It took me ten hours to get to Birmingham from London on Saturday to see Gorillaz.
But even though I had; spent time freezing my everything off on the hard shoulder of the m40, had my missing passport returned by a friend (something which could have gotten me sacked) and got hunted down by a crazy lady, I still enjoyed a spectacular evening.
The show was an overload of audio-visual splendour as ‘M1 A1’ kicked off proceedings and set the tone for the rest of the night at the Birmingham Arena.
A combination of songs from the entire Gorillaz discography whipped the midlands up as ‘19-2000’, ‘Superfast Jellyfish’, ‘On Melancholy Hill’ and ‘Dirty Harry’ brought the party to town.
De La Soul, Vince Staples and the incredibly talented Bootie Brown, joined Alburn on stage to deliver some serious party punch to the night and as ‘Punk’, ‘Stylo’ and ‘Feel Good Inc’ closed out the set, delirious fever pitch was reached. Otherworldly animations flew around on the overwhelming digital screens behind the performers throughout, combining with the music to deliver a one of a kind show.
It is easy for a performance to get lost in a large arena but nothing could be further from the truth for Gorillaz, who filled the space with pure energy, light and power from start to finish.
‘Hong Kong’, ‘Kids with Guns’, ‘Clint Eastwood’, ‘Don’t get lost in Heaven’ and Demon Days’ made up the encore and completed a phenomenal show which will live long in the memory.
I could go into the meeting with the girl, the suppression of fury at the reappearance of my passport and the ordeal of breaking down on the motorway but it when you get a performance like that on the same day, everything else becomes irrelevant and this isn’t my fucking personal diary…