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The Teenage Cancer Trust put on shows every year to raise money and awareness for the charity. This year Editors finished off the residency at one of the beautiful venues in the world. Fact.

To be honest, I’m not even going to tell you what you should think. Just listen. Wow.

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OK this is a new thing but thought it would be cool to start it up….

THINGS WE’VE LEARNT THIS WEEK

Aaron Pfenning from Rewards loves nothing better than to dine at Hackney City Farm. His favourite from the menu is the Vegetarian English Breakfast and an apple juice. Lovely.

Arcade Fire don’t like seeing the same faces at concerts. At Manchester Central the band sent down a messenger to ask a couple of familiar faces at the front to move to give others a chance and to make the show new and more exciting.

Tom Smith really loves appearing at I Am Arrows shows. This time he played at their December show dressed in a trench coat and sporting a moustache. This left electric gutted that they didn’t actually go to the freaking show.

Gigwise have called We Are Scientists album cover the 8th worst of the year. Those scientist bros object to it and retalliated with calling Gigwise the world’s 8th worst punctuated website. To be fair, they have a point. Look at the website and you’ll see the largest amount of unnecessary commas.

The Drums prefer crazy shows. At their Hoxton show this week they declared they weren’t going to play until the security guards got off the stage. There was a mini revolt and the guards who were blocking people’s views all moved. It was a triumphant end of tour show.

Lady Gaga favours nothing more than an English pint at Crobar. She was spotted at the pub in Soho, London the day before she started her two nights at the 02 Arena.

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Ok so this was a random decision which started out as a joke. “Oh let’s go to Paris to see Editors – that would be a right laugh”. So there we are, eight in the morning at Victoria Coach Station boarding a Eurolines coach from London to Paris.

The next day we arrive at the Olympia for one in the afternoon with only two people in front of us. They were Belgians and couldn’t speak a word of English and believe me my Flemisch or French is not that great. More and more people start to join the queue before the doors open at half past six. I just remember running for it, not even sure where I was going but we managed to get the spot we wanted, right in front of Russell. Perfect.

Airship come on at quater to eight and play for only twenty minutes. Airship have supported Editors before on last year’s UK leg and they’ve got even better since. The parisians really liked them, being extremely polite and clapping after every song. I found out that night that the French really do love to clap, seriously it’s insane. Second support act I Like Trains come on straight after and play twenty minutes as well, they were pretty good and were all dressed in blazers.

Editors come onstage to the biggest applause and cheers I have ever heard starting with…… of course, In This Light And On This Evening. We are then treated to Lights and An End Has A Start. It’s so strange to hear these people who couldn’t speak a word of English suddenly be able to sing along to every word. If you think about it, it really truly is amazing.

They also play Life As A Ghost in which Russell does his familiar nods of approval at the people who know the words and occasionally sticks his thumbs up. The best bit about Russell  though is his amazing jumps whilst he’s playing – it’s like he’s been learning from Busted or something. Hillarious! Tom is doing his usual hand grabs, reaching over his synthesiser. That’s what I love about Tom Smith as a front man, he’s extroadinarially shy and quiet in person but when he gets onto that stage it’s like he’s coming out of his cage.

They walk off after playing Smokers which is as beautiful as it usually is. Tom comes on by himself and we all know what’s going to happen now – his solo rendition of No Sound But The Wind. Personally I adore this song, when I first heard it something clicked. It’s a stunner and when it’s played live there’s something eerie and exciting about it.

The crowd are then treated to Bricks and Mortar with Chris Urbanowicz pulling the funniest of faces. It seemed like him, Ed and Russell are in on a j oke while Tom tries to keep it together. Then they hit the synths and play Papillion , the most exciting track of the night as everyone upstairs is stood up, and the barrier at the front downstairs it starting to move up and down to the beat. Possibly the best track of the night. The guys then finish with old favourite Fingers in the Factories. What a night.

There was an incident with a drumstick, an annoying French Girl and an awesome ginger roadie but i’ve ranted on long enough. That can wait for another day.

It was funny though! 🙂

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The last date of our mini tour and Editors seem to stepped up tonight for their show in the capitol.  Editors are such a great band but they’re not exactly the type you’d expect pyrotechnics and stage equipment from.(More on that later).

So we arrive at Brixton at around quarter to six to start queuing. Epic fail. There’s already a fairly big queue and to top it off there’s an o2 priority. Regretting being on 3 mobile even more now. So when the doors opened, they all went straight past us, every single person even though we’d been in the queue much longer than them. Made me pretty angry really – basically 02 will take your money from you for a ticket but actually they don’t care about you even when you queue up for hours. Makes me sick that fans are treated like this. But there’s nothing bands can do about it, just the way 02 Academy runs.

This time we have The Chapman Family. Now I had a bad experience with them a couple of weeks ago when they supported WAS at their secret show in Camden. They weren’t that good and they slightly frightened me. However they were quite good tonight, their sound was a lot better and particular members of the crowd were giving them their all. Then, we had this other weird band, I can’t remember their name. Sorry!

Editors came on at quarter past nine again and started with In This Light and On This Evening. Brixton was really into it which made the atmosphere really good. There was a little bit of pushing but a lot less than I expected. The set list was pretty much the same until halfway through when it goes quiet and the familiar start to YOU ARE FADING!! begins. I have seriously missed this song on the tour and it was back on our last night. perfect. We were the only ones going mental to it so much so that Russell looked over, smiled and nodded loads at us. Seriously, that guy is amazing!

