Those 12 gigs have really ranged in size and location – one was even in another country! This has got me thinking that it would be interesting to gather together a photo from each show and share them all together. I, of course, take photos at every gig I go to – I even used to use an actual camera, before the iPhone/Instagram…
24/03/10 @ Camden Roundhouse, London
The first and probably one of the closest I’ve been. Will always be special to me.
16/07/10 @ 2000 Trees Festival, Upcote Farm, Cheltenham
Frank’s first festival headline. My first festival. Our favourite festival.
12/12/10 @ Brixton Academy, London
Venue size increasing rapidly. Dad was my gig buddy for this one – his first (of six) FT gig(s).
04/04/11 @ White Trash Fast Food, Berlin (Germany!)
Conveniently he was playing in Berlin when I was there. This was a solo show.
25/08/11 @ Roadmender, Northampton
A Reading warm-up show. Too close to home to even consider missing.
27/11/11 @ Hammersmith Apollo, London
Travelled up from Cornwall for this one. Only time I’ve ever been seated for a FT show too.
13/04/12 @ Wembley Arena, London
A real special show – both for me and Frank!
01/07/12 @ Eden Sessions, Eden Project, St Austell
Frank Turner? In Cornwall? A few days before I left Falmouth for good? Sure thing!
26/11/12 @ O2 Academy, Oxford
I won guest list spots for the venue of my choice. This was a tour without a London date.
[2013 was unintentionally a Frank-free year]
12/02/14 @ O2 Arena, London
Massive, but massively awesome.
17/12/14 @ XFM Winter Wonderland, Brixton Academy, London
Frank and the boys were awesome as always but wouldn’t go to an XFM thing again.
07/08/14 @ The Garage, London
Last night. Closer to the stage standing at the back of the venue than several of the above!
Clearly almost all of these are pretty bad from a photographic point of view… but it’s interesting to see how Frank – and the band (note how they don’t become known as The Sleeping Souls for a while) – have evolved. And the logo/stage backdrop too!
It actually feels like I’ve seen Frank more times than this: he’s made guest appearances when I’ve been watching Beans on Toast and Billy Bragg, plus another Billy – Billy the Kid – on multiple occasions. Not to mention the times I’ve stood next to or near him at other artist’s shows!
I’ve got at least one more gig lined up in November but I don’t doubt that I will continue to go to even more Frank Turner shows after that. He’s just that good.