Live Music Reviews: 2017/18 Roundup

As I’ve mentioned on countless occasions throughout this blog, I have a big passion for live music and love attending gigs and festivals. The past 14 months has been jam-packed with music events. Below is a roundup of my live music reviews in winter 2017 and 2018:

1. The Pigeon Detectives

The day was Tuesday, 31 October 2017 and it was the beginning of my autumn/winter marathon of music gigs. First on the list were The Pigeon Detectives at the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth

Emma & Kristy at Pigeon Detectives

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2. Scouting For Girls

I would have to admit out of the mammoth of gigs this year, this is awarded as my guilty pleasure show of the year.

Scouting For Girls, the pop-rock boy band from London, performed at the O2 Academy in Bournemouth.

Scouting For Girls

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3. The Kooks

Alternative rock band, The Kooks, were playing at the Motorpoint Arena in the city. Luckily the venue was walking distance from the hotel but as it was winter, we had to wrap up warm.

The Kooks

Rrad: The Kooks

4. Royal Blood

Tonight was the turn of Brighton rock duo Royal Blood at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC).

Royal Blood

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5. Kasabian

The final stop of my 2017 gig marathon was with Leicester boys Kasabian at The O2 Arena in London.


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6. Thirty Seconds to Mars

After an extremely long 115 day wait, I finally begun my 2018 gig campaign. First stop, Thirty Seconds To Mars at The O2. It was filled with a lot of singing and a lot of jumping (well shaking in my wheelchair!) The show was jam-packed with raving rifts, booming bass, dexterous drumming and vibrant vocals throughout.

30 seconds to mars

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7. The Wombats

This is a short and sweet review of a short and sweet performance. My overall feeling after watching The Wombats live was that I felt “So happy! So happy! So happy!” The band from Liverpool were energetic, lively, joyful and thoroughly entertaining.

The Wombats

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8. Foo Fighters

In my opinion, Foo Fighters are the greatest live band I’ve ever seen. I first saw them live at Reading Festival 2012 and fell in love with them. I then saw them again in Milton Keynes in 2015 and they still blew me away. Last week at London Stadium was my third time of seeing them live and still outstanding. Every riff, chord, drum beat and vocal is so powerful and memorising.

Foo Fighters

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9. Victorious Festival

Victorious Festival is a three day music event that takes place in Portsmouth, on the south coast of England, over the August Bank Holiday weekend. I attended on the Sunday, hoping to enjoy a summers day watching the likes of Reverend & the Makers, Lucy Spraggon, Embrace, plus many more.

Kristy & Emma at a very wet victorios festival

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10. Arctic Monkeys

The date was Sunday 9th September, the venue was The O2 Arena in London and the star act performing were indie-rock band, the Arctic Monkeys.

Arctic Monkeys

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11. Editors

This gig was a spontaneous night out for me after my friend, who currently lives in Bristol, had an extra ticket available. I admit I wasn’t a huge fan of this band and only knew a few songs, so I didn’t really know what to expect. However, inviting me was the best decision and their performance was incredible!

Read: Editors

12. Jeff Lynne’s ELO

On Saturday 20th October, I went back in time to the world of 70’s rock music and experienced the electronic guitars, colourful lighting and orchestral magic of Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO

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13. Courteeners

Last week I attended my final live music event of 2018 to see Manchester band Courteeners perform at O2 Guildhall Southampton.

Read: Courteeners


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