The set continues, Blood, Escape the nest, Last Day (soon to be released for Record day), Bullets, Munich, Smokers going on into the encore. No one really knows no sound but the wind which makes it twice as chilling and eerie when there is seriously No sound but Tom Smith.

The set reaches Papillion and it’s clear that something is going to happen especially with some strange contraptions in front of the stage. During the chorus, FIRE!! that’s right actual fire, i can tell you it was boiling hot. It felt like my face was burning off. Incredible!!

Then during the end of Fingers in the Factories we are treated to more delights…Red glitter confetti. Wow Editors you have surprised me. In a good, no amazing way! I have fallen in love with you even more than I did before!

And so that is the end of that. Thanks Editors for the past weekend. See you in paris! 🙂

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It’s a Sunday and we started our journey from Brighton to Cardiff. This time the sun began to shine and good music was played. Nothing like a bit of Raconteurs on a road trip!

We started queuing at around four just to make sure we’d be at the front especially as there was seven of us that needed to get on the barrier. Yep, this show I had some good gigging friends of mine coming with us. Ed walked past so we got to meet him and he signed some stuff. What a nice guy, but incredibly short.

It didn’t take long for it to get to seven and the doors were opened. I had a spot in front of Tom, a little closer to Chris. Nice. 

Same support acts again, Strange Death Of Liberal England and Cold Cave – they’d turned down the bass tonight. Thank god. Still, I felt myself warming to Cold Cave a little, only a little bit though, they just seemed incredibly moody for no apparent reason. Chris picked them when he heard them on the radio in America, apparently they’re pretty big over there.

Editors come on stage at quarter past nine and start with On This Light and On This Evening. The crowd are a bit calmer compared to last night and Bournemouth, so much so that it’s a little disappointing. But hey, the show goes on and Editors put a good one on at that.

Favourite part of the night when one of my friends who loves the boxer yells out with no fear…”Tom, Tom play The Boxer please??! ” The funniest bit was that he actually smiled and laughed….but carried on to another song.

No Sound But The Wind was again extremely beautiful and I’m so glad that they’ve added it on the tour and the original one at that. Encore got the crowd going especially Papillion. I seriously love that beat, it gets everyone going and when I listen to it on my ipod I feel myself singing in the middle of the street. Seriously not cool, especially in London.

It all ends with Fingers in the Factories and a part of me felt really sad. One left to go and it’s almost over. I guess all good things never last. Or at least I believed that until after the show…

Roadie had yet another drum for me although he got a little enthusiastic with his throwing and it went somewhere way behind us. So if you have a drum skin that has Sophie written on it, you know who it belongs to alright!!

We all wanted to see if we could meet the rest of the band after our little meeting with Ed earlier and we did. Russell, Ed and Chris came out first. I found myself stood next to Chris with his arms around me. Yep. I liked that a lot. big Urbanowicz fan. Tom eventually came out and was extremely sweet telling us he’s be back in 2 minutes and he was. We had a picture and he signed some stuff and he apologised for the lack of The Boxer. Sweet guy.

And that was the end of that, eat some Lola’s cupcakes, got in the car and headed home. What a great weekend.

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So Electric Shutdown has been away for ages and here’s why – I went to see Editors in Bournemouth, Brighton, Cardiff and London and now i’m going to tell you about it! So, after seeing them in Bristol last year we decided that it was time to do a couple of dates on their Spring UK tour…four in total.

We arrive in extremely rainy Bournemouth to find one other person in the queue at 6. Perfect. Matt was a member of the Editors forum and was a genuinely nice guy who absolutely adored Editors. It hit 7 and we were allowed into the venue, got right in front of Tom’s piano for a great view of all of the band.

The Strange Death of Liberal England and Cold Cave were supporting Editors on the tour. It wasn’t great to be honest but Cold Cave weren’t that bad and seemed to get their songs going around your head even when they’d walked off the stage.

It hits 9.15 and the tense music comes to a stop as Tom, Chris, Russell and Ed take to the stage, starting with In This Light and on This Evening. The crowd begins to push and shove as the band continue straight into Lights. It’s turning into a brilliant show even if everyone on the front is being puched and battered by the screaming kids behind. In fact, it took me back to the first time I saw Editors in 2005, I have never been pushed against the barrier so much that it hurt to walk the next day! It was a good one though!

The band play newer songs alongside the old ones such as Lights, Escape the nest, Last day, The Racing Rats and Munich. Tom is owning the stage, being the performer that we all know him for with his gangly hand grabs into the air and singing at members of the crowd. Russell takes it all in whilst doing a couple of his trademark moves including what I can only describe as a ‘Busted’ jump. Still, he’s enjoying himself and he looks pretty cool.

The band finish the main set with Smokers prompting a mass singalong in the old converted opera house now known as Bournemouth Academy. They leave the stage to cheers and claps, the crowd waiting impatiently for the encore.

Tom walks onto the stage alone, sits down onto the piano stool and starts the chords to No Sound But The Wind. It’s such a beautiful song and seeing Tom play it by himself adds some sensitivity with added eeriness (if that’s a word). Basically it’s beautiful.

The crowd are then treated to Bricks and Mortar where Tom and Chris have some fun with the Synths, Papillion which sounds incredible live before closing with oldie Fingers in the Factories. What a good night. Thanks Editors and thanks Bournemouth! 🙂

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