As 2015 is coming to an end I’ve decided to start a blog once again, hopefully it’ll stick this time! As my festival and concert season has finished for the year I figured the best way to start this blog is to summarise my personal highlights of the year!
- METALLICA/READING FESTIVAL/ 29.08.2015
Of course, the almighty Metallica have reached the top of this list. This was a moment I had waited for since I was a little girl, and it happening the night before my 18th birthday was probably the best way to experience it (apart from on my 18th obviously). Heavy metal isn’t everyones cup of tea, personally it isn’t my favourite genre, but the chance to see Metallica is one I advise everyone to take up.
In typical Metallica fashion they gave their fans the amazing opportunity to stand on stage with them, giving them one of the most surreal experiences which I unfortunately can only imagine being part of. However, watching from afar was just as special as not only were you able to see Metallica, you were able to see the happiness of the crowd behind them. Their setlist featuring classics like: Enter Sandman, Wherever I May Roam, One, Master Of Puppets and my favourite Metallica song Sad But True. This extraordinary setlist made the night one I will never be able to forget, I think anyone who has seen Metallica can agree that they deserve their title as one of the big four as they really do give their fans a show of adrenaline and excitement.
- BRING ME THE HORIZON/CARDIFF/ 27.11.2015
After The Blackout split I never thought I would find a band whose live show would captivate me the ways theirs always did. However, Bring Me have proved me wrong. I have seen them at Reading festival previously so when they were announced for this years line up I was over the moon. Due to excitement Suicide Silence, There is a Hell…, Sempiternal and the singles from Thats the Spirit became my summer anthems. So when I found out about their tour, just before I left for Reading fest I knew I needed tickets.
A few months after their set after the festival and their sold out Cardiff show came about, before I even entered the arena I knew the night would be one of the favourite shows of all time. With a line up featuring my two favourite bands of 2015 (BMTH and Pvris) of course i would love every second of the night, despite not being into Neck Deep.
After waiting months to see Pvris, they really didn’t disappoint. As they were first support their set was short but it was full of energy and hits, proving to the crowd that they really do deserve their spot in the music scene at the moment. Nobody, not even the crowd, expected the band to receive the reaction they did, and during the last song Lynn had to leave stage due to her shock at how violent the crowd had become. Pvris did return to the stage after the people at front row had been taken care of, I respect her choices as someone may have been seriously hurt. Her care for the fans touched my heart, especially after the recent news of fans being mistreated by security at shows.
As expected, when bring me came on nothing could stop the excitement of the crowd. Within seconds pits opened up, and the energy filled the room. Their set consisted of hits from That’s the Spirit and Sempiternal, throwing in Chelsea Smile and Blessed with a Curse (which pleased my 14 year old self). Its hard to put into words how amazing they are live, I think its just something you need to experience for yourself. They are a band with such energy and passion, and this year they have really proved that they deserve to be one of the biggest rock bands around.
- THE BLACKOUT/ MERTHYR TYDFIL/ 28.03.2015
It took me a while to decide whether this was a highlight, the night was full of emotions happy and sad (mainly sad i don’t think anyone waiting for the band after the show was full of joy and happiness, it was just a bunch of people waiting to meet and thank the blackout for the last time- I say last time I’ve seen Sean more since the band have split up then I did when the band were together). I tried to savour every moment of the night, screaming to my hearts content but once they played hope I knew the end was near and I was over come with emotions (Its safe to say black eyeliner and mascara wasn’t a smart choice.)
So far I’ve made it sound like this was the worst night of my life, but no. Despite being full of emotion, I loved every second. I mean at a normal show its hard not to enjoy the blackout but when they play old songs, as well as all their hits how can you not enjoy yourself. Lets not forget the fire, only these guys would decide to have fire on stage at a leisure centre in Merthyr Tydfil. I think its safe to say that the band went out in style, and although it was a day I never wanted to come it was one of the best times I saw them and I will never forget that night. It’ll be weird not being able to say they were a highlight of my year next year but maybe thats why they are waiting so long to release the dvd 😉
Okay, so that was my top 3 of the year. It was hard to choose out of all the bands I have been lucky enough to see this year, but it was no question when it came to these three. Hopefully I will stick to this blog, and we will see what 2016 has to bring.