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My final gig of the night was The Virginmarys at The Underworld, and they were the perfect headliners for me. 🙂
The gig started at 9 p.m. but I got there for about 9.30 p.m. after seeing Dirty Thrills.
I arrived at the venue to find it was quite full. The Underworld probably fits about 500 people and there wasn’t a lot of space to move in there. I did manage to get through the crowd on the stairs and make it to the standing area where I had quite a good view of the band. At last year’s Virginmarys gig, at The Barfly for Camden Rocks, the crowd became quite rowdy so I was wary about going too far towards the stage. I found a nice spot just at the back of the main throng and from there I had a good view of the stage.
I got to the venue about half way through the above set list and caught the last half hour of the show. There was a good selection of songs from the band’s albums. Their music has a powerful and positive energy despite the quite dark lyrics and important social commentary contained in them. It’s the kind of music that helps you work through negative emotions, and it uplifts. It’s perfect for de-stressing 🙂 The band’s motto is “Peace, Love, Truth, Music” and that flows through the lyrics and the way they interact with their fans on and off the stage.
The Virginmarys have a passionate group of followers, members of the online fan club and street team who meet at gigs and spread the word about the music. This is testament to the way their music really brings people together.
There was a point in the gig, not long after I arrived when the crowd at the front of the stage started to get a bit rowdy again and the singer (Ally Dickaty) had to ask them to look after each other. His heartfelt plea definitely had the effect of calming the crowd for a while.
The above photo was taken by the talented rock photographer Eric Duvet. I think it really captures the band’s energy and passion. You can see the full set of photos from the gig at Eric Duvet’s website: http://www.ericduvetphotography.com/Last-Updates/The-Underworld/
I can’t really pick a highlight moment from this gig for me as it was just awesome. I was glad I didn’t miss a couple of my favourite songs from the brilliant Divides album, “For You My Love” and “Into Dust”.
The Virginmarys concert perfectly rounded off this fabulous day of music for me!
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Camden Rocks Festival 2017 was an amazing event. It was great to see so many talented bands in one day. I wish I could do it all again this Saturday! 🙂
If you want to check out next year’s festival, Early Bird tickets have gone on sale today: http://camdenrocks.seetickets.com/tour/camden-rocks
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