Hyde Park, London- Green Day And Special Guests

On the 1st of July, I went to see Green Day in Hyde Park, this was a last-minute decision as we found out the day before that we had been lucky enough to get guest listed for the event. We left the at around 7:30 in the morning and travelled to London. Once arriving in London, we got a bus to Hyde park where we had to queue up to collect our tickets. After collecting our tickets, we went to queue up the entrance where we found that the queue was extremely long and thought that it would take forever to get through however once it started moving, even with all the security checks it did not take very long to get through. Once inside the venue/ area where the event was to take place we went to collect our wristbands that would let us into the guest area.

The first thing that we did was go and explore the festival area, inside we found lots of things including food stalls, fairground rides, things to try and there was also a special area for Barclaycard customers an area where you could go if you had a Barclaycard and inside was a play area with many things to do and take part in.

The music started around one and we went to watch Jesse Malin they were a lively band that had enjoyable and catchy music that everyone wanted to dance to. I found them very enjoyable and easy to watch and I feel that they were a good band to be on first on any stage not just a smaller stage in the background. Stiff Little Fingers started at around two and once Jesse Malin had finished this was who we went to watch, at this time many people were sitting down and watching bands instead of getting up and dancing, we went up to the railings originally to watch the band but I soon found that because I am quite small I could not see very well so we had to move back so that I could see better, as there was large screens all over the park this meant that I could see what was going on quite easily in most places.

SWMRS were the next band on the Barclaycard stage, I had seen this band before so I was very excited about seeing them as I had enjoyed watching them many times before. As I know lots of the bands songs I found them very enjoyable to watch as I could sing and dance along to their songs, at point during the bands set I was able to sit on people I knew shoulders so   that I could see over everyone and see the stage easily, one of the things that I enjoyed most about this set was the fact that as it was not the main stage you were never too far away from the front of the stage. I feel that this band perform well live meaning that I could thoroughly enjoy the show. During this bands set a lot of the audience were singing along to the songs making the show even more enjoyable.

The Hives were next to perform on the main stage, I had not heard music from this band before but I had heard a lot about them and I knew that a lot of people enjoyed their music. They were a lively and cheerful band, they had a theme of black and white, the backdrop to their show was a picture in black and white, they also wore black and white suits that were opposite to each other for example one half of the legs were white the other black and then the jacket was the opposite way around. I found The Hives show fun to watch and I felt like the band had a very large stage presence. After the Hives performance, we visited the guest area for the first time and had some dinner (The Best Macaroni Cheese I Have Ever Tasted), inside there was food stalls, a seating area and some bean bags. Whilst having dinner we did not realise that we had unfortunately missed Gogol Bordello but after sitting down for about an hour we were more than ready for Rancid and Green Day.

Rancid were on stage first as they were the band that have been supporting Green Day for the length of their current tour, the band play ska punk music but it is edging more towards the punk side than the ska side. Rancid have also recently released a new album so they played quite a few songs from that along with a lot of there more popular songs, there music was extremely enjoyable and got everyone very hyped up and ready for Green Day.

Once Rancid had finished it was getting towards the time that everyone had been waiting for, the area that people were standing in started to fill up rapidly and so therefore got very hot, about half an hour before Green Day came on the security guards were passing around water as it was very hot. Finally, it got to the point that everyone had been waiting for and “Bohemian Rhapsody” started to play, everyone sang along to all the words and we all knew that this meant that they would be coming on soon. Next up was “Blitzkrieg Bop” and running on came a person dressed up as pink bunny rabbit who got the crowd cheering and ready. Then the moment everyone had been waiting for, Green Day burst onto the stage with “Know Your Enemy” and everyone was singing along and jumping around at this point I decided that it would be a good idea to move back as I was very small so I was getting shoved around a lot and nearly fell over many times, once further back I decided that it was a better place to stand anyway as it meant that I could actually see the stage, towards the end of know your enemy Billie invited someone on stage to sing with him. This was then followed by two songs from the bands most recent album “Revolution Radio” and “Bang, Bang” this excited everyone in the crowd. Next up was “Holiday” at this point a very kind man who I still do not know the name of let me sit on his shoulders so that I could see easily and see over everyone’s head, he let me stay up there for quite a few songs and I am very thankful to him for this. The band then played more songs new and old before playing “Longview where they again invited a member of the crowd onstage to sing. There was a very lively atmosphere throughout the show, in around the middle of the show the band performed a cover of “Knowledge” by Operation Ivy and at this point they invited a member of the audience to play the guitar on stage with them, unfortunately the first person that they invited on stage was unable to perform the song, however she was allowed to play the tambourine with Tre at the back, the next person invited up was able to play the song and therefore at the end she was allowed to keep the guitar. Something that Green Day are known for doing is when they perform “King for A Day” they mix it with other songs on this day it seemed to be quite a few familiar songs, in fact they mixed it with 5 other songs these where “Shout”, “Always Look On The Brightside”, “Teenage Kicks”, “satisfaction” and “Hey Jude” all of these songs are quite popular so everyone k new the words. The band finished their main set with the song “Forever Now” however then went on to do two encores. The first encore they performed “American Idiot” and “Jesus OF Suburbia” which also included about a minute of Billie standing as if he was on a cross. The second encore was slowed down and acoustic and included an acoustic version of “21 Guns” which I extremely enjoyed. The band finished the show with “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” and then all members came back on stage to take one final bow and confetti was blown everywhere.

