London Grammar Live in Sheffield – Gig Review

After leaving this space without any proper writing for the last 3/4 months, the best I could come up with is a gig review. Really? (really.) Because this gig is essentially one of the most unforgettable one I’ve ever been. Just a disclaimer that this review is based purely on my experience as a fan, so don’t take it too seriously?

So it’s about London Grammar. If you’re not familiar (and have been living under a big-ass rock), go to a new tab and type it on Youtube search bar. They’re a trip-hop (honestly, music genre name these days..) group that comes to the surface of music industry barely a year ago. I also learnt how they met each other whilst studying in University of Nottingham, busy with dissertation and eventually finding out that they are actually able to do music as living. I am currently in the middle of writing my dissertation and the thought of what comes next sometimes scares the shit out of me.  Anyway I loved them on a first listen of their album, and so decided to come to the gig when opportunity arise. And on 8 February, I marched to Sheffield for London Grammar live in O2 Academy Sheffield.

The gig opener was @kyanmusic and @sayloulou which I have to say I enjoy very much. Especially Kyan, a Cambridge lad with the fusion of John Mayer voice and Bruno Mars look. Can never go wrong with that combo. Check out one of the track he played last night below. Free download too!

I was lucky enough to have stood at the front row without queuing too long.  The vibe of the whole venue was just really chilled and relaxed, with a healthy mix of men and women. A bit put off from the last Maroon 5 gig where the audience; or should i say the teenage girls; were literally screaming their heads off all the time. Fair enough, it was a different genre, but it was still nice to be a part of a mature audience that appreciates music in a different way. Anyway I stood at the front row on centre-right-ish side of the stage which had me exactly in front of Dot Major and his equipments, which consists of drums, keyboards, synths, percussion drum, and a bottle of beer. I had told my friend before about the similarity of Dot to Harry Styles and in my opinion after seeing in real life the prior is incredibly easy in the eyes and *bonus* very talented to add in. Honestly I understand why we are enthralled with Hannah and her vocal powerhouse ripping through the venue, but I also came to realise how Dot Major multitasks in between songs with different equipments quite fascinating. Portraying himself to public eyes as “a pie of London Grammar”, he is also quite the producer/beat maker I’d very much like to see creating songs for big names in the future. Dot Major, major props (pun intended and not sorry).

London Grammar comes up the stage at 9:15 PM, started off with ‘Hey Now’ and I was originally planning to record the first song with my camera, but the first 30 seconds convinced me that I needed to put down my camera and really soak up this experience. It was such a surreal moment when she sings and the audience were eerily still (with a little bit of high hoops here and there), which results in me having chills all over. Not just because it was cold, even though it was actually freezing inside the venue, but a good kind of chills that goes deep in your bone when you enjoyed something so much. I couldn’t remember much about the night but it was an exceptionally beautiful evening and I could stay in that room for longer than I thought, standing there and listening to them take over the reality. ‘Wasting My Young Years’ and ‘Strong’ made me emotional for a while, as if the world goes slo-mo with the  lights beaming and criss-crossing, I was in absolute bliss. ‘Metal & Dust’ as encore song was absolutely incredible live, powered by Dot’s drumming, great way to close the show and definitely leaves an impression.

Some funny  moment when Dan, which was at the end of other side of stage, tried to crack a joke but failed miserably and charmingly. Your typical shy guy who could still feel the nerves talking to 2000 odd people after countless live shows. Beautiful Hannah, even more so in real life, has a really outgoing attitude despite the lots of interview saying she herself has stage fright. She sounds flawless, albeit caught her coughing/clearing up the throat a few times, figured she might still be recovering from the cold. I particularly enjoyed it when she picked up her ‘favorite’ audience from the crowd after ‘Nightcall’. Apparently a guy was wearing earplugs throughout the show, Hannah noticed him and joked about him offending the band by doing so. I can only imagine being in that guy’s position and became red with guilt, but it doesn’t matter because the band actually signed some merch for him at the end of the show. Moral of the story : wear earplug to LG gigs. The rest of the show went enjoyably and I managed to record a few songs and took some pictures. The show was a short period of 55 minutes top, including encore. A bit disappointed they didn’t perform If You Wait, namely because I think the venue asked the band to finish early since there was another event coming up later that evening so they need to pack up and rearrange things. I certainly hope so and not because the band was expecting another encore. Like, is that actually possible? Two encores in a gig? I wonder.

Off to pictures:

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And footagezzzz :

Wow this post has amounted to be one of my longest post ever! Talk about something I’m really good at babbling on. Well, I think it’s fit to say that this gig is one of the most unforgettable one i’ve been, considering i left the venue feeling really happy and content with my decision to come and watch them. I also feel the slightest tinge of anger to my friends who are so lucky to have ‘this tip-hop trio’ performing in their university tonight, but don’t even want to go and see them. I’ll see them biting their nails when the band wins Best British Breakthrough in the Brits. London Grammar have one debut album, and it has converted me to a full time fan. I cannot wait to see what they have in store (or iTunes) in the future, and I will be there again for sure on their next gig.

