This year was always going to be a highly gigged one, given that U2 are touring on the back of the imperious No Line On The Horizon.
When I got back from Australia at the end of November, having unwittingly had three great wee gig experiences (Tim Finn in Melbourne, Sons of Korah in Toowomba, then Paul Colman in Brisbane), I was in the middle of the horrible horrible week when my body just couldn’t work out what time it was supposed to be. Doodling around on t’internet at 5am one morning, I impulsively found myself buying tickets for Coldplay at Hampden Park in September. Fine, I thought, something to look forward to. It turns out I’ll actually be in Uganda at the time, but it was a start.
Just before the U2 tour goes on sale, lo and behold The Boss announces his first show in Scotland in 28 years. Can’t miss that one. A quick visit to Ticketbarsteward later, and it’s all booked up. Then there’s Frenzy in June, now in it’s 5th year. Can’t miss that one either.
When the time comes, no less than 6 U2 shows are booked up. Amsterdam, Amsterdam, London, London, Glasgow and the tour closer in Cardiff. Magic. Can’t wait. Really very very excited.
Now, I mentioned before that Delirious? were splitting up this year but I had suspected there would be a farewell tour of sorts. There’s likely to be a Greatest Hits, but they’re also doing a final HistoryMakers tour. Can’t miss that one – so I’ve now booked tickets for the Edinburgh and London gigs. The latter one will be the last ever D: gig.
So, there we go. At least 10 big gigs this year. I’ll need to get in training for all that standing about.