#02 My Fabulous London Weekend – Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds @ Koko

Wrote this in the train and will only do it in English as I know the core of my readers don’t care much about these posts. But I want to keep a “trace” of of this evening, and it’s my blog so I can do whatever I want to! ;)

Well this past week has been quite special to say the least! I decided to celebrate my birthday in London with three Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds concerts. One for every decade I guess! If the Apollo Hammersmith ones were well-planned (mini review and a few pictures on my blog) I had no idea I would win the Koko Camden ballot (I did enter with 4 or 5 emails! lol) I bought two tickets to share with Ann, a fantastic fan, and friend now from Belgium as well, and booked yet another weekend in London. Nick, you are a lovely, but an expensive passion (but so worth it).

Before diving into the event, I have to say that I really enjoyed meeting other fans at the concerts. It´s the first time I really get to do more than one show (and in another country) and to share this with other Bad Seeds fans is quite amazing. So thanks Ann, Muriel (check her site as she is a talented seamstress!), Wendy and Simon for making the waiting in the queue fly by. Hi to the two men from Switzerland also! And major props to Deo who came all the way from Australia to follow the entire tour!

The whole thing was very well organized. We queued a little before 3pm to get our wristbands and then went out to queue for the actual concert. I can’t believe I queued for so long but once again it is really worth it to be so close.

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Two thumbs up for the pub across the street who let us use their toilets and had to lyrics of Jubilee Street at the entrance! I thought it was a nice touch.

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We were let in at 7pm and it was quite the maize to get to the stage and I seriously hope noone fell down those stairs in the dark! Koko is really an intimate venue and I am curious to see how it will show on screen since the concert was being filmed for the upcoming 20,000 days on Earth documentary. I feel like the camera’s were mainly on the sides and on stage, so they were not in the way of Nick’s performance and he didn’t aknowledge them at any point I think.

The band came on stage around 8:15pm. Nick was wearing a black suit with a shiny gold shirt and looked fantastic. Maybe a bit more disco than rock ‘n roll… Maybe Kylie Minogue had something to do with that, but more on that later. I thought he was on top form and seemed to have recovered from whatever he had last week. He really seemed to be enjoying himself and smiled quite a lot. Early on a guy asked to stroke Warren’s beard to which Nick replied: “It´s quite lovely isn’t it? You can suck it too, it´s slightly more expensive.” Another guy heckled something like on but not sure why. Nick asked him to show himself to which Nick replied: “You are fucking beautiful!” Is it just me or men are getting more love than women on this tour? lol

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Here is the actual setlist (thank you to Brian on Facebook).

We No Who U R
Jubilee Street
Tupelo
Red Right Hand
Mermaids
Watching Alice (for Laura)
Higgs Boson Blues
Hiding All Away
The Mercy Seat
Stagger Lee
Push The Sky Away
Encore:
Where The Wild Roses Grow (with Kylie Minogue)
From Her To Eternity
Into My Arms
Deanna

Nick announced also that it would be a shorter set but he had no idea why… Maybe because you had to be in Amsterdam the next day, Nick!

They played Watching Alice and dedicated to Laura in the audience. Before starting on the piano he joked and told Conway to just sit there and try not to fall off his stool. He actually got up and went off the stage with his glass of wine! Quite funny!

I thought the whole show was flawless and once again being so closed with Nick perched over you singing his heart out is an amazing experience. I think he might actually start to look less terrifying during some songs. ;) For me the highlights were Hiding All Away, Stagger Lee and From Her To Eternity. Really powerful performances. Into My Arms was also quite beautiful with the audience singing along. They ended, as usual, with Push the Sky Away. This song was far from my favourite on the new album but there is something quite soothing about it when played live. The lyrics And some people / Say it’s just rock’n roll / Oh, but it gets you / Right down to your soul might seem like lazy writing but it takesall  it’s meaning after such tremendous set.

They came back for the encore with no other than Kylie Minogue! I have to say that since the show was being filmed for the documentary I had hoped for a special guest, but I still can’t believe that she joined him for Where the Wild Roses Grow. Absolutely magical. It’s safe to safe the entire audience was shocked. I even broke my no picture rule to take a few! Nick looked so happy and their chemistry is still intact.

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This is going also to sound cheesy but I felt really emotional because at 12 years old I received Murder Ballads and it was my first Nick Cave album. I loved Kylie (still do) at that time and I got into his music thanks to this duet, so that song has always held a special place in my heart. It was just like a dream to see them perform together!

They ended this perfect evening with Deanna.

