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  1. Thanks. Haven’t decided if I go see them or not though. Yeah, now they have changed their name. Osees not Oh Sees anymore.
  2. That’s useful info, thanks!
  3. Has self-isolation or quarantine mandate on entering the UK from the US been lifted? I mean, for musicians in this case.
  4. Hmm...thanks! Has anybody made a transatlantic gig happen over here recently?
  5. Oh Sees imminent UK shows — will they really happen? Does anybody have info or a clue? https://www.theeohsees.com
  6. I saw them in Edinburgh on Monday. Another hot performance, a cracking night. Abi the violinist being absent for whatever reason, the music was less colourful than it was — but it didn’t detract from the quality at all. The only complaint is that they didn’t play Keep On Trying (Sechs Freunde), despite the crowd constantly shouted, “Sechs Freunde!” — the most requested title on the night, apparently. Seems that they dropped the song on the current tour. Long live Sea Power! Support act was Hector Gannet from North Shields. Like Sea Power, they are an environmentally conscious, wildlife-friendly band. Good performance and I liked them, bought the CD album and EP from the merchandising. https://hectorgannet.com
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    Nick Cave

    The Arena — I saw opera Aida there in Summer 2001, during the Italian holiday with my then girlfriend (now wife). Visited the box office in the morning of show day and managed great seats in the second row on the ground floor. In the evening, we changed into posh clothes, went to the venue, standing haloed against the beautiful twilight. A recurring memory. Within a few weeks afterwards, 911 happened. We were shocked — shocked as Hell. The moment the World changed. Twenty years have passed since then. The World has been going worse. Sad.
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    Nick Cave

    I looked at the European tour schedule, 04/06-26/08. There is a big gap between 09/07 and 02/08. Any hope to see them playing in the UK during these three weeks?
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    Nick Cave

    I’m not going to see the Bad Seeds in their Summer tour in Europe next year so I hope Nick & Co. will add the UK dates, especially considering they postponed and then canceled this leg.
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    Nick Cave

    Whenever he came to “balcony man” in the singing, it caused a lot of commotion around me. That made the day for us in the nosebleed. You should have been there lol.
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    Nick Cave

    As I posted upthread, I bought a nosebleed seat for Edinburgh Playhouse, but due to some circumstances I had to sit out. As I was going to New Order Halifax and Manchester (Heaton Park) gigs, I added Cave & Ellis Stoke-On-Trent, the day before NO’s Piece Hall date. I was blown away. It was so good that I decided to catch them in Glasgow. Again, I was blown away. Honestly this matches the best of the Bad Seeds shows I have ever been to. I was a “balcony man” both times and the benefit is, both venues are 1500-seaters while Playhouse Theatre houses about 3000 so the stages were relatively close even from nosebleed seats. And in Glasgow Nick dedicated the song to those in the balcony lol.
  12. So...has anybody survived, escaped and gone back home alright LOL? Many thanks to those who suggested going to Prestwich on the way back, which nicely worked. It was good the rain held off. Heaton Park was...well, Heaton Park, i.e. an enormous flat field. The ground didn’t go muddy, at least. As for New Order’s performance, I think Halifax was the winner IMHO. Despite this being the group’s biggest gig on the home turf and their second and more important public appearance in the last eighteen months, it felt more like a “business as usual” than an emotional comeback to the live scene. The two support acts, Working Men’s Club and Hot Chip were good — but that made New Order’s set rather anticlimactic for me.
  13. I was also in Halifax. A top-notch performance and certainly doesn’t deserve a title of “warm up”. The venue was fantastic, too. So was the weather. An almost perfect event in every sense. The only possible snag is whether Heaton Park can rival it, let alone surpass it...
  14. From the linked page: “Heaton Park tram stop will be closed for the remainder of the evening from 9pm the night. Metrolink services back into the city centre will run from Bowker Vale” Does it mean you can’t get the tram at Prestwich?
  15. Hi, thank you. On my way, I will get off the tram at Prestwich and ask the staff of the operation of the evening, making sure if I can catch the return tram there after the gig.
  16. Thanks for the suggestion. Prestwich — sounds like a good idea. But...when a big music event happens in Heaton Park, there is a case Heaton Park station is closed for the return trip and the customers are instructed to go to the Bowker Vale stop. Does it mean the tram starts from Bowker Vale? In which case you can’t get on it at Prestwich obviously. Or will it stop at Prestwich and then “skip” the Heaton Park stop? I don’t know about the Metrolink operation on New Order day, but the Parklife website puts the information as below; “If you wish to use the Metrolink to get back to the city centre after after 6pm then you will need to go to the Bowker Vale stop. Directions to the stop will be signposted by all the customer exits. Heaton Park Metrolink station will close at 18:00 hrs on both event days.”
  17. The only time I attended a gig in Heaton Park is The Stone Roses 2012. After the show, there was a massive queue around the tram station and I waited for about an hour or so. The organizers also operated the shuttle bus yet this happened. Seemingly no shuttle bus for New Order Friday for some reason although it will be operated for Parklife Saturday and Sunday. I am considering walking back to Manchester city centre — would it be a feasible idea? Has anybody ever done that? How long does it take, and is it safe enough late at night (I am flying solo)? Any recommended route? Would appreciate your advice. Thanks.
  18. Saving Grace featuring Robert Plant and Suzi Dian pull out of the headlining slot of Underneath the Stars Festival. https://twitter.com/festunderstars/status/1421128917902049285?ref_src=twsrc^google|twcamp^serp|twgr^tweet https://twitter.com/BMusic_Ltd
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    Nick Cave

    Nosebleed for Edinburgh 😇
  20. Cheers for your comment. One of the points I made in my previous post and you missed out entirely in yours is a concern about household. Should I unfortunately contract CV and return home, symptomatic or not, then what will happen? I know, ultimately it is a question I have to give an answer for and make a decision by myself.
  21. Ah, now I know what you mean. The GOV UK clearly states “60% against symptomatic disease”. As far as I understand, while AZ is effective enough to keep most people from going bad as to the extent that they need to be hospitalized (90%, more or less), it only protects people from being infected by coronavirus (i.e. Indian — Delta — variant) up to 60%. Am I correct? If so...worrying enough for me.
  22. UK GOV website for instance (22/05/2021). They say 60% (2 doses against Indian variant). https://www.gov.uk/government/news/vaccines-highly-effective-against-b-1-617-2-variant-after-2-doses But, yeah, I did a quick search and some information source says something like 90%. What’s to rely on, really?
  23. I don’t have a concrete answer myself, obviously. All I can do is see how things are going for the time being.
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