Gig Tops

Whenever I go to a gig, I always like to buy a piece of merchandise, usually a T-Shirt. I’ve been collecting them now for years! I rarely wear them, which you might find weird, but to me they are treasured possessions, a reminder of a great experience.

This is my collection of music concert t-shirts! As you can see, there is Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Boyzone, Kelly Clarkson, NKOTB, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Tim McGraw, Professor Green and many many more!

Music Gig T-Shirts
Music Gig T-Shirts

There is also a suitcase filled with sporting t-shirts, football shirts, F1 tops and boxing.

My mum is going to make it into a patchwork quilt for me, something to keep so I can always remember the things I’ve been too.

My Ticker Tape Obsession

I love  it at a gig when an act fires off ticker tape into the crowd!

It’s my most favourite thing… I love it more than a B stage….

Ticker Tape, Coldplay
Ticker Tape @ Coldplay

I always try to suss out if there will be ticker tape, if possible I try to stand by the cannons.  I always want to be in that position in the crowd where the full force of the ticker tape lands. Unfortunately that rarely seems to happen. We end up spinning round in circles trying to jump and grab it.

Coldplay do amazing things with ticker tape, there has been florescent butterflies that look like they are fluttering through the air, giant yellow balls that pop and gold tape flies out everywhere.  The Killers had lightening shaped ticker tape in red and silver that came shooting out.

I always pick it up and bring some home to go in my gig scrap box where all my tickets, wristbands and gig paraphernalia is kept before it makes its way into my scrapbook. I love when I put on a coat I wore to gig and put my hand in the pocket and out comes a handful of ticker tape.

I have no idea where my love of ticker tape came from, I just know that nothing makes me happier than seeing it shooting out when I’m at a gig… Sometimes I wish every time I opened my front door I would be showered in ticker tape and streamers, wouldn’t that just be a nice welcome home!

Though my mum tells me I’d soon get tired of the mess.

Professor Green at The Roundhouse

Final gig of the year and pro green smashed it.

It was a sad day for us, a first anniversary of a loved one passing away. Six months ago when I realised the gig was the same day I mentioned to Peter about asking his cousin to the gig. The day of gig would be the first anniversary of his mums death and we felt that a day out would help keep Craig’s mind busy.

The gig soon approached and it felt wrong to be looking forward to it and I wasn’t sure if we’d done the right thing. Peter and I did the usual gig prep. I’d found the set list we listened over and over to the songs and we were excited for the gig.
We met Kate and Craig in the afternoon and headed into London. Roundhouse isn’t too far from St Pancras so I said we should walk… I’m pretty used to traipsing round London for gigs or just a day out but it would seem Kate isn’t.. So we find a pub to break up the walk. We settle in and got a round of drinks and some jagers and we toasted Annie.
Jager Bombs
Another round of drinks and more jagers and we ordered some food. It was lovely sitting with Kate and Craig and talking. We see them a lot but always with their kids (who we love) so it was great to see them both relax and enjoy themselves.
So we finally get into the Roundhouse and I forgot what a great venue it was. I’ve only been here once before and you forget how intimate it is but it also feels grand too. Doesn’t matter where you stand the view is amazing. There were two support acts one being a DJ just before Pro Green came on and he was brilliant. Normally I can’t wait for the support to be over but this guy was good!
Finally the lights dim and the start of Lullaby plays. The female backing singer sang the chorus and her voice was amazing. Pro Green walks out and the crowd go crazy!!! This is the bit I love the most. The smile on his face as he soaked up our reaction. This is someone who’s persona might make you think he’s pretty tough but the more I’ve read about him recently and the interviews I’ve seen you realise he’s just a normal bloke dealing with life. There something about seeing a rapper live the way lyrics come spilling out. In total pro green sang 17 songs and barely paused for breath. We had the set list (of course) and we knew when our favourites were coming up…. Lullaby is a song that means so much to me as it talks about his struggles with anxiety and depression something I am dealing with now, Name In Lights with Rizzle Kicks was so good and my favourite Astronaut was just beautiful. It’s a really sad song and the crowd singing along made it sound even better.
Suddenly we were at the end waiting for the encore we knew the final song was Read All About It and while waiting for him to come out I checked Twitter… If a singer I’m seeing does any duets then I just like to  see if the other person happens to be in the country just in case of a surprise appearance. Imagine my excitement when I saw Emeli Sande has tweeted ‘Roundhouse here we come’. She was here!!
Emeli Sande
The encore was three songs, we had two to wait and then the opening bars start to play pro green is talking, thanking us for waiting for the album and tour, thanking Millie and then his Nan who brought him up. And then a female voice starts to sing, it’s not the backing singer….. Emeli Sande walks out and the place goes nuts!!!
What an amazing way to end a year full of music.  2015 already has John & Jacob, Saint Raymond, The Script, Country 2 Country, and a trip to Nashville to name just a few gigs. I can’t wait, my happiest place is standing in a crowd of people, singing till I have no voice left, watching a singer do what they love.

