December 6, 2015 at 4:44 pm #6002December 12, 2015 at 11:22 am #6169
Cariff Motorpoint Arena 5th December.
The local gig.
I was flying solo for this leg of the tour. Insert sad face.
Access into Cardiff was easy. At 99.6 miles this was my local gig. Easy peasy, so much time to kill that a christmas shopping trip was in the programme around the John Lewis department store conveniently situated a mere 1 mins walk from the Motorpoint arena. The final finishing touches of Christmas gifting done.
Round two of breakfast, with 2 x crumpets and peanut butter at the local independent cafe, Little (Lion) Man Cafe… (insert Lion at your own leisure). At 50p a crumpet what’s not to love. The weather was 12 degrees, but windy as hell again.
I soon met some lovely queue buddies to share the experience with. Cam and Sophie, both living around the Cardiff area,and Kate originating from NYC, who popped over from Paris for the gig.
We talked shy*e all day which passed the time nicely. The venue was in a great position for people watching. With the key phrase of the day “I’ve seen it all now” notable highlights.
Why do 50% of boys in cars in Cardiff drive around with the window wound down? Do they not know its winter? Why did we see at least 30 men/boys still wearing shorts? How can they go out in a Tee shirt and no coat? Saturday night girls getting into the most horrific long wheel based Limo, surely that is a cut and shut if ever we saw one? A 12 year old boy, (who clearly wanted to be 16) pimping his ride on a hover board, accompanied by rap music, wearing slack jogging bottoms that were blowing like pantaloons in the breeze. We laughed. The man who clearly was on the rob from John Lewis, ever so casually walking past the queue with a jacket under his arm, followed closely by 3 store security guards. Good times.
Doors to green, no security all day. I missed our personal body guard from Nottingham! The arena iswide and not too deep, but deep enough for a B stage we noted.
The gig DJ Patrick was no where clearly to be seen, but he was heard. Direct from Ibiza you say????
Jack was good, bless him for actually showing up as he said he had a hellish plane ride from Dingle, Ireland, literally flying on the seat of his pants. I do like Jack, I think he might have dropped the epilepsy inducing floor lighting during this set? That or the stage set up was different. He added Latch to his set, the crowd seemed to love it……… just me then!
The chaps A good crowd, a good level of Saturday night cheers. We were treated to Below my feet replacing Babel, White Blank Page, glad this one is still in the set, and Marcus added Wilder Mind which seemed to go down well. Only 6 WM songs on the set list, but 7 with the additional. I do miss Only Love, Just smoke and Broad shouldered, so I hope they make a welcomed return soon. Tompkins Square Park sounding rather epic tonight. Possibly the best I’ve seen it.
I can’t believe they did a three song Mix Factory hit list of The Cave, Roll Away and Little Lion Man = exhaustion! It was so good, the crowd loved it, as did I but my lungs and knees , which nearly required medical assistance by the last cord! Lots of laughs and smiles from Ben as always watching us all leap like loons.
The B stage which I couldn’t see for toffee was Sister and Cold Arms, I do love Sister, so was a little disappointed to miss this visually. But it sounded awesome. Marcus gave us all a telling off for being noisy again and said we had to do better for Cold Arms. 7/10
Hot Gates, I’m on Fire and The Wolf to finish. Awesome. Great day all around. Thank you Wales.
I know Kate enjoyed the evening, I am hoping that Manchester is as good for her tonight, thanks for the company. x
December 12, 2015 at 11:28 am #6171
- This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by Charlotte.
London Town. The O2 9th and 10th December 2015
The London stretch. Never really a fan of the O2 one ventures towards it with a little fear rather than appreciation. It’s massive, it’s in an annoying place in London, it’s expensive and damn cold to queue.
So, I am going to merge both shows in my blog. Armed in the queue with a variety of warmth giving items, cushions, blankets, sleeping bags, newspapers, heat warmers, we are ready to do this. Very little queue action. Apart from some over priced food from the many restaurants happy to serve you.
