Victorious Festival [Day 1], Portsmouth

Victorious Festival, Portsmouth line up

On arrival I thought the site was really badly laid out after finally working out where all the stages are I decided this wasn’t the case, better signage would help in the future.

I arrived around 6:30 as I didn’t fancy spending the entire day in Portsmouth watching bands I didn’t care for. I’m glad I did as it was pissing it down when I arrived and the place was starting to look like a swamp.

I caught a bit of The Frattellis who sounded pretty good but I wanted to catch The Subways who put on a great set. 

Primal Scream were next and to be honest I felt they were poor. The crowd also didn’t seem that into them either which I thought was odd.

The night ended with Grant Nicholas, the only reason why I came down here to be honest. As with all the previous solo shows I’ve seen he was excellent. Grant was ten minutes late going on stage due to a few teething problems with the sound check and the small crowd had started to heckle him. I thought the crowd was going to turn out to be a nightmare but the vast majority were silent throughout the set. 

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Cancer Bats, 100 Club, London

Circle pits in the 100 club, need I say more?

Line Up:

  • Cancer Bats
  • Krokodil
  • Relics
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Beatsteaks, Koko, Camden, London

This was a cracking gig, didn’t expect it to be as good as this to be honest. While Sonic Boom Six isn’t really my cup of tea, they did manage to get the crowd going a fair bit. Headliners Beatsteaks I know very little about, they aren’t that massive here in the UK, in Germany they are. The crowd was about 75% German as this gig at Koko allowed the fans to see them in a much smaller venue than they are used to playing.

Line Up

  • Beatsteaks
  • Sonic Boom Six
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Euro Hockey Championships, Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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Never went to this in the end as I managed to get tickets to The Ashes on the same day. To be honest, I could have done this as the cricket ended early, but I wasn’t feeling amazing and also didn’t really feel like going by myself.

  • France V Belgium
  • Netherlands V England
  • Ireland V Germany
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The Ashes, England v Australia, The Oval, London

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My first ever cricket match and we won a little pot. Never saw a lot of action as England were all but out and had a mountain to climb in order to get Australia to bat again. It also rained for a couple of hours. Would like to see some Twenty20 Cricket at some point as I think I’d enjoy that more than the test match format.

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Report: BBC

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Halestorm, Koko, Camden, London

A Wild Evening With Halestorm part 2

A far better show than the previous nights entertainment in Liverpool.

Mz. Hyde
Familiar Taste of Poison
Rock Show
I Get Off
Here’s to Us

Scream
I Am the Fire
Sick Individual
Amen
Dear Daughter
New Modern Love
Mayhem
Bad Girl’s World
Gonna Get Mine
The Reckoning
Apocalyptic
What Sober Couldn’t Say
Jump the Gun
I Like It Heavy

Encore:
Drum Solo
Love Bites (So Do I)
It’s Not You
Unapologetic
Freak Like Me
I Miss the Misery

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Halestorm, 02 Academy, Liverpool

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A Wild Evening With Halestorm part 1

This wasn’t the greatest of shows by Halestorm, it had a lot of stops and starts while they worked their way through a set for the first time.

They also played a minute or so of Come As You Are by Nirvana and Enter Sandman by Metallica.

Setlist
Freak Like Me
I’m Not an Angel
In Your Room
I Get Off
Here’s to Us
Rose in December

Scream
I Am the Fire
Sick Individual
Amen
Dear Daughter
New Modern Love
Mayhem
Bad Girl’s World
Gonna Get Mine
The Reckoning
Apocalyptic
What Sober Couldn’t Say
I Like It Heavy

Encore:
Love Bites (So Do I)
It’s Not You
The Hand
I Miss the Misery

Encore 2:
A Hard Day’s Night

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Standon Calling Festival [Day 2], Standon

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What a strange festival this is… It’s like a family fun day, with shite music. Families with kids everywhere which isn’t a bad thing as long as there’s loads to do for them. You can even take your dog in with you as they also sell dog tickets, and many did! I should explain it was a really late call to go to this one, and despite not knowing anyone on the line up I thought it could be interesting to check out some new music, and if there wasn’t much well I’d still see The Dandy Warhols anyway.

On arriving it seemed like a normal kind of festival. The difference being today was fancy dress with everyone in Western style fancy dress to match the Wild West town that had been built on site.

Do Me Bad Things were the first band we watched and they had a pretty solid set. Everything else thereafter was like someone who would have made the top 50 on X Factor but not the live shows. Shocking… By 6pm we had had enough and decided to head back to London so we never got to see the band we knew.

Our tickets we pretty much got buy 1 get 1 free more or less but on exchange our day tickets become weekend tickets somehow as we were given weekend wristbands, so in theory I could back tomorrow and catch Basement Jaxx,

I won’t be.

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Ramblin’ Man Fair [Day 2], Mote Park, Maidstone

Very surprised by this day. Simon left for Boston early so Ady and I held off leaving home as it was absolutely chucking it down in London in the morning. Arriving at the site Blue Pills were already on stage so we only caught their final song, they sounded really good. We then grabbed a quick pint from the beer festival tent, something that in all honestly is one of the best things I’ve seen at a festival.

Icelandic band Solstafir were up next, they had some good sound, not a clue what they were singing about mind you. The Quireboys were solid and put on a decent set. Temperance Movement & Rival Sons both put on good shows for a crowd standing in the rain.

Then it was Seasick Steve, the only artist performing that day who I knew anything by. He for me was the performer of the weekend, a really enjoyable set which the crowd loved.

We then headed to see the remainder of Ian Anderson’s set, via that beer tent. He just made me think about what the fuck he must have taken in the 60’s and 70’s, is he still on some crazy trip that has lasted 50 years?!

The day ended with Gregg Allman, for me he was OK and was good to see something different but his set for me felt it needed more energy.

The strangest thing about the whole day was the rain. It was incredibly fine rain the whole day more or less apart from for about 5-10 minutes in the afternoon. Despite being out in the rain the whole day we weren’t at all wet, quite dry in fact. It was almost as if the rain had evaporated before it hit the ground.

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Ramblin’ Man Fair [Day 1], Mote Park, Maidstone

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A freebie from Simon who won the tickets.

The performance from Anathema was the best of the day for me, didn’t know anything by them and they seemed to have a pretty solid set.

Scorpions also seemed to have a decent set, but I’m pretty sure they’d normally have a far better set than they did today.

Decent site for the festival itself with good parking, my local knowledge of Maidstone allowed for a quick escape after the gig. If they hold the festival here again in the future they should consider moving the second stage, or putting it inside a large tent as the sound bleeds into the main stage area which isn’t ideal. Overall pretty impressed for a first effort.

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