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    Jun 1 2008, 16h37

    Here are my Live Events. I've chosen to list them in order of date, but numbered in order of preference:

    Fuse '06
    Location: Newbury Race Track, Newbury
    Date: Friday 10 November, 2006
    Seen Live:
    Skindred **
    Miss Conduct **
    Furthest Drive Home **
    The Legacy **
    Forever Never **
    PDHM **

    Comments: I went with a friend to a gaming event run by Ubisoft and met the Frag Dolls, a group of girl gamers used for marketing Ubi products. We got to play some new titles pre-release as well as see some small-time bands play live.

    02 Wireless Festival
    Location: Hyde Park, London
    Date: Sunday 17 June, 2007
    Seen Live:
    POLYSICS *****
    Kaiser Chiefs *****
    Editors ****
    Under The Influence of Giants ***
    The Pigeon Detectives ***
    The Twang **
    The Duke Spirit **
    Mumm-Ra **
    Mêlée **

    Comments: A sunny sunday in Hyde Park and my first true live event. I'm a huge fan of Polysics so it was a dream come true, but I also got the chance to see UTIOG, Editors and Kaiser Chiefs, bands that also enjoy.

    Festival Weekend Dance
    Location: Parque Juan Carlos I, Madrid
    Date: Friday 14 September, 2007
    Seen Live:
    Vitalic *****
    Massive Attack ***
    Faithless ***
    2 Many DJ's ***
    Digitalism ***
    Carl Craig **
    Sven Väth **

    Comments: Crazy stuff, didn't know what to expect. We were right at the front for the entire thing. This was when I first discovered my interest in Vitalic and 2 Many DJ's who both made my night.

    Concierto 'Voces'
    Location: Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid
    Date: Wednesday 24 October, 2007
    Seen Live:
    Arcángel *
    Antonio Carmona *
    Conchita *
    Antonio Orozco *
    Jarabe de Palo *

    Comments: Pretty random, didn't enjoy it. Not my thing.

    (7) POLYSICS
    Location: Carling Academy Islington, London
    Date: Saturday 9 February, 2008
    Seen Live:
    POLYSICS ***** (2)
    Cutting Pink With Knives **

    Comments: Travelled back to the UK just for this, went with my brother. It was perfect. Got to meet and talk to Hiro and Yano, 2 members of Polysics. Then stood at the front for the entire event wishing the night wouldn't end. Polysics are a must-see.

    MISFITS
    Location: Copérnico, Madrid
    Date: Wednesday 23 April, 2008
    Seen Live:
    Misfits ****
    Avenues & Silhouettes **

    Comments: Pretty cool, the venue was fitting of the band and they played a load of material.

    ASIA
    Location: Macumba, Madrid
    Date: Thursday 22 May, 2008
    Seen Live:
    Asia ****

    Comments: Random stuff going to see Asia. Went with my good friend Mike, we both knew... one of their songs. Turned out they were great entertainment to see live and the night was a success.

    (10) Getafe Electric Festival
    Location: Auditorio John Lennon, Getafe
    Date: Saturday 31 May, 2008
    Seen Live:
    Metallica *****
    Machine Head ****
    Within Temptation ***
    At the Gates ***

    Comments: Wow. This was fucking amazing. Metallica are one of the best bands I have ever seen live, and when they played One it was intense. Then they played Enter Sandman straight after just when I thought they couldn't keep the pace going. The other acts were great too, really enjoyed this event.

    (9) Summercase 2008
    Location: Boadilla del Monte, Madrid
    Date: Friday 18 July - Saturday 19 July, 2008
    Seen Live:
    Cornelius *****
    The Kooks *****
    Kaiser Chiefs ***** (2)
    Interpol ****
    Grinderman ****
    Kings of Leon ****
    The Verve ****
    Los Campesinos! ****
    Blondie ****
    Maxïmo Park ****
    Primal Scream ****
    Ian Brown ****
    Glasvegas ****
    Mystery Jets ****
    2 Many DJ's *** (2)
    CSS ***
    Sex Pistols ***
    The Breeders ***
    Edwyn Collins ***
    Mogwai ***
    Los Planetas ***
    Etienne de Crécy **
    Homeboy **
    Tiga **

    Comments: 2 days of awesome bands, I got to see some of my very favourites including Cornelius, Interpol and The Kooks. It was exhausting dashing from stage to stage as some great acts were overlapped, and we missed a couple of bands that I really would have liked to see, but overall the event was very enjoyable.

