Not many of my favourite bands have toured this year, which has been a good thing in the main. Pregnancy and the first six months of Frida’s life have meant we haven’t got to many gigs, so at least I don’t feel I’ve missed much. 2015 is shaping up to be different though. I wrote about the upcoming Sleater-Kinney tour at length in my previous post, and now The Decemberists and Belle & Sebastian have announced Leeds gigs for early next year.
The Decemberists have been one of my favourites for a while now, even if their last album wasn’t one of their finest. One of my friends, who is a fan of theirs, compared it to The Levellers which I felt was a little harsh. Anyhow, we bought tickets instinctively, and now have to negotiate finding a babysitter, which could be a little trickier than usual as the gig happens to be on Valentine’s Day.
Also, when I booked the tickets, I noticed the message “Doors at 6, show starts at 6” which is not hugely convenient when Frida’s bedtime is 6.30. It’s also pretty unheard of. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a gig outside all dayers and festivals where bands have been on at 6. It’s led to me daydreaming of 5 hour sets encompassing the band’s entire career, but I suspect the truth will be rather more prosaic, especially as the other shows on the tour start at more sensible times. I had always assumed that the problem with leaving Frida with a babysitter whilst we went to gigs would be getting home too late, I never imagined it would be having to leave early. Still, I suppose that’s rock and roll as you head towards middle age.