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What were they like? You can't beat a bit of indie bragging.
I remember a gig at The Luminaire where a young girl was first support to Emmy The Great and Tilly And The Wall. My mates and I thought she was rubbish and wouldn't amount to much. It was Adele. I'm hardly a fan but I'd make a shit A&R man.
i've probably seen tilly and the wall more than any other band, I have no recollection of being at that gig but I dont know why I wouldnt have been there
was Emmy as the opener, then The Semifinalists and Tilly and the Wall at the top of the hill. I remember thinking then that Emmy was great.
My brags would be Arcade Fire upstairs at the old Birmingham Academy in Dale End, for maybe 300 people, Frightened Rabbit at The Lexington to maybe 150 people, and Rodrigo y Gabriela at Scala. Next seeing them at Royal Albert Hall...
I was at that one, remember she did a where is my mind cover with that guy who is now in summer camp
I saw her at the Jamm in brixton playing to a practically empty room. Well I sort of poked my head round the corner and had a quick look. There was a world cup game on in the other room y'see.
cause he was a friend of a girl i was trying to pull. i thought he was a bit shit
Then supporting James at the Barras December 1993.
Arcade Fire @ Kings College Union 2005.
My Morning Jacket @ Metro & Barfly 2002.
best ever gig in the other thread.
I was too young to see Biffy play really tiny venues but still saw them a fair few times before they became superstars.
was The Killers at The Cockpit in Leeds in 2004 a couple of months before Hot Fuss came out.
I also saw Biffy Clyro on the Vertigo of Bliss tour but then it was a while before they really hit the big time I guess.
Fleet Foxes - Amazing
Kasabian - They were OK. Proper Lads etc
Scissor Sisters - Extremely good fun actually
These are probably the bands who have gone on to the biggest success. Also seen HOTS, Antlers, FOTL, and a lot of others, who I wouldn't say have 'hit the jackpot' but were very good all the same. Also saw Frank Turner a tonne of times in dingy little pubs
also in the small room at The Academy Brum
are you sure about that?
thought it was more than that
wouldn't surprise me that figure.
saw Foals there before they were large for about two seconds.
beach house supporting too!
I left after beach house
That was amazing.
Thought they were shit.
And Elbow at some Uni when the first album came out...2001
Oasis 1st Glastonbury appearance (NME Stage).
Um, The Mission...
Los Campesinos! back when they were (allegedly) more of an instrumental sorta post-rock kind of band
I've been curious for ages about what that would sound like
at their first ever London show they did a big instrumental piece. i remember talking to Gareth about it on twitter and he said they also had one that involved some spoken word poetry :D
There was a Russian poetry bit where they all sat down, they got rid of that pretty sharpish. There was one instrumental song, but again it didn't last long. They did a covers set as a three-piece before their first proper gig as well, played In the aeroplane over the sea, kissing the lipless and the sporting life, amongst others
Or at least everybody of a certain age. They seemed to support EVERYONE from 2002-2004.
at the Harlow Square some time in 2001
OPM at the QMU
again in 2002, then headline three times 2002-03, and at Leeds Fest in '02 and '03. Never saw them after that, I think I made the right choice.
i bumped into julian cassablancas coming out of the toilets after the show, i accidentally spilt his drink, mumbled an apology then walked away and went home shortly afterwards cause i had work early in the morning, not much of a story really.
Muse at the Barfly - 1999
Arcade Fire at Kings College - 2005
I didn't know that was an actual thing pop stars did, but she got huge a few months later.
St Vincent supporting Sufjan, at Homefires
playing drums for the Danielson Famile at ATP in 2002.
They were awesome.
Obviously, they'd had some moderate success up to that point, but it was a couple of days before The Bends came out. It was pretty obvious as soon as they started playing that they were just about to blow up at that point. They weren't going to be playing Truro again.
I've never really been a huge Radiohead fan but even though it was one of my first few proper gigs, i do remember being struck by how much better their new songs sounded compared to what i'd heard on Pablo Honey. That said, i'm pretty sure i enjoyed Marion who were supporting just as much.
1990-91...three scrawny kids playing brat punk in my cousin Eric's basement. billie joe was humping the water heater at one point.
i caught them recently on TV doing the american idiot thing to about a gajillion people at some outdoor venue. literally, rags to riches.
