OKAY IT’S BEEN TOO LONG, and I have no excuses.
The last few months have been hectic so here is a short summary since my last update. It started when I procrastinated writing a blog-post about P!ATD gig I attended in May, then it escalated. I'll probably break these posts up into different parts, so I give you all permission to shout at me if I don't write up June's post.
Panic! At The Disco
If you are ever offered the opportunity to see Panic! - take it. Brendon Urie live is so, so much better than what I was expecting. His vocal range is simply incredible, and he puts on one heck of a show: highlights included backflipping on stage, playing the drums and ripping off his shirt (cue many screaming girls). Surprisingly, Emma and I were some of the oldest in the audience. I just assumed our other 21 year old nostalgic ex-emo fangirls from 2007 would also be present at that show. However, recent releases (Miss Jackson (2011) onwards) have undeniably pushed Panic! back into the appreciation of teenagers today, which may suggest why the fans there were still 13-17 year olds in the Mandela hall. I felt old.
Regardless, he was fantastic, and I now love the album Too Weird To Live, To Rare To Die! after he opened with Vegas Lights. Give it a listen. He also performed the old favourites too - The Only Difference..., Lying is the Most Fun... and, of course, I Write Sins Not Tragedies. What a show. Oh! And the support act was King Charles - LISTEN TO HIM TOO, I’m now obsessed with Loveblood.
Rend Collective Experiment
We accidentally booked two concerts in the same week, so on the Thursday of that week, Emma and I were back at the Mandela Hall to see a completely different (probably the complete opposite of Panic) concert. Rend Collective is a Christian band from Northern Ireland but have found global fame within the worship music scene, with catchy folk rock tunes appealing to an even wider demographic. After Panic, honestly I felt a bit Meh about this gig, but man I was so wrong. Their support act was Tenth Avenue North and when I learnt of this, I was thrilled! They’re probably the only Christian band that I really, really like to listen to on Spotify, so I was super happy. They were fantastic!! The crowd went wild when Rend arrived, and their set-list was just wonderful. They interacted with the crowd and it was clear to see they felt very comfortable performing back in own city - ‘good craic’ as they called it. It’s smashing to see a band from Northern Ireland do well internationally, and create awesome God-centered music. It was so spiritually encouraging, just what I needed!