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.
Photo 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.