For me I always find the summer month’s a little lacking when it comes to live music because other than your standard festivals bands don’t really tend to tour much, although fortunately for me due to come travelling before Download Festival I managed to make up for things.
At the beginning of June, I headed to Paris for two nights to coincide with two special shows which I wanted to see. On Tuesday 6th June I saw Simple Plan on the anniversary tour of their debut album ‘No Pads, No Helmets, Just Balls….’. The reason I travelled for this show was because the London show was during Download Festival weekend and their performance at the festival was not going to be the album in full like the shows so a quick jump on the Eurostar saw me at the Bataclan. The venue is pretty special in my mind after the events which happened 18 month’s prior and it was lovely to see people still going to shows and still enjoying the atmosphere. The show itself was amazing and I forgot how great the band’s debut album was.
The following night at the same venue in Paris I saw Good Charlotte because there’s no such thing as too many GC shows in my mind. The main idea behind going to Paris was because both shows were on consecutive nights and it made sense to go. The support slots were amazing and I got to see Issues, State Champs and Sleeping With Sirens and the headliners were just incredible. I am so excited for the tour at the end of the year where I may or may not be going to three shows across a weekend in December *oops*.
The day after I got back from Paris I bundled into my car and headed to Derby to set up ready for Download Festival which was one of the best year’s I’ve been to in ages. The sun was shining, the lineup was great and the atmosphere was amazing. You can read more about my weekend at the festival here.
The final live musical experience of June was Hans Zimmer who writes film scores including The Lion King, Pirates of the Carribean, Inception, Gladiator, The Dark Knight, The Amazing Spiderman 2 and many more. I’d wanted to see Hans for ages and was so happy when I managed to nab tickets for the show last year and it was everything I’d expected a more. With a whole live orchestra, choir, and loads of incredible musicians it was a stunning night and such a good atmosphere.
July began at a high with Green Day’s Hyde Park show on Saturday 1st. The British Summertime Shows are always great as they’re like mini festivals full of activities, music and so much great food (I had a peanut butter brownie which was amazing). We headed in in time to see The Hives who were really good and ended up seeing Rancid, Gogol Bordello, The Stranglers and of course Green Day themselves. The headliners have such an amazing back catalogue of hits and the whole night was amazing. The newer music which I haven’t listened to as much sounded great and the band showed that they are truly at the top of their game.
My live music from the two month’s ended with Blink 182 at the O2 Arena on 20th July. I had tried to get tickets to the first show but they sold out too quickly so as soon as night two was announced I snapped tickets up. At the time I wasn’t with my other half but thankfully standing tickets were still on sale when we got together and he bought one to accompany me. Having seen Blink five times already I was a little worried about how the dynamic would be without Tom Delonge but I really didn’t have to worry as Matt Skiba fitted into the band so well and I rarely even noticed he wasn’t there. The band definitely seem more mature with no dick jokes and stupid commentary which I have to admit was starting to get a bit old. I am so happy with Blink 2.0 and look forward to seeing them again.
Issues, Simple Plan and Good Charlotte photos by Matt Higgs and Blink 182 photo by Gemma Bell, both Mosh photographers