The UK feels like a very different place since I was last at a gig two months ago
Another week in December 2021 had passed, full of stress and uncertainty about the immediate future. But then it was Friday night.
Halfway though this, the final Manic Street Preachers gig of this most triumphant year for the band, I had what you might call A Moment.
“Coming Up” by Suede is an album that soundtracked a period of huge transformation in my life.
Precisely 30 years ago, in 1991, if you’d asked my 16 year old self what her favourite band was, she would have replied without hesitation that it was Jesus Jones.
It’s not often you experience a full-on time-warp moment, but on stepping inside the Electric Ballroom, that’s exactly what happened to me.
My autumn of Manics gigs came to a close with this duo of Q&A plus acoustic set shows from the boys.
Following the Manics’ triumphant Cardiff shows for the NHS in September, I was itching to see the band again on their main tour for The Ultra Vivid Lament.
I have to admit, I was not in the most gigtastic of spirits as I set out for the RAH this night. The weather was intensely warm and humid, giving this October night an eerie, otherworldly feel.
Manic Street Preachers at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Sunday 19th and Monday 20th of September 2021
The Manics in Cardiff, playing two gigs for the NHS, at the top of their game. It doesn’t get much better than that.