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buncranaboy
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Sunday November 19th - Arena Birmingham : Depeche Mode. Admission £65 plus fees. Attendance : 15,800 capacity


And so for the third time in six days it was back to the Arena with daughter No 1 in tow. She knew little of the band's material except what she'd picked up listening to covers by the likes of Marilyn Manson and Lacuna Coil; I hadn't bought anything since Violator in 1990 and have never seen them live till this evening but was curious as DM have maintained a hardcore following despite lack of chart success for many years. Now I can see why.
I remember Depeche Mode arriving on the scene in the post-New Romantic era with their plinky plonky synth ditties which seemed of little substance or merit. Fast forward thirty-five years and "Everything Counts" is now a huge dark soundscape backed by booming bass and heavy synth. The packed house were with them every step of the way, belting out their anthems and it was difficult not to get swept along. Many of the numbers may lack musical originality and subtlety but the delivery was so polished and the sound mesmeric with the whole ensemble led by the indefatigable Dave Gahan who was in a very dark place not that many years ago. His performance and showmanship reminded me somewhat of Freddie Mercury; of course he's not a kid any longer - he's 55; how did that happen? I still think of this lot as new-fangled!
I didn't know a lot of the stuff but "Where's the Revolution" from their latest album was a belter as of course were the show-stopping "Enjoy the Silence" and "Personal Jesus".
It helps when there's standing at a gig but I have to say this was hugely impressive. I'd go again.......as the surrounding streets echoed to "reach out and touch faith".....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07M4in5q5Lc



No more gigs till Gogol Bordello in Wolverhampton in a month; that should be a quiet cosy evening........Tongue


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A bloke I know went to see the Darkness last night
somewhere way out East....and there was me thinking
that Justin Hawkins had died five years or so ago....Unsure


Was at Saarfend apparently....looks like a born again Rik Mayall!





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Not forgetting British Whales 2006 unofficial World Cup Anthem and his crap attempt at "This town ain't big enough for the both of us".




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Just got the vid up on YouTube - that is so South of shocking...
Darts?? That has to be one of the worst videos since...err, the Reynolds Girls.


What were the Mael bruvvers thinking?



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Friday December 16th @ Wulfrun Hall - Gogol Bordello and Lucky Chops. Attendance 1,000 est; Admission £25


Not sure how to describe this gig save that it was a privilege to be here. I've been aware of Gogol Bordello for many years but never purchased any of their material nor been aware of them playing in Birmingham though I'm sure they must have over the years. They are a gypsy punk band from Lower East Side, Manhattan and are led by the manic Eugene Hitz who is of Ukrainian upbringing. Their name is taken from Ukrainian writer Nikolai Gogol who was credited with bringing Ukrainian culture into the Russian mainstream and the band say they aim to follow his lead by bringing that culture's music to a wider audience. The rest of the band (there were ten of them on stage at times) come from all over the place including Belarus, Russia, Ecuador and Ethiopia but the sound is unmistakeably Eastern European.........as were many of the audience with some strikingly beautiful women who carry that insouciant look of disdain to perfection. Some of the members on stage were from support band Lucky Chops, a New York brass-band who found fame playing in subways in that city and I'd like to have caught more of their act than the last two numbers but we'd become detained in the Posada en route from the station Wink
No time wasted chatting by the band as they roared into a succession of frenetic gypsy songs, some in English but most in Ukrainian, not that it mattered a jot as front-man Hitz swigged his way through wine bottles with his hyper-energetic troupe taking turns to cajole the crowd : think The Pogues on speed and you're nearly there. Elijah Wood's old flame Pamela Racine provided a touch of glamour on stage, flanked by menacing fiddlers and accordion players and we built toward a crescendo of "Start Wearing Purple" which we thought would bring the curtain down; not so as we got well past the 23.00 curfew and even then the band stayed on stage, some coming down to the crowd for a chat, including a remarkably sober-looking Hitz which I thought was a nice touch. Maybe the wine was watered down, or maybe he's just very good at handling it. Either way, great fun.
Wulfrun Hall is the smaller of the two venues at the back of the building that houses the much larger Civic Hall where Thunder were playing the first of two sell-out Xmas gigs tonight. It's a basic no-frills venue, all-standing, with a large well-staffed bar alongside the auditorium - in a word, a great venue especially for this type of gig.
With the late finish, the last train (23.18) was missed so we killed an hour or so in a horrible Spoons (Moon Under Water) taking the best part of 20 minutes to get served. A grim pub in a grim town which would ironically be more suited to Eastern Europe - maybe that's why Wolverhampton was one of only five UK locations for this tourCool
Have a gander at this..........
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYE8Vjih2cs


