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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1320 on: June 13, 2024, 01:05:52 pm »
Been a cracking year so far, last gig for me was The Hives in Manchester, even got to see about 20 minutes of a Libertines gig in the club academy as well before heading next door.

Next ones for me is the big Ocean Colour Scene gig at the Pier Head, Avril Lavigne, and Bruce Springsteen.
I doubt I'll get down there so give us feedback after it all happens please mate. Should be great.
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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1321 on: June 13, 2024, 01:11:12 pm »
Went to The Killers with Travis supporting in Dublin last night, first night of their UK/IRE tour. Travis absolutely fine as the support, 45 minutes, played all the big hits as you'd expect.

But the Killers were just fantastic. Really energised, great stage, brilliant production, and my god is Brandon Flowers a real rock frontman.  Even someone like myself and the missus, who probably haven't listened to much of their stuff after the first two albums, were blown away.

Can't really imagine booking to see either of this, even though I did like both back in my teens, but I can well imagine both being really good. Saw The Killers support U2 at the Millennium Stadium way back when they released their debut, and have obviously seen loads of recordings of their live stuff, Glastonbury, etc.

I liked Travis a bit around my early/mid-teens - would have had their first three albums and liked the single they released in-between ('Coming Around'?). Bet they do a really good set full of songs that you just know though - for me they'd be a great one to turn up in a support slot at e.g. the summer gigs at the Pier Head or the Castlefield Bowl or whatever.

Glad you enjoyed! Alvvays at the Ritz and Manics & Suede at the Castlefield Bowl next for me, to round off the first half of the year.

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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1322 on: June 14, 2024, 10:21:30 am »
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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1323 on: June 14, 2024, 10:31:35 am »
Wonder if all the other Johns from the rest of the alphabet will be goin?

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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1324 on: June 14, 2024, 10:35:45 pm »
Weezer and Smashing Pumpkins at O2 was excellent in a 90’s nostalgic way.

Very different bands on the same bill. Seemed to work though.

I was lucky enough to see Weezer a couple of years ago, along with Green Day & Fall Out Boy. I love them, but I was a bit surprised about the lack of atmosphere when they were playing compared with the other bands. 

I didn't bother going to see them this year as concert going is a bit tough for me at the moment, but was curious about the Glasgow gig the other night,  so watched a couple of videos from the concert and seemed exactly the same. They were great, but the crowd seemed dead, even though the arena seemed full. Really strange.

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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1325 on: June 17, 2024, 08:33:30 pm »
I was lucky enough to see Weezer a couple of years ago, along with Green Day & Fall Out Boy. I love them, but I was a bit surprised about the lack of atmosphere when they were playing compared with the other bands. 

I didn't bother going to see them this year as concert going is a bit tough for me at the moment, but was curious about the Glasgow gig the other night,  so watched a couple of videos from the concert and seemed exactly the same. They were great, but the crowd seemed dead, even though the arena seemed full. Really strange.


There was definitely an element of this for Weezer and Smashing Pumpkins. Crowd was into it  I terms of singing along but it was relatively subdued at the same time.


Got Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam and Green Day over next 2-3 weeks so will see how crowds stack up versus Weezer.


I thought it might be an age thing but I was surprised by how many under 30’s there were at the Weezer/Smashing Pumpkins gig.
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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1326 on: June 17, 2024, 08:41:31 pm »

There was definitely an element of this for Weezer and Smashing Pumpkins. Crowd was into it  I terms of singing along but it was relatively subdued at the same time.


Got Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam and Green Day over next 2-3 weeks so will see how crowds stack up versus Weezer.


I thought it might be an age thing but I was surprised by how many under 30’s there were at the Weezer/Smashing Pumpkins gig.
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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1327 on: June 17, 2024, 09:00:22 pm »
Where you seeing Pearl Jam, Spurs? Really looking forward to that. It took me a while but I genuinely think their new album is one of their best

Co-Op Live in Manc. Was already going to Green Day at Wembley on same night as Pearl Jam gig at Spurs.

Bit of a trek from Suffolk for a Tuesday night gig! Bad enough getting to West Ham’s ground on Thursday for Foo Fighters
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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1328 on: June 17, 2024, 11:38:00 pm »
Would be curious to hear how Green Day are these days. Loved them when I was 13 and they were banging out punk classics, but saw them headline a festival a decade ago and they were atrocious. Literally every song had a call and response or handclap element. I want to see you play the songs, it's not a panto!
 

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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1329 on: June 18, 2024, 10:42:29 am »
Had a nice day at Blenheim Palace on Sunday watching Turin Brakes, Sheryl Crow and Crowded House! Adored Sheryl Crow growing up and Crowded House are one of my all-time faves.

