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Saturday 21 May 2022.

Saturday 21 May 2022. ELVANA live at The Forum. Nirvana classic songs sung by an Elvis impersonator. I saw him perform an entertaining show a few years ago at Shepherds Bush Empire. ----------- Plenty of spare space upstairs and downstairs so maybe 1000 out of 2000 tickets sold. JAMES AND THE COLD GIN arrived on stage at 8pm for their 30 mins set. A good uptempo set of their lively songs. ELVANA arrived on stage at 9pm for their 1 hour 50 mins set. ELVANA has the full Elvis costume with cape for his stage entry. The band are all dressed as a cabaret type show band, including the two female backing vocalists. A nice party party vibe with balloons and ticket-tape in the second half of the show. The setlist is pretty much 80% Nirvana related and 20% Elvis Presley related. Great to hear those classic Nirvana songs performed live including " Heart-Shaped Box", "Smells Like Teen Spirit" , "Lithium" and final song of the night which was a cover of David Bowie "The Man Who Sold The World" which Nirvana played on their MTV Unplugged legendary set. Many of the Nirvana tracks played would have Elvis Presley classic snippets in them. Lots of very lively moshing down the front, and over a dozen crowd surfers into the pit. There was three different costume changes by ELVANA, who danced and chatted non-stop throughout. A very entertaining show. ------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------- Friday 20 May 2022. TRAVIS live at The Roundhouse. Scottish band have had many hit singles and albums over the past 25 years. They have had several Top 10 albums in the UK, including two number ones. 1999 - The Man Who 2001 - The Invisable Band. They have also had six Top 10 hit singles. For this tour Travis will play all "The Invisible Band" album followed by some greatest hits. ------------------- Tonight is not sold out , but there must a very healthy 80% to 90% capacity. The support band FATHERSON arrived on stage for their 30 mins. They are a Scottish band who are promoting their fourth studio album "Normal Fears". Some good songs played, and they went down well with the Travis fans. They headline Islington Assembly Hall on Friday 10 June 2022. TRAVIS arrived on stage at 9pm for their 95 mins set. A nice stage production with vertical striped lighting and giant light bulbs around the stage. Not much movement on stage until the encore when singer Fran Healy moves to the front. "The Invisible Band " album is played in full, some of it average and some of it good. Fran Healy has that pleasing easy going stage persona that the fans love. The hit singles were obviously a highlight as the crowd sang along loudly to the likes of "Driftwood", " Turn" and their mega hit "Why Dies It Always Rain on Me?". Overall a really good show. Full TRAVIS setlist played tonight.... MAIN SET - The Invisible Band album Sing Dear Diary Side Pipe Dreams Flowers in the Window The Cage Safe Follow the Light Last Train Afterglow Indefinitely The Humpty Dumpty Love Song Encore: A Ghost Love Will Come Through Driftwood My Eyes Closer Turn Why Does It Always Rain on Me?