Sunday, 21 March 2010

We The Kings / Forever The Sickest Kids / Y M @ 6

-Live at the O2 Academy Brixton, London, 20/03/10

The concert last night was awesome. It really was. You Me At Six were headlining the legendary Brixton Academy, with support from We The Kings and Forever The Sickest Kids.

Fran, Sophie and I went up to London on the train and tube in the late afternoon, stopping at McDonald's at Embankment to eat (the new CBO is goood!), then getting to Brixton. There were quite a few kids on the tube going to the gig - you can just tell - and as we got to the enormous queue, we saw some girls that were on the same train as us, in the middle of the queue. "Whatt?! How did you guys get there?!" We jumped in with them. Apparently their friends were in the queue, and they joined them, so we joined them too! Sarah, Chelsea, Amber, and Kirsty joined us just a little while later, and then the doors were opening. Seriously, crowds will cheer for anything, and we cheering when the doors were opened. Boys and girls got separated, and we got tickets scanned, bags checked, and inside the building... I met everyone else at the merch stand. I wasn't planning to buy a new tee, but then I saw this, and had to get it! It's so cool...

After quick change into the new tee, we dropped our stuff in the cloakroom, had a quick pee, and then went back downstairs to enter the standing area. It was already packed out. We weaved our way forward, and tried to make our way more towards the middle. I think we did a decent job. We were right in the middle of the front section, surrounded by people. Nothing was happening, but it was so hot...

Then, the lights went down for We The Kings, and the loudest bass I have ever heard filled the venue. It was ridiclously loud, and literally hit your body as it blasted from the enormous speakers. It was intense. We The Kings came on stage, and opened with 'She Takes Me High'. They performed a really good seven song set, playing 'Skyway Avenue', 'Stay Young', 'Secret Valentine', 'Heaven Can Wait' and finishing on 'Check Yes Juliet'. Plus, they covered Jimmy Eat World's 'The Middle' after 'Stay Young', which was my favourite song they played. Everybody loves that tune. Here's the band on stage:

Everyone was pushing forward, and the crowd was falling from side to side when they weren't jumping altogether. But it was a good show from The Kings. At the end of one of their songs - I think it was 'Check Yes Juliet', but I can't remember for sure - I was shouting the lyrics as loud as I could, over everyone around me. It was totally out of tune, and out of time for that, but it was so funny... I couldn't stop laughing. During their set, we managed to push our way even further forward, and now we were just five or six people from the barrier. Oh, and this is how disgutingly sweaty we were after the first support band:

Forever The Sickest Kids were on next. I was very excited. Even while we were waiting while the stage was getting set up, the crowd was moving around, pushing, and it was difficult to keep standing up. It was so exciting to see FTSK's famous shiny microphone stand being brought onto the stage. And there was a huge banner saying "FTSK High School! Home Of The Fighting Flamingos". The waiting didn't last too long; the lights went down. FTSK came onstage.

They opened with 'She's A Lady', and I was loving it. They are so good live, and way better on stage than on a CD. Their music is actually prett heavy live. It was good to see them on a big stage, having only seen them in intimate venues, and they were so energetic, jumping all over the place. They went on to play 'Believe Me, I'm Lying', 'Phone Call', 'Hey Brittany', 'She Likes', 'My Worst Nightmare', and closed on 'Woah Oh!'. I was loving the show, and going crazy; I didn't care what anyone else thought of me, I was jumping along to every song, and singing as loud as I could. For the last song, 'Woah Oh!', Jonathan said he wanted to see a huge circle pit in the standing area. I looked around, and saw one guy starting a pit, and went to join him. It wasn't a circle pit, but it was a pretty decent little push pit, and was a great way to end their show.

All of us were exhausted, and on the verge of passing out as FTSK went off stage, so, like many others who had been in at the front, we got pulled out. I was tempted to crowdsurf from further back over the crowd, but in the end, moved forward, helped the girls out, and then one kid let me jump on his back and get pulled out. It was such a relief to finally get out of the pit. It was great to be able to breathe easily, and move about. I found Fran by the bar at the back waiting for me, and then Kirsty found us, and we met up with Amber. We needed water, and we needed to find Sophie, who got pulled out first. We went upstairs to the bar to get a drink, and looked all around the venue for Sophie. Twice. We checked the toilets, every bar, First Aid, and the meeting place we had previously decided on. We couldn't find her. You Me At Six came onstage. I felt so much better after sitting down for a while, and having a well needed drink. But Brixton is the loudest venue I've ever been to - it was incredibly loud when I saw New Found Glory headline there - so as we went back into the standing area to watch the band, I used cotton wool to protect my ears. It's way more comfortable than the ear-plugs I wore when I saw Fightstar. My ears were already ringing from the two awesome support acts, and I'm not into YMAS enough to potentially damage my hearing from watching them. But, they were actually better than I expected them to be.

