Last night I travelled with a friend to Portsmouth to watch Adam Ant perform live at the Pyramids Centre. The gig was packed out and the atmosphere was fun once everyone had got in the venue from queuing in the cold.
I think I can be forgiven for saying I never thought I would see the likes of legendary metal bands such as Sepultura, Morbid Angel or Napalm Death in my sea side home town of Weymouth but that is exactly what has happened with both Sepultura and Morbid Angel headlining gigs at the Weymouth Pavilion and Napalm Death are booked for December. The guys at Hourglass Promotions are doing a really awesome job of breathing some life into the South Dorset music scene.
First up on my wish list was Sepultura on 29th June which sold out the venue and proved to be one of the greatest music events Weymouth has ever seen. The atmosphere was incredible and you could feel that the band and the fans knew this was a special gig. They blasted through hits such as Roots Bloody Roots, Refuse Resist and Ratamahata (see video below) and then showcased tracks from the new album Kairos. Two local bands Bull-Riff Stampede and another band that I did not see (if you know who they where let me know and I will update) provided the Support putting in energised sets that set the atmosphere for the evening. I totally recommend catching these bands live if you get the chance. You can see footage I took from the event below.
In a world of where we are constantly bombarded with negative news stories any one would be fooled into thinking that we are all going to hell. Well trust Ginger Wildheart to cheer you up and he has certainly done that this month with the announcement of a Triple Album Pledge project.
What is pledge music?
On Monday the 8th August I was lucky enough to attend the Adam Ant Live in Japan screening, a screening of his Hyde Park Hard Rock Calling gig from 26 June 2011, Q&A and acoustic set at the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley. Adam was in fine form for this gig and was warm and responsive towards to the audience and answered the questions honestly with his trade mark sense of humour.