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      Something Wicked This Way Comes...   10/09/2019

      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     
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^ She does, a bit :D I was a fan wayyyy back when she did that one album which she became known for... I'm like a bird, I only fly away, that song/album. It was quite odd to then see her doing Maneater stuff years after. Quite a change. (I loooove her song Say It Right! :wub:)

Yes Whoa Nelly! .. that's my fave album of hers and I played it to death (have two copies actually .. one very sacred one that she signed :blush2:) .. every song was a gem. I liked most of the hits off of Loose but it wasn't the same as the old days :no:  :D

I don't mind that early Nelly song either. Poppyshake, you must have looked so cute in your plaits!

Not exactly :giggle:

I'd love to see Regina Spektor too.

Then you must absolutely come next time she plays London :D

I just bought a ticket to see Franz Ferdinand in Sydney next month. I'm so excited! They haven't been out here for many years, and I've always regretted not going to see them when they were last here, but I wasn't much of a concert-goer then and was too scared to go by myself. Now I'm a 'seasoned' concert-goer and will have no probs going by myself. :D

You lucky lucky girl .. enjoy! :friends0: 

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Just bagged tickets to see Steven Wilson at the Royal Albert Hall the week after next :exc: :exc: :D

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Love Franz Ferdinand, Kylie!  Lucky girl :D

 

Last year I saw Muse, Black Keys, Young the Giant, AWOLNation, The Dig and Two Door Cinema Club.  This year, unfortunately, my show-going has been less.  Only because there haven't been a ton of bands I want to see coming through town.  I'm sad I missed the Killers in August but tickets sold out so fast plus I hate the venue they played in.

 

In the early spring this year I saw Mika, and tomorrow night I'm seeing Ra Ra Riot.  Then next week I'm seeing one of my favorite bands, The Dig.  Yahoo!!  They are opening for Leagues, with whom I'm not very familiar but it'll be a week night so I probably won't stay to watch them.

 

It's funny how that seems to have an ebb and flow to it. Last year and the year before I saw loads of bands but it seems to me as if very few of the bands I like have been touring England this year.

 

 

Just bagged tickets to see Steven Wilson at the Royal Albert Hall the week after next :exc: :exc: :D

 

I imagine that will be a pretty special gig, he has worked with so many other musicians it a surprise he has any time to himself.

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Hmm, well the Steven Wilson gig is on Sunday and I haven't received the tickets yet.  I got an email saying they were sent out on Wednesday, so I phoned them up today and they've arranged for replacements to be collected from the box office.  No doubt the originals will arrive tomorrow, but I didn't fancy the stress and hassle of trying to sort it all out at the last minute, I was worrying too much about them as it was :rolleyes:

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The tickets didn't arrive, so I'm glad I sorted out replacements.  It was all hassle free, no queue, walked into the Albert Hall, straight to the box office desk, got the tickets in about 10 seconds.  Then had to hang around for an hour before the gig because we got there early anticipating a queue :doh:  :lol:

 

All worth it, though.  It was possibly the best 'gig-that-wasn't-Rush' that I've ever been to.  Just stunning  :D

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Black Sabbath at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam was a great experience. The venue itself is just about the right size, big enough to build a great atmosphere but not so big that it feels anonymous. I was very impressed with the token system in use for the bars, the plentiful and cheap lockers and also the toilets. It all seemed far more civilized than the gig experience back home. Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats were the support act and were far better than I expected, I intend to buy their albums soon. Black Sabbath were fantastic, they were tight musically and the setlist was a good span of stuff off the new album and the older classics. Ozzy sounded better than he has in while which surprised me because he isn't the best singer in the world. The touring drummer is a hoot and extremely impressive, his drum solo was one of the best I've ever seen.

 

All in all I had a fantastic time and I will look to see more bands at the Ziggo Dome :alc:

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We went to see Sigur Ros at Wembley about 2 weeks ago, and they were fantastic. I have been a fan of theirs for well over a decade, having discovered their music in a Reykjavik record store and have been hooked pretty much ever since, having also converted Coran. It was definitely one of the best shows I have been to - by the end of the evening it felt like every single cell in my body was vibrating and there were people there with tears streaming down their faces.

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Just found out that Korn is coming to Finland this May, wohoo! :) I didn't like their latest album (did love that one single, but the rest... :rolleyes:) but I know they'll be playing a lot of the good old stuff. I'm probably going to get me some tickets!

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I've only been to an impressive concert about once in my life, because with my disability I don't do well at all with crowds or loud music. Our concert was by Within Temptation (one of my favourite bands) and we had chairs to sit on (a must really, I couldn't do it with crowds). The concert was in the next town over, so quite close by. I enjoyed it and was glad we went there. The music wasn't overly loud and because of the chairs I could sit for most of the time which was good.

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I have an urge to see The Killers live this year, and I wouldn't mind seeing Muse or Biffy Clyro. Oh and if Young The Giant or Jace Everett are performing, maybe them too! :D

 

My problem is finding like minded people to go with! :(

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I wouldn't mind seeing Muse or Biffy Clyro.

