Jack and Jack Concert Review- Part 2

Hi!

So to continue from last week’s post…

Jack and Jack:

Okay, so rant over and now onto Jack and Jack’s actual performance! Oh my god- the start was so so good! I don’t want to ruin the start of the show for anyone that hasn’t seen it but they did something awesome at the beginning. I’m not going to lie, I did get very emotional during the show and especially at the start. The Jacks came on to ‘Flights’ (my second favourite song), which was utterly magical. It was a really touching start for me because that’s the song they came on to for their first international show and the first show of theirs that I attended. It is amazing to think that now they are flying all over the world to perform.

I felt so proud of them because they had structured the show really well. To start with they did ‘How we livin’, ‘Shallow love’ and ‘RWYA’. I’m not sure if they did ‘RWYA’ last time but damn Gilinsky was back at it again with the body rolls. I loved the high energy start and then I loved how they did ‘Tides’ after. ‘Tides’ is my favourite song and it is always my favourite part of the concert because it feels like all of the fans connect in the room and of course with the boys on the stage; it is the song for the fans. Jack and Jack are always so appreciative of their fans; they are just such incredible people.

Afterwards they slowed it down and did a cover of ‘Again/One love’ as well as ‘Paradise’ and ‘Wrong One’. It was so chill I loved it! Especially when Gilinsky whipped out the guitar- my heart literally melted. Johnson on the keys was awesome as well- I can’t believe how talented they are. They then went into ‘Groove’ and I was hard-core dancing and rapping along. It is just such a good song and I think that was one of the best moments because it was so hype. I also loved ‘California’ and ‘Wild life’ because they carried on the ‘hypness’ if that’s a thing. I was so insanely happy the whole time! Apart from them performing ‘Tides’ the best part was their cover of ‘How Deep Is Your Love’. It was absolutely wild when they brought the drums out- I could listen to their cover all day.

For the encore, they performed ‘Like that’, which was electric! I wish they’d done more songs in the encore because the show finished at half nine and I wanted to hear their cover of ‘Let’s do it again/Santeria’! Overall, another unforgettable experience- thank you Jack and Jack and their team!

Love, Sydney

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Jack and Jack Concert Review- Part 1

Hello! I am so excited to be writing about my latest concert experience! I went to see Jack and Jack at Indigo2 in London (a smaller venue inside the O2) last week. Jack and Jack are my absolute favourites; the only things I love as much are my friends and family. Previously, I have met Jack and Jack and been to their concert twice but this time I couldn’t get meet and greet tickets. I divided my review into sections because there are probably parts people don’t want to read, so just check the subtitles! I am going to carry on this post next week.

Merch:

This is probably quite weird but I think one of my favourite things about going to the concert was being able to buy merch! Before they haven’t had much merch and the shipping online is so expensive so it was actually really cool for them to finally have loads of merch. For anyone going to any of the shows in the rest of the European tour, this is the merch and prices: Wristband £5, poster £5, beanie £15, snapback £15, Calibraska Cd £5, lipbalm £5, black tour tshirt with tour dates £20, white longsleeved top £25, hoodie £35, black lyrics tshirt £20.

Support act:

Unfortunately, because I was in the merchandise queue I missed some of the support act but what I saw was quite good. The support act for the UK shows was an Irish band called ‘Taken’. I liked the part of their set that I saw and I think that they chose really energetic and well known songs to perform. My favourite song of theirs was their cover of ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ because they got the crowd to do all of the ‘oh’ bits, which was such a fun! I thought they were a lovely band and I think it was thoughtful of them to say we could go and meet them at the back of the room.

Venue:

Before I go on, there is one thing that annoyed me about the event- this is nothing to do with the acts but with the venue themselves. I purchased standing tickets and it may have been a week before the concert that I received an email informing me that it had changed so we now had to have seats, which were allocated on a first come, first served basis; I was told that this was because of the production. My friend and I didn’t get to the venue until 15 minutes after doors opened because we had to go to school beforehand and it then took us a while to get up there. This meant that our seats were quite close to the back, which I don’t blame on anyone. In the support act, we went and stood in this section where there weren’t any seats behind the main seating section. When we stood there, we could actually sort of see but we found it quite difficult and exclusive in our seats.

However, when the support act finished, security was making everybody go and sit in their seats without any explanation as to why. At the beginning of the Jack’s set we stood on our seats so we could see and we were then told to sit back down by the staff, so we decided to go back to where we were standing before, except there were now a few rows of people in front of us. This meant that it was more difficult to see but at least we could stay there for the whole concert. I did not have a problem with having to change from standing to seats, but I don’t think the situation was handled very well. What I would like to know is what about the production meant we had to have seats because most people stood up the whole time anyway and this also meant that we couldn’t get as close to the stage. I also don’t understand why we weren’t allowed to stand up in the interval because that meant that we lost our spot. I have no problem with the venue trying to ensure everyone’s safety but I would have liked more explanation and clarity.