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Friday December 16th @ Wulfrun Hall - Gogol Bordello and Lucky Chops. Attendance 1,000 est; Admission £25


Not sure how to describe this gig save that it was a privilege to be here. I've been aware of Gogol Bordello for many years but never purchased any of their material nor been aware of them playing in Birmingham though I'm sure they must have over the years. They are a gypsy punk band from Lower East Side, Manhattan and are led by the manic Eugene Hitz who is of Ukrainian upbringing. Their name is taken from Ukrainian writer Nikolai Gogol who was credited with bringing Ukrainian culture into the Russian mainstream and the band say they aim to follow his lead by bringing that culture's music to a wider audience. The rest of the band (there were ten of them on stage at times) come from all over the place including Belarus, Russia, Ecuador and Ethiopia but the sound is unmistakeably Eastern European.........as were many of the audience with some strikingly beautiful women who carry that insouciant look of disdain to perfection. Some of the members on stage were from support band Lucky Chops, a New York brass-band who found fame playing in subways in that city and I'd like to have caught more of their act than the last two numbers but we'd become detained in the Posada en route from the station Wink
No time wasted chatting by the band as they roared into a succession of frenetic gypsy songs, some in English but most in Ukrainian, not that it mattered a jot as front-man Hitz swigged his way through wine bottles with his hyper-energetic troupe taking turns to cajole the crowd : think The Pogues on speed and you're nearly there. Elijah Wood's old flame Pamela Racine provided a touch of glamour on stage, flanked by menacing fiddlers and accordion players and we built toward a crescendo of "Start Wearing Purple" which we thought would bring the curtain down; not so as we got well past the 23.00 curfew and even then the band stayed on stage, some coming down to the crowd for a chat, including a remarkably sober-looking Hitz which I thought was a nice touch. Maybe the wine was watered down, or maybe he's just very good at handling it. Either way, great fun.
Wulfrun Hall is the smaller of the two venues at the back of the building that houses the much larger Civic Hall where Thunder were playing the first of two sell-out Xmas gigs tonight. It's a basic no-frills venue, all-standing, with a large well-staffed bar alongside the auditorium - in a word, a great venue especially for this type of gig.
With the late finish, the last train (23.18) was missed so we killed an hour or so in a horrible Spoons (Moon Under Water) taking the best part of 20 minutes to get served. A grim pub in a grim town which would ironically be more suited to Eastern Europe - maybe that's why Wolverhampton was one of only five UK locations for this tourCool
Have a gander at this..........
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYE8Vjih2cs


Have seen Gogol Bordello in Manchester a few times. Always memorable gigs. Not seen them for a while though so good to hear they're still going strong.




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I forgot to watch the vid last time you posted it...they are total whack jobs.

Terry McDermott on vocals with Vlad Putin on accordion...

As for Thunder, if it's the same band, not seen them since they played
third fiddle to ZZ Top and Bryan Adams at Milton Keynes in the early 90s.



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I was surprised and delighted to see and hear that The Chameleons (cult 1980s Manchester indie guitar psych/pop legends) were featured in a question on last weeks edition of Only Connect in the music round. I won't give the answer away if you haven't seen it. As I didn't recognise the song at first it took me until the third song to get the connection.


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I watched an excellent doc on XTC on the BBC catch up facility, downloaded last week on TV.
'This is pop'. They have been and remain one of my favourite bands since the early 1980s. Great to hear Andy Partridge talking about his career, and his hate of rockumentary's.
As someone who religiously purchased and loved every XTC LP since 'Black Sea' I was amazed to hear that they were largely commercially unsuccessful. Amazing, are people out there deaf?
Thoroughly enjoyable.
Less so, was the doc on the Clash, also downloaded from the BBC, which seemed to fall into the very same format that Andy Partridge said he hated!



