A bout of insomnia has led me to update my gig book and I’ve come to realise Tom Vek, Guillemots and The Naked & Famous this week have bought me up to 200 gigs! 76 of which were this year, a thought that leaves me exhausted. Not a bad way to spend a year!
My Dad’s record is 84 in twelve months when he went on tour with Fields of the Nephilim, a figure I reckon I could beat before the year’s out (so close!). Without checking there’s five i already have tickets for, plus a list of others i’d like to go to. Must mean i’ve spent what…a quarter of 2011 gigging?
Here is a picture of my first fifteen, from Jan to April. Seems such a low amount spread across the months considering I went to eleven alone in October! I vividly remember the first, Glasvegas in Troon as it was one huge palava getting there in time. I missed my planned flight to Glasgow meaning by the time i got on another one I had to take my case to the gig as I didn’t have time to drop it at a friend’s house beforehand! It was the first time i’d heard any of their second album and I somehow made it right to the front in the middle. Enjoyed a nice couple of days with friends in Glasgow to afterwards. Great way to get the ball rolling!
Included in that 76 are nine festivals, though I wouldn’t usually count Bushstock as it’s only one day or the Stortford Music Festival. Brilliant in it’s own right (we got Hayseed Dixie and Pulled Apart by Horses!) but as it’s in my hometown I feel it’s not QUITE the same.
The way I work it out is not to count each band at a festival as an individual gig, but to count each DAY at a festival as one. So to be picky, really i’ve kept a list of all my days spent seeing live music. “Gig book” has such a better ring to it though, don’t you think?
Here’s to the next two hundred!