    Ola Festival
    Location: Playa De Guardias Viejas, Almería
    Date: Friday 15th August, 2008
    Seen Live:
    Björk *****
    Soulwax *****
    Digitalism **** (2)
    Editors *** (2)
    Massive Attack *** (2)
    Starsailor ***
    2 Many DJ's *** (3)
    Hercules & Love Affair ***
    Junior Boys **
    Jape **
    Girl Talk **
    Goldfrapp (audio only)
    Cut Copy (audio only)

    Comments: Bjork, Soulwax and Digitalism were awesome and made up for missing MGMT completely, and not seeing Goldfrapp or Cut Copy with my own eyes. It was a nice trip to the south coast of Spain (well, not the travelling - 8 hours each way on a bus wasn't much fun), I got to see plenty of Almería, try the local tapas (including baby squid and swordfish - both firsts for me), and also went to the beach. Met up with some friends of my friends, spoke more Spanish than ever whilst playing on my Kaossilator. Once at 'Ola' (translates to 'Wave' in English - the Festival was next to the sea, on the beach) I experienced great live music - not as enjoyable as Summercase, Editors didn't sound quite as good as they did in Hyde Park, and Starsailor didn't play Way To Fall (!!!), but overall good times! None of the artists at Ola break into my Top 10, although Bjork, Soulwax and Digitalism come very close.

    (6) POLYSICS
    Location: Club Nasti, Madrid
    Date: Tuesday 9 September, 2008
    Seen Live:
    POLYSICS ***** (3)
    Grabba Grabba Tape ***

    Comments: Polysics announced they'd be playing in Madrid the week before the event, and I just couldn't believe it! The gig was very tight and close-up, with them playing on top of a small, half-metre-high platform rather than a stage. Some technical issues due to heat caused equipment to occassionaly cut out for a short period. Apart from this, the event was perfect. They played loads of new material from We Ate The Machine and I spoke to all 4 of them. Bought loads of merch, got my Live DVD and an event poster signed by all, and went home very happy. Next up: King's College, London.

    (1) POLYSICS
    Location: King's College, London
    Date: Sunday 28 September, 2008
    Seen Live:
    POLYSICS ***** (4)
    And So I Watch You From Afar **
    The Strange Death of Liberal England **
    Popular Workshop **

    Comments: Perfect. I met up with a bunch of fellow fans and we headed for lunch in London, before moving on to the gig. We waited for several hours before Polysics started, chatting and having a good time. Once the final pre-Poly band had finished, we took place front-centre-stage and waited for them to start. They were amazing. The sound quality was fantastic, the setlist was great, I got so many great pictures and an amazing video (see my Facebook and YouTube respectively) and simply had the best weekend. They are awesome.

    INFADELS
    Location: Moby Dick, Madrid
    Date: Monday 27 October, 2008
    Seen Live:
    Infadels ****

    Comments: Infadels sound very good live, I really enjoyed this despite having limited knowledge of the band prior to the event. The mix of synth and bassy electronic sounds together with catchy tunes led to an enjoyable set.

    Wintercase San Miguel 2008
    Location: Joy Eslava, Madrid
    Date: Wednesday 5th November, 2008
    Seen Live:
    Los Campesinos! ***** (2)
    Ra Ra Riot ****

    Comments: We arrived in time to see Ra Ra Riot for a while, and they were very good - fresh, powerful indie. Los Campesinos! were very impressive and didn't suffer from the sound issues present at Summercase. They played a fast paced hour-long set consisting of songs across their library, including a lot of tracks from their new release, We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed. The lead singer joined the crowd for the last song and was kindly returned to the stage, crowd-surfer style. A thoroughly enjoyable evening thanks to class acts and a classy venue.

    JENIFEREVER
    Location: Moby Dick, Madrid
    Date: Wednesday 12 November, 2008
    Seen Live:
    Jeniferever ***
    Vincent ***

    Comments: I went to the concert to find that a friend of mine is good friends with the opening act - who were very good and had a similar sound to Mogwai. Jeniferever were great with an ambient melodic sound.