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Wolverhampton Civic Hall : Black Country Communion. Admission £45. Attendance 3,000

Tardis time : Step back about 35 years and it's a fusion of Zeppelin and Purple in a time when life was so much simpler.Crazy Black Country Communion are the celebrated blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa, ex-Deep Purple man Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham and keyboard wizard Derek Sherinian and the music is a homage to the region and the music it spawned in the seventies. Close your eyes and it's back then, only not as much patchouli in the air and the coats are less hairy.
As are many of the audience; where once there would have been loads of hair there are now shiny heads. No matter, it's a celebration of middle-age where most of the teeshirts sold afterwards will be XXL.
Wolves civic is a classic old venue, and there can't be many where you can select from a range of pies at the bar, or get a cracking pint of Enville Ale to accompany the gig. The joint was packed for the first ever gig of this "supergroup" whose album has been out a few months now and though the music was unfamiliar to many, the ambience soon settled and time/time lost took over. Many shades of Zeppelin in the music though the single "One last Soul" is very much Deep Purple. They have only the one album to select from, so there was always going to be an "extra" for the encore, and it was a blistering version of "Burn" and Hughes' voice, as it was all night, was perfect.
It was also a perfect night to bellow "WALLY".
Roots music for the Black Country. I loved every minute and every contrived solo. File under Progressive Tongue








Tuesday 2nd January at Wolves Civic - Black Country Communion. Admission £67.50. Attendance : 3,000
Can't quite believe it was seven years ago but.......four albums in and more of the same from Black Country Communion at a heaving Wolves Civic for which this was the last gig while it undergoes a makeover - I hope they don't change it too much as it's a great rock venue that this group call home. Wonderful vocals from Glenn Hughes, some unbelievable guitar work from Bonamassa whilst Jason Bonham just continues to do what he's one of the best at. The sound was a tad ropey on occasions but got sorted well before a terrific encore of Purple's "Mistreated". Another high note for me was the appearance of The Dubliners Gerry O'Connor on "Last Song for my Resting Place". A real feel-good and feel-old night but not at every gig do you get the lead vocalist trying to get the crowd involved by shouting "Let me hear you say YAM".......
Bostin and at just over two hours, worth every expensive penny. (most expensive gig ever held in this town?)
Last Song for My Resting Place : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7FssPpNG2w


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Wolverhampton Civic Hall : Black Country Communion. Admission £45. Attendance 3,000

Tardis time : Step back about 35 years and it's a fusion of Zeppelin and Purple in a time when life was so much simpler.Crazy Black Country Communion are the celebrated blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa, ex-Deep Purple man Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham and keyboard wizard Derek Sherinian and the music is a homage to the region and the music it spawned in the seventies. Close your eyes and it's back then, only not as much patchouli in the air and the coats are less hairy.
As are many of the audience; where once there would have been loads of hair there are now shiny heads. No matter, it's a celebration of middle-age where most of the teeshirts sold afterwards will be XXL.
Wolves civic is a classic old venue, and there can't be many where you can select from a range of pies at the bar, or get a cracking pint of Enville Ale to accompany the gig. The joint was packed for the first ever gig of this "supergroup" whose album has been out a few months now and though the music was unfamiliar to many, the ambience soon settled and time/time lost took over. Many shades of Zeppelin in the music though the single "One last Soul" is very much Deep Purple. They have only the one album to select from, so there was always going to be an "extra" for the encore, and it was a blistering version of "Burn" and Hughes' voice, as it was all night, was perfect.
It was also a perfect night to bellow "WALLY".
Roots music for the Black Country. I loved every minute and every contrived solo. File under Progressive Tongue








