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    Perry Farrell:

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      Him out of Phoenix:

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        The Charlotte G one is great WFD. I hope Serge of this parish spots it.

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          Originally posted by elguapo4 View Post
          Just a question, anyone seen a Belinda Carlisle gig recently? She's playing Dublin in October and I was wondering does she do any gogos stuff or just her solo songs? Thanks.
          This should give you an idea...
          Search for setlists for concerts you've been to - there are plenty available!

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            At the start of the month I saw The Belishas in Bristol promoting their debut ep. 4 bands for a fiver, and as far as the support acts went you get what you pay for, we arrived as the first one was finishing, but if that was the finale we clearly didn't miss much. The next 2 support acts both had us walking out to the bar before they had finished their second song.

            As for The Belishas, who are getting a profile on the Bristol scene, they were ok. Standard indie stuff at 100 mph. I think I'd like to hear some of their stuff in the studio before seeing them again, but they will need to develop a few more themes if they are going to make any progression.

            Earlier this week I saw a very jet-lagged The Wedding Present at the Marrs Bar in Worcester, cracking little venue (and on the hottest day of the year excellent air-con). Support came from Vinny Peculiar, who I thought was excellent with his wry observations of modern England on acoustic guitar and ukelele. The Wedding Present have been touring Bizarro for a few months now and it's well oiled despite the jet-lag. Gedge and Charlie provide all the energy in this current line up and they managed to fit 2 new songs into the setlist, both of which sound good to me. In two weeks time it's off to Brighton for David Gedge's festival At The Edge Of The Sea.

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              Originally posted by brian potter View Post

              This should give you an idea...
              Thanks Brian, that's a helpful site.

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                Originally posted by Walt Flanagans Dog View Post
                Some pictures I took recently, festival-ing with daughter.

                Charlotte Gainsbourg:

                I've never come on this thread, as I live in Jersey, and it was suggested to me by Benjm. The last gig I saw was Charlotte Gainsbourg back in June 2010, at the Shepherds Bush Empire. WFD, your photos are superb!

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                  Originally posted by Serge Gainsbourg View Post
                  WFD, your photos are superb!

                  Seconded and the Gainsbourg one in particular is stunning.

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                    Lyle Lovett and his Large Band at the (ugh) Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls.

                    Great set, lots of charming / funny chatter, good tight band (as usual) with most of the best-of stuff weighted toward the end. We got there early enough to have a wander through the casino and let the desperation and disgust settle onto our skin before the show. God, what a scene. Addicted Chinese people, elderly white people, and tattoo'd douchebags all plowing their money into video terminals with absolutely none of the charm of arm-pulling or coin-dropping. It was awful. The concert hall itself is called the Avalon Ballroom, which certainly ups the expectation factor. It's a rectangular room devoid of charm or acoustics, but at least it's intimate.

                    As I've said before, the country & western crew are very, very good at gratitude. A lot of 'thank you for coming all this way' and 'hopefully next time you're in Texas we can treat you as good as we been treated here' sort of thing. It really does make you feel appreciated.

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                      Originally posted by Serge Gainsbourg View Post

                      I've never come on this thread, as I live in Jersey, and it was suggested to me by Benjm. The last gig I saw was Charlotte Gainsbourg back in June 2010, at the Shepherds Bush Empire. WFD, your photos are superb!
                      Cheers both (you and NS I mean) and happy birthday Serge.

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                        Double post / clumsy edit.

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                          Originally posted by Nocturnal Submission View Post


                          Seconded and the Gainsbourg one in particular is stunning.
                          It is, yeah. Great work, WFD.

                          Going back to my last "This is what I'm going to see" post, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever were energetic and seemed to go down well with the Bedford crowd, but I thought they were pretty forgettable.

                          Advance Base were (was) absolutely fantastic; just a big guy with a synth/electric piano, a sampler and a bunch of FX pedals, he's very characterful, very wry and funny. The audience at the show I saw in London were silent and spellbound. Think he's finished playing over here now, but his albums are worth checking out too.

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                            Can any of you regular gig goers help me out here. As a result of my 13 year old daughter's present for Xmas 2018, I will be attending the Sziget festival in Budapest on Tuesday week. (My daughter is attending specifically to watch 21 Pilots and I am being present to make sure she has someone looking after her, as, well, as she's 13). Anyway, the line up for that day can be seen here
                            https://szigetfestival.com/en/progra...//2019-08-13//

                            Any recommendations? I am familiar with Foo Fighters (meh), 21 Pilots (I don't really like at all, but obviously I'll be seeing them), Johnny Marr (who I'm looking forward to seeing) and Khruangbin (likewise). the rest are totally unknown to me. Any of those bands worth seeing?

