Haim at Alexandra Palace: Gig Review


This Friday we are branching out into a new region of blogging; Music. Now I know I've written a post or two about my favourite artists and included playlists here and there but this is the first time I will be writing about my experience seeing some of my favourite artists live. On Friday 15th June my friend Cecily and I headed to Alexandra Palace to see Haim live. Having said that, I think I'm getting a little ahead of myself and should start at the very begining.

Haim have been one of my favourite bands for years. The first time I heard If I Could Change Your Mind I was obsessed. Since then, I missed their tour in Brighton because to put it simply, I was an idiot and had no clue they were even coming here. As soon as they announced a London date, I texted Cecily and at 9am as they went on sale; I bought them. Now the backstory is out of the way, onto the gig itself.

I have an issue with Alexandra Palace: WHY IS IT SO DAMN FAR? (This will be discussed later). We arrived and queued, for a while but it wasn't the worst. We got inside and the first thing we did was buy merch (we got the t-shirts with the dogs on if you wanted to know) then headed into the concert hall itself to watch the support act Maggie Rogers. She was incredible, her voice, her outfit, her vibe; EVERYTHING. I have now added 5 of her songs to my monthly playlist and I couldn't recommend her more.

Here is where I messed up. Before the concerts we'd had a couple of gins and while Maggie Rogers was on, I bought a pint. During the gap between Maggie and Haim I decided to brave a trip to the toilets. Obviously as I approached them, Haim came on stage. Only I would do this. I hate me. I did make it back before they actually started playing a song but I did miss the drumming intro.

Haim themselves were phenomenal. I cried; twice. Seeing them in person was overwhelming and I wanted it to last forever. As if I didn't love Danielle Haim enough, seeing her in the flesh was pretty cool. Their musicianship is incredible and everyone was having the time of their lives. Their stage presence was immense and they were promoting girl power like it was their job. The audience was a mixed bag; it was really cool to see. There were people from the age of 14 to 50+. There were families, couples, friends and people on their own. I don't think I've ever been to a gig where there was such a mixed audience and it was so cool to be a part of. The crowd were good too; singing and dancing along constantly and laughing at the bands slightly questionable jokes and stories (me included).

Back to the timing thing. We had to leave at 1030 to make our train home. We left at 1030 after seeing only 6 songs (they defo came on stage late and talked too much). We still managed to miss our train though which was ridiculously annoying. That and the lack of Days Are Gone material have to be my only complaints. I know they have toured those songs for years but I would have given a kidney to see If I Could Change Your Mind live. (Later addition: this post has gone live and I completely forgot to say we missed Grace Carter completely because we were queuing to get in).

I don't really know what else you include in a gig review? I guess I will just wrap up by saying if you get the chance to see Haim live; DO IT. They are incredible performers and the atmosphere was amazing. I think Haim would impress anyone live, even if you don't know their music all that well. They are immensely talented and have officially taken the title of the best gig I've ever been to. Also; Este's bass face is even more iconic in real life and they were all SO sassy on stage.

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