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Post by mightysparks » February 20th, 2013, 4:57 pm

Since I was just rambling on in the lounge about my excitement for how many concerts happen in the UK, I thought perhaps they should have their own thread :P

As I live in the City Where Nothing Happens, we get almost no interesting concerts here. I've seen two of my favourite bands live; Green Day in 2005 and Mental as Anything in.. 2009? Green Day were actually pretty great live. And at one point, a girl near the front of the stage was having some trouble and they stopped singing and refused to continue until someone helped her out, which was pretty cool. The Mental's had clearly aged, but were still a lot of fun to see live. I saw them at a pub and I was the youngest one there by about 20 years, but didn't matter :)

This year, I've got this bought and paid for so far:
Midge Ure - 27 April 2013 - here in Perth (!)
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - 13 May 2013 - in Newcastle (AND A MEET AND GREET, ZOMG. My second fave band after The Beatles, so my excitement is justified)

And today I've only just discovered about these two, but am buying tickets as soon as they go on sale:
The National - 28 June 2013 - Cork
The Boomtown Rats - 5 July 2013 - Cork

I sadly have to miss out on the Depeche Mode concert coz they sold out of tickets, but I never thought I'd get to see this many of my favourite artists live in my lifetime, let alone in a year :woot:
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Post by joachimt » February 20th, 2013, 5:35 pm

mightysparks on Feb 20 2013, 09:57:06 AM wrote:Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - 13 May 2013 - in Newcastle (AND A MEET AND GREET, ZOMG. My second fave band after The Beatles, so my excitement is justified)
Sorry to say this, but I didn't know they still existed.
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Post by mightysparks » February 20th, 2013, 5:39 pm

joachimt on Feb 20 2013, 10:35:40 AM wrote:
mightysparks on Feb 20 2013, 09:57:06 AM wrote:Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - 13 May 2013 - in Newcastle (AND A MEET AND GREET, ZOMG. My second fave band after The Beatles, so my excitement is justified)
Sorry to say this, but I didn't know they still existed.
They only got back together a few years ago. All the bands are getting back together just for me! Now we just gotta get some Lennon and Harrison zombies so my favourite Beatles can join up with the lamer two :P
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Post by sebby » February 20th, 2013, 5:43 pm

Saw Jonathan Richman last weekend and it was one of the best shows I've ever been to.

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Post by mightysparks » February 20th, 2013, 5:53 pm

Well, thanks to Cippenham pointing out the other Boomtown Rats dates, I might go down to Isle of Wight for the weekend for this hippy festival instead: http://www.isleofwightfestival.com/line-up.aspx Pretty decent lineup there.
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Post by brokenface » February 20th, 2013, 6:04 pm

I went to Bestival on Isle of wight a couple years ago. That's the cooler IoW festival B)

will warn it's expensive/annoying to get to, 'cause everyone has to go across on ferries & there tends to be huge bottlenecks. Last year was a huge mudfest & had massive traffic problems:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-18539315

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Post by VincentPrice » February 20th, 2013, 6:05 pm

The Killers AND Bon Jovi?

I'd be there in a second.

We don't get much around here concert-wise, I will say the best concert I've ever been to was Rob Zombie, that man can put on one hell of a fucking show.

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Post by mightysparks » February 20th, 2013, 6:09 pm

brokenface on Feb 20 2013, 11:04:55 AM wrote:I went to Bestival on Isle of wight a couple years ago. That's the cooler IoW festival B)

will warn it's expensive/annoying to get to, 'cause everyone has to go across on ferries & there tends to be huge bottlenecks. Last year was a huge mudfest & had massive traffic problems:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-18539315
Damn UK weather :P I've never gone camping before, but always wanted to, so now I'm really tempted to do it. My dad got free tickets for this musical festival years ago that The Killers were at, but it was an over 18 concert and I was 18, but hadn't gotten ID yet and they wouldn't let me in. I was really peed off and have been dying to see them since.

