December is usually quite a busy month with live shows as bands anxiously try to finish touring for the year with as much time before Christmas as possible and I took full advantage of that even if three shows were the same.
The month started with my three dates of the Good Charlotte tour, and other than the fact that I missed my own bed and my throat ached I could have done more. Friday 1st December saw me and a friend head up to Birmingham ready for the first show which was a great introduction but the venue and loads of tall people meant we couldn’t see much. We managed to catch two of the three supports and I started to see the hype around Milk Teeth.
Early Saturday afternoon we took the train from Birmingham up to Manchester for my favourite night of the tour. We caught all three supports this time which included Nothing, Nowhere, Against the Current and Milk Teeth. This was the night me and my friend were doing press so luckily I managed to take some photos, although the lighting for Good Charlotte was awful including loads of weird streaks so I’m not as happy with those images as I was from shooting them last year. The Manchester Academy was a great open venue and I was very impressed.
The trio of shows ended at London’s Brixton Academy on Sunday evening and while it was a great show my throat hurt so much I couldn’t sing along which made me very sad. I didn’t even get a break as on Monday 4th December me and my boyfriend headed to the O2 Arena to catch Gorillaz as I’d only ever seen them headline Glastonbury before and he’d never seen the band. The show was unlike most things I usually go to but it was such a great show and included appearances from Noel Gallagher and of course Shaun Ryder when they performed ‘Dare’ which is my favourite song of theirs. The whole set was so feel good and they’re a very impressive band.
The final show of 2017 for me was The Prodigy at Brixton Academy on Thursday 21st which was the first of three nights they were playing. Again this was another show which was pretty unlike anything I normally go to but it was an incredible show. The lights and staging was amazing although the strobes were so strong at parts I had to look away and the band themselves were so good, there was such an atmosphere. My only negative was how uneasy I felt at the show, at something like The Prodigy there was a lot of drug deals going on, people off their heads and plenty of arguments/ fights and I didn’t feel 100% happy all show for that reason.