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I am going this evening. I have not seen him before. I am expecting good things.
"I'm not fucking around".
4th time seeing him.
until tomorrow. If that makes sense. Been waiting almost half my life for this. Couldn't help but peek at photos from Europe - looks mind-boggling.
Pretty moist already, not going to lie.
saturday. nursing a semi
CANNAE WAIT LIKE.
Never seen him before.
Feeling a bit like a 5 year old on Xmas Eve. Any chance of some Illinois/Michigan stuff or will it all be newer?
One of the best things I've ever seen. Two and a half hours, the stage production of a Flaming Lips show, pretty much all of "Age of Adz" plus Seven Swans, Concerning The UFO, Casimir Pulaski Day, and Chicago.
But yeah, I'm there tonight and tomorrow too.
I'm hoping it won't be a mad rush to get to the train station.
This will be the second time. The first time (in 2009) was utter brilliance.
from 6 or so
I'll also be there tonight.
at RTE, 1pm... Big Deal, Beth Jeans Houghton etc.
7:30pm - DM Stith
8:30pm - Sufjan Stevens
Loop pedals, ethereal voice- well worth getting there early for.
so are we expecting 2hr30 from Sufjan then? god I'm excited.
Weirdly indifferent thus far, I'm sure I'll get excited by this evening though
Didn't know you were going tonight! Where are you sitting?
Erm not sure, booked tickets quite late so I can't imagine they're great. Balcony somewhere I think. How about you?
I hope to bump into you!
seat is right at the back of the balcony which I was a bit annoyed about. But I'm sure it'll still be amazing...
seen him once before and he was fucking awesome. if anyone half remembers the setlist from tonight, would be great to see what hes got planned this tour
Tomorrow and Saturday. First time I'm seeing him and so excited. Going on my own so only fear is that I may get a tad emotional depending on whats played and blubb a little and embarrass myself. Wouldn't be the first time!
I'm going to Manchester, hate Festival Hall and their members tickets and seating etc...
My first time seeing Sufjan live needs to be beer in hand, stood in a bunch of like minded souls. So I'm off to Manchester next Thursday especially, the four hour drive will be worth it!
Age of Adz (74mins) plus say 4 other songs (20 min) and I presume general Sufjan chit chat?
So an hour and 45 mins max?
I think he's been doing Age of Adz plus one song from Delighted People EP, then a two song encore featuring one acousticy song (That dress looks nice on you, Casimir Pulaski Day, John Wayne Gacy Jr. etc) and ending with Chicago. Still, can't wait.
I really enjoyed his mini lecture on Royal Robertson's artwork. Obviously wouldn't work for a lot of gigs, but it was a nice interval and was very interesting to hear about his inspiration and writing process.
As mentioned before, the value for money of his show was something else.
His dancing is brilliant as well. What a guy.
Genuinely one of the best shows I've ever been to and I was pretty lukewarm to him beforehand.
Loved it when everyone ran to the front to dance during Impossible Soul. I was at the front of the balcony, so couldn't join in there, but stood up and danced there. Then did some dancing in the aisles during Chicago, until the bouncer came to tell me to dance less excessively :(
Ah well, was flippin' amazing anyway! Am looking for another repeat of it all again tomorrow!
it was wonderful. Beautiful, joyous and awe-inspiring - the amount of effort that went into the show both on-stage and off puts every other band charging £25 a ticket to shame.
but forgot. Did he play Seven Swans?
with Seven Swans. Someone has posted the setlist up - http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/sufjan-stevens/2011/royal-festival-hall-london-england-73d3eab1.html
Wonder what the chances are of finding someone selling a cheap Dublin ticket. Still not sure I want to pay those ridiculous face value Dublin prices.
but I'd probably rather he didn't play Impossible Soul and squeezed in about 4 other songs in it's place. It's good like but it's not THAT good. Actually even Djohariah to close the set in it's place would be pretty fucking epic.
It was one of the most euphoric things I've ever witnessed
Like the best gig experience I've ever had. I think I held my breath for the whole of the first song and spent the rest of the gig with my mouth wide open. It was just amazing, sound and visuals.
Impossible soul was incredible. I love that song anyway but to see it live like that was something else. I was so pleased when people stood up. I was dying to stand up and dance for the whole gig but didn't want to ruin anyones view. The atmosphere and the dancing at the end was all worth the wait.
I would love to go again tomorrow but I think I'll wait for primavera and hopefully see him there.
Also: THE WINGS!
£25 was a steal!
I want to try and avoid SPOILERS for those who haven't seen him before, so I'll just say that you should get on your feet and get down the front at the earliest opportunity.
Considering I wasn't that excited about it beforehand (was tired, not heard the new record etc) it completely blew me away. The second we saw people getting up my friends and I ran to the front and were front row centre! I went all fanboy which I rarely do and SHOOK HIS HAND.
