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Never seen them. It'll be even better cos it's free right? And raining.
it'll be odd.
but hopefully nice?
Anyone know for sure what time it will finish? Doors open 2pm but the rumour is that RATM won't be on til 9pm
Doors - 1400
Gallows - 1720
Roots Manuva - 1830
Gogol Bordello - 1935
Rage Against The Machine - 2050
Curfew - 2230
I was excited about it but strangely not now. I'm sure it'll be excellent regardless.
still going, will be fun, but I'm far from MAD PUMPED
Enjoy. I'm quite close to Finsbury Park so may pop down and see if anyone's hawking a spare.
to prevent touting
but could I not get a spare off someone already going to the gig with an extra ticket in their name?
has a photo and address. They're pretty much untoutable.
a video for anyone not going
what a dick.
the bass was very high in the mix where I was standing and the guitar solos all sounded fairly subdued. on that point I was really quite aware of how samey a lot of their material is, in particular Morello's guitarwork; impressive still. Zach spent a fair amount of time crouched bobbing his afro.
but sorry that's not a reflection on the show: they put in a solid effort in making it a special occasion: they were 'introduced' by a 2/3 minute Simon Cowell animation; brought the campaign starters out on stage - all hugs and Morello delivering a very heartfelt and warm speech - plus they got the cheque for Shelter to the tune of £160,000 from what I saw; they did a cover of White Riot in honour of "British punk bands that changed the world"; and in the encore gap they had a very amusing set of quotes from the Christmas chart build-up, soundtracked by (of course) 'The Climb'.
No Wake Up, no Born Of A Broken Man, no Take The Power Back; but they played Township Rebellion and Freedom (to me this seems a bit strange). the only other gripe was that the set was only 11 or 12 songs long - they were 15m late and wrapped up before I thought they would (i.e. at 10.20 rather than 10.30).
BUT all said and done it was a good show, good cause, free and a nice way to wrap up a weekend. 7.5-8/10
People Of The Sun
Know Your Enemy
Bulls On Parade
Bullet In The Head
Sleep Now In The Fire
Killing In The Name
A companion who didn't have a ticket braved the gates. He walked in a line with us (all of whom had tickets), tried to bribe the stub collector. He refused to take the money, so he just walked on ahead and wasn't stopped. Easy.
Township Rebellion was absolutely fantastic.
Didn't get involved in any of this nonsense http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSC2m9u5ZJg&feature=player_embedded
I thought the sound was great for Rage though. Managed to get pretty much where I'd been standing for Gallows earlier on, and i thought it had improved a lot by then...
The security did seem much laxer than the hassle surrounding having photos on tickets implied, I left about 9.45 to get the last train and people were just walking in the main gates.
No complaints about what I saw of RATM's performance but a combination of having to stay sober and my body still being broken from the Pixies on Friday meant I didn't enjoy it quite as much as others seem to have done.
Not you fine chaps.
hurt themselves more than i hurt myself in the pit
In my flat. A mile and a half away. Trying to watch Battlestar Galactica. Fuck off, RATM.
but heard nothing on sunday. Don't know what that means.
with someone else's ticket (who couldn't make it) and got in with no questions (they don't look particularly alike)
Didn't bother in the end.
but the whole place was full of complete cunts. I was quite far back and there were several really unlikely-looking Rage fans going mental and pushing into people during every song. NOT COOL.
and I was at least halfway back. Don't mind the pushing so much, but getting covered in backsweat from barechested pinkertons: DON'T LIKE.
that RATM have been reduced to celebrating the great political success of selling more copies of a tired old song than Simon Cowell's client sold in a given week courtesy of the facebook campaign for the bored, which they're trying to frame as some sort of victory against the system? The pop charts the battleground? Sigh.
t-shirts fitting today? Are you feeling properly righteous? Are RATM well hard? Did it 'rock'?
hint: ALL OF THE QUESTIONS POSED HAVE THE SAME ANSWER
We should be a lot closer
If that's what failure looks like, bring it on.
it was good. that is all.
Gallows were shite: barely acceptable as a punk covers band, while their own songs were ham-fisted and devoid of even a hint of a tune. Frank Carter though - the man is a genius as a frontman! This did at least mean that Gallows were entertaining.
Roots Manuva - really looked forward to it and he came on with a full band and his Mum & Dad as backing singers(possibly)...but they didn't really engage with the crowd much so apart from 'witness' is was all really samey and dull.
Gogol Bordello. Some would describe them as a melting pot of musical cultures fused with the dynamism and energy of punk. Others would point out that it's new age worldbeat music that you can find in charity shops with a slightly louder guitar. They did perform the vital role of making Rage Against The Machine sound even better which is a plus. 'Start Wearing Purple' would have sufficed rather nicely.
RATM's sound was a bit muted - I would have preferred a more biting guitar-heavy mix - and they did come on late and come off early (like a political rally!), while routinely ignoring some of their best songs (Wake Up), but overall they put on a very good show and people were going batshit crazy to them and belting out the words for every song. Hats off to the band, they could have pocketed the money and bought out a compilation CD instead, so to put on a decent show for free and give a substantial donation to charity took some morals and balls.
Totally knackered at work today and strangely bruised all over...
would an event of that size cost to stage? I haven't been to anything like that for years (last major outdoor festival I went to was V99) and the logistics of putting it on must be mindboggling - they surely made a mint from alcohol and T-shirts but to put it on with no main sponsor or anything must have been a bit of a sting to their (or whoever bankrolled it) pockets.
but they said they were paying it off with the money they get from their festival sets they play this summer.
I bloody loved it! And lost my jumper. Ah well.
I missed this. The one fucking year I'm outta the country - anyway, my mate went and broke her toes in the pit. I think it sounded brill
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