The 1975 – Dec

Another month, another gig. Ive liked The 1975 since they came out really, however I never really thought of them as a band I wanted to go and see live. Then when they brought out their new singles, The Sound and Love Me, it gave me a new perspective on them because I really liked the songs. So when my friend asked me if I wanted to go see them when they come to Newcastle I was like, actually, yeah I do!

We went for standing again, which once we got there we regretted, I’m pretty small, but Lauren is even smaller, so standing at the back of a big crowd, well, lets just say we had a great view of the back of peoples heads! It wasn’t too bad, when people moved about and went for drinks etc we did manage to get a slightly better view but not great, which was a shame.

I’d listen to the album before we went, because as I’m sure I’ve mentioned before I hate going to concerts when I don’t know the words, but a lot of the songs were slower and not really what I expected after hearing their new singes so I found it hard to listen to the album actively so I still didn’t know a lot of the songs when I went. I still really enjoyed the concert but it just wasn’t quite what I was expecting, especially considering their previous alum, the concert was a lot more chilled than I had hoped it would be, and made me confused more than it should have really.

It was definitely an amazing experience and they were incredible, just not what I expected and the fact I couldn’t seem them was a bit disappointing too. As always I took photo, but I can’t guarantee how good they will be because of how far back we were and the view I had, but heres a few of the good ones anyway. Let me know if you agree with me about their new album/ tour or if you completely disagree, would love some feedback 🙂

Jess Glynne – Nov 2016

In November, almost two weeks after Bastille I went to see Jess Glynne. I was super excited because I wanted to see her previously when she came to Newcastle but I had no one to would go with me and then tickets sold out by the time I had found someone, any way, I havent seen many female artists, only Taylor Swift a year or so back and then Little Mix so I couldn’t wait.

Just as I expected she was amazing, her outfits and voice were insane. I was standing again and we managed to get pretty close to the front especially near the end of the show when people started to leave early and she came of stage and along the barrier, we were so close!

I always worry when I go to see individual acts if I’ll get bored with it being just them singing but she put on such a show! She had a full on band like the normal drums, bass, guitar and keyboard but then a full on brass section too, and back up singers, all dancing around and having fun. They all put on such a great show, I’d definitely want to see her again.

As always I took plenty of photos, so heres a few of my favourite.

 

 

Bastille – Nov 2016

A couple of weeks back I went to see Bastille at Newcastle Metro Radio arena. It had been ages since I’d been to a more indie style gig as the last few concerts have been more pop artists so I was pretty excited. I must admit I hadn’t listened to a lot of their new music until the week or two before the concert mainly because I just haven’t had the time, but once I did start listening that was the only album I listened to up until the concert because its just so good! (that and I feel silly going to a concert and not knowing the words to the songs) The weather was awful so it was a tough decision on wether to wrap up warm for the outside weather or dress down for the heat in the arena, in the end we just got a taxi there and back to save getting cold and wet and meant we didn’t need to wear coats.

They had two support acts the first group I wasn’t too keen on however the second group called Rationale were fantastic! Very blues, soul but also techno and the main guy was just so funky, would definitely recommend a listen. Through out the show Bastille had this sort of news presenter on the screens introducing the acts and then doing random bits in between. I think we were all quite confused what this was meant to be because it was behind the scenes stuff of him eating food or reading lines but it all seemed very sarcastic and jokey but I think it was meant to represent their idea of the way news is told or something along those lines because their songs have a similar sort of message, anyway if thats what it was meant to be it was very clever, if not it was very bizarre.

I was standing which I was so glad about, we managed to get pretty close to the front and the whole atmosphere was great, especially for a few songs where everyone was jumping up and down and dancing, it felt more like a club or party than a concert. I had a fantastic time and they were amazing, and of course I wouldn’t be me if I hadn’t taken any photos,  couldn’t get many good ones because them and the audience were jumping around so much but here’s a few anyway.

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McFly Anthology Tour!

