New Model Army – Rock City, Nottingham

It’s a Saturday in mid-December which can only mean one thing, New Model Army at Rock City.

We headed up early and popped in to Spanky Van Dyke’s for a pre-gig burger, and were lined up outside Rock City by 5:15 ready for the doors to open at 6. We were one of the first through the doors and headed down to the front, not realising early enough that we were stood in front of the aircon and would spend the rest of the night freezing cold.

The gig started out with a Justin and Dean acoustic set slowing building up to the full-band lineup, before the first break. The second set was a more normal affair. We got one new song during the first set, Die Trying, and the promise of the release of a new album at some point in the next year or so, they aren’t rushing things. By the sound of it we’ll be back at Rock City again next year, most likely on the the 10th of December.

Snelsmore Wood
Autumn
La Push
You Weren’t There
Die Trying
Lovesongs
Summer Moors
Rivers
Fate

Bloodsports
Christian Militia
Breathing
March in September
No Greater Love
Nothing Dies Easy
Devil’s Bargain
Orange Tree Roads
No Mirror, No Shadow
One of the Chosen
Another Imperial Day
Stormclouds
Heroes
Between Dog and Wolf
Angry Planet
Family
Get Me Out

Stupid Questions
Wonderful Way to Go
Green and Grey

I Love the World

Bellowhead – The Forum, Bath.

The gig was part of the first half of Bellowhead’s farewell tour, a fairly drawn out affair which eventually finishes in Oxford next May.

Bellowhead appeared on stage just after 9, and stormed their way through a near two hour long set, culminating with a low-key rendition of Richard Thompson’s Down Where the Drunkards Roll, something apparently performed at their first ever gig.

Once we made it out of the venue we ambled round to a pre-arranged pub for a post-gig session featuring a few of the band plus assorted hangers on. Some of the band played, some propped up the bar, and some were elsewhere. We managed to drink all of the beer on tap before everything wrapped up at about 1am.