October Music Journey

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.

crown the empirePhoto 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.

Bowling for soup 2

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.

Billy Talent

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.

_MG_89651101344Photo 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.

November 3, 2016
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  • Reply GlamourGlitterGloss

    Busy month for you music wise, and this is you ‘toned down’ ha. Shame about Shvpes not having a big crowd but at least you weren’t fighting to get a good spot I guess

    November 3, 2016 at 9:42 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    Oh wow what an awesome month of music – I would love to see Bowling for Soup at some point.

    November 4, 2016 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply everinmay

    Oh wow you have had a busy month! It must be so disheartening for a band when no one turns up, but amazing for you to get a more up close experience! xx

    November 4, 2016 at 3:47 pm
  • Reply Tara | C&CO.

    Another busy month for you, this time of year is so good for gigs!

    November 4, 2016 at 4:58 pm
  • Reply Milly

    ARE YOU GOING TO THE OTHER O2 DATE TOMORROW TOO? Sorry for the caps, I’m super excited about it! Gutted to have missed Shikari but I’m excited to see Broco as well!

    November 4, 2016 at 6:16 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Yes I was there tonight as well 🙂 Heading up to Sheffield for the show tomorrow too. Did you enjoy the show?

      November 6, 2016 at 12:48 am
  • Reply Kathryn

    I am so behind on music at the moment! I need to check some of these artists out xx

    November 4, 2016 at 8:10 pm
  • Reply Beautyqueenuk

    I am always so shocked that you manage to fit so much in! I know so many people who went to see Steel panther too x

    November 4, 2016 at 10:57 pm
  • Reply Baby Isabella

    My mummy was also at the BMTH gig on Halloween! She loved it. Sad to see Enter Shikari take a tour break while they finish their album but it was a great gig. x there’s a pic on her inst

    November 5, 2016 at 7:30 am
  • Reply Stephanie Merry

    I used to love Bowling for Soup when I was younger, haven’t heard Girl All The Bad Guys Want in so long! x

    November 5, 2016 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    What a month! Quite a few of my favourites here xx

    November 5, 2016 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply Angela Ricardo Bethea

    That is an absolute blast! I would love to experience this one day. xx

    November 5, 2016 at 5:42 pm
  • Reply Helen Costello

    Blimey! You are so busy – What a great write up of so many shows. I have only been to 1 or 2 live shows this year.

    November 5, 2016 at 6:58 pm
  • Reply Nicol Wong

    wow hasn’t someone been a busy bee! i wish i went to some of these gigs

    November 5, 2016 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Lisa Lambert (mumdadplus4)

    I love watching live shows haven’t been to any in a while though. I prefer a live band when out to an dj

    November 6, 2016 at 9:29 am
  • Reply Melanie Edjourian

    Looks like I’m really out of touch I thought of mice and men was a book – I’m sure I read it at school years ago x

    November 6, 2016 at 5:10 pm
  • Reply The London Mum

    Oh wow, I think you’ve seen more live bands in one month than I’ve seen in my life!

    November 6, 2016 at 6:02 pm
  • Reply Claire @ Country Mouse Claire

    I love your music roundups, you get to see some great gigs!

    November 6, 2016 at 7:03 pm
  • Reply Anosa

    I am yet to go to live music, love your rounds and always jealous of how many shows you see

    November 6, 2016 at 8:43 pm
  • Reply Jemma Andrew-Adiamah

    Looks like you’ve been having a great time getting out to see these shows.

    November 7, 2016 at 6:58 am
  • Reply fashion-mommy

    I love reading your music posts as I have absolutely no idea who these bands are – a real education.

    November 7, 2016 at 9:18 am
  • Reply Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    Fab music post as always! I do love your style, it’s so similar to my husbands!

    November 8, 2016 at 7:40 am
  • Reply RosieCorriette

    Wow, this is a quiet month?! Looks like you still managed to pack lots of gigs in… you’ve reminded me just how much I miss going to gigs, it’s been nearly 6 years since I’ve been to one, oh the carefree days of pre motherhood ha!

    November 8, 2016 at 11:33 pm
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