Manchester UMIST in 1991 - bottom of a bill featuring Stereolab & headlined by Moose.
Union Chapel in London, think it was 2000. May well have been their first London gig. One of the most amazing gigs I've ever been to.
at the Royal Festival Hall. I'd heard Svefn-G-Englar on an NME cover CD, but it hadn't really sunk in. Then they played this show and I was utterly blown away.
GYBE came on so late that I only had time to sit through one song before having to shoot off and catch a train. But it didn't matter because Sigur Ros were worth every penny.
Don't remember a thing about them. Not sure I even saw them. Les Rhythmes Digitales were good though.
Remember nothing about Coldplay, LRD were good, Campag Velocet were ace, Shack were feckin dire live (though I think they have some alright tunes)
Once supporting 3 Colours Red: http://www.last.fm/event/80091+3+Colours+Red+at+Cardiff+University+on+11+May+1999
Once supporting Feeder: http://www.last.fm/event/80089+Feeder+at+Coal+Exchange+on+25+May+1999
Fucking loved Muse off the basis of those gigs, then got their album and it disappointed me.
Also Travis supporting Reef:
Only watched a couple of songs as I was knackered after crowd surfing to Cable so many times.
Coldplay, Glastonbury 2000. I think they played second on the other stage. Chris(t) Martin introduced Yellow with words along the lines of "This song will be massive by this time next year". Smug cunt, even back then. Didn't like them.
Muse, Cambridge Corn Exchange 1999. Supporting Skunk Anansie. Thought they were shit. Still do.
Remember watching a late night 4music profile of Coldplay before they broke, remember them saying 'we just hope one day some one is looking through there records and remembers us as a good band' I thought to myself no chance, this is band will be knob enough to even be forgotten.
Then that Glastonbury yellow clip was used for 50% of the BBC coverage and that was it. I'm quite suspicious of that, deals were definitely done in the background.
good times in tiny venues
same with elbow back in the day
with about 30 people in the audience. justin still got on a roadie's shoulders and was walked through the audience during a guitar solo
frank turner in a uni halls kitchen
playing in her back garden as I am a friend of a friend of her sister and she had a house party, Laura was the entertainment I believe. People were saying she would do well and she had recently been signed (this was 2005 ish? 2006?), I liked her but couldn't imagine her having loads of records out and winning a Brit award if I'm honest.
they were still touring the Four Ways To Scream Yer Name EP back then. Proper tunes, haircuts, etc.
i miss the boat race.
Yeah, I really liked it as a venue. Saw thisGIRL there as well.
Arcade Fire, The Strokes I saw third on the bill at the Astoria and were shite even back then. Ditto Kings of Leon who I saw at the Shepherds Bush hall I think and were dreadful. Nirvana and AF were both brilliant though!
To have seen the NME tour in 2000 when Coldplay opened for Terris in a series of tiny venues. The Point in Oxford (which probably has a capacity of about 300) was about half full the night I went. For the record I wasn't that keen on either band, although I preferred Terris which probably why I never became an A & R man.
My wife has the much cooler claim to fame of staying in the room next to the gig talking to her friend throughout Coldplay's performance.
Coldplay supporting Muse at Wolverhampton Wulfrun hall
Kasabian supporting Lyca Sleep in Leicester
Arctic Monkeys in some rubbish venue in Sheffield
but left after the support band. I have still never seen Coldplay, I am quite proud of that.
before the release of their debut, they were headlining in fairness so I'm guessing there was a fair bit of buzz around them at that point.
I didn't actually make it to the gig but I do remember seeing InMe being supported by some band called Biffy Clyro when they played a local venue.
Pressure point, Brighton, Great Escape 2008 just beforev forever Emma was released.. capacity of venue was around 100. It was rammed though
the weekend before Wannabee was released
at the Nottingham Bodega - they were supporting Delphic.
Not sure whether it quite counts, but saw Blur at Rock City in 1994 just as they were in the process of hitting the jackpot...
At the Mean Fiddler in Harlesden.
They were supporting InMe!
I confused the drummer and bassist after the show!
I miss the old days sometimes...