I will carry on next post!

Love, Sydney

Sounds Live Feels Live Review

Hello!

I would like to share with you my review of yet another concert that I recently attended in London! Wow I feel as though I have been so busy going to shows recently- look out for my final concert review for a while next Sunday. After that I am going to see a musical and then I am done with shows until a festival in the summer.

So, the act that I went to see was ‘5 seconds of summer’, who are not only one of my sister’s favourite bands but they are also my favourite band (do duos count as a band?). I cannot begin to describe how excited I was for the show! Unfortunately, I had to sell my ticket last year so I couldn’t believe that I was finally going to see my favourite band. We arrived after the doors had opened as we weren’t bothered about missing the support act and surprisingly we didn’t have to wait at all to get into the actual arena. They were performing at The O2 so I thought that it would take a while but we went straight in and sat down for the second half of the support act. Our seats were right at the front of our tier and we felt that we were not too far from the stage.

The support act was ‘Jessarae’ (did I spell that right?!), who I had once again never heard of before. I didn’t personally think they were extraordinary or memorable but I thought they were pretty standard support act. Can I just quickly mention that the singer looked like a mini Robert Pattinson (I think it was the eyebrows). The songs were lively and of the pop genre, which I think was a good match for the event. I liked the fact that they seemed to be amazed that they were playing at The O2, it looked as if they were in awe of all of the fans there and I just found that rather touching. They were a lovely band; I really liked their song ‘No Warning’.

Wow. When 5sos came on it felt so surreal. I was surprised that they came on to ‘Carry On’ as I thought that they would come on to one of their more well-known tracks but I still think it was a powerful entrance onto the stage. After that they launched straight into ‘Hey Everybody’, which was such a high energy performance- I loved it! The set list had been planned out really well- they had a cluster of songs off of ‘Sounds good feels good’ followed by songs off of the previous album. They ended with four of their most energetic songs. I liked the songs they chose for the encore ‘She’s Kinda Hot’ and ‘She looks so perfect’ because everybody was dancing and singing along to them.

My favourite part was when they performed ‘Amnesia’ because Calum asked the fans to sing along with him. It was beautiful the way the whole arena lit up with flashlights and the sounds of all of the fans voices united. It was also very emotional when they sang ‘Beside You’ followed by ‘Vapor’, which Luke said was probably his favourite song that 5sos had ever written. There were also lots of flashlights for those performances as well as many tears for me. I also thought that it was really cool for them to create a little song for the show because that meant that we had our own personal experience compared to going to other shows. The song that they came up with was ‘Fish and Chips’. It was such an incredible night!

Love, Sydney

The Neighbourhood Concert Review

Hello!

I would like to share with you my review of another concert I recently attended in London!

I went to see ‘The Neighbourhood’, who are one of my sister’s favourite bands- apparently they are part of her ‘deadly trio’. My sister has also forced me to listen to their music on multiple occasions so I came round to liking them like I had with ‘The 1975’. I have to admit, I wasn’t feeling excited about going and I almost didn’t go as I just felt so tired! I decided to go along anyway because I didn’t want to ditch my sister and I’m so glad I did!

We arrived after the doors had opened as we weren’t bothered about missing the support act and we didn’t have to wait at all to get into the venue (The Round House). We went in after Kevin Abstract had finished and we discovered that it wasn’t actually jam-packed. We decided to stay near the sound system at the back as it was easier to see there, but we were still surprisingly close! It was a really chill venue, we could just sit down on the floor and wait for the support act. I think that you were fairly close even if you were at the back so it was great!

I had never heard of or listened to ‘Mothxr’ before and I prepared myself to be underwhelmed as I was already in a negative mood. However, I thought they were absolutely amazing! Even though I didn’t know any of the songs I had a brilliant time dancing to the music. They brought so much energy and made everyone hype for ‘The Neighbourhood’. It was the perfect introduction to ‘The Neighbourhood’. I wouldn’t say they were particularly original but they were certainly memorable. Their music was the sort of music that you can’t help but head bang to and play when you want to have a rave.

It was a bit of shock when ‘The Neighbourhood’ came on as I hadn’t noticed a sudden change in lighting. So when I did see them I immediately went hysterical. I think they came on to ‘Ferrari’, which I didn’t know but then they went into ‘Greeting From Califournia’, which then got me into the ‘groove’ I suppose you could say. I think their set list was of a good length and there was a perfect mixture of songs from the ‘I Love You’ and ‘Wiped out!’. As I wasn’t an avid fan, I didn’t know who the other members of the band were- I only knew Jesse so I focused on him. Jesse literally just looked like a rock star- I was in awe of him. He moved around the stage easily and with such a huge presence about him; I couldn’t take my eyes off of him! On a side note, his outfit was awesome that night.