And I ain’t down here for your money
I ain’t down here for your love
I ain’t down here for your love of money
I’m down here for your soul 

You are indeed Nick.

On a totally different note, I just want to say that I was a little “scared” to do this week on my own but don’t regret it all. I have met some fantastic people, and saw three amazing concerts. I am on a little cloud and am so happy right now. I know people usually find it crazy to see more than one concert of the same arists, but hey life is short, enjoy it and most of all do what YOU really want to!

 

#01 My Fabulous London Week-End – Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

English below.

Bonjour tout le monde! Et non je n’ai pas disparu de la blogosphère mais j’ai été occupée et puis vendredi je suis partie à Londres pour le week-end! De temps en temps il faut délaisser le blog pour d’autres passions que la mode! ;) Enfin je ne vais pas vous mentir j’ai fait du shopping quand même!

Ma principale raison pour ce week-end à Londres? Le début de la tournée européenne de Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. Je pense que si vous me connaissez maintenant, vous savez que je suis fan. N’ayant pas eu la chance de les voir souvent en concert, j’ai décidé d’y remédier et cette année j’ai sauté le pas, et en janvier réservé pour 2 des 3 concerts au Apollo Hammersmith à Londres. J’aurais bien fait le troisième mais j’allais déjà voir Texas à Bruxelles ce jour-là… Un vrai week-end marathon!

Hi everybody! No I didn’t disappear off the face of the earth but I was busy and then last Friday I went to London for the weekend! From time to time you have to leave the blog for other passions that fashion! ;) But I not gonna lie I did some shopping!

My main reason for going to London was the start of the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds tour. I think that by now you’ve figured out that I am a fan. I haven’t seen them a lot in concert, so this year I immediately bought tickets for 2 of their 3 nights shows at the Apollo Hammersmith in London. I’d have loved to do the third show but I was already seeing Texas that… Crazy weekend, I am telling you!

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Pas facile de se décider pour un hôtel car je souhaitais quand même être assez près de la salle de concert. Je me suis donc décidée pour le W12 Rooms situé à Sheperd’s Bush. Niveau situation il était parfait pour moi. Juste à coté d’une station de métro/bus à grande fréquentation et surtout à même pas 5 minutes à pied du grand centre commercial de Westfield. L’hôtel en lui-même était super propre, chambre de taille correcte (une double room est parfaite si vous êtes seule), et vraiment une chouette salle de bain bien pensée vu le peu d’espace. Par contre l’accueil laisse un peu à désirer je trouve, et le plus gros souci pour moi: le bruit. La plupart des hôtels à Londres sont bien insonorisés mais ce n’était pas le cas ici. Ayant ma chambre au premier, côté rue, je n’ai quasi pas dormi le premier jour. Ils n”ont pas de restaurant donc pour le déjeuner vous recevez un voucher pour déjeuner dans un snack juste à côté. Perso je n’ai pas trop aimé donc je n’y ai été qu’une seule fois. Le wifi est aussi gratuit (excellente connexion). Mais il reste un très bon hôtel si vous devez être dans le quartier pour un jour ou deux.

It wasn’t easy to pick a hotel because I wanted to be close to the venue. So I chosed the W12 Rooms located in Sheperd’s Bush. It was well-located next to the underground/bus station, and barely 5 minutes from Westfield shopping center. The hotel itself was clean, nice room size (a double room is perfect if you’re alone), and really a well-thought bathroom considering the small size. But the staff wasn’t the friendliest, and the main issue for me: the noise. My room was on the street and I barely slept the first day with the traffic, ambulances, people screaming,… Also they don’t have a restaurant so they give you a voucher to have breakfast at a snack next door. I personally didn’t really enjoy it so only went once. The wifi is free so that’s good (perfect connection). Anyway it’s still a very good hotel if you have to be in that neighboorhood for a day or two.

J’ai donc été faire du shopping en journée, je vous montre mes quelques achats bientôt, j’ai été très raisonnable. :) Et puis samedi vers 17h je me suis rendue à l’Apollo. J’avoue je ne savais pas trop quand arriver pour être bien placée. A 17h la file n’était vraiment pas longue (ouf!). Et là la longue attente commence avant l’ouverture des portes (19h) et le début du concert (21h). Une chance j’y ai retrouvé Anne, une fan belge, rencontrée grâce à un forum, ainsi que quelques autres personnes de ce même forum. Cela m’a vraiment fait plaisir de mettre finalement un visage sur des pseudos, et de rencontrer des gens adorables. Pour ce premier concert nous nous sommes retrouvées au deuxième rang (victoire!).

