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

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

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

Sunday 10th March 2013 – Bouncing Souls w/ Cheap Girls and Luther at Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

I didn’t get into Bouncing Souls in their early years. It wasn’t until 2006 and The Gold Record album cycle when that they finally arrived on my radar. I got to see them at Reading Festival that same year, then didn’t get chance again for another six years, Between 2012 and 2013 I saw them … Continue reading Sunday 10th March 2013 – Bouncing Souls w/ Cheap Girls and Luther at Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

Saturday 5th March 2011 – Reel Big Fish w/ The Skints at University of Southampton, Student Union

My memories of this gig are as much about the day as the show itself. Ed and I had long lost touch with our friend from school Darren, known to most as Smiler. We’d seen him a year earlier when we played with Canada Water in Cardiff, where Darren was at University and I guess … Continue reading Saturday 5th March 2011 – Reel Big Fish w/ The Skints at University of Southampton, Student Union

Monday 21st February 2011 – Frank Turner w/ Jim Lockey and The Solemn Sun at The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth

At the time of writing Frank Turner is number one in the UK album charts with his ninth studio album, FTHC. Not only is this a fantastic achievement for any artist, but also a very unique one for someone this far into their career. Well deserved either way and a great album regardless of the … Continue reading Monday 21st February 2011 – Frank Turner w/ Jim Lockey and The Solemn Sun at The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth

Sunday 6th February 2011 – The Kerrang! Relentless Tour (Good Charlotte, Four Year Strong, Framing Hanley, The Wonder Years)

In 20 years I’ve seen plenty of corporate sponsors come and go. Around the turn of the last decade energy drinks had cosied up to live music. At Poole Percussion where our band practiced there was a fridge full of Rockstar. I tried one once and had a horrific comedown (I don’t drink tea or … Continue reading Sunday 6th February 2011 – The Kerrang! Relentless Tour (Good Charlotte, Four Year Strong, Framing Hanley, The Wonder Years)

Friday 4th February 2011 – The Hold Steady w / Wintersleep at University of Southampton Student Union

In mid 2010 I developed some health issues, possibly stress induced. This, in turn, caused me to suffer from anxiety and depression that lasted throughout the rest of the year. As anyone who has been through anything like this will know, it’s a vicious cycle. I include this here for context because I think this … Continue reading Friday 4th February 2011 – The Hold Steady w / Wintersleep at University of Southampton Student Union