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Wakey!Wakey!, Casey Shea, To Kill a King Part 2

Firstly, I want to say a big thank you to the Family Records for this really kind blog post – it put a big smile on my face when I read it last night!

http://twitter.com/#!/familyrecords/status/123845324958744576

Yesterday was the second part of our Wakey!Wakey! October tour. Show-wise, it was better than Nottingham, but I have to say I enjoyed Nottingham more – although this had nothing to do with the show or the venue.

The problem was parking in Manchester city centre. After driving round in circles in rush hour traffic for an hour trying to find somewhere to park, and to get TomTom to figure out where we were, we finally found a multi-storey car park. Drove in, parked up, went to walk out and saw a sign that said it closed at 10pm. We knew the gig wouldn’t be over by that time, so we left straight away, but it cost us £3.90 to get out.

After driving round a bit further, we finally ended up in an NCP car park, but that would only let us park for a maximum of 4 hours, meaning we had to leave the gig while Wakey!Wakey! were playing their last song, and couldn’t stay around to meet them again after. We had to walk through the guys from To Kill a King to get out, so I definitely felt rude. The worst part was when we got back to the car park there were only about four cars in there, so I don’t know why they wouldn’t let you pay for more than 4 hours.

The gig was at a place called Night and Day Café, which seemed smaller than the Rescue Rooms, and was infinitely hotter. We were so hot stood watching, it must have been way worse on the stage under the lights. Lets just say everyone looked kinda sweaty – especially Casey who came back out wearing a different shirt shortly after he finished. That being said though, it was a great venue. I love the smaller places – the gigs seem much more intimate, and you’re guaranteed to be able to see the stage.

caseyshea_inyourhead_500x500_mediumAgain, Casey opened the show, and there were more people listening this time, which I was glad about. Another awesome performance, I’m hoping that he may release a stripped back CD with just him and his guitar, I can feel so much emotion when he sings like that.  I also picked up his new CD last night, which is not on iTunes yet. I have a feeling it’s gonna be on repeat for quite a while. I’m also hoping that he may come back to the UK for his own tour, so that he can play for longer than just the opening act!

To Kill a King had some equipment issues last night. Firstly, there were guitar cable problems and there was a quick scrabble to find another cable while they were still playing the first song. Then there was a drum issue, which meant that they had to improvise and play a song without the drums. I have to say, they played on really well despite the issues and performed another cracking set.

http://twitter.com/#!/ToKillAKingUK/status/123863401654005760

Wakey!Wakey! performed more songs last night than they did in Manchester (they didn’t have to finish at 10, which was great). They played a few more new songs, which I love already, and of course the old songs with most of the audience singing along. There were a lot more stories last night too, including a story of Casey Shea’s wild Karaoke adventure on the first night of the tour in Canada. The only thing that could have been better would be if we hadn’t had to leave early.

We’ll have to bear that in mind for our next gig in Manchester – Pearl and the Beard on the 5th November. Really can’t wait for that – tickets are only £5 too!

 

Wakey!Wakey!, Casey Shea, To Kill a King Part 1

A.K.A ‘I don’t know any executives…’

Tonight me and Frank returned back to the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham to see Wakey!Wakey again. We saw them play there in June and it was awesome, and tonight just cranked it up to a whole other level. They’ve redone the stage since last time, and it was much better. We got quite  a lot closer too! Ed Sheeran was playing next door at Rock City and there were massive queues – those people don’t know what they were missing!

Opening the show was Casey Shea. I’d not seen him live before but I love his albums and he definitely did not disappoint. Just one man with a guitar, and boy does he have a great voice (and great hair too). I just wish that he could have played longer and that more people had heard him. Because he was on really soon after the doors opened, the room was not even half full until after he had finished. He sung some songs that I knew and some that I hadn’t heard before, but I was really happy when he finished his set with my favourite song – Love is Here to Stay.

After Casey came To Kill a King. They supported Wakey!Wakey! in June too, just before their single came out. They played a slightly longer (and louder) set than Casey and completely rocked it. Fictional State (their single from June) was brill, and they also played some songs from their upcoming EP – Bloody Shirt is my new favourite. The EP comes out on the 17th.

Then we get to the headline act: Wakey!Wakey! There’s not really much I can say that I haven’t said before – he is amazing! He talks a lot, but he’s hilarious too, and when he sings he just draws you in. I love War Sweater, and the refrain of  ‘What will your legacy be?’ sounds even more powerful live – it’s one of my favourite lines from all his songs. He played a couple of new songs which sounded great – I can’t wait for the new album! He finished his set with my favourite song – ‘Almost Everything’, I love the chorus – ‘It feels bad now but it’s gonna get better’.

After he had finished playing, he hung around after to meet everyone, and I got another autograph and picture. Just a shame that the venue didn’t close later so he could have played longer first.

