Music

July Gigs Round-Up


My second instalment of monthly posts all about what gigs I have been to. See what I got up to last month, here! Those with a * are gigs I got passes to through Jukely.
Private Life @ The Monarch
 
At my cousins wedding in June, I got chatting to the guitarist of the wedding band. It turned out he was from London and also plays in an indie rock band. So I found them on Facebook and brought Amy along with me to check them out. Would you believe it, they are bloody good! Great harmonies and a definite 80’s vibe.
Meilyr Jones @ The Victoria*
 
This guy might just be the best Jukely find ever! He only had 1 song on Spotify at the time, which was a bit of a ballad – just Meilyr and his piano. We were expecting more of the same beautiful mellow music, much like his first single. Oh how we were wrong! Meilyr is definitely one to watch out for. After opening with his lovely slow piano piece, he suddenly comes alive when he’s joined by the rest of the band which includes trumpets and bongo drums!
Jools Holland @ Kew Gardens
I managed to get tickets to this gig through Jukely, but not as part of my subscription. Lucky me won these tickets! I brought along fellow blogger (and name sharer) Charlie. We came armed with Prosecco and beers, and grabbed some food from the various stalls they had on site. Unfortunately it was pretty packed by the time we got there, so we sat at the back, relaxing to the music.
The Specials @ Kew Gardens*
 
Two days later, Charlie and I were back at Kew Gardens for The Specials, this time in the rain. A wet, soggy picnic, how very British! We didn’t let it dampen our spirits (pardon the pun!) and had a fantastic evening doing our best ska dancing (evident in Charlie’s Snapchats of the evening!).
 
Huw Stephens Presents… @ The Social
 
Meilyr Jones announced he would be playing this monthlynight put on by Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens, at his gig the previous week. There was also support from Trevor Sensor, HMS Morris and Lusts. Meilyr was definitely the highlight of the evening. We even managed to grab a quick pic with him!
Telegram @ Electrowerkz*
 
Another random Jukely gig! This was my first time at Electrowerkz, and I really loved this quirky venue with cute outdoor bar and creepy Frankenstein décor. The crowd for this one were very psychedelic, with both sexes sporting long hair and paisley shirts. I even spotted some members from Temples and Toy! The lead singer for support band Tourism had a deliciously dark voice. Telegram closed the evening with a great bouncing energy.
Citadel Festival @ Victoria Park
 
Me and Amy attended this 1 day festival the day following a house party, so we were feeling a little fragile. Luckily for us, this was more chilled out compared to other festivals, headlined by acoustic maverick Ben Howard. Personal highlights were Dan Croll and Leon Bridges. You can read my full post about it here!
The Drums @ Koko*
 
I’ve been a fan of The Drums for quite a few years now, so was really looking forward to finally getting the chance to see them live. They were electric! The lead singer certainly has some moves.
Darwin Deez @ Village Underground
 
Darwin Deez seemed to have disappeared over the last 5 or so years, but now he’s back! This guy is always fun to go see live. Darwin and his live band add silly, funky dance moves inbetween every couple of songs, which gives his live performances a little somethingsomething. There was also support from Oscar and rocking girl group Hinds.
King Charles @ Bush Hall*
 
When I spotted passes to see King Charles on Jukely, I snapped them straight up! I hadn’t listened much to his music, but I had heard great things about him. Bush Hall was the perfect setting for this finely dressed gentleman. His backing band for the evening was none other than Mumford and Sons!! What a ruddy great show it was!

Did you manage to catch any of these artists in July? Who do you plan to see in August?

I’ve written a post all about why I go to so many gigs, which you can read here!

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