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August Gigs Round-Up

Welcome to August’s instalment of monthly posts all about what gigs I have been to. 
Private Life @ The Monarch
 
You may remember these guys being mentioned in July’s gigpost. They were back this month at The Monarch. This time I brought along a big bunch of friends (6 of us altogether), and they all loved Private Life! Make sure you give them a like over on Facebook to keep up-to-date with more gigs.
Secret Cinema Presents Star Wars Episode V @ Secret Location
 
Not quite a gig, but I feel it needs a mention. Words cannot even begin to describe this event! I would urge you all to grab yourselves tickets and go, even if you’re not a Star Wars fan, but it finishes today. I’d only seen Episode IV for the first time earlier this year, but I still had the most amazing time and was so sad to leave. The details the folks at Secret Cinema put into this is absolutely mind-blowing! The actors are all on top form, from the moment you check-in, to when you leave. I’m desperate to go back!
Visions Festival @ Various venues around Bethnal Green/Cambridge Heath/London Fields*
 
We only ended up seeing 1 band, and that was Toy who were bloody amazing, as usual! There’s just something about the lead singer that I find so mesmerising. I remember the first time I saw them play, quite a few years ago, upstairs at The Old Blue Last. It’s amazing to have seen them grow!
Demons of Ruby Mae @ Sebright Arms*
 
Yet another random, spare-of-the-moment Jukely gig. I’d listened to a few of Demons of Ruby Mae’s songs on Spotify and quite liked what I heard. Having never been to Sebright Arms before, I was excited to finally check it out. It’s a great little intimate venue underneath the pub bar. One of the support acts, Matt Wills, did a wicked medley of 90’s garage hits! Demons of Ruby Mae sound like they should be a heavy rock metal band, but they’re far from that. Lead singer, Jonny Gavin, has a wonderful voice that I could listen to forever.
V Festival @ Hyland Park in Chelmsford *
 
Jukely had announced a few weeks ago they would be releasing passes for Saturday and Sunday at V Festival. As soon as the passes went live the Thursday before, I was lucky enough to grab a pair in time. It was a scorcher of a day, and we managed to catch sets from James Bay, Tove Lo, Annie Mac, Hozier, Chvrches, Kasabian, Nero, and our personal favourite, Tom Jones!! You can read the full blog post here.
New Found Glory @ O2 Islington Academy*
 
My 15 year old self was crying inside when passes for NFG popped up on Jukely! These pop-punk legends did not disappoint, with a set full of so much energy! Lead singer Chad came bouncing onto the stage and didn’t stop until it was time to bounce off again. I am so happy I have finally had the chance to see them!
Spector @ The Barfly
 
A big favourite of mine and Amy’s is Spector. This was our 4th time this year seeing them play live. I swear, these boys just get better each time. There was some fantastic support from Hippo Campus, who I didn’t realise I’d actually heard of before until they burst into their hit Little Grace.
The Correspondents @ The Old Queen’s Head
 
Any time I’ve been to see The Correspondents, it’s been a mad, crazy, amazing night. This night was no exception. There was a top notch DJ playing some old skool 90’s tunes to really get us into the mood. As soon as lead singer Mr Bruce hits the stage, you just can’t help but dance like crazy (although no one will ever dance as crazy as him!!). I’m really looking forward to catching them again in November, this time with their live band.
Be sure to check out my big gig post, with the reason why I attend so many live music events.
*These gigs I got passes to through Jukely. Click through using any of my links to get £10 off your first month!
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