John & Jacob, The Barfly – Camden

So the first music gig of the year was upon us.  Last night Mum & I headed into London to see John & Jacob play The Barfly in Camden.

This was the fourth time we were seeing John & Jacob.  We discovered them when they supported The Band Perry, then we saw them support Kacey Musgraves and then last year when they played their first headline gig at The Borderline.

Mum & I were waiting at the venue from about 6pm, doors opened at 7.  Twitter checks (aka Twitter Stalking) showed us that the band had done sound checks and they’d posted a picture of them outside the venue…. so I knew what they were wearing…. I jokingly said to Mum what would we do if they walked pasted and not 10 mins later they did infact stroll past the venue – spotted because I knew John was wearing a pink hoodie… So of course, I ran out of the venue, down the street after them for a picture!!

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The support band was a British country group called Holloway Road, they were really good and are also playing one of the C2C pop up stages.  I’d really recommend going to see them.

The venue was small so we’d gotten ourselves a nice spot by the edge of the stage. There didn’t appear to be any side entrance to the stage, so when the time came John & Jacob walked through the crowd to get onto the stage.

The setlist included some favourites, Ride with Me, Coming back for you, Done which they wrote for The Band Perry and many more. There were also 4 new songs! We knew from Twitter checks (aka stalking) and seeing them arrive that The Shires were also at the gig, so we did wonder if they might make a sneaky appearance on stage.  Finally they were invited on stage to sing Breaking the Law (one of my favourite songs) with John and Jacob… It’s really great to see British country music getting the exposure it deserves.

As we drew to the end of the gig, they played  ‘I’d go back’, a really beautiful love song. The song starts so low and quiet with Jacob singing, and the crowd hushed to listen to the song, and they all started to sing along. By the chorus we are all singing as loud as we could and this carried on through the rest of the song, as it ends John says to Jacob that gave me chills and they talk about how even when they play gigs in America, though don’t get that reaction of the crowd singing along to every word.

The gig ends with ‘Be my girl’ the song made famous by the TV show Nashville and again, its massively popular as we all sing along. I’m really grateful that John & Jacob continue to visit the UK, I just can’t wait for the day they play Shepherds Bush or C2C.  They really deserve that success and they seem to have the fan base

It was exciting to hear new music too, so now we just need to know when the next album will be out and when they will return to the UK.

John & Jacob
Tuning up!

John & Jacob

John & Jacob

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Gig Of The Year – 2014

So after a year of gigs and events what would I pick out as my highlight of the year…
I’m going to be cheeky and pick a few well it’s my blog I make the rules!
Firstly looking at the non music gigs I went to, I’m going to choose Froch vs Groves at Wembley. This was my first ever boxing event. It was so impressive I like to watch boxing at home but am usually asleep by the main event and have to be woken for the big fight so I was worried that I would get tired and restless. But it’s not possible, one the seats aren’t comfy enough for sleep but secondly and more importantly the atmosphere is electric. I didn’t expect that really and it made it all the more enjoyable. I was so pleased Carl Froch won, it was a great punch. Though at the time Peter didn’t agree with the stoppage once we rewatched it at home you could just see Froch knock the stuffing out of him. It was a brilliant event and I really hope I manage to see more boxing live.
Now my best music gig… This is going to be hard… So let’s do a top 3… Like I said before my blog… My rules 🙂
In third place Kacey Musgraves with John and Jacob supporting. I love Kacey and I love John and Jacob so this really is the perfect gig!! Plus we met John and Jacob after and then went to their first headline gig 2 weeks later!
In second place Taylor Swift, I liked Taylor before I saw her in concert. I LOVED her and wanted to be her by the time the concert finished!!
And in first place Ed Sheeran one guy, a guitar and a loop pedal is all you need to have one of the best gigs ever! Well maybe ticker tape was missing, but I won’t hold that against him!
Happy New Year – here’s to more music in 2015!

First tickets for 2015 have arrived

and how fancy is the envelope!

John & Jacob Tickets

I guess that’s why they cost me nearly £6 in postage!

Countdown to the first music gig has started! John & Jacob on the 3rd Feb, I can’t wait and I know my mum can’t wait either! She wants to ask them if they are in Nashville when we are there in May! And knowing Mum, I’m sure she will!

John & Jacob, Borderline, July

Mum, Me John & Jacob at the Borderline

2014…. finally

Finally, this year’s gigs

Sun 2nd Feb – Taylor Swift @02

Sun 2nd Mar – Eric Church @Shepherds Bush (for the second time)

Tues 4th Mar – Beyonce @02 (for the second time)

Sat 15th Mar – C2C Festival feat Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley, Dixie Chicks & Zac Brown Band

Sun 16th Mar – C2C Festival feat Chris Young, The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts & Brad Paisley

Wed 14th May – Barry Manilow @Wembley Arena

Wed 28th May – NKOTB @Hammersmith (third time)

Sun 8th Jun – One Direction @Wembley Stadium

Sun 6th July – Kasey Musgraves @Shepherds Bush (second time & John & Jacob support)

Sat 12th July – Eminem @Wembley Stadium

Mon 21st July – John & Jacob @The Borderline

Sun 12th October – Ed Sheeran @02 (for the second time)

Tues 18th Nov – Darius Rucker @Shepherds Bush

Plus still to come

Thurs 11th Dec – Professor Green @Roundhouse