• Smashing Pumpkins

    Nov 15 2011, 13h24

    Mon 14 Nov – The Smashing Pumpkins, Ringo Deathstarr

    Bizarre but enjoyable gig yesterday, they started off with a couple of songs off the new album. the album was supposed to be out but he said will be out next year (March).

    Felt it was quite a slow start and it took the sound techs to get the vocal sound levels right as they weren't really meshing well with the music.

    But after a few songs it started to fall into place. The crowd was quite still for a lot of the earlier songs as the band didnt play many what you would call 'Singles', and decided to play more of a mix of new unheard songs, a few album tracks off Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie, a few songs off Gish and a few B-sides off Pisces Iscariot.

    As the sent went on there was a bit more crowd involvement and Billy Corgan seemed to be enjoying himself, up until the moment some lad wearing Ski goggles in the crowd did something, Billy Corgan then had a go shouting at him saying that he didn't want this guys bad vibes around here, and told him to leave continuously, he also said anyone who wanted to leave could go and he would refund their tickets. So the crowd cheered with support for Billy and about 5 bouncers came into the middle of the crowd and dragged the guy out the venue to a rapturous applause.

    Later on he spotted someone in the crowd doing the V sign, and he genuinly didnt know what it meant so he asked his band what it was. And they said they think its just a backwards peace sign, until someone in the crowd shouted out 'it means fuck you', to which he had a bit of a laugh at and said that the guy giving him the V is clearly someone whos girlfriend he has fucked. Then started making jokes about shagging this guys girlfriend which was quite funny.

    Again this seemed to heighten crowd involvement. They played for about 2 hours 35 minutes or so, which for a gig at the Academy is quite impressive as most people play about an hour and a half there. He came back out and thanked the crowd for their appreciation and said that the band are human beings and really do appreciate good responses from the crowd. And say they play better when then get good responses. He seemed very humbled by the crowd and seemed to stay out for ages to thank the fans after the gig.

  • RHCP - Glasgow

    Nov 14 2011, 12h04

    Sat 12 Nov – Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fool's Gold

    Brilliant gig in Glasgow on Saturday. One of the best gigs I have been to, Chilis looked like they have reclaimed some of the lost energy they have had in recent years. The set list contained some old classics, only 3-4 off the new album, but they played a few album tracks off Californication, By The Way and Stadium Arcadium that maybe they havent played live for a while, and also included some old favourites like the Stevie Wonder cover of Higher Ground. Brilliant gig.

    Monarchy of Roses
    Dani California
    Scar Tissue
    Can't Stop
    Ethiopia
    Throw Away Your Television
    Otherside
    The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
    Right On Time
    Hard to Concentrate
    Look Around
    Higher Ground
    Under the Bridge
    Californication
    By the Way

    Encore:
    Chad & Mauro Drum Jam
    Around the World
    Soul to Squeeze
    Give It Away
    Outro Jam

  • The Horrors - Newcastle

    Out 19 2011, 12h24

    Tue 18 Oct – The Horrors

    Absolutely excellent last night, played the same set list as below. Very good live, smallish venue with a good lively crowd. Faris came on and said he was having vocal chord problems, but they wernt noticeable and played for about an hour ten minutes. Support act was also absolutely brilliant, they had shit hair but a fit female keyboardist but we're excellent, didn't quite catch the name sounded like 'Pordu' but well worth checking out.



    Changing The Rain
    Who Can Say
    I Can See Through You
    Scarlet Fields
    Dive In
    Three Decades
    Endless Blue
    You Said
    Sea Within A Sea
    Still Life
    Encore:
    Mirror's Image
    Moving Further Away
  • Bombay Biycle Club

    Out 2 2011, 12h32

    Sat 1 Oct – Bombay Bicycle Club, Dry The River, Dog Is Dead

    Absolutely brilliant. Played about 20 songs. Only two songs off flaws and about 8-9 off debut album and new album. But great crowd and a superb band. Support act Dry The River were also very impressive. The guy from ''Gavin and Stacey'' Matt Horne was at the side of the stage watching them too, as he was dj'ing after the gig.

