Tuesday, 2 December 2014

A Week of Gigs: Dying Fetus, The Pretty Reckless and New Found Glory



This past week has a been a whirlwind of sound checks and encores.

Having not attended a gig for a few months (in fact, the last music event I went to was T in the Park this summer), I was really looking forward to this week, although I knew I would be knackered by the end of it!

Needless to say Sunday was spent in recovery on the sofa but it was totally worth it!

I also got to explore the different music venues in London. Having previous lived in Kent I have been to a few different venues when travelling up to London to see my favourite bands - but a couple of the places I visited this week I'd never been to before. 

Gig number 1: Dying Fetus, Goatwhore and Malevolence


Apologies to those who have never heard these bands before - their names are more on the controversial end of the spectrum.

This gig was actually a spur of the moment thing, with friends from home deciding to come up to London and since it wasn't sold out, I'd decided to tag along.

The venue was The Garage in Highbury, just up the road from me, so it wasn't even that much effort to go. I was also keen to try taking some decent photos as I had been on a photography course in the morning and I was itching to try out some of the stuff I had learnt.

I have heard of the two main acts before, but haven't really listened to their music that much. I particularly enjoyed Malevolence (see a clip of them at the gig here), but the atmosphere in the place was really great and the venue was really quite intimate so you could get really close to the acts.

The title picture above is of the front man of Goatwhore.

The Headline Act - Dying Fetus


Gig number 2: The Pretty Reckless



Being a big fan of Gossip Girl, I was very excited to see Taylor Momsen (who plays Jenny) on stage and to compare her persona to that of her character in the series.

This time it was more of a trek for us as the venue was the O2 Academy in Brixton, which I had been before a few years back.

The whole performance was very atmospheric, making the most of the sound system and lights although a few times the strobe lighting was a bit blinding.

I was also a big fan of her outfit: sparkly jacket, union jack dress and very shiny boots that looked like she borrowed them from Noel Fielding!


A snapshot of a video I've taken. To see the full clip click here



Gig number 3: New Found Glory, The Story So Far and State Champs


Last but far from least was the Pop Punk's Not Dead Tour!

I had seen both New Found Glory and The Story So Far at the Vans Warped Tour in 2012 so I was looking forward to seeing them again in a smaller venue. The gig was at The Forum in Kentish Town, which had reasonably priced drinks considering it was at an event.

I must say that The Story So Far didn't beat the last time I had seen them, but that was at a very intimate venue in Newcastle a year ago (at Trillians which is a pub/bar) but I still had a great time shouting along with Parker (the frontman).

State Champs were also good although I don't really know any of their stuff, I'll be sure to look it up.

And I did spend the majority of New Found Glory in the pit - which was great fun although I have the bruises to show for it!

The main act - New Found Glory

So my sudden binge of gigs is over for now and I don't think I'll be going to another one until January at least (Funeral For a Friend are playing, my favourite band!).


Did you go to any of these gigs? Or seen any of these bands before? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!


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