My year in live music

January: I had exams. It was no fun.

February: It was cold. These first few months of the year were really uneventful….

March: I saw Chris Garneau play at the Borderline.

April: I saw Nicole Atkins’ first ever UK show at the Soho Revue Bar.

May: I saw Kimya Dawson play in a cinema in Brighton, and Chris Garneau play at the Camden Barfly in London.

June: I had exams and missed Cat Power playing with Beach House. I’m still sad about that.

July: I went on holiday and travelled around lots so I got to listen to tons of music. I bought the 50mm f1.8 lens in New York (which would later be utilised loads when I moved to London!).

August: I came back from holiday and then got my exam results, I got way better than I expected which meant I got into Cass Business School, in the centre of London. I start deaming of the musical possibilities!

September: I saw Two Gallants play at the Amersham Arms. It was an awesome show and I met Pekka from Finland who came all the way from Helsinki to see the show. I moved to London, discovered Pure Groove is 10 minutes down the road and saw Sam Isaac, HeartsRevolution, Ladyhawke and Those Dancing Days play free instore gigs.

October: This is where gigging overload starts. I won wristbands for Concrete and Glass and saw Bodies of Water, Frightened Rabbit, O’Death, Port O’Brien, Anni Rossi and Kid Harpoon. I saw Simon Bookish, Jeremy Jay and Screaming Tea Party play instore gigs. I went to the Luminaire to see Chris Garneau for the third (and best) time this year. THEN, the best week of music ever ensued. On Monday I saw of Montreal at Rough Trade East, which was fantastic. Then after that I went to see Turner Cody with Rhiannon at the Slaughtered Lamb. Tuesday, I saw James Yuill at lunch, then the epic Bodies of Water at Cargo in the evening. On Wednesday I went to two free gigs, at lunch I saw Apollo Sunshine and at dinner I saw The Dears. Then on Thursday I saw Eugene McGuinness and of Montreal (and met Chalky and Crazy Bob). Then on Friday I met up with Alicia and we saw Jenny Lewis. It was out of this world. And then we met Jenny! Best week ever. After that week, I saw Anni Rossi at the Borderline, Sky Larkin do a free instore, El Guincho at Rough Trade, Tilly and Slow Club at ULU (where me and George had our cameras taken from us- grrr). I went to see Yo Majesty for free. It was funny.

November: I saw Mumford and Sons and was super impressed at how amazing they are. I saw Langhorne Slim at the Borderline. I missed out on Fleet Foxes but I got a ticket for Okkervil River and the Dodos, where I met up with Crazy Bob and met John and Adam. I saw Emmy the Great at Rough Trade and told her she was great. I also saw Chairlift and Jay Jay Pistolet. I went across the road to see Wodpigeon and Babel play, and met Mark from Woodpigeon while sitting on the sofa. Andrew Bird and Woodpigeon at the epic St Giles church. I saw Jeffrey Lewis at the Brixton windmill, I had sent him my comic and we talked and he drew me a picture in my book. I went to the ridiculously fun I’m From Barcelona show, Soko was the support and I was really impressed by her. I saw Women at Pure Groove and Gary Louris and Mark Olson at Rough Trade. I saw Psapp bandstand busking and met Padraic.

December: Abe Vigoda at Rough Trade East (as oppose to Deparment of Eagles at Rough Trade West), Beach House and Jana Hunter at Cargo. Then it was another epic week of music, I saw Gregory and the Hawk do a bandstand busking session. The next day I saw Loney Dear do a busk, then in the evening I saw both Gregory and the Hawk at Big Chill House and Loney Dear at the Old Blue Last. The next day I saw the Vivian Girls at Rough Trade, then met Chalky at the Hoxton Bar and Kitchen because she had a spare ticket for Mumford and Sons which she kindly gave me. The next day, after my maths exam, I saw Ora Cogan and the brilliant Alessi’s Ark at the tiny Wilmington Arms. I returned to St Giles to see Malcom Middleton and James Yorkston, then I saw Slow Club and the Bobby McGees at the Buffalo Bar. This brings me up to today! Next week I’m seeing Mumford and Sons (twice), Laura Marling, Jay Jay Pistolet, Johnny Flynn and more at Fee Fie Foe Fum.

What a fantastic year for me and music. I saw so many wonderful bands and met so many wonderful people :)

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2 Responses to My year in live music

  1. LetMeLikeIt December 15, 2008 at 3:43 pm #

    Wow, how do you find time to do all this!?

  2. anikainlondon December 15, 2008 at 4:27 pm #

    It started getting pretty hectic towards the end of term when I had exams and coursework deadlines, but for the most part I fit it all in quite nicely :) And if you think I’m busy you should see Adam’s giant list!

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