Tuesday 12th February 2019 – CHVRCHES w/ Let’s Eat Grandma at O2 Academy Bournemouth

It’s crazy that it took 6 years for me to see my favourite band of the 2010’s, and when the opportunity finally worked out, it was on my own doorstep. I could write this whole post about why I love CHVRCHES so much, but I’m going to attempt to reign it in and focus on … Continue reading Tuesday 12th February 2019 – CHVRCHES w/ Let’s Eat Grandma at O2 Academy Bournemouth

Friday 1st February 2019 – Frank Turner w / Jimmy Eat World and Grace Petrie at Bournemouth International Centre

The first time I saw Frank play (other than with Million Dead) was at the smallest venue in Bournemouth, 13 years later he was back to headline the biggest.  I didn’t make it in time for Grace Petrie, but was, of course, ready and waiting to see Jimmy Eat World. It’s always a novelty when … Continue reading Friday 1st February 2019 – Frank Turner w / Jimmy Eat World and Grace Petrie at Bournemouth International Centre

Wednesday 18th April 2018 – Barenaked Ladies w/ Boothby Graffoe at Salisbury City Hall

This was one of a handful of gigs I've been to on my own in the past twenty years. Of my two friends who shared my love of Barenaked Ladies in the 2000's, one lives in London, the other in California. Sam, my partner, probably likes what she's heard from me playing their records, but … Continue reading Wednesday 18th April 2018 – Barenaked Ladies w/ Boothby Graffoe at Salisbury City Hall

Saturday 10th March 2018 – The Hold Steady at Electric Ballroom, Camden

Last week, Ed C and I went to London for an afternoon of beers in and around Camden, followed by an evening with The Hold Steady at Electric Ballroom in Camden. Four years ago this week, we did the exact same thing.  This was no coincidence. For the past four years (with the exception of … Continue reading Saturday 10th March 2018 – The Hold Steady at Electric Ballroom, Camden

Friday 23rd February 2018 – Hell Is For Heroes w/ A and Vex Red at Pyramids, Portsmouth

This gig was one of those rare occasions in twenty years where I went to see the support band, not the headliner. This tour brought about the return of A after nearly a decade of one off shows and festival appearances. I saw them four times in two years between 2018 and 2019. For context, … Continue reading Friday 23rd February 2018 – Hell Is For Heroes w/ A and Vex Red at Pyramids, Portsmouth

Tuesday 28th March 2017 – Feeder w/ Moses at O2 Guildhall, Southampton

Taking place just under six months since the last time I saw Feeder, this show at the Guildhall was part of the second leg of a UK tour in support of the band's ninth studio album All Bright Electric. That they could play a fair sized venue such as this AND Portsmouth Pyramids, which is … Continue reading Tuesday 28th March 2017 – Feeder w/ Moses at O2 Guildhall, Southampton

Monday 6th March 2017 – Sum 41 w/ Hollerado, O2 Guildhall, Southampton

This was my second time to date seeing Sum 41, the first was a decade earlier in 2007, that itself being a long while after they entered the UK charts at number 8 with their single Fat Lip in October 2001. In the ten years that had passed since the show in 2007, the band … Continue reading Monday 6th March 2017 – Sum 41 w/ Hollerado, O2 Guildhall, Southampton

Sunday 17th July 2016 – Big Cheese Big Send Off (Lagwagon, Sonic Boom Six, Jesse James) at O2 Forum Kentish Town

Big Cheese was a music magazine that ran for 20 years and 179 issues. When I started buying copies in 2003 it had a punk and ska focus, which was reflected in the line up for this farewell gig, though it did cover other genres under the broad 'rock' umbrella throughout it's run. The draw … Continue reading Sunday 17th July 2016 – Big Cheese Big Send Off (Lagwagon, Sonic Boom Six, Jesse James) at O2 Forum Kentish Town

Wednesday 24th June 2015 – Sam Duckworth & (The Brackets) at Westlands 2, Yeovil

After Sam Duckworth put his Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly moniker into hibernation in Autumn 2014 he began to release new music under a few different names. There was Recreations (more 'programming' based material), Sam Duckworth (solo acoustic) and 'Sam Duckworth &(The Brackets)'. The latter was a short lived full band project that Sam himself … Continue reading Wednesday 24th June 2015 – Sam Duckworth & (The Brackets) at Westlands 2, Yeovil

Wednesday 7th May 2014 – American Hi-Fi w / The Hype Theory and Sykes at The 100 Club, London

American Hi-Fi were one of my personal favourite bands in the early 2000's (and beyond). Despite a couple of reasonable sized hits in the US and some key appearances on soundtracks of films that were cult classics on either side of the Atlantic, the band didn't have the same recognition that some of their peers … Continue reading Wednesday 7th May 2014 – American Hi-Fi w / The Hype Theory and Sykes at The 100 Club, London

Sunday 27th April 2014 – Alkaline Trio w/ Bayside at Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

In the early to mid 2010's I'd landed upon a renewed interest in some of the punk rock bands whose existence had predated me getting into the genre ten years earlier. I think this was in part due to playing in a 'punk' band again, accessibility of their music was probably a huge factor too, … Continue reading Sunday 27th April 2014 – Alkaline Trio w/ Bayside at Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

Wednesday 12th February 2014 – Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish w/ Zebrahead at Portsmouth Guildhall

And so we reach the first of many Less Than Jake entries. To be precise this is number 21 of 36 (so far). In almost 19 years of going to LTJ shows, there have only been 6 without. 2013 was one of those years, making this gig 14 months since I'd last seen them (not … Continue reading Wednesday 12th February 2014 – Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish w/ Zebrahead at Portsmouth Guildhall