk for the quality of the music. And few people like punk for the nationalistic sentiment. Hoping Lydon et al  come on soon.

The public image is rotten.
G.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on June 18, 2018, 09:33:15 pm
Sowing the seeds of discontent.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Graeme on June 19, 2018, 06:09:50 am
Sowing the seeds of discontent.

The football was the support act. Oh well.

PiL were full of energy, Shame the same can't be said of the aging audience. I managed to bounce bounce bounce though. Really enjoyed that.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 29, 2018, 12:46:31 am
Jack White at the Hammy Odeon.  He's quite a good drummer too.

If anyone invites you to have any interaction with a "rapper" calling himself SHIRT, arrange a prior engagement immediately for he is a Rubbish.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on June 29, 2018, 08:03:55 am
David Byrne at the Tempodrom in Berlin.
Pretty impressive show, apart from the first song everything else was pretty well up tempo and the band didn't get much of a rest from their running about the stage all night. Mr Byrne was keeping up pretty well for an old geezer too.
Recommended.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: sg37409 on July 02, 2018, 09:31:42 am
Roger Waters.   Excellent, though I did baulk at the 90quid.  Once I'd got myself past that hurdle I really enjoyed the show, although because it was mainly PF stuff and not much solo stuff, I was not sure it was worth 2* the Australian Pink Floyd show.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on July 14, 2018, 11:09:22 pm
Just listening to Alan Morissette.

I thought she had a really famous album. In an hour and a quarter I’ve not heard any songs I’ve heard before  ???

Amy MacDonald was very good, Nina Nesbitt good value for money and Pixit Lott was taller than one of her backing singers.

Yesterday we had one of the UB40s. I want sure which one, but I think it was the one that “murdered all my songs”.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on July 15, 2018, 08:35:58 pm
Andy Fairweather Low.

Rather good.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Basil on July 15, 2018, 08:47:30 pm
Which was he?  Wide eyed or legless?
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on July 15, 2018, 11:13:04 pm
Paradise.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on July 16, 2018, 06:26:33 pm
Some things from the weekend.

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Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on July 16, 2018, 08:59:52 pm
and one more

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/P7130299.jpg)

Right-n rave scene stuff feels a bit out of place...
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 30, 2018, 12:08:31 am
Excellent afternoon gig (except that it was cold and wet) at the Fishery Wharf Café in Hemel Hempstead, featuring Canadian "Circus Band" Blackberry Wood and the ever-reliable Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson.  And Jess the dog, who barked every time someone applauded.  Fitz wants to take Jess with them to Scandiwegia next week. ;D
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: PaulF on July 31, 2018, 08:06:04 am
Natalie Merchant at St John the Evangelist in Oxford. Last night of her UK tour.

(https://s26.postimg.cc/m38zs853d/E12_E667_D-97_EA-446_A-88_A0-_F4_D685_E8_DB66.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/hhcvjvjk5/)

With just Erik Della Penna accompanying her on guitar plus she played piano on a couple of songs at the end. Katell Keineg joined her for Gulf of Araby and Carnival. The set spanned her career from 10,000 Maniacs right through to the Leave Your Sleep project.

Great night, I'd say catch her if you can but it was her last night in the UK before heading to Ireland.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on August 31, 2018, 12:45:57 pm
Britney Spears at the O2 a few evenings ago. Why oh why oh why?
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Torslanda on August 31, 2018, 12:52:26 pm
Tell me you didn't actually pay for your ticket. I could cope with that...
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on August 31, 2018, 01:23:48 pm
No, I didn't, but my dearly beloved did.

I only went to keep her company. She found it as cringingly dissapointing as I did.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Torslanda on August 31, 2018, 04:55:21 pm
I know there's that whole 'rediscovering youth' thing but isn't it trying just a tad too hard?
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 31, 2018, 07:57:01 pm
Andras Schiff playing Bach's Well-tempered Keyboard, book 2, at the Proms on Wednesday night.

For the moment you can hear the recording here:-

https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/m0000882

Edit: the whole thing is on BBC4 at 11pm today.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 31, 2018, 11:53:25 pm
I've just seen me on telly, alongside my dear wife.

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Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Wowbagger on September 01, 2018, 04:13:06 pm
BBC 4, Iplayer.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bhf5w9/bbc-proms-2018-andras-schiff-plays-bach
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on September 01, 2018, 06:49:47 pm
A very small, one-day festival.

Highlight of the day was watching Beth McCarthy. Local lass who is a splendid live performer.

Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrazyEnglishTriathlete on September 13, 2018, 10:48:27 pm
Iron Maiden, at the O2, complete with 90% lifesize model of a Spitfire suspended over the band, Bruce sword fighting Eddie, and totally gratuitous flamethrowers.  They do know have to put on a show.

And somehow I now have tickets for Ozzy + Judas Priest, Blue Oyster Cult, and Ruts DC all in February 2019. 
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 14, 2018, 09:40:28 pm
Just found out that Blanck Mass (side project of Fuck Buttons) are going to be supporting Mogwai next Saturday night in Furrybootoon  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on September 18, 2018, 12:11:26 pm
An evening with brian Blessed ath the theatre in Basingstoke.

