One year on from their ninth full-length album ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ and 20 years on from the seminal ‘OK Computer’, Radiohead are back on tour again, stopping off in Manchester for their only UK (non-festival) date of 2017. Originally intended to be 2 gigs at the Manchester Arena, the concerts were combined into one at Emirates Old Trafford, a massive venue with a 50,000 capacity. Perhaps not the most natural of venues for a concert, but the band made it shine.
2016 has been another year packed to the brim for us all with gigs, festivals and performances – here are my personal Top 5 gigs I’ve seen in the last 12 months!
In a move that proved fairly controversial with fans, earlier this year Radiohead announced a very small, limited tour of venues around the world, as well as a clutch of festival dates. As part of this tour, the band conducted a three night mini-residency at Camden’s Roundhouse, a venue that only seats 5,000. I was lucky enough to make it to the closing night of these gigs, and here’s what I thought.
After years of chipping away at the music world, Foals have embarked on their first ever arena tour this month, with quite the lineup of support – Everything Everything and a DJ set from Birmingham’s Peace. Here’s what I thought of their first foray into the world of arenas.
2015 is nearly over and throughout the year I’ve been to a fair few gigs – here’s a rundown of the five that were my personal favourites…
Shura, BBC Sound of 2015 nominee, has been slowly releasing music over the last year and her unique brand of indie synthpop has had fans begging for more; the opportunity to see her in a venue as small as the Oobleck with the prospect of new material was one not to be missed.
Supporting their recent album ‘Get to Heaven’, last week Everything Everything arrived in Birmingham, with Stealing Sheep in tow. This was a hugely anticipated gig for me; I was eagerly waiting to find out how they’d pull off songs from ‘Get to Heaven’ live (see my review of the album here). Here’s what I thought of the gig: