Iron Maiden, O2 Arena, London

“Stiliyan Petrov” once again provided us with First to the barrier entry, he’s a good lad 🙂

The O2 now has increased security following the Manchester Arena attack. Airport scanners have been introduced at the main entrance to the O2. You then go through the original second set entering the venue itself.

The ticketless entry worked well again, although I it was better organised in Birmingham, however the two arenas are very different with the O2 itself being multi purpose.

Shinedown were once again pretty decent and much better than the time I saw them at Wembley Arena.

The crowd seemed to be full of Germans and 2 annoying Spanish girls, sorry I mean cunts right behind us. Seriously if you’re in the 2nd or 3rd row at a gig you don’t need to try and force your way into the rows in front. If you’re that type of person, behave and stop being a shit.

Maiden were decent again, but the unnecessary pushing made it slightly less enjoyable than the Birmingham show for me.

Line Up:

  • Iron Maiden
  • Shinedown

Iron Maiden, NIA Arena, Birmingham

Iron Maiden

Went to the wrong venue but that’s OK Bruce almost did as well… Got early entry thanks to Stiliyan Petrov… Punched a vicar then moshing with him.

So it all started when we incorrectly thought the venue was the arena at the NEC. I personally thought that the NIA had been knocked down years ago to make way for offices or some shit, it hasn’t and is a 20 minute drive away from the NEC so try not to make that mistake. We grabbed an Uber and the guy was great getting us there as quickly as possible.

Once there we found the first to the barrier line and tried to secure some wristbands via Kristina’s friend Stiliyan who had entered the contest on our behalf and won. Having just driven past Villa Park Kristina called him Stiliyan Petrov by accident, it didn’t matter as we still got the passes. We were one of the last in the queue but that was OK and second row secured.

The gig itself was much better than the previous time I’d seen Maiden at Sonisphere somewhere around 2010. Shinedown was also way better than the previous time I saw them.

Oh yeah the vicar, complete with dog collar, not a fake one either, he really was The Rockin’ Reverend (I’m trademarking that). Anyway I managed to punch him trying to grab a plectrum lobbed into the crowd! He was cool with it, unlike when the dude behind him said “Jesus Christ”.

Line Up:

  • Iron MAiden
  • Shinedown

Sonisphere Festival, Knebworth




I was slightly disappointed by this festival. Sonisphere 2010 had an awesome line up but so many bands had an off peak performances. Highlights were Apocalyptica, Renegades (Feeder), Rammstein, Skunk Anansie, Terrorvision and Therapy?

The setlist belonged to Therapy? who played their Troublegum album from start to finish for the first time ever. Their show had to be restarted twice as they blew the power, they were then told to turn it down a little later. I’ll be seeing this same set again in November at the HMV Forum.

I ended up camping at this one, something I said I’d never do again after Reading Festival in 98. I’ll never camp at a festival again.