Apparently, Gordons alive! and Trump is a cunt :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Peter on September 18, 2018, 02:23:54 pm
Bought tickets?  Could you not hear him from home?!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on September 21, 2018, 11:13:13 am
 ;D
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Redlight on October 15, 2018, 01:05:17 pm
The Musical Box, at the old Hammersmith Odeon last week.  For the uninitiated, this is a French-Canadian band that recreates old (up to 1977) Genesis material.  I'd seen them before, reproducing the 1973 Genesis show in its entirety and been impressed at the quality of the performance, including the singer's impersonation of Peter Gabriel (hearing a French-Canadian speaking with a slight west country accent was slightly surreal).

This was a slightly different format in that it wasn't trying to reproduce a specific tour set but instead had three "acts".  There first was mainly instrumental and drew on material from the first two albums that he band made without Gabriel. The second was a chunk of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and the third a selection of material from 1969-73, including some less well-known songs.  Some was good, some a bit patchy but overall not a bad effort. 

Irrespective of what you think of the music - and I'll admit that while I was a teenage fan, some of it has not aged well - what I took away from sitting in the third row and watching the two guitarists very closely was how skilled Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford must have been, considering that they were both in their early 20s at the band's peak.  Same goes, of course, for the two musicians on stage, but they didn't also have to compose the music in the first place. 

They're currently touring so if you are a fan I'd recommend popping along.

Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 17, 2018, 10:27:10 am
Joanne Shaw Taylor at Nell's Jazz & Blues Club in West Ken.  By 'eck, she can play a bit!  And she sings like she's from Birmingham AL, not Mordor.

Nice to see Rotterdam Rob, ex-King King Hammond driver, in her band too.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: sg37409 on October 23, 2018, 08:16:28 am
David Byrne at the Hydro in glasgow. What a fantastic show, the dance and music were excellent, and made it a gig unlike any I've been to before. 11 musicians on stage with DB, each of them either with their own instrument or were singing and dancing. If you go, make sure you get a good view of the stage, sadly at the Hydro the seating wasn't tiered and there was lots of very tall folks in as ever.  The big screens don't capture the big picture of the whole stage.

A very different show from the techno lights/screen spectacular which is more the norm. The atmosphere was the best I've felt in the Hydro.
Top marks, and strongly recommended.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1957/44786968234_a249a4f4ab.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2beEViu)David Byrne at the Hydro (https://flic.kr/p/2beEViu) by sg310 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/24775321@N02/), on Flickr

(also recently, They Might be Giants, this time in Queens Hall, Edinburgh: Sadly not nearly as good as the last time I saw them, I'd rate that as OK)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Wowbagger on October 27, 2018, 12:06:52 am
This evening. A splendid concert from the English Touring Opera in Saffron Walden. Carissimi, Guaseldo and, after the interval, Purcell's "Dido". I had forgotten how much I knew of the last, having studied it in school. It's a marvellous work.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Peter on October 27, 2018, 12:39:59 am
I think that'll be Gesualdo, the guy who murdered his own name - amongst other more tangible beings!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on October 27, 2018, 10:59:23 pm
David Byrne at the Hydro in glasgow. What a fantastic show, the dance and music were excellent, and made it a gig unlike any I've been to before. 11 musicians on stage with DB, each of them either with their own instrument or were singing and dancing. If you go, make sure you get a good view of the stage, sadly at the Hydro the seating wasn't tiered and there was lots of very tall folks in as ever.  The big screens don't capture the big picture of the whole stage.

A very different show from the techno lights/screen spectacular which is more the norm. The atmosphere was the best I've felt in the Hydro.
Top marks, and strongly recommended.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1957/44786968234_a249a4f4ab.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2beEViu)David Byrne at the Hydro (https://flic.kr/p/2beEViu) by sg310 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/24775321@N02/), on Flickr

As nentioned upthread we saw this in June and were impressed :)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Wowbagger on October 27, 2018, 11:03:39 pm
I think that'll be Gesualdo, the guy who murdered his own name - amongst other more tangible beings!

I think you are right. I don't know now whether that was fatigue, clumsiness or pure ignorance. Could well have been all three.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Pingu on October 27, 2018, 11:10:47 pm
David Byrne at the Hydro in glasgow. What a fantastic show, the dance and music were excellent, and made it a gig unlike any I've been to before. 11 musicians on stage with DB, each of them either with their own instrument or were singing and dancing. If you go, make sure you get a good view of the stage, sadly at the Hydro the seating wasn't tiered and there was lots of very tall folks in as ever.  The big screens don't capture the big picture of the whole stage.

A very different show from the techno lights/screen spectacular which is more the norm. The atmosphere was the best I've felt in the Hydro.
Top marks, and strongly recommended.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1957/44786968234_a249a4f4ab.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2beEViu)David Byrne at the Hydro (https://flic.kr/p/2beEViu) by sg310 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/24775321@N02/), on Flickr

As nentioned upthread we saw this in June and were impressed :)

I commend it to (burning down) the house  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Peter on October 28, 2018, 01:21:20 pm
I think that'll be Gesualdo, the guy who murdered his own name - amongst other more tangible beings!

I think you are right. I don't know now whether that was fatigue, clumsiness or pure ignorance. Could well have been all three.


