The Black Seeds at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Oh, no… The Black Seeds again? Will I ever get enough of them? The answer is: NO! And this time I went not only with my sister and her boyfriend but also we took two more friends with us!

Great music, awesome audience, amazing atmosphere especially when they started playing Cool Me Down and then So True.

Here’s the mayhem the guys make during Take Your Chances. It was really difficult to film this song.

One of my favourite songs from their Dust and Dirt album – Cracks In Our Crown

I won’t mind seeing them again. 🙂

18 July

Rhys Darby at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

I got distracted by work, traveling and making plans for travel, but I’m back and ready for further updates.

You may get an impression that I only see New Zealand acts while I’m not in NZ. Well… you are quite right. Next day after I saw Connan, I did some voluntary work again till afternoon and went straight to my favourite cafe, Flat White, where I met up with my friend, V. and we went together to the Empire to see Rhys Darby.

I don’t have to explain to Flight of the Conchords fans who Rhys Darby is and if you’re not one of them then I’ll just say that he’s a New Zealand comedian and actor (Yes Man, The Boat That Rocked). I had watched his stand-up once on DVD and really enjoyed and admired how he managed to connect all the stories in one and sum up at the end of the show. I had hoped to see him live, so when he announced a tour with his new program, I bought a ticket when I had a chance.

This Way to Spaceship” was a sort of sentimental journey from his humble beginnings as a comedian through the era of finding a girlfriend and future wife up to now, when supposedly the world would be over in December last year. I enjoyed it more that I had thought I would. There was time for laugh and for reflection. I even was moved to tears a few times. Everything was intelligent and funny and made me love Rhys more. There was also a guest appearance surprise. Jemaine Clement of FOTC lent his voice to the computer on Rhys’ spaceship!

When the show was over, V. and me thought that Rhys would come out and do the signing by the stage, but actually he was in the foyer and we were the last to join the queue. Even though he looked tired, when we finally reached him, he was still happy to talk to us and pose to the picture taken by his wife and manager, Rosie.

V Rhys and me

Ladyhawke at O2 Shephers Bush Empire

May 11th, 2012

I listened to Ladyhawke a lot when I was travelling around NZ. Her first album has the 80s feel. I was hoping to see her live one day and was looking forward to her second album release last year. I knew she should be touring soon to support it.

I found out about the Ladyhawke concert a few days before the actual event and it was already sold out. My sister checked out ebay and luckily, someone was selling two tickets for face value, because he wasn’t able to come. The tickets arrived on the same day as the concert was. Perfect timing! Thank you, Royal Mail!

I went to the show straight from work and got into the Empire when she started playing her first song. We managed to get to the first rows under the stage on the left side, but it was too difficult to get closer, because it was crowded with blokes mostly. She gave an amazing performance playing old and new songs from her both albums. Here are some photos from this show in her facebook album. Conquering the world, she seemed to be still very humble and shy. It was her last gig during that European tour and her parents were sitting on the balcony. What a lovely, supporting family!

At the end of the concert, she took this photo and posted on twitter. I’m too far on the right to be seen.

2012-05-11 ladyhawkeEmpire

This is the song she finished her show with. You know what song we were singing leaving the venue. 🙂