Researching ways to get there now. Sounds confusing :(
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Post by Nopros » February 20th, 2013, 6:12 pm

Just recently bought my ticket to Rock am Ring, it seems like an awesome festival. Lineup: http://www.rock-am-ring.com/spielplan

I've also bought tickets to Mark Knopfler 13th of June. This will be my 2nd time listening to him live. (l)

Me and some friends planned to go to Tomorrowland in Belgium as well, but we didn't get tickets.

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Post by Kowry » February 20th, 2013, 6:14 pm

I think the last artist I saw live was Merzbow. BBBBBZZZZZZRRRRRRRR

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Post by mightysparks » February 20th, 2013, 6:15 pm

I don't even know how to set up a tent - I've never even seen a tent - and you get these ones set up for you for 165 pounds :( Everything's so expensive. It's probably just easier to pop over to Cork after all, haha. Unless anyone wants to come to the hippy festival with me and set up a tent :P
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Post by tourdesb » February 20th, 2013, 6:18 pm

Yay, a place for me :)
I cannot pick only one best concert I've be been to, I go to 100 to 150 concerts a year, mostly bands that are not well-known.
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Post by Nopros » February 20th, 2013, 6:19 pm

I think the best live-experience I've had was when I watched Deadmau5 live in Oslo. That was amazing.

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Post by brokenface » February 20th, 2013, 6:20 pm

mightysparks on Feb 20 2013, 11:09:49 AM wrote:
brokenface on Feb 20 2013, 11:04:55 AM wrote:I went to Bestival on Isle of wight a couple years ago. That's the cooler IoW festival B)

will warn it's expensive/annoying to get to, 'cause everyone has to go across on ferries & there tends to be huge bottlenecks. Last year was a huge mudfest & had massive traffic problems:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-18539315
Damn UK weather :P I've never gone camping before, but always wanted to, so now I'm really tempted to do it. My dad got free tickets for this musical festival years ago that The Killers were at, but it was an over 18 concert and I was 18, but hadn't gotten ID yet and they wouldn't let me in. I was really peed off and have been dying to see them since.

Researching ways to get there now. Sounds confusing :(
there's tonnes of festivals in UK. obv not all will have Boomtown Rats, but it's worth doing research on what else is out there and I'd wait a bit becuase a lot of lineups aren't announced yet. Often if someone's playing one festival they'll also play a few others so you might finds Rats headlining a smaller one, which'll be better than a middling slot at a huge fest like Isle of Wight.

this is a good site, search for bands you like on this page: http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/lineups.php
but as I say alot of them won't have announced lineups yet so it's worth waiting & seeing.

I'm 99% sure you'd still be able to get IoW tickets in a couple of months, 'cause it won't sell out quickly (esp after last year). Only Glastonbury still sells out instantly.

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Post by mightysparks » February 20th, 2013, 6:23 pm

True. I just thought camping at a hippy festival on an island sounded cool.
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Post by brokenface » February 20th, 2013, 6:26 pm

mightysparks on Feb 20 2013, 11:15:00 AM wrote:I don't even know how to set up a tent - I've never even seen a tent - and you get these ones set up for you for 165 pounds :(
yeah, don't do that! you can buy a cheap pop-up tent for ~£20 - you literally have to open the bag, the tent pops up and you put in some pegs. they can't handle much rain, mind..

or just take a tent and look confused in the campsite and I'm sure someone will help you put it up in exchange for a beer :D

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Post by AdamH » February 20th, 2013, 6:27 pm

I want to see The National! Cork is miles away though.

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Post by mightysparks » February 20th, 2013, 6:28 pm

Think I might save the exciting festivals until/if I make some friends, otherwise I'll probably get too confused :P
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Post by mightysparks » February 20th, 2013, 6:29 pm

intothewild on Feb 20 2013, 11:27:52 AM wrote:I want to see The National! Cork is miles away though.
I'll send you videos tehe
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Post by AdamH » February 20th, 2013, 6:30 pm

mightysparks on Feb 20 2013, 11:29:01 AM wrote:
intothewild on Feb 20 2013, 11:27:52 AM wrote:I want to see The National! Cork is miles away though.
I'll send you videos tehe
It's miles away for you too...

