Live music is my thing. I love going to gigs and seeing my favourite bands perform as well as new upcoming acts too. There is just something about live music that I love. Travel and gigs usually take up most of our time and I’m happy that we managed to combine the two in 2017 on a few occasions. Hopefully, 2018 can bring travel and gigs together again, possibly even on a bigger scale. Time will tell, but for now here are my top 5 best and most memorable gigs of 2017.
Kings of Leon
As you know kings of Leon are my favourite and having seen them four times in 2017 it’s safe to say they’ve made it onto my top 5. All four gigs were brilliant with the highlight seeing them perform at BST festival Hyde Park in July. It was a highlight because it was my first festival experience, which was a huge success as well as meeting and hanging out with my friend Hannah. Hannah and I met through our mutual love of live music and blogging about accessibility so it was great to finally meet up with her at the festival in London.
I’ve loved Gavin DeGraw ever seen I heard him sing the theme song for the TV show One Tree Hill back in 2003. He doesn’t come to the UK that often but when he does I make sure to get tickets no matter what. I’ve seen him a few times both in Glasgow and Manchester. He came over in May for his UK tour and he did not disappoint (even with a cold and sore throat). Gavin DeGraw is a proper musician and performer. I always leave his shows loving him more and desperate to see him again. Hurry up, Gavin!
You know those times when you’re listening to music on YouTube and then similar artists randomly start playing. Well, that’s how I discovered Maren Morris. Thanks, YouTube. As soon as I began listening to a few of her songs I instantly googled if she was coming to the UK. By pure chance, she was due to play the O2 ABC Glasgow in November. I didn’t hesitate and went ahead and booked tickets for Allan and I as well as our Mums. We knew they would love her too and thankfully they did. It was a fantastic night. Maren voice literally sounded like her album. She was amazing.
Kip Moore is a country singer with a lot of soul and grit. We’ve seen him a few times already, but seeing him this year was probably one of the best. He sure knows how to pack out a venue as his show was a complete sell-out. Like Gavin DeGraw, Kip is a true musician and performer. He has the crowd eating out the palm of his hand and singing every word to all his songs. He is also a genuinely nice guy and clearly respects and appreciates his fans, taking time at the end of the show to meet everyone.
Blink 182 aren’t a band that I usually listen to or would want to go see for that matter. However, it was one of Allan’s favourite bands from when he was younger playing drums in bands. Travis Barker was his idol so when we found out Blink 182 were coming to the SSE Hydro we decided to book tickets. To my surprise, the show wasn’t too bad and I didn’t find myself bored scrolling through my phone wishing for it to end. I take that as a success and if I’m being honest, it was actually quite good. I loved seeing Travis’s drumming. That man is a machine on his drum kit. The fire and light show was pretty impressive behind him too.
My Top 5 Best And Most Memorable Gigs Of 2017
It was good to look back at my top 5 best and most memorable gigs of 2017 and it’s exciting to see that we’ve already got some great gigs lined up for 2018. As the months go on more gigs will be announced so I’m looking forward to that.
What were some of your best gigs from 2017?