Tuesday 2nd January at Wolves Civic - Black Country Communion. Admission £67.50. Attendance : 3,000
Can't quite believe it was seven years ago but.......four albums in and more of the same from Black Country Communion at a heaving Wolves Civic for which this was the last gig while it undergoes a makeover - I hope they don't change it too much as it's a great rock venue that this group call home. Wonderful vocals from Glenn Hughes, some unbelievable guitar work from Bonamassa whilst Jason Bonham just continues to do what he's one of the best at. The sound was a tad ropey on occasions but got sorted well before a terrific encore of Purple's "Mistreated". Another high note for me was the appearance of The Dubliners Gerry O'Connor on "Last Song for my Resting Place". A real feel-good and feel-old night but not at every gig do you get the lead vocalist trying to get the crowd involved by shouting "Let me hear you say YAM".......
Bostin and at just over two hours, worth every expensive penny. (most expensive gig ever held in this town?)
Last Song for My Resting Place : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7FssPpNG2w


So is this the real price of inflation £45 to £67.50 in 7 years. So 50% in seven years is that 7% a year or is it a bit more complicated than that?


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So is this the real price of inflation £45 to £67.50 in 7 years. So 50% in seven years is that 7% a year or is it a bit more complicated than that?

As I am sure you suspected it's more complicated than that. An increase of 7% a year would have taken the price the price to £72.26. However the actual increase is only a whisker under 6%, which seems pretty hefty compared to the official inflation and pay increase figures.


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So is this the real price of inflation £45 to £67.50 in 7 years. So 50% in seven years is that 7% a year or is it a bit more complicated than that?


It's also a reflection of the standing of the band. The first gig was an experiment I guess; now with four albums out and a solid reputation built up, they would command more dosh. Much lesser acts have been charging more for so much less.
This was an unforgettable performance - has anyone currently got a better rock voice than 66 year-old Glenn Hughes; it's not as if he's looked after himself either......


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Edison Lighthouse on at my WMC tonight (Sat) , will give it a go.




Will Rosemary be there ?







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Jesus....looks like a line-up of those who failed to make
the compere's gig for the remake of Bullseye....


Shall be seeing this lot tonight...




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Definitely looks as if that lot have had the best years of their lives



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Met the guy on the left a few weeks back and he's morphed
into Tony [Baldrick] Robinson's double...



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So, there I was at this charity gala gig in central London on Saturday night - you
know the type of bash, awash with those who have been and them what
never will be - £40 a bottle of wine etc, etc and Bobby Davro didn't show!Mad

Anyway, there was about 500 there on tables of ten and the first act comes
on - opera singer - who instantly gets the hump because everyone is talking
over her and just announces... "will you lot shut up?"

She launches into that old stand by 'Nessun Dorma' and sings a few verses
then before going into the last bit says to the audience, "I want you all to
join in the chorus please."

WTF?
How many people actually know - apart from those who have to sing said aria -
the words/chorus...some had a go, for the rest, it was like watching John Redwood
trying to bluff his way through the Welsh National Anthem all those years ago.

Then she really got pissed off with the stage staff, when on announcing
her second song - one of those you know but haven't got a scooby as to what
it's called - the background staff replayed Nessun Dorma once more. Ouch.

She was followed by a comedienne who was about as funny as a gangrenous
broken leg - totally died on stage - as I was more interested in getting the
wine that hadn't appeared at our table.

My missus was getting all hot and flushed as she was sat next to some French
dude, whom I'm sure would have stuck his tongue down her throat if I hadn't
been there - and his missus plus another Gallic couple were in close proximity.

So, while she was getting moist with Bonaparte's ghost, I was chatting away
to the bird next to me who happened to be a former Sky presenter who looked
a ringer of Dolly Parton's daughter. Scrubbed up well though.

There were a couple of arty types next to her, and the wife/partner said: "Your
wife tells me that you produced the brochure this evening..it's very good can
you do such and such?" - business cards were exchanged instantly.

A few other forgettable acts then hit the stage, interspersed with the odd luvvy
compŤre, who kept saying how wonderful the food was blah, blah. blah.
The menu looked good in the brochure but the amount of food on offer for
what was five courses, wouldn't fill one of my oval dinner plates.

Tee Green then came on - apparently has backed the world and its uncle/aunt
down the years but was good as it goes - could certainly hold a note - and he
was followed by somebody called Barratt Waugh, who finished 15th in some
talent show about ten years previous - 6/10.

Brinsley Forde, former ASWAD front man was okay but then came Patti Boulaye
who was a class above all the other acts on show.

