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.
It feels as if I’ve only just completed the Favourite Albums for 2023 piece, and here we are with a contender for 2024 already on the list. I’m referring to the majestic Bill Ryder-Jones album Iechyd Da. Review here. It’s an absolute beauty, and perfect aural fodder for a gloomy winter evening.
It’s just been Independent Venue Week. Hopefully you headed to a small, grassroots venue in celebration. Gourmet Gigs was in Hebden Bridge at The Trades. Saw the brilliant English Teacher plus Splint, a forceful post punk outfit with Jake Bogacki on guitar and vocals (he used to be in Working Men’s Club before branching out with his new band).
Grassroots Venue Watch…
As always, a note about grassroots venues… Moles in Bath recently 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 was indeed saved! Brixton Academy is a vital part of the London gigging scene, and I certainly believe a vibrant music venue, which draws people to the area, makes for a safer area than an empty street and of course benefits nearby pubs and restaurants. Congrats to Sound Lounge in Sutton who received £35,000 in donations and will now stay open.
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.
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, dashing down to Jack Docherty’s show at the Whitehall Theatre where Bowie was his actual guest. My first festival was Buxton in 1972 with John Peel announcing the bands. It took place on a freezing cold moor but I loved the whole experience. And we just parked our tiny two-man tent anywhere we felt like, on some stones in front of the stage I seem to remember.
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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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