Join BandWagon once more as we spend another month breathlessly attempting to keep up with the GigSlut – London’s freewheeling, live music addict (and Freeganism spokesman) – on his daily gig hop uncovering what’s hot, and what’s 10 minutes out of date.
Right! I’ve had enough of this screen gazing! Gonna go into my neglected garden to eat my almost cremated ciabatta. But first, my report:
Went out last night to say hello to Lindsay Murray, hosting and playing with Hypnotic Eye at 333, who I’ve seen recently and so have to catch up with other bands – he knows the score.
Went on to see HoldKissKill and Lola Colt at Heroes courtesy of Symptomatic Presents, and very good too! Nice to see Velvet Vespa, Kendra Frost and Beth Rettig and (eventually) the ever reliable R68 Bob.
Forgot to say I saluted an old friend the other night – a Routemaster original -the sort I went to school on.
Last night I wended my way to The Old Blue Last for Savages. I was most delighted by serendipity on the way there when I spotted Linda Jarvis, of Echo Lake. Have to see them again.
I was very glad to see and chat (shout) to Sukie Smith (of another top band, MADAM) and James Alexander (No One You Know) who was there on my recommendation, apparently!
First band Sheen, did not blow me away, but then Savages were so good. The place was rammed and it was a job to get out.
Last night was nearly disastrous for the Gig Slut. I got cold and wet and it took me two and a half hours to hear any music. Luckily, I heard most of Katie Annie Eve‘s set and then heard Russell John Swallow. It helped that Annie gave me some of her whiskey and roast potatoes. I gave up on the idea of going on to Proud for the Valkarys, since I bumped into the jokers who did the “Is Roger Going?” T-shirt. Left at 23.05 ‘ish and got the last Piccy line train to H’Smith, talking to Belinda on the train and doing the Guardian quiz with her. Munched my emergency freegan giant smarties.
Last night Anna Lena and Like Spinning were playing, and I so enjoyed it all.
I left at 23.15 for the 243 bus sprint, and nearly got run over. Went freegan shopping. There appeared to be no food until I looked round the corner where I found Sir John, holding court and surrounded by sandwiches.
Mother is 92 today. I will be gigging at risk of her stabbing me to death – I took the precaution of hiding her bayonet. My present to her? A Dignitas voucher and single tkt to Switzerland.
Went for 21.00 to see Tall Poppies, Cellophane Flowers and Lilies On Mars-all bands I love to see, hosted by my ever- welcoming friends Dorothee Leidl and Steve Hicks. The Gig Slut was most pleased to be there!
Chatted to lovely Francesca Corradini and the negatively handsome Luca Napolitano. but abandoned plans for Old Street – even The Gig Slut has to take it easy sometime and just do one gig.
Last night went to The Lexington. First band I liked a lot: Le Volume Courbe. Then Hall of Mirrors – very nice set, thanks, Jessica Winter !
Last band did not inspire me, so left at 22.35. Picked up a “Nuts ” magazine on the bus. I thought it would be about feeding squirrels, but found instead it featured ladies whom I would have wanted to sail away from The Titanic on. That’s on, not with.
Last night, Dear Reader, having taken a migraine tablet which kills before it cures, I went to The Slaughtered Lamb to see Jess Roberts and George Frakes. They did a short but sweet set. I kitted out George and Joe Kelpie with jackets. Then on to The Karamel Music Club for Jade Indiana Hopcroft and Victoria Symptomatic, and then Ana Silvera, All very impressive indeed.
The 190, dear George (learn this!) passes through Chalkers Corner. There, we passed the R68 waiting to turn right, driven by none other than R68 Bob, so I was lucky indeed – 20 mins extra kip. Home 01.15 not 01.35 !
Which jacket to wear tonight? I only wear certain ones if it looks like rain and it does! I do have a new “Gaddafi” type one but wet wool and the consequent feel and smell…
Ah, Mother’s Day tomorrow. Got her a Triffid and I’ll sharpen her stabbing bayonet for her to use on me.
Decided on The Buffalo Bar courtesy of Lee Puddefoot, thank you! I love this venue. I very much enjoyed Field of Wolves and then Perhaps Contraption.
I was offered a lift home but funnily enough I got in later than I normally do!
Easy to forget all the behind the scenes dismantling of the venue that happens when all us punters are normally gone on our way. I hope my bus drivers aren’t worried about me getting home as they didn’t see me!?
Last night The Gig Slut hit his probable gig of the month, purely on the basis of rarity value. Like someone from abroad, or in Karima Antoinette Francis‘s case, Blackpool! An excellent gig by someone you can’t get enough of. Support from L.A.Salami and Jonah Maddox was good too. Soundman Joe Kelpie did his normal top job, and I loved it all. All put on by the always good Pull up The Roots club at The Slaughtered Lamb.
Last night I went to Hernia Hill to see Owl Service for their last show. Very enjoyable. I then went on to fulfil a promise to try to see my friend Sarah Gill playing with Straylings at The Garage. Dear encouraging Francisco Gomez said I couldn’t do it, but The Gig Slut will ALWAYS try. Made it in time to hear 10 minutes, but10 minutes watching a friend’s band is infinitely better than a whole set from an average band.
Checked out Tesco’s as I was near – still open, no good !
Last night dear fan, I did the 4 gigs. Went first to see Zoe Wren At Folkroom. Well done for running on time, Stephen Thomas, Ben Walker.
Then I popped down and caught Josie Lloyd, at The Strongroom, very nice indeed Josie!
I then went to the booked gig for Memoryhouse at Cargo. Frankly not overly impressed, but that’s how it goes. I went back after and made a new friend, Nina Baxter, who has actually heard of The Gig Slut blog! Sensational news, Maria Hayden !
Managed to get to Richmond where I caught the jolly old R68, the driver of which was quite happy to relieve me of 3 packs of sandwiches. Home 01.10!
Roger’s top acts of March:
Adventures by The Gig Slut (Roger Mairlot)
Edited by Robert Neumark-Jones
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