Modern Romance appeared - with I believe just the one original member - and
they did their two big hits to death, particularly 'The Best Years of our Lives',
which went on longer than the Nice's album version of America.

Georgia and the Vintage Youth did their stint - good voice but sitting to the left
of stage the acoustics were not that great where we were sat.

What is about the French and buying rounds? I'd bought a couple of bottles
of red but couldn't even embarrass them into coughing up for their shout,
as 'oi, it's your fucking round' had no effect.

Then the main man Jay Kamiraz - nope, I had never heard of him before I
started work on said brochure, although the missus does know his bedfellow's
son - I thought it was Harbajhan Singh Shocked but fair play, at least he could
sing [sic] and sounded honest and sincere on reading his speech re the night
and the charities it was supporting.

Needless to say I gave the signed Ronaldo and Messi shirts a miss - both went
for £1,500 I think and the grand piano - at £27,000 - was a tad out of my range.

One or two instantly forgettables came and went before finally, with the DJs
awaiting to spin into action, Old Men Grooving hit the stage. Now I know
what I look like when I dance smashed at wedding receptions.

With the Frenchies having beaten a retreat (unusual that), me and 'er indoors
- not before she pissed off Nasty Nick from EastEnders; long story -
hit the dance floor but a hamstring injury reduced my 'Moonwalk' routine
to just a soft shoe shuffle.

It was now 2am and the missus was completely shitfaced so I pulled her
to the bar through a sea of tall birds - it was like Amazonia had been
rediscovered...there were loads all six-foot plus.

Ended up drinking raspberry gin with some geezer from Uzbekistan - which
had it's lighter moments before Mrs Q fell off her heels for the last time
having spent ten minutes outside having a fag.

I was all for getting the night tube then taxi but she was in no fit state,
so ordered an Uber, who said it would be £60 - was that the return price?

Of course she threw up in the cab - no change there - before crashing out as
myself and Warsaw's finest discussed Rachmaninov's piano concertos...True!

All in all it was a fun night but I will probably take a few sandwiches next time...



Play-off programmes wanted: 2004 Basingstoke v Lewes. 2005 Droylsden v Kettering, Maldon v Barking, Maldon v Uxbridge. 2006 Brackley v Marlow, Kendal v Stocksbridge. 2007 Paulton v Taunton, Tooting v Hastings. 2008 Didcot v Oxford City, Tooting v Worthing, Sheffield v Stocksbridge. 2009 East Thurrock v Concord, Ilkeston v Kendal, Nantwich v Guiseley, Stocksbridge v Carlton. 2014 Tiverton v Paulton. 2015 Darlington v Bamber Bridge.

FA Vase semis wanted: 1975 Hoddesdon v Friar Lane. 1978 Barton v Hungerford. 2001 Taunton v Clitheroe.


FA Trophy programmes wanted: 1969-70 Any round from first season. Have many but plenty of gaps still to fill.

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Tuesday 20th March 2018
at Thť‚tre Sťbastopol, Lille
Marina Kaye - Explicit Tour
Admission - Ä39.50
Programme - No
Attendance - 1 350 all seated capacity - sold out afaik


Well this didnít turn out quite as I expected - but more on that later. First a little about Lille, a beautiful city and my first visit, with the weather ideal for some sightseeing. Of more interest to many on here is that it is a beer drinkers paradise. Historically part of Flanders, and still influenced by the proximity of the Belgian border, the drinking scene is hardly typically French. Some beer is still brewed locally, and Les 3 Brasseurs, directly opposite the Gare de Flandres, should be on every visitors must visit list. All four of their regular brews were excellent. But every bar and cafť I visited, even in my hotel, had some good Belgian beer on tap, as opposed to stuff from the big name brands. Directly opposite the theatre in the student quarter, and visited pre show purely for convenience was a Charles Wells owned English themed pub named The Queen Victoria - but even here they had a couple of Belgian guests, so I didnít have to resort to travelling all this way to drink Directors or Bombardier.