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                              Originally posted by ad hoc View Post
                              Can any of you regular gig goers help me out here. As a result of my 13 year old daughter's present for Xmas 2018, I will be attending the Sziget festival in Budapest on Tuesday week. (My daughter is attending specifically to watch 21 Pilots and I am being present to make sure she has someone looking after her, as, well, as she's 13). Anyway, the line up for that day can be seen here
                              https://szigetfestival.com/en/progra...//2019-08-13//

                              Any recommendations? I am familiar with Foo Fighters (meh), 21 Pilots (I don't really like at all, but obviously I'll be seeing them), Johnny Marr (who I'm looking forward to seeing) and Khruangbin (likewise). the rest are totally unknown to me. Any of those bands worth seeing?
                              Idles are very much the band of the summer, but they are "marmite", you'll love them or hate them. I loved them when I saw them at one of the festivals I mentioned above. I'm actually not that keen on their recorded output, I can take it or leave it, but live they are quite a spectacle (I have some reservations about this as well, but I won't bore about it).

                              Frank Carter is another rising star in the modern Brit metal/punk scene, and again puts on quite a show, I find it a bit of a young 'uns game (lots of mosh pits and circles) but it's entertaining enough from the edges

                              However without knowing much about your personal tastes, I could be sending you into your own vision of hell seeing either of these. Take it your daughter is dragging you there for 21P - I'm not that keen on them myself but they are entertaining and for some reason really connect with their audience - I took my own daughter to see them (and am likely to see them again at Leeds festival with her) and it is a very young crowd.

                              Saying all that, it's likely that there will be clashes in the schedule which means you wouldn't get to see them all anyway. [Edit - on slightly closer inspection I see that Idles are the only act of those mentioned that aren't on the main stage, so most don't clash with each other].

                              Johnny Marr was fantastic when we saw him, although a delayed start due to technical difficulties meant we lost a couple of songs from his standard set list.

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                                Cheers WFD that's really helpful. I've been listening to stuff by the bands from that day, and am quite liking Black Mountain. They might not be everyone;s cup of tea (some kind of Canadian prog/psychadelic mixture) but they could be good live, I'm thinking. Mind you, if I'm going to listen to them and Khruangbin, I may need to get high and as I'm chaperoning a 13 year old, that may be a bit unwise on many levels

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                                  That's some line-up over the course of the week, European festivals do tend to offer a lot better value than UK ones. There will be a lot of Brits and Irish there, it's popular with festival tourists, though it would take some stamina to do the whole week.

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                                    yeah we're just doing the single day (despite repeated pleading)

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                                      My other daughter (who is 20) is volunteering for the week, so she'll get the full experience. I suspect she may be absolutely knackered by the time we show up on the last day

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                                        I let mine do Kendal Calling without me last week (she's 16). The weather was horrendous on the Saturday so she bailed and brought her stuff home, and then went back on the Sunday and stayed in her mate's tent. I went to pick her up on Monday morning at around 8.30am, and she'd been up til 4am. When she got home she slept til 7pm (and even then I had to wake her up).

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                                          So yesterday was our big day out. Daughter #1 had been there working for 10 days and was somewhat festivaled out as you might imagine. Daughter #2 was as excited as a kid on Christmas morning (though as a 13 year old self-styled emo kid she tried hard not to let the mask slip). After she finally got released from the pain of being with her parents she spent much of the day at the main stage. Crowd surfed to Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes and is now an avowed fan (I saw the last few songs of their set and mentioned to her that I thought as a singalonga number "I hate you and I wish you would die" seemed a little harsh). Then later was the big attraction - Twenty-one Pilots, the reason we were there. They certainly have a young and dedicated fan base. The number of teens all merched up was pretty impressive. Anyway she obviously enjoyed it immensely. I have no idea where in the thick of the crowd she was but it was obviously very close in.

                                          I watched them too, from a more objective distance, and to be honest they put on a really good show. Their music does very little for me but they worked hard and satisfied the needs of the thousands of dedicated fans who had showed up.

                                          Also saw Johnny Marr who successfully reclaimed songs like How Soon Is Now and This Charming Man from that racist twat who cowrote them. His set was a bit short to be honest but that was my main complaint. Foo Fighters on the other hand could easily have lopped an hour off theirs and I'd have been happier. It's obvious that some people love them but it just felt completely meh to me.

