What's your favourite gig of all time
----------- By KitSound Audio on 15/04/2019
With a summer chocked full of festivals, events, and other musical gatherings just around the corner, we thought we would get everyone in the mood by revealing some of the team’s top gigs of all time. As usual, our favourites are as random as us…
Charlie Crooks, Graphic Designer
Who?A little known Australian band called The Cat Empire
Where?The Royal Albert Hall (filled to capacity I might add!)
Why?Fell in love with their music when I was just 14. Seen them live every year since I was 16. (recommended BTW!).
What!?I was a proper fan girl and got there early to get a spot in the front. It was so worth it though as it’s always a proper party atmosphere at their gigs. The gig at the Royal Albert was especially insane though!
Gemma Diaper, PR & Social Media Executive
Who? Take That, of course.
Where? Wembley Stadium for the Take That Circus Tour, 3rd July 2009 (Etched in memory).
Why? It was like a West End show! It had circus characters handing out balloons, dancers and trapeze artists on stage, plus an oversized balloon that was centre stage for the opening of the show, and a giant mechanical elephant that dominated the performance of The Garden.
What?! It more than blew my expectations out of the water. I especially enjoyed the 90s “Pray” dance routine, the circus inspired intro, and the crowd getting involved in “Shine” and “Never Forget”.
Grace Barham, Assistant Buyer
Who?DJ Hannah Wants
Where? Outlook Festival in Croatia 2014.
Why? Because it was abroad, with two of my best friends. Plus the stage she played on was right down on the beach which was amazing.
What?! It was just a great atmosphere and she dropped some absolute bangers, even for her high standards.
Jordan Jones, Product Design Manager
Where? At the Old Fire Station in Bournemouth.
Why? Because the gig was awesome! Frank Carter is a great front man and draws loads of participation form the crowd.
What?! To say it was rowdy would be an understatement. I have never seen anything like it since.
Ross Shapland, Creative Copywriter
Who?The one and only Prodigy.
Where? At the Victorious Festival in Portsmouth 2018.
Why? Although everyone got a bit “close” at times it was all worth it. I had been meaning to see them live as heard it was something else.
What?! I have never seen a crowd lose its mind like that at a performance. People of all ages were at the front going nuts!
Justin Christie, Head of Research, Development & Design
Who?Me, actually. I was in a band called Polyphonic the Hedgehog, named by our trumpet player after the Polyphonic Spree.
Where?At Mr. Smiths in Bournemouth, 2006.
Why? The place was packed, and as I walked on stage and looked out, the pre-gig angst melted away and I had an amazing feeling of calmness wash over me, like I had arrived home for the first time. We really connected with the audience and gave them exactly what they wanted, and in return, they gave us what we wanted.
What?!It was an absolute riot. “Total bedlam!” people rushing the stage, drinks flying all over the place, near constant moshing, and one of the main speaker stacks getting knocked over during a particularly rowdy version of “Geno” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners. I always smile when I think about that gig. It crystallised what performance really meant to me and I often draw on that memory before I go on stage.