On sale Wed am
Sadly I already have Alexendra Palace tickets. Boo!
And on the Thursday. Secret show on Thursday? Opening the festival on Friday morning and then flying off to Ireland to do an evening show? [Playing a surprise slot in my kitchen?]
Playing London on the Wednesday will no doubt annoy the Glasto crowd who'll already be at the festival, seems like odd timing.
(Clutching at straws)
anyone know how much?
Collection from venue only.
Alligator came out. It's odd to think that a band now playing The Roundhouse is them actually doing a small gig.
Two ? three minutes ?
I've noticed that The Roundhouse website is better than it was a few years back though. They now put you in a queue and tell you your queue number. I remember their website in 2008 when the first MBV gigs were announced; it crashed for ages.
but hey. more street-drinking ahead of the gig.
last week. Best avoided.
everything I've seen of them has been great.
still wish the national were doing glastonbury though...
Beck at the Union Chapel. (Or for me Cambridge Corn Exchange)
Is it excessive to try for tix to this when I'm going to the Ally Pally?
Might have a chance if I'm on there at 9...
the standing level and estimate it at roughly 500-750 seats. There's probably enough space for 1.5K to stand although only 10% of those would get even an average view.
i got there half hour early, was like number 250 in the queue. with 10 minutes to go the page was loaded up, reloaded it when 9 o'clock came and got ma ticket
i'm gonna start from about 8-8.30am
got *where* half hour early?
enough to "win" the opportunity to buy £30 tickets for you and a friend.
They're trying to shun the touts as much as they can. The promoters tactic are acceptable and understandable. I blame the touts. To any touts/ebayers reading: when you cross the street after selling tickets to this gig at extortionate prices please concentrate at purely the profit you made and not traffic.
There's no 'tactics', nor hoops - you just exchange your paper tickets for a wristband after having shown photo ID and on you go. You make it sound like the promoter is asking everyone who wants a ticket to bum a horse or something
seems to have reverted back to the main event page now.
I was 52nd at 8:51, I'm 44th now
I'm here and I'm not getting any mention of a queue http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/productions/the-national
seems random, just refreshed about 20 mins ago and there it was. Not coming up on a different PC I'm also using.
Has link labelled 'more information' under The National. Clicking on that took me into the Waiting Room.
Full URL is ww.roundhouse.org.uk/waitingroom.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.roundhouse.org.uk%2Fwhats-on%2Fproductions%2Fthe-national
257 at 8:59, seems to be going down at a slower rate now, can't say I'm too hopeful about this!
would have been much higher up had the fucktard developers who built this queueing system actually bothered to test it across multiple browsers. grumble.
Stuck there since 8:58.
Just going to be patient and hope!
for about 10 minutes! was racing down before that. humph.
Im in the queue too (firefox). IE on a different computer in the office isn't loading the queue.
chrome was just redirecting back to the event page, whilst firefox seems to be working.
Must ask the IT manager if I can get rid of IE one day!
but number 1056! It's not looking good...
I'd rather they'd used Ticketmaster for this tbh.
Despite the website crashing after the payment screen.
Just over 1000th in the queue, is it worth hanging on?
And can get to the page where you select how many tickets you want, but then the next page is just blank. This is so frustrating!!
If you're at the front trying to pay with pennies from your loose change jar, HURRY THE FUCK ON UP!
Best of luck people. Because I'm having none at the moment.
Haven't moved since they opened.
Opened it on IE and can't get to the homepage - it's crashed, like silverfoxqpr says.
So is it worth waiting in the queue or will that have crashed too?
Just moved to 42. So at least *something* is happening
this system is brilliant
I've gone down from 241 to 377 having started at about 300.
Bumped down to 177th!
got to 12th, then BOOM - 166!
over 140 places. This is bullshit.
Try 740th to 877th.
Fuck you, Roundhouse.
Even if you miss out - try again at around half 9 when all of the half completed orders expire and the tickets go back on sale.
Is it cause I tweeted the Roundhouse telling them how useless they are?
Still 100+ worse off than I was 25 minutes ago. But maybe it's working now...
yup, me too. Keep getting 10 or so further foreward in the queue, then jumping back 80 places.
About 20 minutes ago I was thinking; *good system this*.