The gigs. Night one, Jack Garrett, opened the show with technical failure, he wasn’t a happy bunny. “It’s only the fu*king O2 after all” he said. New drum pad required. The strobe lighting was back in the room, the familiar moves, tee shirt pulling and tunes were back in the room.
The sons, London is always going to be a big show for them. Marcus said that the first half of the show all he was worried about was did his mum find her seat ok. He didn’t give a “Feck about you Mother feckers!”Lol. The chaps we’re loving the show with Winnie and Ted making faces at each other. Marcus also said that it was harder and took longer to get to the O2 than Birmingham. The banter was about how Winnie took the tube, Ben never takes the tube and Marcus flew in by chopper.
The set list was familiar, they seem to have opted for more classics than Wilder Mind tracks at the moment. Which is fine. I’m happy with anything. We did get broad shouldered beast. The crowd were OK for a Wednesday night in London…. But compared to the second night………. They were tame.
Ditmas…. Well, there is now a costume change for Marcus pre Ditmas, so doors to green to hold onto your patch! He took the run along the front row and into the seats approach. It was lots of fun, with various missing shoes, tripping over bags and much hair ruffling under taken. We had the pleasure of Marcus exiting between us, with various shoulders being used as leverage, and the assistance of the leg up and over technique. Such a bonkers thing to do, but he seems to love it. Can’t say we minded much either.
The b stage was Timshell and Cold Arms I think. Couldn’t see a chuffin thing. By now it was totally rammed down the front, so the encore was a hot and sweaty affair. Leading with hot gates, I’m on fire, LLM and finally The Wolf. Let’s just say it was a good one. However….. Night two.
King Charles. Dressed in a low key pair of velvet trousers and black tee shirt, with tame hair and no facial growth. He had a full band, including Tom on fiddle. Winston cruised on for a two mins jamming session during one song and waltzed off again! KC mixed it up with new and old material, sounding really great. His new album will make great listening. Personal favourite Choke so far.
The gig, from the start of Snake Eyes you could tell the crowd were here for a good time. It had so much bounce to the whole set again. So glad that the chaps on stage could feel it as well. Even with the sorest of throats I sang my heart out. Ben was sporting a hat throughout which he did well to keep on. There were loads of smiles and laughter by one and all. They were loving it.
This was the last show for a few on the front row, and I don’t know about the others but Ghosts was a particular touching one for me.
Ben had a blonde moment, by asking if we loved Jack Garrett, then Winnie announced it was King Charles and then an embarrassed Ben said, “You even played with him didn’t you”.
Very similar set, with the addition of Wilder Mind. The front was a hot sticky mess by the time we got to Ditmas, which only made this worse! Sister and Cold arms on b stage, again, complete fail at seeing anything, but it sounded totally awesome, with the crowd keeping quiet. This in itself is just so impressive. I totally love Hot Gates, only wish they would throw in a bit of Only Love to surpass my expectations. During LLM Marcus broke a string in the first 30 seconds so Alex had to speedily replace the guitar, the music continued without a moments stopping, ever the pros!
I totally wanted to soak up these two gigs, so reigned in the photos to about 3 songs. After the show we were a hot sweaty mess. With memories of exiting the arena with the crowds singing LAST CHRISTMAS! Treated ourselves to a Magnum ice cream, that’s a first for a December gig! A great couple of days. Up there with Berlin in the summer. Can’t believe it will be July before they do London again…… Boooh.
The final stretch now. As I’m sat at Southampton Airport waiting for my flight to Glasgow, with the fear of -1 degrees on my arrival. At least the venue isn’t right next to a river to add warmth….. *shivers*. Bring it on.
December 15, 2015 at 11:26 am #6177
- This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by Charlotte.
Elaine, hope you enjoyed the Dublin show. Any tour tales to tell us :-)
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