Stereophonics – Dakota (Leaping Ahead #330)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #330: 161125

[Song from a band seen in 2013]

Top five gigs I’ve been to in recent years:

  1. Royal Blood – Brighton – December 2014
  2. Stevie Wonder – Hyde Park, London – July 2016
  3. The Temperance Movement – Portsmouth – January 2016
  4. Underworld – Brighton – March 2015, and
  5. Stereophonics – Brighton – November 2013

Not in any particular order – but Stereophonics has to up there pretty near the top for all the right reasons.


Stevie Wonder – Ordinary Pain (Leaping Ahead #315)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #315: 161110

[A song from an artiste’s name beginning with W]

We had the pleasure and privilege of seeing Stevie Wonder perform the whole of the ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ album live in London’s Hyde Park back in the summer. It was a subliminal gig in every way. But if there was one moment that completely floated my boat, it was this one. Ordinary Pain live was something else and on absolutely every level.

Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man (Leaping Ahead #285)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #285: 161011

[Song from a band seen in 2010]

12 March 2010 – Brighton’s Corn Exchange. Tickets were like gold-dust as I recall. We got ours earlier in the year just before the band hit the big time. And when that happened, everyone wanted tickets to see them. Could have sold them many times over, but we didn’t!

Camel – Sahara (Leaping Ahead #206)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #206: 160724

[Song from a band seen in 2003]

28 October 2003. A Tuesday night. Astoria, London and Camel’s farewell tour. Well, it was a farewell then – at least until the next tour a few years later! Hard to choose a song for this post but Sahara from the 1999 album ‘Rajaz’ is the one. For me, haunting and melodic though this track is in its entirety, the pace pick-up from 3:51 in is the subliminal moment. There’s a spine-tingling moment if ever I heard one. Happens every time.