Photo of band Idlewild on stage with blue, white and pink lighting

Music is a big part of my life.

So much so that when I started chatting with Mark, one of my first questions was about what music he liked. And as bad as this sounds if he had (in my opinion) pish taste in music we probably wouldn’t have got to a first date!

Luckily for me, and him, his taste in music is good. And very similar to mine. Which is great because it means we never argue over what to listen to in the car. And we love going to gigs together. This year we weren’t meant to go to many gigs. It’s a luxury that really only people with jobs should have, and since I’ve spent most of the year unemployed I didn’t think we would be going to any. However, it ended up that was not the case and we’ve been to our fair share.

Here’s a rundown of our 2017 gigs:

Deftones – SEC Glasgow

Photo of band Deftones on stage with blue/white lighting

Our first gig of the year and I was so hungover! We also had to wait in the longest queue to get in. I enjoyed this gig, but I think Mark enjoyed it more. For me, I was more focused on getting some hangover food after it…

Idlewild – Hidden Door Festival, Leith Theatre Edinburgh

The Hidden Door Festival happens every year in Edinburgh. It’s a non-profit art festival which brings forgotten, abandoned places to life with art and live performances. We got some really last minute tickets to go and see Idlewild. It’s the first time I’ve been to Hidden Door festival and it was also the first time I’d seen Idlewild. The venue really made the night for me, I LOVE abandoned buildings. And although money is being raised to restore Leith Theatre it was very much still a building that had been neglected. It was a great gig from Idlewild, along with performances from Loud Poets and lots of art to see. Hidden Door festival is set to return to Leith Theatre for 2018.

Paramore – Usher Hall Edinburgh

This was my first gig in the Usher Hall, I was surprised how small the venue was on the inside. But this made it really nice and felt like you were at a much more intimate gig than you were. We were stood near the back and I could still see the stage really well. It was also the first time I’ve seen Paramore and they did not disappoint. Plus to make things even better they had Lauren from Chvrches join them on stage. A really fun gig with lots of energy. A band I would love to see again.

Metallica – Hydro Glasgow

Photo of band Metallica on stage with red lighting, cubes hanging from the ceiling with tv screens on them

My ears were ringing for days after this gig! It was amazing. The stage was set in the middle of the floor so people could stand all the way around it. The screens hanging from the ceiling were used well and the gig wasn’t just about the music it was a great performance. Of course, we got beer thrown over us and Metallica broke their curfew but this just added to the experience. Well worth the super expensive tickets and us not getting back home to Fife until almost 1 am.

Brand New – O2 Academy Glasgow – CANCELLED

I was so excited for this gig! I missed seeing Brand New in 2015 and although we saw them last year supporting Biffy it’s not the same as seeing them doing their own gig. Plus with their new album out this year, it was going to be great. We had booked a hotel in Glasgow for the night so we didn’t have to drive home after it which we kept despite the gig not happening. Instead, we saw the Christmas lights being switched on at George Square, went for pizza and beer and the cinema. Still a fun night.

Queens of the Stone Age – Usher Hall Edinburgh

Standing tickets sold out really fast for this so we were sitting for this gig. Normally I would prefer to be standing at a gig but I was pleased to have somewhere to put the one million layers I had to wear because of the cold! Apparently not the first time I’ve seen QOTSA (a bit of a thing with me…!), this is the first time I can remember and it was a great gig. I didn’t have to worry about not being able to see the stage and as well as the entertainment the band provided we got to see some drama happening. Like the guy getting chucked out by bouncers, and the crowd surfers getting hauled over the barrier at the front.

Idlewild – O2 ABC Glasgow

Last gig of the year and it was a good one. More often than not we’re not too bothered about the support acts but when we heard Scott Hutchison was one of them we made sure we got there to see him. Along with Scott was poet Michael Pedersen who was actually hilarious! I wouldn’t say that I’m a big fan of poetry but I really like his. Being early meant that we got a space right at the front! The gig was for the 15th anniversary of The Remote Part so along with other songs the band played the full album.

 

What gigs have you been to this year?

 

The name Kayleigh written in pink cursive font.

Photos taken by me and M Richardson

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