With a lot coming up festival wise over June- August I have really been thinking hard about the shows that I go to which is why April’s list looks pretty empty (for me!) Fortunately it happens to feature my favourites not once, but twice this month in two different countries.
The gigging month started on the 1st April at London’s Underworld to check out some pop-punk bands. I have loved headliners Knuckle Puck since their album Copacetic came out last summer, and it was great to be at the show as it was their first ever London headline. Supporting were a band called Seaway who I heard loads about but never had the chance to check out and I really enjoyed their style of music which was kind of like the vocals of an old emo band and the fun factor of a pop-punk band.
There was quite a gap between gigs in April as next up wasn’t until 14th April when I was in Paris. I was originally planning a three-day trip to the capital but when I saw Bring Me The Horizon were playing on the Thursday I tweaked my plans to incorporate the show and I am so glad I did. I’ve seen this band a lot of times but they still amaze me whenever I see them live and being in a foreign country only amplified this. Despite there being a language barrier (although most French people do know English) everyone still got into the music and watching the crowds from above was crazy. I definitely think that the band got a better reaction here than back home (perhaps because they tour here less), but either way it was a really special show and saw them on top form. It was also really nice to see Don Broco who supported because it feels like they’ve been away for a while.
Next up was another Bring Me The Horizon show but this was a bloody special one. The band played Royal Albert Hall on Friday 22nd with the philharmonic orchestra and a choir on hand to create the tracks. I know it was going to be a special show from the moment I heard about it but nothing could prepare me for what I heard/ saw. Knowing that every note, every string, every vocal was live on the stage was amazing and the orchestra and choir brought so much life to the music. I’m a very unemotional person but even I wanted to shed a tear at how beautiful it was. The show was definitely a once in a lifetime thing and I am so glad I was there to experience it. Now it’s just time to wait for the DVD/ audio release. Pvris supported the show and Lynn’s vocals never fail to amaze me, especially in a venue as iconic at the RAH
The next night I went along to the Electric Ballroom and caught Counterfeit. This is a band who have massively blown up in a way due to who their lead singer is: Jamie Campbell Bower who is a model and actor turned punk frontman. He was Caius in the Twilight saga and Anthony Hope in Sweeny Todd (‘Joanna’ is still one of my favourite song), know him now?! I was lucky enough to pop in during an interview with the band and hang out/ have some chats with the band and they were so interesting and passionate, plus Jamie is as beautiful in real life as you’d expect. When they first stepped out on stage I didn’t know what to expect as they only have a few tracks out but they were bloody brilliant. Jamie is an energetic and crazy frontman and the band are incredibly tight for how new they are. Keep your eyes peeled as I expect they will blow up to crazy heights! For this show as well I took photographs and it really did remind me yet again how much I enjoy the experience!