Basement @ The Deaf Institute ~ 6th March 2017

Basement are one of my favourite bands and I was so excited when they randomly announced a tour one day. Two nights at the Deaf Institute!! I was so glad to get a ticket to one of the dates – they sold out quickly! On the day of the concert, there was a massive queue outside the venue. I’d never experienced this before because the venue has quite a small capacity. Doors opened quite a lot later than stated though ><. I know how rowdy Basement shows are, so I got my usual seat on the benches at the back of the music hall.

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Taking Back Sunday @ O2 Ritz ~ 15th February 2017

I am really really bad at up-to-date reviews of things, but I still would like to share these experiences. I’d been a casual fan of Taking Back Sunday since hearing MakeDamnSure and My Blue Heaven from the great album, Louder Now (2006). O2 Ritz is one of my favourite venues in Manchester and I was super happy when Frank Iero and the Patience were announced as the support act (MCR being one of my favourite bands).

I got there before doors opened, but the wait wasn’t too bad. One of my concert rituals is to look at the merchandise because I know that the queues can get crazy after the show. All of the merch was so nice! I bought myself a nice Taking Back Sunday raglan. And I couldn’t help myself – so I also bought a very cute Frank Iero t-shirt featuring ghosts. I also enquired about the TBS vinyl, £30 and signed! I left it for the time being but then decided to go back and get it after the show.

Fun fact: I spotted the actress that plays Nancy in a British soap called Hollyoaks – too shy to say hi though ><. The balcony had already filled up all around so I was walking around like a weirdo for a bit trying to find a good spot. I finally stood behind a couple that were sat down on chairs. I had a head on view, great!

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Turnover @ Sound Control ~ 27th September 2017

On the day of the concert the weather was horrible. It was raining so heavily, I decided to arrive after doors opened so I didn’t have to stand in the rain. Luckily there was only one person ahead of me in the queue when I got to the venue. I really like the merchandise stand at Sound Control because it’s in a convenient place – well,  before the show ends anyway haha. I bought a really cute baby pink Turnover t-shirt.

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I made my way to the stage area and it was a bit awkward because I was alone again and there were loads of gaps between groups of people, so I didn’t know where best to stand. I got around 3 rows from the front and I was stood towards the right. It wasn’t that crowded when I got there – which was just before Emotional started playing. They had the vibe of Turnover. The band members had a very quirky dress sense. Then Palladino came on and they sounded very groovy and funky. Like Emotional, I could see why they were touring with Turnover. They got Austin from Turnover on stage to play guitar in a few of their songs, which was very cool.

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The Maine @ Club Academy ~ 16th September 2017

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I was a casual The Maine listener before this concert. I was undecided whether to buy tickets to this concert or not. But the announcement of Night Riots as support made me go and purchase my ticket. This was my first concert since March, so I was quite excited.

The day of the concert came around, I got to The University of Manchester’s student union for around 7pm – doors. However, there was still a massive queue outside. But the queue slowly and steadily filtered through the doors after bag and security checks. I’d never attended a concert at Club Academy before, so that was a new experience. It was a small little venue in the basement of the student union. It had a nice section for the merch table and quite a few seats at the back for people to sit with their drinks. I bought a tour t-shirt and then headed towards the stage.

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Jimmy Eat World @ Manchester Academy ~ 10 November 2016

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! 😀

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Placebo @ Manchester Arena ~ 5 December 2016

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.

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James Blake @ Manchester Academy ~ 3 November 2016

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.

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