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Lissie - Manchester Academy 2 - 27th October


Apologies for not posting for a while, internet was down in my flat for about 3 weeks (thanks BT) and life has taken over a bit, but alas, I am back for a post about the fantastic gig I went to last Sunday. 

As I've said in previous posts, It was Lissie who me and my boyfriend were going to see. We caught her at Hard Rock Calling this year and we had to see her again. Her support act was Bruno Major, another act we had caught on one of the smaller stages at Hard Rock Calling. He was just signed to management this summer and has recently got a record deal with Virgin. He is a really talented musician and has a voice like velvet. Tom and I were lucky enough to meet him after his set and he was so lovely and down to earth, and really appreciative of us buying his EP. Bruno only had a drummer and bassist who also sang backing vocals, but that was all he needed, their harmonies filled the room and his lyrics were beautiful; one of his songs 'Home' made me cry.



Lissie's set was fantastic. Her and her band opened the show with 'Bully' and closed with the brilliant cover of 'Pursuit of Happiness'. 



The only thing which bothered me about the show was the audience. The room must hold around 600 people and most of them where just standing there, not moving or dancing and hardly singing along. Lissie herself said "You're very well behaved". I just feel like it wasn't her target audience, as Tom and I and a few other people were getting very funny looks as we danced and sang a long. Maybe its that we are not her target audience, but who knows. 

The show was incredible none the less. Her voice sounded exactly like her recordings and her band were brilliant. She even stayed to do a signing after the show but we unfortunately couldn't stay.

She's touring the UK again in March, I would really love to see her again but she isn't playing anywhere around Manchester or Liverpool. I'm very disappointed but hopefully she will announce some more shows! 

Has anyone heard the news that John McVie has entered treatment for cancer? Fleetwood Mac unfortunately cancelled the New Zealand leg of their tour. I'm hoping John pulls through and is back with his bass on stage soon.

Livvy x

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Open Mic


Last night I played at my first open mic in almost a year, it was a massive step for me. I haven't played live for a while for various reasons, but mainly confidence. But a pub in my boyfriend's village was the perfect place to get me started again. In a really relaxed setting a fair few people played some songs on the couch by the bar, I was then told to play and surprisingly, I wasn't scared anymore, I just played like I hadn't stopped. It was so relaxed and I actually had fun, something I was terrified of turned out really good.

I've been in a massive battle with anxiety for a while now. Feeling out of control is terrifying and I build up a shell to try and cope with it. I know it is easier said than done to feel better instantly or forget about something which is getting to you. 

Things can get better in time, it can take weeks, months and sometimes years. Sometimes you'll have great days, and sometimes you'll have utterly crap days where you want to stay in bed all day watching re-runs of Gavin and Stacey on the iPlayer, and that's ok. Allow yourself time to recover till you are ready to face the world again. I know I have days like that often. 
One of the most important things (as well as lots of chocolate, tea and cuddles) is to have friends and people close to you that you can trust, and you feel comfortable with, where you can show yourself and not hide away from it.

I'm trying to keep positive, at least right now I am, and I am looking forward to seeing Lissie a week on Sunday. I got to see her at Hard Rock Calling this year and she was fantastic, her music is infectious and the lyrics to her latest single struck a chord with me today. 



Livvy x



Friday, 11 October 2013

Guitar..


I spent most of my day playing my guitar, learning a couple of new songs to hopefully play at an open mic soon. 
I lost all of my confidence in playing last summer due to various things, but I'm slowly getting it back, it's taken a while.

Livvy x

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Fleetwood Mac - Manchester arena - October 1st



Tuesday night proved that Fleetwood Mac have still got it. Three words - they were incredible.

Fleetwood Mac played from 8:20pm to around 11:10. Without a break. I had been wondering if they would still have the power as 60 somethings that they had in there 20's/30's, and they certainly did. They prove that age, it's just a number.

Stevie Nicks' voice is still as haunting and powerful as ever. John McVie and Mick Fleetwood's rhythm section is still faultless, and Lindsey Buckingham still has a rocking voice and unbelievable guitar playing.

This tour is their 'Rumours' 35th anniversary tour, so without a doubt they opened the show with track one of 'Rumours' - "Second Hand News".

The show was outstanding, playing their hits from 'Rumours', 'Tusk', 'Tango In The Night' and a couple from their newest EP, they rocked the whole night away, ending with two of my favourite songs - "Silver Springs" and "Say Goodbye".

Honestly, I'm finding it hard to find the words that can describe how I felt seeing my favourite band, I cried, danced, cheered and sang with the rest of the 18000 seated arena. I know I'm only 20, but for years I have been saying that I have to see Fleetwood Mac and Bruce Springsteen one day before I die; and this year I have been lucky enough to see both of these outstanding acts. 

Livvy x