                                          Other bands I watched - Idles who were really fucking energetic and I have to say really good. Can't ever imagine buying a record but they were excellent (as were Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes). Black Mountain who were prog and intense (but very enjoyable for all that) There was a thunderstorm on when they were playing after the main stage had finished, and it would have been amazing outside in that weather. A Turkish band called Yasak Helva who were most enjoyable and a Russian /Jewish /Gypsy band called Dobranotch who were a laugh.

                                          All in all it was a good day out. Couldn't make it through to Khruangbin as hoped as they didn't come on until 1am and all of us were buggered.

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                                            Oh and I should add: young people are fucking brilliant. If there is a future after my generation fucked everything up it will be a much better one

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                                              The missus bought us tickets to a gig tonight (so she could get out of another obligation)... It's a double header of Collective Soul and the Gin Blossoms. When I told her that I knew only one song by each band, she seemed utterly astonished. She said they were basically a continual background to her early 20s. I'm now wondering if I was just completely out of touch in the mid-90s, or if they're something that never really made it across the Atlantic. I suspect it's the latter and that Britain was listening to crappy, but mostly upbeat, Britpop, and may not have had any desire to hear a second wave of self-absorbed grunge.

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                                                The latter, I think, SB. Of the two I vaguely remember Gin Blossoms only and I was still a fairly voracious reader of the music press in the first half of the nineties.

                                                I forgot to mention that I went to see '80s electro pioneers Newcleus at the Jazz Café last week. They were very entertaining, wikki wikki wikkis and all. They had two out of three original core members, Chilly B having departed to the big block party in the sky back in 2010. The venue looked close to capacity, which isn't bad for an act whose signature single came out in 1983.

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                                                  Last weekend I went to Brighton for my annual trip to David Gedge's festival At The Edge Of The Sea.

                                                  Friday night was opened up by John, a duo who are both called John. Their music wasn't much more creative than their band name, Very shouty and quite probably angry, but I couldn't make a word, so after a couple of songs I retreated to the bar to catch up with a number of people I only see once a year at this festival. The Wedding Present played the Bizarro set that they have been touring for a few months now, as well as their new single released last week. Mighty fine stuff.

                                                  Saturday runs from 3-10, using the two rooms in the venue ensures continuous music with short sets of 30/40 minutes in each. Of the bands that I saw, Cinerama kicked the afternoon off from the main stage. Next up was Si, Irene from Japan, a fairly decent indie fayre but nothing too ear catching. Harker, a local Brighton band, provided a noisy and enthusiastic set of post punk rock. Sink Ya Teeth had a bass heavy electronica vibe to them, they were quite interesting but a looping back track that sounded the same on each song let them down a bit. My favourite band were Chorusgirl, a frantic buzzy set of indie dreampop had me popping straight to the merch desk for their 2 albums, a great new find. I skipped both The Ukrainians and The Fallen Women, before returning for The Wedding Present closing proceedings off. The festival set spanning the entire back catalogue, including a cover of Our Lips Are Sealed.

                                                  You can't beat watching your favourite band play two sets (three, if you include Cinerama) over a weekend. Exhausted, sore and aching for a couple of days afterwards seems a small price to pay.

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                                                    'Free' admittance with the Indiestad pass meant I reluctantly attended the glorified church hall in Amsterdam to see The Chats last night. Listened to a few of their tracks online beforehand and thought I'd give them two songs before lobbying to leave so we could return home and stream Parasite, that Korean film a mate of mine keeps going on about.

                                                    Punk is dead and these are just a group of juvenile mouthy Aussies with terrible haircuts making novelty records, I told my lass. She indulged me with a smile and led me towards Paradiso. Glad she did. The Chats were excellent. They came on to the theme tune from Rocky, which I've never liked but sounded amazing at a thousand decibels, entering at 'Gettin' strong now'.

                                                    Been a while since I've attended a gig with a proper mosh pit and people stage diving. Had almost forgotten how exhilarating angry and aggressive music can sometimes be. And they could really play. Their patter between songs was also amusing: 'This song's about chlamydia. Who here has chlamydia? Hands up those with a sexual disease." All three members of the band put their hands up. We stayed until the encore of what was quite a short set. Would definitely see them again. Made me wish I was attending the Lowlands festival this weekend so I could see Slaves.

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