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Monday 22 November 2021.

Sunday 21 November 2021. BIRDY + WILDWOOD KIN live at The Forum. On 22 January 2021, Birdy announced her fourth album, Young Heart, via her social media.It was released on 30 April and features 16 tracks. On the same day as the announcement, "Surrender", the first single from Young Heart was released. Her second single, "Loneliness" was released on 12 February. This show sold in advance so BIRDY returns to London next year to play a bigger show at Hammersmith Apollo on 04 May 2022. Birdy has already headlined Hammersmith Apollo in 2016. ----------- Support act WILDWOOD KIN arrived on stage at 8pm for their 30 mins set. They are a contemporary family alt folk trio, composed of sisters Beth Key and Emillie Whiteside and their cousin Meghann Loney, from Exeter, Devon, England. They have released two albums, and both have made the UK Top 75 album chart. They have lovely harmonies, and clearly have a love for Fleetwood Mac and cover "Dakota' by The Stereophonics. BIRDY arrives in stage at 9pm for her 95 mins set. The stage is full as she has 16 musicians on stage with her including a superb 9 piece string section and the three girls from Wildwood Kin provide backing vocals and hand percussion. Birdy is another one of those super talented young female British singer-songwriters. She plays some songs on her own with only the piano for backing, and others with the full band. When the strings were used, it sounded really fantastic. Like the Raye show recently, Birdy was another female act who was much better than i expected. Full BIRDY setlist played tonight.... The Witching Hour - Intro Deepest Lonely Young Blood (The Naked and Famous cover) 1901 (Phoenix cover) Nobody Knows Me Like You Do People Help the People (Cherry Ghost cover) Voyager Not About Angels River Song Celestial Dancers Let It All Go (RHODES cover) Surrender The Otherside Loneliness / Dreams Keeping Your Head Up Wings Encore: Skinny Love (Bon Iver cover) Young Heart Comforting Sounds (Mew cover) --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Sunday 21 November 2021....11am to 2pm. A lunchtime rehearsal with me on drums for our band GUN CONTROL in North Acton. Again, we ran through our 10 song setlist three times before the upcoming gig in Acton - 27 Nov 2021. Not perfect, but it should be good fun on the night. ---------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------- Saturday 20 November 2021. SLEEP TOKEN play Shepherds Bush Empire. The members of Sleep Token are a masked, anonymous collective of musicians said to be united in their worship of an ancient deity identified as 'Sleep', who appeared to the band's lead singer, 'Vessel', in a dream. They are promoting their second album , which was released on Spinefarm Records in Sept 2021 which went in the U.K. charts at number 39. Support comes from A.A. WILLIAMS who has just released her second album on Bella Union. ---------- The venue is a near sell-out for Sleep Token , who you never hear on the radio or see on the tv. The band attract the black clothing brigade , who come to worship them. I must admit that ever since I was a teenager I have loved bands that wear make-up or masks on stage. From face paint rockers KISS and Motley Crue to the likes of mask wearers Slipknot and Gwar. I would be always keen to see how they looked on stage. First up is A.A. WILLIAMS who is on from 8pm for a 45 mins set. A.A. and her band were moody and atmospheric, but not really my cup of tea. SLEEP TOKEN arrived on stage at 9.15pm for their 75 mins set. From their arrival on stage, all wearing masks and hooded robes, you know this will be interesting. Like a dark messiah, Vessel – the band’s masked singer – floated onto stage with hands aloft to the sound of his followers screaming his name. He was joined by a pair of black-robed choir singers, stoic and immovable throughout the entire performance. Heavy power guitar riffs are the order of the day, which results in massive headbanging and moshing, and some 30 or 40 bodies crowd-surfed over the stalls standing heads into the stage pit. For one track they were joined by half a dozen female dancers. Like the support act, the lightshow is all behind them, and never on the faces. Sleep Token proved they have the musicianship, skill and presence to be a top level metal/prog band that will surely be headlining arenas in the not too distant future. A great show. Full SLEEP TOKEN setlist played tonight... Atlantic Hypnosis Mine Jaws Dark Signs Like That Nazareth Sugar The Love You Want Fall For Me Alkaline Higher Encore: The Night Does Not Belong to God The Offering Missing Limbs