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Re: best band you've seen this year??

Post by Blonde » Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:24 pm

Gonna use this thread for my top 10 gigs of the year so here goes:

(In no particular order)

The Futureheads - Glee Club, Nottingham, April.
This was the night before Wembley. It was a fantastic gig with The Futureheads either performing a Capella or doing blues grass arrangements of their own songs. They also got their support, The Cornshed Sisters to help on some songs.

Frank Turner - Leamington Spa Assembly, November
Didn't think Wolves could be topped but Leamington had by far the better setlist. The crowd were fab and the security had a sense of humour. They even waltzed during Four Simple Words. The venue itself was beautiful, it's just a shame the club nigh after was shitty

Black Keys - Notts Arena, February
Fabulous set from The Black Keys. Loved how it went back to being just the two of them onstage for the older songs.

Rammstein - Notts Arena, March
My friends wanted to be near the front so we ended up 4th row. They put on a fantastic show.

Muse - Birmingham LG, October
Very happy to see The Joy Formidable supporting. Muse also put on a fantastic live show and it made me fall in love with the new album. Was good to see the bassist doing lead vocals on a song too.

Elbow - Nottingham Arena, November
I thought their show at Jodrell Bank would have beaten this but this gig won because I got my 3 favourite Elbow songs (The Birds, Mirrorball, Fugitive Motel) and they also threw in Grace Under Pressure, which along with Fugitive Motel, they hardly ever play these days.

Max Raptor - Radar Love @ The Venue, Derby, March
Had heard two friends (one being H26) rave about them. Didn't pay them any attention before. They blew me away and became one of my favourite new bands this year.

Billy Lunn (The Subways), Vic Inn, Derby, November
Didn't know what to expect as had only seen The Subways. But it was a fantastic gig. Similar to a Frank gig in that everyone was singing along to every word. He even got a girl out of the crowd to do Charlotte's bits for some songs. The songs translated into acoustic versions really well.

Captain Dangerous, Rescue Room, Nottingham,
This was their album launch and they had an 18 piece orchestra with them for the occasion. With a lot of family and friends there (they're a local band) there was an awesome atmosphere in the place.

Lancashire Hotpots - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, November
This was the night after Revival Tour. The two gigs were completely different. I've never had as much fun at a gig as I did this one. As well as the comedy songs, there were puppets and dance routines, peg fights (never understood the reason behind that) and a conga around the venue.
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Re: best band you've seen this year??

Post by Another Round » Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:12 am

Enter Shikari ... although I had a very limited selection to choose from. Hopefully I will be getting to more gigs in 2013 than I did in 2012.
Kingston - 680, SBE - 730, Union Chapel - 770, Kingston 10 - 772, Glastonbury 2010 (Queens Head - 870 / Strummerville - 871), Roundhouse (iTunes 2010) - 881, Strummerville - 1000, Kingston 11 - 1031.

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Re: best band you've seen this year??

Post by tenaciousdazz » Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:37 pm

Quite hard to pick the best gig of 2012 for two reasons; 1) didn't go to a huge number of gigs in 2012. 2) none of them were absolutely outstanding. Only 14 music gigs and one festival in a whole year?? That's pathetic. Anyway, contenders for the best are Frank in Darlington, Steve Vai in Newcastle, Carter USM/Neds Atomic Dustbin at Brixton Academy and PiL headlining Beautiful Days Festival.
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Re: best band you've seen this year??

Post by moomin » Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:38 pm

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Re: best band you've seen this year??

Post by und32 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:26 pm

Bruce Springsteen: The Palace, Auburn Hills, MI, April 12; Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL, Sept. 7; Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL, Sept. 8; KFC Center, Louisville, KY, Nov. 3

The Avett Brothers: Jacobs Pavilion, Cleveland, OH, May 12; The Fillmore, Detroit, MI, May 28; Charter One Pavilion, Chicago, IL, Sept. 28; The Lawn, Indianapolis, IN, Sept. 30

My Morning Jacket: Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Chicago, IL, Aug. 22

Frank & The Souls: Saint Andrew's Hall, Detroit, MI, Sept.11

Neil Young and Crazy Horse: United Center, Chicago, IL, Oct. 11

Band of Horses/Alabama Shakes: Chicago Theatre, Dec. 2

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Re: best band you've seen this year??

Post by filipefreeman » Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:45 pm

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Re: best band you've seen this year??

Post by Winchesterlad » Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:43 pm

In view of the fact that I didn't see Frank in 2012, and went to very few gigs due to a medical problem, I'm going to alienate everyone here by saying Coldplay. Mind you, the Hugh Cornwell acoustic gig was impressive as well. No lasers, though. :?

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Re: best band you've seen this year??

Post by Esso #13 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:59 pm

The best 3 sets I saw in 2012 were:

Frank and The Souls @ Beautiful Days
The Boss @ Hard Rock Calling
Madness @ Westonbirt Arboretum

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Re: best band you've seen this year??

Post by metalyellowman » Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:05 pm

Somehow missed this one, but here goes better late than never
Top 5 2012
Frank Turner Amsterdam Paradiso
Anthrax Oxford 02 Academy
Chickenfoot Brixton
Slash and Tremonti Brixton
Gun Oxford 02
and the funniest Mr Beans on Toast Wembley Arena
Wem Stad,Regal Ox,Borderline,Hippodrome(solo),Roadmender,Hammy O,Paradisio Amst,WemArena,Roundhouse(Solo),Hexagon,LeamSpa,02 Oxford, Pavill Bath,HMV Forum,2000 Trees(Solo),Forum Hatfield,02 Arena,Ynot,St Albans, Oxford,Cecil Sharpe house (book tour)

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Re: best band you've seen this year??

Post by Miamj03 » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:49 pm

2012: Donots (two times :)) and also two times the Dropkick Murphys. No Linkin Park or whatever festival headliner could top them.
And for 2013...surprise, Dropkick Murphys again. Together with Frank Turner.

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Re: best band you've seen this year??

Post by kathi » Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:12 am

top 5 shows of 2012:
2x Rise Against w/ Touché Amoré+Architects;
2x Anti-Flag (supporting Billy Talent)
1x La Dispute/Title Fight/MDAM/IIOI

Dropkick Murphys w/ Frank .
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best band you've seen this year??

Post by Helium » Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:55 pm

Jim Lockey on my birthday in Bristol was awesome. Same again tonight in Manchester and Wednesday in Liverpool :) (I've moved on to 2013 here...)
10: 18/03, 27/08, 04/12, 31/12
11: 17/2, 21/4, 13/5 16/5, 7/7, 26/8 (x2), 24/11, 26/11, 27/11
12: 13/4, 7/7, 12/11, 13/11, 17/11
13: 17/4, 19/4, 11/7, 12/7
14: 7/2, 9/2, 12/2, 28/9
15: 24/3, 27/8, 15/11, 23/11
16: 23/11, 13/12, 15/12
18: 8/5, 13/5

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