What was the last concert / gig you attended?

Still ringing now :roll_eyes:

I went to a Stray gig in Birmingham the night before a uni interview at Warwick. They must have thought I was an imbecile as, with the constant ringing, I could only hear about one word in three!

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:laughing: my condolences

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We went to the RAH on Sunday to see Zucchero and had fabulous seats. An excellent concert, super tight band half way through their world tour. He had Jack Savoretti come on and guest as well. Very memorable.



Slash. Newcastle City Hall. 31st March.


Went to see John Smith at the Bristol Beacon, Lantern Hall last night.

We’d seen him two weeks ago at Cooper Hall, Frome for his album launch, quite a small affair. It was good, but very odd, a strange mix in the audience…including us!

Last night was totally different. He was on fine form and the Lantern Hall was a fabulous venue. He was supported by Lizzy No, who was also excellent.

The sound was so effortless and clear and the crowd were out for a good time. Fab night.


And tonight he’s playing in the Union Chapel. Here’s the warm-up…

And John Smith…


*Bach Matthäus-Passion*

Conductor: John Butt
Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest
Carolyn Sampson soprano | Catriona Morison alto | Andrew Tortise (evangelist) tenor | Sam Boden (arias) tenor | Matthew Brook (arias and Christ) bass-baritone | Laurenscollegium choir | National Boys’ Choir

Last Saturday at De Doelen Rotterdam.

It was wonderful! This is my first time I have heard this Passion live.
Very different acoustics from the Concertgebouw ( more modern sounding with a much lower noise )
I loved the tenor ( Andrew Tortise )

I was familiar with John Butt from many of his Linn releases and he brought the soloists from the UK but the Orchhestra was not his own.


Back To The Future in the Adelphi Thestre London. Highly enjoyable!

Glen Hansard at Union Chapel. Excellent evening in a very special venue.


Bruckner 7 + Mendelssohn VC


Jukka-Pekka Saraste


Johan Dalene

Again at the beautiful De Doelen which has a very different acoustic from the Concertgebouw. Saraste is one of my favourite living conductor today yet he has not been in Chicago for as long as I remember. So I was delighted to see him visit Rotterdam. As I expected it he organised the score well and the Scherzo was tremendously powerful. Acoustically less defused than Concertgebouw so I felt the direct impact and his excellent slow build. Also the orchestra arrangement was more traditional all violins on the left and cello on the right similar to Chicago.

Originally lovely Nicola Benedetti was to play Brahms VC but due to her pregnancy she cancelled and replaced by the unknown ( to me anyways ) Dalene. Just say he still needs a lot to learn!

There aren’t many of these guys left, so it was a real privilege to see Cluster/Harmonia’s Hans-Joachim Roedelius (with the Berlin pianist Kasar) last night at the Jazz Cafe.

A man of great good humour, generosity of spirit and incredible energy for an 89-year-old.


April 26, Gothenburg…


Kid Kapichi (again!). Kentish Town. Awesome. Plus a guesty from Suggs !