Photo Adventures with the Stayaways

Back in December, the  Stayaways were featured in a London Art Spot post. Last weekend, I tagged along with my camera while they were shooting video footage for two new songs in Brompton Cemetery and the alleyways around Bank. Here’s a few of my photos and a sneak peak of what to expect from the “Liar is Me” video. For more photos, I’ve put up a set on my Flickr page.

Catch the Stayaways this Saturday at Dublin Castle in Camden for a great night in one of their favourite London venues.

Venue: Dublin Castle, 94 Parkway, Camden NW1
Date: 13 February 2010
Time: 8:30pm
Line-up: Kadejci, Stayaways, Motorcycle Display Team, Brides of Kong

London Events: Stayaways Gig in Kilburn

This coming Sunday’s Art Spot will feature The Stayaways, a 3-piece band who are breaking seven months of silence this Saturday. They’ll be playing a free (!), intimate gig at Powers in Kilburn (with cheap booze) and have hinted at a “secret surprise” for those who head  up to northwest London to check it out.

I’ve seen these guys play many times before at all sorts of London venues and they never fail to put on a great energetic night, attract a fun crowd and, most importantly, play some awesome tunes. I’ll be there and I’d highly recommend coming along!

In the meantime, here’s a few of their songs and videos on MySpace.

Date: Saturday, 12 December 2009
Time: 8:30 – late
Place: Powers, 332, Kilburn High Road, London NW6 2QN
Cost: Free!

The Sweetest Thing

U2 filled Wembley Stadium, the second largest in Europe, nearly to capacity last night. We stood quite close to the stage in the centre of it all, surrounded by 88,000 fans.

Brilliant performance, visuals and choice of songs – a good mix of old and new – and a generally charged atmosphere. The type of show that melts you into the music.

Bono’s political involvement doesn’t please everyone, but I think it’s great that he’s using his spotlight position to raise awareness of important issues. Among other bits and pieces he highlighted last night, he honoured burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

She was recently awarded Amnesty International’s prestigious Ambassador of Conscience Award, which Bono announced in one of U2’s Dublin shows from the same 360 Tour at the end of July.

Set list:

No Line On The Horizon
Get On Your Boots
Beautiful Day
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
Stuck In A Moment (You Can’t Get Out Of)
Unknown Caller
Unforgettable Fire
City of Blinding Lights
I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight (Remix)
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Pride (In The Name of Love)
Walk On
Where The Streets Have No Name
Mysterious Ways
With Or Without You
Moment of Surrender

One incredibly cool moment was when the crows turned into the “Milky Way” and lit up the stadium with mobile phone lights.

I didn’t have my camera on me, unfortunately, but if you can find a photo of last night’s crowd (like the set image of the second video in the BBC link below) it’s pretty impressive!