& he won the jackpot on his 3rd go
saw pixies as a support band on their 2nd ever uk date in birmingham, guess that counts?
stone roses in the bierkeller in bristol, though that was sort of as they were breaking big
would have been well before Do Dallas, I think they were supporting someone who we didn't even stick around for in the Welsh Club in Cardiff. They never really did make it huge though I suppose which is a shame.
Bottom of a bill that included The Holloways, Blondelle and Talk Taxis.
Also Florence (and the Machine?) at a bandstand in Hyde Park in 2008, on before Late of the Pier
All in Birmingham on first tours I imagine, usually at Burberries or Edwards No8;
The Sugarcubes Dec 87. Stood right in front of Björk and offered her my Vodka and Lime, she wrinkled her nose at me.
Pixies supporting Throwing Muses April 88 -stood behind the stage holding up the Teetering PA at one point. Went to London on the weekend to do it all again. Saw My Bloody Valentine supporting Pixies at The Irish Centre later that year too.
Ride supported by Ocean Colour Scene Feb 90. Ride looked about 12.
Blur April 91, Goldwyns supported by Catherine Wheel who also supported Smashing Pumpkins in Feb 92. Billy was a miserable noodler.
The Verve- April 92. Was supposed to be at the Barrel Organ but the ceiling fell in so they moved to Edwards. Sugar, Pavement and Radiohead all at Edwards in the same week at Edwards in oct 92. Radiohead were supporting the Frank and Walters and I have never experienced a crowd go mental to a support band like they did to Creep. I still have a scar on my knee from hitting the broken glass on the deck.
That's about it though I did see Daft Punk at the Que club in 97 whick they released as the Alive album. Being old has its benefits.
at least definitely Sugar and Pavement. I'm trying to convince myself I was at the F&W / Radiohead too, I think so but...! I remember the Sugar moshpit being particularly violent that night.
I can remember The Sugarcubes & Pixies gigs happening (fly posters, etc) but passed on both, a mistake in hindsight. Didn't know about that Radiohead support slot. V cool.
I saw Keane once at the Metro on Oxford Street, one of those "four random bands who get paid by their mates paying in" type shows. I was there to see The Dawn Parade t and at one point those CDs were going for £80 each :(
a couple of times. Once in my local pub back home (Dicey's in Strabane -Frank Turner played there a couple of times too but I never went) and once in The Limelight in Belfast - reasonable sized venue but they were supporting Not Squares, who ended up supporting them on tour after they blew up. Both times I thought they were pretty decent but slightly unmemorable.
My friend was going to organise a small Irish tour with them around that time but ut never happened in the end.
Probably the biggest. Saw them back before the Darts of Pleasure EP dropped, was on sale there for a few quid as a white label I think. They were good. Can't remember where it was though. Somewhere in town, like Pivo Pivo or something Shit like that.
Back in 02
saw them at the Barfly on a bill with, I think, Pulled Apart By Horses and Mystery Jets.
she just sang jazz stuff back then, it didn't even really register with me.
first time supporting Saint Etienne at Birmingham Institute in 1994 - absolutely no-one on the dance floor bit in front of the stage for their set, then secondly at the Jug of Ale in B'ham.
Was also at that Arcade Fire Kings College gig. And Suede at Edwards in Birmingham.
*cough* David Gray at Edwards too - supported by The Auteurs who seemed thoroughly fucked off with it all.
around the release of the first album.
Elbow, though theirs was such a slow rise I imagine everyone saw them playing to 100 people at some point.
The Horrors at an early Windmill gig (djed at that in fact)
all questionable Jackpot Hitters tbf
My first ever gig. I think it was about a month after the debut was released and slightly before Munich got into the top 10.
at Middlesborough Music Live, headlining one of the stages. We Are Scientists were on just before them.
supporting Oceansize at the Garage, which the internet tells me was October 2004.
I even recorded them in their first incarnation when they were called Pilot. they did a cover of Steve Millers joker, and some other originals. probably got it on CD somewhere
Keane when they supported Longview at the ULU. Had the typical reaction of, "who are these guys? They don't have a guitarist!".
Also saw The Killers at the Mean Fiddler for £8 before they got mahoosive.
At festivals a couple of times before their album came out. Don't know if that counts. That's about it really.
in I think late 2007/early 2008, it was their first gig in Newcastle (most of the members are from Northumberland), certainly before the first single was released. They were very aggressive and guitar based back then.
so in this climate they're doing really well.
never knew that.
cos you never really hear of them. I think they get played on Radio 1 sometimes.
saw the Futureheads, Maximo Park, Field Music just as they were coming through.
