Last week can only be described as a game of two halves when it came to musical adventures. I was a very lucky girl and got escorted out of the house not just once, but on TWO occasions in order to engage in a bit of bopping. As many of you know, I gave up being (what mum would describe as) ‘trendy’ a long ago, which is why I feel comfortable using words like ‘bopping’. Even I have to admit however, that going to see the newly formed ‘McBusted’ was not generally perceived as high on the cool-o-meter. But you know what I say to all you cool people, YOU ARE MISSING OUT ON ALL THE FUN!!!! I mean really, I fancied McFly, I fancied Busted. ‘McBusted’ was sure to be a winner I thought and I was not wrong.
McBusted were apparently cautious about their re-brand announcing just 11 shows at first, all of which sold out in record time. Following this triumph, they went on to sell out 36 arena shows– wah-wee-woo-wah! We witnessed the arena spectactular at the 02, or for you old skool peepz –the millennium dome. In case you have never been before, it basically looks like the incredible millennium dome jelly you can see on the picture below.
Millennium dome jelly expertly made by Julie Nelkon in 1999 (just).
The lights went down. The Busted boys arrived ‘Back to the Future’, parking up their Delorian whilst the McFly lads popped out of the stage in a flurry of scissor kicks, hurrah – we were off! The show was EPIC, there were hovering space ships, light up guitars, huge sports balls bouncing through the crowd and most excitingly proper boyband dancing.
Taken during the emosh ‘Sleeping with the Light on’.
Maybe it was the nostalgia of being 16 and listening to their music, the combined dancing of 20,000 fellow McBusted fans in such close proximity or the joy that you felt emanating from the band themselves, but whatever it was – it was amazing! Sign me up for the next tour boys.
On a more low key ‘oh-look-I’m-a-trendy-twenty-something’ note, I also was lucky enough to score a ticket to Matthew and the Atlas’ performance last week in Camden Town. I wore all black as camouflage, so that no one realised I was a McBusted fan and had a wonderful time. The gig itself was quite intimate and the singing was full of harmony, melody and emotion. Matthew and the Atlas have been compared to Mumford and Sons in the past and I can see why as they do fit into that banjo-y envelope, but somehow I thought Matt Hegarty’s voice elevated it all in a different way to old Mumford.
The best moment for me personally was when the band ‘finished’ (i.e. said they were finished but we all knew they’d be back for a cheeky encore) and the man next to me went ABSOLUTELY BERSERK screaming ‘I WILL REMAINNNN, I WILL REMAIIIIINNNN!!!!’ I was about to say ‘alright lad, we’re all staying, there’s no need to worry,– this is just what musicians do sometimes as a little tease’ when Alex, seeing my intentions whispered in my ear ‘That’s a name of one of their songs.’ Oops. So to finish off my (quite long!) blog, here is ol’ Matty singing that very song:
For McBusted info click here and for Matthew and the Atlas click here.
Also if you have an empty Sunday tomorrow and are looking for something to do, why not come make some trouble with me here.