My First Month Of Live Music In 2017

Avenged Sevenfold
Photo taken by Mosh photographer Graham Berry

While I absolutely love live music I’ve been trying to be more picky about what I go and see and not just going to see the same bands over and over again for the sake of it. Because of this I have been limiting which shows I go to and am probably going to more like 1 a week as opposed to 2-3 a week like I was in 2015/ early 2016. I know this still sounds like a lot to some people but this was (and is still to an extent) a huge part of my life.

On Saturday 21st January I headed to the O2 Arena with a friend who I hadn’t seen in ages to see Avenged Sevenfold. I had only seen the band once before when they headlined Download in about 2010 so it was great seeing them in an arena. I might not have recognized a lot of their music (it’s on my to listen to list) but their set was still blinding, and Disturbed were a really good opener.

The next day I headed to the depths of Kingston to catch You Me At Six play a special acoustic show in celebration of their latest album which came out a few weeks back. I’ve seen the band a lot of times before but seeing them acoustic was something special as it was great to hear Josh’s voice properly and it’s grown so much over the years. They played a good mixture of tracks from the new album but also older favourites which worked for me as I’d only heard ‘Night People’ a handful of times so didn’t know the tracks aswell as I’d have liked.

A Day To Remember - Jemma (6)Photo by the amazing Jemma Dodd

The final show that I went to in January was A Day To Remember at Wembley Arena on Friday 27th and the show was something really special. I’d seen the band play a huge Alexandra Palace show a few years back but this was something else. As I had good seats I could see the whole venue and everyone was going crazy (the standing area looked mental!) Considering I haven’t given the latest album as much of a listen as I should have I knew most of the set and the huge tracks from ‘Common Courtesy’ sounded incredible. It was also a pleasure seeing New Found Glory open for them and hearing ‘My Friends Over You’.

February 2, 2017
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36 Comments

  • Reply Donna

    I’m really bad at going to see bands at all! Must follow your lead and see what’s coming up x

    February 3, 2017 at 10:37 am
  • Reply Stephanie Merry

    Wow you’ve seen some amazing people so far this year. I’ve only got one gig planned this year and that’s Adele at Wembley in June x

    February 3, 2017 at 11:47 am
  • Reply StressedMum

    Looks like you have had a good first month of 2017, I had no idea about the Kingston gig as that is very close to me x

    February 3, 2017 at 12:05 pm
  • Reply danasia

    The amount of music you cover is impressive! I’ve heard Disturbed is phenomenal live!

    February 3, 2017 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    This is still an impressive amount of live shows for one month though you have cut down the amount you are attending. I’m glad they were good shows and that you had a good time!

    February 3, 2017 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply Jo Wiggins

    I’m actually super jealous. I’m not sure if I see one live band a year, let alone one a week. Good for you x

    February 3, 2017 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply Jodie Whitham

    Love these pictures! I really want to see more gigs this year. Have you got any recommendations of bands playing live this year that I should get tickets for? You always seem to mention music I enjoy! x

    February 3, 2017 at 4:14 pm
  • Reply lisa prince

    i wish i could join in on the live music fun it looks soo enjoyable x

    February 3, 2017 at 4:33 pm
  • Reply Hannah Latoya Bond

    Looks like you had a good month so far with music. I’d love to see more live music this year x

    February 3, 2017 at 8:16 pm
  • Reply Steph

    What a great month of music it’s been. I rarely go to gigs as i struggle with loud noise but when i see other people i feel like booking tickets!

    February 3, 2017 at 10:40 pm
  • Reply Lubka Henry

    I haven’t been to a live gig for long time and I’m finally going out tonight. Woop-woop 🙂

    February 4, 2017 at 1:21 pm
  • Reply Naomi JC

    I haven’t been to a gig for years! My boyfriend use daily to be in a band so when I was younger we used to go to gigs loads.

    February 4, 2017 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply Kira L Curtis

    I’m always so jealous of the gigs you get to go to! I’m hoping to get to see a few more this year!

    February 4, 2017 at 9:07 pm
  • Reply Nayna Kanabar

    Wow you are are so lucky to attend all these gigs they sound fab.

