So a couple of weeks back we featured Little Green Cars and this week we start with the Cortinas…. no, my mistake I don’t mean the 1970s. Bristol. punk band named after everyone’s favourite Ford, I mean the Courteeners, a Manchester band who are quite popular, judging by the packed house at Leeds O2 last Friday.
I’ve photographed them before but had possibly forgotten that they attract a particularly young male crowd fond of beer chucking. Most of my pit colleagues were sporting stylish hoodies. I only wish I’d done the same but I did manage to escape with just one small shower and generally the Courteeners left a decent impression.
Double gig helpings this week and on Monday I was at the Cockpit to see The Joy Formidable. Last time I saw them they were at the O2, this time the gig was smaller, more intimate, no barriers between them and us and it really worked.
Formed in North Wales in 2007 the Joy Formidable perform with tons of energy and that gets thrown back at them by their fans. There’s a fantastic vibe, lots of good natured banter between the band, and lead Ritzy Bryan’s performance is loaded with wide-eyes expression.
“Its lovely to be back here”‘ she announces, “the crowd here is always amazing”. And it really was. Sold out and completely bought into the whole thing. If I’m honest I’d been thinking well…I’ve done them at bigger venues, will it be worth it? All I can say is yes, yes, yes it totally was. Really amazing and I stayed and stayed. Next stop for The Joy Formidable – supporting Muse on their forthcoming Arena tour. I’d best put in for my pass!