i teared up a bit here, but after the final scene i cried a river. dammit
halt and catch fire: the summary
will forever adore curtis’ duck-face and lemmon’s ability to run in heels, i can barely walk for 15 min. and the best ending ever.
So the whole top 10 is:
- Biffy Clyro
- Ben Howard
- Ed Sheeran
- Franz Ferdinand
- Little Matador
- King Charles
- We Are Scientists
- Wolf Alice
- Kaiser Chiefs
- George Ezra
Monday I spent at Glasgow Central, reading “Filth”. Kids were running around. LOL. On Tuesday I had severe stomach ache and wasn’t sure if I make it to Trafalgar Studios to watch Richard III. That’d be a bitch as I had a cheap front row seat. The last photo is a view on stage from it. I overcame my pain eventually, loved the play, the performance, the production, the Gina McKee’s perfection (I swear, she didn’t changed a bit since Notting Hill), the Martin Freeman’s beard, the fact that for some precious moments Martin Freeman was standing right in front of me, just here, few inches away. There was not as much blood as I expected. Sadly, both Gina and Martin left through main door that night but I was kinda happy they did as I was still in pain.
- Reverend & The Makers (Radio 1). I just really want to mention the “Teardrop” cover by Newton Faulkner I heard passing by Main Stage. Radio 1 Stage set times got really fucked up because Chance The Rapper cancelled. They said Reverend will get a longer set but they started 30min late so I only listened to them for roughly 25min. The sound was really poor but I still enjoyed what I saw, mostly my fave songs were in the beginning.
- Franz Ferdinand (The Scottish Sun Signing Tent). The queue was huge! So there was no time for photos. Nick has the dark-bluest eyes in the world. Well, either he, or Fran Healy, or Seth Numrich. One of them. I shook Bob’s hand and told him I love his bass lines. I clearly was still in Reverend & The Makers mood lol
- Kaiser Chiefs (Main Stage) (#9). That was my 9th Kaiser Chiefs gig. And it the first one I’ve spent not in the front row. Because my feet were a mess, scratches and calluses, I could barely walk. So I just took off my wellies and lied down on the hill. They played “Meanwhile Up In Heaven” and didn’t “Misery Company”. So.. Yeah. There’s that. I love the fact that their walk on song now is Edwin Starr “War”. Always here for Rush Hour love! “Come on, Scotland, be scottish!” (c) Ricky.
- Darlia (T Break). A very nice young band, but couple of songs sounded quite similar. Still, recommend!
- King Charles (T Break) (#6). Woooah! That’s The King. What an amazing set, got the whole tent bouncing. All hail The King!
- Tame Impala (King Tuts). Oh, you could’ve just tell it was Tame Impala set, walking in the tent. Nice, relaxing. Not my cup of tea.
- Franz Ferdinand (King Tuts) (#4). I chose them as my closing set for TITP 2014 and I do not regret that decision. I had a great place to dance, I gave everything I had left. Crowd was amazing. I forgot how much I love their music because of someone’s arrogant comments.
- Circa Waves (King Tuts). That was a very nice midday kick off. Liked them a lot.
- Fatherson (King Tuts). Guys put on a very strong performance, crowd loved it, me too.
- George Ezra (King Tuts) (#10). Girls, girls, girls… A very drunk one asked me if I’m chinese, I said no, so she continued with japanese? korean? which cracked me up as she couldn’t place my asian looking face anywhere and you could just tell that there all countries she knew. George saved her from further embarrassment. Love his voice <3 And he’s got some stage presence so kudos to him, all the best in the future.
- We Are Scientists (King Tuts) (#7). My love for this guys got no limits, everyone who knows about Baseketball existense is my favourite person ever. They surprisingly threw the biggest hits in the middle, I wasn’t expecting “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt” so early! Anyways, amazing set.
- Surprise Guest (George Ezra) (BBC Introducing/Transmissions). Right after WAS I rushed to BBC Introducing as I was rather curious who is the surprise guest. Wow wow wow, that’s George again! I dunno who I was hoping for, but it was a nice surprise. This time Ezra was on his own, without the band. I catched the last 3 songs of 30min set. He was a bit relaxed, talked a lot. Lovely guy.
- Paolo Nutini (Main Stage). I was in a very noisy part of a crowd which barely paid any attention to what was happening on the stage. Paolo himself was pretty meh and I still don’t like what he’s done to “Jenny..” so I left mid set to get a decent spot for Ben Howard.
