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Welcome to GourmetGigs

Welcome to my recommend and review website mainly about my passion – live music – and that means small venues to see up and coming bands, not just trips down memory lane to see The Who or Simple Minds. Festivals – the ones I go to tend to have a big age range except for Field Day where those of us over 25 are definitely in the minority. There’s also some food and art too.

Olivia Festival No 6 2015
Festival purchase: vintage Afghan coat 

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, good to know he’s still performing. Another memorable moment was seeing David Bowie in Hanley. First festival was Buxton in the 1970s – a windswept rainy moor with one stage.

In these days of meticulously-organised festivals outdoing each other with artisan food and hot tubs, part of me wishes we could recapture some of Buxton’s pioneer spirit. However, commercialisation has taken over, and sponsorship, always a thorny issue, continues its love-hate relationship with the festival scene.

Venues I’ve steered clear of the O2, apart from Fleetwood Mac in 2013, when the band was memorably rejoined by Christine McVie. And late 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 02 again. Independent Venue Week is an important date on the calendar and 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 venues. Any you would like to recommend?

Your recommendations are more than welcome… most communication is now on Facebook, Twitter, emails etc which does dilute the conversation on here … but please get in touch.

Big Chill girls. RIP Sue, you will be missed.  August 2016.


me at Big Chill 2008




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4 thoughts on “About and Contact

  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?

What do you think?