Sorry, just a chance for a joke!  Sounds like a great concert, worth it for "When I am dead...." alone.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: andrewc on October 28, 2018, 11:13:35 pm
"Die Walkure" by some chap called Wagner.  A live broadcast from the Royal Opera House.   


First time I've seen it performed as opposed to just listening to the music.  I'm no expert & was wondering if the 4 + hours would sustain my interest, but I was quite engrossed.   Some splendid Valkyries as well, I was half expecting to see Charlotte on stage, but was sadly disappointed.


https://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/die-walkre-royal-opera-house_47688.html


https://bachtrack.com/review-walkure-pappano-skelton-anger-lundgren-stemme-royal-opera-september-2018
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: menthel on November 19, 2018, 01:02:46 pm
Punch Brothers at the Barbican last Friday. Just wow. All of the members are great on their instruments but bring them together and they are amazing. That and I got to see Noam, boy can he pick a Banjo.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: perpetual dan on November 19, 2018, 05:48:23 pm
The Paraorchestra doing Trans Europe Express and some Ligeti and Messian.  A nice programme, not just an orchestral greatest hits.

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Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on November 20, 2018, 10:53:18 pm
This time tomorrow, the lst gig I went to will be Christine And The Queens at 'Ammersmith Apollo :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on November 22, 2018, 11:58:25 pm
This time tomorrow, the lst gig I went to will be Christine And The Queens at 'Ammersmith Apollo :thumbsup:
And it was great.

Héloïse Letissier has an absolutely gorgeous voice and, working with her band and 6 dancers, she made me a very happy person.

Seeing her perform Tilted on the TV after an interview at Glastonbury in 2016 was my introduction to Christine And The Queens and the haunting music, her voice and her choreography had me hooked from the word go, even though I am a typical Brit and have very little (no) understanding of her native tongue. That didn't matter then and it didn't matter last night.

I don't do music in the way a lot of people do- needing to listen to it all the time etc. I am a suck it and see type of audience. I can go weeks without actually listening to a piece (when I say listen I mean actually LISTEN as opposed to registering that there is some melodic noise coming from somewhere). When I do LISTEN, I get occasional signs that I like something- hairs on the back of my neck stand up, shivers down my spine at a particular segment or vocal sequence. Sometimes, and this is the most telling response for me, I get tearful because of the pleasure I get from listening to something.
Last night, that happened a few times. Tilted live was  given but, she did an acapella version of Nuit 17 a 52 which was beautiful and had me welling up with joy.

A fantastic night :thumbsup:

Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: perpetual dan on November 24, 2018, 08:33:02 pm
I saw the Human League last night, ably supported by Midge Ure. Greatest hits shows and seated venues aren’t usually my thing, but it was a good show, well lit, multiple costume changes and dancing in the isles. I enjoyed the music, and the live interpretation - not far from an album sound, but made to work live. Didn’t buy the t shirt or programme.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Aidan on November 25, 2018, 12:29:24 pm
I saw Human League ( and Midge Ure)  in Manchester last night. Was excellent.  Yes, all the greatest hits, but to be hoest thats what I wanted for my money, not a lot of obscure unknown tracks.   Second time I've seen Midge Ure, first time was in the old Beverley Playhouse that held about 300 people,  doing an acoustic set, but he was great both times.   A really good enjoyable evening.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 29, 2018, 02:39:12 pm
Ana Popovic at Nell's in West Ken.  Blues-rock guitarist originally from that hotbed of all things cotton-picking Belgrade.  She's rather nifty on the Strat but something - probably the sound man - was off with the vocals as I couldn't even make out much of what she said between songs.  I'd see her again, but Joanne Shaw Taylor at the same venue was better.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Tim Hall on December 08, 2018, 11:30:48 pm
Terry and Gerry, featuring turista OTP at the Green Door,. Brighton. Cracking gig. Small venue, crowd of, what, 100? Chatted to Terry beforehand, he signed a t shirt I bought, my friend got him a midset G & T. Everyone knew the words, they poured their hearts and souls into it.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 09, 2018, 02:11:36 am
The Burning Hell at the Cluny 2 on Friday.  Blooming splendid it was too.  Ariel Sharratt belting out a cover of '9 to 5' was one of those moments when you just think 'yup, my life is now complete'.

(support was fairly annoying, but not annoying enough to make me fight my way out of the stupid seating arrangements which seem designed to maximise how many ppl a fat clumsy gig-goer will stand on/inadvertently lapdance whilst negotiating an exit although otherwise he would probably have fallen foul of my two song rule)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 09, 2018, 11:22:03 am
A five or six song covers set by the surviving members of The Luckyband (aided and abetted by Emma on keyboards and Paul on guitar) at Mr Sunshine's wake yesterday.  Wonderfully shambolic.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: sg37409 on December 09, 2018, 09:27:26 pm
Great Lake Swimmers at Broadcast on sauchiehall street.  Great little venue and the band were really good. Played a lot of their new album and some older ones including a lot from Ongiara. Very enjoyable night out. Was sat next to the band in the bar upstairs before the gig  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 15, 2018, 12:02:27 pm
The very splendid Pokey Lafarge (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pokey_LaFarge) at the Round Chapel in Clapton last night.  Highlight was probably his doing the last two songs unplugged from the high pulpit while swigging from a bottle of wine.  This is probably blasphemy.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: andytheflyer on December 15, 2018, 12:06:37 pm
Steve Hackett, Nottingham, 1st October.  Rick Wakeman before that, and Wishbone Ash before that.  Think that list gives me away.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: PaulF on December 15, 2018, 01:01:26 pm
Great Lake Swimmers at Broadcast on sauchiehall street.  Great little venue and the band were really good. Played a lot of their new album and some older ones including a lot from Ongiara. Very enjoyable night out. Was sat next to the band in the bar upstairs before the gig  :thumbsup:

Didn’t realise they had a new album! Will have to check it out
Title: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: perpetual dan on December 22, 2018, 03:53:39 pm
Utah Saints and PWEI in Brighton last night. Both were great fun, and lots of sweaty dancing was had.

1994s Ich Bin Ein Auslander to open, and pointedly so.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 26, 2019, 01:09:09 pm
Hope Not Hate benefit at Islington Assembly Hall last night.  First up The Wakes, angry Glaswegian lefteye six-piece (though the small-eight-string-thing-is-it-a-mandolin? was inaudible) before the main event, one Mr William Bragg, esq.  Billy may be on the wrong side of sixty but he was in fine - and angry - form and once again managed the rare feat of getting Miss von Brandenburg to sing along.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: sg37409 on January 29, 2019, 11:01:08 pm
Gretchen Peters at the Kings in Glasgow. And she was really good.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on February 07, 2019, 10:11:43 am
Tears For fears at the O2, supported by Alison Moyet. 80's heaven. All the old favourites and the odd new one.

Only problem was our seats were close to the stage off to the left- right in the broadcast zone of the effing big speaker stack/ hanging things. High notes and shouting were very painful. No.1 son who is Aspbergers and has sensitive hearing had to resort to over ear ear defenders.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: andrewc on February 27, 2019, 09:06:52 pm
I had a musical weekend, 4 gigs at the Liverpool International Jazz Festival , then on Monday Joan Baez at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.


The Darius Brubeck Quartet,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-JUcM22gbs



The Atom String Quartet, from Poland,   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-n912qgEQY


Vein, from Switzerland, with Andy Sheppard on sax,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z60FZ0-8maI


Joan Baez , https://youtu.be/bzySGlbNvaI

Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on February 28, 2019, 10:26:34 am
That Prof Brian Cox at Wemberly Arena.

I understood some of it!

There was some lovely imagery as well.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on March 03, 2019, 09:25:58 pm
The Neto Band, starring Jose Neto. Photos to follow. Unless I can put one on Flickr
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on March 04, 2019, 09:06:36 am
(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/P3031296.jpg)

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Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Tim Hall on March 10, 2019, 07:06:11 pm
Merry Hell at The Half Moon, Putney in the splendid company of Pippsy, my sister, her friend and my grate frend Frsnk.

Merry Hell are, at present, a six piece, folky/protest group from Wigan. Their songs are full of energy and hope. And we did the actions when requested.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Graeme on March 15, 2019, 07:34:16 pm
Currently sat in the Brudenell Social Club waiting for Bob Mould to come on. Yay!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Graeme on March 16, 2019, 07:29:24 am
Bob Mould was amazing. He played solidly for 90 minutes of high energy screaming in tune with the guitar and bouncing around the stage... like an angry little Santa. He treated us to material from Husker Du, his Bob Mould days, from Sugar and also his new album, weaving the tracks together in goups of three or four 4/5 minute songs pausing only briefly between each track. The acoustics of the Brudenell Social Club were so good that even with this type of music I was clearly able to recognise the tracks and songs - it wasn't a wall of noise like 'The Church' in Leeds was when JAMC played. This was awesome. Alcohol free beers behind the bars too.

Great to be back at a gig with a proper mosh-pit and some stage diving... although I didn't partake of the dive opportunities. Just wonderful to be among people who dance.

One of the best gigs I've been to. 5 stars.
:)

(I wonder how long before my tinnitus settles down to the normal levels of ringing.)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: IanN on March 16, 2019, 11:57:51 am
(I wonder how long before my tinnitus settles down to the normal levels of ringing.)

I saw Bob Mould a couple of years ago and just can't handle the volume anymore.  :(

That and the fact that ageing indie kids now have a cross sectional area twice that back in the day  :P

(Sugar weren't exactly quiet thoughbut. I remember the condensed sweat dripping from the ceiling in Edwards No.7, Brum. Nice)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 21, 2019, 12:19:30 pm
Joanne Shaw Taylor at the Shepherd's Bush Empire last night with my grate frend Mr Woolrich and the ubiquitous Steve from Uxbridge.  New bass player replacing the splendidly-named Luigi Casanova, new album (Reckless Heart), same thunderous Telecaster1 abuse.  Buy.  Buy her new record.

Support band were a pack of hairy tattoed Irishmen calling themselves Blackwater Conspiracy2.  They sounded like they'd hitched a lift in the TARDIS from 1976.  Think Thin Lizzy meets Lynyrd Skynyrd.  They are æxcellent.  Buy.  Buy their record.

