Camden Rocks, Camden, London

I wasn’t going to go to this as I only really wanted to see Andy Cairns of Therapy!

Then…. Feeder were announced as headliners with the added bonus of The Virginmarys so that was enough for me.

First up was Hands Off Gretel at the Underworld, they played a decent set and hand a lot of people in the venue considering the time of day.

Simon, Jim & I make our way down to Koko, a venue which has finally been added to the festival. Jim suggests that we see The Kut in The Crowndale, it’s 3 girls playing some rock, Simon & I aren’t really into it at all so we leave to get a good place in Koko for Royal Republic. Here we catch the end of Moses. They seem to be having fun but this venue is way too big for them at this point in their career.

Royal Republic take to the stage and straight away I’m impressed by what I’m seeing. They command the crowd really well. By far they are easily the band of the day. They announce that they will be returning soon so I’ll be looking out for tickets.

We hot foot it down to Camden Market to catch Ally Dickaty’s (The Virginmarys) solo show. He was playing the Kraken Sound Stage which is inside the market on the fake grassed area. It’s nice to be outside rather than a stuffy venue on this fine day.

I grabbed some food which ended up being uncooked chicken…

Then headed to see Andy Cairns at Proud, he’s 100% solo today even being his own roadie. He jokes the rest of the band are watching the Champions League final, something he himself was doing in one of the stables before the show. He plays another solid set, quite different to the previous time I saw his solo show. He announces that they are heading into the studio to record album number 15 on Monday and then plays a new song. I joke with Ronald on Whatsapp that they are recording album number 15,000.

Unfortunately both The Virginmarys and Feeder clashed, I choose Feeder at Koko to end this year’s festival and was happy I did. I catch the end of The Coral, I only know one song, Dreaming Of You, it’s their final bow as they leave the stage after this.

Feeder put on a solid show, but it’s not as good as when I saw them in Folkestone a couple of months back. I think mainly this is due to where I am in the venue. I’m up top on the same level as the hidden sofas.

I’d checked my phone during the break before the encore I saw there had been another attack in the city. I meet Simon outside and we head home straight away and it’s a good job we did. We made the Northern Line which was later suspended and then managed to get as far as Mile End before the Central Line suffered the same, although this was resumed and we did manage to get to Stratford and home. We knew this was likely to happen as when we got to Bank the announcements were instructing everyone to get back on the trains as there was no exit from the station at all.

Ghost, Koko, Camden, London

Ghost-R800-251115

Great end of the year to a pretty decent 12 months of gigs.

Dead Soul were OK, nothing amazing to be honest but also not shite.

Now on to Ghost, my band of 2015. I love the fact they are doing something totally different, something very unique. Everything about their show has been thought about. Even little things, like making the venue seem like a church, the music before the main set, even burning incense to give it a church feel.

The singer of Ghost is an absolute showman, and is a really funny guy. Can’t wait for the show in March and really kicking myself for not staying at their set in Leeds instead of heading to see Metali-yaaaaaawn….

Line Up:

I end the year of gigs with the following words of advice Go See Ghost.

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.

Set list:

  • Hello Joe
  • Hand in Hand
  • Milk & Honey
  • Mad River
  • Summer
  • Jane Became Insane
  • To Be Strong
  • Shiny Shoes
  • Panic
  • Everything Went Black
  • DNA
  • Cut Off the Top
  • Automatic
  • Cut Off the Top (Reprise)
  • Hey Du (Ilona Schulz cover)
  • Ticket
  • Frieda und die Bomben (Fu Manchu cover)
  • Gentleman of the Year
  • Let Me In
  • I Don’t Care as Long as You Sing

Encore:

  • SaySaySay
  • Sabotage (Beastie Boys cover)

Encore 2:

  • Atomic Love

I missed the second encore as I incorrectly assumed the gig was over, oh well

Line Up

  • Beatsteaks
  • Sonic Boom Six

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

Lacuna Coil, Koko, Camden, London


Grabbed a ticket from a tout outside for this one, the first time I’ve ever done that and got it for £25 after some back and forth which was pretty good considering it was £19 on the ticket. The normal rape fees and postage would have been that anyway.

This is She I thought were great, as were Lacuna Coil until they stopped the set part way through and started doing this acoustic set before returning to the rocky stuff. It kinda ruined the set I think, I’m sure they are doing this to be different but bands do acoustic encores for a reason please take note…

Line up