Christmas is nearly here, and back in the summer Mrs Stace and I treated ourselves to our first joint Christmas present. An evening watching a little known band from Teignmouth. Apparently they were recently voted the best band in the world by Q magazine. Not that we are biased, owning all of their albums, but I would have to agree.
So Monday evening we went for a gourmet meal (at BK – for the first time in years and probably the last time for years too!) and joined the other 17000 people or so trying to get in. The organisation was actually very good though, and it wasn’t raining! So inside of 20 minutes or so we were inside, and trying to decide where we were going to stand. Too close and deafen ourselves, or too far away and not see anything.
We got a place, and waited for the opening act (and waited, and waited). Andy Burrows came and did his set of about 30 minutes or so and then the stage hands started preparing the stage for the main act.
In an age where everything is controlled by computer I was amazed to see 4 people still being hoisted up to control the 4 lights for each of the members.
15 minutes later the lights came down and the title track of their new album blasts from the speakers, red lights and mist fills the stage and the crowd starts to go mad.
Out come the guys and the concert starts for real.
Old and new songs played next to each other, sounding just as amazing as I was hoping for!
Then, the centre piece of the stage came to life! An inverted pyramid drops from the ceiling, made from 4 or 5 different levels, and each one a TV screen. And then a monster starts dancing on it. Surreal, but stunning.
Then a few songs later the light shows started:
We spent the evening jumping, waving, dancing and of course being bathed in the sweat of those other 17000 people. But it was so worth it!
Here are the people waiting for the encore replacing lighters with the flashes from mobile phones.
Assuming you are a fan of Space Rock I could not recommend seeing them enough - a great night, and quite cheap for such a concert too!
Something I have always wanted to know. Just what does it feel like to stand on the stage and see all of those people there to watch you play your music, and have almost off of them jumping to your songs?
And there was no ban on cameras, as you may have noticed J At one stage I stopped taking photos as all I could see were camera phones pointing at the stage, really I should have taken one as it was a great sight.
And speaking of cameras…
I still need to do a review of the little camera that I bought for the Christmas market trip at the start of December – these shots were all taken holding the camera above my head and hoping for the best! (Without a flash obviously