Stornoway

After being in love with the band for the past 4 years, I finally got a chance to see Stornoway play live in Birmingham last Sunday night. This is the same band whose first album I was so excited about, that little 17-year-old-me was counting down to the day it was released and then went straight out to buy it that very day and, still, 3 years later, I play both their albums regularly and have yet to hear a song of theirs I didn’t like. And, after waiting so long to see them live I’d built up some pretty high expectations… But they were incredible, so much better than I ever could have imagined and it was easily one of my favourite, maybe even the best gig I’ve ever been to.

Plus, meeting the guys after was a massive bonus (even if I was so excited I seemed to forget how to talk and turned into a mumbling, giggling twelve year old girl)…

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And because this is me, I wasn’t going to pass up the chance to take photos of one of my favourite bands (because to be honest, they only come second to Belle and Sebastian) so I may have been super-cheeky and smuggled a little DSLR in there…

The security guy (great guy by the way) was lovely enough to ‘ignore’ it until about half way through Stornoway’s set but at that point it didn’t matter because I’d already got some awesome photos!

But first, support bands! First up was the incredible Goodnight Lenin who were really fun and just seemed like nice guys. Looked a bit nervous as I think they said it was their first night playing with Stornoway but that didn’t matter – the music was great and I really enjoyed them. Plus, being a Birmingham band, I’d love to see them again!

Goodnight Lenin supporting Stornoway in Birmingham

Goodnight Lenin supporting Stornoway in Birmingham

Goodnight Lenin supporting Stornoway in Birmingham

Second support act was Sivu, not as much my sort of thing as Goodnight Lenin but definitely a very talented guy and this was a really great song.

Sivu supporting Stornoway in Birmingham

Sivu Supporting Stornoway in Birmingham

Sivu Supporting Stornoway in Birmingham

Sivu Supporting Stornoway in Birmingham

Sivu Supporting Stornoway in Birmingham

And then Stornoway. Fun and creative and just so awesome. Like I said, my favourite gig ever!

Rachel Oates Photography: Stornoway playing in Birmingham 2013

Rachel Oates Photography: Stornoway playing in Birmingham 2013

Rachel Oates Photography: Stornoway playing in Birmingham 2013

Rachel Oates Photography: Stornoway playing in Birmingham 2013

Rachel Oates Photography: Stornoway playing in Birmingham 2013

Rachel Oates Photography: Stornoway playing in Birmingham 2013

Rachel Oates Photography: Stornoway playing in Birmingham 2013