I can honestly say that this was one of the best concerts that I have been to in my life and I would go to something like this again.

Thanks for reading, Annie.

A Very Busy Weekend

The Shrives- Voodoo Lounge, Stamford

On Friday 16th of June I went to voodoo lounge in Stamford, this was a venue that I had never been to before, it was a small venue and the actual stage was underground in a quite confined space, I felt that this gave the venue more atmosphere and made it more exciting and interesting than it may have been at a different venue. The event has two support acts, The Exton’s and The Talk, the bands played lively and fun music to get the crowd in the mood for the gig. The Shrives came on around 10 o’clock and mainly played songs from there album “Back in The Morrow” but also played some others that were not on the album, the songs got everyone dancing and jumping around, this made the venue very hot but that didn’t mean that people didn’t have fun. During the show, there was a lot of audience participation and lots of the band coming into the crowd whilst playing the songs. At the end of the bands set they did a ska mashup of many different songs and then finally they did a cover of a Beatles song and finished the gig. The show was fun and very enjoyable to watch.

Royal Blood- Hippodrome, Kingston Upon Thames

On the Saturday, I went to an album release show of Royal Blood’s new album “How Did We Get So Dark?”, the band had no support as the gig was mainly about their album release so they were the only Royal Blood. The band played most of the songs on their new album, the songs were lively and even though most people did not know the songs they were the sort that you could recognise, enjoy and dance to. The songs on the album were catchy and you could tell that they were by Royal Blood because of the style. During the gig, they did play some of their old songs and these were the ones that got the most reaction from the audience and most people knew them word for word and sang along. The band were very talented and at points seemed as if they were putting in hardly any effort but still coming out with these amazing songs and sounds. As the event was an album release party everyone that went got a free copy of the CD included in their ticket price. During the show, there was lots of jumping around and crowd surfing even from band member Ben Thatcher who climbed on the crowd during one of the songs before swiftly returning to his drum kit.

Paramore- The Royal Albert Hall, London

Finally, on Monday 19th of June I went to watch Paramore at the Royal Albert Hall, the band are currently touring Europe in support of their new album “After Laughter” I was very excited to see this band as I extremely enjoy their music and wanted to see what they were like live. In the venue, our seats were very high up so I was worried that we may not be able to see however I quickly found out that this would not be the case and that I would be able to see fine. The support act was a band called Bleached this band were a grungy rock band who took their inspiration from bands like Nirvana you could tell this by the type of music that they were playing. The whole show seemed to be running half an hour late this was disappointing as people felt like they were being kept waiting and if it hadn’t have started when it did I think that people would have started to get annoyed. When Paramore finally came on they came on with a very lively tune from there new album, one that everybody knew so that they could sing along. The band performed lots of songs old and new and even though their old songs got more of a reaction the new songs still brought joy and fun to the audience. Whilst there I had a very fun and enjoyable evening with lots of singing along to songs and dancing the only disappointing part was the fact that they did not play “Ignorance” which is one of my favourite Paramore songs.

O2 Academy Sheffield- All Time Low, SWMRS And Waterparks

On Friday the 24th Of March I went and saw All Time Low at the O2 Academy Sheffield. To be completely honest the day of the concert started off as a disaster, me and my boyfriend where travelling to the gig on the train, it was all going very well and we where very excited until the announcer on the train said that the train would no longer be stopping and Sheffield as it was delayed, so we would have to get off at the next stop. At this point we were worried we would not make the concert. Luckily the next train to Sheffield got us in just in time. When we got to the venue there was a queue for at least two corners away from the venue.

It took such a long time to get into the venue that we missed almost the whole of the Waterparks set and we where quite disappointed by this as we where really looking forward to seeing them. Next up was SWMRS I was extremely excited to see them and they did not disappoint, I had listened to some of the SWMRS songs before so I knew some of the songs that they played. I found that the band liked to involve the audience a lot in there lively and energetic songs, the band also played a lot of there most popular songs this was good as most of the people knew the songs so they could join in and this would not have been possible if they had played there less popular songs. I feel like the atmosphere as good during there set however I feel that it could have been better if everyone had been in the venue at the time however people that where at the back of the queue where still coming in at this point, however this didn’t seem to stop the band from enjoying themselves and overall I feel that this is what makes the audience enjoy themselves, after they had finished there set there songs where stuck in my head for quite some time.

Next up was All Time Low, after an hours wait in between the bands it was time. The band played a lot of there songs old and new, popular and unpopular, this was good as people who didn’t necessarily know the band very well could still have a good time but everyone also got to hear there favourite songs. The show had an amazing atmosphere and at points there was huge beach balls bouncing around the venue and confetti at the end, there was also a lot of crowd participation including them asking people to get on each others shoulders for some of the songs and a lot of them encouraging the crowd to sing. To be honest the thing that stood out most about the gig was the fun aspect as not many concerts do this sort of thing. The venue was quite small so you felt that the gig was more personal and you mostly had a decent view, well at least I did until I had a really tall person stand in front of me but I guess you can’t help that really as I am really small and can’t see over a lot of people anyway.

I would definitely go and see All Time Low again and SWMRS again as I had a brilliant time, I do think that I would have enjoyed it even more if I had been able to see Waterparks and I would also probably like to see all of the bands again whether together or separate.

Here are some picture I took at the gig.

I hope you enjoyed reading, I will be back soon, Annie.