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There are no words for how amazing that was.
That was phenomenal.
I thought some parts were, two headed boy part 2 and oh comely especially, but I was expecting it to be more spine tingly, just wasnt as powerful as I thought it would be (probably just my own declining capacity to enjoy live music), but it really came to life at the end of the main set with all the instruments, thought it was a shame the accordion wasn't deployed earlier
also one minor gripe, seemed most had physical tickets and a massive queue formed in one direction, why not just let that be the physical tickets queue rather than make everyone switch to the other side and lose places
It was great, an 8/9 out of 10 for sure. I just expected...everything
But I think overall I preferred the ATP shows. More fervent singalongs, less reverby vocals, and they could have done more with Union Chapel's amazing acoustics- I'd have loved to see Jeff do some unamplified material. Still, by far the best non-festival show I've seen in a long while.
Like unbelievably miles better. I'm so glad I went rather than selling my ticket due to brokeness like I was considering.
Oh Comely was possibly up there with the best song performances I have ever seen by anyone ever. Perfect.
I loved it last night, don't get me wrong, but I thought the ATP shows were both better. More to do with the audience than with Jeff - he used the word "polite" to describe the audience last night, and it summed up exactly what I was thinking. Much more in the way of rapport at the ATP shows
Kind of encourage silent reverey, especially when it's such a highly respected singer songwriter, also think the 2nd one he encouraged a sing along for, ghost, was a bad choice, too fast and wordy and not as well known, so the idea kinda died after that
Everything I wanted it to be.
The crowd was definitely too 'polite' though, if you're going tonight, HE WANTS YOU TO SING!
i've got a terrible voice though
who was supporting and what time did he come on?
The music tapes, sounded really good but my god is Julian koster irritating, 745-830 jeff 9-10
I am so fucking over London crowds. The unmber of times I have heard acts, usually American, say 'Wow, you're really polite' Dudes, that's code for 'Are you alive?'
Bit unfair on this shows, he pretty much got a standing ovation, people stamping at the end, people waiting around well beyond the point or realising there would be no 2nd encore, I think at a different venue the sing alongs may have taken off
It’s been a few years since I was in my honeymoon phase with NMH but when he opened up with Two-Headed Boy part 2 I had chills. Lovely set, probably the best venue in London, and one of the most reverential audiences I’ve seen. I had been a little sceptical when these shows were announced that the solo guitar set-up would pale in comparison to the full-band arrangements on the album, but it really worked well, and in fact emphasises his incredible voice more than would be the case if it were competing with more amplified accompaniment (having said that, the various flourishes of saw and clarinet and so on were nice and the full band accordion etc that marched on for Two-Headed Boy was great, so I would really like to see a proper NMH show – especially given that Julian was there and Jeremy Barnes was at the fest with A Hawk & A Hacksaw – wonder why Mangum has opted for the solo thing for this revival?).
Jeremy mentioned this in the interview he did with DiS, he was apparently only going to be there for his own show and then back off on tour, and didn't even know if he'd see Jeff's set.
as you said, i think it works really well as it is. I found the ATP show to be really understated, but in a way that only enhanced the experience. It wasn't anything 'big' and I liked that about it.
but I thought it was good but nothing more. I think people get carried away with it being 'oh my fucking god it's Jeff Mangum'. I really enjoyed it but it was a long way from being the best thing ever. I'd have loved more accompaniment. I'd have loved to have seen the show in a darker venue. And I know £25 reflects supply and demand but...
'Aeroplane' for me as an album is much more edgy than the performance last night, I'd have loved more of that side of things.
But hey, maybe I am just a grumpy old git.
if anyone has a spare ticket, drop us a text, 07791006500, will be near the venue all night!
My phone recognised that number as a link and accidentally called it, think I killed the call in time but if it shows up as a missed call ending 43 please ignore it, sorry
When the drum hit in Two Headed Boy it was one of my favourite ever seconds. It was so perfect because everyone in the venue had imagined it coming in and there was the most fleeting moment where you could tell people were looking around to see if they were going nuts. Lovely stuff.
Might be in the minority here but I was glad people were reluctant to sing along as well.
The absolute silence just before he started playing was magical.
I'd seen him twice where everyone was singing along, and while a great atmosphere, it was a bit annoying. I was singing along too and probably annoying other people.
But last night you could just sit and listen, and the sound quality was SO much better.
For a second I thought `that's weird`, is he stamping on something to make that sound. Oh no, it must be a sampled recording or something. Oh wait... :)
And I think people are confusing reverential silence with no atmosphere. Everyone was totally transfixed and hanging on his every word. Every time a song finished the place exploded and my ears are still ringing from the ovation.
The occasion and the setting, it wasn't right for a bawdy sing a long. Not that stopped the guy next to me from singing out of tune, didn't know the words, clapping out of time, adding his own little flourishes to songs.
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for tickets tonight, if anyone has one or two spare 07730074745. Thanks!
a few tickets on the door last night as the guest list was smaller than expected. So if you are in the area it may be worth chancing a visit (go nice and early mind)
We'll have a very small amount of tickets available on the door tonight costing £27.50 each.
It was worth every penny. The quality of the gig and the specialness of the occasion was worth the price.
I know you know the price of everything and the value of nothing and all that but...
and saying thanks for the opportunity.
Well played, ATP. Well played.
to receive entertainment worth a great deal more than that.
Boy, this exploitation is getting more and more subtle the older I get.
What are you doing?
...I thought this one was worth a go. I have a feeling it won't work out.
is to rip as much money from fans' pockets as they can get away with.
I'm not saying I blame them, i'm just saying they can't do that and then expect people to think they're any different or any better than any promoter (which is what they've always sold as being their USP).
1. I am guessing you know absolutely nothing about the economics of the gig, about the fee that Mangum asked for, and about any financial matters pertaining to the pricing of the gig. If you do - please share them here.
2. I probably dislike ATP as much as you do in some aspects. I think they are a horribly arrogant organisation who claim to have their fans' best interests at heart but often are exposed not to have. I have it on good authority that the head honcho is a terrible, terrible bastard to folk he doesn't like. I am not an ATP apologist in any form, but one thing I will say about their gigs and festivals is that the quality of them is always high. The effort put into the sound, the choice of venues and the set up of the musicians is always, always top notch.
3. You been to a gig recently where no-one has made any profit from it? Don't think so.
Sure £27 is a lot of money to pay in the context of the sparseness of the gig. But combine the above points (particularly your first one) and your argument dissolves.
You just don't like ATP because you're reacting to the intense adoration they get in here. That's a ridiculously fragile foundation for an argument against them and you know it.
Writing that was more enjoyable than doing the work I'm supposed to doing this morning so, we're both winners.
Will I be able to get to Stratford for 10.38pm?
If you can get the Overland times to line up for you it's possible
Last minute bail for tonight so if anyone can get to the venue and wants a ticket email Filip@bluejumpers.com Thanks!
which I thought was really short... I would have loved to hear Little Birds and Gardenhead/Leave Me Along, ALSO if he had people there who could play brass why didn't he deploy it earlier???
Overall it was pretty class just wasn't perhaps as....i dunno, immersive as it could have been, for me.
I'd be annoyed, personally.
The master troll does it again!