Typing on Monday morning, it’s the start of the week and it’s the start of another battle with my dissertation. I can only hope I find my bandmates and/or discover what I want to do with my life this week. ffs.

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Week of Discoveries

Amidst all the work and pressure staggering the few weeks before assignment deadline, here are some things/musics/books/thingamabobs that I have stuck in my head.

 

i am on this life stage of wanting to mark my skin with ink for a purpose, because all of these homemade tattoos by Miso are just so beautiful in its form of femininity and subtlety. Dad’s probably not gonna approve, but who knows in 5 more years if I am still on this stage, I’ll dive head first.

or probably just going through the whole young adult process.

Finished the Divergent series in two days and i was sad and heart broken on closing the last book, but regained my sense and accepts the ending as it is this morning. 1) I love the series. I truly do. And knowing Shailene Woodley and Theo James as Tris and Four made the whole reading experience more enjoyable; because I personally think they fit the bill perfectly. 2) I understand where Veronica (the author) was coming from in concluding the series and I appreciate how she wrote an explanation on the whole “controversial ending” for us lost soul. It was still a well written book, with some worthwhile values to digest and remember. Overall, i have come in peace with the ending. Though I won’t object at all if it is written differently, in a happier life scale.:’) Now I can’t wait for the movie next spring!

Monday’s boring. Back to work. Have a nice week. x

ps : ONE MONTH TIL CHRISTMAS Y’ALL. 

Imagine The Dragons

Imagine Dragons 14 November 2013.

Two and a half hour queue, 4inch boots to piss people behind me and sore everywhere.
One of the best gig I’ve ever attended. Unbelievable energy from the crowd and it’s as if the band absorbs back all the screams and shouts and songs back from us.

Radioactive performed live = amazing.
Radioactive sung by the audience to call the band out for an Encore = Fucking bloody hell fantastically amazing.
I wish someone took a video and upload that moment. #gigstory

View on Path

 

Buzzing

It is so easy for me to be invested too much in a certain kind of addiction, that slowly turns into an unhealthy obsession.

This time it is Lorde.

I’ve been listening to nothing else but her for several weeks now and still couldn’t quite fathom her mind bogglingly cool personality and artwork. So much so that I have probably starts to annoy people around me. Not that would mind.

The album Pure Heroine is out today or should I say yesterday (current clock 02:22AM 29/10/13) , and shoots straight to the top of charts so effortlessly one would think nothing of why the EU delayed the release until now. It’s been such a long while since I found myself so engrossed in an album/musician that it surprises me a little how easy it was to fall in love with Lorde’s honesty in her songs. And her straight talk no bullshit attitude she conduct during her interviews and chats makes you forget the fact that she’s only sixteen.  Well i don’t think I ever see her age as something really relevant at first place, though it is impressive how she developed the sense of maturity at such early days.  I imagine seeing her grow big, bigger than anyone would expect. And I will already be on her Team by the time.

Anyway, short update of the life as we know it. I’m back in Buxton now, and (haven’t quite) started my dissertation and assignment work. Autumn is present, the leaves have turned and walks in park are staples for the weeks we stayed out of big cities. And now I kinda get why people would always be fussy about British weather , because  it is fussy! One minute it is raining it made a parade of crooked umbrella and one minute the sun shines back. So yeah, I get it now. *pulls up hoodie*

London bound on 26 October with the lots of international students, made a video out of it below.

Ccccheck it out.

Of course I have Lorde as the video soundtrack.

Little Bit of London

My last assignment for the term was submitted at 9.20 PM on 10 May, and it just seems so funny how on 9.21 my life instantly became so much brighter. On that day too i went to Scarborough with a group of really great friends and enjoyed a good day out on the beach. I went barefoot on 12 degrees, but who cares really. Bitches be like blowing bubbles and making sandcastle; which turns out to be sandman with weirdly shaped boobs.

The next day we visited Chatsworth House, nothing really special, except we just had to eat ice cream in the rain. Mmhmm. On Monday we went to Tissington to see the Well Dressings and continued with a walk to Dovedale. It was a beautiful walk on a springtime. Really worth the 2 hours boots dragging for a view of great nature.

Also visited London for a few days, weather was so lovely and cooperative that it contributes to why the trip was fun. Managed to take a day to walk slowly in Regent’s Park and enjoy the quaint view. We stayed at YHA St. Pancras and made new friends from China, stumbled upon some “problems” during our stay, but overall it was quite fun. That’s the thing about staying in hostel i suppose; you pay for what it’s worth and it’s probably unreasonable to complain much.

Off to some visuals.

