I miss going to gigs... I still do, but not as much as I used to... When I lived in London and was a music journalist, it was free to get in, photo passes - I often had to take the pictures myself too! All this up to four/five times a week!
Now I need to choose my gigs very carefully, as I do not live in London anymore and I am back to being a bog-standard punter.
I will not write a review of the gig as it would take me at least two good hours, but I have posted a few pictures here and a video Neil Gaiman has shared on his Facebook page - it's of very good quality, it shows the fantastic atmosphere, good humour and magical feel of the night!
I will sum up the evening with a few adjectives: MAGICAL, POIGNANT, ENERGETIC, DYNAMIC, CABARET-ESQUE, FABULOUS, POETIC, ECCENTRIC, DARK, GLITTERY, COLOURFUL, STIMULATING, THRILLING, HILARIOUS, COMFORTING, BEAUTIFUL, ROUSING, PUNK, EDGY, LIBERATING, ENTHRALLING, LIFE-AFFIRMING, CREATIVE...
Every single individual involved was a gifted, talented artist, musician, composer, performer...
I could go on. One thing I just HAVE to mention: when Amanda stopped the music and, alone on stage, started reading out short messages written by fans in attendance - the brief was "write a short message telling about something sad that has happened to you in your bedroom" and leave them in the box in the entrance of the venue - she read the harrowing messages in COMPLETE SILENCE. Apart from two drunken giggling girls at the back who got shouted out by a bloke and promptly shut up, THE WHOLE SOLD OUT VENUE was filled with a heavy, respectful silence, as if everyone present were holding their breath.
This shows the incredible amount of respect those people have for Amanda Palmer and for what she does. This was really impressive, and believe me, I have been to a lot of gigs...
That is the nature of cabaret: sad and light at the same time, a sort of poetic bio-polar beast that enchant without forgetting the reality of the human condition. And this, if you follow Amanda Palmer well, is what her art is about.
We were treated to a multitude of special guests, my favourite being Amanda Palmer's husband, cult author Neil Gaiman, who performed Leon Payne's eerie Psycho accompanied by "a four-sawchestra". I have posted the video below. This video was shared by Neil Gaiman on his Facebook page this morning.
And now, a few pictures of the night below.
For some awesome pro quality pictures of the evening, go to Polly Thomas' Flickr photostream HERE.
All pictures © Carya Gish 2012
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