    February 4, 2017 at 10:29 pm
  • Reply Joanna McCaffrey

    It does sound like you go out a lot to see music! I haven’t seen live music in ages, apart from small jam sessions. It would be nice to go out and feel the energy of a lot of people listening to the music they love.

    February 5, 2017 at 3:07 am
  • Reply Jessica Lynn Martin

    It is so cool that you get to go to concerts! It sounds like you love doing it! I have heard a few of Avenge Sevenfold songs. From what I’ve heard they were good. Looks like you had a good time.

    February 5, 2017 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Melissa Zia

    You have seen so amazing bands already this year, I haven’t seen any in ages must go one day

    February 5, 2017 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply Tanya Brannan

    I love how you go and see so many amazing groups! I haven’t got any gigs planned for this year so far… I need to get my head in the game! x

    February 5, 2017 at 2:58 pm
  • Reply Stella Kashmoney

    You like your music and gigs. That is cool.

    February 5, 2017 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply Leah Shafik

    This is amazing! You’re my music idol! I don’t get to gigs so much so I live vicariously through your blog x

    February 5, 2017 at 8:18 pm
  • Reply mummyslittlemonkey

    Being a boring old mum I was a bit nervous I wouldn’t recognise any of the bands but the girls and I love You Me At Six (phew!). Still don’t know the others though… 😉 x

    February 5, 2017 at 11:40 pm
  • Reply Battle Mum (BattleMum)

    I’ve heard of You Me At Six but none of the others. However that’s not surprising considering its ages since I’ve seen any live bands, not since I left Ireland. Aslan were a favourite of mine but I haven’t seen them in years. I think it’s time I changed that! Live music from a good band is always such a good thing to enjoy.

    February 6, 2017 at 11:25 am
  • Reply Ana De Jesus

    I am a big fan of You Me At Six and have friends who love Avenged Sevenfold. I remember them showing me their music and it was a really strange video, I can’t recall the name but the music is cool x

    February 6, 2017 at 2:43 pm
  • Reply Jayne

    How cool! I love my music and have it playing most days, whether that be whilst I work or in the car. We are planning to see a few gigs this year hopefully 🙂 x

    February 6, 2017 at 9:12 pm
  • Reply Lyndsey O'Halloran

    I’m terrible and don’t really listen to any music. I did used to love going to gigs though

    February 6, 2017 at 11:33 pm
  • Reply Jemma Andrew-Adiamah

    I have never heard of these before. Sounds like you had a great time though.

    February 7, 2017 at 6:56 am
  • Reply Tracy Morgan

    Wow, so jealous that you get to go to so many gigs! I love music, but these days, mine sadly involves just listening to the radio!

    February 7, 2017 at 8:23 am
  • Reply Clairejustineo

    Oh wow. I have not been to see live music in over 20 years. I bet it was a great night.

    February 7, 2017 at 10:26 am
  • Reply lianne

    I love a good live gig, it’s been a couple of years since I last went though!

    February 7, 2017 at 12:48 pm
  • Reply Cathryn Daws

    I’ve not seen anyone in ages. I hope you had a great time!

    February 7, 2017 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply Tanya Howard

    I love a bit of You Me At Six, sounds like you had a great month of music. I cant even think of the last time I went to see live music, it’s all getting too expensive these days

    February 7, 2017 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply fashion-mommy

    Again, a load of bands I have never heard of, Rhian, my musical education is in your hands!

    February 7, 2017 at 3:03 pm
  • Reply Emma Kershaw

    I’m off to You Me At Six my April, so excited! I haven’t seen them in years!

    February 7, 2017 at 7:48 pm
  • Reply Kristina

    OMG SO JEALOUS OF A7X AND ADTR! I know their latest albums by heart haha I will see ADTR at Download 🙂 Absolute fave bands!

    February 8, 2017 at 12:24 am
  • Reply Charli B

    The You Me At Six gig sounds like it was special, I would have loved to go! My friends went to Avenged and said it was absolutely insane xx

    February 9, 2017 at 2:37 pm
  • Reply Rachel Nicole

    Oooh you always seem to go to the best gigs! Love You Me At Six but haven’t seen them live for years! xo

    February 12, 2017 at 7:24 pm
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