I recently took a trip to Newcastle to visit my lovely friend who now lives over their and to see a band that got me through a lot of tough times when I was younger and still to this day, listen too! When they announced that they were doing a reunion tour to celebrate their album From Us, Through Them, To You being ten years old.. I knew I had to go! They didn’t have a Belfast gig on their list though so I was pretty disheartened until my buddy suggested I came over their to see them and spend some days with her! Perfect! I was super excited to be getting to spend a few days away from reality, seeing my best chum and going to see Madina Lake live again, when I thought I wouldn’t ever get to see them again!
On release day of the tickets I grabbed my buddy and me some and booked my flights! The countdown was on! Then they released that they were doing V.I.P upgrades .. I had to check it out and was sure I would be scrapping about to find money, as I just had to get to meet these guys.. no matter how awkward I was going to be (Oh boy was I!) when I saw that it was only £15 I jumped on it and texted my friend to say that I had bought us V.I.P upgrades! They said it included an exclusive acoustic set, photos, and early access to the gig.. unfortunately they didn’t do an acoustic set, which I was pretty disappointed about as I was really looking forward to that, but I still got to meet them, get a signed poster and have a chat.. an awkward chat at that! lol
When they released their support acts I headed on to Spotify to have a listen and I was not disappointed, I fell in love with them!
Anyway.. on to the gig! We had to email on the morning to See Tickets as they hadn’t sent out the tickets for the V.I.P part or an email to tell us any details but it was quickly sorted on live chat when they told us to be there for 4:45 and we would be going in at 5. We got there at 4:30 and sat down on the front step to wait along with a few others who were there!
We sat there.. until 5:20 and I decided it best to go and check with the lady at the desk what was going on, and she told us that the V.I.P didn’t start until 6! It was too late to go for a wander or go and find food at that stage so we just sat on the steps and chatted while we waited! We were then all asked if we were V.I.P and to line up at the door.. the security guy got a bit of a panic when he asked for our V.I.P tickets and we all told him that we weren’t sent them .. so he searched about and got a list out and checked us all off and in we headed! I’m a pretty nervous, shy and anxiety ridden person.. so when we first went in I just stood awkwardly about with my buddy not sure what was going on or what to expect and then out they came onto the stage.. They asked everyone if they wanted to come over to the barrier as we were all stood back.. so at least everyone was in the same boat as us! We went over and they did two songs, neither which were acoustic like we were told.. but hey ho! I was very impressed with the sound! With it being such a small venue I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was blown away! Sounded great! After that they then called us all forward one by one to have our picture taken with them, So I gave them all a quick hug before standing in the middle of them and feeling extremely awkward and trying to keep my cool!
They then came around for a chat with everyone.. my friend and I stood back and looked overly awkward for a while, but then Nathan came over for a chat.. and as I always do my nervous energy came out and I was like a little overly excitable puppy! I’m sure he probably thought I was an idiot but it made him giggle when I was saying about how he must be getting fed up of people touching him etc! So, it was all cool! Then they had to go, more hugs and then they went before the gates got opened. We grabbed a drink and a quick pee before going back to the front row to wait to see the bands! We were stood in the left corner as being a bass player myself I always really enjoy watching other bassists play!
The first band on to play was That Lying Bitch! After listening to them on Spotify I knew they were going to be a bit of fun and full of energy and they sure were! There drummer was jumping about, up and down from his drums he was having so much fun it was great! They were a great start to the gig and got everyone singing along and jumping about with their catchy and quick to pick up on fun lyrics! One of my favorites from listening to them on Spotify was ‘Totally fucked for you’ and when they played it I couldn’t help but laugh and sing along! Just such great energy and a band I would go and see if they came over here!
Next on stage was Lacey! I had also hit them up on Spotify to see what I should expect.. I instantly was a big fan! I had listened to them that whole night after discovering them and then had listened to them in my car too! There sound, lyrics, everything I instantly fell in love with, my favorite song I had heard was ‘Find A Way’ but unfortunately they didn’t play that.. fortunately for me I knew all the rest and loved every second of their set! I was in for even more of a surprise when I found out that there lead singer was also the bassist.. just incredible! I was more than impressed and I am going to be keeping an eye and my fingers crossed that they head over here for a gig! If not I may have to hope they go to Newcastle again and I can see them when I am visiting my friend! On the way out we bumped into the lead singer/bassist, So I complimented him told him I had really enjoyed and was very impressed etc and he complimented my accent (I think its horrid!) They seem like lovely guys as well which always adds to how much you enjoy a band I think!
Then it was time for Madina Lake to come on! I reverted back to feeling like a teenage girl! The Auspice started playing and on they came and everyone went a little crazy! They were just wonderful and it really brought me back to when I saw them before! So full of energy, and they made sure everyone was having great fun in the crowd! They sounded great, and now I am just desperate to see them again and wish I had gone to a few of their gigs on this tour if I could have escaped reality for a little longer! I Think they will always be one of my go to bands when I’m wondering what to listen to or when I’m feeling a little low, there lyrics are just incredible. Really connect with a lot of their songs! I’m sure there bassist Matthew thought I was a little mad.. we were stood right in-front of him and most of the gig I spent bouncing about or watching his hands while he played.. I’m not sure if that’s the done thing, but being a bassist I always enjoy watching other bassists play! So Matthew, if you thought I was odd.. your right I am, sorry! 😛 I did particularly like your marches across the stage every so often with high knees though! I can’t wait to see if more is going to come from these guys, if another album is coming out, another tour.. or what! Though if that is them done now, then that’s cool, Settle down with their families and what not I would be happy with that as the last time seeing them.. But, if they do come back.. I will be more than ready to join them!
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