Welcome to October’s instalment of monthly posts all about what gigs I have been to. Catch-up with September’s gigs here!
James Bay @ Brixton Academy
This was my 3rd time seeing James Bay (more like James Bae *heart eyed smiley*) this year, and this was the biggest show of his yet! Spotify told me that I was part of the first 1% to discover James just over a year ago before anyone else. You can see his confidence building with each show, I just hope he doesn’t end up getting too big for his boots…
Devin Townsend @ St James’s Church
The Boyf is a big Devin fan and had a spare ticket to this show, so I went along to see what the fuss was about. Devin is a wonderfully weird man. I’m not sure about St James’s Church as a gig venue. If you don’t manage to grab a pew downstairs, there’s quite a restricted view from upstairs, and it felt strange to be climbing all over the holy benches.
Brace yourselves for James’s super long-ass 1 sentence review. He’s a man of many, many words, you have been warned:
“Devin Townsend ‘s intimate acoustic show at St James’ Church in Piccadilly was a laid-back yet very interactive affair in which the Canadian space-wizard merrily strummed through a joyously eclectic selection of songs from his diverse back catalogue with a series of introspective musings and bizarre ramblings sprinkled in between for good measure.”
Hackney Wonderland @ various venues
As soon as I saw Toy were playing this 1 day festival around Hackney, I snapped up tickets. When it came to the day, I didn’t have anyone to go with. I managed to find a lovely chap on Twitter looking for a ticket. The festival was spread across 4 venues, but I ended up just staying at Oval Space where I managed to catch Bo Ningen (freakishly amazing), Dutch Uncles (danceable tunes), Toy (mesmerising lead singer) and Carl Barat & the Jackals, who even played some Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things. I ended the night dancing away to cheesey songs at the afterparty with my new Twitter pal plus his friend. I like the concept of these 1 day festivals spread across different venues, but when it actually comes to it, it all becomes a bit of a rush and a hassle trying to get to each venue, so you do end up staying in the 1 place.
Blossoms @ Village Underground *
Technically this was a Jukely gig from The Boyf’s account. He made this one a bit of a surprise by not telling me who we were going to see. I didn’t recognise the band name when it was finally revealed, but I did know 3 of their songs, thanks to Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist! I wasn’t allowed my camera into this gig, so apologies for the shoddy quality photo from my phone! There was a hyped up feeling at this gig, so I’d say keep an ear out for these boys.
Ryan Bingham @ Koko*
My brother is a BIG Bingham fan, so I’d promised to take him if he popped up on Jukely. Low and behold! Having never listened to Ryan before, or even seen Crazy Heart (the soundtrack for which he is most well-known for), I thoroughly enjoyed his set. It was The Bro’s first time at Koko, and he was really impressed with the venue calling it ‘beautiful’. I’d say he’s pretty spot on. I nearly freaked out when I noticed I was stood right next to Keavy from B*Witched!
Santa Cruz @ The Borderline*
Another surprise Jukely gig. This time it was me treating Tim. I wanted to pick something randomly fun, and what’s more fun than glam rock?! These guys don’t hold back with their big hair and scarves around their heads, looking like Bon Jovi in the earlier days. If you’re watching a band you know nothing about, it always helps if they’re enjoying themselves on stage.
Red Hook @ The Comedy Pub
This month was just full of surprises! I’d told The Boyf I wouldn’t make his bands gig, but I lied! Me and Amy kept ourselves hidden in the pub next door, waiting for our spy (Tim) in The Comedy Pub to give us a sign (text message). James didn’t spot me until halfway through their first song. This was my first time seeing them play live. They were fudging wicked!! I know, I know, slightly biased. Why not judge for yourself and watch their Halloween music video, you might even recognise a familiar face…
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 any of my links to get £10 off your first month’s subscription!