I don’t know whether you do too, but I bloody love gigs. Music runs in my family (I can hear my best friend saying the ‘no one runs in your family’ joke right now) and I’ve grown up surrounded by it so gigs hold a lot of value for me – some people prioritise having extravagant possessions, but for me, life is all about experiences.
It all started at the youthful age of 9 where I attended my first concert – wait for it… Pussycat Dolls and Rihanna on their joint tour. I remember being rather amused when they kept filming Rihanna’s bum to put on the big screens – thinking about it now, it was quite an odd thing to do given that the majority of the audience would probably have been female and whilst we can all appreciate a good GIRL CRUSH, it wasn’t really what we went to see. Anyway, I digress… Baby me cried at feeling the bass in my chest (very autistic of me) because I didn’t understand what it was, but once I knew it wasn’t hurting me, I couldn’t get enough of it! Fast forward 11 years and I think it’s one of life’s most unbeatable feelings.
Following that first experience, I learnt how amazing live music was. Since then, I’ve seen Keane, Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran, Passenger, Jack Savoretti, Jamie Lawson, Lionel Richie (‘old people music’ as my friend described it), The Script, The Kooks, Bastille, The Wombats, The View, Circa Waves, Jack Garratt, Peace, Sundara Karma, Tom Odell, Jamie Cullum, John Legend… to name a few!
I think there is something fucking amazing about standing in an arena and hearing everyone singing the same song – it genuinely gives me goosebumps. It’s weird to think that you’ll never meet those however many thousands of people again in your life but you’re all joined by that one moment. One of the best times I experienced this was when I saw Coldplay in Glasgow last year – everyone was belting out ‘Fix You’ and it was one of those moments you just know you’ll never forget.
Freddie Mercury was one of the singers most well known for getting the audience going and singing along – this clip has become one of his most iconic moments and let’s be honest, you can see why! I think it sounds bloody incredible. Notice how he doesn’t do any of that ‘wow, I can’t hear you’ pantomime shit – I genuinely CANNOT be doing with that!
To be fair though, I love gigs because there’s always a couple of nutters or people who just look like you’d never see them there. I once went to see ‘Thriller’ live on the West End – it’s just full of Michael Jackson songs, everyone was up SHAKING THEIR THANGGG and the guy sat next to me for the WHOLE performance apart from when ‘Dirty Diana’ came on, at which point he just stood up and bobbed his head a bit. Then, when I saw John Legend (only a couple of days ago) three women behind us danced to every single song including the really slow ones, but even then, they were dancing at a high speed???? Ahhh, I do love people.
I just think it’s bloody wonderful to see everyone having the time of their life – seeing Mumford & Sons was a classic example of this, they played ‘I Will Wait’ and I kid you not, everyone in eyesight was jumping up and down and singing along. You just can’t beat experiences like that.
What’s been the best gig of your life? Who’s on your ‘MUST SEE…’ list?
Stacks of love,
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