Living La Vida Loca…Part Une

After somewhat slacking on the ol’ blog posts for the last couple of weeks, I have a got a whole host of new ones to put up seeing as  I have been literally making the most of every weekend since my Birthday back in January. There’s been not one but two gigs in one weekend, more birthday outings and trips around London and beyond. Living la vida loca indeed…

Bloc Party and the NME Awards Tour 

Bloc Party at Earl's Court 22/02/2013. Photo Courtesy of Kevin Besly.

Bloc Party at Earl’s Court 22/02/2013. Photo Courtesy of Kevin Besly.

On a somewhat Arctic Friday night, we headed to Bloc Party’s one-off gig at Earl’s Court. For most of us, it was the first time that we’d experienced a gig at the venue in West London, which can only possibly be described as what felt like standing in a massive aircraft hangar and the sheer size of it made me feel grateful that I’d already got to see Kele and co up close in Ibiza. Supported by the energetic but slightly wacky Joy Formidable (whose finale drum solo went on for just that little bit too long) they ran through the best of their back catalogue as well as their latest releases from “Four” and promising unrecorded track “Ratchet.” As humble and as charming as ever, Kele addressed the crowd in between each song in his East London lilt like they were still playing at their local, in contrast with the lighting aesthetics and repeated encores that the band are infamous for. They’re currently on a world tour around Australia and the States but if you don’t wanna miss them the next time they’re back on home ground, they’re playing at this year’s Isle of Wight festival on the 15th June 2013.

Saturday night, we were back to our second home in the deep South of London aka Brixton Academy for the final night of the NME Awards Tour. Peace kicked off proceedings with everyone crammed into the venue from the offset (impressive for an opening band) and despite looking like a sixth formers, the Birmingham quartet are destined for great things. Having already supported the likes of The Vaccines, their debut album “In Love,” is out on the 25th of this month. Next up were the eagerly anticipated Palma Violets, who I was especially excited to see and sure enough, they didn’t disappoint. Their set was raucous and high-energy, with everyone going mental to “Best of Friends,” and “Step up for The Cool Cats.” They personally remind me so much of the early days of The Libertines and on the Monday after the gig, they went on to win NME’s Best New Band award. Since their tour, they’ve been absolutely here, there and everywhere from BBC Radio 6 to Soccer AM. I just hope now that they don’t let fame go to their heads!

Miles Kane at the NME Awards Tour, Brixton Academy 23/02/2013. Photo Courtesy of Kevin Besly.

Miles Kane at the NME Awards Tour, Brixton Academy 23/02/2013. Photo Courtesy of Kevin Besly.

Preluding headliners Django Django was Miles Kane, who kept us hanging for the likes of “Inhaler,” “Come Closer,” and “Rearrange,” from his first debut album Colour of the Trap until right of the end of his set (the tease!). Dressed in a white military suit like a modern day Beatle, some would argue that ol’ Miles’ ego is as big as his hair but with some storming tracks on his Give Up EP, it’s no wonder really. He’s in high demand this summer, playing alongside Kasabian for most of their European tour as well as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with Paul Weller, Hard Rock Calling and T in the Park.

Now…if you have only ever listened to Django Django in the comfort of your own bedroom, then you have not experienced them at their best. At. All. Dressed in matching parrot clad shirts (bird prints are so SS13!) and with an emblem of a Potato Smiley flashing on the screens behind them (or potentially pills, depending on your outlook on life) their set was possibly one of the most amazing I’ve seen of an up and coming band in a while. Having consumed a couple of Vodka Redbulls at this point and buzzing from the previous bands, we decided to head straight to the front to get involved in what was more like a bouncy, pogo rave. A nice change from the usual rowdiness of mosh pits that ensue and it was possibly the only gig where I haven’t ended up with beer on my head! Somewhat psychedelic with their electronic-indie sound, it’s hard to sum up in Django Django in a word but what I do know, is that they’re different from most indie-electronic bands and will definitely be ones to watch out for this year. Currently on a US tour, they’ll also be back this summer to play across Europe’s festivals.

We currently haven’t got any gigs lined up for the rest of the month but I think it’s safe to say that a festival will be on the cards this summer!

That’s all for Part Une…coming up: B@1 Shoreditch, my trip to Cambridge and Mother’s Day at Greenwich Market. 

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