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Post by Towie @ Fri Dec 09, 2011 1:53 pm

So come on then, who have you seen live this year? Could be comedy, music, theatre or anything else as long as it was live. Where did you see them? were they any good? Would you go again?

My GF was lucky enough to win a "golden ticket" for the iTunes festival so we went to Camden Roundhouse almost every night for a month. I'll try and run through some of them later.

I've recently seen:

Ade Edmondson & the Bad Shepherds, Komedia, Brighton.

I saw them last year and they were just as good this time round. They play old punk songs on traditional folk instruments. It sounds strange but it works. All are very accomplished musicians and it should have been a good night out. However, the night was spoiled by a piss poor crowd. Hardly anyone was dancing and there were far too many people talking/shouting during the performance. A real shame as last year it was a brilliant night, the whole place was jumping up and down. Highly recommended though. I hope next time around they are better received.

Daniel Sloss, Komedia, Brighton

Young comedian (21) in a very small venue with less than 100 in the audience. A lot of his stuff was preictably about childhood/growing up/leaving home etc, but it was very very funny. A small venue made for an intimate night with lots of audience interaction. Would I pay to see him again? Not sure. He reminded me of Russell Howard who I also saw this year, and frankly was not a patch on him. Perhaps he will improve with experience.

So now that I've displayed my pisspoor ability at writing reviews, lets have your offerings!
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Re: Gig reviews

Post by WD40 @ Fri Dec 09, 2011 1:59 pm

Britney Spears. Freebie through some friends who won 4 tickets and invited us along for a laugh. Dire.

That's Love with Dirty Den and Vicki Michelle in it. Not through choice I might add, through freebie seat filler tickets that my wife gets through work. Laughably shit.

We were meant to go and see the Red Hot Chili Peppers recently, but it clashed with a works do for my wife, so we sold the tickets.

This is the first year in quite a few that we haven't been to see the Woman In Black either. Will go and see it early in 2012 before we go and see the film adaptation on Valentine's Day.
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Re: Gig reviews

Post by stuart @ Fri Dec 09, 2011 2:00 pm

WD40 wrote:Britney Spears.


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Re: Gig reviews

Post by DI Burnside @ Fri Dec 09, 2011 2:13 pm

Micky Flanagan, Cambridge Corn Exchange - best comedian I have ever seen, by some distance.

Stephen Merchant, MK Theatre - Went kind of expecting to think it a bit meh, and it was. Funny in places, but not great.

Sarah Millican, MK Theatre - I was expecting to hear a lot of her stuff from TV but it was all new to me. Very good.

Scrooge, MK Theatre - Took the kids. A very sprightly 75 year old Tommy Steele "starred". Good.
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Re: Gig reviews

Post by Disastrous @ Fri Dec 09, 2011 2:18 pm

Lots of small bands locally - mixed bag.

The Gaslight Anthem - Excellent apparently, although I bought tickets and went on the wrong night so missed it entirely.

Lana Del Ray - Said 'she sounds shit, why would I want to watch that shit?' without knowing who she was when she was playing in a pub down the road (malt of the month, 2M) and then heard her afterwards and immediately regretted it.


It's been a year of missed musical opportunities for me, I feel.

Oh, I went to see The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas Christmas show last night which was excellent but had a shit audience full of oldies and spazzers who would shout out and sing along badly at times.

The best gig of the year was one of my own, I suspect.
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Re: Gig reviews

Post by Towie @ Fri Dec 09, 2011 2:20 pm

Next week I have Ross Noble (not sure what to expect) and Bryan Ferry (hoping he plays stuff from the new album rather than teh old stuff)
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Re: Gig reviews

Post by stuart @ Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:11 pm

Disastrous wrote:The best gig of the year was one of my own, I suspect.


I think it's your modesty that makes you so likeable.
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Re: Gig reviews

Post by Disastrous @ Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:17 pm

stuart wrote:
Disastrous wrote:The best gig of the year was one of my own, I suspect.


I think it's your modesty that makes you so likeable.



Thanks stuart, appreciated. It's not entirely my modesty though. My immense talent and good looks/great hair/keen sense of style all have a part to play. I'm pretty much the complete package.
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Re: Gig reviews

Post by Bodhi @ Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:17 pm

Disastrous wrote:
stuart wrote:
Disastrous wrote:The best gig of the year was one of my own, I suspect.


I think it's your modesty that makes you so likeable.



Thanks stuart, appreciated. It's not entirely my modesty though. My immense talent and good looks/great hair/keen sense of style all have a part to play. I'm pretty much the complete package.



Complete amateur package.
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Re: Gig reviews

Post by Disastrous @ Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:19 pm

Bodhi wrote:
Disastrous wrote:
stuart wrote:
Disastrous wrote:The best gig of the year was one of my own, I suspect.


I think it's your modesty that makes you so likeable.



Thanks stuart, appreciated. It's not entirely my modesty though. My immense talent and good looks/great hair/keen sense of style all have a part to play. I'm pretty much the complete package.