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Camden Lock/Stables Market. Great markets for vintage, antique and creative arts. Most things are bargain-able, but lots of the stalls at front sells mainstream tourists merch with London/LDN/Union jack pasted everywhere. Go for the inner par of the markets to find independent brands stalls. That’s where the treasure lies.

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Managed to catch Kings of Convenience live after battling for the tickets on eBay (you might notice them from the previous post). So worth it, especially being at the very front. Funny enough that I came an hour before the venue opens and I was still capable on being a front row. The venue was gorgeous and exudes such intimate atmosphere when the duo sang in perfection. Love them love them love them.

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Primrose Hill/ Regent’s Park. The best day to spend a full force spring sunshine weather. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to see Gwyneth Paltrow jogging around; as some people quoted luckily.

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Harrod’s and Covent Garden. Was thoroughly impressed by the window display that matched the release of The Great Gatsby during our visit. Whether it was sponsored or was initiated by the department store, it was a clever and successful marketing. Also Yoda floating in Covent garden I met.

The last full day on London was focused on.. well. Retail therapies. Ha. We’re still girls after all. That would explain the lack of picture for this particular day. Oxford St on Friday was packed and in the midst of women stuffing their faces in Zara’s new S/S ’13 collection, I met Draco Malfoy (yes, the slytherine guy) shopping with his mum and tried his best to avoid eye contact with people. I literally needed to rudely check him out;if that’s the appropriate word, to make sure he was the real deal. The problem with moi was I could only associate him as Draco, I couldn’t pull up the string of what his real name was, hence I couldn’t ask for a picture. Well, shit. Anyway i think he left with nobody knowing he was there, and gave me a smile when I was stoned with my eyes drilled at him while holding a pair of jeans. His real name is Tom Felton.

That’s a pretty hectic itinerary for someone who’ve just finished their assignment, don’t you think?

Talk to you lots soon. xo

Fades

Hello there, Happy belated easter for you who celebrates, and it’s April! :)

I’ve been off and about a little bit during the easter holiday (in which I’ve only one week left now, class resumes next week). I went to Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, and London for 10 days, and in between I was so lucky to be able to watch two of The Script’s concert. So yes, today I feel like I want to write a bit about the gigs and how I feel about it.

Let’s be honest, I’m a massive The Script fan, and a massive Jason Mraz fan. I’ve been since I was in ump-teen age and I follow their journey throughout. Truthfully,back in the days when you are living in a city where presumably no concert of any artist their scale is ever going to be held in, there’s nothing much to fangirl about. So when I move to Singapore to study, everything is new and exciting, you get bands artists celebrities; you name it; coming to the town one at a time. So I started to follow concerts and gigs in the city and become very much familiar with queueing for front row, meeting new friends with minds (and idols) alike, and all that post concert withdrawal stuff. My first concert was The Script in Fort Canning Park back in 2011, where I went alone and seriously enjoyed myself. It was the lads’ second album, and they weren’t as famous as they are with only few songs stuck in public’s head. But there you go, it was a pretty much an unforgettable first experience and the euphoria rang through for a week or so.

Skip to now, where I’m in UK to further up my study, there is even more possibilities of gigs, arenas, stadiums, showcases, or namely TV show to participate in. Thus when The Script had their UK arena tour, I know I can manage to watch not just one show. And so I did. I basked in the glory of watching my favorite Irish band pretty up close twice. I caught them in Manchester, queued from 10.30 AM to 6 PM with cold bum and it was St. Paddy’s Day as well! Second was in London, purposely got the sitting seats because we arrived late from Newcastle. Overall; was it amazing? Yes. Was the crowd fun? Undoubtedly. How was the queueing period? Same old pain in the ass. Did I had post concert synd? Oh dear yes.

Then?

For me, every song holds memories. It struck me when I was missing something and I hear the particular song, all the nostalgia feeling rushed back like waves of emotions. It felt like I was walking down the same road 2 years ago. A very odd and real deja-vu. But then by now, I have listened to The Script’s album over and over and over again, without realising how it unconsciously saturated the memories it held for me. This, only until recently I discovered when I watch the concert footages I took. It’s just so clear where the line disconnected. Even if I sing along to every word of the songs when I played it on iTunes, I am now dying to get back all the feeling that was there when I listened to Nothing, The Man Who Can’t Be Moved, and even lot of other songs from other artists. Because when I hear those songs that I loved so much that I “over-listened”, there were no longer any attachments or memories in it. There was only a vague fragments of how; when; where did I feel so good listening to this song.. It’s just really hard to picture the whole thing back again.Now, it’s just a teenie bit of sadness. Not that I no longer love the songs, I will still go to their gig, buy their albums, and continue being a loyal fan, but wouldn’t it be just great if we can forever retain the memories in a song?

Maybe there’s some kind of explanation behind this. Or I’m just being silly.

 

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Ps: It was really hard deciding to continue writing this post because I was just not sure if you’ll get what I mean.. but whatever.