What was the last gig in London you saw? And the best? The last gig for me was probably Amos Lee at the Jazz Cafe. And the best would be a toss up between Doves at the Brixton Academy or Rufus Wainwright at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Oh, who am I kidding – it was the Proclaimers at Glastonbury OBVIOUSLY *jumps in the air wildly with arms around all friends*.
There is no greater joy than going to a fantastic gig or festival, and listening to that song you love, have always loved, played live, knowing that you will remember that moment forever. I will always remember being 13 and snogging to “Love Song” at a Cure gig. Or the moment the sun came out at Glastonbury to Brian Wilson singing Surfin’ USA – when a guy in the crowd started crowd surfing ON A SURF BOARD. What all these memories have in common is the feeling of freedom and nostalgia, moments when your hands are in the air or hugging the people you’re with (or randoms, if its that good), singing along, smiling and feeling moved in some way. Watching live music has to be one of the best experiences you can ever have, and London has to be one of the best places in the world for watching famous, eclectic and up-and-coming artists in some brilliant venues.
That said, I’ve been pretty shit lately. I’m yet to go to Koko in Camden, I really want to see a band at the Slaughtered Lamb in Clerkenwell, I’m long overdue a revisit to Cargo in Shoreditch, and I didn’t make it to a festival last year which made me jealous of all my mud-splattered Glastonbury friends. This year I’m off to Latitude and want to start getting myself to a few more gigs after the summer.
In the meantime, and the inspiration for this post, was an email I got from the lovely people at goseethem.com which is an event ticket comparision site – really easy – go have a look for the gig you want to see and check out who’s selling at what price. It means that before you go spending a fortune, you can compare who’s selling - they compare thousands of events in the UK helping you find the cheapest tickets online for your budget.
They have very kindly offered one lucky HPL reader 2 tickets for the Moby gig on Thursday 2 June @ The Roundhouse in Camden. Its the ONLY date he’s playing in the UK on his European tour and its a sellout.
To win, just leave a comment to this post and I’ll pick a lucky reader randomly on Friday 27 May. Let’s get a bit excited about gigs and music and summer festivals shall we? Tell me about the best, first, worst gig you’ve ever been to, your funniest / wierdest festival moment, or what festival you’re going to this summer. And good luck!
UPDATE 27 MAY: CONGRATULATIONS to Yen Lin Chung who was randomly selected by random.org to get the tickets. Have awesome fun and let me know how it goes!!!