I don't know if I've ever felt more out of place than I did on Saturday night at the Pageant. Ed Sheeran, the 21-year-old British singer-songwriter, whose single "The A Team" has over 50 million views on YouTube, had sold out the venue. To my surprise, the ticket buyers were almost entirely teenaged girls.
On Thursday night, the Pageant hosted a bill that featured two excellent bands whose styles and sounds cover a wide range.
Kele Okereke, the frontman of Bloc Party, has a rock-star swagger about him, a presence unlike most of his peers. At one point during the band's show at the Pageant on Saturday night, he just stood at the front of the stage, smirking, and the crowd burst into applause simply because he is who he is.
None of the three troops to take the stage on Tuesday night at the Pageant were willing to be outdone.