    THE TING TINGS
    Location: Joy Eslava, Madrid
    Date: Wednesday 19 November, 2008
    Seen Live:
    The Ting Tings ****
    Opening Act (Unknown) **

    Comments: Great sound, entertaining act as the twosome swapped between instruments and went straight into the next electropop tune. Plenty of character and [Salford,] London charm.

    ESTRELLA POLAR
    Location: Costello Club, Madrid
    Date: Saturday 24 January, 2009
    Seen Live:
    Estrella Polar ***

    Comments: A band consisting of some good spanish friends of mine. An enjoyable set of thoughtful indie music.

    KAISER CHIEFS
    Location: Palacio Vistalegre, Madrid
    Date: Monday 2nd February, 2009
    Seen Live:
    Kaiser Chiefs **** (3)

    Comments: Kaiser Chiefs entertained me once more with their charm, energy, audience participation and powerful british indie poprock sound. Although some of their older songs are starting to lose their charm for me, the new stuff is very successful when played live.

    MISS X
    Location: Sala El Sol, Madrid
    Date: Thursday 5th February, 2009
    Seen Live:
    Miss X ***

    Comments: A change from what I normally go to see, used a mix of electronic sounds with kaoss pads, electronic drums, guitars and vox. Entertaining.

    MOGWAI
    Location: Joy Eslava, Madrid
    Date: Friday 6th February, 2009
    Seen Live:
    Mogwai **** (2)
    Errors ***

    Comments: Beautiful music, moments of tranquility dispelled by moments of hard-charging powerful guitar mixes. This is how Mogwai were when I saw them last year at Summercase, but this time I could appreciate them more in their own dedicated space.

    TRAVIS
    Location: Macumba, Madrid
    Date: Friday 13th February, 2009
    Seen Live:
    Travis ****
    Opening Act (Unknown)

    Comments: Not being a real fan of Travis didn't help this night. Until Closer I didn't recognise any songs, however after that point I started to get into the spirit of things and enjoyed myself. The band's sound was okay, but their songs seemed very similar throughout.

    MTV Winter Valencia
    Location: Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, Valencia
    Date: Tuesday 24th February, 2009
    Seen Live:
    Franz Ferdinand *****
    Mando Diao ***

    Comments: Travelled East to Valencia with 3 friends (Dani, Ico and Miki) for a 1-day event. The trip involved lots of Paella and traditional Valencian tapas, fantastic Gin (and therefore drunkenness), and some brilliant music courtesy of Franz Ferdinand, showcasing their new album amongst older favourites - they were so good, I've slotted them into #5 of my favourite live acts.

    THE KILLERS
    Location: Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid
    Date: Sunday 22nd March, 2009
    Seen Live:
    The Killers *****
    Louis XIV **

    Comments: An amazing set of indie rock music from The Killers. The venue and stage were impressive, the sound was top quality and the overall experience was excellent.

    S.C.U.M
    Location: Sala Caracol, Madrid
    Date: Wednesday 22nd April, 2009
    Seen Live:
    S.C.U.M **

    Comments: Dark-wave, Joy Division-like noise rock. Somewhat entertaining and atmospheric but not to my tastes.

    THOSE DANCING DAYS
    Location: Moby Dick, Madrid
    Date: Thursday 30th April, 2009
    Seen Live:
    Those Dancing Days ****

    MI PEQUEÑA RADIO
    Location: Moby Dick, Madrid
    Date: Saturday 9th May, 2009
    Seen Live:
    Mi pequeña Radio ****
    Landa **

    ESTRELLA POLAR
    Location: Taboo Club, Madrid
    Date: Thursday 14 May, 2009
    Seen Live:
    Estrella Polar ** (2)

    THE VEILS
    Location: Moby Dick, Madrid
    Date: Friday 22nd May, 2009
    Seen Live:
    The Veils *****

    GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS
    Location: Moby Dick, Madrid
    Date: Saturday 30th May, 2009
    Seen Live:
    Great Lake Swimmers *****

    MI PEQUEÑA RADIO
    Location: Fotomaton, Madrid
    Date: Thursday 18th June, 2009
    Seen Live:
    Mi pequeña Radio *** (2)

    (2) Optimus Alive!09
    Location: Lisboa, Portugal
    Date: Thursday 9 July - Saturday 11 July, 2009
    Seen Live:
    Silversun Pickups *****
    Los Campesinos! ***** (3)
    Klaxons *****
    Late of the Pier *****
    TV on the Radio ****
    Does It Offend You, Yeah? ****
    Lykke Li ****
    A Silent Film ****
    The Kooks **** (2)
    Metallica **** (2)
    Fischerspooner ****
    Black Eyed Peas ****
    Placebo ****
    Delphic ****
    Air Traffic ****
    The Gaslight Anthem ****
    The Ting Tings *** (2)
    Hadouken! ***
    Eagles of Death Metal ***
    Crystal Castles ***
    The Prodigy ***
    Lamb of God ***
    Trouble Andrew ***
    Ghostland Observatory ***
    X-Wife **
    John Is Gone **
    Mr Mitsuhurato **
    Boss AC **
    Os Golpes **
    Os Pontos Negros **
    Soja M *


    Comments:
    THURSDAY - Silversun Pickups were all I hoped they'd be - smiling and happy, producing amazing sounds and playing a fantastic set. 7 songs may seem short but it was played perfectly. The other highlight was Klaxons, who played most of their debut album with intersecting new songs. With every familiar song, the crowd would go insane (me included), but an air of confusion came with every new song, as the people stopped to listen and understand them.

    TV on the Radio were fantastic and played songs from all of their albums, and Air Traffic were enjoyable. Metallica did what they always do - play a shitload of metal tracks from across their discography and please an incredible number of fans in the crowd.

    FRIDAY - Late of the Pier were completely awesome, playing all but one of their debut album (as well as a new song!) and lived up to my expectations. Immediately after them, I moved over to the other main stage to catch some of The Kooks, who were just as good as they were in Summercase. Placebo were amazing, and Fischerspooner was quite an experience. The Tings Tings played as expected, but didn't improve upon their show since last year in Madrid.

    SATURDAY - Against all odds, Los Campesinos! improved upon their previous performances in Summercase festival and the Joy Eslava gig last year, putting heart and soul into every song and throwing themselves into the crowd (and onto me at times). Lykke Li, A Silent Film and Black Eyed Peas were also highlights and rounded off a fantastic experience.

    (8) FIB Benicassim 09
    Location: Benicassim, Spain
    Date: Thursday 16 July - Sunday 19 July, 2009
    Seen Live:
    White Lies *****
    Friendly Fires ****
    Mystery Jets **** (2)
    Franz Ferdinand **** (2)
    2 Many DJ’s *** (4)
    Elbow ***
    We Are Standard ***
    Oasis ***
    Glasvegas *** (2)
    The Killers *** (2)
    CatPeople ***
    Tom Tom Club **

    Comments: Incredible 5-day break with friends, we stayed in an apartment a minute from the beach, then drank in the festival car park before seeing some great bands. White Lies were the clear standouts, and we didn't see Kings of Leon due to weather conditions (the wind caused almost everything to be cancelled on the Friday).

    RUFUS T. FIREFLY
    Location: Costello Club, Madrid
    Date: Friday 24 July, 2009
    Seen Live:
    Rufus T. Firefly ***

    Comments: Every song sounded different, it was a great set (if a little over-extended).

    Sonorama 2009
    Location: Aranda de Duero, Spain
    Date: Thursday 13 August – Saturday 15 August, 2009
    Seen Live:
    James *****
    We Are Standard **** (2)
    Mi pequeña Radio **** (3)
    The Sunday Drivers ***
    Vetusta Morla ***
    Nudozurdo ***
    Underwater Tea Party **
    CatPeople (audio only) (2)
    Mendetz (audio only)
    Infadels (audio only) (2)

    Comments: Fantastic week, ending with backstage access to a 3-day festival. On-stage for We Are Standard.

    MI PEQUEÑA RADIO
    Location: Costello Club, Madrid
    Date: ???, 2009
    Seen Live:
    Mi pequeña Radio *** (4)

    Comments: David pulled Johan and I on-stage after seeing us singing along...

    OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT
    Location: Moby Dick, Madrid
    Date: Friday 11 September, 2009
    Seen Live:
    Official Secrets Act ***
    Men Called Him Mister **

    Comments: Great start, boring middle and they played their only recognisable song at the end. Average but with promise.

