2013 IN PICTURES – APRIL

It’s fair to say that April was a busy month.

The first Saturday of the month, I went to two football matches in a day, both Irish Cup Semi-Finals. That night, I went to see Ellie Goulding at Waterfront Hall.

The following morning, I went to get some Street Art photos from the Lagan Towpath.

Three days later, I was in Glasgow to see Linfield in a friendly. I stayed for a few more days so I could see James at SECC, supported by Echo and the Bunnymen.

While I was in Glasgow, I managed to get some Street Art pictures, and attended the Scottish Cup Semi-Final between Falkirk and Hibs.

As you can imagine, I went camera happy during that trip.

Upon my return to Belfast, I was out getting photos of a mural of Bananaman in Great Victoria Street, as you do, before seeing Linfield finish off a miserable season with two home defeats.

Glentoran v Portadown

Glentoran v Portadown Photo Album

Cliftonville v Crusaders

Cliftonville v Crusaders Photo Album

Ellie Goulding Live At The Waterfront Hall

Ellie Goulding Live At Waterfront Hall Photo Album

Down By The Towpath

Glasgow Street Art

Glasgow Street Album Photo Album

Rangers v Linfield

Rangers v Linfield Photo Album

Falkirk v Hibernian

Falkirk v Hibernian Photo Album

Echo and the Bunnymen Live At SECC

Echo and the Bunnymen Live At SECC Photo Album

James Live At SECC

James Live At SECC Photo Album

Bananaman/Stay Puft

Linfield v Ballinamallard United

Linfield v Crusaders

JAMES – LIVE AT SECC 13.4.2013

I love James, have done for 15 years. I bought their Best Of, with a bonus Live CD with money I got for my 16th birthday. I always wanted to see them live, which I thankfully did in 2010.

When their current tour was announced, with Echo and the Bunnymen in support, I desperately wanted to see this, much to my frustration, wasn’t coming to Belfast.

Being in Glasgow for the Linfield match, I decided to stay for a few days to catch this. It was worth it.

It was the first proper night of their tour, but they did a low key warm up gig in Stirling the night before. I was unable to get a ticket for that gig, so I had to make do with a Glasgow gig.

The band arrived on stage to a rapturous reception, starting to jam. Tim Booth, was nowhere to be seen. At my previous James concert in Sheffield, he entered through the balcony, mingling with the crowd.

Keeping an eye out for him, he eventually made his entrance, surprisingly, on the actual stage, before going straight into Tomorrow. He later revealed inbetween songs, that Health and Safety wouldn’t allow him to enter from the seated area to walk onto the stage.

One of the trademarks of a James concert is Tim Booth’s dancing. Dad Dancing, Rave Dancing, whatever you call it, the crowd loved it. The worse, and more frantic his dancing got, the more the crowd loved it.

One of the best songs, though not their best, certainly their most famous, Sit Down, brought the house down, ironically, nobody was sitting down, not even those in the seated areas.

The band then sprung a surprise, doing a stripped down version of She’s A Star before springing a surprise by having a choir perform the song alongside them.

The choir joined them for a few songs. They did try to sing, they spent most of their set trying not to laugh at Tim Booth’s dancing.

His singing thankfully, was a lot better than his dancing.

Photo Album

See Also

James Live In Sheffield 2010

James Live In Sheffield 2010 Photo Album

 

ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN – LIVE AT SECC 13.4.2013

Given the opportunity to see two of my favourite bands on the same bill, it would have been rude to turn down the opportunity.

I love Echo and the Bunnymen, and I must admit, the idea of them supporting James seemed a bit odd, as they never seemed natural bedfellows. People I had spoke to waiting to enter the arena were there solely to see the Bunnymen.

This was my second time seeing them, and it was very much like my previous time. They just got onstage and performed, not much interaction with the crowd, apart from when Ian McCullough praised Electronic Cigarettes, and to dedicate one song to Margaret Thatcher, clarifying, as if he needed to that “It wasn’t a tribute”

The setlist was mostly a Greatest Hits set, comprising of songs from Ballyhoo, apart from their big 1997 comeback hit ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’

A strange set due to it being reduced, and as support for another act, but still enjoyable.

