Unexpectedly delightful gigs

Unexpectedly delightful gigs

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lambeth

Original Poster:

53 posts

167 months

Tuesday 3rd May
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Went to see a band tonight (never seen before) and they were unexpectedly wonderful. Has anyone else seen a band with little or no expectations and been blown away. The band I saw tonight was the Nightingales.

marcosgt

10,851 posts

153 months

Wednesday 4th May
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The two that spring to mind immediately are :

Siouxsie and the Banshees

And

Skinny Lister.

The first I saw back in the 80s. I knew them of course, but Siouxsie was totally mesmerizing.

The second I knew nothing about, but they hit the stage playing and never stopped, great entertainment.

M

Grrbang

611 posts

48 months

Wednesday 4th May
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No gig for me will ever beat Devin Townsend’s last show on his huge budget-busting Empath tour with world class musicians. The guy is funny and an all round nice guy.

the-norseman

9,288 posts

148 months

Wednesday 4th May
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Saw Kasabian at O2 Kentish town, was expecting it to be a good gig, but it was really good.

I'm seeing Tom from Kasabian on Saturday in Birmingham, hes a solo artist now looking forward to it.

StevieBee

10,867 posts

232 months

Tuesday 10th May
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Going back about 20 years now but took the OH to see Nik Kershaw at the Corn Exchange, Ipswich. She was a huge Kershaw fan as a kid in the 80s and I got the tickets partly as a joke present and we went not really expecting that much - like a good 80s tribute gig with the actual artist.

Have to say it was probably one of the best gigs I've ever been to - and I've been to many.

RedAndy

864 posts

131 months

Tuesday 10th May
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Grrbang said:
No gig for me will ever beat Devin Townsend’s last show on his huge budget-busting Empath tour with world class musicians. The guy is funny and an all round nice guy.
..but that's not "unexpectedly delightful" ... Having seen the same tour, it was exactly as delightful as I imagined it would be!

JaseB

816 posts

238 months

Thursday 12th May
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Saw Ride a couple of years back in the Oxford Town Hall, wasn't especially familiar with their set at the time but it was blimmin' brilliant, so much energy on stage and I instantly gelled with the music, missed out this year due to the covids...

BOR

4,385 posts

232 months

Thursday 12th May
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Early eighties.

I was hearing "Original Sin" on the radio, and thought it was by this band, but wasn't sure. We didn't have the internet back then, Kids.

I turn up at Birmingham Odeon, buy a ticket and enter a cinema that's about 1/3 full.

The band take the stage and there are loads of them, and they've even got three backing singers up the front.

The show starts, and WHOOOOOOOOOOMPH, it never stops.

They could easily have been playing the biggest stadium in the world that night, they completely blew the roof off.

The band was INXS.

Aerate

252 posts

125 months

Thursday 12th May
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Saw Reef in a pub garden in Marlborough last week with about 100 other lucky souls. Warm evening, good beer and the singer two feet away from me. Not my usual cup of tea but I was blown away by their musicianship, particularly the vocals, and the great party vibes they imparted.

Walter Sobchak

5,529 posts

201 months

Friday 13th May
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marcosgt said:
The two that spring to mind immediately are :

Siouxsie and the Banshees

And

Skinny Lister.

The first I saw back in the 80s. I knew them of course, but Siouxsie was totally mesmerizing.

The second I knew nothing about, but they hit the stage playing and never stopped, great entertainment.

M
Was John McGeoch still on guitar for Siouxie when you saw them?.

HappySilver

297 posts

141 months

Saturday 14th May
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Found myself unexpectedly at a Paloma Faith gig, my low expectations were so wrong. Absolutely brilliant.

Nemophilist

2,572 posts

158 months

Saturday 14th May
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HappySilver said:
Found myself unexpectedly at a Paloma Faith gig, my low expectations were so wrong. Absolutely brilliant.
A friend asked me to join her on a paloma faith gig years ago and also had low expectations but the show was fantastic and I loved it


More recently, as Glaswegian punk band called Vlure were the support to a gig I went to in Oxford and they blew me away.
I think I enjoyed them more than the main band who I love

DocJock

7,550 posts

217 months

Saturday 14th May
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Nils Lofgren doing a two man show with Greg Varlotta, in a small venue in Southampton.

I was expecting it to be good, but they were utterly brilliant.

interstellar

2,530 posts

123 months

Saturday 14th May
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Saw Blanco White back in 2019. Thought it would be ok but it was amazing.

Going on Thursday to see them again in London, can’t wait, amazing live!!

Stuart70

3,047 posts

160 months

Saturday 14th May
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Early 90’s I was in Aberdeen for work, went along to see a Crowded House gig for something to do.

Wow, massively beyond my expectations, really powerful performance; so much more impactful than the recorded version.


mikebradford

1,961 posts

122 months

Saturday 14th May
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Was in Berlin at last weekend and thought it would be good to see a gig.
I'm 47 and I was taking 3 who work with me as a works do.
They're early 20s and one at 33.
Limited choice of gigs but we choose to see Yungblud.
The warm up band was Nova Twins.

Never been to such a friendly gig.
Started on arrival, lots sprawled outside on the grass.
No long queues to get in. Small outside bar.
Everyone dressed in black.
Went inside, again no queues at the bar.
Couldn't get into the ground floor are for standing only which we booked. So had to go upto the seating area.

Went up and the building was fantastic, very much like a tent. It was the Tempodrom building.

Nova Twins came on who were brilliant. Very loud but the crowd weren't going mental like I expected. Seemed very respectable.
It was apparent the crowd was mainly late teen to early 20s and looking like Goths.
Then Yungblud came on.
Credit due he was brilliant. Great stage presence and I could see a few influences in him. Bits of prodigy and sex pistols came to mind.

Crowd went mental and the atmosphere was brilliant.

Would happily go to see either again.

Plus no issues with people, everyone took the few plastic drinks cups back for a refund. So the place was spotless.
Didn't seem like they were there to get drunk like most gigs.

Then Yungblud came outside and chated with the fans. Came across as a really decent lad.

10/10

Rh14n

711 posts

85 months

Saturday 14th May
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A friend of mine played in a pretty amateurish bluegrassy band locally and he informed me that they would be supporting John Jorgenson's Bluegrass Band in a local pub/restaurant in North Wales. We went along to support my friend mainly as I'd never heard of John Jorgenson at that time (much to my subsequent shame).

His band turned out to be a Bluegrass Supergroup consisting of Mark Fain (bassist for Dolly Parton, Dixie Chicks, Allison Krauss etc.), Herb Pederson (banjo player for Emmylou Harris, John Denver, John Prine etc.) and Jon Randall (Emmylou Harris, co-writer of Whiskey Lullaby with Allison Krauss etc). They absolutely blew us away ... and all in a pub in Menai Bridge with an audience of around 100! Fantastic!

If you're a bluegrass fan, check them out this cheery little number musichttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a5ElFtHofs

Edited by Rh14n on Saturday 14th May 09:02

interstellar

2,530 posts

123 months

Saturday 14th May
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Stuart70 said:
Early 90’s I was in Aberdeen for work, went along to see a Crowded House gig for something to do.

Wow, massively beyond my expectations, really powerful performance; so much more impactful than the recorded version.
I thought the same when I saw them, excellent live.

Higgs boson

984 posts

130 months

Saturday 14th May
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Graham Parker & The Rumour.

Belfast 1979.

Outstanding from start to finish, and unbelievably loud, too. smile

Turn7

21,085 posts

198 months

Saturday 14th May
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Feeder @ Oxford

A band Id always meant to catch up with....

A really really good gig, surprised me how much I enjoyed it.