Thursday, 11 June 2015

Live Music in Cheltenham

It's taken me a little while to catch up on my blog posts, but I wanted to write a short post about a great weekend of live music in Cheltenham, three weeks ago. My girlfriend Emily and I bought tickets ages ago to see Beans On Toast at the Frog & Fiddle in Cheltenham, along with Nizlopi playing at the same venue the following night. We're trying to see much more gigs this year, as we've been a bit slack at that over the last couple of years. It's great to get out there and see live music and it's especially when it's in your home town, at your favourite pub!

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We've seen Beans On Toast perform at festivals several times and have also seen him before at the Frog & Fiddle a couple of years ago too. He's an incredible and charismatic performer, with a great stage presence and lots of funny stories to tell. I could listen to Beans chat away for hours and his songs are just as entertaining too. I think the thing that's so great about him is that he speaks very honestly and I agree with pretty much everything he sings and talks about. His music is about sex, drugs, rock and roll and politics and everything in between. It's very hard to describe his music, so I'd hugely recommend you check out his videos below and go and see him live if you get the chance.

My sister Sarah and her husband Max came to visit for the weekend and came to the gig with us too. They're also big Beans On Toast fans. We arrived early and watched one support act, who was nice enough. Then a chap called Benjamin Folke Thomas took the stage and got our attention straight away. He played some fantastic folk songs, with a very strange and interesting stage presence, along with some great little stories to tell in between, including tales from his native county of Sweden. Sarah and Max text a couple of friends the following morning and arranged to go and see the same gig again two days later at The Joiners in Southampton, as they loved Benjamin and Beans so much!

Our friends Hannah and Dan also joined us for the gig, and a couple of drinks turned into a few jagerbombs and going 'out out' to the Two Pigs for some dancing, for the first time in a long time. The following day we were feeling rather worse for wear and Emily and I managed to drag ourselves to the Frog in the evening in time to see Nizlopi perform.

I discovered Nizlopi many years ago, when the JCB Song was a big tune on the radio. I checked out some of their other music and my sister really got into them too. I've wanted to see them live for years, but haven't had the chance, so was really pleased that they were playing at the Frog. They were quite different live to how I expected, with way more of an interesting performance than I  imagined and a great fusion of different music styles. This included some beatboxing and faux rap, along with a great energy that I didn't expect from a band which I always thought of as being quite folky. I'd love to see them again, so I hope they tour near my home town again soon!

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