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… 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!

What was your favourite festival this summer? We reviewed Bearded Theory and then we checked out new Kite festival with Grace Jones headlining. We’ve also reviewed Bluedot festival. Green Man at first looked a little thin on the lineup but proved to be a surprisingly music-rich experience. We’re now avid fans of several artists we’ve discovered over the festival season – The Bug Club, Penelope Isles and The Umlauts are just three who spring to mind.

Festival season isn’t over yet… Mutation in Brighton this November has a killer lineup: Do Nothing, Penelope Isles (yes!), WH Lung, Squid, Animal Collective and Scalping and tons more. Scalping won my personal “Best Festival Set” award at Green Man this year.

A note about venues… Nambucca in Archway in north London closed. Frank Turner – who we saw at Bearded Theory – played at Nambucca’s final night. He’s a huge supporter of grassroots venues and as he says at his gigs: keep going to those venues, folks… use them or lose them.

Our history

Gourmet Gigs began on June 3 2012 with Field Day festival in Victoria Park where I saw the elusive Mazzy Star, review here. 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. People were shouting ‘Wally’ at night… was that the forerunner to ‘Alan’… or was it a cry for ‘substances’?

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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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