For me, the best part of the concert was when they performed ‘Daddy Issues’ as I think that’s when the crowd went the wildest. I also loved ‘Sweater Weather’ and ‘RIP to my youth’ as obviously those are their biggest hits so those were the times when the entire crowd was singing along. Towards the end I think Jesse interacted more with the audience as they sung more well-known lyrics. It was a really enthusiastic ending and I think that all of the songs were brilliant to dance to. I had such a good time seeing them so I would definitely recommend going to see ‘The Neighbourhood’ as well as ‘Mothxr’. I know I say ‘I would definitely recommend’ a lot but they were truly brilliant!

Love, Sydney

 

My London Trip- part 2

Hello!

Sorry for the wait but today I’ll finish talking about my London day trip.

After the Tate Modern we went to the London Eye. For some reason I’d never been on it before so I was tremendously excited to go on it. The queuing was very quick as we had already booked our tickets. It was lovely and dusky when we went up; we had plenty of time to admire the city. There was sufficient room to walk around and there were also seats available. I appreciated the device that told you what everything was as I discovered parts of the city I’d never seen before.

Once we’d dismounted we made our way to the restaurant we had selected beforehand: Bill’s. After some guidance, we found it tucked away in the corner of a beautiful courtyard. I would definitely recommend ‘Bill’s’ as it had such a warm atmosphere in there. Both my Mum and I really enjoyed the food plus it was at a very reasonable price.

To end our trip, we walked to the Phoenix theatre, which was only two minutes away. We were extremely excited to see ‘Bend it like Beckham’ the musical as it is one of my favourite films. I was curious as I wondered how they were going to create songs and play football on the stage. I was disappointed to discover that Jamie Campbell Bower was no longer acting in it but it was still utterly brilliant. The way the songs were put together was so cleverly done and the dances that went with them were energetically sensational. I would highly recommend that you go and watch it because the actors are simply outstanding.

There’s so much that I still haven’t discovered in London so I hope I get to visit again soon!

Love, Sydney

 

London Day Trip!

Hiya! So last week I wrote about how I celebrated my birthday with my friends but I also had a day trip to London with my Mum to celebrate my birthday. I had a great time so I thought it would be nice to share the event of the day with you! I would highly recommend doing all of the things I did!
Admittedly, it was an early start (5:30am) as we had to get a train up to London at 7:30am. The first place we wanted to visit was Madame Tussauds, which opens at 9am so we decided to get there at 8:40am. If you can, I would advise using Tesco club card vouchers as it meant that we were straight into the venue and avoided all the queues! I had been to Madame Tussauds before but I loved going there again. It’s brilliant how you can go on stage with the waxworks and touch them when you get your picture taken. A couple of the waxworks didn’t look that much like who they were supposed to be i.e. Julia Roberts and Adele but most of them looked so real; it was almost as if Posh was staring straight at me! I was convinced Russel Brand was going to move when I touched him. I also enjoyed the 4d movie experience of Marvel characters (I think?!) as I loved all of the effects like the water and the moving chairs. We probably spent an hour and a half in there before we had some late breakfast in Café Nero.

Our next stop was Notting Hill! We hadn’t planned to go there as we thought Madame Tussauds would take longer but as we had enough time I suddenly thought I would love to visit Notting Hill as ‘Notting Hill’ is my third favourite film of all time (I love films and I have a vast collection so that means I adore this film). We ended up walking down Portobello Road and visiting Portobello market. It was lovely to just wander through the streets, popping into shops and marvelling at the beautiful houses. I googled where William Thacker’s house and book shop were and I believe I visited both of them (if the website was correct). I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed visiting Notting Hill and I would urge anyone to go there. It feels wonderful to have (potentially) visited parts of where Notting Hill was filmed!

After spending an hour or so wondering around Notting Hill we made our way to the Tate Modern. We ate lunch in the café there, which was a bit expensive, but I guess most places in London are expensive! After a lovely lunch we went to look around the gallery. As lunch took longer than expected we only had an hour to look around. This actually worked out fine as we could only visit two floors (there were members’ floors and ticketed exhibitions) so we spent half an hour on each. I think that this was a sufficient amount of time as my mum is not the sort of person to stand and admire each piece of art, but I would have probably spent longer if I was alone. There were so many innovative, fresh and thought provoking pieces of art and I particularly loved the work of Simryn Gill who exhibited captivating photographs of people with fruit for their faces. I also loved the rooms which featured videos playing; they were very original and intriguing.

 

I have to apologise as I do not have any more time to continue writing, but I will continue this post next Sunday!

Love, Sydney