All the gigs of my life: Gig 89 – Manic Street Preachers, Saturday, June 12, 2004 Seaclose Park, Newport (Isle of Wight Festival)

A summer seaside frolic with My Boys. June 2004 stands out in my memory as a bright and shiny month. On the 1st of the month I had my final exam for my psychology diploma, and my mind was full of plans for an exciting future pursuing a career in the field (which, alas, never… Read More All the gigs of my life: Gig 89 – Manic Street Preachers, Saturday, June 12, 2004 Seaclose Park, Newport (Isle of Wight Festival)

All the gigs of my life: Gig 88 – Duran Duran, Wednesday, April 14, 2004, Wembley Arena

A stormingly entertaining evening from Duran Duran. At a bit past midnight on the first of January 2004, I stumbled slightly champagne-dazzled into the spare room of my parents’ flat in Canada, to log onto their computer with only one thought on my mind: I must buy a ticket to see Duran Duran! Why I… Read More All the gigs of my life: Gig 88 – Duran Duran, Wednesday, April 14, 2004, Wembley Arena

All the gigs of my life: Gigs 85, 86 & 87 – Placebo, Monday 1st, Tuesday 2nd & Tuesday 30th March, 2004, Brixton Academy

March 2004. A month full of Placebo gigs and major life-changing events. “Run away from all your boredom…” My first gig of 2004 saw me much the same person as I’d been for the previous few years. I was still living in hospital accommodation, working part time at my Outpatients job and studying for my… Read More All the gigs of my life: Gigs 85, 86 & 87 – Placebo, Monday 1st, Tuesday 2nd & Tuesday 30th March, 2004, Brixton Academy

All the gigs of my life: Gig 84 – Mark Owen, Thursday, December 04, 2003, Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Seeing out my 2003 gigging year in style with the delightful Mark Owen. ‘Still a little pop genius.’ My last gig of 2003 also marked an end to three weeks of almost non-stop gigging. I was thoroughly exhausted, not least because I was preparing for a trip to Canada for Christmas, followed by exam season… Read More All the gigs of my life: Gig 84 – Mark Owen, Thursday, December 04, 2003, Shepherd’s Bush Empire

All the gigs of my life: Gig 83 – Blur, Tuesday, December 02, 2003, Brixton Academy

My last Blur gig – so far! – was a stunning, end-of-an-era extravaganza. 2003 was a year packed with so many musical highlights for me that it seems astonishing to reflect upon now. So many bands that I loved were on the form of their life, and none more so than Blur. “Think Tank” remains… Read More All the gigs of my life: Gig 83 – Blur, Tuesday, December 02, 2003, Brixton Academy

All the gigs of my life: Gig 82 – The Dandy Warhols, Monday, December 01, 2003, Kentish Town Forum

A festive celebration from the Dandy Warhols – and my sixth time seeing them in the space of a fortnight. It’s safe to say the 2003 ended with a bang in terms of my gigging life. Here at the beginning of December, I’d just spent two weeks chasing David Bowie round the country, seeing five… Read More All the gigs of my life: Gig 82 – The Dandy Warhols, Monday, December 01, 2003, Kentish Town Forum

All the gigs of my life: Gig 81 – David Bowie, Wednesday, November 26, 2003, Wembley Arena

The end of an overwhelming, emotional rollercoaster of a Bowie tour. My last gig on the A Reality tour, and it’s safe to say, I was completely exhausted. From my diary: ‘I managed three hours at uni before coming home to collapse for a bit. In truth, I was almost glad my tour was nearly… Read More All the gigs of my life: Gig 81 – David Bowie, Wednesday, November 26, 2003, Wembley Arena

All the gigs of my life: Gig 80 – David Bowie, Tuesday, November 25, 2003, Wembley Arena

My 2003 Bowie adventures continued as I reached my penultimate gig of the A Reality tour. Week two of David Bowie’s UK tour rolled around, and I was excited to see him in my home city. However, while for the first week of gigs I’d taken time off of work and uni to chase David… Read More All the gigs of my life: Gig 80 – David Bowie, Tuesday, November 25, 2003, Wembley Arena

All the gigs of my life: Gig 79 – David Bowie, Thursday, November 20, 2003, NEC, Birmingham

‘Oh god. All I can say is, round about two hours ago, DAVID BOWIE SMILED AT ME!’ Welcome, one and all, to the tale of the best night of my life. It was time for my third gig on my A Reality tour adventure. My original ticket for this show was actually in block E,… Read More All the gigs of my life: Gig 79 – David Bowie, Thursday, November 20, 2003, NEC, Birmingham

All the gigs of my life: Gig 78 – David Bowie, Wednesday, November 19, 2003, NEC, Birmingham

My second show of the A Reality tour, and an overwhelmingly emotional night. As you can see from the photo above, my diary entry for this gig begins like this: ‘Oh my god (as ever, literally) if words failed about Monday, then over last night they have spontaneously combusted.‘ It was my second Bowie gig… Read More All the gigs of my life: Gig 78 – David Bowie, Wednesday, November 19, 2003, NEC, Birmingham