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Welcome…

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… to Gourmet Gigs, the most­ly-music web­site. Our focus is on up and com­ing artists rather than trips down mem­o­ry lane. The oth­er big part is fes­ti­vals with reviews and rec­om­mends. Why ‘gourmet’ gigs? Because this site start­ed with food on almost equal billing to the music, but the music won out. Still an appro­pri­ate name as we love a gig that’s gourmet stan­dard. And we’re still up for fea­tur­ing food!

What was your favourite fes­ti­val this sum­mer? We reviewed Beard­ed The­o­ry and then we checked out new Kite fes­ti­val with Grace Jones head­lin­ing. We’ve also reviewed Blue­dot fes­ti­val. Green Man at first looked a lit­tle thin on the line­up but proved to be a sur­pris­ing­ly music-rich expe­ri­ence. We’re now avid fans of sev­er­al artists we’ve dis­cov­ered over the fes­ti­val sea­son – The Bug Club, Pene­lope Isles and The Umlauts are just three who spring to mind.

A note about venues… sad­ly Man­ches­ter’s Night and Day yet again finds its future in the bal­ance. Let’s hope that the coun­cil see sense and find a way to sound­proof the flats next door, built dur­ing the pan­dem­ic. Nam­buc­ca in Arch­way in north Lon­don closed ear­li­er this year. Frank Turn­er played at Nam­buc­ca’s final night. He’s a huge sup­port­er of grass­roots venues and as he says at his gigs: keep going to those venues, folks… use them or lose them. 

Our history

Gourmet Gigs began on June 3 2012 with Field Day fes­ti­val in Vic­to­ria Park where I saw the elu­sive Mazzy Star, review here. I’ve had some mem­o­rable moments like see­ing David Bowie in Han­ley, Stafford­shire in the Zig­gy Star­dust days. My first fes­ti­val was Bux­ton in 1972 with John Peel announc­ing the bands. It took place on a freez­ing cold windy moor but I remem­ber absolute­ly lov­ing the whole expe­ri­ence. Peo­ple were shout­ing ‘Wal­ly’ at night… was that the fore­run­ner to ‘Alan’… or was it a cry for ‘sub­stances’?

Please write for us…

Get in touch if you’d like to rec­om­mend bands, DJs, gigs, new releas­es, fes­ti­vals or venues. And also if you’d like to con­tribute and offer a guest blog piece – the chances are that we’ll say yes. Emails are checked on a dai­ly basis.

You can help Gourmet Gigs too…

The site is man­aged main­ly by me plus occa­sion­al guest writ­ers. We pre­fer to use our own band pho­tog­ra­phy so, PRs please note: we’re grate­ful for oppor­tu­ni­ties for pit access at gigs and festivals. 

Please sup­port the site run­ning costs by tweet­ing, mes­sag­ing, gen­er­al­ly spread­ing the word. 

And… a big thanks to our guest bloggers. 

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4 thoughts on “About

  1. I have and now need to upgrade a Nikon d40 a basic 6mp cam­era and it has improved my life great­ly, even going upto a 10mp will make no dif­fer­ence as the sen­sor is exact­ly the same,and we all know that Mpix­els are only to do with how big yr blow­ing up an image,for blog­ging it’s not need­ed. before my nikon (Baby) i used a sim­ple Fuji film s1000 and as you may see with my Kit­ty Daisy and Lewis pics they’re the best I’ve tak­en no cred­it to nikon.. it real­ly is impor­tant NOT to use flash,as I’m sure you prob know? hope this helps 🙂

    1. Total­ly agree about no flash, for many rea­sons. I decid­ed to get a good point and shoot, as wield­ing an SLR around at gigs, if you aren’t there as a pho­tog­ra­ph­er, I found to be annoy­ing and can detract from enjoy­ment of the gig. I got the Canon XS240 and it’s a love­ly lit­tle cam­era (12mp and 20x zoom) but so far my results (on King Charles, from Tier 1) are not exact­ly to be com­mend­ed! iphone can work just as well. Love those pics of Kit­ty Daisy and Lewis!

  2. Thanks for your com­ments. I think cap­tur­ing the atmos­phere is the main thing. And if the pho­tos don’t work out too well I still think it’s bet­ter to have some­thing on the page rather than noth­ing. I pre­fer to take pho­tos at fes­ti­vals, you can usu­al­ly get clos­er to the stage, and there’s the oppor­tu­ni­ty for ran­dom shots. Have you decid­ed what cam­era to get?

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