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So a band being on when you were on holiday doesn't count, but does if you went specifically for the show only.
And needs a question mark. But you get the idea.
to see Belle & Sebastian back when I was a fanboy
Spain, Germany, Calafornia and Belguim for festivals but don't suppose that counts.
Newcastle to London - once for REM (2005) and once for Brand New (2006). Of course, Americans would win this thread because they'll be lucky if bands even play in their state half the time.
in the middle of butfuck america somewhere who will happily drive 14 hours to a show. Thats like me driving to Barcelona or something. On the other hand it would cost them about 15p in fuel so its just the time.
Furthest I have been is Dublin for Mogwai (from Bristol), but that isn't that hard. In fact I am going to Dublin for Ryan Adams next week too. I built a holiday around Ryan Adams in Los Angeles before, but I was, in all honesy, going there before I realised he was on so it doesn't really count.
is st malo from London to see the cure, although it was a festival and we stayed for all 3 days, so I donno if that counts.
I was there. And I'm sorry, but The Cure sucked.
Most of my friends left before !!! came on. Losers.
i grew up in nashville which is basically the middle of buttfuck america because most bands seem to skip it on tour. i spent many hours driving between nashville and atlanta just to go to shows - it's about a 5 hour drive.
i once went from nashville to las vegas to see oasis when i was 13.
most recently, i went from boston to atlanta to see black rebel motorcycle club. i got to take my niece to her very first concert, so it was definitely worth it!
SXSW? Does that count? I think so...
Otherwise, Manchester to Nottingham for Wilco. That's not really all that far, mind.
it got cancelled tho so it ended up just being a holiday to paris.
I know one is technically further, but 2 spring to mind:
Redditch (south of birmingham) to leeds (via sutton coldfield there and back) to see Hot Water Music at the Bassment when I was 17 with 2 mates, there and back in one evening. Also one of my first outings onto DiS http://drownedinsound.com/events/138
Leeds to Glasgow then stayed in Edinburgh overnight to see Sigur Ros at the Barrowlands, 2 cars (me driving again), I was 20 this time, and at uni, so although it was further, I had more spare time and was older, and I stayed somewhere overnight.
Both are in my all time favourite gigs.
I missed my flight :(
it was brilliant, my commiserations. Have you seen the pictures from the gig? http://www.sigur-ros.co.uk/tour/2003/20030211.php
in all their blurry lomo-y goodness.
that'll be the furthest for me. i didn't even get tickets for 100 broken windows :(
specifically for the Yo La Tengo & Feelies show on New Year's Eve. I can't believe these two bands are playing together. I never thought I'd get to see The Feelies live.
I've also been to France to Paris and middle of fucking nowhere France to see gigs before.
For NIN, the glasgow date sold out mega quick. So it was a megabus and a hostel job!
...from London, specifically to see Roger Waters do Dark Side of the Moon - believe it or not this was originally billed as a one-off show to help celebrate 100 years of the French Grand Prix. Little did we know he'd end up flogging it around the world for three further years!!
Still, it was an amazing trip, worth it just to see the faces on the 100,000 plus F1 racegoers as we cruised back out of the circuit on the Saturday morning having not seen a car turn a wheel in anger...
for mclusky at clwb ifor bach. Well worth the effort, though it would've been nice to have had a drink.
on the national express.
for Tom Waits earlier this year
but a one of show would just have me driving from Oxford to London to see MBV at the ICA. doesn't really count as i live in Lonon but my car was in Oxford and so was I at the time.
Interpol April 2005. Brixton had sold out
the mountain goats show i promoted last year at union chapel had people from all over coming to london just for the show... quite a few scandinavians and a couple of belgians too.
Mars Volta in Sweden
TV on the Radio in Paris
Two of the best gigs of my life, gigs abroad are amazing!
