The Filthy Tongues, Nambucca, London

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Decent enough show but not as entertaining as the last time I saw Martin Metcalfe in Scotland.

Support band has this female guitarist and also singer, she should have been the main one to be honest, but she needs to learn to fucking smile, she looked more depressed than anyone I’ve ever seen before.

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Hands Off Gretel, Our Black Heart, Camden, London

Hands Off Gretel, Our Black Heart, Camden, London

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Arch Enemy, The Waterfront, Norwich

Arch Enemy, The Waterfront, Norwich

Late call to go to this one, a pretty shite for oldies like me, it’s a sweatbox with loads of pillars blocking the view so if you’re not down the front you aren’t seeing anything.

Supported by Soilworks and some other band we didn’t see.

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Lokerse Festival, Lokeren, Belgium

Line Up:

  • Garbage
  • Trixie Whitley
  • Neil Finn
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Liverpool FC v FC Barcelona, Wembley Stadium, London

Educated Barca in how to play football :)

4-0 to The Mighty Reds

Report: BBC

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Ginger Wildheart, Brooklyn Bowl, O2 Arena, London

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#Cantina, Brooklyn Bowl, O2 Arena, London

Ash played a “Secret” gig in the build up to their 1977 tour, this show was part of a special event put on by Star Wars fans, for Star Wars fans. This I never noticed when I purchased the ticket so I was expecting to see loads of people dressed as Stormtroopers or Jedi’s. Only a handful were dotted around the venue, and most of these were part of the staff so it was pretty much like a normal gig.

All 3 bands had a Star Wars vibe going through them with the night set into a trilogy as both toy adverts and clips were beamed around the venue on giant screens while the crew were setting up the stages. Each band was introduced with their own opening crawl. The event was really well put together. The money raised went to the Alzheimer’s Society, if only AXS UK would also donate their rip off £3.50 fee to collect a ticket as well.

Blues Harvest were a really entertaining covers band, I wouldn’t mind catching them again to be honest. Really enjoyable for a support band.

Next up were Darth Elvis and The Imperials, this is where the evening really went to new levels… They are all dressed in Star Wars outfits, while the singer is a cross between Darth Vader and Elvis, highly entertaining and their re-work of Green Day’s Welcome to Paradise is classic!

Now onto the main act and the reason I’m here, Ash. I saw Ash on their 1977 tour back in 1997 and that gig still remains as one of the best shows I can remember. I’ve since seen them a few times over the years but I’ve never felt they have matched that energy of that show in Astoria. Last night proved they are still great musicians and still great to see live. The set was full of classics from their debut album 1977 and the Trailer Ep with just a couple of other hits thrown in.

Marks daughter (I think), Scarlett joined them onstage during Kung Fu for a lightsaber battle.

Overall this was a great gig for a last minute purchase considering I grabbed one the day before. I had considered to go to their forthcoming Round House show but never got a ticket in time so it was a real bonus getting this one.

Line Up

  • Ash
  • Darth Elvis and The Imperials
  • Blues Harvest

A quick note on the venue. The Brooklyn Bowl is a bowling alley by day within the O2 Arena, I was unsure how it would work as a music venue but they have done a really good job with it, it’s also interesting that you can watch the band from the side of the stage as well.

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EURO 2016, Italy v Republic Of Ireland, Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille, France

Italy 0 – 1 Republic Of Ireland

This was probably the best game we attended of the tournament but there was a problem. A massive storm was due to hit Lille just as the game was about to start so as a precaution the decision was made to close the roof. Of course the storm never hit, instead that appeared over London and the stadium became this massive sauna. Vinny was falling asleep, I was yawning like mad and eventually had to go get some air in the stadium concourse.

Ireland totally dominated a changed Italian team and deserved the win. Italy still had the quality to win this match but never really got out of second gear for longer than 30 seconds. When they did however they looked dangerous. Italy could win Euro 2016.

We had 2 spare tickets for this game and we managed to sell them to 2 Irish fans who decided the day before to travel over for the match, their plan was to watch it in some pub. I persuaded them to part with €160 euros and they joined us in the stands. They both agreed that they were glad I did as they really enjoyed the experience of the game. When they won they thanked and hugged us saying it was the best €80 they have ever spent.

Ireland progressed to the next round as the best place 3rd team.

Report: BBC

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EURO 2016, Northern Ireland v Germany, Parc des Princes, Paris, France

Northern Ireland 0 – 1 Germany

Northern Ireland fans I applaud you. You were incredibly entertaining on the metro to the stadium, even more well behaved with your bottles of wine outside the stadium, and you stayed on mass at the final whistle, for almost an hour despite your loss singing Will Griggs on Fire.

The game, like all the ones we attended so far at Euro 2016 was average at best.

Report: BBC

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EURO 2016, Slovakia v England, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint Étienne, Loire, France

Slovakia 0 – 0 England

England absolutely dominated this game from start to finish but just couldn’t break down the Slovakians. I feel that we as a country have gone backwards during this tournament. England had a 100% perfect qualifying campaign winning every single match, yet we hit a major tournament and everything goes out the window and we fail to break down teams.

One thing which is good for LFC fans is that Adam Lallana has been Englands best player at Euro 2016 by a mile. I think Woy cocked up during this game, during the first part of the first half he dominated the left side of the pitch and easily had the pace on Martin Skrtel. Woy moved him more centrally and I felt we lost a big part of our game by doing this. Martin Skrtel eventually won Man of the Match.

Side note: The crowd was 85% England fans who were by far the loudest I’ve ever heard them.

Report: BBC

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