    DEEP PURPLE
    Location: Palacio Vistalegre, Madrid
    Date: Tuesday 15 September, 2009
    Seen Live:
    Deep Purple ****

    THE MARY ONETTES
    Location: Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid
    Date: Thursday 8 October, 2009
    Seen Live:
    The Mary Onettes ****
    Vincent ** (2)

    DORIAN
    Location: Sala Heineken, Madrid
    Date: Friday 23 October, 2009
    Seen Live:
    Dorian ***

    CATPEOPLE
    Location: Joy Eslava, Madrid
    Date: Saturday 24 October, 2009
    Seen Live:
    CatPeople **** (3)

    (5) THE TEMPER TRAP
    Location: Moby Dick, Madrid
    Date: Sunday 15 November, 2009
    Seen Live:
    The Temper Trap *****

    Comments: Perfect set, played the entire album with an amazing flow to everything, Drum Song is enhanced when played live (as was every song, to be honest!)

    THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART
    Location: Circo Teatro Price, Madrid
    Date: Wednesday 18 November, 2009
    Seen Live:
    The Pains of Being Pure At Heart ***
    Atlas Sound ***

    THE SOUNDS
    Location: La Riviera, Madrid
    Date: Friday 27 November, 2009
    Seen Live:
    The Sounds ***
    Matt & Kim **

    MUSE
    Location: Palacio de Deportes de la Communidad de Madrid
    Date: Saturday 28 November, 2009
    Seen Live:
    Muse *****
    Biffy Clyro *****

    EDITORS
    Location: Palacio Vistalegre, Madrid
    Date: Wednesday 9 December, 2009
    Seen Live:
    Editors **** (3)
    The Maccabees ****
    Wintersleep ***

    (3) PARAMORE
    Location: Brighton Centre, Brighton
    Date: Thursday 17 December, 2009
    Seen Live:
    Paramore *****
    You Me at Six ****
    Paper Route **
    Now, Now Every Children **

    (4) ARCTIC MONKEYS
    Location: Palacio Vistalegre, Madrid
    Date: Friday 5th February, 2010
    Seen Live:
    Arctic Monkeys *****
    Mystery Jets *** (3)

    BIFFY CLYRO
    Location: Penélope, Madrid
    Date: Friday 12th February, 2010
    Seen Live:
    Biffy Clyro **** (2)

    YOU ME AT SIX
    Location: Penélope, Madrid
    Date: Friday 7th May, 2010
    Seen Live:
    You Me at Six **** (2)

    MI PEQUENA RADIO
    Location: Moby Dick, Madrid
    Date: Saturday 29th May, 2010
    Seen Live:
    Mi pequeña Radio *** (5)
    Tv Toys ***


    FIB Benicassim 10
    Location: Benicassim, Spain
    Date: Sunday 18 July, 2010
    Seen Live:
    Foals *****
    Two Door Cinema Club *****
    Gorillaz *****
    The Courteeners ***
    Echo & the Bunnymen ***

    (x) Reading Festival 2010
    Location: Reading, England
    Date: Friday 27 August - Sunday 29 August, 2010
    Seen Live
    Two Door Cinema Club ***** (2)
    Yeasayer *****
    Delphic ***** (2)
    Mumford & Sons *****
    Phoenix *****
    The Maccabees ***** (2)
    Ash *****
    Local Natives *****
    Weezer *****
    Foals ***** (2)
    Paramore ***** (2)
    We Are Scientists *****
    Klaxons ***** (2)
    Surfer Blood ****
    New Young Pony Club ****
    Billy Talent ****
    The Big Pink ****
    LCD Soundsystem ****
    Mystery Jets **** (4)
    The Cribs ****
    Serj Tankian ****
    Crystal Castles **** (2)
    Enter Shikari ****
    The Joy Formidable ****
    Los Campesinos! **** (4)
    You Me at Six **** (3)
    The Drums ****
    Kele ****
    Lostprophets ***
    Chief ***
    Modest Mouse ***
    General Fiasco ***
    Blink 182 ***

    WE ARE STANDARD
    Location: Plaza de La Luna, Madrid
    Date: Saturday 2nd October, 2010
    Seen Live:
    We Are Standard **** (2)

