Musical Madness In May

Musical Madness In May

Photo taken by Matthew Higgs

With festival season in full swing now the next few months of live shows are going to sparse, but festivals well and truly make up for that. This month has been reasonable in regards to the number of shows I’ve been to but Slamdunk was one of the biggest highlights of the month (it always is). Here’s what I got up to in May.

On Wednesday 11th, I headed to Wembley Arena with my friend to see Busted. I remember first seeing the band back in 2002/03 and now all these years later it’s as if nothing has changed. The band sound just as amazing and they really seem to have clicked back together despite 12 years apart. It was great to be at this show as it was their first night of tour, so their first live performance back as a trio. I felt like a teenager again at this show and it was so nice to see people so genuinely happy and excited.

issuesPhoto by the amazing Matthew Higgs

Two weeks later on Wednesday 25th I popped to Camden’s Koko to see Issues. The thing that I love about Issues is the diversity of their music, one second Tyler Carter could be crooning away with his Justin Timberlake-esque falsetto, and the next minute Michael Bohn comes in with his heavy screaming. It almost encompasses my musical tastes in one single band and tonight they were on fire. Having released a brand new album just a week prior it was great to hear the new music and see them in a headline slot for the first time.

The final thing which happened in May was one of my favourite annual festivals Slamdunk. I wrote a whole blog post about the festival here so I won’t bang on about it too much but the event is always one of my favourites with such a mixture of pop-punk, rock and metal music and every year they pull it out of the bag! I saw a lot of bands I either hadn’t seen before or didn’t know much about to try and push my tastes and some of the sets were truly amazing, special shout out to Creeper, Every Time I Die, Cancer Bats, Northlane, The One Hundred and Hacktivist.



  1. June 7, 2016 / 9:24 am

    Sounds like you have had an amazing time, I would love to see Busted. At my age I am yet to go to a festival we were going to go to one a few years ago but never made it x

  2. June 7, 2016 / 11:57 am

    Aaahhh so jealous you went to slam dunk! I was supposed to go but I ended up having to work instead, boo! x

  3. Wendy K
    June 7, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    Brilliant, looks like you had a great time! Would you believe I’ve never actually been to a festival?! I know, shameful. I will have to get round to going to one someday, as they look great! Loads of great bands and I bet a fantastic atmosphere.

  4. Beautyqueenuk
    June 7, 2016 / 4:36 pm

    OOh wow you have had an amazing time, I love going to gigs at Koko, such a great venue x

  5. John Milnes
    June 7, 2016 / 5:19 pm

    Wow, now this is something I need to do. Go to a concert like this.

    Thanks for Sharing

    John M

  6. Reclusive Fox
    June 7, 2016 / 6:29 pm

    You are a busy bee. My friend went to see busted with her 5 year old and they both had a great time. I’ve been reading the reviews for AC/DC with Axl, sounds amazing and I’m glad many of the haters are finally accepting Axl as the temp singer 🙂 Have fun gigging x

  7. June 7, 2016 / 6:44 pm

    Wow! It sounds like you’ve been busy! It’s been years since I was at a gig 🙁

  8. Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️
    June 7, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    So jealous you got to see Busted – I would have loved to go x

  9. June 7, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    Wow I bet Busted was electrifying, I remember seeing them when I was younger and they had so much energy and stage presence.

  10. June 7, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Wow what an music filled May for you – I bet the atmosphere at some of those gigs was amazing! x

  11. Jenni Grainger
    June 7, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    What a great month! I would love to see Busted x

  12. Leanne Dolan
    June 8, 2016 / 8:52 am

    I saw Busted too! I loved it. Our seats ended up being near the 2nd stage which was such a bonus! Having seen McBusted in the OMFG zone last year, I felt like I got the same mini experience without shelling out for pricey tickets again! haha

  13. June 8, 2016 / 9:41 am

    Sounds like you had an awesome time. I used to listen to Busted when I was younger, I should see what they are up to now. I can’t believe I am almost 26 and have never been to a concert or festival. I guess this has to change soon.

  14. June 8, 2016 / 12:11 pm

    That Busted concert sounds incredible! I love how you described the music of Koko too.

  15. Laura
    June 8, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    Aw I love that you went to see Busted, what a great throwback to my teen days! xxx

  16. Melanie Edjourian
    June 8, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    Wow you getto go to quite a few gigs. I have never seen busted although I do like some of their music.

  17. June 8, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    I’ve not stop hearing about Busted all year from my Wife! How would you rate their new gig?

  18. June 9, 2016 / 6:09 am

    Would you believe I’ve never been to a festival? This looks like so much fun!

  19. June 9, 2016 / 9:29 am

    I would love to go and see more concerts, but time and finances don’t currently allow. Big fan of Busted and would love to see them live! x

  20. Jessica
    June 9, 2016 / 2:04 pm

    You got a great list of gigs last month! I envy you, dear. 🙂

  21. Ruth Whyte
    June 10, 2016 / 8:04 am

    Geeeezo was busted way back in 2002 how Time has flown by. Did you take any videos??

  22. June 11, 2016 / 3:06 am

    I never ever went to a festival … and I don’t know if I ever will. Looks like a blast though. Thank you for sharing.

  23. Ickle Pickle
    June 11, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    I love concerts – the last one I went to was Macklemore – he was incredible. We are off to our first festival next month and can’t wait! Kaz x

  24. beautykinguk
    June 12, 2016 / 12:11 pm

    That is an impressive amount of gigs, I am slightly jealous! I next see Terrorvision in November and that is ages away!

  25. Rachael Phillips
    June 14, 2016 / 10:12 am

    You’ve been busy! I secretly love busted although don’t know many of their songs as I was a bit older when they were in their prime

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