The Wedding Present
last night, first gig in a while for me. A new venue I think, the old ticket office of Dover Harbour Station
. A bit rough and ready but a good honest place to put on a gig, rather than a pub room or actual theatre type venue. Missed the support as we went to a good pub first (The Lanes
) but then braved the very cold wind to the gig.
They opened with Once More
from their sort of collection album Tommy
, which set the tone. "They" of course is David Gedge
and a new set of musicians who were not born when this came out originally. Then Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah
which is later (but still 1990s) then back to the awesome Corduroy
. Then a couple I didn't know, one really good sounding one that is off a new EP and then into George Best
in full. No slowing down now, they powered through four tracks without taking a pause, then some banter, then some more songs. A brief breather to "turn the vinyl over" at the end of side one, then the rest. The ended the set - via a brief reminder that they don't do encores and they don't to requests, so no Brassneck
for everyone who was shouting - with Kennedy
. And then home! If I was more of a hardcore fan these days the merch stand was amazing, loads of old CDs and vinyl, fanzines, t-shirts, all sorts of memorabilia. But home for us. No drinking for me as I was (generously) driving us. Wish it had been a weekend and I'd made an afternoon of it, then I would have come home with an armful of records that I'd never play again...
Paul Clarke's - I work and live in Hythe near Folkestone, Kent. married to Clare and father to two, I am a software engineer, and I do mostly js, nodejs, python, ruby, and php. I like pubs, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, lego, and time travel.