Photo Album

See Also

Echo and the Bunnymen Live At Custom House Square 2010

Echo and the Bunnymen Live At Custom House Square 2010 Photo Album

 

 

GLASGOW

Spent a few days in Glasgow recently, arranged at just over two weeks notice, but had a brilliant time.

The main purpose of my visit, was to see Linfield take on Rangers in a friendly, but after checking the listings, as James were playing in Glasgow on the Saturday night, a plan came into my head to stay Wednesday to Sunday, making the most of some leave I was owed.

I’d only previously been to Glasgow twice, both making brief visits and not really getting to see much of the city.

I was there in 2002, stopping off between Kinross (I was going to T In The Park) and Belfast, and having some time to kill, I spent an afternoon there, then returning in 2008 for the Scotland v Northern Ireland match, only spending a brief time on the afternoon of the match in the city.

I’d always been meaning to spend an afternoon in Glasgow whenever I visit Edinburgh every August, but had never got round to it.

After an early morning flight, I was soon getting used to the city and wandering around. I found the City Centre to be quite easy to navigate, if you used Buchannan Street, Sauchiehall Street and Central Station as a reference point.

After an afternoon in the City Centre, it was a short underground ride to Ibrox for the match between Rangers and Linfield.

The match, wasn’t great, you could tell it was a friendly as neither side was getting too stuck in.

The quality of football, wasn’t important, as it was about seeing Linfield and visiting a new stadium.

Thursday, was a lazy day, taking the opportunity to catch up on sleep after an early morning flight on Wednesday.

After a wee browse around the City Centre, managing to stumble around new places and get totally lost, not that I was complaining, I headed to Hampden Park to visit the Football Museum there.

It was a well set up museum, with some interesting articles, focusing on many aspects of football, including off field stuff such as old Hampden press boxes, dressing rooms, as well as old shirts, memorabilia of Scottish clubs, and Scottish players/managers who have made an impact of the game further afield.

On the Friday, James were doing an intimate show in Stirling, I would have loved to have got a ticket for this and spent a day in Stirling. I was considering going on a day trip somewhere, but decided to stay in Glasgow for the day.

I spent late morning/lunchtime at Kelvingrove Museum. It’s a bit out from the City Centre (I had to get a taxi there) but it’s well worth a visit.

There was an exhibition on Scottish football history, very similar to the museum at Hampden, with a lot of exhibits on loan from Hampden.

Despite the similarity, it’s well worth a visit, as are some of the other exhibits. It’s a very family friendly place, and even had an organ recital over lunch.

I headed back into the City Centre and had some lunch in The Arches, a live music/drama/comedy workshop under the Central Station Bridge, before heading for a wee walk around the City Centre.

That evening, I headed to Mitchell Library, for a talk called ‘Where Is Scottish Football Going?’ as part of the Aye Write Festival.

The talk was interesting, and it was clear the passion was there from the contributors, there was little in the way of disagreement.

The following day, there was a talk looking at the Media industry post Leveson which I would have loved to have attended, but unfortunately, the time was inconvenient.

The reason for that, was that I was back at Hampden Park for the Scottish Cup Semi-Final between Falkirk and Hibs. I managed to get a ticket for 15 quid on the day, and it was an enjoyable game as a neutral, maybe not so much if you supported one of the two teams, especially Falkirk.

After a wee break in my room, it was straight to the SECC to see Echo and the Bunnymen, followed by James.

A fantastic concert featuring two bands I love.

From there, I headed back to the hotel. The three main events I attended were easily to get to, with a very good (in my experience) Public Transport network, with train stops convenient to the venues, and police managing post event crowds very well.

There was a comic moment on Saturday afternoon as a Policewoman on a horse was trying to give instructions to a crowd waiting to get into Mount Florida train station.

They weren’t listening to her as they were too busy laughing at her horse, which had just casually pissed itself.

Four days was possibly too much, but it was worth staying that long just to see James. I had a great time on my first proper visit to Glasgow, a nice city with a good event infrastructure, good selection of places to visit, shops, places to eat, etc.