 

I've seen Biffy twice - and both times they were supporting Muse, so I reckon if you see one you're likely to see the other, too :lol:

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Yes that's what I saw at Wembley 2/3 years ago, they were both fantastic although I'm less keen on Biffy's thrashy stuff..

 

Really need to do some googling.. :)

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So unfair. Pearl Jam is touring in Europe this summer, and they'll be playing in Stockholm, but not in Finland.

 

We get Justin Bieber to come here, and yet Eddie Vedder & co. say no to Helsinki :motz::wibbly::cry2:

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So unfair. Pearl Jam is touring in Europe this summer, and they'll be playing in Stockholm, but not in Finland.

 

We get Justin Bieber to come here, and yet Eddie Vedder & co. say no to Helsinki :motz::wibbly::cry2:

 

Never seen them myself. Previously, they have never played outside London when they come to England (to be best of my knowledge) and it was always too awkward to get there. So they announce they are doing Milton Keynes this year - a much better option for me. It's on my wedding anniversary. :o

No way am I going to swing that!

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Never seen them myself. Previously, they have never played outside London when they come to England (to be best of my knowledge) and it was always too awkward to get there. So they announce they are doing Milton Keynes this year - a much better option for me. It's on my wedding anniversary. :o

No way am I going to swing that!

 

Yep I noticed the Milton Keynes option and thought it a bit odd, I've never even heard of such a place. So they play at some Milton Keynes place, and not in Helsinki?!? :D:rolleyes:

 

Are you sure your wife wouldn't want to spend the anniversary by listening to a great band rock? :(

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Yep I noticed the Milton Keynes option and thought it a bit odd, I've never even heard of such a place. So they play at some Milton Keynes place, and not in Helsinki?!? :D:rolleyes:

 

Are you sure your wife wouldn't want to spend the anniversary by listening to a great band rock? :(

 

Our musical tastes are somewhat different, so probably not!

You don't know MIlton Keynes? You're not missing much! 

Although to be fair, the Milton Keynes Bowl is a good Venue - I saw Metallica play there with Megadeth as support in about 1992 and it was great!

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Portishead and Alice in Chains (!!) will come to Ilosaarirock (Joensuu) to play this summer :o I cannot and will not believe it until I see it.

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Went to see Riverside at the O2 Islington Academy last night.  Great atmosphere.  Great set list.  Great band :smile:

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I saw Anathema last Friday, the gig was amazing :wub:

 

Here's video of the concert. Not mine. 

 

 

 

And the setlist: 

1. The Lost Song, Part 1

2. The Lost Song, Part 2

3. Untouchable, Part 1

4. Untouchable, Part 2 

5. Thin Air
6. Ariel
7. The Lost Song, Part 3
8. Anathema
9. The Beginning and the End
10. Universal
11. Closer
12. A Natural Disaster
13. Distant Satellites
 
Encore
1. Parisienne Moonlight
2. Judgement
3. One Last Goodbye
4. A Dying Wish
5. Fragile Dreams
 
 

They said they'll be touring next year and I'm going!!!! :exc:

 

Edit: The girl who downloaded the video on youtube was standing right behind me when we were outside in line, waiting for the doors to be opened, and during the gig she was in the front row, two people from me to the right. I was in the front row, right next to the guy who was standing right in front of Vincent. 

Edited by frankie

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I'm glad you enjoyed yourself, Sari.  :)

 

I have seen some great groups in the past (Rush, Asia, Motorhead, Black Sabbath (with Ronnie, not Ozzy), Thin Lizzy, Status Quo (a couple of times), Whitesnake, Jimmy Nail (he was surprisingly good!), Depeche Mode, Phil Collins, Marillion (after Fish left, sadly - they were dreadful!)...) but I haven't been to a concert with a big group for a long time.

 

I tried to get AC/DC tickets last time they toured, but was unsuccessful - I was gutted, I'd love to see them live.   Peter and I also love Pink Floyd.  Sadly we've never seen them, but we have seen a tribute band called The Australian Pink Floyd Show (TAPFS) many, many times and they're the next best thing.  We have tickets to see them in Bristol in the spring.  I also love Genesis and have seen a good tribute band for them, but they only seem to tour in the East of the country these days.

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Marillion (after Fish left, sadly - they were dreadful!)

 

Pfft, they're far better since Fish left  :P   :D

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Went to see Threshold at Islington Academy the other night and they were bloody brilliant!  :cool:  We were right at the front and the atmosphere was great.  Damian the singer kept jumping into the crowd, which was funny :D  Haven't enjoyed a gig that much for a long time :D

 

They had two support bands: The Silent Wedding and Overtures.  Both of them were decent, although Overtures amused me because their singer kept demanding that the crowd boo them :lol:  and their (new) bass player looked like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory.  I kept hoping he'd walk over to the drummer and say 'You're in my spot' :giggle2:

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