This was part of my crazy week of three concerts in a row. Bring Me the Horizon on the 8th Nov, Tom Odell on the 9th Nov and Jimmy Eat World on the 10th Nov. I wasn’t too familiar with Jimmy Eat World before they announced their ‘Integrity Blues UK tour‘. I really enjoyed their album, ‘Futures‘ and the songs ‘Big Casino‘ and ‘The Middle‘. Then I remember them dropping singles like ‘Sure and Certain‘, ‘Get Right‘ and ‘You With Me‘. I really enjoyed all those songs as well and I thought, Jimmy Eat World don’t tour the UK that often, so I should really get myself a ticket. And that was one of the best decisions! 😀
I’d consider Placebo as one of all time favourite bands – and they have been for such a long time. This would be my third time seeing the band and also the largest venue I’d seen them play – an arena!! I decided to go for a seated ticket because I’m quite short and I wouldn’t be able to see anything if I was on the floor. Plus, the last time I was standing, the crowd was pretty rowdy – was not a good experience having drunken middle aged men bashing into me.
It was my first time alone being seated at an arena show. I have to admit it was a bit awkward because I arrived a little bit early. I had one row of people in front of me before the floor, and there was a young security guard who was facing directly towards me – his job was to check that only people with standing tickets were allowed onto the floor. I bet he was looking at me and thinking I was a bit strange. And I could all around and opposite me that the seats hadn’t quite filled up yet. However, my seat was amazing in my opinion haha. I was sat in number 1, so I had no one to my left. And I had a wonderful view of the stage.
I’ve been a fan of James Blake for a while – ever since Overgrown came out. I don’t remember how I discovered him, maybe through the song ‘Retrograde‘? I remember going out to buy the album from HMV. After that, I went back through his discography and enjoyed it very much! Since then, I’d always wanted to see him live. I managed to tune into a few of the live streams of his concerts. I was very excited when he announced a show at Manchester Academy and immediately booked my ticket. It was a very nice surprise when one of my friends contacted me saying they were also going alone so we decided to meet up.
I think today was a big day for the Academy. There were shows going on in the main Academy, Academy 2 was ONE OK ROCK and Nothing More were in Academy 3. So when I got there it was so confusing. So many queues! They were huge, snaking around the Alan Gilbert building (one of my uni’s buildings). Had to ask random people which artist they were queuing for, haha. It took so long to get in, I’d missed the first support act, Dead! – but I wasn’t too bothered about this as I’d seen them support Young Guns in the summer. Still annoying though – I love to catch the support acts and discover new music.
I saw the link for ‘Ride‘ by Twenty One Pilots on Facebook, I clicked on it, watched it and thought hmm..this is interesting. It was very unique, and after a few listens I was hooked. The album Blurryface was released soon after. I loved it, it was really exciting and an eclectic mix of genres.
I went to this concert with my sister and a friend, we got to the venue on time for the doors to open, I remember it being a cold and wet night. We did have a bit of a wait in the queue. Once we got in, it was packed and we had to settle with being in the middle of the venue. So being quite short, I couldn’t really see much.
Twenty One Pilots started off the show loud and bright with ‘Heavydirtysoul‘. Followed by the now famous, ‘Stressed Out‘. Josh on drums sounded great, and Tyler has such a stage presence with his red hat and jarring movements. Next was ‘Guns for Hands‘, the show had visuals going on in the background and the visuals for this song were quite striking. Again, Josh was very powerful on the drums. Then the crowd was singing along to every lyric of ‘Migraine‘.
At the time of the concert, I was still quite new to the band. The only album I’d heard (and loved) was Hours. Through social media, I’d read that FFAF were splitting up and had announced their final ‘Last Chance to Dance’ tour. They were playing two nights at The Ritz Manchester and they were going to play Hours in full, on one of those nights. I thought: I love the album and it’s going to be my last chance to see this band live so I bought my tickets (a year in advance).
I really like the venue, there’s quite a big balcony and I like to stand up there when I’m on my own. Great view of the stage and not blocked by tall people.
First up was a band called Zoax, not my style of music, but they were fun. I think I’d describe the main guy as charismatic. The floor was still quite empty when they came on. He spent half of his set – off the stage. He wondered round the floor screaming down random people’s ears (as part of the song). He even came up to the balcony to continue his set, whilst the tech staff were desperately trying to get the mic up there.
When FFAF came on stage, Matt started with a heartfelt, little speech. Telling everyone to enjoy themselves as it was a special night. “Manchester let’s all get through this together!” Throughout most of the concert, the crowd on the floor were going wild, singing along, lots of jumping and a there was a permanent mosh pit at the front and centre.
‘Roses for the Dead‘ is a special one for me, it was the first song I heard by the band. The bit leading up to the chorus and then when the chorus hits with
“It’s not your fault,
You feel okay,
It’s too late in the day” – just amazing.
This was my first time at a classical concert. Ludovico Einaudi is a brilliant pianist whose music is very popular. His songs are used in so many adverts and shows. My first encounter with Ludovico’s music was when I heard ‘I Giorni‘ on Radio 1 – which was very odd. It really did capture me, the song is so beautiful and makes me feel very optimistic.
I went alone to this show after a day in the labs. I remember visiting The Bridgewater Hall just once before on a trip in primary school. I’d forgotten how pretty the building was. When I got into the main hall, I was very impressed with my seat. In fact, it seemed like most seats offered a fantastic view of the stage.