One of the things I love most about living in London is all of the fantastic gigs there are. Coming from New Zealand, they are few and far between and very expensive! But here in London you could see a gig almost any night of the week. I don’t go to as many gigs as I would like to as I’m a little out of touch with music at the moment and I rarely take the time to research when bands are in town. It is also pretty tough to get a ticket as most of them go on sale at 10am (does no one think of poor teachers who can’t sit in front of a computer) but here are some of my favourite gigs from the years in London.
Only last year this kiwi songstress was in town and I am so glad I got to see her, she is super talented, incredible live and makes me feel pretty proud to be a kiwi.
So Sam Smith is now HUGE all over the globe but I was very lucky to get tickets to see him last year at the famous Brixton Academy. Although he only played for just over an hour, he was of course spectacular and totally humble.
A great kiwi band that pops into London every year, these guys have released a new album and signed with Capitol Records in America, big things are happening. I love their new song and the video makes me crazy home sick. See it here.
Another kiwi great, I’ve been to see them twice here in London. Reggae masters and good ol skanking music. Again, it makes me so home sick to see these guys live in London but what a treat they are.
I’m not an emotional person but seeing this incredible Icelandic band live in London reduced me to tears. You may well know Sigur Ros music from BBC wildlife documentaries but seeing them live was a totally new experience. They had me captivated from the moment they entered the stage. If you ever get the chance, see them.
I love The Doors and have done from a very young age so when I read that Ray Manzarek (who has now sadly passed away) and Robby Kriegar of the Doors were playing in London I jumped at the chance. I had just arrived and went with two friends from home. It was a totally surreal experience. I couldn’t actually believe it was them in front of me belting out the tunes I grew up on. I feel so incredible lucky to have seen them before Ray passed away. Long live the Doors!
This soulful Detroit singer has been on my radar for about five years. He is super cool and very suave and was a real show man. I’ve never seen an artist interact with an audience so much, he even gave out some Hennessy to the crowd. What a dude! It was wicked to see him here in London as I knew he’d never make it out to little NZ. Check out his soulful tunes.
We got given tickets to see this London girl at the Barbican Theatre as an engagement present. She was playing a special one of gig with The Guy Barker Orchestra. She was a real darling, chatted to the audience and played some really unique tunes.
OK this is was a total teenage dream come true. When I heard Five were playing I just had to fulfil my teenage dream. Myself and my friend Danielle bought tickets and were like two giddy school girls. We danced, sang and remembered all the moves from back in the day. The gig was a total blast from the past.
I got these tickets for Dans birthday a few years back and it was one of the only gigs I’ve bought seating tickets and I’m glad I did as it was truly magical and I could enjoy the light show from the seat. This guy is so beautiful and I fell completely in love. His heartfelt tunes really shone through in his live set.
Dan bought me tickets to see James Morrison for Christmas one year. I’m a total sucker for tear jerker tunes and this is the ultimate. He was great live and a proper sing along. Dan spent most of the night at the bar (with the rest of the boyfriends and husbands) but I was happy to be seeing him I didn’t mind.
The ultimate gig I have attended since living in London was the legendary Glastonbury. Without doubt one of the best weekends of my life. Not only was it a totally amazing experience with my friends, I got to see The Rolling Stones and I got engaged!
What’s your favourite gig you have attended in London?