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Travis at The Fillmore, San Francisco

Last Wednesday night I had the good fortune to see Travis at one of only two live gigs they played in America, after their appearance at the Coachella music festival near LA.

Like many other British bands, they have a smaller following this side of the Atlantic, which is great as it means they fill far smaller venues than you would expect in Europe, and the fans are more dedicated and appreciative.

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Kaiser Chiefs

Kaiser Chiefs Playing Tonight

My first gig in a long while, and certainly bizarre in having to prove I was over 21 to get served alcohol (not sure I have encountered the higher age limit in the US until this point). The Warfield is a nice small feeling venue, in a great central location on Market Street. We got seats on the front row of the upper level, perfect for watching the Kaisers.

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24 Carrott Gold

24 Carrott Gold I’ve been a fan of Jasper Carrott most of my life. Having grown up watching his shows that were a mainstay of 90’s television, I was looking forward to seeing Jasper live for the first time, during this series of shows for the people of his home town.

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The Getaways

The Getaways

So the first Getaways gig of 2003 and the first gig I got to see since the bands name change. This time I also managed to catch the whole set (eight songs in total including a cover of Blondie’s ‘One Way Or Another’ which cost them £25 to perform!) and hear live their songs from the Demo ‘She’.

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My first big gig in ages so I was hardly gonna be disappointed, but still an event not to be missed - being told twice beforehand that the Feeder/Phonics line-up was well worth the ticket price.

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Teller Ticket My first listen of the band playing live since the end of last summer, and also my first chance to hear live, some of the songs from the band’s demo CD.

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Steve Coogan: Live

In the summer of 1998 I was lucky enough to see ‘Steve Coogan Live: The Man Who Thinks He’s It’ at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham. I can safely say that it was one of the best nights out in my life.

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