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After a morning full of EMOTION and POLITICS it took a while to calm down MENTALLY as I zoomed North to Manchester, where I was due to play at the inaugral Light It Up night at The Star & Garter. When I rolled into Piccadilly I was a bit SLEEPY from the early rising and marching about, and that may be why I proceeeded to get A BIT LOST, stomping 10 minutes in entirely the wrong direction before having to turn tail and try again.

I got to My Usual Suite at the Ibis in the end, but too late to go and meet Mr T Pattison, in town to see Johnny Marr, who had been in The Lass O'Gowrie for the afternoon (OPPOSITE where I was staying) - I know this because I went to look for him! Disappointed I walked round the corner to The Star & Garter where I discovered Danny who'd organised the night and The Sweet Nothing all ready to ROCK.

I'd been worried beforehand about the fact that I was on LAST, especially with FOUR bands on before me, as I feared BEER might make my performance less... PROFESSIONAL than what people might hope for. My fears were allayed slightly by one band dropping out, but then ADDED to by the evening starting a bit later than planned, as we waited for audiences to arrive. SPOILERS: it all worked out fine in the end, in fact I had a LOVELY evening watching bands and chatting to many and various PALS who I hadn't seen for AGES. My support slot in Cambridge last week had been my first solo set for six months, and as I stood around catching up with people on Saturday night I was aware of how much I've DROPPED OUT of the indie scene over the past few years. It was VERY NICE INDEED to be back and to see everybody!

Eventually, LONG after my bedtime, it was my turn to ROCK. I decided to do the gig Totally Acoustically as I thought the audience was thinning out, but when I actually went on to DO it I realised that quite a few MORE people had rolled in, so it was to quite a big crowd that i did THIS:
  • The Peterborough All-Saints Wide Game Team (group B)
  • My Boss Was In An Indie Band Once
  • 20 Things To Do Before You're 30
  • (You Make Me Feel) Soft Rock
  • Billy Jones Is Dead
  • Theme From Dinosaur Planet
  • It Only Works Because You're here
  • The Lesson Of The Smiths
  • Easily Impressed
  • Boom Shake The Room
  • Clubbing In The Week

  • It all went DEAD WELL - 20 Things To Do Before You're 30 seemed to work all right, despite me STUMBLING a few times, and I think I'll be playing (You Make Me Feel) Soft Rock at ALL of this year's remaining gigs. I had a LOVELY time!

    Things continued in this vein for several more hours - I came off "stage" at midnight and went downstairs for BIG CHAT with Tim (who'd hurried back from J Marr to say hello) and Others Various that took in many ISSUES, also NONSENSE, and it was PAST TWO IN THE MORNING when I eventually stumbled out and headed down the road to bed. Two in the morning! I haven't been up that late since I DO NOT KNOW WHEN!

    It was a good night, and it felt good to be back, but by heck i have been KNACKERED ever since!

    posted 15/10/2013 by MJ Hibbett

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