Foals in Oxford
This was absolutely mental. Youthmovies (RIP) and Jonquil were supporting, and the crowd responded to them beautifully. Youthmovies was having a rough time before the gig, so the whole of their show was them giving the guitar to the audience to play. Foals themselves did not disappoint. That was their homecoming gig. The crowd adored them. It was absolutely electric.
Tubelord, Blakfish (RIP) and Colour (RIP) in Kingston
Home turf for Tubelord and Colour. After the lacklustre support from Mistakes In Animation, the three bands in rapid succession dominated the intimate space that was The Fighting Cocks. The crowd was on the verge of pouring onto the stage, but somehow it didn't. We were right in front of the stage, like always, so we saw first hand the energy coming out of these bands converted into sonic perfection.
Vampire Weekend in Newcastle
"Ezra, you're a legend!" as one declared, and Ezra acknowledges. The backdrop is the cover of Contra, a mysterious, unnamed woman, who, in this show had her eyes lit up. Oh how we moved to their songs. The frantic power of Cousins and A-Punk. The dance-inducing Walcott and Oxford Comma. It was Vampire Weekend alright.
Blakfish (RIP) in Leeds (Brainwash IV)
"It could be worse, we could be dead. I don't know how we survived, but all I know is, we did." And so we chanted, as the crowd poured into the stage, all hungry for a piece of the microphone. We sang, we screamed, we shouted with Blakfish. It was beautiful.
And so many others I don't have the space to mention. Hopefully I have more to look forward to.
Over and out