I'm sat in the balcony so I won't be able to get down the front but I did sit in the front row at his Barbican show so I can't complain really.
is making me very very excited for tonight... My half day at work is going to drag....
Too many of you folks who like good stuff rate him. Chances of seeing him at Primavera are pretty slim I'm guessing?
should be fine if you arrive earlier enough and bag yourself an advance €2 ticket.
i.e. tickets for the Auditori shows are on sale in advance of the festival, and on-line only.
Whenever they decide to open up registration, release the timetables and make the tickets available...
I'm not fucking around.
I'm also planning to see him twice unless there is a huge clashsmash on one of the days.
I guess that'd make sense!
Twice eh? He must be REALLY good! I'm firing up Spotify now
But that don't matter shit, I love him.
Not sure what time he came on, but to play for over 2 hours, and for me not to be bored or distracted or anything but totally entralled is a hell of an acheivement. I thought the new album really came to life and totally clicked - obviously the incredible costumes and visuals and lights helped a lot!
Impossible Soul was just perfect, but I thought John Wayne Gacy -> Chicago was unbelieveable too. To go from such sorrow and sadness to total euphoria in the space of 30 seconds in particular was jaw-dropping.
Now of course i've got to see him again at Primavera, and this time I need to be down the front! (was right at the back of the rear stalls last night)
The visual/video/lighting/choreography were something else, right from that utterly spellbinding opening of 'Seven Swans'. Brilliant energy throughout, nicely plotted and paced, real warmth between performer and audience. Puts a lot of other shows to shame quite frankly. Such a pleasure to see someone with such a sincere and honest approach and aesthetic (inc. Asthmatic Kitty etc) be rewarded with the audience that enables a show of that spectacle and imagination, and such a joy for him to repay that appreciation in such a phenomenal fashion. A credit to the large-scale vision and willingness to explode, and give life to that progression from `just` folk to something more expansive.
(As my better half said re - the phantasmic array of costumes and feathers and animal hats and colours at the end: `I think when he had his little nervous breakdown, he really had it. I think he's still partly broken, or just a bit lobotomised. That was bonkers, and I say that as someone who was in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar`).
Fucking priceless quote :-)
that's enough hype now. Blimey.
A rare thing.
As a guide, like.
7:35 - 8:05 DM Stith
8:30 - 11 Sufjan Stevens
Sufjan's Neon Carnival - 8.30 - 11pm
Sufjan played 8:30 til 11 including encore
I actually felt emotional at many points. The Age of Adz material was just epic live and the visuals and dancers really added to it. Impossible Soul was definitely the highlight, the performance flowed brilliantly and really captured the joy and power of the song. I didn't think it would live upto the album but it really did. Incredible.
What an amazing, amazing, amazing gig. Agree with others - to get two and a half hours of that kind of music and spectacle for £25 puts most other artists to shame. If I have one slight criticism it's that his LONG speech was a bit much, but luckily I decidd early on to follow his advice and go to the bar!
Have to say, the highlight of the night was "Seven Swans". Just seeing that amazing band start playing the really haunting music and the wings coming out was awesome. But, I genuinely didn't realise how much I was going to love the Age of Adz material.
The audience response was pretty flat at first but I don't think I've ever seen such an appreciative crowd - he took the longest time I've ever seen to come on for an encore and frankly the crowd would have stood there clapping and cheering for twice as long!
i had to leave for the train at that point, gutted - what a truly spectacular show though!
John Wayne Gacy Jr.
You should have missed your train instead.
to make sure she got the last train home to leicester - if it had been me i would've missed it. think that ticket was the best birthday present i've ever got her though!
quite gutted i missed that encore but nevermind
And then spending the night sleeping on a bench near Euston…
the thought did cross my mind...
I cant wait until Monday :D
the last time i saw him, circa illinois.
cos that was about 5 years ago i couldnt even remember why exactly it was my favourite, just know that i enjoyed myself at that more than anything else, and last night reminded me exactly why. really down to earth considering the mental theatrics, genuinely charming, incredible sound/choice of setlist/COSTUMES.
think the age of adz is a genuine classic and his best record
isnt sure, there couldnt be a better introduction. itd be mental not to at least try get a place to see him
Really great venue for the right type of gig.
why the hell don't the stagger the seats like any other thetre so you aren't looking at the back of the person in fronts head?
There must be a limited edition, screenprinted poster, right?
And what about a mobile. Y'know, for kids?
any decent tees?