What a crock of shit
select number of tickets 2...
The a dead screen. Tip top.
another 150 places. What a waste of time this is.
I don't mind not getting tickets, I kind of expected it, it's the ridiculously broken functionality of the thing that irks me.
Give them hell, tweeps
That's how I got Knife tickets.
I've not been in a queue, but just got to a payment screen (which has now gone blank)
Think being in a queue is futile... just hammer that link. I did and got tickets...
That just put me in the queue - at position 4008!
Maybe it was cached or something because I'd been on the page before....
At this rate I might have a ticket by teatime.
just sticks me into the Queue sadly.
Roundhouse ?@RoundhouseLDN 1m
So we've experiencing such high demand we're struggling with the load. Don't worry though, we're on the case... stay patient, bear with us.
Roundhouse ?@RoundhouseLDN 4s
If you appear to be going up in the queue, please hold on - there is a problem but your place is secure so please be patient.
"If you appear to be going up in the queue, please hold on - there is a problem but your place is secure so please be patient."
stood outside The Luminaire.
Took long enough. Maybe I should've donated £3 so that they could afford some fucking bandwidth?
I managed to get around the queue by going on the Roundhouse home page, clicking 'book tickets' underneath the National subheading and going through that way. Took about 5 minutes and a bit of a refreshing but straight through to ticket pages.
It goes to the queue for me!
Nice work though.
Can people stop suggesting alternative strategies that do nothing but place you back in the queue? We appreciate your efforts but that's what they all do.
We also don't know what happens on your computer when you put them in. Link sharing is normally a very effective way of helping others get tickets.
I know, hence why I said "We appreciate your efforts". I'm just also pointing out that, having tried all of them, none of them have done anything other than put me straight back in the queue.
And got straight to the ticket page. Think the queuing system has completely fallen over due to sheer demand.
Got mine just now over the phone with the box office...
Hung up. The Roundhouse hates me.
Box office not open til 10 surely?
I just got two tickets! Using Chrome.
they're also selling at the box office, FYI, you might be quicker doing that.
This is stupid.
I suggest just opening a new browser, having been stuck on the previous one for the best part of an hour I opened anew and got in straight away.
Again, just put me back in the queue unfortunately.
even for the next few days as The Roundhouse have the habit of trickle selling the odd ticket now and again for sold out gigs. That happened for The Knife too.
It's now reached that stage where I kinda don't want to get through so that I can carry on moaning about it for the rest of the week.
Started in 52nd position at about 850, was bumped as low as 315th.
Good luck to everyone. (If you miss out, and it's any consolation, I can't go to Ally Pally so this my only chance...)
we had almost exactly the same experience. Brief moment of pure fury when the queue page dissappeared and it was just back to the event page, before I realised I just needed to click "book now".
HOWEVER, I was in the queue originally around the same time as you and have been both as high as 187 and as low as 792. Can somebody explain to me how that works?
After holding for about 15 minutes :)
0844 482 8008
Money seems to have been taken out of my account, but no confirmation as yet. Hmmm.
Shall we all go and see Bjork instead?
I got tickets it would have been a squeeze as I'm on a late shift until 8pm on that night. I've bought myself a Bjork ticket instead. Zing boom.
including being bumped back 100, twice.
the queue's a nice idea but badly implemented
acceptable where I work.
moving in the right direction, and at what feels like about the right pace... Now in the 300s.
Confirmation and everything.
Good luck to everyone else trying to get tickets.
#36...come on, just that little bit more and then I can make a sandwich...
0844 482 8008 and just let it ring, I spent 15 minutes with it ringing and got through just now. Good luck.
I was 200 behind my friend who I was talking to on gchat - once she got her two tickets, she realised she was able to go straight back into the booking page and book more tickets, so I gave her my details and got my two. Might be worth trying for anyone still waiting but has a friend ahead of them...
Two tickets. That was fun.
It seems I accidentally clicked Clackmannanshire on the county section but I'm sure that doesn't matter.
If it does at least I have the consolation that Clackmannanshire is the best named county in the UK.
someone actually found me worthy of being their Second Person. smiley face.