  • Band ratings

    Ago 29 2011, 16h29

    Fri 26 Aug – Leeds Festival 2011

    Taking Back Sunday - 3 Only saw them to get a good spot for FT.
    Frank Turner - 9 Fucking awesome, good sign and dance along for all involved. One of the best acts at the festival.
    The View - 6 A few good songs, padded out by new ones that people have lost interest in. Did ok but not mind blowing
    Chapel Club - 6 Not really heard them much, but they were pretty decent
    Warpaint - Only watched about 2 songs, wanted to see more of them but went to mainstage to watch FF.
    Friendly Fires - 8 good festival band, with some good songs to dance around to
    Interpol - 8 One of my favourite bands, but had a small crowd which wasnt too involved. Good set though
    Elbow - 9 really impressive, Guy Garvey is a superb entertainer.
    Muse - 9.5 Put on a great show as always, I really enjoyed OOS as I prefer the songs from it to most the ones on laast album say. But the crowd was shit for most the songs during Origin, its clear that a lot of Muse fans maybe came into the band on Black Holes and only really know the greatest hits and the last album as opposed to full album tracks. But put on a great show, real spectacle
    Pete Doherty - After Muse finished Pete was still playing, so managed to catch his last two songs which was a bonus.
    DJ Fresh - DJ set in Relentless tent

    Miles Kane -8 Surprised he wasnt higher up the bill, really good album and was really good live. He seemed to be absolutely buzzing playing the gig.
    Tim Minchin - went to see the previous comedian to get a good spot, but the tent was rammed overflowing outside, when everyone stood up managed to get about 3/4 of way into the tent but stayed for about 10 minutes as the sound wasnt loud enough and you couldnt really see much of him due to the metal fence being at a strange angle. Should of been on an another stage to be fair. Stage wasnt big enough for him.
    Patrick Wolf - 8 wanted to see him but had decided to see Tim Minchin again instead, but when I left that early, managed to catch most Patrick Wolfs set, hes been one of my favourite artists past couple of years and hes a really good live performer
    Metronomy - 9 One of the biggest surprises of the weekend for me, bought their new album a couple of months back and wasnt too fussed, but they were proper superb live.
    The Vaccines 10, probably the best band of the weekend, the tent was rammed, overflowing outside, the whole crowd singing every song, with loads of crowd interaction and involvement, absplutely superb gig and blatantly should of headlined the tent, biggest crowd on NME stage that day by far. Was on the barrier and managed to shake all their hands on the way past at the end of the gig when they walked off the front stage.
    Noah And The Whale - 7 Not arsed about them, was bored first few songs in, but they really picked up and werent too bad,
    White Lies -8 Good show, seen them about 6-7 times live now and still think they are suited to smaller venues for the sound, but they blew Beady Eye out the water aswell.
    Beady Eye - 6 Possibly the biggest dissapointment of the festival, was gonna go see UNKLE, but had been on front barrier for about 4-5 hours in a row so decided to stay. They were ok, but that was it, they wernt mind blowing or anything. Liam Gallagher was always moaning on about something, if it wasnt about Noel, press, the lighting crew or the fact that not many people knew lyrics to all their songs. He did seem to admit though that they are a band in working progress rather than the finished article just yet. The Vaccines were the band that should of headlined that day

