About and Contact


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.

me at Big Chill 2008
Big Chill

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.

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.

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Big Chill festival friends
Big Chill friends. RIP Sue, you will be missed. August 2016.

Gigs, festivals, new artists, new albums to review: please contact gourmet gigs here.

Except if you’re a spammer in which case an everlasting Ed Sheeran concert awaits in hell.

PLEASE NOTE: Photographs are primarily my own. Those by other photographers are always reproduced with permission and credited when appropriate. Please do not use any photography or reproduce any blog post or part of blog post without permission. If you want to use any gourmetgigs photography, please ask. Thank you.

4 thoughts on “About and Contact

  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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