Suede are fantastic, aren’t they? I mean, they’re really fantastic. Over the past 20 or so years since I’ve been a fan (what – 20 years? HOW OLD ARE YOU?!? I know, I know…) I’ve never seen them live. I had the opportunity a couple of years ago when I first moved to London, but decided against it for some reason, probably because the person I was with wasn’t really a fan and didn’t want to go with me. What a bellend. A few months ago it was announced they would do a gig at the gorgeous looking Alexandra Palace, which is renowned for its ‘long, flat floor’ and ‘terrible sound’, but the decision was made, friends rounded up and off we went. Unfortunately we missed Temples, but caught all of Spector’s spectacle (I don’t mean that in a good way – sorry, I just can’t like them). We were in a great spot for Suede and managed to keep it that way until bladders were too full to cope anymore. Brett LOVES performing live, doesn’t he? If he doesn’t, he was doing a damn fine job of pretending at Ally Pally. Swinging his hips, whipping his mic and jumping on speakers the whole evening. The rest of the band were fantastic of course, but Brett was the star, with the spotlight on him the whole time. The backdrop was awesome – screens of various singles/album covers depending on what was being played at the time.
Ally Pally wasn’t that bad either, the sound was fine both near the front and up the back, and I could see the band the entire time as the stage was quite high (as were my shoes). The ‘rules’ of Ally Pally state that you can’t take in removable lens cameras, so I ended up taking my Nokia point and shoot in with me. Bit annoyed when I saw a girl walk out of the toilets with a Canon DSLR, complete with massive zoom lens, hanging around her neck. Next time… The gig was brilliant, and left me wondering why I haven’t tried harder to go and see Suede when they toured last time. Here are a couple of photos taken with my Nokia that you can almost make out Brett in them. Enjoy!