I love music, and live music. I love small gigs or open mic nights at local pubs seeing unsigned acts, large stadium shows or festivals: all of them. I love them.
From September I had to miss quite a few planned gigs, so my favourite moments come from earlier in the year.
*As live music videos don’t always sound the best on youtube I’ve actually gone for the best versions I can find of songs that meant a lot to me from last year.
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Green Day. I just Love them! With all my heart! Well, this year I was lucky enough to see them four times: Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and at British Summer Time Hyde Park. They were fantastic as always, but the highlight for me was Hyde Park. It was my first gig there. The sun shone, everyone was in good spirits and with SLF, the Hives and Rancid also on the bill what was not to love! We even got to play in the Playground, the ballpool and balloon room!
(Not Hyde Park, but I was here at Leeds, somewhere singing and bouncing to this, losing my voice.)
I’m Still Breathing – Green Day
2017 was the first Frank Fest, Lost Evenings, in Camden. I got to see him perform on Friday and Saturday, but unfortunately couldn’t be there for Sunday or Monday evening. Now I’ve seen Frank perform Father’s Day on many occasions, but for some reason, this time, it really got to me. I’m a weepy person anyway so I often cry or fill up during gigs, but this time I sobbed. I mean really cried; tears, snots everything, I could hardly see the stage! I don’t know why! But it was a special moment and I loved it. Then to be followed up by Thatcher, which he hadn’t performed in 10 years – brilliant!
(For anyone who doesn’t know Frank, the second song contains lots of swear words, so please don’t listened if easily offended)
This is the actual footage of the gig. My view was from the left of the stage. The footage is a bit wobbly but the audio is fine.
Fathers Day – Frank Turner
The morning after the night before. After a fantastic 2 nights Lost Evenings my weekend was coming to a close so what better way to end it by sitting outside in Proud Camden, with a drink in hand (lemon and lime), surrounded by FTA friends. The perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Bangarang – Dave Giles
I liked James in the 90’s, but my love for them has grown over the years. I saw them in Times Square in Newcastle and they were incredible. They are one of the best live bands out there! And watching Tim Booth dance makes me so happy. I can’t listen to them now without doing the Tim Booth Dance!
(This video has subtitles, but the performance is excellent!)
Ring the Bells – James
I’ve attended Leeds Festival every year, bar one, since it started in 1999. Then we went for just one day with close friends. I loved it so much that I’ve just had to go for the full weekend every year. I love it! It’s the highlight of my summer. A lot of the time I spend in the Lock-Up tent and the Pit but this year a great deal of time was spent in front of the Main Stage. There are too many bands to mention them all but some of my highlights were: Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes (every year Frank Carter blows me away!), Billy Talent, Kasabian, Eminem, Jimmy Eat World , Liam Gallagher and Ash. My song of the weekend though was Knights of Cydonia by Muse, who always put on a spectacular live show.
Knights of Cydonia – Muse