The Divine Comedy, or rather, Neil Hannon from The Divine Comedy popped into HMV in Belfast City Centre to perform an acoustic set to promote the band’s new album Foreverland, which was played on the instore stereo as fans waited for him to appear, a fact noted by Neil Hannon, who remarked that was what the songs should be sounding like, as he entered the, um, stage by placing his coat over a poster of himself.
He lived up to the band’s name on a night that ventured from the divine to the comedic, which saw Hannon commenting on the humidity in Belfast, that this was his favourite type of rain because your umbrella won’t blow about, playing a mixture of old and new songs, changing the lyrics to some of the songs due to there being a family with young children in the front row.
By the way, the new album that was playing in the background as fans waited sounds rather good.
July began for me with a trip to Dublin, then Bray, primarily for a concert headlined by James and Paloma Faith, a bit of football to see Bray Wanderers, and some Dublin Street Art.
The following week, Linfield’s season was back up and running with the second leg of the UEFA Cup tie against B36 Torshavn at Mourneview Park, my first time seeing Warren Feeney’s Linfield in the flesh.
A 1-1 draw was enough to giver Linfield a tie in the next round against AIK, again at Mourneview Park, where and Andrew Waterworth goal secured a 1-0 win. Unfortunately, a 2-0 defeat in the away leg eliminated Linfield.
Two days later, it was back on the football wagon for Linfield’s friendly against Cowdenbeath. The only reason I went was to see Clandeboye Park, after having had some work done.
The month ended with another Wonder Villains gig, an instore at HMV.
For the second successive Saturday, it was an afternoon concert for me, this time seeing Runaway Go at The Loft, or if you prefer, 3rd floor of HMV at Donegall Arcade.
Previous instore gigs i’d been too at HMV had been a bit chaotic simply due to the lack of space when bands had been performing on the ground floor. Generally, the view was crap.
This new layout is a lot more specious and enjoyable experience.
Over the past few Saturdays, HMV had been staging lunchtime concerts with local acts on the bill. Today’s concert ws by Runaway Go, a band i’d previously seen a couple of times, most notably at Belsonic, supporting James and Suede.
Today’s set was more acoustic based, but still enjoyable. They’ve got an album out in October, so looking forward to that.
I’ve said it again and again, but if HMV Donegall Arcade wants to host instore concerts, it really needs to get their store make-up sorted so that people can actually enjoy the experience without having their view obscruted by the shelves and a lack of space.
Popped in to see And So I Watch You From Afar promote their new EP, and they were excellent, well worth checking out.