Welcome to Gourmet Gigs
Welcome to Gourmet Gigs recommend and review website. It’s mainly about live music and that primarily means gigs at small venues to see up and coming bands, not just trips down memory lane to see old rockers at the O2. The other big part of the website is festivals – with reviews and recommends of tried and trusted favourites plus a few new ones too.
As I write this, on Tuesday 24th March, I’m hearing of one festival after another cancelling or postponing due to Coronavirus. The current situation is a disaster not just for the festival 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.
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 … another memorable moment was seeing David Bowie in Hanley. First festival was Buxton in the 1970s – a windswept rainy moor with one stage. Curved Air never played. They’re still gigging, so maybe it’s time to make that journey.
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, 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 music venue while you still have one.
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