|Me, Jessica, Aimee, Kim. Waiting to go in, trying not to freeze!
From Jessica’s camera,
Queuing in the cold and the rain is always one aspect of the gig experience that I dread but then ultimately love. It’s a complete social experience and before this show, in particular, it was a riot. It meant, in reality, that once we got inside there was a rather good fun little group formed of old friends, people I vaguely knew from other shows, and totally new faces.
|Kim, Jessica, Me, Aimee. Entertaining ourselves before the set began.|
There was only one opening band this time, The First, a melodic rock band from Cambridgeshire. I will admit that their sound tech was not great but, from what I could hear, I think they were rather good. Certainly, I plan to look up some of their music and give it a proper try (and buy a CD if I do indeed like it). In addition, there is no way I can fault their live set. All members were engaged and energetic without seeming silly or OTT. It was a very strong performance. There was one moment when the vocalist decided to put a microphone in my face to get me to sing along which didn’t work on two counts (recovering from a phobia of singing and I don’t know their music) but, other than that, they really knew how to perform to a crowd.
|One of Jessica’s many photos from the show.|
The set was great, as always. Although it was cut a little because of illness (not mine for once!) it was full of some great tracks and to just dance away was rather liberating. It really did help that both Jessica and Aimee are little party animals, albeit in different ways, so I simply could not help but dance, jump and bounce along.
|One day, Pepe will forget about the pen incident. This was not that day.|
A quick goodbye to The Best Friend and Kim kindly drove me to my hotel. We said goodnight but with the knowledge that the day after we would meet once again but this time in Amsterdam!