Strange kind of place - seemed to suit the crowd as they were quite reserved throughout, it all felt a bit posh. But CH had them on their feet by the end. Sheryl Crow's voice is still stunning!

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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1330 on: June 18, 2024, 02:14:45 pm »
Had a nice day at Blenheim Palace on Sunday watching Turin Brakes, Sheryl Crow and Crowded House! Adored Sheryl Crow growing up and Crowded House are one of my all-time faves.

Strange kind of place - seemed to suit the crowd as they were quite reserved throughout, it all felt a bit posh. But CH had them on their feet by the end. Sheryl Crow's voice is still stunning!

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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1331 on: June 18, 2024, 08:10:58 pm »
I hate to say it, as City's owners are part-owners, but the Co-op Live arena is sound. The acoustics are mind-blowing for a venue holding 23.5k people. Also, it was easy to get in and out of the venue, as well as get a drink. The only issue was the queue for the men's toilets as there were only two/three cubicles in each one, which lead to a long line given how many were using them for lines...
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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1332 on: June 18, 2024, 10:29:48 pm »
Would be curious to hear how Green Day are these days. Loved them when I was 13 and they were banging out punk classics, but saw them headline a festival a decade ago and they were atrocious. Literally every song had a call and response or handclap element. I want to see you play the songs, it's not a panto!
 

I’ve  not seen them since the ‘99 Warning tour interested to see how they are nearly 25 years later
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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1333 on: June 20, 2024, 11:41:55 am »
I’ve  not seen them since the ‘99 Warning tour interested to see how they are nearly 25 years later
Think that Warning tour was a couple of years after. They were playing Reading and I skipped them in favour of Evan Dando, who was majestic. How were they anyway? Always wished I'd managed to see them pre-American Idiot.

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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1334 on: June 20, 2024, 07:26:11 pm »
I hate to say it, as City's owners are part-owners, but the Co-op Live arena is sound. The acoustics are mind-blowing for a venue holding 23.5k people. Also, it was easy to get in and out of the venue, as well as get a drink. The only issue was the queue for the men's toilets as there were only two/three cubicles in each one, which lead to a long line given how many were using them for lines...
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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1335 on: June 21, 2024, 09:54:13 am »
Think that Warning tour was a couple of years after. They were playing Reading and I skipped them in favour of Evan Dando, who was majestic. How were they anyway? Always wished I'd managed to see them pre-American Idiot.

You are defo right. Think it might have been 2001. Green Day were very good on the Warning tour. Be interesting to see them 20 years later.

Foo Fighters were excellent at London Stadium last night. Loved the fact they played loads off their 1st 3 albums. 1st time I’ve seen them since about 2004-05. Saw them a number of times between 1997 and 2004.

Wet Leg were excellent as the support. They sound so early 90’s to me. Not in a Britpop or grunge sense. Not quite sure who they remind me of though
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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1336 on: June 21, 2024, 12:45:29 pm »
I've seen a lot of arena talk on twitter/elsewhere the past week or so, obviously spurred by the opening of the new Manchester arena and Taylor Swift playing at Anfield. Building an 11k arena in town was so small minded even in 2007 or whenever it was built. Should have been closer to 20k then which is what we need now. I can't see it happening given the Echo is relatively new in the grand scheme of things but it would be lovely.

As well as that we should have a smaller venue built able to hold anywhere between 5-8 thousand or something like that. It'd attract well more artists I feel. Don't believe we have anything in that range. What we currently have is a number of smaller venues (<2000 capacity), the arena (11k) and one/soon to be two big stadiums (>50k). If these folks running the city are so keen on making it a place for big events then movement on those would be nice, act like one of the biggest cities in the UK for once.
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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1337 on: June 21, 2024, 02:23:46 pm »
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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1338 on: June 24, 2024, 12:03:09 pm »
I've seen a lot of arena talk on twitter/elsewhere the past week or so, obviously spurred by the opening of the new Manchester arena and Taylor Swift playing at Anfield. Building an 11k arena in town was so small minded even in 2007 or whenever it was built. Should have been closer to 20k then which is what we need now. I can't see it happening given the Echo is relatively new in the grand scheme of things but it would be lovely.

As well as that we should have a smaller venue built able to hold anywhere between 5-8 thousand or something like that. It'd attract well more artists I feel. Don't believe we have anything in that range. What we currently have is a number of smaller venues (<2000 capacity), the arena (11k) and one/soon to be two big stadiums (>50k). If these folks running the city are so keen on making it a place for big events then movement on those would be nice, act like one of the biggest cities in the UK for once.

