Sunday, 10 July 2011

Busy busy busy...

So we've been busy busy recently.
Here's what we were up to last weekend, not exactly uneventful!

First we went to the wedding of some lovely friends of ours:-
 Here's the outside of the Church, can you guess which building's nearby?

Beautiful flowers in the church.

The very big, very shiny organ in the Church

The service was lovely, though filled with hymns that I have not encountered before. Both bride and groom looked radiant, though I don't want to put piccies of people up without their express permission, and they're on honeymoon :)

We all walked a few minutes round the corner to the reception venue, and after a wonderful wedding breakfast we had a disco in this room:-
It was a lovely day celebrating with Julian and Liz, and I hope they're having a lovely honeymoon and that we'll see them soon.

Sunday didn't want to be outdone by Saturday's excitement, and so we hopped into the car and drove to Milton Keynes Bowl where we joined 65,000 other people to watch the Foo Fighters!!

First up were The Hot Rats, whose songs seemed surprisingly familiar given I hadn't thought I knew any of them. They were enjoyable to watch, and seemed to enjoy having quite such a large audience.

Next up were one of our favourite bands, Jimmy Eat World. For the most part they stuck with playing the old favourite songs, including half of the Bleed American album! They did play a few from the new album though, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing them live again. I was particularly happy as they weren't in charge of the support bands. When we've been to see them live as the headline band, the support bands have been generally disappointing! Something that we have never quite understood, given how much we like Jimmy Eat World's music.

After JEW the next band up were Biffy Clyro. I saw them live about 9 years ago in Cambridge where I was impressed at how well their music came across live. Often when bands come out with albums with complex riffs and you see them live the complexity of the music fails to translate, or the ability of the band to play in sync with one another does not live up to the expectations set up by the recording. Happily on Sunday Biffy Clyro do not cause any of these disappointments as they played extremely well and the whole crowd seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves.

Here's what 65,000 people (well, a small portion of...) looked like on the pleasant Sunday afternoon:-
 If you look closely you'll see the lovely Dave Grohl on his runway stage in the middle of the crowd. I sprained my ankle recently, so Chris and I refrained from trying to get close, and just hung out on the side of the bowl. 
Chris made a very good observation of Dave Grohl, that he resembles an overexcited puppy! He was full of energy and running all over the place for the entire time they were playing. Being Dave Grohl though it's not like the running around diminished any other aspect of his performance as he still sang and played extremely well. 

Here's a view of the stage after the sun had retreated for the day:-
My camera's not so good at low light levels, but i'm sure you get the idea.

Not content with playing to entertain us for two and a half hours, the Foos also thought some guests would be a good idea. When playing their new song Dear Rosemary they had Bob Mould on stage with them, who recorded the song with them and can be heard singing away with Grohl. 
While the rest of the band were taking a well deserved break toward the end of the set Grohl was joined on stage by a couple of other special guests, namely Seasick Steve and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin! Dave Grohl hopped up to play the drums and the three of them played us a few songs.  

Overall the gig, and the whole weekend were lovely, we had a lot of fun, but given we only got home at about 2am Monday morning (it took a long time to get out of the car park) it was quite a tiring weekend!

I've not been entirely idle, and will have a new finished object to show you soon, and even some July socks on the way (we're ignoring the fact the June ones aren't finished.. they're still plodding along in the background).

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