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Gigs / Re: Pre-gig drinkies in London tomorrow
July 30, 2016, 03:46:40 PM
TA, hope to see you later but won't be going to that pub, still undecided what time to get there

I am so very excited!  It has been too long since I last saw Frost* !!

Any other old time Frost*ies - see you tonight too! xxx
Frost* / Re: Timings for London 30/7
July 30, 2016, 03:42:48 PM
just wondering the same thing myself
Gigs / Re: Pre-gig drinkies in London tomorrow
July 30, 2016, 02:58:17 PM
I don't normally frequent London pubs as the drink prices are extortionate so I don't really know either.  I think I am going to drive to a station anyway so no booze for me.
Gigs / Re: Pre-gig drinkies in London tomorrow
July 30, 2016, 12:46:21 AM
I am interested in pre drinkies too
Frost* / Re: Happy Frost* Day!!
May 28, 2016, 05:48:00 PM
ello, something drew me into forumland today  :)
Gigs / Re: Celebr8.3 2014
June 03, 2014, 09:27:51 PM

I was not planning on going to Celebr8.3 as the initial announcements were for Twelfth Night and The Tangent and I am not the biggest fan of those bands.  Part of me wanted to go to support the festival and all of the people involved in running it but that part of me was outweighed by the idea of standing around for a couple of days.

Then Frost* were announced as the Sunday headliner and of course I had to go.  I toyed with the idea of just getting an evening ticket but as Galahad were opening I decided to go for the whole day.

I had seen pics posted on facebook from the Saturday and the venue had seemed packed and there was also queues to get in.  So I left early enough in order to get to the front of the queue.  When I got there I was surprised to see only a short queue (with Mr & Mrs Pedro as usual at the front).

I like Islington Assembly Rooms.  They are easy for me to get to, the stage is high so I can see at a variety of viewpoints, essential for the vertically challenged.  The sound is good and the toilets are great, especially in comparison to The Peel!  I mostly stood on the metal bit by the stage so wasn't too affected by the bouncy floor.

Galahad were amazing.  They are one of my favourite live bands at the moment.  I love to see a band enjoying themselves.  They sounded excellent too.  (And of course I have to mention that I liked Marks boots and trousers)  And then they were finished and after their encore I was just thinking, 'Great, now what do I do for 6 hours?'  I was confused as to why Galahad were first on and not further down the bill.  It was such a long time between Galahad and Frost* that I almost toyed with the idea of going home and coming back again.

I have seen Sanguine Hum before so I knew what to expect.  Beautiful music expertly played but yet something is missing and it probably is just stage presence.  And they did play beautiful music very well.

Cosmograf were my unknown of the day, not sure in retrospect how they have passed me by til now. I recognised everyone on stage and have seen most of them play in other bands.  As I didn't know them, I took a break from the barrier and experienced the bouncy floor.

OMG I loved them and bought one of their albums.

Then it was time to be kicked out and after buying the album went out to see the queue already forming for the second half.  That was a dilemma.  To stand there so I could be in the front for The FaTD and Frost*, or go over to the Vineyard and see Matt & Andy.  I went to the Vineyard and it was great.  They did a very entertaining improv set, even better than last year.  After they had finished the queue wasn't any bigger anyway so I made the right choice.

It was nice to chat to Frost*ies I didn't know whilst we were waiting for The FaTD.  Even if they did moan about the price of drinks in London Smiley I had already seen the ones from the Fishtank but it actually felt quite Frost*ie free.  When I think how packed the Scala was, I can't comprehend the low turnout.  Conversations that I had during the day with non Frost*ies sort of went along the lines of, 'I hope Jem acts sensible and just plays, that silly stuff annoys me, he is such a good keyboard player why doesn't he just play?' So I am wondering whether that has put people off seeing Frost* to a large extent.  I want both.  It isn't Frost* without some silliness.

I wasn't sure how I was going to find The Fierce and the Dead live apart from probably loud.  I like vocals so thought that an instrumental set would be a bit much.  But I was pleasantly surprised that I really enjoyed it.  Was loud tho – poor drums!  Leon needs to watch out there is a new drum slayer in town.

And then it was Frost* time.  Nice chap from Wales let me have his place so that I could be at the front.  (Sorry can't remember his name)  They put on a show without ironing boards or speak n spells and I think this went down very well with the aforementioned people who didn't want silliness.  Everything was of course brilliant but I think it was Milliontown that was the best of the night for me.

I can understand why this is the last Celebr8, especially given the attendance on the day I went but it is a real shame, especially with this venue which is so much nicer than the Hippodrome.  Though in the Hippodromes favour there are places to escape and sit down and have a chat.  The Celebr8 festivals certainly ended on a very high note.  Fantastic day
Gigs / Re: Celebr8.3 2014
June 03, 2014, 06:37:57 PM
hello!  long time no visit I know.

Just popping by to say Northerners are tight  ;)   :D  I'll slip away again now...
Other Bands / Re: Levey's Spare Rush Tix
May 25, 2013, 12:21:12 AM
and many thanks for getting the ticket for Matt - I hope he wasn't annoying
Other Bands / Re: Levey's Spare Rush Tix
May 25, 2013, 12:19:59 AM
only saw Bert and Twang - but then being 4ft 11 all I saw for most of the evening was somebodys back anyway  :(  when will I learn not to get seats down the bottom  ::)
Other Bands / Re: Levey's Spare Rush Tix
May 23, 2013, 08:48:21 PM
was the offer me?  no - that came out wrong.....  ;D

Anyway - maybe see some of you tomorrow in the vastness that is the 02.  Last time was great for bumping into Frost*ies.
Frost* / Re: Celebr8.2
May 13, 2013, 07:08:45 AM
great pic TA - my left ear has recovered now too  ;D
Gigs / Re: Celebr8.2 Frost* photos
May 13, 2013, 07:06:12 AM
thanks DS
Gigs / Re: CELEBR8.2 2013 FROST*
May 11, 2013, 11:30:03 PM

Majorly happy (as DS noted later) that they played Saline  ;D
Gigs / Re: CELEBR8.2 2013 FROST*
May 11, 2013, 11:37:49 AM
squeeeeee - getting excited but just a tad too early to leave yet
Frost* / Re: Celebr8.2
April 20, 2013, 01:19:10 PM
but if it helps with your decision, it was club prices - not at The Peel with their nice prices anymore