• Bands & Artists I have seen live

    5 Jul 2008, 22:52 by Jopageri

    This list is mainly for me. A record of over 25 years of gig and festival going.

    First ever gig: The Cult at Wembley Arena in 1987, followed some months later by Cardiacs in Maidstone Kent Hall in June 1988. The first a large scale stadium gig; the second a small sweaty affair with from memory about 75 people. Cardiacs were superb but the gig was interrupted by a fire alarm half way through. I remember huddling on a freezing fire escape while the building was checked before we could go back in and the gig resumed. Still one of the best gigs I have been to.

    Most recent: The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Bristol, June 2015.

    Best gigs: stand outs include Pixies, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev on a double bill, Cardiacs at Maidstone in 1988 and at The Thekla in Bristol twenty years later, and of course The Fall (every single gig!).

    Worst gig: Meat Loaf in 2008. Open air gig, terrible sound, Meat Loaf seemed to be stumbling over the words and was out of tune. And it rained.
  • Glastonbury 2007 woohoo!

    26 Jun 2007, 17:21 by colesey

    I thought I'd put up who I went to see at that most wonderful festival.

    Thursday night: Was highly impressed with Holy Fuck, even though their set in Leftfield was called off after less than 20 minutes for "being too loud". News to us. We needed more bass, volume and wonderful twitchy dancy goodness. Fortunately they were playing later in the weekend.

    The Earlies - really impressed me with their gentle, Elbow-esque british pop. Will be checking these guys out.

    Modest Mouse - We were too far back and it was packed out, but totally enjoyed, Johnny Marr's banter and a cameo by the lyrics of "I Came as a Rat" during "Spitting Venom". Downside - our dickhead neighbours in the campsite discussing "Johnny Marr's new band".

    The Automatic - Not as bad as expected, I should say. A lot of energy on stage, and a very earnest attitude. I may not have much love for their music, but I find these chaps very likeable. …