I'm a Computer Science undergraduate in my final year studying at Reading University. I like music, movies, photography, reading and if I can ever get around to it, writing. Also a fan of horror, sci-fi and fantasy so there's plenty of re/blogging on those areas.
I write gig/event reviews at From The Pit
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Weekly Top Artists (via Last.fm):
Two brothers from Chechnya. That was the official word early morning...
Google Music has this annoying problem where it will sometimes barf on your MP3 files with the...
Compared to us here in the UK, over in the US they’ve really got a knack for doing certain things bigger and larger scale. Halloween is one good example. Check out these amazing installations synchronised to music:
[Or watch the whole playlist here]
Come Christmas time I’ll probably look at “Awesome Christmas Light Shows” because it was actually a YouTube video of amazing Christmas lights that led me to explore Halloween lights…
… the concerts I would like to see this year. Being ill and thus a little downcast at the moment, it helps to have things to look forward to…
Monday 1st Feb
Seetickets: £9.71 + £2 transaction fee
Sublime London-based folk/blues duo. Discovered them when they supported James Marsters at Union Chapel last year.
Saturday, 6th Feb
AKA Spike (of BtVS), Captain John Hart (of Torchwood). If you’ve never seen him as a musician, here’s the chance to see a different side of the man… Fans who are also writers and poets might want to have a go at the Concert Competition to win a pair of tickets. Also, there’s a special “Love Hearts” Valentines Day event is the next day, on Sunday 7th- tickets £150 (ouch).
Wednesday 17th Feb
ICA: £10 + £1 booking fee
Post-rock from Ireland. Haven’t had to chance to see them yet.
Friday 12th March
Seetickets: £17.25 + £5.25 transaction fee
Haven’t found any other music quite like EA. Victoriandustrial is very nice. Discovered her last year around the same time as I first heard The Birthday Massacre (unrelated genre: synthrock from Canada). Checking out TBM in concert, I wasn’t disappointed. I think I shall be similarly impressed with EA’s show. I’ve a VIP ticket for this one because I think I deserve the treat- my personal way of marking the milestone of having survived 23 years…
Sunday 21st March
Seetickets: £11 + £2.25
Dutch Symphonic Metal band. Got onto my radar due to their association with my favourite Dutch Symphonic Metal band Within Temptation. Not a band I totally warmed to immediately but I’ll give them a chance. I think I like their second album more than their first anyway. Delain kind of strike me as a younger, more mainstream Within Temptation, perhaps targeting a slightly younger audience- but if “Utopia” from WT’s recent live album is anything to go by, it seems WT might be shifting their focus to the mainstream too :(
Sunday 28th March
Seetickets: £22.25 + £2.25
For various reasons, this seems a line-up not to be missed. US metal band Kamelot headlines with French progressive metal band Adagio and German/Norwegian symphonic metal band Leaves’ Eyes. Actually not sure about Kamelot- I don’t feel they had that big an impact on me but maybe I wasn’t in the right mood the first time I saw them. Adagio are amazing, apparently- having a listen on Spotify, I’m interested. Leaves’ Eyes I love and never thought I’d ever get to see. This ticket will probably be the best value of the year.
Wednesday 21st April
Founded 1988 but this is the first I’ve heard of them. Some friends are going and invited me. I’m always happy to try something new. Had a listen on Spotify and I’m liking the Celtic influences.
Saturday 19th June
Good tickets sold out, obviously… I got a pair off ebay- assuming it doesn’t fall through then I’ll have one spare ticket (standing). I probably won’t have much trouble finding someone to go with me. Just for a change I thought I’d see something more “mainstream”. :p
Saturday 11th September
There are apparently still Standing tickets available for this date, oddly. In the past, I’ve only been to one other event at the venue. Wembley Stadium Standing will likely mean turning up rather early, especially for bands like Muse (or Green Day) -but how early, I can never work out… what do you think?