Caz and I went down to London to see Airbourne (warning; Flash and music) at the Astoria. The band was great, but our evening was riddled with little annoyances. I'm probably getting old or something, but to me it's really annoying when these little things put a bad slant on the evening. Let me run through my gripes (stop reading here if you don't want to hear about them).
We got on the train, and ordered a Gin & Tonic - but there were no ice. So it wasn't that good. And naturally there was a mother in the train with two kids, who were quite well behaved, but they still kept singing, bouncing and just chatting about. Not too much of a problem.
When we got to London we found a pub, which was very full. Amazingly we found a table, so we sat down and seconds later two other guys thought that the corner of the table was up for grabs for their drinks. Umm.. OK?! Not much of a problem. Until one of them started bumping into me, and just didn't understand "personal space". We finished our drinks and gave our chairs to another couple of guys and left. Trying to find another watering hole and feeding place we were walking around in the drizzling rain.. and then I spotted a Nando's sign in the distance. SAVED! Yay! The Nando's experience was immacculate! Food was great, restaurant not too full and everybody was pleasant. After the food we nipped into a pub for another quick drink before we walked down to Astoria.
At the Astoria we got in and got a couple of drinks quickly. We even found quite a nice spot. Just at the back at the raised bit. Sadly this was hampered by two things
First annoying thing was that there was a very strange couple just to the left of us. One tall guy, in fact, he was standing on the low floor, and I was standing on the rasied bit, and he was still taller than me. To his left was a woman. This woman was so much into the music that the only way I can describe her is for you to imagine a 60 year old woman, on some super duper acid-trip being sexually stimulated with the biggest pneumatic-jack-hammer you can find. She kept moving about, and the guy kept moving away, onto our path. So initially we kept on moving too, but soon we had had enough. A lot of songs later and and a lot of annoycance later she ended up standing behind the guy... to our right! AHHAHAH! She probably jumped into my hand a few times too. Arsehole!
The second problem with the concert was the sound. I don't know if it was too high volume or where we were standing or a combination, but immediately when the band started playing my ears had enough and the whole concerts sound to me can only be described as throwing a duvet cover over your speakers at home. Utterly crap! Today I'm blessed with lowered hearing and tinnitus.
To top it off on the train home a bunch of 20-25 year old drunken idiots decided to be in our car. They were loud, very loud, and f**king annoying. If this is "normal" behaviour I'm not suprised people get knifed left-right-and-centre! They got off half-way home and everybody sighed of relief.
People are arses.... and "people" might include yourself. Be careful out there.
I'd love to see Airbourne again, the gig was just fantastic. Their energy was totally amazing, and their songs are, of course, right up my alley. If I go to Astoria again, I won't stand at that spot.
There you have it, all in all a very cool evening, slightly spoilt by bad sound and people.