Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Songs at the Scala Cherry Tree

From Diana Vickers 2010

On the fourth night, in five I found myself enjoying the variety of live music to be found in London and another new venue for me - Scala

Tonight it was the owner of the current UK number one album – Diana Vickers. I’m not sure what I expected – X factor finalists have a reputation for being highly manufactured and without the supporting X factor circus failing to deliver. Diana over turned that reputation completely – reviving an audience that had been subdue by the mellow tones of Jamie Cullum over the sound system, and the chill of air conditioning! Every song of the hour long set had the whole audience enjoying themselves – with no exceptions.

My next evening of live music is due to be on the 25th May – I’m sure I can find something between then an now to continue my musical adventure.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sunset at Borderline

From Sandi Thom 2010

Sandi Thom failed to be clich├ęd by reprising Sunset Borderline during her appearance at a venue that might have made it difficult to resist! This was my third night of live music in four nights – with a further evening to come. Borderline was a new venue for me – a nice contrast to the scale of the two O2 sponsored venues of the previous evenings. I was lucky enough to get there early enough to grab a prime spot right next to the stage – the pillar in the middle of the floor could have spoilt the view had the venue been packed.

The music was rather more bluesy than the two albums I’ve enjoyed listening to for a while – but that was done very well – and anything guitar based ticks the boxes for me. The acapella duet with Lindsey Cleary that was left to the encore was a revelation.

Monday, May 03, 2010

99 Luftballoons Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont

From Nena 2010
I only knew one track from Nena - 99 Red Balloons, but that is one of the songs from 80’s Top of the Pops that I clearly recall – looking back the staging of the song with a singer in the middle of I presume 99 balloons of the colour red wasn’t exactly creative!

This is the first time I’ve been to a gig where none of the lyrics where in English – most of the audience was German. But despite not understanding any of the lyrics – other than the German for 99 red balloons, it was a great evening of rock!

The only disappointment was, apparently at the instruction of Nena herself, a fairly rigorously enforced ban on photography – stealth had to be used to avoid a flash light being pointed towards you by the bouncers who where eagerly enforcing the policy! At least the policy didn’t discriminate – even use of camera phones induced a wave of the flash lights!