… to Gourmet Gigs recommend and review mainly-music website. The focus is on up and coming bands rather than trips down memory lane. The other big part of the website is festivals – with reviews and recommends plus a few new ones too. Why ‘gourmet’ gigs? Because this site started with food on almost equal billing to the music, but in the end the music won out! Still an appropriate name as we love a gig that could be considered of gourmet standard! And we do occasionally feature restaurants.

September 2020 update:

Festival season has drawn to a close. Bravely, Also Festival in Warwickshire went ahead, as well as a couple of folk events but it’s better we turn our eyes to next year now.

Please also support all the current campaigns trying to get this government to help with the arts and contact your local MP too. A small portion of that £1.57 billion package that Rishi Sunak gave to the arts has found its way to our venues but they still need your and my help to keep ticking over.

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 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. 

me at Big Chill 2008

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One upside of the current situation is the ability to focus on more up and coming artists. We’ve featured interviews with several young musicians including the brilliant Lounge Society, and Luca Wilding.

Get in touch if you’d like to recommend bands, DJs, gigs, new releases, festivals or venues. And also if you’d like to contribute and offer a guest blog piece – the chances are that we’ll say yes. Emails are checked on a daily basis.

Big Chill 208, RIP Sue you will be missed

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  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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