    The Joy Formidable - 7 Possibly have the best album of 2011, and are a very very good band, put on a good show and had a decent sized crowd to say they were on so early.
    The Pigeon Detectives 8 I always thought these were appalling live, seen them 3 times before all at Leeds fest and they had been toss, saw them to get a good space on main stage, but they actually were really good, played a lot off first album and yeah, were a massive massive surprise
    SeaSick Steve - 8 - I saw him about 3 years ago in the Alternative Stage when he was here, there was literally me and about 10-20 other people there (including an annoying woman in crowd who brought her own tambourine with her) and he alluded to this gig a few times during his mainstage slot yesterday cos we chanted STEVEO at him for the first time he had hear and he thought he was getting booed. Pretty cool when he got the girl out of the crowd on stage and also had John Paul jones from Led Zep/Them Crooked Vultures playing alongside him the whole set.
    Two Door Cinema Club 8 Just a quality indie pop band, although most people that appeared in the crowd were all about 12 or something.
    Madness - 7 Good festival band, really enjoyed their set. Some good dance along tunes
    Jimmy Eat World - 5 Only saw them to get a good space on mainstage, grabbed some food when they were on and they wernt too bad, only knew two songs by them
    The National - 7 Very small crowd, and a few people in that crowd didnt have a clue who they were, so were most likely there to get a space for Strokes. But I really like them, nice chilled out set on a sunday night
    The Strokes 9 The band were good, thought the setlist was in a strange order, they kinda played a lot of bigger songs towards the start rather than the end. Lots of absolute knobends in the crowd for them
    Pulp 10- Pulp were mind blowing, really really good spectacle, great songs, Jarvis Cocker has great on stage banter and presence and is generally very funny. Love his engergy that he brings aswell. Nice to see Richard Hawley reunite with them for half the set. Was a nice touch. But yeah, great way to end the festival with probably the best performance of the weekend.
  • Pete, Pete Pete

    Mai 18 2011, 11h47

    Tue 17 May – Peter Doherty, Alan Wass

    Saw him last night. Was really good. Support act Lipstick Melodies didnt turn up, so he got his mate Alan Wass to be his support act. He wasnt that bad actually, bit of a Bob Dylan wannabe in the mould of Pete.

    He came on at about 9.45 and played until about 11.35 when they cut the sound off his microphone off. It was an acoustic set with just him on the stage, He played a mix of songs, few Libertines ones, a lot of solo songs and of course a couple of Babyshambles ones, he played a cover of the song Twist And Shout and used that as a refrain in some songs towards the end too. He was really entertaining between songs, had a lot of banter with the crowd.

    About 3-4 of his songs he had ballerina's come on and dance to his music which was quite unusual but was quite good. But yeah a really intimate gig, just him and an acoustic guitar. Loads of people were throwing stuff on stage, and each time he would pick it up, he eneded up with 9 bras (included one full of chicken fillets which raised a big laugh), couple of pairs of pants, a few hats, a couple of jackets, scarf, a phone and most bizzarely someones passport ha!. Outside the venue next to his tourbus he was signing autographs etc for all the people who stayed behind.

  • Pendulum

    Dez 10 2010, 19h11

    Thu 9 Dec – Pendulum, Hadouken!

    Wow, never seen so many children/kids at a gig before. At 22 years of age I was practically a pensioner in this crowd. Crowd were pretty dissapointing.

    Pendulum were ok, not the best performance by them but that was largely down to the poor sound quality in the arena, who obviously thought turning the bass sound levels on high (cos there a dnb band) was a good idea, yet the sound vibrations were overshadowing all other aspects of Pendulums music.
  • The Charlatans + Shaun Ryder

    Out 13 2010, 16h10

    Thu 7 Oct – The Charlatans, Shaun Ryder

    Saw them in Newcastle a few days ago.

    Really good, last saw the Mondays about 5-6 years ago and Shaun Ryder the other night was the most coherent he had been for year. In really good form. He did a mix of Mondays and Black Grape, with one or two new solo songs.

    The Charlatans as always are a class act live in all the times ive been to see them. Tim Burgess is a fantastic frontman, really interacts with the crowd. Felt they were better on the last tour though as I think that was a stronger album than the most recent one. Phil Salisbury from The Verve very capably filled in on drums too.





