In this First Concert Ever segment, the pop artist, Nick Wilson, talks about his first concert ever. You can check out the feature, after the break.
I’m pretty sure the first concert I ever went to was Jack Peñate back in 2009. I was only 14 and I remember being so incredibly excited beforehand – I was seeing him in the small city of Southhampton with my twin brother and older sister (who was at university in Portsmouth just around the corner). A pretty hectic Saturday night for a 14-year-old. Actually, it was probably a Wednesday.
It was honestly one of the funnest gigs I can remember being at. For those who haven’t heard of Jack Peñate, he was a big thing in the UK back then and had this kind of cocky, sarcastic British indie/pop style. The sort of music that was filled with crunchy guitar riffs and lyrics you could shout back from the audience. It was sweaty and loud and rammed, and I absolutely loved it.
In some ways, I guess that gig could have implanted some desire to play guitar and play in front of an audience in my sub-conscience. I don’t remember specifically thinking, ‘I NEED TO PLAY MUSIC NOW’ but I think the memory of how good a night it was definitely stuck with me. There’s a part of me even now that thinks back to those songs and even that night whenever I need to think up a riff or catchy electric melody.