As I said before I have been trying to cut down on too much excessive gig going so February only ended with two shows for me, one novelty band I’d never seen and one arena-sized show in Amsterdam. March again saw two shows, one a band I’d seen loads before and another arena-sized artist who put on such a show.
On the very first day of February, I headed to Islington Academy armed with my Star Wars obsessive other half to see Star Wars metal themed band Galactic Empire. Now bands like this can come across gimmicky, but in fact it wasn’t and the guys are all incredible musicians. It was so cool to hear music from the movies played with a metal theme right in front of me and it made me appreciate the music even more. While there were no vocals during it the main guy Dark Vader (Yes their names were all slight twists on characters including Boba Sett!) was great at keeping everyone entertained between the songs and making jokes from the movies. It was so nice to see something a bit unusual.
Right near the end of February when I was in Amsterdam I saw The Weeknd. Now initially I hadn’t thought he was an artist that I really wanted to see but after getting to the arena and just seeing the set up I was sold. The arena itself was lovely and we had amazing seats, they were directly looking at the stage from the back wall which meant we got to see the full effects of his lighting set up (which was the same as the UK shows incase you’ve seen images). I was very impressed at his vocals and how good he was live, and I recognized a few more songs’ that I had originally thought I would.
Mid-March I headed to Brixton Academy to see fellow Watforders Lower Than Atlantis play their largest headline show and it was a great night. I missed first support act Roam (on purpose) but caught Hands Like Houses and Young Guns who were pretty good but LTA were just sensational. I don’t think frontman Mike Duce get’s enough credit for how good a songwriter and performer he is. I loved the mixture of new material – admitidly I only really knew the singles from the new album – and the older material.
The final show of March was one I’ve had planned for quite a while and it was Craig David at the O2 Arena. After seeing him do his TS5 show at both Glastonbury and V Festival I realised how incredible he was and knew I had to get tickets to this show and it did not disappoint. He played for about 1.5 doing his normal material including so many 90’s and early 00’s tracks which made me feel like a true teenager again. Then he came back about did a good 30+ minutes TS5 set which is his DJing and included so many big urban/ RnB music again from my former years. The whole show was such a fun night and I can’t wait to see him again.