Serves me right for only waking up an hour ago
Nuts. Thought the queue system was good but when I got to the end it took me about 5 mins to work out how to then book the tickets from the event page so I missed out
I got called into meetings but the George foreman had success!!
people had success. Did you Chintzy?
Which is what I smuggly waltzed in here to point out.
Lovely, well that's all alright then innit love.
We can have some drinks and things :)
my friend would really, really love to take it off your hands.
someone else managed to score one for me :D YEAH! but my pal is heartbroken and i'd like to help him out.
I'm feeling charitable thanks to how shite that process was and most of my friends would enjoy the gig but not be too fussed about it.
also looking for a spare ticket :)
...went from 31 in queue at 8.50 to teaching an A level class at 9am and finding I was 1089 a few minutes into that. Couldn't keep checking while teaching :-(
Just went on the link everyone was using earlier, it said the page didn't work and redirected me to the booking screen. Two tickets bought!
says it's sold out from the link above. Which link did you use?
for this please contact me.
on the hunt for a ticket - please pm me if you have a spare?
local natives 7.45-8.30
the national 9-11
"Dear Paris, we love you so much that we've decided to come for a visit next week. We'll play at Le Point Ephemere on Monday, June 24. You can buy tickets tomorrow, June 21, starting at noon from www.avosbillets.com"
According to POINT ÉPHÉMÈRE website, their capacity for live gigs is 300 seated. Now that's what I call intimate.
If money was no object, I'd take that gig over the Roundhouse one.
Anyone, anyone? Message me if so. Please and thank you.
They released some more an hour or two back and I missed the f*ckers again. If anyone got one too many please message me.
Just refreshed and bought 2. Huzzah.
Got me some, too. This almost makes up for the time that I bought tickets to see them and forgot to go.
that both people have to be present when you receive wristbands, not just the named person with ID. Major pain in the arse as my mate cannot get there till 9. Thought I'd let you know in case anyone else has the same problem, or you can think of some way around it that I can still get to see Local Natives.
try explaining to them and asking nicely if you can go in and see ln but they hang on to 2nd wristband, and you come back out when your mate arrives. if the problem is you potentially selling it on, that would solve it.
They won't be having any of that.
I'm just praying that my mate can get there before the work crowd kicks out. Two massive queues back to back would be a grind.
They've assured me that I can turn up earlier, get my wristband, and meet mate at box office at 9 when he turns up, so long as I don't leave the building in between.
Has become available again, so if anyone wants one then drop me a PM and we can arrange things.
i should live in salt
don't swallow the cap
mistaken for strangers (YESSSS! i might DIE when they play this)
sea of love
afraid of everyone
i need my girl
this is the last time
all the wine (YESSSSS!)
start a way
about today (omfg)
vanderlyle crybaby geeks
23 songs, guys. TWENTY-THREE. so excited!
Odd thet they're not doing Demons?
*£30.45 with booking fee
Pretty miffed I didn't try and get tickets now
I was at the Ballroom show a couple of years ago and thought that the equivalent at the Roundhouse wouldn't be as special
they seem to be roughly alternating between 17 and 23 song sets - hope its a long one!
9-11 so should be the long one.
I tend to end up in teh Black Heart in Camden and fancy a change.
and smash a Lucky Chip burger at the Grafton.
how to tell which Dessner is which, please?
Aaron has a beard and stands on the right (facing the stage) Bryce is on the left.
Head to the enterprise right NOW where the band are currently hanging out eating posh food in the garden.
Loved the whole thing. Great performance, great sound, great visuals. Definitely one of the best things I've seen this year.
Matt's walkabout through the crowd during Mr November. The final unplugged song. The setlist! All so good.
And it proves my ALWAYS STAGE LEFT theory.
Local Natives were excellent too, very impressed.
I Should Live In Salt
Don't Swallow The Cap
Sea of Love
Afraid of Everyone
I Need My Girl
This Is The Last Time
Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks
hard wait till November to see them :S
Two foremost surprises:
1. About Today!
2. The way they really set Humiliation alight at its climax - wow!
It has always passed me by a bit on the album and I still think it's one of the weaker tracks, but my initial bemusement of its appearance in the encore was soon wiped off my face by the end of it.
Also Squalor Victoria sounded incredible, it was almost as deranged as Abel!
