A Spontaneous Rock’n’Roll Adventure

I was spontaneous this week. Well, as spontaneous as it gets with three kids. I went to see a gig in London with only 9 days notice. I know that is hardly drop of a hat behaviour, in fact the only drop of a hat behaviour I regularly partake in is Syd’s hilarious attempts to lose all the hats out the side of the pushchair… But 9 days to organise tickets, childcare, money, transport and frankly to not give myself a panic attack, is actually exceptionally spontaneous for me these days. Normally events are on the calendar months in advance, and childcare has been precision arranged, and I have plenty or time to think about what to wear/how to get there. On this occasion I had 2 minutes notice before tickets went on sale Monday last week, decided it was too last minute for me, then bought some tickets anyway and hoped I could get everything else to fall into place!

Green Day - Brixton Academy 2013

So why this unusually swift behaviour from me? Two words. Green Day. In fact, five words – Green Day at Brixton Academy. My favourite band, at a brilliant and small for them venue. Too good to miss, and I thank my loved ones for stepping in to look after Syd so I could bunk off to non- mum world for a night.

I had to travel on my own, although I was meeting some fellow long term fans there. And actually spending 3 hours each way in my own gave me a chance to finally do some reading- I read a whole book, such a treat, haven’t managed any reading so far in the school holidays!

The gig itself was simply epic, rammed and sweaty! I have loved this band for 20 years, half my life.  Green Day played Dookie, the first album I bought of theirs, from beginning to end, as well as plenty more from their vast catalogue. I got right up the front, and lasted there for about an hour and a half before having to admit that I can no longer manage a whole gig of overheating and being shoved about in the pit. I retreated to the bar, and watched the rest from a safe distance. Must be getting old….

Green Day - Brixton Academy 2013

My last Green Day gig was an arena show at the Emirates back in June, it was awesome, but I had forgotten how loud a crowd is at a smaller indoor show. They chants of ‘Hey Ho, Let’s Go’, sung along to Blitzkrieg Bop during the obligatory Drunk Bunny’s appearance, could have blown the bleedin’ roof off! And that set the tone for the evening, the crowd belted out songs alongside their heroes, me included. I love the total immersion of a gig like this, no thoughts outside of the moment, no feeling like it – total joy!

Green Day - Brixton Academy 2013

Tonight will see me watching their Reading performance live on telly, and cursing myself for being too financially practical to have bought tickets for it! There will be a next time tho, there is always a next time with this band….

Love  Mother F Cisco XXX



  1. August 23, 2013 / 8:55 am

    Am SO Jealous – looks like you had an amazing time! I love Green Day; have seen them twice in one huuuge venue and one quite small one, but not for a long time. In fact, I can’t even remember the last gig I went to? That must change!

    • Sonya Cisco
      August 24, 2013 / 1:22 pm

      It was brilliant! And yes, get thee to a gig soon young lady- I insist! 🙂

  2. August 23, 2013 / 9:32 am

    I can’t remember if I’ve seen them live – I think I always missed them – but brilliant they played all of Dookie, that’s easily my favourite album of theirs (I’m not a huge fan, but I’ve got 4-5 albums? so I’m a fan!) – glad you had such a brilliant time, and oh god, it’s meant to be chucking it down this weekend so we’ll all stay dry watching them which is much nicer these days!!!

    • Sonya Cisco
      August 24, 2013 / 1:23 pm

      Reading gig looked good on the telly, but I am not sure I ancy doing Reading again- I would probably end up feeling a hundred!

  3. August 23, 2013 / 10:27 am

    I haven’t seen them live – another thing to add to my ‘to do’ list! Well jealous that Alice is at Reading too! x

    • Sonya Cisco
      August 24, 2013 / 1:23 pm

      Yes! Hope Alice and co had an epic time, watched the show on the telly- it looked fab!

  4. Melksham Mum
    August 23, 2013 / 11:56 am

    Sounds like an amazing night, nothing beats last minute – ish – plans! I saw loads of young uns at South Mimms yesterday on their way to Reading – damn them and their youth and their freedom!!! 😉

    • Sonya Cisco
      August 24, 2013 / 1:24 pm

      Yes, youth- its bloody wasted on the young…bet we would do reading better than them given half a chance!

  5. SarahMummy
    August 23, 2013 / 7:29 pm

    Great post and sounds like well worth the effort. Nine days’ notice is considered spontaneous in this house too!

    • Sonya Cisco
      August 24, 2013 / 1:25 pm

      haha glad it isnt only me who thought it was a spontaneous act- ridiculous really, I used to decide to do things that that at half four on the day with no qualms!

  6. Looking for Blue Sky
    August 24, 2013 / 7:45 am

    I would LOVE to have been there! And brings back memories of a sweaty night in the early 80s when I trekked over to Brixton to see The Smiths…

    • Sonya Cisco
      August 24, 2013 / 1:25 pm

      SO jealous, never got to see The Smiths and would have loved to!

  7. August 25, 2013 / 8:11 am

    Looks like a fab night. They were great at Reading weren’t they! Am impressed you lasted so long down the front ha ha! Brixton is a great venue too think the last gig I saw there was Nick Cave !

  8. August 25, 2013 / 11:35 am

    Go you dude!! LOVE Brixton Academy and Green Day – looks like you got a fab space there too!

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