Welcome to GourmetGigs
Welcome to my recommend and review website for people who still want to go to live music when they are ahem, in their 40s, 50s and upwards – and that means small venues to see up and coming bands, not just trips down memory lane to see The Who or Simple Minds. Festivals too – the ones I go to tend to have a big age range except for Field Day where those of us over 25 are definitely in the minority. There are also some food mentions, such as food at festivals, hence the Gourmet connection. Plus art 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.
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.
Venues I’ve steered clear of the O2, apart from Fleetwood Mac in 2013, when the band was memorably rejoined by Christine McVie. And late 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 02 again. Independent Venue Week is an important date on the calendar and 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 venues.
Your recommends are more than welcome… most communication is now on Facebook, Twitter, emails etc which does dilute the conversation on here … but please get in touch. And if you’ve got a band or venue or festival to recommend, fly it over so we can all share.
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