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Post by mightysparks » February 20th, 2013, 6:31 pm

intothewild on Feb 20 2013, 11:30:28 AM wrote:
mightysparks on Feb 20 2013, 11:29:01 AM wrote:
intothewild on Feb 20 2013, 11:27:52 AM wrote:I want to see The National! Cork is miles away though.
I'll send you videos tehe
It's miles away for you too...
I'm still gonna go. Only 130 pounds or something for a return flight to London. Feck yeah!
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Post by brokenface » February 20th, 2013, 6:41 pm

mightysparks on Feb 20 2013, 11:31:25 AM wrote:
intothewild on Feb 20 2013, 11:30:28 AM wrote:
mightysparks on Feb 20 2013, 11:29:01 AM wrote:I'll send you videos tehe
It's miles away for you too...
I'm still gonna go. Only 130 pounds or something for a return flight to London. Feck yeah!
you're gonna go broke in like a month when you move here :P

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Post by mightysparks » February 20th, 2013, 6:44 pm

brokenface on Feb 20 2013, 11:41:59 AM wrote:
mightysparks on Feb 20 2013, 11:31:25 AM wrote:
intothewild on Feb 20 2013, 11:30:28 AM wrote:It's miles away for you too...
I'm still gonna go. Only 130 pounds or something for a return flight to London. Feck yeah!
you're gonna go broke in like a month when you move here :P
Haha, I hope not. I'm relatively cheap to run and good at saving, but there are so many exciting things to spend money on over there! Although, I'm like my dad and will do one big expensive thing and then be like 'now I have to work 50 hours a day to make up for it'. Also, I can always ask my dad and granddad for more money if I need it :whistling:
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Post by allisoncm » February 20th, 2013, 6:50 pm

The best concert experiences....
seeing The Strokes in Nashville in 2001
seeing Gillian Welch & David Rawlings live in Nashville around 2008 before they hit it big and played material mostly off their first two recordings
seeing Amel Bent live in Paris in 2010...just kidding, Kaspar. Well, she was good, but she chose not to hit the high note for one of her songs live and I was a little disappointed. the rest of the show was great, though.

Juliette Greco was good, but when she sang La Javanaise, that was a very high moment.

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » February 20th, 2013, 7:05 pm

There's been a major dry spell here. The last concert was at November 20th when I saw Gilberto Gil. I'm seeing Sigur Ros at the end of March, and possible Joey Bada$$ in April.

Best Concerts (in chronological order): Merzbow/Wolf Eyes/Richard Pinhas, Peter Brötzmann trio/solo, Shpongle, Colin Stetson, St. Vincent, Converge, EyeHateGod, Agalloch, Godflesh, Winter, Tangerine Dream, Deltron 3030.

Memorable (good or bad) moments:
Old couple covering their ears during the Merzbow/Wolf Eyes/Richard Pinhas concert.
Half the people walking out during The Thing.
A really drunk skinhead being beaten up because he tried to fight a random girl during an Autopsy concert.
The disappointment of the whole crowd (including myself) with how bad Melvins' new material was.
Waving at Grimes and her waving back.
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Post by brokenface » February 20th, 2013, 7:21 pm

some my favourite shows:

Manu Chao in Montreal. just the happiest crowd

Pixies at Reading 2005*, right near the front with the whole crowd jumping like a wave for Wave of Mutilation :wub:

Magnetic Fields a couple years ago at London Barbican. just reverent worship of their awesomeness.

Muse ~2000, my first gig, my first experience of moshing :D

most disappointing: Smashing Pumpkins circa 2000. Billy Corgan as his most up-his-own-ass.

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Post by mightysparks » February 20th, 2013, 7:24 pm

I'd love to see Magnetic Fields :(
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Post by brokenface » February 20th, 2013, 7:28 pm

mightysparks on Feb 20 2013, 12:24:20 PM wrote:I'd love to see Magnetic Fields :(
I had to wait 10 years to get a chance. they don't tour too much..