    Couple of pictures I took at the gig
  • My favourite albums of 2010 so far

    Set 12 2010, 14h26

    Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
    Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
    Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History
    Hot Chip - One Life Stand
    Four Tet - There Is love In You
    Foals - Total Life Forever
    The Sunshine Underground - Nobody's Coming To Save You
    Jonsi - Go
    LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening
    Everything Everything - Man Alive
    ----------------------------------
    Manic Street Preachers - Postcards From A Youngman
    Kele - The Boxer
    Interpol - Interpol
    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Beat The Devils Tattoo
    Delphic - Acolyte
    Vampire Weekend - Contra
    Broken Bells - Broken Bells
    Bombay Bicycle Club - Flaws
    Eminem - Recovery
    The Dead Weather - Sea Of Cowards
    Ocean Colour Scene - Saturday
    We Are Scientists - Barbara
    Magnetic Man - Magnetic Man
    Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love
    Menomena - Mines
    Mystery Jets - Serotonin
    Omar Rodriguez + John Frusciante - Secpulcros De Miel
    Beach House - Teen Dream
    Smashing Pumpkins - Teargarden By Kaleidescope
    Pendulum - Immersion
    Gogol Bordello - Trans-Continental Hustle
    Paul Weller - Wake Up The Nation
    Slash - Slash
    Carl Barat - Carl Barat
    Linkin Park - A Thousand Suns
    Lightspeed Champion - Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You
    Jimi Hendrix - Valleys Of Neptune
    Blood Red Shoes - Fire Like This
    Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles II
    The Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt
    Dawin Deez - Darwin Deez
    Kings Of Leon - Come Around Sundown
    UNKLE - Where Did The Night Fall
    Brandon Flowers - Flamingo
    The Charlatans - Who We Touch
    Hurts - Happiness
    The Drums - The Drums
    Santana - Guitar Heaven
    Omar Rodriguez Lopez & John Frusciante - Omar Rodriguez Lopez & John Frusciante
    The Futureheads - The Chaos
    Mike Patton - Mondo Cane
    Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can
    Jamiroquai - Rock Dust Light Star
    Massive Attack - Heligoland
    David Gray - Foundling
    Swahili Blonde - Man Meat
    RPA & The United Nations Of Sound - United Nations Of Sound
    Pulled Apart By Horses - Pulled Apart By Horses
    Klaxons - Surfing The Void
    Plan B - Defamtion Of Strickland Banks
    The Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt
    MGMT Congratulations
    The Hot Rats - Turn On's
    Japanese Cartoons - In The Jaws Of The Lord Of Death
    These New Puritans - Hidden
    Yeasayer - Odd Blood
    Weezer - Hurley
  • My Leeds Fest 2010

    Ago 30 2010, 20h24

    Fri 27 Aug – Leeds Festival 2010

    Oooohh just had the best sleep ever since getting back on the train after lunch. Fucking exploded when I got home, completely violated the toilet like!!


    Anyway......... The highlight for me was undoubtedly The Libertines, was right near the front. Absolutely incredible as for the others, ill do a player rating type system


    Friday - Just stayed on the main stage most the day

    Arcade Fire -9.5 Absolutely superb as expected, all my mates went to see Pendulum instead (do like them too), but I know I made the right choice. Dont think ive seen a main stage headliner crowd that small before in all the 6 years ive been to Leeds fest, which is a shame as they are amazing.

    The Libertines - 10 Incredible, been waiting for that moment for a long time, just hit after hit, was right near the front and there was quite a bit of crushing going on, came out pretty bruised and battered.

