Stereophonics, Edinburgh Castle, Keep the Village Alive, July 2016

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Our final Stereophonics gig of 2016 was Kirstys Christmas surprise. It rained, and it rained, and it rained, and then it rained some more. Brilliant gig though 🙂

Prior to the gig, we enjoyed an awesome meal and sample of whiskies in Usquabae.

This is the set list, though it’s at the very least in completely the wrong order!

C’est La Vie
Play Video
I Wanna Get Lost With You
Play Video
Local Boy in the Photograph
Play Video
Have a Nice Day
Play Video
Mr Writer
Play Video
Maybe Tomorrow
Superman
Traffic
Mr and Mrs Smith
I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio
Been Caught Cheating
Sunny
White Lies
A Thousand Trees
Handbags and Gladrags
(Chris Farlowe cover)
Vegas Two Times
Violins and Tambourines
Graffiti on the Train
Indian Summer
The Bartender and the Thief
Just Looking
Pick a Part That’s New
Dakota

Stereophonics Gigs So Far! :)

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2015
Newcastle Arena – Dec 2015 – Keep the Village Alive
Nottingham – Rock City – Nov 2015 – Keep the Village Alive

2014
Doncaster Dome – Mar 2014 –

2013
TITP – 2013
O2 Arena – 28th November 2013

2010
Word Gets Around – Hammersmith Apollo – Oct 2010
Summer in the City – Cardiff City Stadium – June 2010
Newcastle Arena – March 2010 – Keep Calm & Carry On- 11th

2008
Newcastle – December 2008 – Decade in the Sun
Sheffield Hallam Arena – Feb 2008 – Decade In The Sun
Cardiff INternational Arena – December 2008 – Decade In The Sun
Carlisle Sands – July 2008 – Decade In The Sun

2007
Newcastle Arena – Nov 2007 – Pull the pin

2001
Newcastle Arena – Nov 2001
TITP – July 2001
Donington park – July 2001

2000
Leeds 2000

Stereophonics – Leeds 2000, Performance & Cocktails

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My first ever Phonics gig 🙂

Setlist:
http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/stereophonics/2000/temple-newsam-leeds-england-33d75845.html

Roll Up and Shine

The Bartender and the Thief

T-Shirt Sun Tan

A Thousand Trees

Pick a Part That’s New

Hurry Up and Wait

I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio

More Life in a Tramp’s Vest

Local Boy in the Photograph

Just Looking

Traffic

Mr Writer

Lying in the Sun

I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio

Stereophonics, Newcastle Arena, Keep The Village Alive

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Photos:
https://goo.gl/photos/1uSEctabwMdR1DLL9

Set list:
http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/stereophonics/2015/metro-radio-arena-newcastle-england-23f2f46f.html

C’est La Vie
I Wanna Get Lost With You
Superman
Vegas Two Times
A Thousand Trees
Have a Nice Day
Indian Summer
Graffiti on the Train
Roll the Dice
Mr Writer
Just Looking
White Lies
Song for the Summer
Handbags and Gladrags
(Chris Farlowe cover)
Violins and Tambourines
Been Caught Cheating
Mr and Mrs Smith
Traffic
Sunny
Local Boy in the Photograph

Encore:
The Bartender and the Thief
I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio
Maybe Tomorrow
Dakota

Stereophonics, Rock City, Nottingham – Amazing Gig!

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Keep The Village Alive Tour, Gig number 20!

Photos:
https://goo.gl/photos/8x76LLdd1WGDbnQi9

Set list:
http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/stereophonics/2015/metro-radio-arena-newcastle-england-23f2f46f.html
I Wanna Get Lost With You
C’est La Vie
More Life in a Tramp’s Vest
A Thousand Trees
Superman
Doorman
Graffiti on the Train
White Lies
Indian Summer
Have a Nice Day
Just Looking
Mr Writer
Roll the Dice
Violins and Tambourines
Song for the Summer
I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio
Mr and Mrs Smith
Billy Davey’s Daughter
(Kelly Jones Acoustic)
Sunny
Local Boy in the Photograph

Encore:
The Bartender and the Thief
Maybe Tomorrow
Dakota

Stereophonics – O2 Arena

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My 19th Sterephonics gig was my first at the impressive O2 Arena in London. I was pretty surprised at the size of the place, but despite that it had a great atmosphere and a good sound.

