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