I've always just assumed that the geography of the north west creates a bit of ceiling for Liverpool. I go to see touring artists regularly, but the vast majority necessitate a trip to Manchester (visiting venues like Gorilla, the Ritz, the Albert Hall, and the Academy venues). Manchester's location means that people can & will travel from all directions to attend events, whereas we don't have a comparable location or the required transport links. It seems rare that I see artists having both Manchester and Liverpool on their tour schedule, and rarer still that they'd have Liverpool but not Manchester - I've always figured that's a geographical concern for those organising tours, rather than it being a lack of venues.

Of course, the recent Taylor Swift concerts were an example (a rare one, I believe) of Liverpool being the chosen north west stop-off for a tour. It seemed like a bit of a unique 'super event', however, and I imagine there was a serious charm offensive from the football club, the council/LCR bodies to make it happen.

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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1339 on: June 24, 2024, 12:53:10 pm »
I've always just assumed that the geography of the north west creates a bit of ceiling for Liverpool. I go to see touring artists regularly, but the vast majority necessitate a trip to Manchester (visiting venues like Gorilla, the Ritz, the Albert Hall, and the Academy venues). Manchester's location means that people can & will travel from all directions to attend events, whereas we don't have a comparable location or the required transport links. It seems rare that I see artists having both Manchester and Liverpool on their tour schedule, and rarer still that they'd have Liverpool but not Manchester - I've always figured that's a geographical concern for those organising tours, rather than it being a lack of venues.

Of course, the recent Taylor Swift concerts were an example (a rare one, I believe) of Liverpool being the chosen north west stop-off for a tour. It seemed like a bit of a unique 'super event', however, and I imagine there was a serious charm offensive from the football club, the council/LCR bodies to make it happen.

Yeah, think the transport to Manchester and it's location from other decently sized locations does make it more appealing. That said though I think the venues themselves must play some part given not only do they have more, but they all seem to be bigger than their closest equivalents in Liverpool. Makes sense like, their population is a fair bit bigger.

I feel like the average tour is probably getting shorter though. I'm possibly very wrong all artists considered, but of the ones I follow generally speaking they'll be more likely to play Manchester alone than Liverpool or even the pair together. I imagine most look at it by region and say we'll just pick one from the North West, South East etc etc.

There's a possibility Anfield wouldn't even have gotten the Taylor Swift dates if Man City weren't doing something with their stadium this summer, who knows though. There's definitely an appetite in recent years from the council etc to make Liverpool a key location for big events in the country.
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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1340 on: June 24, 2024, 10:05:32 pm »
Saw Crowded House in Cardiff Castle last Thursday night.
Boss gig and a lovely venue.

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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1341 on: June 25, 2024, 10:00:54 am »
Saw Crowded House in Cardiff Castle last Thursday night.
Boss gig and a lovely venue.

Great stuff, Terry.

My dad played these a lot in the early 90s when I was growing up, so their music is up there with some of the first I really got to know. Loved seeing them at Castlefield Bowl a couple of years ago.

My parents are seeing them for their show at the Cavern later this year. They're also playing the new Manchester venue. I'm sure I'll end up tempted into going.

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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1342 on: June 25, 2024, 12:59:08 pm »
Great stuff, Terry.

My dad played these a lot in the early 90s when I was growing up, so their music is up there with some of the first I really got to know. Loved seeing them at Castlefield Bowl a couple of years ago.

My parents are seeing them for their show at the Cavern later this year. They're also playing the new Manchester venue. I'm sure I'll end up tempted into going.

I was at that Castlefield Bowl gig - Johnny Marr appeared on stage with them for WWY!

Hoping to catch them later in the year too - they put on a good show, just decent and pleasant music.

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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1343 on: June 26, 2024, 11:08:55 am »
Went to Co-Op in Manchester to see Pearl Jam.

Really good venue for seeing bands live.

Pearl Jam were good (not great) but Eddie Vedder was struggling with his voice.  Mike McCready was unreal on the guitar. For guitar playing alone it was one of the very best performances I’ve seen live.
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« Reply #1344 on: June 26, 2024, 12:13:01 pm »
Going to see Euros Childs at Future Yard in Birkenhead in October, what's it like as a venue? Also, any parking tips?
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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1345 on: June 27, 2024, 07:44:22 am »
Is anyone attending the Manics and Suede concert at Cardiff Castle next week?


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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1346 on: June 27, 2024, 12:04:38 pm »
Great stuff, Terry.

My dad played these a lot in the early 90s when I was growing up, so their music is up there with some of the first I really got to know. Loved seeing them at Castlefield Bowl a couple of years ago.

My parents are seeing them for their show at the Cavern later this year. They're also playing the new Manchester venue. I'm sure I'll end up tempted into going.
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I was at that Castlefield Bowl gig - Johnny Marr appeared on stage with them for WWY!

Hoping to catch them later in the year too - they put on a good show, just decent and pleasant music.
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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1347 on: June 28, 2024, 10:14:10 am »
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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1348 on: June 28, 2024, 10:21:09 am »
Is anyone attending the Manics and Suede concert at Cardiff Castle next week?



