The last few month’s just haven’t been that exciting for live music for me. I am massively trying to tone down the number of shows I go to (as they can get tiring) and only going to ones I really want to go to.
The month started off at the Kentish Town Forum seeing Of Mice and Men. It was a Friday evening which was really nice and the band were supported by Hands Like Houses and Crown The Empire, neither of which I had seen in a while. The show itself was really good especially as Austin cancelled most of the European shows after as he needs more surgery, so he must have been suffering through the show. It was also lovely to catch up with my photographer at the show who I hadn’t sene in ages.
Photo by Gemma Bell
On a Wednesday afternoon, I made the train ride to Wolverton (just outside of Milton Keynes) to head to a small venue and catch Shvpes supported by Emp!re and Acoda. Sadly the show was so empty with people not wanting to venture out, pay a few quid to a local venue and see some awesome music, there must have been 20 people max. Acoda were really good, Emp!re were this awesome fusion of metal alongside some jazzy beautiful vocals and Shvpes made the best of the mediocre crowd. Nights like this remind me how much we have to support local venues.
Steel Panther are one of those bands who I absolutely love seeing and tonight marked my third time taking photos of them (second time at Wembley). I don’t know much about first support band Buckcherry but headline support Bowling For Soup were so much fun and it was amazing hearing ‘Girl All The Bad Guys Want’. Of course, Steel Panther were hilarious, but they’re actually amazing musicians as well, and amazingly I was so happy with the outcome of my photos which was even better.
The next weekend saw me head to Camden’s Roundhouse to watch Billy Talent. Having seen the band play both Rock Im Park and Download Festivals’ this summer I knew I was in for a treat. Sadly I was pretty ill on the night so had to cancel my interview with the band which sucked but I managed to drag myself to the show and it was amazing. Iconic tracks from their second album like ‘Devil In A Midnight Mass’ and ‘Fallen Leaves’ were incredible to hear everyone sing-a-long to. They’re just such a fun band who I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of seeing.
Photo by Gemma Bell
On Halloweenn I headed to the O2 Arena to catch the first date on the Bring Me The Horizon show. As anyone who reads my blog much will know, they are my favourite band in the whole world so tonight marked number 49 of seeing them. The half a century show falls on Friday 4th November which I am so excited for. While it wasn’t their best musical performance the night itself was incredible, they have gone all out on the production of this tour and I have never seen anything like it in the O2 Arena. Everything was so special and despite being at the show on my own I felt like I was just part of a massive family as everyone was singing/ screaming and having fun. One off support came from Enter Shikari and I have to say they blew me away.