1: Mostly.  She also tormented a Les Paul and an SG.
2: Who, it turns out, mostly used to be called Million Dollar Reload.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Little Jim on March 21, 2019, 07:59:00 pm
Saw Oli Brown last night (Mr L would approve I am sure).  He is certainly at the "rock" end of the blues spectrum, and his blue Epiphone needed not just a rest but would need a man with a spanner today to get it back in action.  He was as good as ever, although I'm not sure if it is my age, if I'm turning into my dad or if they had turned the volume up even more than usual, but it was loud.  Very loud.  Not quite as bad as AC/DC, but getting there.

The big surprise though was the support act.  One Matt Woosey.  I've never come across him before but he played solo acoustic guitar and was simply superb.  A few old classics plus a lot of his own stuff.  He finished with Willie Dixon's Little Red Rooster.  Wow, just wow!  One "support act" I'll be looking out for in the future, I even went as far as putting my name on to his mailing list, something I normally never do just incase they sell my details to the Russians or Chinese or whoever.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Redlight on April 18, 2019, 10:00:04 am
Joe Jackson, last night, at the London Palladium.  It was billed as a 40th anniversary tour but, as he also has a new-ish album out, it was the usual mix of old and new songs, but not leaning quite as heavily on his 'Night and Day' album as some of his shows in the last 20 years!  Of his two hits, Is She Really Going Out With Him was dispensed with early in the set and the encore was a perfectly-reproduced version of Stepping Out, utilising the 1979 Korg drum machine from the original, which was ceremoniously brought on to the stage like an ancient artefact. The low point was probably an uninteresting and unnecessary rendition of The Beatles' Rain, which was introduced as making the point that there was no title track on Joe's album of the same name  ::-)

Having seen him play a short solo set on several occasions, I'd love to see Joe perform a completely solo show, as Elvis Costello did brilliantly a few years ago. However, at least he's working with same three-piece band from his last tour and they are a spectacularly tight combo. Unfortunately, about half way through someone on the mixing desk decided to crank up the volume and over-emphasise the guitar, which made some parts of the second half quite painful to listen to. The acoustics at that venue are pretty dire at the best of times and it doesn't respond well to over-amplification.

Overall, about 8/10 - docked one point for the sound and one for not playing the sublime Love at First Light from the Volume 4 album.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: gibbo on April 18, 2019, 11:22:25 am
Stiff Little Fingers at The Waterfront, Norwich supported by the final tour of Eddie And The Hotrods. The crowd of aged punk rockers held their own, and some, against the yoofs.

I'm off to see UK Subs who are supporting the original lineup of Sham 69 tonight, also in Norwich, but at Epic Studios this time. Should be a good night.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on April 18, 2019, 11:45:22 am
Hazel O'Connor at The Kento, Henley.

Another good night of 80's punk Hazel and later Jazz Hazel.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Exit Stage Left on April 27, 2019, 11:23:01 pm
Just back from 'The Christians' at the Library Theatre in Darwen. Last time I saw them was in June 1988 at Hammersmith Odeon, with Roachford as support.
An excellent first night to their tour, in a sold-out small venue. They seemed to enjoy themselves.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: rob on April 28, 2019, 07:49:36 pm
No-one give me a hard time but we saw Tom Chaplin and orchestra doing the songs of Queen last Monday at the Palladium.  A is a long standing Keane fan and hasn’t really got over them splitting up.

TBH I really enjoyed myself. 
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 17, 2019, 11:13:37 am
Not exactly a gig, but rather a Grauniad Live event with that publication's John Harris in conversation with Billy Bragg.  Mr Bragg was on good form, especially when it came to putting down noted fuckhead Carl Benjamin, but I still prefer him when he's got a guitar in his grubby little paws.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: cygnet on June 15, 2019, 11:47:22 pm
Stereolab. Back playing after an indefinite hiatus.

Missing Mary's vocals but fkn ace.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Graeme on June 20, 2019, 10:16:44 am
Heads up that the Dead Kennedys are playing the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds on the 6th August. Tickets on sale from tomorrow (21/06). Based on my experience of the DKs in Glasgow, and how great a venue the Brudenell is... I've booked the following day off work.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 20, 2019, 09:28:29 pm
Q&A Session with literature's Ben Aaronovitch at the Bookseller Crow in Crystal Palace.  He is very large, and very funny.  And he's threatening to set a future episode in the series in...

...Aberdeen  ;D
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Johnny Faro on June 20, 2019, 09:33:52 pm
Rob I googled when you said Keane had split as was under the impression they were on a break. Touring this year apparently with new album. I've got one of their singles in fierce panda I think which was re released on whatever big label when they made it.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on June 20, 2019, 09:40:59 pm
We have had tickets for some time already to see King Crimson in Berlin next week. My brother noticed this weekend that The B52's are playing their old gits retirement tour there as well, so now we have tix for that too.
Seriously eating into beer time now....
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on June 21, 2019, 01:15:44 am
Saw King Crimson tonight. More of a concert than a gig, with a good sound that allowed all the instruments their space. Three drummers provided complexity and power. I still think the old ones are the best, and they played a number of them. But not Cat Food  >:(
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Exit Stage Left on June 21, 2019, 01:23:06 am
Saw King Crimson tonight. More of a concert than a gig, with a good sound that allowed all the instruments their space. Three drummers provided complexity and power. I still think the old ones are the best, and they played a number of them. But not Cat Food  >:(

I can imagine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3028oDEKZo4
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on June 21, 2019, 07:38:00 pm
(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/KC-Panorama-sm.jpg)

You are only supposed to take photos right at the end when they start taking photos of you. But when they do that they aren't playing anymore. So I took a few during 21st Century SM. (If you'd like I have a 9000 pixel wide version ;) )

The audience was largely reflective. Of the fact this is a 50th Anniversary tour.

