Image by neil365 via FlickrThe O2 Brixton Academy, is one of London's leading music venues, voted venue of the year twelve times since 1994 in the annual NME Awards. Attracting big names the venue has seen many famous bands perform there. In 2008; N*E*R*D performed and I was there and thought that they were immense. The intimate venue really captures the atmosphere, providing electric sound and there's always great crowd participation!
Tonight I travelled to the O2 Brixton Academy to watch Jamie T & The Pacemakers perform. The support slot was provided by Chester P; I'm unfamiliar with his material but he managed to set the tempo well for the main event. After what felt like an age, the lights dimmed and Jamie T took to the stage. Stood alone, basked in the spotlight and with the admiration from the vocal crowd he played a poignant rendition of St Christopher, before being joined by The Pacemakers. The band then launched into latest single The Man’s Machine, and then favourites So Lonely Was The Ballad, Salvador, If You Got The Money and Back In The Game.
We occupied the area in front of the stage which is typically referred to as the mosh pit. Throughout the performance the mosh pit became an invigorating wave of carnage as the crowd aggressively pushed and slammed into each other. People attempted to crowd surf and we managed to throw someone a fair distance, although the receiving fans were unable to return the serve! Game, Set, Match!! The onslaught continued onstage with Operation and Northern Line, I was impressed with my partner who was able to hold her own amid the surging crowds. The encore consisted of Chaka Demus, Spider’s Web and Sticks ‘n’ Stones, I wasn't able to obtain the Set list so apologies if the track listings aren't complete. Overall I really enjoyed the evening and was relieved to return to the car and not find a parking ticket; due to the appetite of the machine! I aim to return to the O2 Brixton Academy for the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour later this month and would welcome a similar experience!!