Two gigs in two years is awesome for me! Usually, the bands I like either don't tour or choose ridiculous venues whereby tickets disappear like gold dust, so I was very happy when a) I found out The Pigeons were touring (see what I did there ;)), and b), that they'd chosen the Electric Ballroom in Camden which isn't too far away.
We started the day in The Imperial War museum, as I've wanted to go there for ages, and it was incredible, especially the Holocaust exhibition and the 'Secret War' section. It was so big we didn't have time to see everything, but we'll definitely return at some point.
After that it was time for some food and drink, and of course it had to be a Spoons (The Ice Wharf in Camden to be precise), and it was lovely - sun, wine, lots of happy people (I almost didn't want to leave!) But of course we had to, and at around 7.15p.m we found ourselves in this awesome, dark nightclub drinking cider and beer - eagerly awaiting The Pigeons…
I've been a fan of Mr Alex Turner since I first heard that classic 'I bet you good on the dance floor' aged 15 in 2006, and the rest is history. I own every Monkeys album, even the Submarine soundtrack, and was delighted when Turner formed a side project with Miles Kane in 2007/8. Very different from the Monkeys, The Last Shadow Puppets are still a unique band who use fantastic harmonies, and Turner again proves his skill as a lyricist.
It's such a pity then, that I've never seen the Monkeys... BUT...
I saw the Puppets earlier on in July! And they were amazing.
The venue was also amazing (Alexandra Palace, saw Two Door Cinema Club there in 2013), and holds up to 7,000 people! Built in 1873 (rebuilt in 1875 after a fire), it was The Crystal Palace's rival and was named Alexandra after the then Prince Edward's bride 'Alexandra of Denmark'. A place for recreation, education and entertainment, not much has changed then, in truth!.
Last Thursday (the day after the gig in the previous post), my husband and I drove to Cambridge as we hadn't been there for two years, and because I wanted to check out the motte-and-bailey that'd been first constructed in 1068 by King William I.
After being crowned on Christmas Day 1066, William returned to Normandy with hostages (who included earl Waltheof of Huntingdon and Edgar Aetheling), but by the end of the year (1067) the English were rebelling at Exeter (refusing fealty, to pay taxes), giving William no other choice but to leave Normandy and return to England. After eighteen days, Exeter yielded and Rougemont Castle was thrown up, garrisoned by Normans, but that wasn't the end of his problems.
After Matilda's coronation in Westminster, there was unrest in the North and William wasted no time in travelling northwards - throwing up motte-and-baileys at Warwick and Nottingham on the way (not the current stone castle) - Click, and was quite successful in his supp…