Category: Venues – Christchurch Cathedral

First Fortnight 2015

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Trailblaze Revolution, Christchurch Cathedral

This is a tricky one to write to be honest – I re-read last year’s post (https://gigaholic.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/first-fortnight-2014/) and can vividly remember how I felt writing that post, and during the festival. To be able to remember things so clearly and yet to know how much changed within the space of a year is a little bit disconcerting to be honest.

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Danny Battles

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The Lost Brothers

During 2014 I became much more involved in First Fortnight, having been asked to get involved with a pretty amazing group of people to do fundraising for the charity. Being more involved has let me see how much goes into this festival from the other side, rather than as a volunteer or as a spectator. The fact that this festival has been created by a bunch of volunteers is simply mind-blowing. That said, being more involved makes it challenging to write a review of it, so I’m not even going to attempt it. It’s impossible for me to be unbiased so all I’ll say is if you haven’t been to a First Fortnight event yet, then check out the festival next January, or one of the fundraising events during the year. I think that’s the fairest way of me keeping Gigaholic true to my views but without letting my love of this festival skew any review I wrote of it.

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I Have a Tribe

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State Lights
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Booka Brass Band

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I toyed with using this post as another spot of free therapy, but it a) doesn’t seem fitting, and b) doesn’t really seem needed. This year has given me so much more confidence – it is impossible to see how much can be achieved by a small group of volunteers with some big ideas, without some of that confidence rubbing off. Hard to sum up how grateful I am for that, so I’m not even going to try.

Altered

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I got a second opportunity to go to Christchurch for a gig with the Nialler 9 hosted Altered night. White Collar Boy are consistently good – and this was a surreal setting for their music. My first chance to see Come On Live Long has led to me seeing them numerous times since – a new favourite. But both were completely overshadowed by a raw acoustic session from Richie Egan. His Nick Cave cover had many of us in tears (well surely it wasn’t just me?) and the cavernous Cathedral was the perfect backdrop. His set will stay with me forever.

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Once the live gig finished, we got a chance to go down into the crypt for a Nialler 9 and Bantum DJ set – probably the coolest setting I’ve been in!

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PS Drinking in a Cathedral just feels weird!

Temple St fundraiser

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Young Wonder at Christchurch Cathedral

Christchurch Cathedral for a gig has got to be one of the most surreally special venues – and the Temple Street fundraiser was perfectly set there. Young Wonder, Heathers and Ham Sandwich are three great acts and kept the diverse crowd entertained throughout. I’ve seen Young Wonder again since and reckon they are heading for great things. 20130516_210528-1

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Ham Sandwich at Christchurch Cathedral