Smallest one would have been Maximo Park at the Head of Steam to about 25 people. He was wearing that hat even then.
Suede supporting Kingmaker (92)
Catatonia supporting Senseless Things (94)
Obviously Biffy Clyro
Frank Turner at the railway in Winchester (and Million Dead at the Irish club in Reading). Laura Marling's first official London gig at Brentford stadium bar (at which Fear of Flying aka Shite Lies also played). M83 supporting Secret Machines at Oxford Zodiac. the Horrors at the Elbow Rooms in Islington.
we got Editors to play in the bar there. Entry was £3. It must have been 2005? Don't think their record came out yet. I got them all to isgn a 7" of Munich which I later sold for mega-bucks on eBay when they got shit and I obviously didn't give a shit about them any more.
Forgot it was at the uni. Was an aright gig, they looked estate agents.
Apparently at a work do, the burlesque act who popped out of a cake singing to my old boss was Paloma Faith.
Saw first UK sets by Fotl, Arcade Fire, Strokes, Tv on the radio...
Whilst waiting for Malcolm Middleton at Field Day, saw half the Mumford & sons set in a pretty empty tent.
November (?) 2003 iirc. It was a fiver to get in and they were selling Darts of Pleasure tshirts for a fiver too. Lovely.
If they count, I supported The Decemberists at Birmingham Academy 3 in 2004 i think. Remember they played This Soldiering Life at the soundcheck with just me and my guitarist in the room. Was a nice moment.
Saw Arcade Fire at Bham Academy 2 (approx 4-500 capacity) on their first UK tour. it was really, very good. I've seen them live twice since and they haven't matched the intensity of that night. The stage was too small for them and that ginger one who looks like Napoleon Dynamite was hanging off the PA from the ceiling.
Someone mentioned Editors, I saw them at the Flapper and Firkin for their first single launch party. They were alright, catchy enough tunes.
The Coral in front of about 100 people in Birmingham, same day as England v Argentina in WC 2002. One of my favourite ever gigs, they were brilliant.
The Libertines supported The Strokes in early 2002. Which was a rescheduled Strokes show at a bigger venue because the drummer broke his hand in 2001 (a gig i had tickets for).
I thought they were trying to be an English Strokes. Saw them again a few months later in Birmingham, in a half full Academy 2. They were alright.
I saw Animal Collective on the Feels tour, but that might have been after they hit the Jackpot? Was again, my favourite venue, the Academy 2.
Oh! I saw my mate's band play on a bill with The Enemy in 2006. I watched The Enemy, phoned my mate the next day and said "i think i've just seen the worst band of all time? They're dated, have 'attitude' and shit songs, it was hilarious". About a year later they had a number 1 album. My A and R skills need work...
I was at that Flapper show, went to the toilet just before they came on and was so busy I couldn't get back in again. Went and got very drunk instead.
on what I imagine was her first UK tour, just after I started uni so Sept or Oct 2004. That was a really great show, still one of my favourites.
so most of mine may come to fruition in a couple of years time.
I saw Drive Like I Do supporting One Night Only sometime in 2009/10, they're now the all conquering 1975. Remember thinking they were OK and had potential but then they changed their name again and I lost interest. Also saw the 1975 in a small pub in Chester last year, 100 cap. They were again, OK and I kinda went more just cos a band I'd heard of was in town.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich supporting Noah & the Whale once at the Deaf Institute.
The Drums at the Deaf Institute which was their first Manchester gig.
Palma Violets at the same place which was a smallish one, didn't sell out if I remember correctly.
Haim at the Deaf Institute which was OKish, was around the release of the EP.
Drenge at the Soup Kitchen supporting Fidlar in 2012, although they probably played a bunch of pub shows in Sheffield.
Tom Odell at Night & Day cafe I suppose, and Kodaline at Academy 3 in Manchester although I left after two songs when I realized how overwhelmingly shite they were.
OneRepublic at a 3/4 capacity Ritz in Manchester before they hit it big with a couple of singles.
