I feel so lucky to have been able to be a part of the Arkells homecoming show in Hamilton, but this concert was just as much about Frank Turner for me as it was the Arkells. So I’m going to talk about both acts equally, and hopefully I don’t ramble.
Arkells with Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls
When: February 10, 2017
Where: FirstOntario Centre – Hamilton, ON
Seats: General Admission – Floor
My boyfriend’s friend actually said he was looking for someone to go with him to this concert, and I jumped at the opportunity. I was checking out the tickets online for a while but knew no one would want to go with me, so I’d kind of accepted that. But getting to see Frank Turner in person? Heck yes! We’re both concert lovers, so it was awesome to share the experience with someone who fully appreciated it – and we ended up having a blast!
This show was nothing short of ‘wow’.
Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls were incredible, as I’d expected. Turner is a fantastic performer who was able to draw in the whole crowd – even people who probably had never heard of him and were only there for the Arkells. He got everyone singing along to almost every song, and I have had “Photosynthesis” stuck in my head for days (“I won’t sit down, and I won’t shut up – and most of all I will not grow up!”). Of course, when he played “Four Simple Words”, I lost my flippin’ mind, and everyone was bopping along like crazy. Frank Turner was everything I hoped he would be, and more.
By the time the Arkells came on stage I was so hyped. I’m not super familiar with their music, but I know more songs than I thought I did! They were incredible, and you could tell the band was pumped to be back home, because they put every ounce of energy they had into every song. I was just really happy that they played all of my favourite songs. I got to bop to “11:11” and sway along to “My Heart’s Always Yours”, and dance like no one was watching during “Dirty Blonde”. Then they pulled everyone closer to the stage as they finished up the set with “Leather Jacket”. It’s been three days since the show, and I’m still on a concert high because it was so much freakin’ fun.
The crowd was definitely a huge part as to why this concert was incredible. It was the Arkells homecoming show. Everyone was so excited! The entire venue was PACKED full of people. I look at the photos and just can’t believe there were that many people behind where we stood.
Photo from @arkellsmusic Twitter: HAMILTON. Couldn’t have dreamt this up better. Thank you for giving us the best damn view in the world.
Also, I’ve never had floor seats to a show like that before – in such a large venue. I’ve been to general admission venues before, but nothing like this. Standing on the floor vs. standing in the seats are definitely two different concert experiences, and I totally prefer the former. You just get pulled into the music, and you’re dancing with hundreds of other people, sharing this show together. It’s impossible not to get completely immersed in the moment – which I was.
And I needed to be immersed. I needed a night to forget the bad and celebrate the good and have a shit ton of fun with a cool human. It was just the right music at the right time in my life. I would see them again in a heartbeat.
Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls:
- I Still Believe ♥
- The Next Storm
- Photosynthesis ♥
- The Way I Tend to Be ♥
- Dan’s Song
- The Sand in the Gears
- Recovery ♥
- Get Better
- Four Simple Words ♥
- A Little Rain (A Song for Pete) ♥
- Michigan Left
- Come to Light ♥
- Ballad of Hugo Chavez
- Hung Up
- Passenger Seat
- Never Thought That This Would Happen ♥
- 11:11 ♥
- And Then Some ♥
- Oh, the Boss is Coming!
- Pullin’ Punches ♥
- (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson cover, with Frank Turner)
- I Want You Back (Jackson 5 cover, with Frank Turner) ♥
- My Girl (The Temptations cover, with Frank Turner)
- Drake’s Dad
- Agent Zero ♥
- Kiss Cam ♥
- My Heart’s Always Yours ♥
- Book Club ♥
- On Paper
- Dirty Blonde ♥
- Private School (with Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls) ♥
25. Cynical Bastards ♥
26. Leather Jacket ♥