It was absolutely amazing, 4ever! Seeing The Black Seeds perform live at the HMV Forum last night was so much fun!
Here's another of my signature long recaps! Before the show
I attended this gig with emira and her sister. We ate and drank at a couple of cafes beforehand and hung around outside the venue for a while. On our way to the venue, we saw Barnaby with a few other people walking in the other direction towards us. He noticed emira's t-shirt which had 'Wellington New Zealand' on it so he looked at us, smiled and said hi so I thought that was a cute encounter we had all thanks to emira wearing that t-shirt! He probably may have recognised we were fans going to the show cos I know I at least had a big smile on my face but we all kept our cool.
We had to wait for an extra half an hour outside because sound check was still going on. Whilst we were waiting outside of the venue, there was a guy with a Conchords robot-style cardboard box around his head (seriously) who decided to make a big speech to everyone waiting in the queue and he talked about everything from bands, Spinal Tap and racism in the 60s. I guess he was our pre-show entertainment to amuse and bemuse us concert-goers.
There was a really good vibe inside the venue. The kiwi accent filled the air which obviously wasn't a surprise as I expected ex-pats to be there to cheer on their fellow kiwis. Many also had cool New Zealand related shirts such as New Zealand Football t-shirts and 'Sweet As'. There was a really good mix of people, lots of British people were also in attendance and general lovers of reggae music. There were also some people who had a few too many beers to drink and would bring their drinks from the bar only to spill it on the way but luckily I managed to avoid any drinks being spilt on me so that was all good! It seemed to take quite a while for the show to begin but I suppose that was due to the high anticipation. The DJs were playing a good selection of songs before the show to build the party atmosphere.The show!
Easy Star All-Stars, a New York based reggae cover band who are on the same US label as The Black Seeds, opened the show with their set. I wasn't paying attention properly to the time but I think they started at 8.15pm and lasted for about 1hr 15mins. They were pretty good and lots of energy and good stage presence. The lead female singer was great and I particularly enjoyed their renditions of 'With A Little Help From My Friends' and 'When I'm 64' both of which got the crowd singing along.
The Black Seeds came on 9.50pm-ish and performed brilliantly from start to finish. I was just off-centre, slightly to the left hand side of the stage just a few standing rows back. Mike Fabulous was directly in front of me and I had a good view of the stage, particularly Mike, Barnaby, Dan and Nigel. It was a real pleasure seeing first hand their fantastic talents and the way they performed showed how much of a real passion they have for music. It was great seeing how they got into the show such as Mike who was just jamming out in a cool, trance-like state and Barnaby just being the classic guy that he is and feeding off everyone in the band. He gave shout outs to every member of the band during the show and they showed him love right back. They all have great chemistry and a fantastic stage presence. I noticed Nigel was looking out in the crowd a lot and smiling a lot. They all looked like they were having a ball just like the crowd.
They played 'Fire' early on in their set and I turned to emira to see her excitement because I knew she was really hoping they would play that song and I'm really glad they did. It's a brilliant song and it sounded great live and really got the crowd going. As well as 'Fire', I was also particularly happy they played 'Make A Move', 'Cool Me Down' and 'Take Your Chances' during the encore and they also played some new material which was cool to hear. They came back on stage to a rapturous applause for an encore consisting of a few songs. I think they played for just over about an hour and a half until 11.25pm. I was concerned that they were going to cut their set short due to curfew reasons since it usually is about 11pm at the gigs I've been to but luckily that wasn't the case!
So all in all, I had a ball at their gig. I'd definitely recommend going to see them live as they are such a talented band and their great studio songs can sound even better live. I would definitely go and see them again when they return to London. Unfortunately I couldn't stick around to try and meet them as I had to dash to catch the last tube train which departs earlier on a Sunday. Hopefully I'll get to meet them next time round. I did really like our very brief encounter with Barnaby before the show though and it was an absolute pleasure sharing the experience with emira and her sister.
I did take a few pictures. I think most of them didn’t come out that well but I should have a few half-decent ones to post soon.