Darius Rucker Live + In Session with Bob Harris

A couple of weeks ago I got to see Darius Rucker at Shepherds Bush.  I loved Hootie when I was younger (which you can read a bit about here http://wp.me/p5oOZ3-z) and when Darius was announced as a Country 2 Country act for 2013 I started listening to his country music. I was so excited to be seeing him for a second time.

When Darius performs, he has this cute little wiggle and dance he does and a smile on his face. He looks so happy to be up their singing.  Now he always plays a couple of Hootie songs and at C2C he covered Family Tradition. That first time seeing him the UK fans weren’t really sure what to do in this song. But by this visit we all knew our parts and this is one of my favourite songs to sing along too.

Now my sister had googled the set list and as it neared the end my friend turned to me and said “No Wagon Wheel?” and I whispered “Encore!” The band left and came back on to this song, now the set list said the final song was Purple Rain, and Darius had ended his C2C set with this song.  As the opening bars started to play, I thought, this isn’t Purple Rain, it was Champagne Supernova, by Oasis! Now my sister and I were very much team Oasis in the whole Oasis vs Blur Battle of the Nineties, so we just SANG our hearts out! Apologies to those around us as we were SCREAMING! It was a brilliant end to an amazing gig!

Setlist

Radio
Heartbreak Road
This
Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It
Time
Pink Horses
Homegrown Honey
Southern State of Mind
Let Her Cry
Exodus
Alright
Shine
Family Tradition
Hold My Hand
It Won’t Be Like This For Long
Only Wanna Be With You
Come Back Song
East Bound and Down
True Believers
Encore
Wagon Wheel
Champagne Supernova

In Session with Bob Harris

While Darius was over he also did a session with Bob Harris, this was aired last night on Radio Two as part of Bob Harris Country.  He sang the latest single, Homegrown Honey, Radio and a song called What God Wants for Christmas. Bob hinted a new studio album at the start of 2015 and Darius talked about wanting to return to the UK as often as he can.  He wants to play The Royal Albert Hall and I’m sure a lot of Darius Fans what his too as well!

Listen to his session here (available till 2nd Jan 2015)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04q1fdq 

The Killers – Wembley Song

Sometimes at a gig, something amazing happens…

One of these times was at The Killers Wembley gig on 22nd June 2013

The Killers had a treat for us, they’d written a song about Wembley…

I don’t think there are any words to explain those moments as The Killers played this song. I have just sat and watched a video of it 3 times and it gives me shivers, makes me cry a little and makes me smile.

That’s the magical thing about music, it makes you feel everything.

Oh, and after watching this again I just remembered how much I heart Brandon Flowers!

It all becomes clear…

I’ve only ever seen one artist twice during the same tour, that was when Robbie Williams played MK Bowl back in 2001. And that was only because I bought myself tickets and my sister also bought me tickets, so I got to go twice!

Other than that, I am mostly happy to just see a band once during the tour. I mean I’ll go EVERY time they tour, but just the one gig each time.  Now my mum comes to most Country gigs with me and will be my plus one if I don’t have one. My Dad doesn’t go to gigs, expect for Jack Jones.  My parents try to see Jack Jones every time he tours, sometimes more than once.

When he tours next year, they are going THREE times. THREE! So maybe that’s where i get my gig obsession from!

Standing at Gigs/Gig Etiquette

I do much prefer standing at a gig.  Its just better to be closer than stuck in a seat somewhere up the back or sides.  However standing does have its problems and this raises the unspoken issues around ‘Gig Etiquette’.

Firstly in the hour straight after the doors opening, you have all the space in the world.  We always pick our spot and get comfortable, as time passes, people move in.  That lovely space you had in front of you, now someone is standing in it and someone is also standing in front of them.

Also there is the to-ing and fro-ing of other people.  We are quite set in our gigs ways (I’m sure you might have picked up on that). We go to the loo as we arrive and then after the support, then that’s us pretty much in our spot till the end. But everyone else is in and out, backwards and forwards and they’ve decided where I’m standing is the perfect route to where they want to be!

Then there is the lack of personal space. Clearly I haven’t perfected the ‘Get out of my space face’ very well. People seem to think it’s ok to flick their hair all over you and in your drink! It is not!

It really annoys me when people talk through the band being on stage.  A concert with 20,000 people in attendance is NOT the place to bring your mates up to date on your personal life. I paid to hear the band sing, not listen to you! Save your drama for the journey home or the pub!

Finally what has to be the worse thing about standing is the throwing of drinks and other suspect liquids! Its that moment when you are happily facing the stage dancing and singing away when.. BANG a cup hits you and liquid is in your hair, your face, down your clothes and then you have the moment of.. its cold, its beer, its ok, rather than its warm, its probably wee, its NOT OK!