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Anyone planning to go to this? Hadn't heard anything about it until this morning when it went on sale.
Don't bother trying the website currently. They've taken it off line and are accepting phone bookings at the moment I was told.
I went twould a couple of her Somerset House sessions and the new album sounds terrific. Really looking forward to this gig.
Knew nothing about it.
the actual evening, it's an evening of poetry, visuals, films and songs. Not nearly as good as a straightforward gig but something to look forward to in a few months.
Oh what love PJ
Not via a twitter comp preferably.
I made duplicate bookings in error due to their website melting down/crashing during the payment part of the transaction on Wednesday morning. I've cancelled one order and they've released two tickets in the front stalls, Row R for you to buy from their website.
I managed to "upgrade" my ones to Row L. (Smug BMS1)
Their website kept crashing during the payment stage. Turns out I had two orders; two tickets in Row R and two tickets in Row L. I've cancelled the Row R order and The Souhbank Centre have released those tickets just now. If anyone wanted half decent seats they're now available but presume will sell very very quickly.
As with my tickets, my first comments did indeed go through but the DiS website crashed and so I made a second comment unwittingly.
Looking forward to it. Seems incredible that it's been over four years since the last PJ Harvey album. Also, these days I assume that whatever gig it is that I'm attending BMS1 is somewhere in attendance as he seems to a) go to all the same gigs as me and, b) go to all the gigs...
either of the "gigs"? Anyone know the format of the nights? There's very little information available. Should be fun although being honest I'm really there only for new (and old) songs.
I apologise. Predictive texting on my phone. Have a great night on Saturday. If you're interested I'll type a few lines here of what Friday night was like.
Have a good one tonight...
...back on sale for the Saturday showing if anyone missed out first time around.
As expected it was a mix of short films, photos, poetry and song.
The short films were on Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington DC. The photos were from those places too with main emphasis on the war and aftermath of war in Kosovo and Afghanistan. The host of the evening spent a lot of time interviewing Seamus Murphy with regards to the photos.
As expected PJ Harvey recited poetry and sang songs. I was expecting a handful of songs but we got far more. We got ten new songs. I remember the development of two of them from two Somerset House sessions that I went to earlier in the year. The new album according to the host is out next spring. It was a great experience getting the opportunity to her most (perhaps all) of her new album.
Doors were at 7:30pm. It started at 8pm and finished around 10:15pm-ish. There's no interval and due to the fact that it wasn't strictly a gig I noticed that people that went out for a piss weren't allowed in until a suitable break which seemed as long as 15-20 minutes. Perhaps stick to shorts or wine over beer as you'll miss a lot if you opt for a piss break.
Anyway, you'll have a great time Pentago and also anyone else going tonight. Have fun.
They don't give practical advice on urine breaks though do they?
Enjoyed the new PJ Harvey tracks obviously, and John Parish/James Johnston made for a great supergroup. Felt that the poetry was surprisingly weaker than her usual lyric writing however.
The photographs were the most disappointing bit for me - not for their quality, which was great, but because each one clearly had an interesting story behind it which Seamus Murphy was keen to talk about, but instead the compere kept skipping past them and cutting him off. Obviously there were time constraints, but maybe they should have gone for a smaller pool of shots in that case.
Pretty incredible that Polly Harvey actually accompanied Murphy to Afghanistan. The film of her keeping a low profile at the back of the prayer meeting was awesome.
The guy we had on Friday (can't be arsed to look up his name) did an OK job though. I thought the photos were one of the best bits personally.
And a couple of my reservations have already been mentioned above:
- compere wasn't great;
- I struggled to get very much out of the poetry. The cadence was very similar for much of it, and it just didn't seem that great to me.
I'd also add that i was also a bit disappointed with the music. I really hope I'm wrong and first impressions aren't right but it seemed like a bit of a backward step from let England shake (her best album, for me, since to bring you my love) to something more conventional like 'songs from the city....'
But despite my grumbles it was a good night, I think just hampered by how high my expectations were.
and none of us really dug it. There were some good songs in there, specifically the last one and also that odd tune midway through which was played over a recording of an old rock and roll song, but yeah a lot of the music was very simple and didn't really rouse much emotion.
I didn't really get the point of performing poetry, especially as several were also lyrics to the songs. It all felt a bit surface level, and more than one song verged on basically saying 'I went to visit this depressing place for a week and it made me feel bad'. It didn't really tell the people's stories, nor did it really talk about the greater political issues it brought up, so it didn't feel finished somehow, like everything was still sketches to be polished up later.
The format meant that there was no real flow to the evening, and I also really didn't get on with the compere. She was all fawning and no depth. Please don't tell me how to react to a photograph, just ask the actual photographer what he meant or saw. There's a lot of history there that a lot of us might now know, especially in a conflict as internecine and confusing as the Balkans. Also she mentioned some kind of poetry project she is in that travelled to Afghanistan to write peace poetry and that just sounds silly. I don't want to get too #problematic about it all but did it not feel a bit white privilege or something? I dunno. Not my thing really. I give it chinstroke round table discussion Newsnight/10.