Who’s still pretending to be at Glastonbury Festival? Walking through the park with wellies, a giant flag and music blaring in your ears, occasionally whooping with your fists in the air? Oh… just us? This is a bit awkward then, so we’ll move swiftly along.
Summer is in full swing and with so many great acts taking to the stage at festivals like Download and Glastonbury, how could you not be in sonic heaven right now? It would be impossible to list them all here, but some of our standout acts have to include The Killers’ secret set, Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro, Lorde and the legendary Aerosmith.
With so much great music already going on this summer, we don't want you to miss out! Catch some of our Glastonbury favourites taking to the O2 Academy stages later this year! See the full list here.
Now. We may not have had our shows televised, but they’re certainly worth putting up there with the best of the best.
For example, O2 Academy Leeds played host to Digital Society as they celebrated their tenth anniversary with Andy Moor, Ashley Walbridge, Adam Ellis and the one and only, Paul van Dyk. With so many thumping electronic nights to keep us dancing into the early hours of the morning, we can only hope for many more years to come.
Dunfermline punk rockers, The Skids also commemorated a milestone by touring our venues, including O2 Manchester Ritz, O2 Academy Oxford and O2 Academy Leeds for their 40th anniversary. Obviously an extremely special event and we feel beyond honoured to have been able to share it with the band and fans alike. Congratulations!
Although not the theme of this month’s instalment (we promise!) but it just so happened that Simple Plan also celebrated an anniversary, by touring for the 15th birthday of No Pads, No Helmets... Just Balls. If that makes you feel really old… take comfort in the fact that we’re all in the same boat. We can hardly believe it’s been over a decade since the Canadian pop punk outfit released their debut album and it was certainly a walk down memory lane as they played the record in full at O2 Forum Kentish Town. The crowd especially enjoyed ‘I’m Just A Kid’.
And yet another one, as Old Crow Medicine Show took to the stage at O2 Academy Glasgow, O2 Manchester Ritz and O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire to celebrate 50 years of Bob Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde by playing the album in full.
The mighty Rob Zombie also graced us with his presence, returning to O2 Academy Glasgow for the first time in six years (war paint and all). Performing all the favourites, including ‘More Human Than Human’, ‘Superbeats’ and even throwing in a cover of the Ramones classic, ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’, Zombie closed a spectacular set with ‘Dragula’.
Meanwhile, Slowdive dominated a sold-out O2 Academy Oxford with an immersive showcase of their shoegaze catalogue; kicking things off with ‘Slowdive’ and performing ‘Slomo’, ‘No Longer Making Time’ and ‘40 Days’ in the encore.
Nick Mulvey took up residency for a warm-up show ahead of Glastonbury and his confirmed tour later on this year. The singer-songwriter played his brand-new songs, ‘Unconditional’ and 'Myela' alongside other favourites from his acclaimed treasure trove.
You certainly can’t mention treasures without taking a minute to talk about Hanson. Remember we mentioned feeling old? Yeah, you probably would too after seeing this trio all grown up - it has, after all, been twenty years since ‘MMMBop’ - but at the same time, you absolutely couldn’t help feeling like a teenager again when the three brothers turned up at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire with an arsenal of groovy pop tunes as part of their ‘Middle of Everywhere’ 25th Anniversary Tour (another one!).
If it’s pop you want, then Zara Larsson has most certainly proven she's the girl for you. The Swedish songstress ‘slayed’ on stage with her impressive vocals and a fantastic performance; especially given this was her first sold-out date at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
Going from one special performance to the next; the supergroup, Prophets of Rage (consisting of members of Rage against the Machine and Audioslave, Cypress Hill and Public Enemy) brought their electrifying energy to O2 Academy Brixton as they tore through a phenomenal set list. The moment of the night, however, came when they played ‘Like A Stone’ as a tribute to the late, great Chris Cornell.
Last, but most certainly not least, were The Maccabees with a wonderful mix of songs from across their catalogue, including 'Toothpaste Kisses', 'Pelican', 'Marks to Prove It', 'Kamakura' and many other favourites. Playing three dates at O2 Academy Newcastle, O2 Institute Birmingham and O2 Academy Glasgow as a warm-up run for their farewell shows at London’s Alexandra Palace proved emotionally challenging for many fans, but in the end, the band managed a short, but sweet farewell rather than a sad one.
Prophets of Rage may have given them a run for their money, but it just wouldn’t be right not to award The Maccabees with the standout show for June. Thank you for the music guys!
We’re so ready for Placebo’s 20th-anniversary tour, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that we’ve been blasting all the hits. We’re also listening to Nas, The Amazons, LANY, Sigrid, The Drums, Run The Jewels, Feist and Basement.
Our cuddliest moment of the month definitely came in the shape of 8 dogs, as we put them to work for Bring Your Dog To Work Day – you can read all about it here and don’t forget to check social media here for the doggy takeover.