So I went shopping during the day, I will show you what I found soon, but I didn’t spend that much. :) Then on Saturday I headed to the Apollo around 5pm. I wasn’t sure how far in advance people would be queuing but it wasn’t too long. The long wait started before the doors opening (7pm) and the start of the show (9pm). Thank God I found Anne, who is also from Belgium, and that I know from a fan forum. Also met a few other lovely people from there. For that first concert we managed second row (victory!).

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La première partie était assurée par Shilpa Ray. Très belle prestation acoustique.

First act was Shilpa Ray. Really strong acoustic performance.

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A 21h et pas une minute de retard nos Bad Seeds sont entrés en scène et bon à partir de là je ne vous pas vous sortir tout les synonymes de fabuleux mais je pourrais. Nick Cave était en superbe forme aussi bien vocalement que physiquement. Il a passé presque tout le concert devant nous perché sur les barrières en équilibre toujours un peu instable au grand désespoir de la sécurité! S’appuyant sur les fans pour leurs plus grand plaisir. La setlist était dominée par le nouvel album mais quelques surprises quand même. Je rêvais d’entendre From her to Eternity en live et c’est chose faite!  Le concert s’est terminé par une nouvelle chanson, ce qui était assez étonnant de leur part. J’ai hâte de savoir si elle fera déjà partie d’un nouvel album.

At 9pm sharp the Bad Seeds arrived on stage and well from that moment on I could basically use every synonym of amazing but I will spare you. Nick Cave was in top form and sounded absolutely flawless. He spent most of the concert on the barrier on the left and right side of the stage just in front of us. It’s always a scary and amazing sight to have him towering above you, not sure if the fans will be strong enough to hold him! His “security” guy sure wasn’t loving it. The setlist was a very nice mix of the new album, with a few obvious and not so obvious ones. I was so happy to finally hear From her to Eternity live!

1.We No Who U R
2.Jubilee Street
3.Abattoir Blues
4.Tupelo
5.Stranger Than Kindness
6.Mermaids
7.From Her to Eternity
8.Love Letter
9.Far From Me
10.Higgs Boson Blues
11.Hiding All Away
12.The Mercy Seat
13.Stagger Lee
14.Push the Sky Away

Encores:

15.We Real Cool
16.Deanna
17.Red Right Hand
18.Jack the Ripper
19.Give Us A Kiss

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Et dimanche on recommence! A nouveau là à 17h, on retrouve des têtes connues et des nouvelles. Peut-être à cause de l’orange tant attendu il y avait encore moins de monde donc cette fois-ci premier rang! C’est tellement mieux quand il n’y a personne devant vous! ;)

And Sunday we do that all over again! Back at 5pm with some old and new faces in the queue which wasn’t very long maybe because of the impending storm. So front row this time! It’s so much better when noone is blocking your view! ;)

Toujours Shilpa Ray en première partie, avec en plus Les Colettes, un groupe français dont la femme de Warren Ellis fait partie. Très belle découverte également. La chanteuse a vraiment la voix d’un ange.

Still Shilpa Ray as first act, as well as Les Colettes, a French band with Warren Ellis’ wife. Again loved their music! The lead singer has the voice of an angel. 

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Une setlist modifiée pour notre plus grand plaisir avec quelques morceaux au piano donc le fabuleux People Ain’t No Good. Eargasm! lol A la fin du concert Nick Cave nous annnonce le décès de Lou Reed, et lui dédie Push the Sky Away… Beaucoup d’émotion dans la salle.

The setlist was slightly modified, not going to complain, and they added a few songs at the piano. One of them was People Ain’t No Good! So awesome! At the end of the concert Nick Cave told us that Lou Reed passed away and dedicated the hauntingly beautiful Push the Sky Away to him. A really touching moment.

1.We No Who U R
2.Jubilee Street
3.Abattoir Blues
4.Tupelo
5.Red Right Hand
6.From Her to Eternity
7.West Country Girl
8.Mermaids
9.God Is in the House
10.Into My Arms
11.People Ain’t No Good
12.Higgs Boson Blues
13.Hiding All Away
14.The Mercy Seat
15.Stagger Lee
16.Push the Sky Away

Encore:

17.We Real Cool
18.Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry
19.Give Us a Kiss

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Je suis rentrée lundi après-midi, à peine eu le temps de prendre une douche et hop repartie sur Bruxelles pour voir Texas à L’Ancienne Belgique. Je ne suis pas une méga fan mais j’apprécie beaucoup leur musique, et c’est toujours un plaisir de voir un concert à l’AB. Girl Called Johnny assurait la première partie. Très bon groupe de rock. Sans surprise le concert était génial. Sharlene a une énergie incroyable et beaucoup de respect envers les fans. Elle fait partie de ces artistes qui sont encore mieux en live que sur leurs albums!

