An Acoustic Evening with Andy Cairns, The Borderline , London

I was ill so worked from home to try and shake a nasty cold which I had, it worked well enough so I rocked up and had a great time. The acoustic show itself was fantastic with a couple of guest appearances including Chris Mccormack from 3 Colours Red.

As the gig neared it’s end this was happening, so my phone started going nuts and eventually ran out of battery at 13-13 so I no idea if Liverpool had won or not!

For £15 this show was such good value for money, I’d have happily paid double that I think.

West Ham United FC vs Liverpool FC, Boleyn Ground, London


West Ham United 3 – 1 Liverpool
What a shocking performance from Liverpool. The first ten minutes had some of the worst defending I’ve ever seen in my life. There’s few words I can say apart from shell shocked to be 2 down inside 7 minutes to West Ham.

It really worries me that we signed over £100m of talent in the summer yet we are totally dependent on Sterling having a good game, which to be fair to him he did. The only player who I felt fit to wear the shirt.

The £16m signing of Mario Balotelli needs to be dropped to give him a massive kick up the arse. How can he be more lazy than when he was at Manchester City I do not know. He lost the ball on the half way line for the second goal and rather than chasing after it, stood still then walked 2 paces, by which time the ball was on the edge of our area and heading goal bound. This is a player who if he plays to his true potential will be absolutely worshipped on Merseyside yet he’s doing it by remaining a cult player off the pitch. His “Man Utd … LOL” tweet helps fuel that with the fans but in all honesty I’d rather see it on the pitch.

Our defence is another thing all together. If it cost us the title last season it will cost us the top four this. Lovren I remain unconvinced by, he had an amazing game against Spurs yet has been error prone since. We sold both Agger and Kelly who I feel are better than anything we have got since, I just don’t get it!

The second half we were a much the better side, but were still second best… we were leaving massive gaps at the back and by the time Downing (yes Stewart Downing!) tore our defence apart, I’d had enough and was walking. I heard the roar but didn’t see the goal as I clambered over seats previously occupied by Liverpool fans in the home end.

I take nothing at all away from West Ham, they were by far the better side and totally deserved their win.

Once again for the 3rd season running the ticket price for this game was crazy. This season it cost Seventy five pounds, last year it was £65, and the season before £55, will next year be £85?

Goal Scorers:

  • West Ham United: Reid [2] Sakho [7] Amalfitano [88]
  • Liverpool: Sterling [26]

Report: BBC

Liverpool FC v Borussia Dortmund, Anfield, Liverpool

Three of us headed up in the car as it was almost £300 for the trains, we ended up leaving late which put us behind, stacks of rain, a number of delays on the way all combined with the early kick off, meant we missed the game :(

Liverpool FC 4 – 0 Borussia Dortmund

Goal Scorers:

  • Liverpool: Sturridge, Lovren, Coutinho, Henderson

Match report: BBC

Emirates Cup, The Emirates, London

Valencia CF 2 – 2 AS Monaco FC
Didn’t see much of this one as we were drinking in the stadium and really confused at the same time as the TVs were showing the match from the other side of the stadium so everything was back to front

Goal Scorers:

  • Valencia CF: Carvalho 37′ (o.g.), Alcácer 69′
  • AS Monaco FC: Vezo 30′ (o.g.), Ocampos 80′

Match report: Gooners

Arsenal FC 5 – 1 SL Benfica
Easy victory for Arsenal in this one. Campbell
Goal Scorers:

  • Arsenal FC: Sanogo 26′, 44′, 45+1′, 49′, Campbell 40′
  • SL Benfica: Gaitán 61′

Match report: gooners

Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth

A late call to come to this one. A few years back Therapy? played Troublegum in full for the first time, this year they played Infernal Love.

Metallica are of course the big draw at this years even playing their On Demand set chosen by the fans so this should be one epic show not to be missed.

I spotted Kerbdog were playing a few days before the festival nestled away on the Bohemia tent. They are one of the bands from my youth who I fucking loved! They have a new Pledge Music project so if you like them get on it.

Calling Festival 2014, Clapham Common, Clapham, London

Simon asked a week before if I fancied going to see Aerosmith at the weekend as it was buy 1 get 1 free on the tickets. As The Jezabels were also playing I thought why not.

Both The Jezabels and Aerosmith put on good sets worth the ticket price alone which was great as the rest of the festival was pretty dire.

Richie Sambora was the only other act I thought put on a good show, people were into Thunder, not knowing any of their material I wasn’t.

Line up
Toseland, Lonely The Brave, Tax The Heat, Chantal Claret, Joe Bonamassa, Thunder, Radkey, Heaven’s Basement, Aerosmith, The Jezabels, Walking Papers

Camden Rocks, Camden, London


For twenty five quid this multi venue, multi band festival is a great deal, one I’ll be doing again in the coming years.

The Virginmarys were the stars of the day playing three shows at The Forge, Dingwalls and the aftershow at Underworld. I managed to catch all of them with the acoustic one at Forge being the best.

Ginger had performance of the day although had I managed to catch the whole of the acoustic Terrorvision show I think that may have stole the title.

Other shows I caught included New Device, Sonic Boom Six, Nine Black Alps and The Xcerts in the Jazz Cafe who I thought had a great vibe to them.

As with all festivals you never manage to see all the bands you want. I’d have loved to seen The subways and as mentioned the whole of Terrorvision but sadly that wasn’t going to happen as i wanted to see all 3 Virginmarys shows.


My travels for Music & Football