About

Welcome…

… 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. We’re on the road to recovery and we’ll be bringing you lots of festival news in the months to come. 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.

March 2021 update

Right now, festivals are selling out. Yes, we’re that desperate to get back to the fields for live music, good times, and all that goes with the festival experience. We’ll be bringing lots of festival info in the next few months.

Please keep supporting campaigns to convince this government to give further help to the arts, and contact your local MP too. Brexit is causing havoc for bands, especially hard-up emerging artists, attempting to tour in Europe. There’s a campaign here.

Online shopping is giving a boost to the ravaged music industry with coloured, splatter, limited and dinked vinyl – anything to get us flashing our “cash”. Bandcamp have been lockdown stars with Bandcamp Fridays that ultimately raised over $40 million for the artists in question. (And they are continuing the venture).

Our history

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
Big Chill

Please write for us…

Here at Gourmet Gigs we’re 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 myself, plus occasional guest writers. I like to use as much of my own photography as possible. When gigs and festivals resurface we’d appreciate the opportunity to photograph your event for the site. Thank you…

Big Chill 2008, RIP Sue you will be missed

A big thanks to our guest bloggers.

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4 thoughts on “About

  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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