Live Music Experiences in August

Coheed and Cambria

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.

little mixTaken 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.

good charlotte

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.

September 1, 2016
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24 Comments

  • Reply Bethany Naismith

    How amazing are Biffy Clyro though? They’re so good! I’m so jealous you saw Good Charlotte as well!

    September 1, 2016 at 1:51 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      They are the best! I’ve bought tickets to their London O2 show and I am so excited! x

      September 2, 2016 at 8:29 am
  • Reply LaaLaa

    You had some good times at festivals this summer. My cousins went to Reading festival this year.

    September 1, 2016 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply North East Family Fun

    What a month! Little Mix look amazing! Love that shot of them x

    September 1, 2016 at 4:56 pm
  • Reply Ana De Jesus

    Shame FOB wasn’t up to scratch as I love them but I love Little Mix glad they were good.

    September 1, 2016 at 7:25 pm
  • Reply Liz Mays

    It’s great that you’ve been able to see so many performances. I’m glad the Good Charlotte show was so special.

    September 1, 2016 at 10:07 pm
  • Reply The London Mum

    I would have really enjoyed V festival… I love a good bit of pop!

    September 2, 2016 at 11:05 am
  • Reply Nikki Hamilton

    This post has really put me in the mood for seeing a good band. I dont have any lined up at the moment sadly!

    September 2, 2016 at 11:09 am
  • Reply Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    I’m so jealous – why did I not go to any festivals or anything this year!!

    September 2, 2016 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Beautyqueenuk

    Blimey you saw more bands in August than I have ever done, wow x

    September 2, 2016 at 8:09 pm
  • Reply Jenni Grainger

    Great month, I kinda miss the days of going out and watching bands. Very disappointed with Justin miming x

    September 2, 2016 at 9:56 pm
  • Reply Kira L Curtis

    I have hardly seen any gigs compared to you. You’ve got to see more than I have in one month than in my entire life! You’re so lucky! Glad you’ve had such a fab time!

    September 2, 2016 at 10:38 pm
  • Reply Stella Kashmoney

    You got to gigs a lot, that is good. Must be fun.

    September 3, 2016 at 6:58 am
  • Reply Melanie Edjourian

    The V festival must have been great especially with all those acts.

    September 3, 2016 at 8:52 pm
  • Reply Ali

    Wow you’ve been to see so much, I’m quite jealous! Sounds like you have had a great month!

    September 3, 2016 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply Lilinha Espindula

    I’ve never been to a festival before, but hoping to go to one soon!
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    September 3, 2016 at 10:09 pm
  • Reply Leanne Dolan

    Ah I bet seeing good charlotte was good fun. I wish I’d known because would have Def tried to get tickets. The memories!!

    September 4, 2016 at 8:46 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      They’ll be back in the new year so you might get the chance 🙂 x

      September 4, 2016 at 12:21 pm
  • Reply Daniella Keating

    Looks like you had a music-filled month! I love don Broco.

    Daniella | Freshly Pressed Beauty

    September 4, 2016 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    I would love to see Little Mix live – I bet they put on such an energetic performance.

    September 5, 2016 at 8:07 am
  • Reply Claire @ Country Mouse Claire

    Sounds like such a great month for live music! I need to get to a gig soon!

    September 5, 2016 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply beautykinguk

    I am feeling really old, ive heard of none of the bands you have mentioned in this post, I think possibly little mix but I couldnt name a song!

    September 6, 2016 at 8:42 am
  • Reply Beth

    So jealous that you went to V Festival! I would love to go there one year

    September 6, 2016 at 9:10 pm
  • Reply Laura Haley

    Sounds like a fab month for you musically. I really want to see Good Charlotte so I’ll be joining you in wishing for a 2017 tour!

    September 8, 2016 at 10:18 am
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