I thought about not continuing my band count into 2013 as I didn’t really believe it would be possible for me to pass by the record of 52 bands from 2012. However, as festival line ups are starting to be announced and pay cheques are going towards more and more upcoming events I figure I may aswell continue the documentation of my diminishing savings account.
It has been a while since I have attended any gig, I think almost over four months so it was back onto the band wagon in February with two gigs in one weekend.
Friday night – Bloc Party @ Earls Court. Apparently this was the last gig to ever be held at the Earls Court complex as most of its business has now been stolen by the O2 in Greenwich. We missed Joy Formidable but arrived just in time to snatch a spot with a good view of the band. I have really liked B.P since I was introduced to ‘Helicopter’ in 2005. Soon after I bought ‘Weekend in the City’from the Greymouth Warehouse of all places. This became my driving cd for the next few weeks and the songs from this album have frequently featured on the soundtrack of my life. I wish I knew more of the track from the more recent albums as these dominated the concert, but of course they finished with ‘Helicopter,’ a messy ending to a messy evening.
Saturday night – NME Awards tour @ Brixton Academy. Feeling under the weather from the previous evening, I knew I had to push through to make this one just as enjoyable. The NME Awards tour features bands that have found success from the previous year and on the bill for 2013 were four(?) bands two of which were Django Django and Miles Kane both whom I had seen the year before. It was great to be back at the Brixton Academy, my absolute favourite venue in London. We caught the full sets of both the bands mentions above, both were good but in order to prevent repetition please read about Django Djano here and Miles Kane here.
The future is looking bright in terms of musical events. Just to give you a tease, Lana Dely Rey, Alt-J, Vampire Weekend, Die Antwood, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Field Day, Bestival and T in the Park.
Just look at this bloody line up: