2014 IN PICTURES – AUGUST

It took a while for August to get going, but when it did, it was rather good.

My first photo adventure came on the second weekend, when I headed to Portadown to see a new era begin, Linfield’s first domestic game with Warren Feeney as manager. The less said of the result, the better.

Late that night, I headed to Falls Park to see Kaiser Chiefs in concert.

The following day, I was off to Wales for a few days, specifically to see the European Super Cup Final between Real Madrid and Sevilla.

I took the opportunity to explore Cardiff, go to Bristol for a day, and spend some time in Bath. Loved the Street Art in Bristol. Would have loved to have gone on the official tour, but it wasn’t on the day I was there.

Back in Belfast, it was off to The Oval to see Linfield come from 2-0 down to beat Glentoran.

I wasn’t back in Belfast long, as it was time to head to Edinburgh, mostly for the Festival, but I did take in some football, Hearts v Hibs. I also managed to get some Street Art photos when in Edinbugh.

Not long back in Belfast, it was time for Tennent’s Vital to see Bastille and The Killers on the same bill.

Two days later, it was on the road to see Linfield, a theme through the opening weeks of the season. This time, it was to Institute, my first time there.

Two days after that, was a trip to see Linfield go out of the League Cup to Ballyclare. The less said of that, the better.

One more road trip, to Dungannon, to see Linfield get a 1-0 win. At least the month ended on a winning note.

Portadown v Linfield

Kaiser Chiefs Live At Falls Park

Kaiser Chiefs Live At Falls Park Photo Album

Bristol Street Art

Bristol Street Art Photo Album

Cardiff/Bristol/Bath

Cardiff

Cardiff Street Art

Cardiff Street Art Photo Album

Real Madrid v Sevilla

Real Madrid v Sevilla Photo album

Glentoran v Linfield

Hearts v Hibs

Hearts v Hibs Photo Album

Edinburgh Street Art

Edinburgh Street Art Photo Album

Bastille Live At Tennent’s Vital

Bastille Live At Tennent’s Vital Photo Album

The Killers Live At Tennent’s Vital

The Killers Live At Tennent’s Vital Photo Album

Institute v Linfield

Ballyclare Comrades v Linfield

Dungannon Swifts v Linfield

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KAISER CHIEFS – LIVE AT FALLS PARK 9.8.2014

Kaiser Chiefs, enjoying an unlikely renaissance in 2014, mainly due to Ricky Wilson’s appearances on The Voice, rolled into Belfast for a gig at Falls Park.

Support came from a local band called Go Swim. They were rather excellent, even managing to do a superb cover version of “What Is Love?” by Haddaway.

My only previous time seeing Kaiser Chiefs in Belfast, came at The Odyssey in 2009. It was a much bigger show, with a massive stage going into the middle of the arena, so it was interesting to see how a tent in a park would work.

Ricky Wilson danced as he entered the stage, he was in the mood to party, jumping around on stage, and at one point, even jumping into the crowd, and speaking in character (not sure what) when introducing some songs, and declaring himself to be an “applause junkie” and urging the crowd to give him more hits.

Hits, was the order of the day, but the setlist was a mixture of classic hits and new material from their current album “Education, Education, Education & War”, which Wilson, the salesman, reminded fans, they can now buy.

A forgotten classic which got played was “Modern Way”, dedicated to a tweeter called Kevin, who tweeted them to say the single was the first CD he bought, and Ricky Wilson detailing the various levels of excitement that the tweet gave the members of the band (Peanut was the most excited)

The crowd sang along to most of the songs, knowing every word, hits such as “Never Miss A Beat”, “Ruby” and “Everything Is Average Nowadays”

“I Predict A Riot” was kept to near the end.

The band left the stage to cries of “One More Tune”, which they delivered, well, more than one tune.

At the start of their encore, they teased fans with possible cover songs, performing pieces of songs such as “End Of The Road” by Boyz II Men, and “Respectable” by Mel and Kim. The version of “Respectable” was superb, pity it didn’t last that long.

The encore featured “Misery Company” before ending with their first big hit, “Oh My God”

During the show, Ricky Wilson spoke of his love of Belfast, asking, “Can I call you ‘The Belf’?”

Nobody seemed to object.