    Dizzee Rascal -7 Got the crowd going in the glorious sunshine

    The Cribs - 7.5 Good set from The Cribs

    The Maccabees - 6 Dont like them that much, its nice music, but not very inspiring

    Modest Mouse - 7.5 Started pissing it down when these came on, gave a great thunderous performance, proper toe tapping stuff to keep warm

    Gaslight Anthem -7 Only really heard 59 sound before festival, so wasnt familiar with the other songs, but thought they were decent

    Mystery Jets - 6.5 Really like them, but rating goes down as the sound didnt seem right for the first few songs

    The Futureheads - 9.5 One of the bands of the weekend, seen them several times and this was one of the best ive seen them

    The Walkmen - 7 Didnt know there stuff, but was a really nice start to the weekend



    Saturday - Rubbish mainstage, so just stayed in the NME tent all day

    Klaxons - 6.5 Wasnt the best headliner tbh, did too much of the new album which only came out 2 days before festival. Were still ok

    We Are Scientists - 8 Brilliant performers as ever, very entertaining. One of my favourite bands

    Foals - 7.5 - Amazing set spoiled as the sound was far too quiet, speakers needed turning up

    Band Of Horses - 6.5 - Nice relaxing chilled out music.

    Kele - 9 - Best performance of the day, fucking amazing atmosphere + 5 Bloc Party songs.

    The Drums - 6 - Slighlty dissapointed by them, plus they left out Lets Go Surfing

    Wild Beasts - 7 - Really entertaining

    Los Campesinos - 6.5 - Pretty lively and energetic performance

    Abandonman - 3 rubbish comedian we saw for 15-20 minutes when having dinner, saw the guy who plays Angelos Epethemou walking past in his normal clothes too, also saw Steven K Amos watchign him

    Local Natives - 7 - Enjoyable, but guitarist needs a shave

    The Joy Formidable -7 - Decent way to open the set, the blooming woman was smashign her guitar up most the set.



    Sunday - The crowd were fucking lifeless all day, felt sorry for most the bands that played, just an unresponsive crowd for almost everything. We were all tired, but come on people enjoy yourselves!!!

    Guns N' Roses - 9.5 Really like GNR but came into the set with no expectations except thinking it was gonna be awful and that Axl Rose was going to walk off or turn up late (he did), so after a cagey first couple of songs where he looked knackered and kept wandering off the stage to have about 6 costume changes, GNR really stepped up and played a fantastic set. Very impressive against all the odds.

    Queens Of The Stoneage - 8 You know what you get with QOTSA, just pure quality as ever.

    Biffy Clyro - 7.5 Massive crowd, seemed that a few people wernt familiar with the older songs they played, qas quite funny when they had the sound problems and he threw the amp off stage. ALSO wtf has he done to his hair and beard?......

    Yeasayer - 6 Only watched a couple of songs as I went to get my hoodie from my tent as it was freezing

    The Bink Pink - 2 Appalling crowd, felt really sorry for the band, but they were also boring, but you could see it was hard for them having a lifeless crowd...other than Dominoes, But probably worst band of weekend

    Two Door Cinema Club - 8 Were in the top 3 bands I wanted to see this weekend but part of the set clashed with one of the others in Gogol Bordello so missed first few songs, but they were absolutely amazing

    Gogol Bordello 8 - Amazing live band, but the crowd were dissapointing, should of been jigging and jumping around like any GB show does

    Billy Talent - 1 Saw a bit of these to get a good spot for GB, Is this shit actually for real? God awfu

    lNew Young Pony Club - 7 Good performance, despite a subdued crowd, im in love with the female Keyboardist

    Surfer Blood - 7 - Another enjoyable new band,

    Frankie And The Heartstrings - 7 Kinda has some sort of 50's sound to it, really enjoyable

    Young Guns - 0 Dear me, fucking woeful!



    All in all a superb weekend. As always. Met some great people along the way. At 22 years of age, I started to feel quite old at this festival, seemed more youngsters than usual (maybe because there are a lot of 'new' bands around?, either that or Im getting older) My fav 5 were The Libs, Arcade Fire, GNR, The Futureheads and Kele.



    Just going to have to catch up on the lack of sleep from all weekend now.Plus, The thought of anymore alcohol for the next couple of days is pretty off putting.



    Been watching the highlights on BBC3 and BBCi since I got back. Already miss it