    MYSTERY JETS
    Location: Moby Dick, Madrid
    Date: Saturday 16th October, 2010
    Seen Live:
    Mystery Jets ****

    DANKO JONES/YOUNG GUNS
    Location: Sala Heineken, Madrid
    Date: Wednesday 3rd November, 2010
    Seen Live:
    Young Guns ****
    Danko Jones ****

    MTV EMA 2010 Show
    Location: Puerta de Alcala, Madrid
    Date: Sunday 7th November, 2010
    Seen Live:
    Linkin Park ****
    30 Seconds to Mars **
    Katy Perry *

    LEFT IN THE WAKE
    Location: La Pequena Bety, Madrid
    Date: Tuesday 9th November, 2010
    Seen Live:
    Left in the Wake ***
    Inside Me ***
    Pacto de Sangre **

    INTERPOL
    Location: Palacio Vistalegre, Madrid
    Date: Saturday 13th November, 2010
    Seen Live:
    Interpol ***** (2)
    Surfer Blood **** (2)

    TACHENKO
    Location: Yasta, Madrid
    Date: Friday 21st January, 2011
    Seen Live:
    Tachenkol ***

    DELOREAN
    Location: Rock Kitchen, Madrid
    Date: Thursday 10th February, 2011
    Seen Live:
    Delorean ****
    Hidrogenesse ***

    CUT COPY
    Location: Sala Heineken, Madrid
    Date: Tuesday 22nd March, 2011
    Seen Live:
    Cut Copy ****

    FEEDER
    Location: Sala Heineken, Madrid
    Date: Sunday 27th March, 2011
    Seen Live:
    Feeder *****
    Turtle Giant ***

    SOS 4.8 2011
    Location: Murcia, Spain
    Date: Friday 6th May - Sunday 8th May, 2011
    Seen Live:
    !!! *****
    Everything Everything *****
    These New Puritans *****
    Two Door Cinema Club ***** (3)
    We Have Band *****
    The Bloody Beetroots ****
    White Lies ****
    Yann Tiersen ****
    Editors ***
    MGMT ***

    PARAMORE
    Location: Palacio Vistalegre, Madrid
    Date: Monday 11th July, 2011
    Seen Live:
    Paramore ***** (3)


    Reading Festival 2011
    Location: Reading, England
    Date: Friday 26th August - Sunday 28th August, 2011
    Seen Live:
    Architects
    Bombay Bicycle Club
    Bring Me the Horizon
    Cage the Elephant
    Chapel Club
    Cold Cave
    Comeback Kid
    Crystal Castles (3)
    Crystal Fighters
    D/R/U/G/S
    Digitalism (3)
    Does It Offend You, Yeah?
    Don Broco
    Dry the River
    Enter Shikari
    Everything Everything (2)
    Friendly Fires (2)
    Funeral Party
    Grouplove
    Interpol (2)
    Jimmy Eat World
    Little Comets
    Mariachi El Bronx
    Metronomy
    Mini Mansions
    Muse (2)
    Patrick Wolf
    Pulp
    Royal Bangs
    SBTRKT
    The Joy Formidable (2)
    The Naked and Famous
    The National
    The Pigeon Detectives
    The Strokes
    The Vaccines
    Two Door Cinema Club (4)
    Warpaint
    White Lies (2)



    (more to add...)


    Here are my Top 10 favourite live acts:

    (not updated with 2011 onwards)
    #1 - POLYSICS
    #2 - Klaxons
    #3 - The Temper Trap

    #4 - Local Natives
    #5 - Arctic Monkeys
    #6 - Foals
    #7 - The Maccabees
    #8 - Paramore
    #9 - Ash
    #10 - Delphic

    Statistics:
    Bands Seen Live: 180
    Events Attended: 58


    (not updated with Reading 2011 onwards)
    5 Star Reviews: 50
    Polysics (4)
    Kaiser Chiefs (2)
    Vitalic
    Metallica
    Cornelius
    The Kooks
    Bjork
    Soulwax
    Los Campesinos! (2)
    Franz Ferdinand
    The Killers
    The Veils
    Great Lake Swimmers
    Silversun Pickups
    Klaxons (2)
    Late of the Pier
    White Lies
    James
    The Temper Trap
    Muse
    Biffy Clyro
    Paramore (3)
    Arctic Monkeys
    Foals (2)
    Two Door Cinema Club (3)
    Gorillaz
    Yeasayer
    Delphic
    Mumford & Sons
    Phoenix
    The Maccabees
    Ash
    Local Natives
    Weezer
    We Are Scientists
    Interpol
    Feeder
    Everything Everything
    These New Puritans
    We Have Band


