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GIG 017: Fields of the Nephilim / Mary My Hope / Bambi Slam - Brixton Academy 03/06/89
Fields of the Nephilim were one of my favourite bands (still are in fact) so this concert had a lot of meaning for me. My mother was nervous about me going because it was in the dreaded South London confines of Brixton (Anything south of the Thames had a bad rep in those days and Brixton worse than most due to what seemed like continual riots and crime if you believed the news). Anyway I ventureed south of the river and, whilst there was quite a lot of police on the street making sure the gig-goers didn't stray from the path, it was completely harmless.

Both Bambi Slam and Mary My Hope were fine - not as great support bands as some I'd already seen, but certainly not in the worse half either. But I was really there for one act, and one act only - The Neph.

Brixton Academy made me feel like I was at an outdoor gig, in the middle of the night, at a ruined castle or something. The ceiling was dead black, with the occasional dimmed lights up there looking like stars and the stage itself with a fantastic proscenium arch enveloping it and the sides of the stage surrounding the audience containing statues and quite ornate. With the waves of dry ice spilling over the crowd and the incredibly haunting vocals and music of the Nephilim the whole experience was so atmospheric and really fantastic. It was also the first gig that I was part of one of the legendary 'Goth Pyramids' that were very popular. It certainly cemented the Nephilim even further as one of my favourite bands and also as one of the very best live acts I had, and have, seen.

Price: £6.00


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May. 11th, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I saw the Nephilim on that tour, way back when I was a little 17 year old (in Southend. Horrible place) :) They were amazing (thought painfully loud. As I recall they were supported by Underneath What (don't know if that's spelled right) who were kind of rubbish and who I hadn't heard of, before or since.

(I'm very jealous that you still have all your tickets. It makes me wish I'd kept the ones to the gigs I've been to).

Edited at 2012-05-11 07:35 pm (UTC)
May. 11th, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
I saw Under Neath What a few times, but not supporting the Neph. I think they had one album and maybe an EP or two.

I should go and order tickets for the Neph show in October in London really. Been meaning to for a few weeks but haven't gotten round to it yet.
May. 11th, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
I didn't know they were playing this year! I checked just now and they're playing in Leeds too, which is quite near me! Tempting ...

(It's good to see you posting here again btw. I hope life's treating you well :)).
May. 11th, 2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I pretty much stopped LJ once I moved to Swindon for some reason. I think Facebook is largely to blame for that as I'm *very* active over there and the LJ community of friends I had certainly seem to have shifted for the most part over to there too.
I remember the days when if you blinked your LJ Friends Wall would be a couple of pages long since you last read it. Now I seem to be able to log on every few days and still read old posts within a page or two.
I'm thinking of starting to blog again, but will probably use a different service for it as LJ has lost a lot of the catchment area it used to have. Still going to use it to record my gigography though atleast :p
May. 11th, 2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
LJ has been noticeably quieter this last year or so. Maybe a fifth (or less) of my flist is still active. I still have a lot of love for it though. I've yet to find a blogging site I like more, and I've met some lovely people here, so.

I should try and be more active on FB too. I hardly ever log on there!

(I'm so jealous of your gigography. Damn impressive selection of bands you've seen!).
May. 11th, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
Life is going alright at the moment.

I left Cubicle 7 in December and have started up a new company called Chronicle City. We're releasing our first books in June - which will be nice to finally see (not least as it means I might actually get my first bit of money coming in since Decembers partial paycheck! (I left on 9th December so only got a weeks worth of pay that month!).
May. 11th, 2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
Andy mentioned you'd started a new company. The very best of luck with everything. I'll keep an eye out for your new releases :)
May. 11th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
>the dreaded South London confines of Brixton

I remember those days. My first 'big' gig was at Brixton Fridge when I was 17, and one of my dad's work colleagues subsequently asked him if he'd not been worried to let me go there.

I do remember the bouncer having one of the guys I was with remove apparently endless amounts of stuff (mostly packs of cigs) from his many pockets , before giving up, shrugging and asking 'So, do you have a knife?' ;)
May. 11th, 2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
They should try that approach at airport security. "So, do you plan on blowing anything up?" XD
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