So it all begins, 9.30am on a glorious Saturday morning and we are all eagerly awaiting for a bus that will transport us to The Garage in London for an all day music extravaganza; a shed load of Nottingham folks all crammed onto a coach for three hours, blooming marvelous!
The spirits were in full swing at this point when we did finally arrive at 12pm, we then had the epic and thrilling challenge to get all of the equipment from the coach into a tiny backroom that perhaps felt like a magician’s hat judging the size of the room and what went into it. The next task after that was setting up, and then making our way to the bar to be then left flabbergasted at paying £4.45 for a pint of Stella Artois. My thoughts on drink prices soon disappeared after seeing a Notts band that are a three-piece by the name of Three Girl Rhumba, despite issues with their sound on the day, they played a great set and hopefully will be seeing a lot more of them come the new year in my local music venue. In between regular intervals to the bar I was noticing the place was starting to fill up with more people as more bands were introduced; I was particularly impressed by Practical Lovers, for me they came across as a Joy Division/ Punkier version of the The Drums, mainly because of the lyrics and basslines. They had a very direct approach to their music which I really liked. Bassist in Practical Lovers, Mark Connell also appeared later in the band Deaf Bridges – at that point I had consumed a lot of alcohol, which I blagged in from the local supermarket after refusing to buy from the bar. I thought Deaf Bridges were a chaotic and structured mess (in a good way) and had me completely hooked after they rocked in with their opener. I thought We Wild Blood were awesome too, the drummer is insane – even if the vocals came across as being quite messy, I still was blown away completely by them and definitely be checking more of them out. It hadn’t even got to the main sort of acts and already I had seen a handful of brilliant acts; my favourite act on the night was Whisky Stain. Their Blues/Rock infused music was incredible, even if had been done before – their material sounded fresh and original, if Royal Blood has been nominated for a Mercury Prize Award, then expect a big future for Whisky Stain, a must see live band! Another band that stood out were Factory Dolls, I was really impressed by their set and sounded similar to The Wytches, whom I am really enjoying listening to at the moment. The evening finished with Desert Mountain Tribe, their psychedelic-rock music sounded awesome and would pay to watch a band like this, an ultimate bargain seeing all these bands for free……
The evening rounded itself off with lots of rowdy Nottingham/London folk making there way to the local pub and then on to a bar for antics – and to then the question of finding somewhere to rest our weary heads.
Following on from the evening, people awoke with sore heads and we all made our way back to the coach located outside of The Garage – back we go to Nottingham, the moody coach driver didn’t do any favours to our hangovers either, in which we had make a 45 minute stop off at a service station for changing a tyre… which also led to Jimi nearly being left at the service station for drinking on the coach (The driver was taking no shit)…… back on the road and then back to the shires of Nottingham awaited us, a great day and evening – a knees up in London, I’m Not From London style… blooming brilliant!
Over and out.