What a week it’s been for live music.
I’ve been to three shows in the past week which has been truly bloody fabulous indeed and I must say, a little trip down memory lane as when I was a wee nipper I practically LIVED at the Manchester Academy; attending show after show, night after night.
Since then I’ve not been to quite so many, despite this ranking highly in countless seasonal goals and being one of my most favourite of past times!
Music is a HUGE part of me. It’s a huge part of my family and I thank my lucky stars that it’s a huge part of George too.
Similarly to when I was 14 and would spend my pocket money and weekly wages on gig tickets, I love nothing more than spending my money on a show or two and I’m now in the very lucky position to be invited along to many of them, however, nothing quite beats the excitement of logging onto Ticketmaster or otherwise and eagerly awaiting the release of tickets from your favourite band.
I had other plans for this blog post I must admit, it’s not exactly a gig appropriate outfit now is it? What with the chunky knit AND faux fur coat layering duo. However, I left my third and final show of the week on Sunday evening feeling totally inspired to do a mini round up of the three shows I went to, who just so happen to be three V attractive fellas, you lot can thank me later 😉
So first up of the three was Mr Harry Styles.
I was never really a One Direction fan, but secretly a huge Harry fan. There’s something about that boys northern charm and of course, he is rather easy on the eyes. Not to mention the only one from the band (IMO) who can actually sing (oooo burn!)
So when his debut and self titled album was released early this year it’s safe to say I listened to it continuously on repeat for weeks at a time. Thankfully, George was pretty into it too, so it fast became one of our fave albums of the moment.
Feelings are also very mutual with my sister too so we were pretty gutted when we missed out on tickets for his return to the North at Manchester’s Apollo, one of my favourite music venues ever!
But much to our surprise, Harry’s team released a handful of extra tickets a few hours before the show, so we snapped a pair up within seconds.
And boy was it worth it! Harry Styles is quite frankly a little star.
Watching him allowed me to imagine what it might have been like to watch a young David Bowie, just someone totally unique with lashings of personality, individuality, style and of course a strong set of pipes.
Harry’s performance was spectacular and his energy totally infectious; not to mention his Gucci suit of choice was utterly phenomenal, fit with harlequin print and flared bottoms… DREAMY!
He performed his album in it’s entirety with some surprise’s with his Radio1 Live Lounge cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” sneaking in there and the 1D banger, “That’s What Makes You Beautiful“.
My sister and I had the best night and left with sore ears (seriously those Harry fans know how to scream) sore throats from singing every single word and with an urge to book tickets for his upcoming tour next year. I’d urge you all to give his album a go, if you haven’t already, I truly think it will surprise you. He is without a doubt someone to see live too, just amazing!
Next up we have Liam Fray, Mancunian front man to The Courteeners, a band I’ve seen live countless times and a band that really resonates with me through their pride of Manchester.
Liam is a good friend of ours so it was wonderful to see him live at The Albert Hall (the most beautiful venue in all the land). He kindly invited us down to the show and whilst I was totally hypnotised by the audience, Liam was truly incredible.
Singing all the indie bangers from the past 10 years (yeah I can’t believe it’s been that long either) Liam blew me away with his showmanship, his voice and of course, those Gucci worker bee boots (JUST LOOK AT THEM!)
It was a night that transported me back to being 18 as both St Jude and Falcon were the soundtracks to my college days with bangers such as “Not Nineteen Forever” “Please Don’t” and “Sycophant” being some of my personal faves.
The crowd was like nothing I’ve ever seen. Row after row of dedicated fans and true Manchester patriots singing their hearts out straight back to their idol, Liam.
If you’ve never listened or never seen Liam and The Courtneers live I would suggest you all to do so, I just know you’re gonna love em!
Father John Misty
And finally we have FATHER JOHN MISTY aka sex on legs, and by legs I mean legs that go on FOR DAYS!
This man oozes charisma, charm and of course SEX! First up, he’s absolutely dreamy, with a voice like velvet and quite frankly the best lyricist around right now.
Now three albums deep, Father John Misty just gets better and better; Formerly and strangely the drummer from Fleet Foxes, he was completely and utterly made to be front and centre.
This was now my second time at one of his shows and I left completely and utterly gobsmacked, blown away and with a rather hefty crush!
Back at The Manchester Appollo, George and I sat, mouths wide open completely in awe with every aspect of the show.
The first thing that struck me was his impeccable voice, the aforementioned voice like velvet, it sounded like we were listening privately to his album, boy can that man sing. Secondly the live band including strings and brass was truly sensational and unlike any show I’ve ever been to. That, combined with the lighting that changed with each and every song made it a show to remember.
I sung my heart out, I smiled, I whistled and screamed, I gawped and I over-head-clapped… Yeah really, that man just does something to me and it was the best show I have EVER EVER been to.
George left in a very similar haze of enjoyment, having turned to me mid-show and said “bloody hell he’s a sexy bastard” got it in one Georgey boy, got it in one!
If you leave this blog post doing anything, it must be to check out Father John Misty’s albums (my fave is “I Love You, Honeybear”) OR search him live on YouTube, trust me you will NOT regret it!
*breathe Megan, breathe*
So there we have it, three musicians to check out and of course to swoon over. You know me, I wear my heart on my sleeve (see what I did that with this EPIC Jakke London coat? ?❤️) but what can I say, I just love music and I guess you could say I like an attractive male musician, go figure!
I hope you enjoyed this post and PLEASE let me know what you think once you’ve had a listen to them.