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Temples, The Boston Arms 20 June 2013

I’m usually quite a fan of seeing gigs at The Boston Arms, but there were a few things at the Temples/Charlie Boyer & The Voyeur gig earlier in the week that just didn’t sit right with me.  Gig itself was fantastic, I have nothing to complain about there!  For starters on the bad stuff though, they did a bag check upon entrance.  Fine, no worries, but I still went through with my camera and spare lens (AND point and shoot camera that I bought along ‘just in case’).  We positioned ourselves to the front left of the raised stage where there was a bit of space, and while we were there the security guard confiscated at least three people’s cameras off them, both professional and point and shoot.  Not sure if they were taking video footage or just photos, but I wasn’t taking any chances so only snapped when I knew he wasn’t around.  This is a massive irk in the first place, but when you have a kid right up the front filming the entire CB&TV gig on an iPhone, without break, it just gets a little silly.  Why allow that but not allow point & shoot/professional cameras?  Why allow a low-quality film of the gig and not a high one?  I could tell the security was watching me waiting to pounce, but he didn’t because I wouldn’t snap when he was around.  Managed to get a decent amount of photos too, ha!  Annoyance number two – no air conditioning.  I don’t think I’ve sweated so much at a gig before in my life (and I’ve been to plenty of gigs during summertime in Australia…).  People weren’t really even dancing, probably because it was so incredibly stuffy.  Annoyance number three – a 15 minute wait to get a cider.  Yup, I KNOW they’re only £3.50 (great!) but I’d rather not stand in a line for 15 minutes with sweaty guys rubbing up behind me trying to push in.  Another bar would solve the problem, but where it would go I have no idea.  CB&TV were great.  I’d rather they were on for longer and played everything off their album but I guess it wasn’t their gig!  Will have to see a headline gig of theirs at some stage, loving them at the moment.  Temples were good as well, we were mostly up the back for them because it was so bloody hot we didn’t want to be around people!  No album as yet so only knew a few of their tunes but they played well and the crowd seemed impressed.  You could tell that quite a few of the punters were there because of the Noel Gallagher effect (the clothing/haircuts were a dead giveaway), but all in all a fun gig, despite the annoyances!

I used my Canon EOS 1000D with 50mm and 75-300mm.  Up the back at The Boston Arms you usually get a good view of the band because of the raised stage, so the 75-300 comes in handy.  Only if the lighting is halfway decent… enjoy!

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Jake Bugg, O2 Shepherds Bush 27 February 2013

Back to Shepherds Bush we go.  I’ve said it before, I’m not a fan of going there because it’s so out of the way (for everyone it seems), but this time we had seats, and after getting there about half an hour after doors opened we had one of the best spots in the house.  We caught all of Valerie June‘s set which was impressive, she has a ridiculously brilliant voice on her.  Nice to see a different kind of support act than the usual dime a dozen indie bands.  The crowd in the seats were pretty well behaved, apart from a couple behind us who were I guess on a date, trying to impress each other by laughing overly loudly and chatting incessantly.  An older guy in front of them (there with his daughter) turned around at one stage and gave them a talking to, which seemed to shut them right up!  Other than that, decent crowd, really varied.  We had two old guys (60+) sitting in front of us, one with pocket-sized binoculars which was quite cute.  Jake Bugg was better than I expected.  To be honest I don’t really know what I expected.  Not a single bum note, and his guitar playing was effortless.  He’s clearly not one for smiling – don’t think he cracked a smile throughout the whole set.  When you’re that talented though I guess smiling and crowd interaction is optional… I’d see him again in a second, but I’m not sure I would be willing to pay the ticket price that he can request nowadays.  That’s what you get for having a number one album I guess.

Back to using my Canon 1000D 75-300mm lens, no more point-and-shoots for a while me thinks!  Pictures below, enjoy.

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Gaz Coombes, The Haunt (Brighton) 26 October 2012

For something a little different I went to Brighton with the other half to see Gaz Coombes last Friday.  We could have seen him in London I guess, but we love Brighton so it was a good excuse to go down there, sample some pubs and take in a gig.  The gig itself started early – we managed to miss support band Cave Painting, who we were actually looking forward to seeing!  Bad timing on our part, although when set times aren’t advertised it’s difficult to gauge what time bands are on.  In any case, fantastic gig, one of the best I’ve been to this year.  This was my first time seeing Gaz as a solo artist (previously fronting Supergrass) and he was just brilliant.  All the songs from new album Here Come The Bombs sounded big and meaty with the full band.  We were also privilege to a couple of Supergrass numbers (Sitting Up Straight a highlight), a Fall cover and a Beat cover (Mirror in the Bathroom).  Gaz seems like such a lovely guy, thanking the audience many times for their cheering and clapping.  Next time he’s in London I think I might have to see him again…

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