Two Fantastic Months Of Live Music Over February And March

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.

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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.

April 1, 2017
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36 Comments

  • Reply Laura Beresford

    Sounds amazing. I’ve only ever been to 1 concert: Queen and Adam Lambert last year, they were fab! I have fond memories of Craig David seeing me though my uni days 🙂

    April 2, 2017 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply Lyndsey O'Halloran

    I think the last concert I went to see was Ed Sheeran 2 years ago! Think it will be a while until another too

    April 2, 2017 at 5:30 pm
  • Reply falcondalejan

    If you asked me to go and see a Star Wars band I would probably say no, but judging by your review that would be a mistake. I’d love to see LTA but none of my friends have my musical tastes so I don’t get out much!

    April 2, 2017 at 8:43 pm
  • Reply Mummy Gummie

    Gosh I haven’t been to a gig in years! Like the sound of the Star Wars based metal band though! I would love to see Craig David live he is so cool!

    April 3, 2017 at 1:37 pm
  • Reply kerry norris

    I’ve never heard of a Star Wars based mental band. My stepdad would love that x

    April 3, 2017 at 2:50 pm
  • Reply Ana De Jesus

    I would love to see The Weeknd especially if he plays his older tracks like Birds Part II, Wicked Games and The Morning. He is such an amazing artist x

    April 3, 2017 at 5:05 pm
  • Reply C Kennedy

    I’d never really given much thought to the Weeknd either, but thinking about it I actually like all of his songs that I’ve heard so far! The arena looks amazing, the lighting set up is very impressive xx

    April 3, 2017 at 7:32 pm
  • Reply Zena's Suitcase

    That’s quite a contrast in musicians. I’d love to see Craig David, I remember him from the first time round

    April 3, 2017 at 9:54 pm
  • Reply Madeeha

    I am not much of a star wars fan. So I am not sure how I feel about band. But I am glad you enjoyed yourself. I enjoy the music of The Weekend though.

    April 3, 2017 at 11:26 pm
  • Reply Rhiannon-Skye Boden

    I absolutely love Young Guns, I have seen them so many times either as a support or in their own right, and they never disappoint! I’m glad you had fun!

    April 4, 2017 at 7:08 am
  • Reply Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    I’ve heard so many great things about Craig David’s tour, I hope you had fun.

    April 4, 2017 at 7:31 am
  • Reply The London Mum

    I would love to go see Craig David- he’s certainly turned things around for himself!

    April 4, 2017 at 8:27 am
  • Reply lisa prince

    this look lovely i would love to see a live band i can imagine the atmosphere x

    April 4, 2017 at 8:30 am
  • Reply Melanie Williams

    Love live music and this place looks rocking and a lot of fun. Craig David…yes!! 🙂 x

    April 4, 2017 at 8:57 am
  • Reply Anna Nuttall

    What a rocking month. I’m not a fan of live music. Just cause i’m so small people tend to block my view. I hope you had fun. xx

    April 4, 2017 at 9:53 am
  • Reply Stephanie Merry

    I would love to see Craig David – I used to love his old stuff and his new stuff is great too! x

    April 4, 2017 at 10:32 am
  • Reply Unsigned, Emmie

    I haven’t seen live music since… 2010?! When I last went to the Wireless Festival!! Before that it was a NERD concert LOL. I really wanted to see Bruno Mars but the ticket prices are extortionate so I guess it’s not my time yet LOL

    Emmie xo

    April 4, 2017 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Donna

    Quite a few of my friends went to this show and enjoyed it, looks great!

    April 4, 2017 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply Nikki Hamilton

    Rhian your posts always give me gig envy! I dont go to enough gigs!

    April 4, 2017 at 7:04 pm
  • Reply francesca

    Awesome that you got to see the weeknd!! you have seen so many great live shows!

    April 4, 2017 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply Life Unexpected

    I went to Uni with the Lower Than Atlantis manager and put on a couple of shows with them. It’s so amazing they’re now headlining places like Brixton. So, so, so well deserved. xx

    April 4, 2017 at 8:52 pm
  • Reply Life Unexpected

    Ahhh this brings back so many memories. I used to put on shows for Young Guns and Lower Than Atlantis and I did a degree with the Lower Than Atlantis manager. It’s so amazing they’re now headlining places like Brixton. So, so, so well deserved. xx

    April 4, 2017 at 8:54 pm
  • Reply Hayley

    Sounds like a great couple of months for live music! I went to four gigs over February and March – Conor Oberst, Band of Horses, Tim Kasher and Creeper!

    April 4, 2017 at 8:58 pm
  • Reply Hannah Latoya Bond

    Looks like you saw some really good live music x

    April 4, 2017 at 9:38 pm
  • Reply Tanya Brannan

    You go to the most amazing gigs! Being a middle aged fogey I haven’t heard of some of these bands but I do like a bit of Craig David. I always look forward to reading about who you are seeing next! x

    April 5, 2017 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Shannon Ritchie

    I’m so jealous you saw the Weeknd! I saw so many videos of him singing live on this tour and thought he was amazing!

    April 5, 2017 at 10:51 am
  • Reply mydreamality

    I really want to see Craig David as his TS5 stuff is amazing. The tickets have been quite pricey for the options we looked into, but I bet they are so worth it so may take the plunge. x

    April 5, 2017 at 11:11 am
  • Reply Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    Oh wow, it looks like you have been having a great time at kids. I would love to see Craig David for a bit of nostalgia.

    April 5, 2017 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply Melanie Edjourian

    I haven’t a clue who these guys are except Craig David who seems to be making a come back. His songs are very good!

    April 5, 2017 at 4:01 pm
  • Reply Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    I’ve told you before I’m rubbish with singers and live events but I LOVE Craig David!

    April 5, 2017 at 6:37 pm
  • Reply fashion-mommy

    It’s been so good to see Craig David making such a comeback – loved him back in the day.

    April 5, 2017 at 10:02 pm
  • Reply With Love, Lottie

    Wow that’s a lot of live music! I haven’t been to a concert in ages! I’d love to see Craig David.

    April 6, 2017 at 6:52 pm
  • Reply GlamourGlitterGloss

    The Craig David show looked so good, I saw I on a lot of my friends snapchats. I’ll have to keep an eye out for his next tour

    April 7, 2017 at 6:50 am
  • Reply Emma White

    oh wow I used to love Craig David it would be fab to go and see him for sure – you always get to so many places I am in ore

    April 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    I bet the Starwars themed band was really interesting to see, good to know they were good musicians rather than just going off being a bit of a gimmick as well. x

    April 21, 2017 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply Nazma

    Oh lucky you hat u had chance to liste these bands. Music is always good idea any time

    April 25, 2017 at 6:09 pm
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