2 weeks in and the only band that was playing soon, that I knew, was Enter Shikari. They were playing the Rose Theater in Kingston on January 18th, and so a copped a ticket from Banquet records about a week into my stay. A metal show is never a bad way to kick off anything. This was the Enter Shikari cd release party, so I knew I was in for a good time.
Turned out Kingston was a great place to visit. The concert was on a Sunday and the bus service couldn’t get me back to Ottershaw that night. I decided to snag the last room at a B&B called The Hermes. It was alright, a bed, shared bathrooms and toilets, and a proper English breakfast that I was stoked about Monday morning.
I had a view of the River Thames, and that’s pronounced Temz, I got laughed at proper for how I pronounced it. The Thames cuts through Kingston not unlike downtown Spokane, GU district, and it almost made me feel like I was back at home. However, as the friends I made in Kingston informed me, Kingston is a very posh city.
Downtown Kingston has insane shopping and street vendors. I swung through to do some recon on the local shops. It was pretty sick and thick with pedestrians. Plenty of street side store fronts and a 4 story Mall. Seemed like you could find anything you want in Kingston, but I really wasn’t interested in the shopping. I snagged myself some lamb and some cheese from a street vendor and headed west toward the Thames to watch the swans and the sunset.
The sun was checking out and I decided to try and find the deer park to kill some time. I figured at very least I could impress Johnny with some sweet deer photos. Figured I could catch them bedding down and get some great shots, I wasn’t disappointed. The deer were rather docile. I suppose that’s what happens when you live in the city and don’t get hunted. They would let you come within about 10 feet before walking away. Think how easy that hunting would be Johnny.
The sun went down and I decided to retire my Camera back at the Hermes. No use for a DSLR at a concert even if it would have been nice to snap some pictures of Enter Shikari. The Rose Theater was a great place to see a show. It was a small venue that made for a very personal experience. There were 2 balconies that sat directly over the pit and stacked vertically allowing for a nice close up view of the bands even if you were in the rafters.
Well that’s it for this weeks installment of shit I did. Like always enjoy the rest of my photos and if you’re in England definitely check out Kingston.
Also I may be heading over to Apocheta Artisan Designs to blog for their wonderful organization. Apocheta is a Fair-Trade organization that works extensively with the women’s co-ops in Peru. Go check um out and I’ll see you next week. http://www.apochetadesigns.com