Hey Everyone,

If any of you know me or have read my previous post from when I went to see Busted you’ll know just how much I love Mcfly. They were my favourite band during my childhood and as they grew up and developed their sound, I also grew up and changed my style of music and they haven’t made a single song I don’t like. They’re all such good mates, which if you’ve ever watched Tom Fletchers wedding speech I’m sure you already know, (if you haven’t, go watch it, its amazing) they’re all nice genuine guys, most of which are married and have their own family. Since half of them do have their own families it was very much a wonder if Mcfly would ever tour or write music together again, but then McBusted happened, which was good and all at first but then they released their own album and did an arena tour which gave me half hope that maybe Mcfly would come back, and half dread that they were going to stay McBusted forever. But then Busted got back together and a few months after their tour Mcfly announced they were going to tour at 4 cities, 3 nights at each with the idea that the first night would be their first album, the second night would be their second and third album and then the third night would be their fourth and fifth album. I was over the moon! The last time I saw them was their last album tour which was 6 years ago maybe, so I was determined to go see them and go to every night.

The day of ticket release came round and I was ready, 3 tabs open signed into all the accounts with my card at the ready. It hit 9 and every site said the tickets had sold out as soon as I refreshed, I nearly cried. I kept trying and reshfresing trying all the cities until I got a call from my Mum asking if i had got any tickets and I said no, the sites are saying they’re sold out already, and she said the same thing, until one of her work colleagues shouted out that she had managed to fine some and it was for all 3 nights too, so without hesitation I asked her to get them. Within that week I’d booked train tickets and a hotel, I was fully prepare and ready to go, until a few weeks before I was meant to see them, they made an announcement that they were going to have to postpone the tour until September because Harry had injured his neck, of course I was sad but the boys health are the most important thing. This lot me in a difficult position because original my mum was going with me but the date that it had be rescheduled to was when she was on holiday so I had to ask everyone I knew who might want to come to go with me and they all said either they didn’t have the money or that they were back at uni, I was about to give up and sell my tickets until my friend who previously said she couldn’t come because she had no money said that she would go, she isn’t a massive Mcely fan, she knew their singles and popular songs and that was about it but I didn’t care as long as I could go.

Fast forward to 12th September where myself and Hannah were on the train to Manchester. We arrived, walked to the hotel, checked in, got changed and went straight back out for food before heading to the first night. We got to the venue and joined the back of the queue. While I was standing in the queue just chatting and whatever I tweeted about being excited for the first night in Manchester, a few minutes later I had loads of people liking it and retweeting it and I was really confused, I have next to no followers on twitter, so I mentioned it to Hannah she said took my phone of me and found that Mcfly had retweeted my tweet!! I genuinely didn’t believe it, I was so happy I didn’t know what to do with myself. Shorting after we were in the venue waiting for the support to come on and most importantly Mcfly.

They were just as amazing as always, I had almost lost my voice at the end of the night because I had been screaming and singing that much. Since it was only their first album night one they did a few extra songs at the end which was a nice surprise. They aren’t just a band they’re performers they always put on a great show, whether its through having a joke with each other and the audience between songs or just jumping and running around the stage, they  really put on a show and get the crowd going. After the show, I tweeted again about how I had almost lost my voice and much to my surprise, Mcfly liked it! As I’m sure you can imagine this was probably the best day of my life.

Second night came round and of course we went for food before hand again, we just thought we would pop into Weatherspoons for a quick cheap meal and they get their earlier than last night to get a better view. This idea was great and going well up until we came out of Spoons where the heavens had opened, it was thunder and lighting and chucking it down with rain. We made a mad dash back to the hotel across the road but even with an umbrella we were drenched. We decided to change clothes and leave it until doors had opened before getting a taxi, so thats what we did. Only when we tried to book a taxi the closest one was going to be half an hour from them which meant we’d get there maybe after the support act which I wasn’t happy with because we would have been right at the very back. So we asked the guy at reception and he said there is a bus just round the corner that will take us where we want to go and for cheaper than a taxi. So still in the rain and thunder we ran down the road to the bus stop trying to figure out which stop it actually was while trying our best to stay as dry as possible. After a rather stressful bus journey we got there just on time for the support act and managed to get a fairly decent view, well as decent as a short person can get. Second nice was again amazing. They kept apologising for messing up because they haven’t played together as a band for quite a while and some of the songs they had never actually placed live, but no one even noticed and especially didn’t care about any mistakes they made, it just made the show funny and created banter between them all.

Night three was by far my favourite night. They played the last two albums and their fourth album, Radio Active is my favourite album. The night was a little less eventful, we went with the plan to eat early and get there earlier again like we tried to do the previous night, and this time we were successful. We arrived at the venue only to find the queue wasn’t small at all in fact it was longer than the first night and we were earlier, I was rather disappointed but when we eventually got inside we managed to get a fair decent view again, not as close as I would have liked but I still could see the boys between all the tall peoples heads in front of me. Again they mentioned their mistakes with a few songs but I honestly had no clue and still thought they were amazing.