They opened with 'Safer To Hate Her', 'The Truth Is A Terrible Thing', and 'Kiss And Tell'. Then they went offstage, and the sirens to the beginning of 'The Consequence' began, with red lights filling the auditorium. Now the show was really starting. The crew finished sorting out the stage, and the black curtain dropped to reveal a real set, as they burst into the song. Sean from The Blackout came onstage to join them, and add his vocals at the end of the song. They continued their set with 'Playing The Blame Game', which I actually really like. At this point, we were standing to the right of the stage, on the balcony kinda bit, watching the band and the crowd from a safe distance. I noticed that there was a mum and dad next to us, obviously waiting for their children, and while the man was taking pictures, the lady was sitting on the floor against the wall with her fingers in her ears. I had my ear plugs with me, which I didn't like, and was never going to use, so I gave them to the lady, who really appreciated them. 'Trophy Eyes' was next, and neither Fran or myself knew the song, and Fran wanted to go outside for a cigarette, so I went along with her to keep her company. My ticket was so mangled from being in my pocket - it was ripped and soggy - but I managed to get back inside with it. And I've only just found out now I'm looking at the setlist that I missed 'Jealous Minds Think Alike' while I was outside, and that's a good song! But I did get to hear it when they played supporting Paramore at Wembley. We got back inside, and continued to enjoy the show...

We went back into the crowd towards the end of the show, but didn't even try to get near the front. It was great to be in the mosh pit, jumping and singing to 'If I Were In Your Shoes'. I actually love that song. They played a few more songs before 'finishing' and going offstage. The crowd was chanting "You me at six! You me at six!", and they came back out to carry on the show. It was nearly the end of the night, and as Josh was onstage, he told us how at the age of 15, he said on his Myspace page that by the age of 20, he wanted to play Brixton Academy. He said: "I'm now 19, and I'm playing Brixton Academy." 'Always Attract' was the next song, and it was quite emotional to see Josh standing there, taking in the moment, as the crowd literally sung the song he wrote back to him. Like at Paramore, Josh's sister, Elissa Franceschi joined them to sing the song. It was a really good song. Josh said "If there's someone in front of you, get on their shoulders for this song!" I picked up Fran on my shoulders for the song...

They finished the night with crowd favourites 'Save It For The Bedroom' and 'Underdog'. It was great being in the mosh pit, enjoying the songs and enjoying the moment. Confetti fell from the ceiling at the end of 'Underdog', and the crowd cheered the band. Like I said, they were better than I were expected. It was a really great night. Here are some more pics:

We found Sophie after the show, and found out that she'd passed out as she was getting pulled out of the crowd, and she'd been in the First Aid room out back - not the one that we checked - for 45 minutes at the beginning of YMAS's set. We got out, went upstairs to collect our bags from the cloakroom, and then made our way back downstairs. Fran had gone ahead to meet her dad outside who was picking us up. Just as I was coming back downstairs, I saw Jonathan Cook by the merch stand, talking to fans. I was so excited. I ran downstairs, and made my way over to where he was. I had to call Fran to tell her that I wasn't coming out just yet, but that I'd be out in a minute. I got to talk with him, and Fran called back so she could talk with him on the phone. I asked him, "Can you talk to my friend on the phone?". He took the phone and said "Hey, what's your favourite colour?". I waited for a little while while Fran was excitedly speaking to him, until he finally replied "Cool. So what's your favourite colour?! Mine too..." Hahaha it was funny. Then I got to talk with him, and tell him that I'd seen FTSK at The Underworld, Islington, and The Borderline. He was pretty impressed, and was like "That's sweet!" Then I got to get a picture with him to add to my collection, and took a pic for Amber and Kirsty. It was awesome to meet him again, and was literally better than YMAS's entire show.

It was really great times last night. We said goodbye to the others, and went outside to find Fran. Fran's dad drove Sophie, Fran and myself home, and I got in just after 12.30. I was so tired and my ears were ringing, but I'd had such a brilliant time. It had been an incredible night...

FTSK pwn. End of.

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