Wish I was, saw the Manics there a few years back and it was a great gig, in a great venue. Going down to Margate to see them in a few weeks instead.
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« Reply #1349 on: June 28, 2024, 12:01:14 pm »
Wish I was, saw the Manics there a few years back and it was a great gig, in a great venue. Going down to Margate to see them in a few weeks instead.

They are definitely a band I want to see live again - first and only time was around 2007 maybe. Loved them at the time.

Contemplating going to see The National next Friday night at Cystal Palace Park but it's a nightmare to get to I think? Always remember that from Selhurst Park, journey is a bit shit for me way out east.

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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1350 on: June 28, 2024, 12:18:19 pm »
Off to see Bloc Party next weekend for the first time in a while. Can't wait.

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« Reply #1351 on: June 28, 2024, 01:52:34 pm »
Was due to see Pearl Jam tomorrow, but they’ve cancelled due to illness. Gutted
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« Reply #1352 on: June 28, 2024, 01:56:12 pm »
Saw Simple Minds last weekend at a small festival in Cornwall, not familiar with loads of their music beyond the hits but thought they were great live, really exceeded what I was expecting.

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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1353 on: June 28, 2024, 02:13:52 pm »
They are definitely a band I want to see live again - first and only time was around 2007 maybe. Loved them at the time.

Contemplating going to see The National next Friday night at Cystal Palace Park but it's a nightmare to get to I think? Always remember that from Selhurst Park, journey is a bit shit for me way out east.

I'm off to this and quite interested to see a gig at the park as they used to have gigs there years ago and there's even an old stage near the lake but don't think they use it. The park is actually quite a distance from the footie stadium. The TFL overground to Crystal Palace station or even Anerley (will be less busy but longer walk), is probably your best bet. From east, you'd be best off changing at Whitechapel or Canada Water.

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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1354 on: June 28, 2024, 03:02:42 pm »
Going to see Euros Childs at Future Yard in Birkenhead in October, what's it like as a venue? Also, any parking tips?

The venue is great. Decent sized stage area, good bar and a big outdoor area which sometimes has music on too. For me, it's the closest thing to the Kaz before it closed.

Parking is fine. There are side streets which are probably tickets but I'm fairly sure they aren't needed after 6pm. There's a carpark about 50 yards up the road that I think you pay on an app but not sure if that's open into the evening.

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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1355 on: June 28, 2024, 06:00:18 pm »
The venue is great. Decent sized stage area, good bar and a big outdoor area which sometimes has music on too. For me, it's the closest thing to the Kaz before it closed.

Parking is fine. There are side streets which are probably tickets but I'm fairly sure they aren't needed after 6pm. There's a carpark about 50 yards up the road that I think you pay on an app but not sure if that's open into the evening.

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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1356 on: June 28, 2024, 06:24:43 pm »
I'm off to this and quite interested to see a gig at the park as they used to have gigs there years ago and there's even an old stage near the lake but don't think they use it. The park is actually quite a distance from the footie stadium. The TFL overground to Crystal Palace station or even Anerley (will be less busy but longer walk), is probably your best bet. From east, you'd be best off changing at Whitechapel or Canada Water.

Cheers for this, Bloc Party playing there next Sunday ;D
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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1357 on: June 28, 2024, 06:55:39 pm »
Was due to see Pearl Jam tomorrow, but they’ve cancelled due to illness. Gutted


That’s a shocker but not surprised after the Manchester gig on Tuesday when Eddie Vedder was struggling badly.


Get money back and buy a Green Day Wembley ticket?
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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1358 on: June 29, 2024, 11:42:33 pm »
Not a massive fan of them any more but Green Day were amazing at Wembley tonight.

Dookie and American Idiot in full helped. Energy they garnered from what is generally an older audience was impressive. Felt like going back 15 years compared to recent gigs.
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Re: The Concerts and Festivals Thread!
« Reply #1359 on: June 30, 2024, 12:09:14 am »
Not a massive fan of them any more but Green Day were amazing at Wembley tonight.

Dookie and American Idiot in full helped. Energy they garnered from what is generally an older audience was impressive. Felt like going back 15 years compared to recent gigs.

Saw them at Old Trafford last week and yeah they were great. They are certainly not as energetic as they used to be (saw them 15 years ago at Old Trafford and they played for close to 3 hours and finished right as late as they could, now it is 2 hours and finishing just after 10. Not that I mind like I am 15 years older too)

To answer a few comments in this thread though, you do have Billie Joe faffing about with call outs and claps a lot. Is part of the charm for me even if it is predictable these days  ;D

But yeah, seen them 5 times now and they have always been great live in my book