Postmodern Jukebox 2018

Back in November 2017 I discovered the channel Postmodern Jukebox on Youtube. Very quickly it became an obsession and when I found a cover of one of the fiance's favourite songs, he started to love it as well.

Postmodern Jukebox 2018

Postmodern Jukebox is headed by pianist and vintage visionary Scott Bradlee. They cover modern songs with an old school twist: ranging from the 1920s to the 1970s in the styles of different artists, eras and genres. A lot of amazing singers - some well known, some not so much - are on the bill.

A few of my favourite songs, so you get the idea:

It's music magic and I am all about it.

So when we found out that they were touring in the UK this year and would be in nearby Liverpool, we had to go.

Postmodern Jukebox 2018

Can we just talk about Ticketmaster fees? I mean, £3.35 to send me the tickets you already have? And what the hell is a facility fee? It's been a while since I bought anything from them and I can't help but think that it used to be cheaper than this. Am I remembering it wrong? Also, its the first reasonable concert ticket price I've seen in a very long time.

Anyway, we decided to go moderately full out 40s for this. I bought myself a cute dress, teaming it with ankle boots I already own, the fiance got a waistcoat and tie (which he never wore) that matched my dress. Yes, we are those people on this rare occasion. I watched tutorials and settled on the most basic vintage ~lewk~ I could find (because I'm not about that complicated life). Which was essentially a red lip with curled hair.

Postmodern Jukebox 2018

Look how stinkin' cute we are.

The venue was Liverpool O2 Academy which I've been to before (most recently to see Electric Six in 2014). It's pretty small so shows tend to feel more personal than say, in the MEN Manchester Area. But I am not so much of a fan of stairs, especially as I made stupid mistake of wearing ankle boots to a standing gig.

After queuing for what seemed like forever in -2 degree weather, we made it inside, bought an overly expensive concert drink and headed immediately towards the front. We were in the second row, which is the closest I've ever been to the stage in my entire life. I don't know how I feel about being near the front. There was a lot of uncomfortable eye contact and getting hair flicked in my face by people who have no concept of not being a dick head in a confined space. But, we had one of the best views, got to see everything up close and in detail and yeah, I guess I loved it.

Postmodern Jukebox 2018

The lineup were generally people I'd never heard of, which is never a bad thing and definitely a good thing on this occasion. We had no idea what to expect and it was not at all a disappointment. I was a bit apprehensive at first because, sometimes, when tickets are cheap and its not the original line up, you end up with the ones no one like. For Postmodern Jukebox, this couldn't have been more wrong. The singers were exceptional. I've NEVER heard anything like this.

The Line Up:
(who follows me on twitter, get me)
and the guy playing the trumpet whos name I cannot find anywhere. Sorry trumpet guy (not that you will ever be reading this)*

*update, I found him! Lemar Guillary and he plays trombone, not trumpet. I'm an idiot.

The biggest shock for me was that I have never heard of most of these people. They are all exceptionally talented and its a crime that they aren't most widespread and talked about. I can't explain how crazy it was to hear people sing as perfectly as a recorded video - in some cases, sounding even better. I excepted that from Emma Hatton as she is a theatre veteran (she's recently been in Wicked), but it was actually a surprise. I've seen a fair few artists live and none compare to how perfectly they hit this out of the park. The atmosphere was insane and Cunio was great at commanding the crowd, building excitement and getting the show off the ground.

The thing I liked most was that people weren't so obsessed with getting photos and videos as they are at other concerts. I used to hate being stuck behind someone who recorded the entire thing on their phone and not being able to see for their arm in the way. I did try to take photos (impossible with a phone, so close to the stage) and I did manage to get a few decent videos of almost all of the performers.

And the band, oh my god. As someone who cannot play any instrument, it's always incredible to see someone do it. But these guys do it with such ease and with such power that it's an absolute honour to witness.

The one thing I missed recording because it came out of nowhere, was Lee the tap dancer doing a short but amazing number to the Harry Potter theme tune - complete with cape and vaping wand. It was amazing, it was hilarious and it was as random as it comes.

If you're looking for someone who can film correctly on a phone, you are in the wrong place my friend.

Brielle Von Hugel

Emma Hatton





Let's get down to brass tacks. Would I recommend PMJ live shows? YES. They're fun and have a great atmosphere which is strangely family friendly. The line up is astoundingly talented and friendly. The tickets aren't too expensive. There are no bad points. If you get chance I would highly recommend going to see them. I found some new favourites (Dani and Mario Jose) and we're already on Ticketmaster alert for their next tour date in our area!

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