Florence & the Machine – Live @ the o2

March 26, 2012

A few weeks back, i got the chance to go see Florence & the Machine. These are a group that i have wanted to see for some time now. Florence had come over to Ireland once or twice before, but i always missed the chance to get the tickets or she was playing at oxegen (Irelands Music Festival), not somewhere i was interested in going.

 

This year, i managed to get my tickets fairly quick, since i am signed up to the florence and the machine mailing list i am considered a fan and i was able to get priority tickets through the florence site. I was waiting in work for the site to open up,  i was lucky i got on the site at all, once i ordered my tickets the site crashed due to the sheer volume of people trying to get these tickets!

Myself and 3 friends went the gig, this was only my second venture into the o2 since it has been renovated, i had previously been in the Point Theatre (former name for the o2). The last time i was in the o2 was for the Lee Evans gig last October. Florence was the first concert i have gone to in the o2, and i have to say it was a brilliant gig.

I had booked seated tickets, I prefer them to standing, prefer not to get squashed, although the odd time I do enjoy the atmosphere of hundred of people around me jumping. I couldn’t of asked for any better seats, front row of the balcony, i really like the layout of the 02, no restricted views, everyone gets a good view, wish I could say the same about the Olympia!

I recorded the video above with my iPhone at the concert, i am always amazed at how well the audio comes out with the iPhone, usually the picture would be better, but only if you are close to the stage, in this occasion i was further away. The song is called Cosmic Love by Florence + the machine.

There were two supports acts before Florence was due to perform, i missed most of the first act as the doors opened at 6.30pm and i knew there was no point going until later, also we all wanted to grab something to eat beforehand! I didnt think too much of the support act, there names escape me at the moment, but they were not for me.

The atmosphere in the o2 was absolutely brilliant, really makes the music better with a great crowd! The o2 was packed to capacity. Florence knows how to put on a great show, everyone was jumping about, she even had everyone on the balconies jumping! Although as i was in the front row, we couldn’t take part for health and safety reasons according to the staff, which is understandable considering the drop the far side of the balcony! Once everyone in the venue began to jump, so did the balcony, literally! The balcony shook!

I will go to Florence again without a doubt, i really enjoyed the concert. I tried to get tickets for the gig coming up this summer with Snow Patrol and Florence in Phoenix Park, but by the time i went to book the tickets, they had all sold out, and i refuse to pay the prices all the resellers are trying to get for the tickets!

Since i had no digital camera with me other than my phone i didnt take many photos, however my friend did, below are a few photographs he took! Click for larger view!

Lee Evans Live @ the o2 Dublin

October 30, 2011

Earlier this week I went to see Lee Evans live in the o2 Dublin. He is my favourite comedian; the tickets came out about a year ago! As soon as I heard I organised ordering tickets for myself, my brother and my dad, as they are huge fans of him too. Little did I know that my brother already knew he was coming and ordered tickets early as a Christmas present for me! He had to tell me then, as I was about to order them.

The tickets that we got were amazing, it has been a long time since I was in the o2, the last time was when it was still called The Point Theatre which was years ago. I was looking forward to seeing how the o2 look, gotta say it is fairly impressive, very blue! Anyway the tickets were on the flat section about 4/5 rows back, perfect view for the event! Here is a picture I took before the gig started.

Lee Evans Roadrunner Tour Ireland

Not a bad view! Out of all the comedians i have gone to see so far, this one has to be the most lively. Lots of hype before the show begins with a video highlight reel playing, the intro itself was brilliant showing a short video of the evolution of humans where a stage was forgotten showing the life of lee Evans!

There was a brief intermission half way through. I really enjoyed the show, it was without doubt €40 well spent! The show concluded with lee playing a song called funny man on the piano.

After he finished the song he thanked everyone who came and then told us about a final act he would do which he has done before in his shows, he was in France and was asked to do a short skit, since he couldn’t speak French he came up with a mime video to bohemian rhapsody, brilliant video. There are no good version of the video online at the moment from the Roadrunner tour, but here is the same video from his Wembley gig.

Movie Monday – Role Models

September 20, 2011
Role Models

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Role models is a film i had only partly seen in different stages, i had never sat down and watch the film the whole way through until just this week!

I was unsure if i had in fat seen the film at all, i was really enjoying the film and then i suddenly realised that i saw how the film ended! Nothing worse then knowing how a film will turn out before you watch it, but that only matters in more serious films, and Role Models is the complete opposite, it is genuinely a laugh out loud comedy, plenty of laughs, with some great actors that you would recognise from other films, including Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. But this film also had and actor i find hilarious, Jane Lynch, she was in the Two and a Half Men show and the film Paul and more recently Glee (cant stand that show though!).

The plot of the film is two co-workers who end up getting in trouble and instead of having to spend time in jail end up becoming a sort of big brother / father figure for some kids who missed out in that kind of bonding, essentially they become role models for the kids. The film is funny & entertaining and is worth a watch if you are looking for a comedy.

 

Movie Tuesday – Friends with Benefits

September 13, 2011

Yesterday i was pushed for time, so much so that i didn’t have any time to get my usual Monday movie post up, this week i just have a quick post. Anyway, getting onto this weeks movie, i got the chance to watch Friends with Benefits. I hadn’t heard much about this film up until about a week ago, when i heard who was in it, Justin Timberlake and Mia Kunis i was interested in it, i like those actors and have noticed that Justin Timberlake seems to be really getting into acting a lot more these day.

Friends with Benefits is a romantic comedy, it starts out with two people who meet through a business deal who agree to simply as the title suggest, become friends with extra benefits. But as you will guess from the get go things will eventually get a bit more serious and they soon begin to fall for each other.

I really enjoyed this film, i like these sort of romantic comedies, here is the imdb outline with a trailer for it below!

While trying to avoid the clichés of Hollywood romantic comedies, Dylan and Jamie soon discover however that adding the act of sex to their friendship does lead to complications.

 

Movie Monday – Bad Teacher

September 05, 2011

This week i got the chance to watch the movie ‘Bad Teacher’ i have seen a few ads recently about this film and thought it looked good.

This film is about a teacher called Elizabeth who hates her job and intends on leaving it for a rich man. The whole way through the film all she is interested in doing is finding someone who is loaded that she can sponge off of. She is also trying to find some way to fund her new boob job that she is looking to get and tries numerous ways to get the money including coning the education system in order to improve her kids class results.

The film is a bit slow to start but does get funny. It may not be for everyone, i found it funny but wouldn’t be by any means one of my favourites. It’s one of those films that you will watch once then maybe not for another while. If you are looking for a lighthearted comedy with a few laughs thrown in then this film would suit the build.

This film has a fairly decent cast including Phyllis Smith who you may know from the American version of the office, took me a while to figure out who she was. Jason Segel from how i met you mother, Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake are a few others who play some of the main roles in the film.

Apparently this film came out earlier this year around June in Ireland, i didn’t see it come into the cinema, not sure if it did or not. I wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t come to my local cinema, like i mentioned before they tend not to bring a lot of films in, like the most recent Inbetweeners film. The films runtime is about an hour and a half, nice and short, not too long, here is the trailer below and the IMDB description of the film.

A comedy centered around a foul-mouthed, junior high teacher who, after being dumped by her sugar daddy, begins to woo a colleague — a move that pits her against a well-loved teacher.

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