This was a gig I wasn’t sure if I was going to until a couple of weeks before as I’ve got some busy days coming up.
Originally I saw that As December Falls were playing a Leicester gig and I wanted to go along, but then being on a Sunday, those gigs just don’t have the same feel as a Friday/Saturday night gig. I’d made a note of the gig on my calendar but what really clinched it for me was when I saw who the support bands were, I knew it would be great from start to finish, rather than going along just for the headline act.
As December Falls are one of those bands that I’m a big fan of, have bought their music, but haven’t been able to get along to any of their live shows yet. I regularly see things pop up on various social media sites, either from them or from people I know who attend their gigs and I’ve wanted to catch a live shows for a while now. There was a show not that long ago in Nottingham that I had planned to go along to, but other things came up and I couldn’t make it, so this one seemed like the perfect opportunity.
Support on the night came from Bad Llama, another band I’ve wanted to see live as I have taken photos on a few occasions of one of the band members partners, and each time thinking I need to get along to one of their live shows sometime. As it turns out, back in 2014 I had seen them before but they went under another name and are a very different band now, so nice to see the band 4 years on. Our City Fires were the main support this evening, a band I’ve now seen on a few occasions, and then if you add the times I’ve seen band members in other bands, I’ve seen quite a lot and always take note when I see their name listed on the bill. The last time I saw them was once again at The Shed a couple of months ago for #notafest
Being on a Sunday, it was an earlier start than usual, with doors opening at 6.30pm and the gig would be done before 10pm. I’d seen a provisional set time posted, so knew the bands wouldn’t be on too soon after doors opened and by the time I got there I still had some time to chat to people already there before the first band went on stage.
Bad Llama were first up, and I really enjoyed their set. Technically not my first time seeing this band, but as I can’t really remember much about the first time I saw them and they’ve changed name since, this is the first time for me seeing Bad Llama. Some really good track, lots of energy on stage and they had a decent crowd for being the opening act on a Sunday evening gig, I hope to catch them at another gig sometime soon and I’ll be sure to keep my eye out for their next show in Leicester to see if I can get along to it.
The other support band was Our City Fires. Another fantastic set from these guys, and while I’ve only seen them performing at this venue up to now, I’m certain it won’t be too long before they are performing to bigger crowds at larger venues and I’ll try to make sure I’m there when they do. One to definitely keep an eye on for future gigs.
I’ll make a brief note about the lighting this night, while it was excellent for the headlining band, it wasn’t the best for me on the support bands. I totally get that it looked fine for everyone else, but digital cameras don’t deal with a lot of red light very well and that was the colour of the main lights for the first two bands. I did the best I could, but it is very tricky when the main light is very red and doesn’t change colours at all. However, I do know that quite a lot of venues save the ‘good’ lighting setup for the main headlining band, and I had no problems with lighting when As December Falls were on stage.
So now we come to headliners for this evening, As December Falls. First time seeing them live after being a fan for a while and listening to their music quite often, they didn’t disappoint, even if lead singer Bethany was suffering from laryngitis and couldn’t sing as much as normal. They did mention later on that they thought about cancelling the show for that reason, but being their first time playing in Leicester, they wanted to continue with the gig, and I’m glad they did.
A wonderful set, and while it probably would have been better suited to a Friday/Saturday night, I still really enjoyed myself. Lots of energy on stage, crowd interaction, audience singing their songs back to them, you can tell they enjoy being on stage and their fans enjoy seeing them on stage. I’m sure this won’t be the last time I get along to one of their gigs and with an album being released early next year, I’m looking forward to hearing that and the tour that should go along with it.