After three nights in Manchester getting to see my favourite band three nights in a row I was rather emotional and it didn’t help that they closed every show with “The heart never lies” where they change the lyric “its not always easy, but I’m here forever” to “Mcflys here forever”, and I nearly cried every single time, especially the last night, silly I know but to hear that your favourite band who inspires you, you admire, and have helped you through life, believe that they will always stay a band really touched my heart. Ive heard them sing it that way before but after the long gap they took out it, it meant more to hear them sing it again.

And of course I wouldn’t be me without going to a gig and taking lots of photos. Unfortunately I didn’t take my camera with me, it was too risky and I wanted to enjoy myself more than focus on taking pictures…well I tried too. I still took photos and videos on my phone to post but they aren’t that great quality which I apologise for, but never the less Mcfly are still amazing.

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Busted – May 2016

Hey Everyone,

A few weeks back I lived out my childhood dream and went to see BUSTED!! Now anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love McFly, and growing up you were either a fan of McFly or Busted and to me the choice was obvious, but anyway, I still loved Busted but I never got to see them live before they split up – don’t worry Charlie I don’t hold it against you. Then McBusted happened and I was over the moon, but as I said I’ve always been a McFly fan, so although I loved the idea of them both coming together it really annoyed me when it turned into more than just a novelty tour. But then Busted announced a reunion tour and I finally got to see all 3 of them perform their hits together.

The name of their tour was Pigs can Fly, which i think was really fitting as it seemed Busted would never get back together but they did and they sounded amazing.  They played all there big hits, a few favourites and a few new songs, which was nice to hear because it means they’re writing songs together again, so we never know they could have a new album before we know it!  They even had Wheatus support them who were great, it was also incredible to hear Teenage Dirtbag live.  Anyway me being me, regardless of how much of great time I was having I was still taking picture, so here is a few of my favourite pictures from the night, please comment and share 🙂

The Vamps – Apr 2016

Hey everyone,

On the 6th April I went to see The vamps in Newcastle for the third time. They were absolutely amazing! I had a wow pit ticket so I was very close to the stage and runway which made me very happy. We set of pretty early, meeting around 11 because my friend Jess wanted to see all her Vamps friends before she went to meet and greet at 4 (very jealous), and although I didn’t know any of them I had such a lovely time meeting them all and hanging out. We vlogged for Jess’ YouTube, made Laura a birthday sash out of birthday banners (which was very funny to watch especially with it being windy) and went for some food at the center for life cafe. At around half 4 Jess had left for her meet and greet so Myself, Laura and Kirsty went for food before going back to the area to try and see Hometown. When we got to the area they where already out taking pictures with people and despite my best attempts to get a picture with Cian I missed out by like 2 seconds 🙁

It was finally time to go in and since we had wow pit we missed the ques and got in pretty early . We met Jess and Emily inside and waited for the first support act to come on which was Hometown. Then there was Conor Maynard and The Tide. I loved all the support acts and would defo recommend giving them a listen. And then of course it was time for the Vamps. They where great as always and even invited Conor Maynard and New Hope Club to the stay to sing with them which was a nice surprise.

Being at a concert is one of my favourite hobbies, there’s nothing better than hearing the artists and music you love live and surrounded by people who have the same love as you do. But of course there’s another reason I love it and that’s to take pictures. So here’s a few picture I took on the night, they aren’t great because as I’m sure you all know its not easy to take great pictures at a concert especially when standing with everyone dancing and singing, including myself, but it doesn’t stop me taking them. Hope you enjoy them, please comment or share with a friend who also likes The Vamps 🙂

Little Mix- March 2016

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So in March I went to see Little Mix on their Get Weird tour in Newcastle and it was amazing! I’ve been a fan of Little Mix ever since they where on X Factor but this is the first time I’ve seen them at their own concert. We had great seats, near the front of the second block of the floor, so pretty close! However since we where on the floor and I’m rather small it was quite difficult to see at times but it didn’t stop me have a good time or taking pictures. I was also very excited that Nathan Sykes joined them as a support act however I didnt get any good photos of him, only videos. I think the girls created an amazing show and they’ve come so far they’re such an inspiration especially with Perry and Jade being from the North East they should be so proud of themselves. Here’s a few photos I took from the night