    Optimus Alive!09 - FULL REPORT
    Location: Lisboa, Portugal
    Date: Thursday 9 July - Saturday 11 July, 2009

    Thu 9th July

    [Bands Seen]
    Full
    Silversun Pickups *****
    Klaxons *****
    TV on the Radio ****
    Delphic ****

    Majority
    Lamb of God ***
    Air Traffic ****
    Metallica **** (2)
    Mr Mitsuhurato **

    Partial
    Os Golpes **
    Crystal Castles ***

    Ear
    Ramp
    The Bombazines
    Machine Head
    Tiguana Bibles
    Nuna Lopez

    Missed
    Mazgani
    Mastodon
    Slipknot
    The Vicious Five
    Erol Alkan

    [Comments]
    Silversun Pickups were all I hoped they'd be - smiling and happy, producing amazing sounds and playing a fantastic set. 7 songs may seem short but it was played perfectly. The other highlight was Klaxons, who played most of their debut album with intersecting new songs. With every familiar song, the crowd would go insane (me included), but an air of confusion came with every new song, as the people stopped to listen and understand them.

    TV on the Radio were fantastic and played songs from all of their albums, and Air Traffic were enjoyable. Metallica did what they always do - play a shitload of metal tracks from across their discography and please an incredible number of fans in the crowd.


    Fri 10th July

    [Bands Seen]
    Full
    Late of the Pier *****
    The Gaslight Anthem ****
    Does It Offend You, Yeah? ****
    Fischerspooner ****
    The Ting Tings *** (2)

    Majority
    Os Pontos Negros **
    The Kooks **** (2)
    Placebo ****

    Partial
    Eagles of Death Metal ***
    Hadouken! ***
    The Prodigy ***
    John Is Gone **

    Ear
    Youthless
    Bezegol
    DJ Ride
    Coldfinger
    Zig Zag Warriors

    Missed
    Blasted Mechanism
    Zombie Nation

    [Comments]
    Late of the Pier were completely awesome, playing all but one of their debut album (as well as a new song!) and lived up to my expectations. Immediately after them, I moved over to the other main stage to catch some of The Kooks, who were just as good as they were in Summercase. Placebo were amazing, and Fischerspooner was quite an experience. The Tings Tings played as expected, but didn't improve upon their show since last year in Madrid.

    Sat 11th July

    [Bands Seen]
    Full
    Los Campesinos! ***** (3)
    Lykke Li ****
    Black Eyed Peas ****
    A Silent Film ****
    Trouble Andrew ***
    Ghostland Observatory ***

    Majority
    X-Wife **

    Partial
    Boss AC **
    Soja M *

    Ear
    Linda Martini
    Deadmau5

    Missed
    Olive Tree Dance
    Ayo
    The Pragmatic
    Chris Cornell
    Madame Godard
    Auto Kratz
    Dave Matthews Band
    DJ Kitten

    [Comments]
    Against all odds, Los Campesinos! improved upon their previous performances in Summercase festival and the Joy Eslava gig last year, putting heart and soul into every song and throwing themselves into the crowd (and onto me at times). Lykke Li, A Silent Film and Black Eyed Peas were also highlights and rounded off a fantastic experience.


    Silversun Pickups Setlist:
    [01] Growing Old is Getting Old
    [02] Well Thought Out Twinkles
    [03] There's No Secrets This Year
    [04] The Royal We
    [05] Future Foe Scenarios
    [06] Panic Switch
    [07] Lazy Eye

    Late of the Pier Setlist:
    [01] Space and The Woods
    [02] Heartbeat
    [03] Random Firl
    [04] NEW SONG (Blueberry)
    [05] Broken
    [06] Whitesnake
    [07] VW
    [08] The Bears Are Coming
    [09] The Enemy Are The Future
    [10] Focker
    [11] Bathroom Gurgle