Monday, 20 April 2009

What's on in London this week (Including FREE shows) w/c April 20th 2009 and My 'standing in the audience at a Bob Dylan concert' experience

Here is my hand picked list of gigs happening in London this week. Please leave a comment if you think I've missed any worth knowing about.

Monday 20th April
PJ Harvey & John Parish @ Shepherds Bush Empire
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and Susanna @ Royal Festival Hall
ETHER 09: J Spaceman/Matthew Shipp + Hauschka @ Queen Elizabeth Hall

Tuesday 21st April
Jeffrey Lewis instore @ Pure Groove Records, 1:30pm (FREE)
St. Vincent and Paul Marshall @ Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Tom Brosseau and Essie Jain @ Bush Hall
John and Jehn instore @ Rough Trade East, 7pm
PJ Harvey & John Parish @ Shepherds Bush Empire
Janie Woon + Nemo Jones + Lee Mitchell @ The Slaughtered Lamb

Wednesday 22nd April
Cate Le Bon + Emil Friis + Tom McKean & The Emperors @ The Slaughtered Lamb

Thursday 23rd April
Camera Obscura @ Shepherds Bush Empire
Jeffrey Lewis and the Junkyard + Don't Move @ Scala
Sons of Noel and Adrian @ The Wilmington Arms

Friday 24th April
ETHER: Lightspeed Champion - 'Harold and Maude' @ Southbank
Squarepusher + BLK JKS @ Royal Festival Hall
Yeah Yeah Yeahs + The Fall + The Enemy + Idlewild + Echo and The Bunnymen + Little Boots + Marina And The Diamonds + Frankmusik + 808 State + Billy Bragg + The Von Bondies + VV Brown + The Virgins + The Golden Silvers + The Invisible @ Various Camden venues

Saturday 25th April
Bob Dylan @ O2 Arena
Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Shepherds Bush Empire
Levellers @ The Forum
Rota @ Notting Hill Arts Club (FREE)
The Fall + The Maccabees + The View + The Enemy + Idlewild + Little Boots + Marina And The Diamonds + Frankmusik + 808 State + Billy Bragg + Golden Silvers + Hot Leg + King Creosote + SCUM + Alessi's Ark + The Invisible + Banjo Or Freakout + Blk Jks + Jos @ Various Camden venues

Sunday 26th April
Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Shepherds Bush Empire
Bob Dylan @ Roundhouse

(In case any concerts have changed dates/ changed venues/ been cancelled or I've made a typo, you'd be wise to check out the venue websites before heading out the door because I want you to be at the right place at the right time.)

My only ever experience of watching Bob Dylan play was back in 1996 in Hyde Park, London. It was a one day festival and Bob was on in the early evening. As soon as he hit the stage a filthy old man in ragged clothes with a thin tatty old sleeping bag appeared out of nowhere and stood a row or two in front of me. The old man had prepared a huge "cigarette" for the show, lighting it just as Bob delivered his first notes. There he stood puffing away in slow motion, eyes shut with a look of contentment across his face like he'd been waiting for this moment his whole life. My Mum had always told me it was rude to stare at people but I couldn't help myself, I was more fixated on this guy than I was on Bob! A small circle of space in a somewhat squashed up crowd cleared around him. Bob's set lasted for about half an hour and when it was over I looked around to find the old man and his sleeping bag had simply vanished. There was no sign of him and I did check the ground to make sure he hadn't collapsed.

That was my standing in a crowd at a Dylan concert experience, do you have a Dylan story?


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2 comments:

Cookiemouse said...

No Dylan stories, but I did singalong "My Way" and "New York" with Old Blue Eyes and my girlfriend in Stuttgart once. Frank could no longer hit the high notes by then, but his presence was awesome! My Way became a part of my own repetoire, although I use a less dramatic arrangement than the maestro. One day I'll record it with Milena.

chalky said...

Wow!! That's all I can say! Wow!

 
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