- Embrace (King Tuts). I quite liked their latest EP and I enjoyed their performance a lot, crowd was great.
- Ben Howard (King Tuts) (#2). Oooooooh my, oh my, oh my! I live for Ben Howard. I saw him twice last year, every time I was way in the back because of health reasons so this time was the closest I ever got to him haha. About 10min after Embrace left the stage a girl asked me if Ben Harris is playing next. I got confused for a moment and laughed - she mixed up Ben with Calvin Harris, who was headlining Main Stage that night. Anyway, Ben was late for ~15min, nagl. But I loved every second of the set. New songs are perfection, he made me cry rivers on “Black Flies” again, I even teared up on “Keep Your Head Up”. The crowd had a lot of fun, we danced a lot and sang loud. The man was in pretty good mood, he joked a lot, the Portugal one (between “The Fear” and “End Of The Affair” if I recall correctly) was a cracker.
Okay, it is time to tell you how it went at TITP 2014.
Thursday was a nightmare. I got nothing against getting on train to Glasgow at 5.30am (thank god I’ve booked quiet coach), but I arrived at ~10.45am and there was a big queue for buses, I spent there 1.5h. Usually, I’d be at bus station at 10am and queue for 20-30min. As my early bird deposit scheme ticket got lost in the post (they sent it as standard), I had to queue for another 1.5h at box office. And then the death walk. 1h40min to the entrance or so. Usually I’d be in that last queue for less than 30min.
I made a list of 19-34 artists I wanted to see, ended up with 20, that’s alright, I had a great time. I’ll put in brackets my top 10 of performances.
- Dolomite Minor (BBC Introducing/Transmissions). They were ace, I still feel a bit guilty as we weren’t bothered to get up from the grass as they started to play but we clapped and cheered as much as they deserved. And they deserved a lot. I also felt not well so I headed back to the tent for pills. As I was crossing Main Stage, there was Charlie XCX. And she was murdering “I Love It”. I love that song but that version not so much.
- Little Matador (BBC Introducing/Transmissions) (#5). I took pills and went back just in time for that beauty that Nathan Connolly of Snow Patrol created. This is what SP should have become if Final Straw never happened. Damn it, Gary! Everyone should check them out.
- Royal Blood (King Tuts). Meeeeeehhhhhhhhhhhh. I was really looking forward to it, a band of drummer and bassist, a dream come true. But something didn’t click, and I left after “Figure It Out”, which was the 4th.
- Wolf Alice (T Break) (#8). Oh my god, I was walking past Main Stage to get to T Break and Ellie Goulding was murdering my absolute favourite of hers, “Lights”, so I tried to walk as fast as I could. Alice, on other hand, was magnificent, loved “Wicked Game” cover even with mic resonating almost the whole song.
- Ed Sheeran (Main Stage) (#3). I found a nice wee spot with lovely people to watch Ed for the first time. My god, I live for that kind of performers, the ones that love to involve the audience in a singalong or a dance or else. I like Jake Bugg’s songs a lot but I’m not gonna pay for his non-presence. Saw him as support and at a festival, man, he’s not getting any money from me. Oh, well, back to Ed. His studio albums don’t do him any justice. What a live performer! The last photo here is from when he played “I See Fire”. He noticed how beautiful it is around before he started. And it really felt like we are here waiting for a last ray of sunlight to show us where the effing keyhole is. Magic.
- Biffy Clyro (Main Stage) (#1). Speaking of magic, there were Biffy Clyro. Biffy fucking Clyro. After Ed left stage, I moved to a better spot, last row of front circle. It’s heavenly, no-one’s pushing your back. Yeah, people were passing all the time in front of me, but it’s not as irritating and exhausting. My phone’s battery died just before the set =\ They changed setlist a lot from the one I witnessed 1.5 months earlier in Moscow. Got rid of “Opposite”, “Spanish Radio” and “Magic Modern Formula” and brought in “Whorses”, “Folding Stars”, “Questions And Answers” and “Victory Over The Sun”. Nice one! There were also song position changes, I got a mini heart attack when they played “The Captain” as 3rd, which is usual “Who’s Got A Match?” spot. Ever since I first heard “Stingin’ Belle” (especially album version, with longer bagpipe “solo”) I dreamed about watching them play it at T in the Park with a real bagpipe. A dream came true. I was so happy. And with all that fire it felt like at Rammstein gig, really hot, as if it wasn’t already with that tartan pants on James and floral ones on Simon lol
tell him, harv!