Europa League Final, Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

SL Benfica 1 – 2 Chelsea FC

Managed to get the tickets via the ballot on which happens around November time, well worth giving it a go.

Goal Scorers

  • SL Benfica: Cardozo 68′ (pen)
  • Chelsea FC: Torres 59′ Ivanovic 90′

Report: BBC

Garbage, Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland

Supervixen / I Think I’m Paranoid / Shut Your Mouth / Why Do You Love Me / Hammering In My Head / Queer / Stupid Girl / Automatic Systematic Habit / #1 Crush / Control / Special / Blood For Poppies / Cherry Lips (Go baby Go!) / Battle In Me / Milk / Push It / Vow / You Look So Fine // When I Grow Up / The World Is Not Enough / Only Happy When It Rains

Line up:

  • Garbage
  • Superbus

Feeder, The Melkweg, Amsterdam, Holland

I ended up crowd surfing at this, something I’d not done for 12 years at least, it was all Ronald’s fault! I’m not sure who else played, I wasn’t there I know that! We managed to get there just in time for Feeder after spending the whole afternoon in Cafe Belgique, the best bar in Amsterdam.

Michel managed to get us totally lost on the way back to Rotterdam by getting on the wrong train. We eventually got in at something like 3am.

The second ticket is my Melkweg membership ticket for November.

Line up

Slash, Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland

WHAT A GIG! This is the best gig I have seen in many, many years! Renegades earlier this year at The Lexington was great for a number of reasons but this was head and shoulders above that.

Slash at Paradiso was simply amazing. Myles Kennedy nailed every single track they played on the album of the year for me. The GN’R tracks performed were fucking amazing, Paradise City was totally mental. I came out of this gig hating Axl Rose more than before, because if Slash and Miles could pull off something as good as they did on the first night of the solo tour then Gun’s N’ Roses in their prime must have been out of this world.

The ticket is signed by the man himself.

Line Up

  • Slash

The Netherlands v England, Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland

Great atmosphere in the ground with the Dutch and English fans mixing which included some good banter with the fans heading to the ground on the metro. So good was the banter that I was pretty shocked a year later when I found out via BBC news that there was a massive fight in Amsterdam during the day between the two sets of fans.

Jermain Defoe scored a couple for England and on each time it was pronounced “Dufoo” by the stadium announcer, the only Dutchman who doesn’t watch Premier League football.