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Boring castle... great concert venue though!
Lincoln Castle (Lincoln)
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Lincoln Castle (Lincoln)
Advantages: Bjorn again were fantastic
Disadvantages: The constant rain, queuing, not enough toilets
Over the last bank holiday weekend myself, the wife and the in-laws visited Lincoln Castle for a special concert featuring the tribute bands Killer Queen (Queen) and Bjorn Again (Abba). Despite being only 26 and 27, the wife and I are massive Abba fans and the chance to see the excellent Bjorn Again in concert was something that we couldn't pass up.
The concert was held in the grounds of the castle which is a mainly grassy area contained in the rectangular stone walls. Now, I'll be honest, I'm not much of an history lover, and so I can't tell you too much about this castle, other than it's in Lincoln and it looks like a castle. In my mind, once you've seen one castle, you've pretty much seen them all. And so rather than drone on about things I know nothing about, I'll tell you about my experiences at the concert.
The concert was due to begin at 7.30pm, with doors opening at 6.15pm. Not sure how busy it'd be, we got to Lincoln at around 5.30pm and parked-up in one of the council car parks around 2 minutes walk from the castle. We got to the castle gates and were greeted with a queue that went 2 streets back and spanned around 300 yards. With nothing else to do, we queued in the rain and were eventually let into the castle grounds.
Once the doors opened, we surveyed the scene and decided to erect our chairs on a small grass bank on the opposite side to the stage. I was slightly disappointed how far back from the stage we were, but I had to keep the mother-in-law happy... However, I needn't have worried how far back we were as the sound carried far and wide from the front and the acoustics within the castle grounds were fantastic.
Unfortunately for us, we'd picked a typical British summer's night, meaning... yes, it was p*ssing it down all night! However, this didn't spoil it for us as we enjoyed the music and the atmosphere nonetheless! :)
We'd brought our own food and drink, but for the people that hadn't there was a van selling burgers, chips and the like as well as a beer tent to supply the thirsty concert-goers. I can't comment on the price or quality of the food or drink as we'd packed enough to feed a small army and replenishments weren't needed.
Thankfully, the concert actually started 15 minutes early (due to the rain) and it was excellent throughout. Killer Queen played Queen's greatest songs and even though I'm not a massive Queen fan, it was a good start to the night. After a half hour interval, Bjorn Again came on and were as fantastic as they always are (we've seen them a few times) getting the audience involved and singing an array of Abba's best hits.
After the music we were treated to a pretty cool fireworks display that really rounded off the whole evening perfectly. All of us had a great night and we can't wait to see Bjorn Again again!
Summary: A great night out, despite the rain!