A few days after the show, Kaiser Chiefs announced a UK tour in early 2015. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include a visit to “The Belf”

Photo Album

Kaiser Chiefs Live At The Odyssey 2009

Kaiser Chiefs Live At The Odyssey 2009 Photo Album

2013 IN PICTURES – AUGUST

August began with a trip to Dublin to see Blur (supported by Bat For Lashes and The Strypes), for the first time, and possibly the only time, which was why I was so desperate to go.

As the concert was a Thursday, I decided to make a weekend of it, having not stayed in Dublin since 2011. While I was there, I saw lots of Street Art photos (I didn’t go in search of them, but I stumbled upon some, so it would have been rude not to get photos.

Also, while I was in Dublin, I went to see St Patrick’s Athletic take on Drogheda United (my original choice of Bray Wanderers v Shelbourne was moved to a later date) which finished 0-0.

It was my second visit to Richmond Park, both of which have finished 0-0. There’s probably a Banning Order against me attending another match there.

Upon my return from Dublin, that wasn’t the end of the fun, as I went to see The Charlatans at Falls Park. Like Blur, this was my first time seeing them, and possibly my only chance to.

The following weekend, the new season started, and I was at Shamrock Park to see Linfield take on Portadown

My next football match, was the rearranged from March game between Northern Ireland and Russia, which Northern Ireland won 1-0.

That weekend, I was travelling again, this time to Edinburgh, for the festival, but I took in a football match, Hibs v Dundee United, and got some Street Art photos.

After returning from Edinburgh, it was all about Belsonic, my only concert of it being Suede. I was already excited about Suede (like Blur and The Charlatans, never seen them, might be my only chance) but James being added as a support (seen them twice, but never in Northern Ireland) was the icing on the cake.

To end an exciting month, I went to see Linfield play Glentoran. It finished 0-0.

Dublin Street Art

Dublin Street Art Photo Album

Blur Live At IMMA Dublin

Blur Live At IMMA Dublin Photo Album

Bat For Lashes Photo Album

The Strypes Photo Album

St Patrick’s Athletic v Drogheda United

St Patrick’s Athletic v Drogheda United Photo Album

The Charlatans Live At Falls Park

The Charlatans Live At Falls Park Photo Album

Echo Raptors Live At Falls Park Photo Album

Portadown v Linfield

Northern Ireland v Russia

Northern Ireland v Russia Photo Album

Hibernian v Dundee United

Hibernian v Dundee United Photo Album

Edinburgh Street Art

Edinburgh Street Art Photo Album

Runaway Go Live At Belsonic

Runaway Go Live At Belsonic Photo Album

James Live At Belsonic

James Live At Belsonic Photo Album

Suede Live At Belsonic

Suede Live At Belsonic Photo Album

Linfield v Glentoran

THE CHARLATANS – LIVE AT FALLS PARK 4.8.2013

Having seen Blur three days earlier, it was now the turn of The Charlatans for what seems like a month of 90s bands concerts (Suede and James to come later in the month)

I love The Charlatans and had never seen them before, so this was a no brainer as soon as it was announced.

The venue, was a tent situated in Falls Park, and easy to get to once you access the park.

Support, came from a local band called Echo Raptors. So 90s influenced were they, they could almost be peers of Happy Mondays and The Charlatans. Their singer even looked like John Power.

For all that, they were actually quite good and well worth checking out. The crowd certainly enjoyed them, though I got the impression they were friends and family. Hopefully, their fanbase will grow to a bit more.

The Charlatans then came on, to a lot of people’s surprise. I, like many others, had expected Happy Mondays to be supporting The Charlatans, as opposed to the other way around.

During Echo Raptors set, and for a bit of The Charlatans set, there seemed to be problems with the bass from the speakers, though it might just have seemed that way.

The Charlatans came on, and burst straight into “Forever”, creating an anticipation with the bass and keyboard intro, building into the song.

They weren’t instantly brilliant, but the gig got better with each song, frontman Tim Burgess lapping up the adulation of the crowd, declaring that it had been too long since they were last in Belfast.

It was a hits show, pure and simple, all of them so recognisable, that the crowd knew them and were singing along in seconds without Burgess singing a note.

The only downside was that they didn’t play any singles from 2001 album Wonderland, featuring my favourite Charlatans song, “Love Is The Key”

I didn’t bother hanging about for Happy Mondays, as I wasn’t that fussed on them, and was only here to see The Charlatans.

I might not have seen Happy Mondays, but it was still a happy Sunday.

Echo Raptors Photo Album

The Charlatans Photo Album