Welcome to Gourmet Gigs
Welcome to Gourmet Gigs recommend and review website, mainly about my passion – live music – and that primarily means small venues to see up and coming bands, not just trips down memory lane to see old rockers at the O2. I still love festivals too and try and get to several over the season. Naturally there’s food on here, too.
Gourmet Gigs began on June 3 2012 with Field Day Festival in Victoria Park where I saw the elusive Mazzy Star. My first gig (back in the late 60s) was John Mayall in Manchester, good to know he’s still performing. Another memorable moment was seeing David Bowie in Hanley. First festival was Buxton in the 1970s – a windswept rainy moor with one stage – and I think one or two of the bands cancelled. Curved Air never played. They’re still gigging, so maybe it’s time to make that journey.
In these days of meticulously-organised festivals outdoing each other with artisan food and hot tubs, part of me wishes we could recapture some of Buxton’s pioneer spirit. However, commercialisation has taken over, and sponsorship, always a thorny issue, continues its love-hate relationship with the festival scene.
A word about 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. It’s good to hear that the closure of grassroots venues has stabilised. But there’s no room for complacency, so get down to your local music venue while you still have one.
Your recommendations of bands, festivals and venues UK wide are more than welcome. And guest bloggers – please get in touch too if you’d like to spread the word about an amazing artist you’ve seen. There’s the handy little form below.
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