2015 in gigs (so far).

Right now, as I sit here watching episodes of The Great Comic Relief Bake Off (and typing this blog post), Glenn is at an intimate Foo Fighters gig in Hobart.  I was going to be there with him, but a few things have happened recently which rendered that dream impossible.  But instead of wallowing in self-pity, I’ve decided to reflect on the gigs that I have actually attended so far this year.

My life has changed rather significantly since I rang in the new year at the Falls Music and Arts Festival in Marion Bay.  We spent the first ten or fifteen minutes of 2015 eating Dutch pancakes and dancing to “Uptown Funk”.  Fast forward a month or so, and I managed to find myself an awesome new job… in the country.  Yeah, I live in Albury now.  Insert joke about eating a lot of peaches here.

Summer of Soul 2015, feat. The Cat Empire, Paul Kelly Presents The Merri Soul Sessions, The Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Mojo Juju, Marlon Williams, and Perch Creek.
10th January, Mossvale Park

A crowded outdoor event, full of families on folding chairs and picnic rugs, the Summer of Soul was fun, but tiring, way to spend a Saturday afternoon, evening and night.  It went very late – probably too late for families.  Apparently I was in a crowd photo in the local paper, the week after the event.  I never saw the photo, so I don’t know if that’s something I should be proud of, or if I should deny it and pretend that I must’ve had a double there.  Perch Creek were a cute start to the day.  The Melbourne Ska Orchestra played many classics, including “One Step Beyond” and “A Message To You Rudy”.  By the time they came on stage, people were tipsy enough to dance, and by the time they left, most of the crowd were on their feet.  Paul Kelly’s Merri Soul Sessions (featuring the likes of Clairy Browne and Dan Sultan) were brilliant – I’d certainly recommend seeing them if you ever get the chance.  Dan and Clairy’s duet of “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby” was a particular highlight (helpfully uploaded to YouTube by a member of the crowd).  And The Cat Empire were great fun, as per usual, although I personally would have preferred more tracks from the first two albums.  But that’s just because they’re my favourites.

Special appearance from @djandrewmcclelland. #belleandsebastian #blurrybandphoto

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Belle and Sebastian
1st February, The Palais

When Stuart invited members of the crowd to dance with him on stage during “The Boy With the Arab Strap” (much to the chagrin of the security staff), the last thing I expected was for my friend Andy to end up behind the microphone, singing the closing refrain of the song.  But that’s what happened.  And I just happened to be in a good enough seat to get a photo of it all.  I can only imagine what it would have felt like to be up there – Belle and Sebastian are one of Andy’s favourite bands (he once named a club night after one of their songs); he was living the dream that night.

The Gaslight Anthem
3rd February, The Forum

I didn’t think I’d make it to The Gaslight Anthem.  I had a job interview earlier that afternoon, four hours away by train.  But thankfully that job interview turned into a job offer, and was over quick enough for me to get the next train back into town, and in line for a booth at the Forum.  Brian Fallon’s vocals hold up brilliantly in a live setting; the band put on a great show, but I’ll admit that I was slightly distracted throughout, as I was mentally planning a move to New South Wales.

Smashing Pumpkins. #soundwave15 #blurrybandphoto

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Soundwave
21st February, Melbourne Showgrounds

I only used one day of my weekend pass for Soundwave, and ended up missing two of the three bands that I really wanted to see.  Fortunately, I’ve seen both Faith No More and Soundgarden in previous years, and I did finally get to see Smashing Pumpkins.  I spent most of the day with Ebony, watching Tonight Alive, All Time Low and Of Mice and Men.  We parted ways towards the end of the night so that I could watch Billy Corgan perform, and she could stand amongst a screaming crowd of Pete Wentz fangirls.  Soundwave was fun, and I wish I could have attended more of it, but V-Line trains don’t run all that frequently (especially not on weekends), and I live in the country now.  I really need a car…

#drake #blurrybandphoto Started from the bottom, now we’re here.

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Drake
27th February, Rod Laver Arena

Did I only buy a ticket to see Drake because he used to be in Degrassi: The Next Generation?  Well, yes and no.  That may have been one of the reasons why I flew back from Albury on Friday night, but it wasn’t the only one.  “Hold On, We’re Going Home” was one of my favourite songs of 2013, and there are other songs in Drake’s repertoire that I do not completely dislike.  Annika and I drank overpriced beer and danced the night away, while Drake soared over the audience on a trapeze-like contraption, commenting on the attire of random members of the crowd.  This fasterlouder article sums up the night quite well.

#foofighters #blurrybandphoto

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Foo Fighters
28th February, Etihad Stadium

I shouldn’t feel too bad about missing out on tonight’s gig, considering that I made it to their gig in Melbourne on Saturday.  Sandwiched on the barrier between the B stage and the T-shaped bit at the end (where Dave performed a couple of acoustic tracks), I had a brilliant time rocking out for two and a half hours of solid Foo Fighters goodness.  Support acts The Delta Riggs and Rise Against were both rather enjoyable.  The only slight let down of the night was that the rather tall B stage hindered my view of the main stage.  But that’s what the screens are there for.

There have already been a couple of gigs that I’ve missed, due to this new job, and there are a few more down the track that I may not end up attending.  But I don’t want to seem ungrateful – work is brilliant, and I’m happy to be there.  Even if it means I don’t get to see Dave Grohl as many times as I’d like.

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