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Jun%2020%202019%20P6200167.jpg)

Research shows that they play a different set each show. They played Cat Food earlier in the week.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 01, 2019, 07:07:11 pm
^ We saw them in Berlin on Saturday night, open air gig.
The 3 drummers were brilliant, I loved their 'drum off'/mexican wave.
I wasn't too sure about the singer initially, I thought his voice was a bit 'musical' but he got a bit rockier for 21C SM.
I wouldn't describe myself as a massive KC fan but they were technically excellent and as a bit of a geek about time signatures & stuff it was a joy to watch.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 01, 2019, 07:11:19 pm
The B52's on Thursday in Berlin at the same place were also good. Wasn't too sure what to expect from a 'party band' in their 70's but they can still belt them out, even if the dancing was relatively restrained.
The crowd made up for that though. I've never seen so many blokes dancing at a gig before, and they were mostly quite groovy grannies & grandads :)
Was a good laugh.

They didn't do Wig or Under the Strobe Light tho.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Pingu on July 01, 2019, 08:10:57 pm
You are only supposed to take photos right at the end when they start taking photos of you.

A Crinkly Lion moment from Saturday.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48162827016_72810bb02e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gnZ5vf)
IMG_3371_01 (https://flic.kr/p/2gnZ5vf) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Pingu on July 01, 2019, 08:12:12 pm
The B52's on Thursday in Berlin at the same place were also good. Wasn't too sure what to expect from a 'party band' in their 70's but they can still belt them out, even if the dancing was relatively restrained.
The crowd made up for that though. I've never seen so many blokes dancing at a gig before, and they were mostly quite groovy grannies & grandads :)
Was a good laugh.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48162669072_a906414e88_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gnYgy5)
IMG_3272_01 (https://flic.kr/p/2gnYgy5) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 02, 2019, 12:31:24 pm
You are only supposed to take photos right at the end when they start taking photos of you.

A Crinkly Lion moment from Saturday.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48162827016_72810bb02e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gnZ5vf)
IMG_3371_01 (https://flic.kr/p/2gnZ5vf) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr

When my grate frend Mr Woolrich and I saw Jack White at the Hammy Odeon last year all phones had to be silenced or switched off before being sealed into pouches for the duration.  If you had a sudden need to phone a friend to tell her how shit the support act was you could get it temporarily liberated, but only outside the auditorium and it went back in its nest before you were allowed back in.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on July 07, 2019, 01:06:44 am
Some gigs...

This legend

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Jul%2005%202019%20P7050201.jpg)

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Jul%2005%202019%20P7050179.jpg)

Supported by this Leg End

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Jul%2005%202019%20P7050185.jpg)

and bloody brilliant the lot of them.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on July 07, 2019, 01:07:59 am
Guess the age...

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Jul%2006%202019%20P7060824.jpg)

Still a belter of a voice.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on July 07, 2019, 01:08:59 am
Relax

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Jul%2006%202019%20P7060635.jpg)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on July 07, 2019, 01:18:41 am
The above was involved in a set with some others...

Someone who wrote a song. And sung it today instead of the statuesque Russel Harty hitter.

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Jul%2006%202019%20P7060599.jpg)

The short, closer one is not an internet ointment. Have you got the taller one?

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Jul%2006%202019%20P7060561.jpg)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on July 07, 2019, 01:24:08 am
and finally for now

Ain't no hooves on that!
(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Jul%2006%202019%20P7060707.jpg)

Drumming for Scottish megastar
(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Jul%2006%202019%20P7060698.jpg)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on July 07, 2019, 01:28:21 am
Oooops, not finally.

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Jul%2006%202019%20P7060334.jpg)

If you aren't Keane on Angels...
(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Jul%2006%202019%20P7060851.jpg)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: nobby on July 07, 2019, 06:53:48 am
I saw Otis Redding on the Stax Voly Tour at Colston Hall, Bristol in '67 and three months later his plane crashed.
I saw James Brown in 2006 and a few months later he was dead.
John Otway I've seen twice over the years and he yet lives. Obviously a lucky fellow.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: StuAff on July 07, 2019, 08:28:30 pm
Rammstein at Stadium MK. Flaming marvellous.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 13, 2019, 12:04:42 am
Just in from Hyde Park.  Support acts meh, His Bobness was as close to Rockin' Bob as we're ever likely to see again.  And Neil Young was utterly brillsticks, doubly so on "Rocking In The Free World".