The only downside to the night was driving home for 2 hours in the pouring rain, with nothing but silence from the passenger seat as Frank fell asleep shortly after we hit the motorway.

The best thing is, we are doing it all again tomorrow (well I guess it’s actually today now) in Manchester!!!

 

Britain’s Got Talent

Last night, I went to the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield to see the Britain’s Got Talent live tour with Vicky. At first I was a bit skeptical about how good it would be because I didn’t remember that many good acts from the show, but it was a really good night! The tickets were bought through a deal on Groupon, so I wasn’t expecting great seats, but although we were on the top deck, we still had a really good view. Only half the arena was being used, so it felt quite close (although my fear of heights made me feel a bit weird when we first sat down)!

There were ten acts in total in the final, so they all performed once, and then some of them came back for a second time, or for a duet. Vicky took her camera with her, so we got a few pictures, but the quality is not that great (she blames the camera but I’m not convinced!)

The funniest act of the night had to be Steven Hall. His dance moves manage to be cringy but also hilarious at the same time. Beyonce, Shakira, Grease – all fantastic. And Vicky’s camera seemed to agree. The best pictures she got were when he was on stage. A very close second was Jean Martin. Her crazy organ playing was just as funny as it was on TV, and when she did the ‘duet’ with Steven Hall, that was awesome!

My least favourite act was Razy Gogonea. He wasn’t bad, but I don’t really like his style of dancing. I could see that he was good, and it did look a lot more impressive live than it did on TV, but I just wasn’t entertained by it – it was all a bit too manic.

We also had Britain’s answer to Justin Bieber (although at least Ronan Parke can actually sing!). For a 12 year old, his voice is really strong, and I loved the songs he sang (especially Feeling Good). The young girls went mental when he came on stage, and he did get more singing time than anyone else (which I don’t think was fair). I did think it was really sweet when Stephen Mulhern got him to sign a poster that a girl had made – although I bet she got mobbed on the way out!

My favourite act of the night was the winner, Jai McDowall. He has a very powerful voice, and he sings the kind of songs that I love – I can see him having a very successful singing career. The genre isn’t really Vicky’s cup of tea, so she didn’t like him as much as she liked Michael Collings. But no matter how much you didn’t like him, you could at least be polite. As he was the winner, they saved him until last, but when he started singing, I couldn’t believe how many people got up and started walking out. I mean, you may not like him, but would it hurt you to stay for ten minutes more? When he first auditioned, he was really nervous, and I still think he has some of that lack of self-confidence. When he was being interviewed by Stephen Mulhern, and when he was talking to the audience, you could hear his voice shaking. That disappeared totally when he started singing though – I loved his version of Bring Me To Life – better than the Evanescence or Katherine Jenkins versions. And his version of Josh Groban’s ‘To Where You Are’, was absolutely fantastic!

All in all, it was a great night – even if we did get absolutely soaked waiting for the tram on the way home (why didn’t we take coats)?

Only one last thing to say, and that is thank you to the polite people of Sheffield. When we were waiting for the tram to take us there, a lady getting off the tram gave me her day ticket, which saved me £4. Then, on the tram on the way back (which was really packed), I was prepared to stand up all the way, but a woman squished up next to her kids so I could sit down – very kind.

Sheffield – You Rock!!

 

F*** Yeah (Sorry Mike’s Mum!)

Okay, so if you are reading this, you’ll know that I don’t really swear that often, but the title of this post will make sense to anyone at the Wakey!Wakey! show tonight.

Wakey!Wakey came across to the UK for two shows, one in London on Tuesday, and one at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham, which I took my brother to today (well I guess it’s yesterday now).

The opening act was To Kill a King. I’d never heard of them before, but they were really, really good –  I will be looking for them on iTunes later on. Frank didn’t like them too much, but thankfully he loved Wakey!Wakey!

The show was amazing – a great energy, and they played all my favourite songs. I love that Mike is such a great singer, but also puts so much emotion into each song – you can tell that he really means what he is singing. In between songs, he told a fair few stories, often getting a bit side-tracked, but always hilarious. In fact, towards the ends he told a story that made him laugh so much he couldn’t start singing again.

After the show had finished, he came back on to play a couple of songs for an encore, but said he didn’t want to play too much because he wanted to come out and meet everyone. I thought that perhaps it would just be a few people and then he would have to leave, but he stuck around and signed autographs and took pictures with everyone that waited – he was there for over an hour.

http://twitter.com/#!/WakeyWakey/status/81117255395586048

Me and Frank were quite near the end, but he was still really polite and lovely. I did turn into a starstruck rambling idiot when I met him though, but I got his autograph and a picture taken with him (as did Frank).

 

After a 90 minute drive  home rocking out to Wakey!Wakey!, I think it’s time for bed now – especially for Frank who stupidly volunteered to work at 8.45 tomorrow morning…

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