Some really good bits, some not so good. Let's be honest Berninger's voice isn't the strongest bless him and I've never heard him struggle as much as he did last night on certain songs. Still, enjoyed it overall but way below par from some previous shows.
I thought Matt's voice was absolutely spot on, and I wasn't expecting that. I just got caught in an odd spot where I wasn't close enough to the front to get into it, or far enough back to have a better view, and had tall people a few rows in front. One was wearing a hat. So I essentially couldn't see Matt for 95% of the set, and he is is most lot of the visual stimulation/intrigue at a national show - stalking the stage as he does, so that killed it a bit for me.
Atmosphere was also very flat where I was, until the encore, and there was a small group next to me fighting, and an annoying fella behind who when he didn't know lyrics would just bellow interpretive backing vocals very loudly. Was so crammed I couldn't really move off elsewhere easily though. So frustating really - thought they sounded on top form, just wished I could have enjoyed it more.
I still think that as an album it's the weakest (though still very good obviously) of the recent National albums but it has a lot of songs that sound incredible live and made for a good change of pace from the new stuff.
Local Natives are fucking shit. The kind of band you'd have expected third on the bill of an NME tour in 2007. Tasteless arrangements of forgettable songs. Seemed like a nice bunch, mind.
The National were excellent. Good sound, as good a setlist as you could have hoped for.
However, like someone up there ^ I got unlucky with the crowd. I had a couple of girls directly behind me talking and shoving for the fucking duration, and had to suffer half an hour or so or a pilled-up lad (who'd just pushed into a non-existent space in front of us) gurning and itching and shaking and rubbing his head and fidgeting which was oh really fucking distracting actually.
Throughout their set I was thinking that they're trying very hard - definitely giving it their all. I just really don't like their songs.
Individually none of them are bad singers either, but they spent a lot of time doing pretty awful harmonies.
love hummingbird and that made me want to go see them at brixton in october.
the national, as expected, were great. made me want to listen to the new record more, as I have been quite lax with it.
but quite enjoyed them. Doubt I'd buy an album, but I'm easily pleased by such things as keyboard players multitasking as percussionists and I thought the drummer was very good. Agree with Outspaced that the harmonies didn't work quite a lot of the time.
show for me. one of the best i've been to in a long time.
in comedy news, at the roundhouse my friend was saying how he thought daughter were a terrible band and were rubbish at primavera when i had to actually say "she's behind you" (the singer). and it was true.
or maybe I did, I'm not sure. Matt seemed to be having a go at the rest of the band halfway through one of the early tracks, but maybe that's just his way. I wasn't blown away like the first time I saw them, but it was still a great show. Lots of highlights - Secret Meeting, Conversatin 16, Apartment Story, but I think my favourite overall was Pink Rabbits - best track on TWFM.
she wasn't doing anything annoying though just standing there looking pretty but this is probably best left for a different thread.
Thought they were great, bit of a slow start and didn't really get going until Secret Meeting. Not my favourite on record at all but Squalor Victoria sounded immense.
Think I might be turning into the dirty old man you used to see at every gig...
Thought Local Natives were decent but didn't really grab my attention.
Thought The National fell flat a couple of times, the first half of Bloodbuzz sounded very odd from where I was standing but when they got it right it was amazing. From the new album Pink Rabbits & Humiliation were standouts for me. Would have liked to have heard Don't Swallow The Cap when the were into their stride though.
I was in the same spot all night, looked to the left and that was it. Totally distracted for the end but I can't really blame her for that!
I've sometimes wondered if it's the sound desk freaking out a bit, not yet finding the balance to bring out the subtleties of the arrangements. Feel free to piss on this theory.
Not the best I've seen them but still really brilliant. I think they might be the only band in the world whose songs I'd happily belt back at them every day of the week.
Matt was on good form (in terms of both his stage presence and his voice) and I got to fulfil every National fan's dream and pat him on the back as he surged past me during Mr. November. More importantly though, I finally got to see them play Secret Meeting. The guitars seemed to fade in and out of the mix where I was, which was kinda annoying, but they were there in all the important moments.
