July was such a quiet month for music and with the exception of Warped Tour I didn’t see anything live so it was quite nice that August provided me with a whole bunch of music to cram into my ears. It was a slightly eclectic month with metal, rock, pop-punk and a weekend of being a pop queen.
Near the beginning of the month I headed into Islington to see Don Broco. Now I’m not as much a fan of the band as I used to be but they were playing ‘Priorities’ in full and this is one of my favourite albums. When it came out four years ago it was on repeat for me so I knew I had to go and the night did not disappoint. It was everything I used to love about the band, catchy, bouncy, energetic and just pure fun. I’ve not smiled as much at a show in a long time.
Taken by the super talented Kennerdeigh Scott
Across the weekend of 20th/21st I headed to Chelmsford to V Festival. I won’t talk too much about it as I did a full post here but it was a fun weekend and nice to go to something a little bit different. I was disappointed with the miming from Justin Bieber who was the main reason I was there but there was a nice mixture of music and a lot I hadn’t seen before with highlights including Zara Larrson, Lukas Graham, Little Mix, David Guetta and of course Craig David.
When Good Charlotte announced a handful of dates around Reading and Leeds Festival I knew I had to go as I had been waiting years for this moment. London happened first on Monday 22nd and it was absolutely everything my teenage self wanted, and everything my adult self enjoyed. With just a few songs from their latest album they played for over an hour and a half and covered songs which are huge parts of my life growing up. Hearing ‘The River’, ‘Boys and Girls’, ‘The Anthem’ and all of those songs live was insane. I was so glad I had booked a second date to see them.
Two days after Good Charlotte I headed back to the same venue this time to see Coheed and Cambria. This is a band who do not disappoint but the venue was so stupidly hot this evening so it did get pretty sweaty and I decided to head out just before the encore so I wouldn’t be stuck in a sea of sweaty people trying to escape the venue.
On the Saturday of bank holiday weekend I headed up to Birmingham I see Good Charlotte again because one show just wasn’t quite enough. I was incredibly lucky that I was able to take to photos at this show which meant being super close to the band who helped shape my musicial tastes during my teenage years. Everything about this show was really special and I just want the band to announce their 2017 tou so I can get planning which shows I want to go to.
This year saw the first time since 2008 that I haven’t done a whole weekend at Reading Festival and it was a super odd feeling but this year I decided to just head along with my friend to do one day. The main reason we were going was due to the co-headline slot by Fall out Boy and Biffy Clyro. The day I went was great as I managed to catch a few bands I hadn’t before including Beach Slang, Black Foxes and Modern Baseball, alongside some of my favourites. Sadly Fall Out Boy left a little to be desired but Biffy Clyro were amazing. You can read more about my festival experience here.