Well, since this is going to be a trip mostly about seeing concerts, I now have most of my shows scheduled and tickets bought…Only one more show to still book, and more about that later.
June 19 – Richard Thompson – “1000 years of popular song”. I have the CD of this show he did a few years back. He touches on songs from the 12th century right on up to Bowling for Soup. This is part of the Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall and he’s one of those guys who somehow I’ve missed each time he’s passed through town. Critically, he’s names as one of the top 20 all time guitarists.
June 20 – Elvis Costello – Solo Acoustic. Also part of Meltdown. Really, what can you say about him? Plus, seeing him in London…should be awesome!
June 23-27 – Glastonbury….MUCH more about this later…
June 29 – Jackson Browne & David Lindley. Found a great single floor seat for Royal Albert Hall when I get back from Glasto. They are playing twice at the festival, but knowing I can see them here will free me up for others acts at the festival itself and reduces my potential clash list of bands by one.
June 30 – Jack Johnson at O2 Arena. Another show I found a great single for. Love his music and never seen him live. He’s also playing Glastonbury, but for the reasons above, knowing I’ll see him in London takes another potential conflict away at Glasto.
July 1 – Laura Marling – Serpentine Sessions in Hyde Park. Honestly, don’t know much about her, but the little I’ve heard puts her into the Regina Spektor, Imogen Heap class. Close to my hotel (short walk) and I’ve always wanted to see a show in Hyde Park. She’s also at Glasto and Hop Farm. But, the setting of Hyde Park is too cool to pass up. Support acts still to be named…so many be Mumford & Sons who record with her? One can only hope…
July 2 – Hop Farm with Van Morrison! Just amazing…a chance to see Van in the UK at a really interesting sounding smaller festival. Still no idea who else will be playing, but Van is enough draw to get me out there…
July 3 – Hop Farm day 2…No ticket yet, but leaning this way. Bob Dylan, Ray Davies top the bill….pretty sure I’ll end up going to this.
A small gap with the potential to see Dr John, CSN or Buddy Guy…still not nailed down…and I may need a night off…:)
July 6 – My last night- Jools Holland at Kew Gardens. An outdoor show in a botanical garden with one of my favorite bands that never tours the US. A suitable way to wrap three full weeks of music.
So, there you have it. Less than three weeks that includes pretty much a who’s who of the rock and roll hall of fame (U2, Stevie Wonder, Ray Davies, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan) my favorite songwriters (Squeeze, Nick Lowe, Al Stewart, Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, David Lindley) and newcomers that I’m enjoying already (Muse, Midlake, Hot Chip, Magic Numbers, Imelda May, Laura Marling)…and all to be seen live and in person in less than 20 days in the UK!
WOW, am I excited?…a little, just a little….