The T-shirt was some ghastly Hoxton scribble nonsense, while there were no posters, tote bags or tea towels. He's *changed*, man.
for tonight after reading all this. I'm really near the back on the balcony though (stupid random tickets), will this affect the amazingness in any way?
i hated most of it.
the dancing and stage set up was embarrassing.
the songs without the stupidity were a million times better.
gacy was perfect
I reckon you're probably not alone, tbh. I absolutely loved it, but from the very start I could imagine there were plenty of folks thinking WTF and yearning for some banjo. And then when everyone comes on here with the 'ooohs' and 'aaahs' and 'OMGs', the dissenters second-guess themselves. In fact, I haven't looked yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if someone set up another thread.
are now up from last night, phew.
its hard to explain these shows in words but those photos make it unnecessary
I know it's all been said already but fuck me that was incredible.
I've got major withdrawal symptoms already, could quite happily spend the rest of the year dancing like a complete twat to Impossible Soul. The encore completely ruined me too. *sigh*
in the best possible way
never realised ballons could make me so happy
Concerning the UFO
He also did Now That I'm Older tonight and dropped Owl And The Tanager.
Both London gigs have been 2 of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. And there's still Brighton to come and it's standing, can't wait to dance my arse off.
whilst tonight was pretty amazing I dont think the venue was well suited for that kind of joyousness
Played with the massive RFH organ = fucking unbelievable start.
To the credit of the show ... It never flagged after that. Jaw dropping to the end. Now That I'm Older was so moving ...
but without the organ at the start, but caught it at the end. Was perfect:
What a performance!
Seven Swans was good too!
The only bad thing was the amount of grown men holding balloons and not letting anyone else play with them. I hope they take them home and every day as they wake up they notice that their balloon has deflated that little.bit more, and no matter what they do, they can't stop it deflating until all the air is gone and they realise all they have left is a hit of rubbery plastic stuff.
I guess the pounding drum machine from the right of the venue may have been unavoidable (another venue?) but having a dj playing sub bass heavy music at the bar to literally no one with just one constantly opened door between was really really stupid, ruined the quiter moments.
the show more banter and glitter but no middle encore song
with the dj in the foyer. Thought it was fantastic and danced like a loon to Impossible Soul! One of the best gigs I have ever seen.
though I could hear the drum machines presumably from the corn exchange or somewhere between songs, but I moved to near the back after an hour and a half and it was really noticable rumbling bass that I could feel even during the parts where I couldnt hear it, it was well annoying, just dont understand what the dj was doing there, I went to the bar twice and there was no one there listening to him it was just unnecessary
only really heard a couple of muffled rumbling beats between songs. I did notice the dj rig at the bar on the way in and thought that it made no sense. Still, had an amazing time, even though I had to drive back to Chichester afterwards. Get real, get right!!!
and I probably should have just moved back forward I suppose
I was near the front but heard something a couple of times but wasn't sure what it was.
Still trying to take the last 3 days in, it's been amazing but the best night was probably the Friday at RFH. The organ at the start was just mindblowing and Casimir Pulaski Day as well. But all 3 shows were great.
Or the DJ at the bar. It's all been said before but that really was amazing. Would have liked some more Illinois/Michigan songs but to be honest I doubt I enjoyed it any less without them. Really liked all of the newer ones too, Vesuvius stood out as being particularly brilliant. Best gig I've been to in ages.
Did anyone see Gaggle downstairs at RFH on Friday? Just walked in as they started..didn't know what the hell was going on, they were ace though.
There was still some confetti drifting down from last night
Glorious stuff throughout. Kinda wish I'd been standing though - the circle was great in that I had a great view of the whole spectacle but felt a bit like I was missing out on the atmosphere down below, and there wasn't much seated-people-deciding-to-stand-up action, but I did find my ticket for €30 (this might not sound like a bargain but face value seating prices including Ticketmaster charges over here was a ludicrous €45). One of the dancers did manage to climb up to us at one point too, impressively.
And yeah, Impossible Soul was one of the best things I've ever seen. As if Seven Swans wasn't incredible enough.
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That was worth it.
You were there but did not respond to my facebook request for people to hang out with?
Setlist changes from London: no Heirloom or Enchanting Ghost, we got Sister and The One I Love instead.
the Manchester crowd was pretty bobbins, tbh.
Whereas people were busting to get out of their seats at RFH, the Apollo crowd's rapture only extended to singing along with the quieter numbers.
These were wonderful moments, don't get me wrong (Sister was a nice surprise). But the climax of Impossible Soul is set-up for true connection between band and crowd. The RFH got it, the Apollo didn't.
Madchester? Mehchester, more like.
Though, the singing along to Casimir Pulaski day was *beautiful*.
But we only got Chicago for the encore because of stupid time restrictions :<
I blame George Osborne. Twunt.
Probably the best gig i've ever been to. Impossible soul was definitely the best thing I've ever heard, really made me fall in love with the album again for like the 3rd time. Oh man he's cool I well love him.
We got shorter sets in Dublin, UNFAIR (still great though). Here is the set I saw: http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/sufjan-stevens/2011/olympia-theatre-dublin-ireland-6bd3deb2.html