Marina Kaye is a 20 year old native of Marseilles, staging this tour to mark the release of her second album Explicit. It is so called, she explained, as she bares her emotions at the difficulty she experienced adjusting to the success of her debut album at a very young age. Although she sings primarily in English, her commercial success has been limited to her native country and its Francophone neighbours, Belgium and Switzerland. Those are the only countries on her tour itinerary, and I choose to visit Lille as it gives a reason to tick a trip on Eurostar off my bucket list of things to do. Of course I could have done so to visit Paris or Brussels, but I could fly to either from Manchester much more quickly, and probably more cheaply. It made more sense to take the train to Lille, and all went well in that regard.

Marina quickly rattled off her first three songs before pausing to speak, and using a trick I have seen her do before on video, that of waiting and letting the audience applaud for as long as they want to carry on doing so. A couple of minutes or so on this occasion, before she responded with a slightly ironic, íBonsoir Lilleí. What we didnít realise at that occasion was that she was clearly under the weather with either a cold or a throat infection, and though it didnít seem to affect her singing at first, each pause to speak was interspersed with a cough or two. And as the evening went on, it was clearly getting more difficult for her, missing one high note on an otherwise lovely acoustic version of Something, and having to abandon singing Sounds Like Heaven all together for similar reasons amidst a string of apologies.

Nevertheless, she seemed determined to get through the evening, lowering the key on some songs, and adjusting the longer notes to enable her to get by. She left the stage briefly on several occasions - pre-planned as far as I could tell to allow each of her five band members their own little showcase - and after one of these, the band started up the intro to the next song. However, Marina returned to the stage accompanied by her tour manager, and inevitably the announcement was made that she was unable to continue. This was only the third night of her tour, and I have been unable to find a set list on line of her two earlier shows, but we were about 70 minutes into the concert, and I would guess a couple of songs or so away from the planned encore. In footballing terms, plenty on here would no doubt count an abandonment after 70 minutes as a successful tick!

Marina was joined centre stage by her band members, clearly trying to lift her spirits, and she was given a standing ovation by an audience impressed by her efforts to soldier on for as long as possible. Nevertheless, she looked heartbroken and about to burst into tears as she left the stage. It has, therefore, been good to see that she has twice taken to social media today, saying that all the goodwill messages from her fans had helped to lift her spirits. Her scheduled concert tonight in Strasbourg has, of course, had to be cancelled, after which she has a couple of days grace before her next date. In that sense, I am glad I went to Lille and not Strasbourg, as that would have been an even greater disappointment.

Earlier in the evening, an unexpected bonus came in one of the best support acts I have ever enjoyed from 22 year old Parisienne Eugťnie. Unaccompanied, confident and making extensive use of live looping, her style reminded me of Jain, although her official fan site references Christine and the Queens as one of her influences. Either way, French music seems to be being particularly well served by its young female singers at the moment, and Eugťnie is another I will be following on YouTube.

All in all not the trip I expected, but there is little point stressing about things you canít control, and it was a pleasant few days away.


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Sunday April 15th @ Genting Arena (NEC) : Arcade Fire. Admission £55 + fees. Attendance : 15,000 est
Couldn't believe it was almost 8 years ago since I saw Arcade Fire last time when they were touring The Suburbs album. Two more electronica albums have followed with last year's Everything Now not meeting with universal approval. I have to admit to also being underwhelmed by it, but now seeing it live...........WOW!
I've never been to a more exuberant, joyful gig as this. The Montreal-based 9 piece are the ultimate live act in my opinion and with 5 albums now behind them, they have an extensive back catalogue. The setting was quite unusual too as the stage was inside a boxing ring in the middle of the arena with the band's arrival announced in true boxing style as they entered through the masses. Opening with the Abba-esque title track from the new album which had everyone on their feet from the beginning, they stormed into Rebellion (Lies) and No Cars Go as all albums were covered. A joyful Sprawl II (Mountains beyond Mountains), a frenzied Normal Person and Power Out while the electronic Put Your Money on Me and We Don't Deserve Love were staggering.
Totally at ease in an arena setting, lead couple Win Butler and the captivating Regine Chassagne left the ring on different occasions to dance in the crowd while the encore saw the support Preservation Hall Jazz Band join them on an already packed stage for a showstopping finale of Wake Up after which they again filed out through a rapturous crowd, led by the jazz ensemble playing the refrain as they went. Utterly uplifting and unhesitatingly recommended.


