Posts Tagged ‘Bring me the Horizon’

Church of rock

October 31, 2013

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It’s not often you find me banging on a church door trying to get in but on Tuesday night there I was outside St Mary’s, Sheffield, waiting for divine intervention to grant me entry to an exclusive Bring Me the Horizon gig. In the end the powers that be turned out to be the saintly tour manager and I took my place in the hallowed hall, which fortunately has long since dispensed with pews.

Just 200, hardcore fans were allowed to join the party. Most had won their golden tickets via Facebook and the remainder who spotted the “secret gig” onTwitter queued up for one of the final slots.  The set list was just six songs – note the odd biblical reference in there – and the whole thing lasted 30 minutes, just long enough for digital channel Vevo to get what they needed for the latest Bring me the Horizon video.

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It wasn’t an easy job but the light had to be limited to get the projections to work and the whole thing looked and sounded really amazing.  The verdict on my first rock gig in church – slightly surreal but incredibly atmospheric.  Thanks for getting me in guys – can’t wait to see the vid!

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Another year another Leeds…

August 27, 2013

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Photographs are great.  They can create a completely rose tinted impression of an event.  Here we are then in a lovely field with blue skies, sun shining.  But then there’s this one….

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I could claim they were professional mud wrestlers…but then professionals probably have cleaning facilities beyond a single wet wipe.

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And in reality we both know that the rain had been absolutely hammering down on Friday night leaving behind a sea of soggy campers.  Still they seemed happy enough and as ever the mud did nothing to dampen the spirits, even for those who’d chosen to turn up wearing white…

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Waterproof and disposable though so no washing to worry about. Apparently they’d brought a new one for every day.  As for the official line-up of entertainment, these are some of my favourites.

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Bring me the Horizon front man Oliver was sporting some rather lovely face paint…all part of his Drop Dead clothing company image.  A good sturdy crew chappie helped boost the marketing effort..

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The last sister based band we saw was possibly the Corrs but I definitely prefer today’s incarnation Haim.  If you’re going to be in a rock band this is definitely the one to go for girls.

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I didn’t get to see Jake Bugg do his stuff but we did find time for a quick back-stage natter, reminiscing about how it doesn’t seem like five minutes since we first met at YNot a couple of years ago. Happy days and fortunately he seems the same as ever – friendly and as his tour manager says, “keeping it real”.

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More girl power, this time from Kate Nash…

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There’s a lead singer in here somewhere from the Deftones…he didn’t do the whole show from that position…

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As ever Biffy Clyro  and Green Day rocked the main stage…

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As did another old favourite the Editors.  Other bands making an appearance at Leeds this year…Hadouken, 1975, Fools and Nine Inch Nails.  Join us again next week folks for all the indie pop action from the smaller but perfectly formed Bingley fest.

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Leeds Fest – through a not so long lens…

September 5, 2011

Leeds Festival – always a highlight of my summer despite the weather and this year was no different…Muse were flogging a large brolly and I could certainly have done with one!  But rain or no rain from the teletubbies to the dad dancing my fellow festies were in good form and for a couple of days real life stopped in its tracks while we took it all in – the bands we knew and loved, the bands we’d never heard of and everything in between.

Headlining on Friday, Muse delivered a fantastic production celebrating the first decade of first album ‘Origin of Symmetry’ – the build-up was amazing and if anything the threatening weather added to the drama.  Leading from the front Matthew Bellamy’s personal life may have gone a wee bit Hollywood these days but a damp Friday night in Leeds still seemed to hit the spot.

After five or so years on the festival scene I have now risen to the heady heights of the VIP loos (yes the one’s where you don’t have to carry a ‘she pee’ and a ton of triple ply in your back pocket). Marginally more important, I have earned the right to roam with the luvvies and steal some behind the scenes stuff.  Here are a couple of my favourites – local talent The Pigeon Detectives [who looked nice and comfy in their first main stage set]

and for me the ultimate best bit of Leeds 2011, on stage and off, Seasick Steeeeeeve with fellow legend, albeit slightly less beardy, from Led Zeppelin, John Paul Jones.  Being speechless doesn’t make for good copy but for a moment – I was.

Battle of the Sheffield Bands – Pulp versus Bring me the Horizon – for me Pulp edged it (with the brief return of Mr Richard Hawley) but they both looked and sounded fab.  Here’s one of Jarvis and a few more found their way into local press.

 

Final snap – the charismatic Julian Casablancas from the Strokes.

Thanks again to Retna for getting everything sorted for me – the access was seamless from the car parking to the stage and VIP areas.  Did I camp?… absolutely not. I’ve got my own Leeds pad and before you ask – no you can’t book it for next year!

Next week…if we’re lucky…Dolly Parton….!!!