My back aches, my feet are killing me and I'd do it again tomorrow.  Though I'd probably need a wheelchair.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48270351862_53f8b320dc_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gxuaTU)
Mr Young Rocks in the Free World (https://flic.kr/p/2gxuaTU) by Mr Larrington (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/), on Flickr
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Andy64 on July 15, 2019, 09:42:46 am
Last night, for 2 1/2 hours, I was 14 again
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Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 15, 2019, 10:57:02 am
Last night, for 2 1/2 hours, I was 14 again

Anyone else not seeing the pics or is it just me?
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Andy64 on July 15, 2019, 11:43:48 am
I can, but that might be a cache thing.
I'll try again
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48288966397_ebc0c75243_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gz8zma)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48288961952_d3fbfbf6e9_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gz8y2w) (https://flic.kr/p/2gz8y2w)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 20, 2019, 04:36:57 am
Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson at the Fishery Wharf Café in Hemel Hempseed.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48326930391_d3f4ae3068_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gCu9HM)
Last-minute tuning (https://flic.kr/p/2gCu9HM) by Mr Larrington (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48327058767_13a02f16c9_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gCuNTa)
Fitz & old tin box (https://flic.kr/p/2gCuNTa) by Mr Larrington (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48326929811_d2318d5219_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gCu9xM)
Hattrick Fitzpatrick & strange and elderly Japanese guitar (https://flic.kr/p/2gCu9xM) by Mr Larrington (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48326933516_9607dfca00_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gCuaDE)
Thee Mistress ov thee Washboard (https://flic.kr/p/2gCuaDE) by Mr Larrington (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48327060197_5632410436_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gCuPiP)
They all play on the penny whistle... (https://flic.kr/p/2gCuPiP) by Mr Larrington (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/), on Flickr

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48326932001_04691b8fbc_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gCuacx)
Shape-throwing 101 (https://flic.kr/p/2gCuacx) by Mr Larrington (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/), on Flickr

Slightly lower-key than last Friday's entertainment but just as enjoyable.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: menthel on July 26, 2019, 01:04:42 pm
Public Service Broadcasting at the Proms last night doing Race for Space with an orchestra and choir. Bloody brilliant and for a bunch of tie wearing tweedies they sure do rock!
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on July 26, 2019, 05:28:01 pm
Szun Waves. A trio of saxophonist, drummer and techy person with Mac and button things. They are sat near me in the Artist Village right now.  :P

Very interesting tight soundscapes, with three clever, accomplished musicians, glad I checked them out.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: perpetual dan on July 27, 2019, 02:07:58 pm
The Orb last night in Brighton. The venue had a club night later, so they were on at 8ish. It was a decks and laptop set, with a fun projection show and a dancer with hoola hoops for little fluffy clouds. Lots of fun, lots of dancing.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on July 28, 2019, 04:09:13 pm
Kraftwerk:rewerk

An orchestral reimagining of kraftwerks werk...

Played by an orchestra with 25% identified as disabled. On a stage set with 64 separately amplified lines. Yes, that’s 64 amplifiers. Never heard an amplified orchestra like it. The musicianship was very good, and the sound quality outstanding. 

Conducted by Charles Hazlewood.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: perpetual dan on July 28, 2019, 07:38:42 pm
I saw Kraftwerk:rewerk when they came to Brighton - I agree, it was really good.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on July 29, 2019, 10:37:39 pm
Ok - the Maestros at work.

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Jul%2028%202019%20P7282215.jpg)

Drop dead stunning, on an elevated platform with video screen in-front below and behind above.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Jaded on July 29, 2019, 10:42:39 pm
A few more from the weekend.

Some of you may recognise this guy
(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Jul%2027%202019%20P7271610.jpg)

Brilliant musician from Mumbai, playing in the d&b Soundstage, a 64 amplifier system that presents the sound as it actually is, not through 2 channels. Outstanding.
(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Jul%2027%202019%20P7271733.jpg)

Two of Rura, a high enegery band from the place that Boris forgot.
(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Jul%2026%202019%20P7261494.jpg)

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Jul%2026%202019%20P7261523.jpg)

The Kraftwerk:rework - again in the d&b Soundstage, and the first time I've heard an amplified orchestra where you can hear all the instruments.
(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Jul%2028%202019%20P7282071.jpg)

and finally the maestros again, sorry, couldn't resist
(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Jul%2028%202019%20P7282231.jpg)
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Deano on July 29, 2019, 10:58:05 pm
In my continuing recruitment drive - Withered Hand at the Old Cinema Laundrette* in Durham. Nearly a full band, just the drummer** missing. Cracking show, tiny audience. My favourite kind of gig!

*It really is a lanundrette - they play in front of the dryers.
** I've met his mam
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: StuAff on July 29, 2019, 11:30:26 pm
Ok - the Maestros at work.

(http://www.alfiecat.co.uk/yetacf/Jul%2028%202019%20P7282215.jpg)

Drop dead stunning, on an elevated platform with video screen in-front below and behind above.
:thumbsup: Saw the brothers in Brighton and Hammersmith last year. Missed them on the Wonky touring, those were my first shows since 2009. Damn good to have them back. And that staging is brilliant...
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: matthew on August 27, 2019, 09:56:00 pm
Got back from Greenbelt yesterday. Loads of great music as well as some thought inspiring talks that belong in p&obi.

