So I bought 2 tickets for Devendra Banhart ages and then it got rescheduled, which I was happy about at the time as it clashed with a course I was doing. Skip to this week and I was tempted to sell the tickets as I had something every night and I was so tired. In the end we decided to go and I'm so glad we did. It was the best gig that I've been to in London and I've lived here since late 2010.
I really couldn't be bothered to stand up, but when it got there it was still quite quiet and so there was space in the third standing row. The thing I hate about standing so close is that I get nervous about needing the toilet. A woman was stood in front of us and then she moved away. I didn't want to take her spot as I felt awkward but moved in a bit to the second row. As I was contemplating moving more another woman moved very fast and stood in the spot to my left. She then sat down and kept looking up at me as if to say 'move across!' I was being stubborn as we were there first so I didn't move. The first woman came back and stood to the other woman's right and in front of 2 guys who were sat on the floor. They looked annoyed and moved not long after. The woman next to me moved away and came back with 2 drinks, but stood to T's left. I thought she was waiting for a friend, but they were just so she didn't have to lose her spot again. I thought that she must have a bladder of steel. So we were stood in the second row with two women who were shorter than us in front of us - that never happens! So I had a good view.
Devendra and co came on after a couple of sets by members of his band playing their own stuff. I loved his interacting with the audience and feel glad to have left the house rather than just listened to his music at home.