Wake Up : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZD7CNRSq28


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I had never heard of this band before your post, BB.
Watched your link....they are good!!



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Sunday 15th April 2018
at Manchester Apollo
Dua Lipa
Admission - £26.25 (standing)
Capacity - 3,500 (standing downstairs, seating upstairs) - sold out

Friday 20th April 2018
at Alexandra Palace
Dua Lipa
Admission - £28.00
Capacity - 8,250 (all standing) - sold out

Sunday 22nd April 2018
at Band on the Wall, Manchester
Mabel
Admission - £13.00
Capacity - 340 (standing plus a few seats on the balcony) - sold out


Three concerts in a year would probably be above average for me to attend, and three in eight days was certainly a first. When the dates were first announced for this leg of Dua Lipaís tour, she only had a Saturday date in Manchester, and, keen fan though I am, I would rather avoid interfering with my Saturday afternoon sporting event if at all possible. Therefore, a Friday evening in London, at a venue I had never previously visited, and a building of historical significance at that, appealed. When a second date in Manchester for the Sunday was added, I thought I might as well. Mabel later announced dates for her debut headline tour, performing at probably my favourite small venue in Manchester, and my hectic schedule was complete.

First a word about each of the venues. The Apollo, for some time one of Manchesterís leading music venues, used to be all seated, but now has standing room only downstairs in the stalls. With the floor rising in a shallow rake, it offers fine viewing even from the back, which is very useful as it is not a place to arrive at too early. Although not far from Piccadilly station, it is in one of Manchesterís scruffier locales, and the bars inside the venue are hardly enticing either, offering only very overpriced fizz.

Visiting Ally Pally was a highlight for me, not least because I was able to arrive early and take advantage of unseasonably warm sunshine, enjoying an ice cream whilst taking in the fabulous views from the surrounding park. In house catering here was exceptionally good, a large area set aside and surrounded by various stalls. I had a very nice chilli, and washed it down with a milk stout from Sussex based Pin Up Brewery. They had their own stall with four of their offerings, and all things considered, London prices and inside a ticketed venue, £5.30 a pint was less than I thought I might have to pay. As for the Great Hall itself, it is as basic a venue as you could imagine, but what an atmosphere when packed to the rafters!

Band on the Wall is a tiny, intimate venue, set in Manchesterís northern quarter, and handy for just about anywhere in the city centre. No shortage of good pre show drinking options around here, and I called at the Fringe, just across the road, where a choice from six hand pumps was available. Entry to the venue is actually through their own adjoining bar The Picturehouse. Food available here should you require it, and they had Mobberley Brewhouse Taking the Pith at £3.90 a pint, which was marginally cheaper than I paid in the nearby pub. Inside, an upstairs balcony has a few seats and tables if you queue to be one of the first in, otherwise it is standing downstairs, with everyone within a few feet of the stage.

When I last saw Dua Lipa, I had to explain to people who she was - not now surely though. An astonishing year has seen her become the youngest female singer ever to have a video viewed over one billion times on YouTube, and she received two BRIT awards. On the day of the London concert, she secured her second UK number one single, and, in a pre recorded appearance the same night on BBCís Graham Norton Show, the host described her as popís latest princess. She has joined pop musicís A-list of performers in double quick time, and has put together a show that lives up to that billing.

The ninety minute set was virtually identical at both venues, but there felt something extra special about the home town London show, where everything was beamed onto large screens. Duaís energy on stage was astonishing, and at the Ally Pally she thanked her fans for a year in which she said all her dreams had come true. At the end of the piano ballad Homesick, Dua gave a smile that lived up to the phrase lighting up a room - even one as large as the Great Hall - I donít think I have ever seen anyone look happier! And she apparently hosted an after party into the early hours, got completely pissed and posted the pictorial evidence herself on social media. Thatís a good way to make the paparazzi rather obsolete.

