23.05.2014 Arctic Monkeys, Tame Impala, Miles Kane - Finsbury Park
Some gig I didn't go to.
Rightly or wrongly I always had a feeling of "the one that got away" with the Arctic Monkeys. I had tickets to see them at the 300-capacity Chinnery's on their last "small tour" in 2005, just before they hit the very big time, but my daughter was born the previous day so I gave the tickets away to a friend. (Probably a good idea, with or without hindsight). Instead, I'm trundling along 9 years later to see them in a fenced off part of London's green belt with 50,000 other people, most of whom have northern accents and all of whom are off their tits.
Some gig I DID go to.
I hadn't got a chance to see them live until I was dragged along to this behemoth of an extravaganza. Not all bad news, I thought - I'd get a chance to see Tame Impala, whose Lonerism album was stuck to my virtyal record player for all of last year.
Sadly - this wasn't the exciting exprience I expected. I've been a bit out of the loop with these kind of "park" gigs and didn't realise there was a "VIP area" which meant that I was unable to access the nearest 100 yards to the stage because I hadn't paid extra on top of what was already an exorbitant ticket price. As a result I was unable to hear the subtle nuances of the pyschedelic Aussie's set due to all of the drugged-up boneheads talking and shouting at each other all around me.
The AM experience itself was workmanlike but not spectacular.
The highlight of the evening was probably walking to the pub near the station at the end of the set. I can't remember seeing so many drunk or drugged people wandering into the road in front of incoming traffic either. Pretty sure one of them got his arm broken by a passing car, but he soldiered on all the same.
Needless to say, my photos are not all time classics at this one.
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Last updated 27 December 2014 11:07
I think I'm meant to do an "About" here but I think you'd be more interested in seeing a random seagull.