… to Gourmet Gigs, the mostly-music website. Our focus is on up and coming artists rather than trips down memory lane. The other big part is festivals with reviews and recommends. Why ‘gourmet’ gigs? Because this site started with food on almost equal billing to the music, but the music won out. Still an appropriate name as we love a gig that’s gourmet standard. And we’re still up for featuring food!
What was your favourite festival this summer? We reviewed Bearded Theory and then we checked out new Kite festival with Grace Jones headlining. We’ve also reviewed Bluedot festival. Green Man at first looked a little thin on the lineup but proved to be a surprisingly music-rich experience. We’re now avid fans of several artists we’ve discovered over the festival season – The Bug Club, Penelope Isles and The Umlauts are just three who spring to mind.
A note about venues… sadly Manchester’s Night and Day yet again finds its future in the balance. Let’s hope that the council see sense and find a way to soundproof the flats next door, built during the pandemic. Nambucca in Archway in north London closed earlier this year. Frank Turner played at Nambucca’s final night. He’s a huge supporter of grassroots venues and as he says at his gigs: keep going to those venues, folks… use them or lose them.
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. My first festival was Buxton in 1972 with John Peel announcing the bands. It took place on a freezing cold windy moor but I remember absolutely loving the whole experience. People were shouting ‘Wally’ at night… was that the forerunner to ‘Alan’… or was it a cry for ‘substances’?
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