The gig was great. Good songs, good visuals and some good stories. A good mix of new and old in the set list. It was great to here “I stopped to fill my car up” and “Traffic” again and all the songs off the new album have made themselves at home in the bands set list. All in all, a cracking gig.

 

Setlist

Catacomb
Local Boy in the Photograph
Superman
Graffiti on the Train
We Share the Same Sun
A Thousand Trees
More Life in a Tramp’s Vest
Pick a Part That’s New
I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio
Maybe Tomorrow
Vegas Two Times
Mr Writer
In a Moment
Indian Summer
Have a Nice Day
Roll the Dice
Violins and Tambourines
Been Caught Cheating
Traffic
The Bartender and the Thief

Encore:
I Stopped to Fill My Car Up
Just Looking
Handbags and Gladrags
Dakota

T In The Park 2013!

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So TITP 2013 happened a few weeks back. It was a pretty awesome weekend. Below just a little mini review of each band we saw, and some (mostly rubbish) photos at the bottom!

Thursday

Thursday was the party night! Several cans of Tennents and Magners were consumed and a late night party at the afterburner kicked off the weekend with style, and the Friday with a stinking hangover!!

Special mention to the Lords of Lightning – spectacular! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2qotthJFaI

Friday

Proclaimers – Main stage   – kicked off the party in their inimitably Scottish way, playing all the usual classics! 8/10

Haim – BBC Stage – Angry female guitar indie pop – pretty good after a dodgy start! Awesome cover of a Fleetwood Mac song! 7/10

Honeyblood – T-Break Stage – female duo playing some rather decent poppy garage rock 7/10

Tribes – Transmissions Stage – anthemic indie rock – pretty good! 7/10

Jake Bugg – BBC Stage – Slick and flawless from the fast rising folk/blues star . New and old tunes sounding great and looks like he’s been doing this for years. Loved it. 8/10

Phoenix – King Tuts – Didn’t work for me. Just a whole bunch of noise. Perhaps the tent didn’t do them any favours 5/10

Mumford & Sons – Main Stage – Great band performance, but they just don’t do it for me. All a bit samey and jingly jangly! 7/10

Saturday

James Arthur –  Angsty edgy pop. Mostly a bit rubbish and full of himself but not entirely awful. 5/10

Fake Major – Folk indie kinda stuff. Not bad 6/10

Baby Strange – Indie and grungey teen punk band. OK  6/10

Deacon Blue – Seasoned performance. Crowd went mad for the hits 7/10

Nina Nesbitt – Voice and performance way beyond her years. SCOTLAND’s answer to Taylor Swift, but perhaps less annoying? 8/10

The View –  Much better than I expected and well loved by the Scottish crowd! 7/10

Lumineers – Another kinda folky act. Really good performance, got the crowd going and proved they have more than just that song off the advert…

Diana Vickers – Wooooooooooo! Well, it was different. 6/10

Snoop Dogg – The total Shizzle, one of the highlights of the weekend. Total boss 9/10

The Script – Surprise of the weekend. Great live act, much better than their boyband records would suggest 8/10

Alt J – Disappointing from a band with so much hype, and not enough music to back it up with. 6/10

My Bloody Valentine –  Someone really should have told them that their mic’s weren’t on!! 4/10

Sunday

Lewis Watson – Another folk-indie man and his guitar. No Jake Bugg, but ok enough. 6/10

Earth Wind & Fire –  Perfect start to the main stage. Basking in the sunshine and boogying to classic soul, dance and reggae! Great clothes too! 8/10

Ocean Colour Scene – Great when they played the ones everyone knows. 7/10

Bastille – Pretty decent live performance of their album. 7/10

Frank Turner – Typical Frank Turner sing-along performance. Man of the people playing for the people. 8/10

Diiv – Mostly instrumental band from New York. OK. 6/10

Editors –  Only caught a few songs from a distance, but sounded good. New material is great, and played like they’ve never been away. 8/10

STEREOPHONICS – I’ll try to be unbiased and just say that this is the most on-form I’ve seen the band for quite a while. Good mix of new tracks and old favourites. Some nice pyrotechnics too! 9/10

KILLERS! – Brilliant again. Covered a Travis song, and even a rendition of “Ole, Ole, Ole…”!

