London - 30 January 2016
"Top night out"
last night I'd been asked to go along to the O2 to film Deadcuts,
on supporting Libertines, Sleaford Mods and The Enemy. First time I've
had a photopass for a gig in about 20 years :-). Never for even a mid
size venue, never mind the O2. Got in just in the nick of time to get
to the pit and start filming,
after an infuriatingly slow queue at the guestlist booth. (Wanted
photo-ID off everybody and no one appeared to have taken any...)
Anyway, it was a short set of 20 minutes, but I think they actually got
about 15. Weird filming from the pit with such a high stage, mad but I
think I get better footage from the barrier :-). Still, I think it's come out well. There were some huge old style lamps
in wire mesh cages along the front of the stage, and the perspective of
those being huge in the foreground with the band between and behind
them is pretty damn cool. Especially in B&W which is always the
preference of the band.
Three of the four tracks played were new. All sounding good and bodes well for
the second album. The lights got cut about half way through the last track, but I reckon they
got the message across, job done.
Photos: photo pass + Deadcuts
I didn't stay in the pit for the other bands even though it appeared to
be a Sleaford Mods pass I had. Didn't film any of the rest of the gig
either, was second row and I'd have blocked views.
The Enemy were OK, not really my thing, but was nodding along.
Sleaford Mods I've seen a couple of times before, was curious how
they'd come across in an enormodome, but the sound and attitude was
more than enough to carry them. Working requests to up the monitors and
taking the piss out of dissenters into the lyrics. :-)
First time seeing Libertines. I was at their Hyde Park show, also to film
Deadcuts, but didn't stay after, as I had a prior date with Sigue Sigue
Sputnik Electronic. (Hey, there are very few bands more 'my thing' than
Sputnik. I'd maybe pass on them for Front Line Assembly or Cud, but not
many others. :-) )
Well, I'm sitting listening to Libertines now, which should tell you
something. It was a great set, full of energy, passion and love. I now
actually understand the appeal. The audience was singing along to most
tracks and it got more and more difficult to keep my spot.
There are many, many tales of late stage appearances, no shows and
short sets, but they were on bang on queue at the O2 and it was a full
90 minute set, with very little pissing about between tracks. Really
enjoyed it. Top night out. 7/10
Review+photos: Arron Leslie