For the actual WORST Fall gig of my life. It was truly awful.
from Perth (Aust.) to Sydney (Aust.) to see U2 (yeah, I know, but it was their first tour after Achtung Baby).
to see Bis's final show in 2003 and not long after to see Mogwai at Barrowlands.
via train bus plane bus and ferry to see Mogwai. Also not sure if it breaks the holiday but Godspeed in munich as them playeying played a big part in my decision to go.
cant even explain that typo
that was such a good day out on Rothesay
but at the time I had the usual 'my feet ache I wish I was at home' thoughts
How Awesome! I used to live there as a kid (till i was 5 basically)/ have some fond memories of the place (despite the ridiculous amount of rain!) Where did they put it on (*struggles to think of an applicable venue*)/ when was it? (i'll kick myself if it was reasonably recent, i haven't been back in aaages/this would have been a great excuse!)
My furtherst gig would be a popkomm thing in berlin a year ago (Architecture in helsinki, Stars, Menomena, Caribou) It was ace! :)
looking back that is an wonderful setlist.
just to see malcolm middleton at the paradiso.
to see REM when I was 15.
wasn't worth it. I do enjoy travelling though
classed as travelling?
when mogwai played on rothesay
edinburgh -> london for the 2005 DLB shows (Lemonheads, Cat Power & Múm, Mudhoney) & STA all dayer.
london -> edinburgh & glasgow for the final arab strap shows.
clearly aren't worth it. I mean, gigs aren't THAT good. Wouldn't it be better to stay at home and get laid, or something?
Long-distance slam piece + gig. For The proverbial Win.
Before some playing-away rumpy. Now we're talking.
It was brutal, may mate got free tickets to an invite only Dillinger Escape plan show (with Johnny Truant), 12 hours down on bus, hang around London for 16 hours, watch gig, 12 hours back.
Great gig, but we were both hammered by the travel.
to Edinburgh that i drove for a mates gig. we were touring mind so i'm not sure it counts. SXSW and Coachella but again, not sure if they count.
to see the Pixies after all the Brixton dates had sold out.
London to Paris for Benjamin Biolay, Indochine, Dominique A and Steve Wynn
Glasgow to London for Steve Wynn and Roddy Frame
London to Glasgow for the Pastels
Rennes to London for Steve Wynn
Thionville (eastern France) to Brussels and Paris for Roddy Frame
London to Isle of Wight for Roddy Frame at Bestival 2004
Happy summer festival vibes. I did go see Tads new band as well - it wasn't that great...:( God if I'd gone all the way to Seattle to see Tads new band + the Gutter Twins I'd have been mightily p***** off....
to see Bearclaw
but that doesn't count
So London to Newcastle to see JJ72
the time myself, brooner, homersick_alien, joeymahone and guntrip went to see Les Savy Fav in Bedford felt like we had gone to the depths of hell.
to see slint/gang gang dance
manchester to new york to see fantomas
manchester to new york for atp
but i wish i could have done those ones too!
chicago, for the touch&go 25th anniversary party
for their first UK appearance. It might have been '99 actually.
It was awesome.
They're playing London in 2 weeks. NEED TO GET TICKETS.
for Sonic Youth
I got the coach from Middlesbrough to London and back to see Yndi halda. I don't even like Yndi Halda that much.
It was more to do with meeting up with friends than anything else.
for Guided By Voices. But we did build a whole trip around the shows... there were several trips like that just to see GBV but that was the furthest!
For M83 and I Monster - 4 years ago. Happened to fall on Valentine's day, so was a good excuse to take the other half.
new jersey to vermont
to see ween
most tedious time ever
that said i visited friends on the same trip and made the most out of it, but yeah, 267 miles according to googlemaps
i went to glasgow from london to see Mystery Jets support CSS but I was in their tour bus for larks as a last minute thing so dunno if that counts
which isn't *too* bad, but my housemate went to oslo just to see muse last year which is pretty extreme
dunno how far that is
nothing too epic.
to nottingham. for lightning bolt at the boat club a couple of years ago
The best place on earth. Tom Vek one night, Go! Team/The Grates and Rufus Wainwright and Fischerspooner on the spare days. God I love that place.
Fly from Jersey to London all the time for gigs (The Walkmen this week/The Stills on the 25th) - you don't get many tours reaching these parts...
to see My Vitriol two years or so ago...
to see The Proclaimers
to see Jeniferever this summer, but went to Melt! festival the next day. More of coincidence.