Welcome to Gourmet Gigs recommend and review mainly-music website. The focus is more on up and coming bands rather than trips down memory lane to see old rockers at the O2. The other big part of the website is festivals – with reviews and recommends plus a few new ones too.
MAY 2020 UPDATE: at the moment, festivals as far ahead as August, like Green Man, are postponing or cancelling. Festivals are taking a huge hit and several will not survive. The current situation is a disaster not just for the organisers and musicians but for all those small ventures that rely primarily on the festival season in order to survive, such as boutique camping businesses. For those who regard attending a couple of festivals as one of their regular annual pleasures each summer, hopefully things will turn around soon and we can look forward again to music in the fields although for many, that means postponing till 2021.
Gourmet Gigs began on June 3 2012 with Field Day festival in Victoria Park where I saw the elusive Mazzy Star. I’ve had some memorable moments like seeing David Bowie in Hanley, Staffordshire in the Ziggy days. First festival was Buxton in the 1970s – a windswept rainy moor with one stage. Curved Air was supposed to play, but didn’t turn up, so John Peel told us.
Venues: I’ve steered clear of the O2, apart from Fleetwood Mac in 2013, when the band was memorably rejoined by Christine McVie, and 2015 for Simple Minds and The Stranglers (not a good venue for The Stranglers… they need to be in a sweaty pub), but I will happily never see the O2 again. On the subject of small venues, please support your local ones. Lots, like The Lexington, have auctions and merch sales on during this lockdown period.
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