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

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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