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Friendly Fires at Rock City, Nottingham 19/12/11

   Finally, the big day came after being rescheduled a month after it's original date and I was very excited. Despite being about 30th in the que, the people in front actually disapeered and we were front row-we are not ones to push and shove, surprisingly for 16 year olds.

    First came the support act Chad Valley a.k.a Hugo Manuel, he was absolutely brilliant! I had been listening to his electronic, sunset vibe for months before the gig- especially when I went on holiday to Greece as it's great chilled summer music. You could tell he was slightly nervous as his hands were rushing around worryingly to twist and pull buttons whilst holding two microphones. Even though the crowd were at a stand still because of his anonymity, he got a huge roar of applause at the end because his music, and multitasking skills!, were outstanding. He's great and I really want to see him again.

My picture isn't so great of him, so here's Chad Valley at T in the...

Secondly we saw the likes of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs-otherwise known as T.E.E.D. He filled in for SBRKT who was originally playing but couldn't due to the clash with another event after the reschedule. T.E.E.D seemed to have a big following but personally I had never heard of the bloke! I wish i had though because his performance was brilliant, I cannot emphasize how great it was! He wore a dinosaur costume to reflect his act, which was hilarious, and ran around from keyboard to all sorts of musical machines and in between he'd dance.Every know and then two women would come onto the stage both in leotards with tails and with green hair, they would do a wild dance routine then leave, it was really funny but also kind of cool. He was also of an electronic, techno feel and it was awesome. When the beat dropped the crowd would go wild, there was a mosh pit behind me going wild as the lights flashed constantly, despite being crushed against the railings-it was fab! It turns out that I've actually met the guy as before the gig he handed out flyers advertising him, which was really cool- he was super sweet and polite.

One of the dancers with T.E.E.D in the background. My own photograph.

T.E.E.D rocking the dinosaur costume. My own photograph.

Then finally: the ones we've all been waiting for! Friendly Fires were superb, just brilliant. Throughout the gig the crowd went absolutely nuts, we were dancing, jumping, screaming, singing and i was being shoved into the railings and endured a lovely crotch against my back but once ignored, it was such a fun atmosphere. Ed did his signature dance moves throughout and called out at one point "less moshing, more hip thrusting!". He then jumped off the stage and ran around the venue which was, ofcourse, brilliant. The songs were sang brilliantly as they differed from recent tracks to extremely old ones, he sounded so true to the recorded versions. It was just such A fantastic night, I am very grateful they came to Nottingham and I hope to see them sometime again soon.

Pala. My own photograph.

Friendly Fires. My own photograph.

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Tags: Chad, Dinosaurs, Electronic, Enormous, Extinct, Fires, Friendly, Gig, Indie, Nottingham, More…Totally, Valley

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