Complete amateur package.



Complete cnut package!
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Re: Gig reviews

Post by dougc @ Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:23 pm

Loads of little gigs, friend's bands and stuff but the best 'big' ones were:

Mark Ronson & friends at The Roundhouse.
We were really late getting there as stayed in the pub too long beforehand so were off to one side a bit. Still, ace venue. A few too many trendy types about for my liking but we drank red stripe and bounced around like idiots and had a great time. Loads of collaborators on stage Professor Green was brilliant. Boy George less so.

Elbow at the O2
My favourite band so it was always going to be great. Less good venue and friend has access to a box so were in the gods somewhat but it made no difference. Just being anywhere near is enough for me. Played loads of stuff from Build a Rocket and Seldom Seen Kid but also a few oldies and reminded everyone just how wonderful a thing good music is and why its worth the wait between tours and albums. Don't mind admitting I shed a little tear during Bones Of You. Just for old times sake like....

And finally, went to my first Prom - Rachmaninov and Elgar at The Albert Hall. No where near as stuffy as I'd expected and the music was beautiful, especially Rachmaninov. A bit too much self congratulating by the conductor though. Pompous ass.

Next year I've got Florence and The Machine booked so far.
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Re: Gig reviews

Post by Dienamic @ Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:49 pm

Just 3 for me this year, all very different.

Take That, City of Manchester Stadium. A decent show, lots going on even if the music's not your thing. Lots of pyros and mechanical stuff, but the massive robot thing was a bit broke. Pet Shop Boys support was surprisingly enjoyable

Rhianna, M.E.N. Arena. Got the Mrs tickets for Christmas last year as she's a bit of a fan. Decent night out, not as 'showy' as I was expecting, but she's got a set of lungs on her. Gig helped by the fact most of it was done in a bikini.

Kasabian, M.E.N. Arena. Went Wednesday night, saw them on the last tour and just as good this time round. As a band on stage, playing songs without much else other than some flashing lights and a big screen I don't think you can get much better. Prefered them finishing with LSF last time to Fire this time, but still great none the less.
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Re: Gig reviews

Post by Towie @ Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:17 am

Here's the list from the Itunes festival in July. GF went to nearly all of them, and I went to a lot. The highlights for me were Paul Simon, Noah & The Whale and Rumer. The only one which was utterly shite was Beady Eye. We walked out.


1/7 Paul Simon
2/7 Seasick Steve + Smoke Fairies
3/7 Manic Street Preachers + Dry The River + Ramona + Ukulele for Dummies
4/7 Linkin Park + Neon Trees
5/7 Beady Eye + Gwyneth Paltrow
6/7 Arctic Monkeys + Miles Kane
7/7 Adele + Michael Kiwanuka
8/7 Bruno Mars + Ed Sheeran
9/7 My Chemical Romance + Evaline
10/7 Glasvegas + Cat's Eyes + Beatsteaks
11/7 Foo Fighters + Jimmy Eat World
12/7 The Script + Loick Essien
13/7 White Lies + The Naked and Famous + Alice Gold
14/7 Friendly Fires + SBTRKT
15/7 Hard-Fi + David Nicholls
16/7 The Wombats + All The Young
17/7 Raphael Saadiq + Bluey Robinson + Selah Sue + MEDI
18/7 Rumer + Caitlin Rose + Mark Radcliffe
19/7 Katy B + Jamie Woon
20/7 The Wanted + Dionne Bromfield + Encore
21/7 Swedish House Mafia + Alex Metric
22/7 Coldplay + The Pierces
23/7 Mogwai + Errors
24/7 Noah and the Whale + Fixers
25/7 Lang Lang + 2CELLOS
26/7 Magnetic Man + Alex Clare
27/7 Example + Wretch 32 + Yasmin
28/7 Chase & Status + Nero
29/7 Kasabian + PENGu!NS
30/7 James Morrison + Benjamin Francis Leftwich
31/7 Moby + Silver Apples
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Re: Gig reviews

Post by deev @ Sat Dec 10, 2011 3:35 pm

Went to see Def Leppard and Motley Crue last night with support from Steel Panther. Steel Panther was kind of like a very rude Darkness except good and very funny. I've never been much of a Crue fan but fcuk me they were awesome, Doctor Feel Good was great and Tommy Lee did something quite incredible with his drum kit whilst doing a drum solo/techno thingy.

Def Leppard had a lot to follow after Motley Crue took the roof off the place and things didnt start well when some arse hole hit Joe Elliot with a beer in the middle of Rocket and he called whoever it was a cnut. Pour Some Sugar on Me live is the best thing ever though and the whole night could have been shit but that would have made it worth it :D
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Re: Gig reviews

Post by Ghost @ Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:18 pm

Excellent, going to see Crue and The Leps at Wembley on Wednesday >excited<
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Re: Gig reviews

Post by DI Burnside @ Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:30 pm

Pinocchio as performed by a company called "Strangeface", if you've got kids take them to one of their shows, they'll love it. They even let you go on/back stage after the show and let you try on the masks, see how it all works, have a chat to them, etc.