The contrast of going from the sacred music of the st martins in the field singers in the garden of the country house to Brass Against on the main stage being very loud and angry.
Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: Steph on August 28, 2019, 07:11:36 pm
I returned from my usual Shrewsbury festival trip yesterday. Many highlights, with a couple singled out. By 'highlight', YMMV.

1. Grace Petrie. Butch, lesbian, socialist. Think Billy Bragg with a cheeky grin. She did one song called 'Black Tie' which reduced some people to tears, despite her warning over a rhyme* in the chorus. The song is about an imaginary trip back in time to speak to her teenage self and explain that everything is going to be fine, and that is isn't her who is the problem.
*"Those images that fucked ya are just patriarchal structures"

2. Martin Barre, and "50 years of Jethro Tull, featuring three original members". Make that "one original member", Clive Bunker on drums. Martin Barre was brought in after Mick Abrahams AND Tony Iommi. Dee Palmer didn't join until five years after the band was founded. Clive Bunker, however, was an original.

The gig was accompanied by a pretentious pre-recorded narrator with a yank accent, and the screens by the stage played the sort of random old films that OGWT used to show when they didn't have the actual band available. As for the music... There was a second drummer, who really belonged more with Tygers of Pan Tang than Tull, and an Ian Anderson impersonator who didn't play flute, but tried to do all the mannerisms and voice. They were bad enough, but the worst was Barre himself. Now, I am a Tull fan, and a fan of Barre's playing. There is a live recording of 'Locomotive Breath' in which his playing is awesome, and on the same album, his bottom-end soloing and fills on 'Aqualung' are a delight. An entire stage show, however, that consists almost entirely of him wanking over all of his heaviest riffs and solos, one after the other, is not what I want to hear. In the end, I walked out.

It was good to see Dee Palmer on stage, though, smiling, waving, and clearly happily spaced out.

Title: Re: What's the last gig you went to see?
Post by: perpetual dan on September 21, 2019, 12:01:40 pm
I saw the Sisters of Mercy at the Roundhouse in London last night. I also saw an old friend for the first time in far too long, and his new partner. Seeing them was probably the highlight.
The support were a bit too shouty with their backs to the audience gloom for my tastes. We gave them a song and went out to the bar.
Andrew Eldridge no longer has hair, which was a surprise. The songs included the hits, more from the later albums than the early. Part of me still hopes they might write new songs, but this wasn’t that. However, the mix was terrible, lacking any of the higher end that separates the instruments or lets tunes cut through. It improved after they had a fag break, but never really got beyond mediocre. Which is a shame.
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on September 21, 2019, 11:13:57 pm
Mrs F and No.1 Son were at that gig.
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Post by: perpetual dan on September 22, 2019, 09:49:16 am
I hope they had fun. I took Miss Dan the Elder last time I saw them.
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on September 22, 2019, 10:05:06 am
They did enjoy it. He baulked at the £10 rum and coke though!
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Post by: Jaded on September 30, 2019, 12:03:51 am
Quite a few sets, this one, HYYTS, being one of the best.

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Post by: Jaded on October 03, 2019, 08:25:48 pm
A few more

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Post by: Mr Larrington on October 05, 2019, 11:22:35 pm
Australian psychedelic oddballs King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard at Ally Pally.  Short notice thing because a chum of Miss von Brandenburg had a spare ticket.  I liked them but my fellow ageing rockers were unconvinced so we left early, on account of my car being parked miles away outside their gaff.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on October 08, 2019, 10:20:25 pm
Also King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard @ TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht.
Frenetic.
Good. (Also good acoustics in the venue)
In the middle of some song with a quiet bit, the locals started singing something of their own and it weirded out the front man a bit. (No idea what they were singing but they were in unison, whatever it was.)
The Vomit Comet / Murder of the Universe bit was weird.
Towards the end the front man twiddled on the drums while one of the drummers went crowd surfing.
The keyboard/Bez type had a fiddle about on guitar,
Then the front man went crowd surfing.
I've obv lived a sheltered life but this is the first time I've seen a band crowd surfing.

They didn't play Crumbling Castles, but I think that's cos it wasn't frenzied enough.
Quite entertaining.
Also, they just played for ages and then got off the stage. No pissing about with encores nonsense.   :thumbsup:
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Post by: Pingu on October 08, 2019, 10:59:27 pm
And the band looked like they were having a good time  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Robh on October 09, 2019, 12:39:48 am
Los Pacaminos at the Oktoberfest in Worthing. Great band, shit venue.
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Post by: Riggers on October 17, 2019, 01:38:32 pm
Divine Comedy in Brighton. Jolly good!
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Post by: toontra on October 17, 2019, 03:14:48 pm
Divine Comedy in Brighton. Jolly good!

Did they do Queuejumper?  Always reminds me of cycle commuting!
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Post by: rob on October 17, 2019, 04:16:12 pm
Divine Comedy in Brighton. Jolly good!

Did they do Queuejumper?  Always reminds me of cycle commuting!

Mrs Rob and Rob junior going tonight.   They seem to have managed to get on the guestlist.
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Post by: toontra on October 17, 2019, 04:41:55 pm