Also saw the likes of Temples, Jagwar Ma and Wolf Alice in small Manchester venues and I just saw a band called Gengahr who are gonna be huge in a few years.
supporting Scout Niblett of all people. she was backed just by a guitarist. thought it was decent.
think she was a last minute replacement for either Devastations or Todd, one of whom who pulled out. weird bill!
Joanna Newsom playing to a half full club in Brussels 2004, enough space for everyone to sit on the floor.
St. Vincent at the 229 Portland Road (supported by Noah and the Whale) she played a "secret" gig the day after at the Slaughtered Lamb.
Haim at the Great Escape Festival 2012.
The Strokes supporting ...Trail of dead in 2001 at the Astoria which was their first ever London show. (loads of people off Dis were there)
QOTSA at the Astoria in 2000. i can remember the "Backyard Babies" were meant to support them, but they pulled out to support AC/DC, so Queens got the tribute act AB/CD to support them instead.
Savages 3rd ever gig (Gemma told me that) supporting Genuflex ? at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen
Elastica's first ever gig outside of London in 1993, before they had any records out, in a wee venue in Manchester called Canal Cafe which is long gone. Blur at Warrington Legend's club 1991, just pre-Leisure.
Suede at the Manchester Virgin Megastore summer 1992 the week Metal Mickey came out. Supergrass at Leeds Town and Country a few months before the debut album.
Britpop up north, that was my life.
Oh and Daft Punk in the tent on the 97 tour at Glastonbury.
(Supersonic, Custard Factory, Brum).
Tom Vek in 2004.
('The Venue'?, Brum)
Saw arcade fire at the ulu (think it was added as kings sold out) but they were already big by the time that tour got here. Interpol at the Cardiff barfly. That's it really must always be behind the curve musically, but seen a fair few of my favourite bands at their absolute peak and various 'intimate' gigs so that makes up fir it
2004, Manchester Academy 3 with about 100 people. They played their cover of Bjork's All Is Full of Love. It was awesome.
... I saw Carter USM, Neds Atomic Dustbin and Therapy? at King Tuts, Carter USM when there was only 4 in the audience and before they made it massive - and then they went back down again.
- I saw Ride when it was only £4 for a ticket and I got a tshirt for a fiver that lasted for aaaages.
- Saw a band called Oasis support St Etienne. Wasn't playing the blindest bit of attention to them.
- Saw Elbow play at a festival when they were fifth on the bill. Was a nice set but not totally amazing, mainly because it was a sunny day and we are all a bit groggy from seeing the Prodigy the night before.
- Saw bloomin' Sterephonics but only because they were on the same NME tour as Asian Dub Foundation, who were the band to see at the time. We left halfway through the Stereophonics set.
- Saw Pavement support Sonic Youth in '92.
- Tool support Rage against the Machine in 1993.
- Mercury Rev back in days of first and second album when original lead singer would leave stage, go to the bar for a pint then wander back. Happy days.
I'm sure I've seen a fewothers in my time but alcohol may be involved....
at Central Station in Wrexham just before So Here We Are came out. The dad guy was still in the Mystery Jets at the time, that was weird
^Was there in 1974 at the first Suicide practices in a loft in New York ^City.
^Was there when Captain Beefheart started up his first band.
^Was there in the Paradise Garage DJ booth with Larry Levan.
^Was there in Jamaica during the great sound clashes.
^Woke up naked on the beach in Ibiza in 1988.
Think they were on 2nd or 3rd, before the release of the first album but everyone was still there to see them. The place went from packed to half empty by the time Maximo Park came on.
and they'd already had two UK number 1s!
Also they were second from the top, if I remember correctly the line up was Mystery Jets, We Are Scientists, Arctic Monkeys and Maximo Park.
Coldplay supporting Terris at Blackwood Miners
Several at Cardiff Barfly, including Amy Winehouse, Kings of Leon and Yeah Yeah Yeahs; Adele in Buffalo Bar (Cardiff); Strokes at Welsh Club. Could possibly include Arctic Monkeys at Coal Exchange, but more so if it hadn't been upgraded from original venue, The Point. Jeff Buckley at The Fleece maybe. Biggest miss - mate asked if I fancied going to Bristol to see a band at The Louisiana and I declined. It was the White Stripes.
They were fantastic.
I saw them downstairs in The Head of Steam in Newcastle in '05(?)
I don't think they'd released anything but was still pretty busy.