Not too many gigs for me this year…
Everything Everything @ By The Sea, Margate - It’s been far too long since I left a gig with a hoarse voice, aching legs and sweaty clothes. EE were absolutely brilliant, the tracks from the new album were amazing and I’d been waiting to belt out songs from Get to Heaven for ages. I should say as well that Metronomy were pretty decent the following night as well.
Fleet Foxes @ Brixton Academy - Despite the crowd, the sound and video projector hitches, I’d been waiting to see the Foxes for ages and they delivered. Had a tear rolling down my face during Helplessness Blues.
Tall Ships @ The Haunt, Brighton - one of my favourite albums of the year so I made an impromptu trip down to Brighton to see them on one Saturday night in the summer. The new tracks delivered, I forgot how good the debut was and ‘Plate Techtonics’ is LOUD.
Michael Kiwanuka @ Brighton Dome - Loved the arrangement and the set as a whole and the crowd were pretty decent too. My only complaints were that the brass section was too quiet and a string section would have elevated the set to another level. The one-two of ‘Cold Little Heart’ and ‘Love and Hate’ for the encore was perfect.
Jamiroquai @ O2 Arena - Took my mum for her birthday init. He was really good though. All the songs on record sound TAME in comparison to how the band extended so many bangers and kept the crowd dancing.
Elbow @ Bedgebury Pinetum - My fifth time seeing them and the fatigue set in quite early on. Not every song needs crowd interaction or singalongs, Guy. The Kent one gig a year crowd didn’t help either.