March’s Musicial Journey

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sleeping with sirens

This photo is by the fantastic Jemma Dodd

March has been by far my quietest month in a long time because as I’ve said before I’ve really been thinking twice about the shows I go to to ensure I’m not spending too much money travelling in and out of London and getting too many late nights. I know this sounds super old of me but it’s a good way to hone what I see and ensure that what I do go to is what I really want to see. I was meant to see Simple Plan later this month but my friend decided to have his engagement party the same night (how inconvenient! haha), but here is what I did go to.

On Saturday 5th March I headed to Birmingham to catch up with a friend and go to the Sleeping with Sirens show. In all honesty I’m a bit up and down about whether I like SWS as Kellin’s high pitched voice can get a bit irritating and their fans are super young but I thought I’d give them another chance, plus This Wild Life were supporting and I absolutely love their music. I had been out with my friends drinking plenty of cocktails but this show was so much fun and This Wild Life were great!

against the current

This photo was taken by the fantastic George Powell

I’d missed seeing Against the Current twice before this month’s show and I was not going to make that mistake again. I’m quite skeptical with female fronted bands but this bunch are absolute stars. The show happened at one of my favourite venues – Camdens’ Koko – and it was everything I’d imagined it would be. My issue with female fronted bands is because live if they catch a bad note or don’t hit something it’s deadly obvious and sometimes hurts your ears where as their male counterparts can generally get away with it much better. Fortunately this wasn’t a worry for Chrissy as her voice carried on just as strong and just as fantastic as it does on record. I am so glad that I finally got to see this bunch.


My final show of the month was another one where I was won over by the support bands. The Qemists and The One Hundred are two amazing bands who blend dance/ rap with rock music and both of them were playing with Crossfaith on tour so I headed back to Reading to see the show with my friend. My god what a night this was, at points it felt far more like a rave in an 18-30’s club in the middle of the Med but all three bands were on top form. It’s not often that I see bands which are more ‘dance rock’ than anything else and seeing one band with a synth is unusual enough but all three bands of the night is non-existent. I think both The One Hundred and The Qemists are underrated bands which more people need to know about. Tonight was also the first time I have done live music photography in a while. In 2014 and 2015 I did loads including last years’ Download Festival because that’s what I needed to do with shows but now Mosh have so many photographers that I tend to review more. Tonight’s show reminded me how much I love doing it though and it was really nice to be the only photographer in the pit!

April 2, 2016
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  • I really miss the days of being able to go out to a gig and enjoying live music – its one thing I definitely really miss. x

  • oh I so wish I had done more of this when I was younger as looks so much fun I always encourage my teen to go as many as she can

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I also love Koko in Camden and will next be there in November when I go and see Terrorvision for the millionth time ha x

  • Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    Sounds like you had a busy month for music! I have never been a fan of gigs something my hubs loves! H x

  • Ooh, lots of bands here I haven’t had the chance to check out so thank you for that! Even though you’re trying to cut down on the gigs you go to it still looks like a busy month of gigs to me :) I’d love to go to more, but sadly Dundee’s music scene isn’t thriving at the moment! x

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    Oh no! How did I not know that Simple Plan were touring in the UK? They were the first band that I saw when I moved to Manchester, so I would have loved to have seen them here again.

  • Bex Smith

    Sounds like a fab musical month! Can’t believe you had to miss out on Simple Plan but at least it was for a good reason!

  • Cassandra Mayers

    I miss music, and photographing live bands… I loved download festival when I was younger… But think its a thing of the past for me now, Mummyness has taken over me and I pop disney songs on over my own tunes haha. Glad to read your enjoying music and gigs :)

  • Sounds like you had a fab month! I haven’t been to any concerts recently, but I think my youngest son and I might venture to V next summer.

  • oh wow your so lucky and by sounds of it had a fantastic month x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    Wow it looks like you have had a really amazing time. I hope this month is just as good.

  • Ali

    Wow it sounds like you have been really busy and seen some great bands. I’m a little jealous as I never get to go to anything like this anymore and I used to love them when I was younger.

  • Wow you see a lot of bands! I’m a spotify kind of girl xxx

  • You know your music. I am a music lover too x

  • Elizabeth

    How lovely to have access to such a variety of performances! Sometimes living so remotely has its downsides.

  • I agree you can definitely tell if a female vocalist has hit a bum note and its not music to your ears aha!

  • Aww this sounds amazing. It must have been so much fun cause it’s always better seeing music live. I used to go to gigs several times a week before, but since getting tinnitus and Meniere’s disease, I’ve had to be very careful with loud music. It’s such a shame as when I go to see the concerts I can’t miss I have to wear earplugs and it’s just not the same.


  • Wow, you really do get to experience some awesome musical events. You’re so lucky!

  • Ickle Pickle

    Live music is always amazing – how great for you to go to see such different acts. Kaz x

  • I used to see a lot more bands than I do now, I need to get back into it. You’ve inspired me. Also, loving the you tube link – will check these guys out.

  • Laura

    I love acoustic music so thanks for sharing that Youtube video. Giving me something to listen to :) xxx

  • MakeUp Fun

    I love these pictures. Live music is amazing… it lets you connect with music deeply and personally.

  • Looks like you’ve had another good month of music! I’ve never been to Koko before so I must check what’s on there when I’m back in London as I need to check it out!

  • I love my music but I haven’t heard any of these music before! Some of them are actually really good so thanks for the recommendations!

    Oliver •

  • Leanne Dolan

    Another good month of music! I have muse this month but that’s it!

  • Kacie

    Aww, I forgot about Simple Plan; now that band takes me back to my youth!

  • Hannah Malanga

    You certainly had a fun month! I haven’t been to see anyone play for years now, I used to go all the time with my sister but since having L my life has completely changed

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