On July 11th 2014, Albany Down played our first ever gig at the legendary Shepherds Bush O2 Empire in London! How did we feel about playing the O2?
I don’t think any of us could have been more excited about our first ever Shepherds Bush Empire gig. Okay, it was a support slot (with Southside Jonny and for this gig Gary US Bonds) and it was only a 30 minute set, but it was the bloody EMPIRE! The fricking O2!
Yeah, so we were stoked.
Shepherds Bush Empire Staff Know More Than Us
Billy did his usual “pacing and worrying that the organisers had no idea what they were doing” that he does every time we play a landmark gig. I did my “pretending to be cool while all the time hoping that I don’t say something stupid on stage in front of 2000 people” thing. Donna was giddily bouncing and although Paul was stoic I bet he was the same as me inside.
The first thing to note was that the Shepherds Bush Empire sound techs clearly know what they’re doing. I expected to need more than just a 30 second soundcheck, but that was all it took – most of the work was done before we even hit the stage. I actually felt like we were in the way at first. Brilliant and efficient.
The Experience of a Lifetime
And it was every bit as fantastic as I thought it would be. It was already pretty packed when we hit the stage, but it got busier by the end of our set and everyone was keen to get involved, clapping and cheering in the right places. I got a couple of selfies with me and the entire crowd, but unfortunately they all came out blurred. I’ll stick some on this site anyway, because why not!
So thank you London, you were amazing. Sometimes we haven’t had a great experience in The City, but this one was mind-blowing.