I got home Monday in the afternoon, just in time to take a shower and head back to Brussels to see Texas at the AB. I am not a hardcore fan but really enjoy their music, and wanted to see them live at least once. Girl Called Johnny was the first act. Great rock band! They certainly are an excellent fit with Texas. Without surprise the concert was amazing. Sharlene has an incredibly energy on stage and so much respect toward her fans. She is definitely one of these artists who sounds even better live than on their albums.

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Et le week-end prochain je repars à Londres car dans le cadre de cette tournée, et pour un documentaire qui devrait sortir au cinéma l’année prochaine, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds donne un concert spécial à Koko à Camden. Il fallait s’inscrire pour un premier tirage au sort avec à la clé la possibilité d’acheter 2 places. A ma grande surprise j’ai gagné et j’ai donc sauté sur l’occasion. Le concert sera filmé pour le documentaire donc c’est vraiment génial de pouvoir faire partie d’un tel événement.

I am back next week-end in London because Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds are releasing a documentary next year, and they are playing a special show in Koko Camden. That show will be filmed for the documentary! You had to enter a ballot to have a chance to win the opportunity to buy tickets and I won! I am so excited to be part of that project!

 

Appetite for Destruction

English below.

Si vous me suivez sur Instagram, vous aurez remarqué que j’étais à Londres pour quelques jours. J’adore cette ville et même si elle n’a plus qu’à 2h de Bruxelles (merci l’Eurostar), le dépaysement est total. Le premier jour, je me suis rendue dans un magasin dont j’avais entendu vaguement parlé: TK Maxx. Il s’agit d’une enseigne qui vends des vêtements, chaussures, accessoires, produits de beauté, sacs à main, vaisselle, etc à prix cassé!  Le magasin est sur deux étages et je pense qu’il y a des arrivages journaliers donc c’est une question de chance. Je me suis un peu attardée du côté des designers car même si je n’y rentre pas mon petit corps dodu, j’adore voir ces créations en vrai. J’ai vu notamment des robes Hervé Leger, Lagerfeld, Miu Miu, etc à des moins 50% et 80%. Donc si vous faites du 44 et moins, je vous conseille vivement d’y aller. Le magasin est bien fourni en chaussures aussi mais très peu de belles chaussures en 41.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have noticed that I was in London for a couple of days. I love this city. Even though it’s only a 2h train ride away (thank you Eurostar), it’s such a change of scenery from Belgium. The first day I went to a shop that I was seen mentionned a few times: TK Maxx. It’s a shop where clothes, accessories, shoes, handbags, beauty produits, etc is sold for a fraction of the original price! The store is huge on two floors and I think they get new merchandise every day so it’s a question of luck. I had a look in the designers section because even if I can’t fit my curvy body in the clothes, I still love to see designers clothes in the flesh so to speak. I saw Hervé Leger, Lagerfeld, Miu Miu, etc dresses  at 50%-80% off. So if you wear less than a 44 I highly recommend the store. There were a lof of shoes but not nice ones in my size 41.

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120 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0JR
Mon-Fri: 09.00-21.00
Sat: 09.00-21.00
Sun: 12.00-18.00

Pour ma part j’ai trouvé ce superbe parka de la marque S. Oliver. Il s’agit d’un 44 mais surprise il me va parfaitement! Comme quoi il faut toujours essayer. Et la bonne surprise du prix: on passe de €250 à £50! En ce qui concerne le reste de ma tenue, j’ai trouvé ce t-shirt Guns ‘n Roses chez Primark. J’adore ce genre de t-shirts mais ils sont souvent difficiles à trouver en grande taille donc merci le rayon homme! Un petit conseil ne portez que des t-shirts de groupes dont vous êtes fan, ne soyez pas un hipster! ;)

I found that awesome jacket from S. Oliver. It’s a 44 but it somehow firts me! So you see, always try the clothes one. And the best thing: it was reduced from €250 to £50! As for the rest of my outfit, I found the top at Primark. I love those kind of tops but they are difficult to find in larger sizes so thank you men section! Little piece of advice: never wear a top from a band you are not a fan of, don’t be that person! ;)

Parka S. Oliver
T-shirt Primark (XL)
Jupe / Skirt Scarlett (sold out)
Chaussures / Shoes Schuh (very old collection)
Bague / Ring Primark
Montres / Watch DKNY
Bracelets H&M

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P.S.: La collection Lien Degol x Paprika est en vente sur le site.

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