The Killers, Wembley Stadium, June 2013

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So, it was a little while ago but I was lucky enough to see The Killers in their recent Wembley gig. It was pretty effing special. They were totally on fire, totally loving it, and so were we!

They even wrote a song especially for the occasion. Will they ever better this gig? If so, I damn hope I’m there to see it!

The Wembley Song

Setlist

Enterlude
When You Were Young
Spaceman
The Way It Was
Smile Like You Mean It
This River Is Wild
Bling (Confession of a King)
Shadowplay
(Joy Division cover)
Miss Atomic Bomb
Human
Somebody Told Me
I Think We’re Alone Now
(Tommy James & the Shondells cover)
Here With Me
For Reasons Unknown
From Here On Out
A Dustland Fairytale
Wembley Song
(Song written especially for … more)
Read My Mind
Runaways
All These Things That I’ve Done
Encore:
Flesh and Bone
(Happy Birthday was sung to … more)
Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
Battle Born
Mr. Brightside
Note: Recorded for Blu-ray/DVD release

 

Stereophonics – Doncaster Dome – March 25th 2014

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The scene of my 17th Stereophonics gig was a somewhat odd one. Sweaty folk fresh from a game of badminton mingled with the crowd at the bar and water gushed above us through the pool flumes (not log flumes..) in the Doncaster Dome leisure centre.

The main auditorium was actually relatively large. Bigger than I had expected, having thought this gig would be somewhere along the lines of the intimate affair in Carlisle.

Warming up the crowd was support act “Jack Weller”. In the flyers for his E.P., he promised us he “wasn’t shit”, and to be fair, he wasn’t. Really quite good in fact!

The Phonics opened with “We Share the Same Sun” (the opener from the new album) and then treated us to a medley of new and old, playing all but one of the new album tracks and a scattering of songs from throughout their now 8 album strong back catalogue.

The only album to fail to get a score on the board was Pull the Pin.

On the whole it was a good gig. I felt some of the new tracks were lost a bit in the smaller surroundings – they felt a bit “big” for the occasion. That’s not to say they weren’t good, but perhaps they will have better affect in the bigger arena shows.

The old favourites went down a storm but I couldn’t help but think – apart from the new stuff – it was quite a “safe” setlist – Vegas, Have a Nice Day, Mr Writer, Just Looking, Thousand Trees, Local Boy, Dakota… it was a little predictable. And I really don’t understand why they insist on playing Doorman or Could You Be The One – they have so many better songs.

Catacomb was the surprise of the night. They totally rocked it and indeed in this slightly smaller venue, it was these heavier tracks that sounded the best.

So all in all, great but not the best of the 17 🙂

7/10

Some photos are over on Paul’s site here.

Setlist:
  1. Encore:

The Killers – Nottingham Arena, Nov 3rd 2012

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So I was lucky enough to go see the Killers at Nottingham Arena last weekend. I would say it was a solid, if a little unspectacular set from the Vegas, Nevada boys.

The new songs all sounded great live, and I’ve never heard Brandon’s voice sound so good. Nailed every single note. If I had a criticism, it would be that the band didn’t really seem that into it from the off, though they definitely fed off an enthusiastic Nottingham crowd and as the gig built to the pre-encore crescendo of the brilliant and emphatic “Runaways” and “When you were young”, you could tell they were having a good time.

I was pretty impressed with the Arena too. Our seats were great, just to the side of the stage, and the high banking of the seats meant it felt like we were sat right on top of the action.

The setlist is here and here are some photos!