passenger: all the little lights tour

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I have to admit that I was a little later jumping on the Passenger bandwagon than I would've liked. I always enjoy discovering music before it becomes a little more mainstream. I still like to think that I've appreciated Mike's music more than many, because I didn't just spend hours listening solely to Let Her Go when it began being aired on the radio. If I like someone's song (and let me tell you, I love that song), I go and search said person out. And then I listen to more of their music. And if (most likely when) I like it, then I'll buy it. So I bought All The Little Lights, and I listened to it. And then I listened again. And again. And if I'm honest with you I've listened to the album through at least once almost every day since I've been at uni. And I'm not going to stop. Is it a little embarrassing that when one song ends I start singing the next one before it begins because I now know the order that they're in? Yes? Okay then.

I was so insanely lucky to get tickets for the gig this evening. When I found out that Passenger was playing at the O2 in Birmingham and the webpage said that tickets were still available I got super excited. And then when I went to buy tickets and it told me there were none left I got super sad. I returned to the webpage the next day, but still no luck. And then a few days later, still no tickets. I gave up and decided that perhaps I'd buy tickets to see Newton Faulkner instead, but something made me try one last time to see whether I could get a ticket for the Passenger gig. And there was one left. Just one. I hate going places by myself. It's my worst nightmare. But I knew that if I didn't buy that ticket I'd regret it for a hell of a long time. So, two days before the gig, my ticket was purchased. That shouldn't have happened, but it did. And I'm bloody grateful.

I haven't exactly been to many gigs in my life, so there's not a lot to compare it to, but God this was good. Like, properly awesome. I don't think I've ever known anyone be able to silence a room so quickly. I don't know whether it's because all of us who were listening had total respect for Mike's song writing and stage presence or what, but it was amazing. We were loud when we were told we could be, we were completely silent when we were asked. There's something so moving about a room filled with thousands of people being so silent that you could hear a pin drop. For the entirety of Riding to New York, a new song with a beautifully heartbreaking story and reasoning behind it, we were just appreciating absolutely everything about where we were and what we were hearing. It was so amazing that I cried a little.

But then there were the laughs. Oh, the laughs. If this guy ever fails in the music business - which won't happen, just to clarify - then he'd probably manage just fine with a career in comedy. Being able to laugh your way through a gig makes it ten times more memorable. Even if there's amazing music, if the guy singing it has got a really naff stage presence you're not going to have a good time. There's no chance of not having a good time at a Passenger gig, I can tell you that.

And then there's Stu. Wonderful, wonderful Stu. That's Stu Larsen. Mike's support act. Who, thankfully, will be headlining a tour of his own at some point in the not too distant future, I believe. He's amazing, and I think you should check out some of his music. He did a cover of Fix You and made it fifty times more pretty. Anyone who can successfully cover a song like that does well with me. If you like Passenger, then you should be a fan of Stu. And if not, then you're doing something wrong.

I wrote on Facebook that I couldn't put into words how beautiful that gig was. After reading this post, you may now say that I'm lying. I beg to differ. I may have put that gig into words, but I certainly haven't captured its beauty. And I wouldn't even want to try.

Thank you, Stu and Mike, for making my first solo gig experience an absolutely cracking one. I hope to see you again some day.

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  1. sounds like a rad night, nice pictures too !!

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    jomischief

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    1. It was pretty amazing!

      Thanks for taking the time to read my blog :)

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  2. Oh I am desperately jealous. I love Passenger immensely. Have you heard his song 'Hearts on Fire'? He and Ed Sheeran do a fabulous duet on YouTube of that song.
    I've just began my blog, but I think I'll be doing some music recommendations. Check it out, if you are interested.

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    1. He was wonderful, I am honestly so grateful that I got a ticket. Yes, I have, and I agree that it's fabulous. I prefer it when he sings it with Stu, though, which he did at this show (and every other show on tour). I think their voices just go together better. Okay, I'll keep an eye on it!

      Thanks for reading! :)

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