As I haven’t been feeling 100% over the past couple of months, suffering panic attacks on the tube and just feeling very anxious most days, I’ve not been out to many gigs recently, which really breaks my heart. So this gig round up and the next will be double whammies. Don’t worry though, as I’m starting to feeling much better and more myself so will be getting back on that gigging band wagon! For now, here’s July & August’s gig round-up!
British Summer Time Festival @ Hyde Park
I’d managed to win James & me tickets to Massive Attack’s headline night at the British Summertime Festival in Hyde Park (throwback to last year’s festival!), though we were more excited to see Patti Smith. She played such an inspirational set and I loved every second. We also managed to catch part of both Warpaint and Massive Attacks sets.
Booker T Jones @ Brooklyn Bowl
The guys at Brooklyn Bowl had spotted 1 of my Instagram posts of the music venue and had very kindly invited me back for a free gig. James & I got to see the legendary Booker T who put on a fabulous show filled with plenty of classics with the help of his band, which included his son, who is a bit easy on the eyes ladies (and fellas, if you’re that way inclined). They also played a new song penned by the Father & Son which had plenty of funk.
Glen Matlock @ Brooklyn Bowl *
I was back at Brooklyn Bowl the next evening with James and the boys to see original Sex Pistol, Glen Matlock, for an evening of punk, or so we thought. The gig was advertised as a celebration of 40 years of punk but it was actually more rockabilly/country with Glen and the band playing some punk songs in a different style, including an interesting cover of God Save The Queen. It was still a great night, and we even had a game of bowling whilst the band was playing. Being able to watch on the screens was really handy!
Old Blue Last Festival @ Shoreditch Park
When it was announced that Spector would be playing a new festival in Shoreditch put on by Old Blue Last for just a fiver, I booked tickets straight away! Amy was my Spector gig buddy last year, with us seeing them 4 times in 2015, so I invited her boyfriend Sam along to show him what all the fuss was about. I think he gets it now. We also saw sets from Johnny Lloyd, Happyness and Swim Deep.
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros @ Islington Assembly Hall
I tagged along with Charlie and Ashley to catch Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros when they rolled into London. Lead singer Alex is so charismatic, and ditched their set list to instead take requests from the crowd. He even jumped in to join the audience during their first song!
Gigs marked with a * are those which I got passes for through Jukely. You can get £10 off your first month by using my special code: JUKECE1
Did you manage to make it to any of these gigs? Or maybe you saw someone else. I’d love to hear in the comments below!