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Tom and I set off not too early on Saturday morning and headed NORTH, pausing only to SCOOP UP the other Validators on the way. We got to Tom's parents' house, unpacked, then it was HO! for The Adelphi. It feels like AGES since we were last there, and it was GOOD to be back. We got set up and then Tom, Rob, and Tim went off to get us some chips in what turned out to be a BIZARRE ODYSSEY of CHIP FAILURE. Hull is REKNOWNED for the quality of its chips, but the chips me, Tom and Rob got were RUBBISH Kebab Shop chips. Tim and Emma, however, got Fish and Chips which seemed to have come from somewhere else entirely - it had taken the shop about an HOUR to get the order together, so perhaps they had just popped round the corner to get them? While they were away i SCOURED the stage for Other Bands' Setlists, getting ready for a SONG IDEA we're working on - more news of which when we finish it!

We soundchecked and then I nipped outside just in time to collect The Salt And Vinegar On My Chips, who had come ALL the way up from London to see us and LO! we did then fall to general chatting. King Among Men Mr Eddy Bewsher had also arrived, not least because he was putting the gig on, and all was well, if a bit HOT. Earlier it had RAINED quite a bit, but not quite enough to make it UNSTICKY, but we coped manfully with BEER while watching Jody Galvin and then The Rocky Nest, the latter having LOADS of members and even MORE instruments to play.

Then it was our turn to play, and here's what we did:
  • Hey Hey 16K
  • The Gay Train
  • Things'll Be Different (when I'm in charge)
  • The Symbol Of Our Nation
  • I Come From The Fens
  • Better Things To Do
  • Breaks In The Journey
  • The Fight For History
  • Leave My Brother Alone
  • Tell Me Something You DO Like
  • We Only Ever Meet In Church
  • The Lesson Of The Smiths
  • Easily Impressed

  • Billy Jones Is Dead

  • It was a LONG old set, and also a very SWEATY one! Near the beginning we had a DRUM MALFUNCTION, which is why I Come From The Fens is in there, but otherwise all went well, with We Only Ever Meet In Church getting an especially big cheer.

    With that done we had another beer, got packed up (mostly...) and headed back to Tom's parents' again, where we had some TEA, some RASPBERRIES from the garden (NB Tom's Mum had already picked them, we didn't RAID THE PLOT), some LARFS and some CHAT. I also PREMIERED It Only Works Because You're Here for the GROUP, after which Tim decided it would be good to demonstrate his claim that he can play 20 Fall Bass Lines. We chose to retire, tired but happy.

    posted 24/7/2006 by MJ Hibbett

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