Mabel may be less well known, but she received a BRITís critics choice nomination this year, and has had two UK top ten singles. Although this was her debut headline tour, I was surprised such a small venue was chosen, but these occasions offer a chance to see somewhere in a intimate setting before they move on to bigger locations. Music should certainly be in Mabelís blood - daughter of British record producer Cameron McVey and Swedish 90ís star Nenah Cherry, she was born in Spain, and raised in both London and Stockholm - if you followed her social media without knowing her background you might be surprised by the occasional tweet in fluent Swedish! She is the spitting image of her mother, and looks stunning as she performs a sixty minute set of glorious R&B inspired songs that rounds off my week perfectly.


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The Apollo, for some time one of Manchesterís leading music venues, used to be all seated, but now has standing room only downstairs in the stalls.

The seats downstairs are still used, and are removeable. Depending on the type of gig, the downstairs area can be either seated or standing.


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Tuesday May 1st - Arena Birmingham : Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. Admission £49.50 plus fees. Attendance 15,000


The only act that the whole family go to together, this was the third tour we'd seen and whilst the performance was fine, it didn't inspire me to consider a future trip to see Mr G. Nothing wrong with the set-list - Gallagher does have the knack of writing a good tune and there were enough Oasis numbers thrown in to keep the diehards happy - though a few of the tracks on his third album are pretty ordinary, it was such a pale comparison to the Arcade Fire gig a couple of weeks ago which crackled with vim, originality and joie-de-vie.
It was half-an-hour before he spoke and then just to bad-mouth Birmingham albeit with a bit of a twinkle in his eye. Another forty minutes passed before his next audience interaction when he wished Roma all the best against Liverpool while "What A Life" was dedicated to Citeh supporters everywhere!
I do particularly like some of his singles such as "The Ballad of the Mighty I" and "Beautiful World" but it was the old favourites like "Little by Little", "The Importance of Being Idle", "Half the World Away" and "Wonderwall" that people had come to hear with an encore of "Go Let it Out", a stripped-down "Don't Look Back in Anger" and the Beatles "All you need is Love" bringing things to a singalong conclusion.........during which a lot of folk had already decided to start heading off which suggested not all were overly impressed with the choice of show closer.
Long queues to get in at the start as all tickets were name-checked against photographic ID which I've never before seen at a gig


The Ballad of the Mighty I https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzQYtpjMjSo


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Tuesday May 8th - Symphony Hall, Birmingham : Christy Moore. Admission £36.00. Attendance : 2,000


It's impossible to overstate the importance of Christy Moore in the revival of Irish folk and trad music in the early and mid-seventies when he, together with Donal Lunny, formed the band Planxty who later evolved into Moving Hearts with the addition of guitarist Declan Sinnott who's been with Christy all the way since.
This gig in the stunning Symphony Hall took place the day after Christy's 73rd birthday and I felt that I ought to go, taking into account SJJ's recommendation of not waiting till they come round again (as we both did with Tom Petty last year). I remember seeing Moving Hearts way back in the early eighties when their powerful blend of folk, rock and political opinion went down a storm with the audience in the border town of Clones, Co Monaghan. Christy has toned down his act these days but still is a powerful advocate of social justice and personal freedom. His songs, many from the Planxty era but mainly traditional folk tunes, are simple tunes that reminded me so much of rural Irish life.....songs about priests and nuns, sessions and the craic, drunken husbands, lost love and wild remote places....you could hear a pin drop. Many songs were accompanied by a tale, sometimes about the lyrics, sometimes about the writer, sometimes about someone to whom it meant something. Impressive as the venue is, this was the type of gig you'd want to see in an Irish country pub with the crowd gathered around the band, pints in hand, singing along - the stage here is massive and the four players seemed dwarfed by it as they sat in a close semi-circle at the front edge.
He's not a great player nor a great singer really but he was not long back voted Ireland's greatest living musician - Sinnott is the musical tyro here and his guitar solo at the end of the closing number (Moving Hearts' "No Time for Love") was stunning. Before that we went from the "Cliffs of Dooneen" via the "Raggle Taggle Gypsy" to Moore's best known number, the hugely evocative "Ride On".
Two hours - no break and no support - in the company of a Great Man. Guess it helps if you're Irish...........


No Time for Love - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y-8FlFhSKQ


Ride On - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utbf_0q4kO4

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