… 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!
Things got back to normal – well sort of – so we’ve been back, attending festivals and gigs. Wide Awake festival in Brockwell Park was the last one attended, and this indie event was a real success. During lockdown, we focused on new music and new artists who we found inspiring. It’s been wonderful to be thrilled by new releases that have come our way, so the interviews and releases are ones we’ve genuinely thought, ‘woah – this is AMAZING’.
Online shopping has been giving a boost to the ravaged music industry with coloured, splatter and limited vinyl – anything to get us flashing our “cash”. My personal weakness is the beautifully designed Dinked vinyl editions, this year, albums by The Besnard Lakes, Lonelady and most recently Vanities by W H Lung being recent purchases. Also helping with online sales, Bandcamp continue to be lockdown stars with Bandcamp Fridays.
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.
Please write for us…
Here at Gourmet Gigs we’re been trying to make the best of a frankly utterly crap situation for musicians, creatives generally and live venues. So it gives us great pleasure to direct our focus on up and coming artists. We’re delighted to present interviews with young, talented musicians such as The 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.
You can help Gourmet Gigs too…
The site is managed mainly by me plus occasional guest writers. We prefer to use our own band photography so, PRs, we’re grateful for opportunities for pit access at gigs and festivals.
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