Tom Waits is the one I most want to see but not sure it'll ever happen :(

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Post by AdamH » February 20th, 2013, 7:32 pm

I still regret not going with my mate to see Arcade Fire at T in the Park. I chose Babyshambles instead. Always liked The Libertines and I was working on the logic that Pete Doherty had less chance of surviving the next few years so I might not get to see him live.

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » February 20th, 2013, 7:36 pm

Arcade Fire played in my high school once because one of the members was from there. I didn't attend it because during then I was one of those angsty metalheads that listened to Slipknot and Cradle of Filth. I really regret not seeing it now.
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Post by mightysparks » February 20th, 2013, 7:37 pm

I don't think I've even heard Arcade Fire before.
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Post by brokenface » February 20th, 2013, 7:40 pm

mightysparks on Feb 20 2013, 12:37:51 PM wrote:I don't think I've even heard Arcade Fire before.
:blink: listen to Funeral right now..

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Post by brokenface » February 20th, 2013, 7:42 pm

ArthurYanthar on Feb 20 2013, 12:36:23 PM wrote:Arcade Fire played in my high school once because one of the members was from there. I didn't attend it because during then I was one of those angsty metalheads that listened to Slipknot and Cradle of Filth. I really regret not seeing it now.
Cradle of Filth :lol: don't tell me you had a 'Jesus is a C...' shirt..

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » February 20th, 2013, 7:44 pm

brokenface on Feb 20 2013, 12:42:37 PM wrote:
ArthurYanthar on Feb 20 2013, 12:36:23 PM wrote:Arcade Fire played in my high school once because one of the members was from there. I didn't attend it because during then I was one of those angsty metalheads that listened to Slipknot and Cradle of Filth. I really regret not seeing it now.
Cradle of Filth :lol: don't tell me you had a 'Jesus is a C...' shirt..
Hahah fortunately no, I had a few Slipknot shirts though. And REALLY long hair which didn't suit my face at all and was being called a girl all the time.
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Post by mightysparks » February 20th, 2013, 7:52 pm

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Post by AdamH » February 20th, 2013, 8:01 pm

mightysparks on Feb 20 2013, 12:37:51 PM wrote:I don't think I've even heard Arcade Fire before.
Really??

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Post by allisoncm » February 20th, 2013, 8:02 pm

brokenface on Feb 20 2013, 12:28:35 PM wrote:
Tom Waits is the one I most want to see but not sure it'll ever happen :(
When I was into his music, he was playing in Nashville, but I was in Los Angeles at the time and didn't see the point in going for the weekend. Perhaps I should have. It would have been fun. Oh well.

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Post by mightysparks » February 20th, 2013, 8:04 pm

intothewild on Feb 20 2013, 01:01:41 PM wrote:
mightysparks on Feb 20 2013, 12:37:51 PM wrote:I don't think I've even heard Arcade Fire before.
Really??
Uh, yeah? Are they popular?
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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » February 20th, 2013, 8:06 pm

mightysparks on Feb 20 2013, 01:04:52 PM wrote:
intothewild on Feb 20 2013, 01:01:41 PM wrote:
mightysparks on Feb 20 2013, 12:37:51 PM wrote:I don't think I've even heard Arcade Fire before.
Really??
Uh, yeah? Are they popular?
I couldn't stop hearing about them while I was in high school, even teachers would build their assignments around that band, but I think it was because one of the members was from there. I think they won a grammy too cause I remember there was that short fad of people tweeting "who the hell is Arcade Fire".
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Post by mightysparks » February 20th, 2013, 8:09 pm

Oh, that's what I get for not paying attention to what's going on in the world :P I only know about music if I come about it randomly, I don't actively pay attention to what people are talking about/what's on the radio/what's popular etc. Listening to the 'Funeral' album now, but am not enjoying it at all, so not really surprised I don't know who they are :P
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