The most frustrating thing was the amount of idiots in the crowd, barging through people so they could talk through 80% of the set whilst standing right at the front instead of near the back. As for the odd pogo-er...calm down, it's The National. The atmosphere was just a bit lacking I thought, basically, although Vanderlyle made up for that I suppose.
sound like they'll make a lot of money soundtracking adverts for Ikea and banking organizations. The kind of adverts that read white goods and, hey, we're still hip, even in our late thirties.
Good show, really should've listened to Trouble Will Find Me more because the set was so heavy on it. Highlights for me were Abel & Vanderlyle singalong at the end. But it was so hot in there, went to the bar for a swift half at the end, missed Matt's walkabout :|
I got there just before 7 and staked out a great spot front centre so avoided any crowd issues
Always puzzles me when you get non-interested idiots at gigs like this. Sold at short notice & selling out in minutes I always expect them to be full of diehard fans
Agree it took a few songs for the sound to get sorted out, but they soon found three groove. The high violet tracks particularly sounding massive
Yep it's bizarre. Hard to believe that there were people there who probably were in the online queue for a couple of hours and yet talked through loads of the set. Why do people waste their money on such an evening?
It's cos people*^ are all fuckstains.
My initial quantitative studies back this up, but I will be continuing my research by wading out among them at more gigs for the rest of my life. BRB.
* not you, obviously
^ actually, probably you, too.
First National gig and thought they were amazing, great mix between the old and new setlist wise, and jumping on Matt during Mr November was a personal highlight. Vanderlyle was a great song to end on, too.
Local Natives were great too for those giving them a slagging off.
Everyone singing heartily along to Vanderlyle like it's the Red Flag when in fact it is, even by The National's mumbojumbous standard, an absolute pile of jibberish.
And yes I was belting it out like a bastard. "Swans are a'swimming." Complete twaddle.
Not to mention that "Hanging from chandeliers" lyric that half the crowd (including myself, I must admit) weren't quick enough to remember. Load of nonsense isn't it?
Great song and a perfect set ender though.
Was how amazing the lyrics are to 'About today', and yet there's only about 10 of them. Maybe they should try and write a song that simple and direct again next.
For me, although the lyrics to Vanderlyle are abstract at best it serves as a perfect closer and kind of makes sense to me (in the same way a David Lynch film makes sense). After 90 minutes of brooding rock and watching Matt sing about break ups, demons, skeletons, self loathing and fear, Vanderlyle feels like getting your soul cleansed. It's like the bands way of telling you everything will be alright in the end. Lyrics like 'It's all be forgiven, the swans are a swimming', and 'All the very best of us string ourselves up for love', and the fact that the song has a hopeful rather than a mournful in tone, makes it feel cathartic and helps to make sense of everything that has come before it in the set.
It's a statement of opinion - which you kind of agreed with. So thanks ;-)
TBH, for the reasons you outline nicely here (catharsis, hopefulness), I reckon a band-led accapella version of the Crazy Frog song could have the same effect.
Matt confirming that they wont be playing at Glasto this year, the crowd were already whooping the intro to one of the songs (I think Pink Rabbits?) so wasn't heard that well.
joking about glastonbury...i don't have a vested interest as i'm not going but i thought it may have been a bit of japery. yeah...japery.
Young Natives had one nice song that ended just as it got going.
The National only clicked for me about 18 months ago so it was my first time seeing them. Everything I would've expected. What a lovely lovely band.
Crowd was less dicky than most in my experience. Inside the pillars anyway. Passing through the areas near the bars/doors it seemed more chatty but that's to be expected. Every other time I've been to the Roundhouse has involved turning up at 9pm and going straight in. This time the wristbanding meant the discovery of the nice ale in the bar downstairs and the roof terrace outside. Smashing. Visuals/lighting inside were nice too.
Yeah. Totally needed a cuddle after but just a really great night all round. Looking forward to Alexandra Palace.
(and a bit this morning)
But... y'know... fuck it
review. not my experience of it at all but yeah, properly personal and interesting.
as i was there ;)
Gave me goose bumps. I find it's too sad a song on record, but live it's beautiful. Squalor Victoria was also completely reinvigorated live.
Fantastic gig all in all. Roll on November!
thinking about this show. nobody i went with was anywhere near as impressed with it as me so i have to come on here and blub. i really, really like the national etc etc
sound like proper knobs. Sorry.