This is my lad in the Pinocchio mask as used on stage:

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Booked for 29th January, An Evening With Danny & Ben from Thunder, The Stables MK..

Booked for 22nd September, Mark Watson, The Stables MK.

Booked for 29th September, Michael McIntyre, O2 Arena.
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Re: Gig reviews

Post by Towie @ Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:49 pm

Saw this lot on saturday night in a tiny venue. With the right management I can see her being massive. Reminds me a bit of Winehouse.

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Re: Gig reviews

Post by DI Burnside @ Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:20 pm

crikey wrote:Booked for 29th January, An Evening With Danny & Ben from Thunder, The Stables MK.


Great fun, and excellent music, although Ben was a bit "sad uncle". Danny Bowes has got a fantastic voice.

Still to go:

Booked for 22nd September, Mark Watson, The Stables MK.

Booked for 29th September, Michael McIntyre, O2 Arena.

Just booked to see Al Murray at Bedford Corn Exchange on 28th November. Front row !
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Re: Gig reviews

Post by minimoog @ Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:24 pm

Saw Rammstein last week. I was expecting a bit of a show but was utterly blown away by the scale of it all, the sound quality, the humour, and of course the pyro. Easily twice as good as my previous best gig (the Cure in 1987).

Not my vid or venue, but to give you an idea try around 1h:27m and 1h36m of this. Oh and 1h42m30s too :hehe:

Original video page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7CyLyhrXtw



Next week - Killing Joke.
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Re: Gig reviews

Post by mimi @ Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:49 pm

minimoog wrote:Next week - Killing Joke.

look forward to your review.
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Re: Gig reviews

Post by Monty @ Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:51 pm

mimi wrote:
minimoog wrote:Next week - Killing Joke.

look forward to your review.


Yes!

A friend of mine is seeing them tonight in London.
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Re: Gig reviews

Post by Towie @ Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:18 pm

Off to see this lot tonight.

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Re: Gig reviews

Post by Towie @ Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:29 pm

Seen this guy a couple of times recently, both as a support act in a minor venue. First time was like the first video, very noisy with a lively crowd. second was at at more of a folk club (shudder) where he played an acoustic set. Hence the second vid. You can make your own mind up about his talents, but I thought he was brilliant. Great on stage, chatting and bantering with the audience while he had to retune between every song (venue got hotter and hotter!). Had a drink with him afterwards and he's a really nice chap. He's touring germany at the moment, but well worth a look if he's ever anywhere near where you are.

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Re: Gig reviews

Post by Towie @ Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:31 pm

crikey wrote:Just booked to see Al Murray at Bedford Corn Exchange on 28th November. Front row !


Will be interested to read your review. Saw him a couple of years back and he was very funny. Right up to the point where a couple of gags fell flat and he "lost" the audience. He just seemed to give up after that and appeared to be simply going through the motions.
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Gig reviews

Post by DI Burnside @ Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:13 pm

Just booked to see Ross Noble in Cambridge in October too.

In 4 weeks we'll see Mark Watson, Michael McIntyre and Ross Noble :)

I'm tempted to go and see Greg Davies but Mrs C doesn't like him.
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Re: Gig reviews

Post by Towie @ Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:26 am

crikey wrote:Just booked to see Ross Noble in Cambridge in October too.

In 4 weeks we'll see Mark Watson, Michael McIntyre and Ross Noble :)

I'm tempted to go and see Greg Davies but Mrs C doesn't like him.


Ross Noble was utterly brilliant when he played down here. Goes off on so many tangents that you wonder if he's making it up as he goes along. Enjoy!
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Re: Gig reviews

Post by nakedninja @ Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:58 am

Ross Noble is brilliant and does make most of his stuff up.

No two shows are the same, I well heart him.
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Re: Gig reviews

Post by DI Burnside @ Fri May 18, 2012 10:20 am

Booked, 22nd September, Mark Watson, The Stables MK.

Booked, 29th September, Michael McIntyre, O2 Arena.

Booked, 13th October, Ross Noble, Cambridge Corn Exchange

Booked, 28th November, Al Murray at Bedford Corn Exchange.

Booked, 16th February, Micky Flanagan, Northampton Derngate.
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Re: Gig reviews

Post by WD40 @ Fri May 18, 2012 7:48 pm

Crikers wrote:Booked, 22nd September, Mark Watson, The Stables MK.

Booked, 29th September, Michael McIntyre, O2 Arena.

Booked, 13th October, Ross Noble, Cambridge Corn Exchange

Booked, 28th November, Al Murray at Bedford Corn Exchange.

Booked, 16th February, Micky Flanagan, Northampton Derngate.


I look forward to reviews of all, especially as they seem an even split of good and shit. :D
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Gig reviews

Post by DI Burnside @ Fri May 18, 2012 11:03 pm

Of them we've seem Mcky Flanagan before.aufhec cock off. Will update though when happens.
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