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.
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’.