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Welcome…

Magical Sounds tent

WELCOME… to Gourmet Gigs, the main­ly music web­site. Our focus is on emerg­ing artists and fes­ti­vals along with reviews and rec­om­mends. Why ‘gourmet’ gigs? Because this site start­ed with food and music, but the music won out. Still – we love a gig that’s gourmet stan­dard, and we’ll still fea­ture food so bring it on.

Fes­ti­val sea­son is here again. My first of the sea­son was Beard­ed The­o­ry – despite the mud at the very start of the fes­ti­val (peo­ple were being towed IN) it was an ener­vat­ing expe­ri­ence with Bob Vylan, Jane’s Addic­tion and LIINES putting in superb per­for­mances. Also Bode­ga per­form­ing Bob Dylan. 

IGrass­roots Venue Watch…
As always, a note about grass­roots venues… Moles in Bath closed its doors… as did a tiny venue called The Film Ate­lier in Cat­ford, south Lon­don. Read about it here. Bet­ter news: thou­sands signed the ‘Save Brix­ton Acad­e­my’ peti­tion and it will now reopen on 19th April.

Check out the Music Venue Trust, who do a tremen­dous job. Togeth­er with Skid­dle, they have just embarked on a game-chang­ing ini­tia­tive to sup­port grass­roots music in the UK. They’re intro­duc­ing a 50p tick­et levy, and match-fund­ing, with all pro­ceeds going to MVT’s Pipeline Invest­ment Fund to help venues nationwide.

I’ve made no secret of my dis­like of the O2 Are­na for gigs. Last week­end I saw the Pet Shop Boys at the new Man­ches­ter Coop Live and was pre­pared to feel the same way. How­ev­er the sound is top class, the stage is wide, the rake affords a good and clear view of the stage from the sides. Not so good are the bar prices and those at the sil­ly Coop ‘shops’. And why can’t they pro­vide free water? (Answer: because it’s more prof­itable to charge over £3 for it). If you do go, make sure you’ve mem­o­rised your Entrance let­ter (A, B, C etc) as you need to know it to get into the right queue. Not sur­pris­ing­ly, queues for the tram are long – if you’re head­ing back into Man­ches­ter, jump on the first tram that comes along in that direc­tion and sort out any changes later. 

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. I saw him once more: after a tip-off, a friend and I dashed down to Jack Docher­ty’s chat show at the White­hall The­atre where Bowie was his guest. My first fes­ti­val was Bux­ton ‘Pop’ Fes­ti­val, in 1972, with DJ John Peel. It took place on a freez­ing cold moor. I remem­ber Roy Wood run­ning along the top of the stage. Or am I imag­in­ing that? We parked our tiny two-man tent on some uncom­fort­able stones almost in front of the stage. It was a life-chang­ing expe­ri­ence that set me up for a life­time of fes­ti­vals – although today’s metic­u­lous­ly organ­ised, health and safe­ty infused events are entire­ly a dif­fer­ent beast.

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 buy­ing tick­ets on our very occa­sion­al affil­i­ate links. 

And… a big thanks to our guest bloggers.

Back in the day…

No punks or skinheads


Big speakers

Treat for today.
Been lis­ten­ing to Liege & Lief (Fair­port Con­ven­tion) on these speak­ers. Such a good sys­tem it was like lis­ten­ing to it for the first time all those years ago…

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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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