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

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

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 31.5.2013

1. Icona Pop ft Charli XCX – I Love It
2. Aluna George – Attracting Flies
3. Dizzee Rascal ft Robbie Williams – Goin Crazy
4. Editors – A Ton Of Love
5. Kodaline – High Hopes

This week, it was announced that Charlatans will be performing at Falls Park as part of Feile. One of my favourite bands. So, an excuse, if it was needed, to do a Charlatans Top Five

FIVE CHARLATANS SONGS

1. Love Is The Key
2. Blackened Blue Eyes
3. Forever
4. North Country Boy
5. I Never Want An Easy Life

And finally, in other concert news, some new acts were added to the Belsonic bill. I was already excited about seeing Suede, but James being added to the bill makes me even more excited.

I saw them in Glasgow this year. They’re a band you must see live, though it will be interesting to see how their live show translates to an outdoor gig.

The other Belsonic gig which interests me is Friday 23rd August, Silhouette, Nina Nesbitt and The Courteeners. Not that fussed by Jake Bugg to be honest.

So, to get you in the mood for Belsonic, here’s a Belsonic themed chart for you.

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS APPEARING AT BELSONIC

1. James – She’s A Star
2. Suede – Trash
3. The Courteeners – What Took You Do Long?
4. Silhouette – Can’t Keep Up
5. Ben Howard – Only Love