Thank you so much everyone who came down to see me play and to support the great Lexapalooza Lite event on Saturday. Those who stayed till the end had a treat with Ben Marwood and Chris T-T and then the two special secret guests Sam Duckworth and Frank Turner, both of whom are selling out major venues this year. I was really surprised and honoured to be included in such an amazing event.
The overwhelming support from people who came up afterwards, wanting to buy the CD or just have a chat was amazing. I’m very aware that my music is not easily accessible and there were some really interesting responses to it. I am still at the start of my journey, discovering what works and what doesn’t work. This is an exciting place to be. It feels free.
The Flowerpot itself really knows how to look after artists and audience and I can’t say enough about the Lexapalooza crew – they are proper amazing people who give their time and energy every year to put on these shows to raise money for a great cause.
Thanks again, and if you didn’t make it – come along to one of my next gigs and come and say hi. Also donate some money to Breast Cancer Campaign via Lexapalooza
SHOE UPDATE: arrived in blue boots, bare-feet on stage, finished in my AtDs to dance the night away
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Can’t sleep because I am so excited for Saturday, (solo gig number 4); it is an amazing experience for me to be playing at a Lexapalooza event and the line-up is awesome. I still can’t quite believe I’m on the bill – I am half expecting to arrive at the venue with my gear and someone to go “what’s all that stuff for? you’re not playing here”
This week has been very busy. I’ve been working my boobies off getting a wonderful Limited Edition CD together for all of you lovely people. It is called Robotics and has some home recordings and a couple of live tracks. There’s only going to be 150 in existence. A good friend has done some gorgeous artwork for the front and I’m really pleased with how it all sounds.
The best big brother in the world took me to see Skunk Anansie on Tuesday night in Brighton. It was a small warm-up gig to their big reunion tour and it was amazing to see them performing. Apart from the blokes looking a little older, you couldn’t really tell that they’d been away for so long and they played a couple of really good new songs as well as playing all of their main back-catalogue. One of the new songs we didn’t like (but the crowd seemed to so that will probably end up being a single or something). It was a really great gig. Some of you will already know how significant their music was to me during my teenage years (especially those of you who had to live through my awful attempts to sing their stuff!) so it was brilliant to get to see them live now.
The support band was a bit weird – A Human. The drummer and keyboard/backing vocalist were good musicians but the frontman was like something straight out of some early 90s band. He looked, sounded and danced as if he wanted to be in The Wonderstuff/Ned’s Atomic Dustbin/Sultans etc etc. He even did a really awful Brett Anderson impression for a whole song.
Hope to see you all on Saturday! Do come and say hello – (mine’s a vodka & diet pepsi).
xxTags: Chris T-T, electronic, fans, Heroes, Lexapalooza, performing, Robotics, Skunk Anansie, Vodka and Diet Pepsi
There are no advance tickets and no guest list – just a suggested donation of £3 on the door. All proceeds from the day go to the charity Breast Cancer Campaign.
As you can see the lineup is amazing…
The line-up for this essential event (in alphabetical order): the angelic electro quirkiness of Anna Madeleine; upcoming singer/songwriter B-Sydes; satirical yet catchy pop from the legendary Beans On Toast; the soulful sounds of Ben Marwood; psychedelic folk/rock of Chris T-T; INME’s guitarist/ vocalist turned solo artist Dave McPherson; the delicate folk of Emily Barker; Scottish crooner Mark McCabe; the gypsy folk powerhouse Sanjuro; and acoustic Hip-Hop from one of London’s best kept secrets The Leano.
There are more acts to be announced including a very special guest to be announced.Tags: Lexapalooza, performing
This weekend has been different. I have experienced what it feels like to be the other side of the stage/lense etc.
Firstly I went to Lexapalooza. This is an awesome annual one-dayer in aid of breast cancer charity. Because it was a charity gig, I bought a ticket online like a good-gig-goer and even got there at the start in time to catch the first band (Chris T-T and the Hoodrats who ripped it up!). Anyway, I got there a little bit early and although I know the lovely and gorgeous Evan and Dani, I didn’t jump queue or talk my way in early and was quite happy chilling in the sunshine outside the event with the other fans.
Having not had to queue for a gig for quite a long time, this set me up in a different way – I had already decided who out of the crowd I thought was a twonk and who I thought was really cool because of overhearing their in-queue banter (I guess it’s the equivalent of when you’re watching a play and everyone’s going “oh, YES, I saw Patrick Stewart’s one-man show last year and blah blah BLAH” – trying to sound like they really know what they’re talking about). It did also build the anticipation, along with hearing faint bits of the final sound checks etc from inside. Then finally we were let in YIPPEEE – such a good afternoon!
The festival was really really good. I particularly enjoyed the set from Jedethan who are metal rock insane and their guitarist looks a lot like the skinny guy out of series 2 of the Wire (Ziggy). Of course I really enjoyed the aforementioned Hoodrats and CT-T as well, especially their hardcore King of England (without me *sobsob*) and the last song Where Were You? which both rocked hard the bassy and very very loud sound system. Evan and Dani did a really amazing job and I hope they raised lots of money through ticket sales and through the collection boxes dotted around. If you are reading this and didn’t go to the event this year, please do find out how to donate anything you can to them via their various web-presences (search: Lexapalooza).
Although the festival went on well into the evening, I went home early to watch Cronos with Kal. It’s a weird, glorious, influential 1993 film by Guillermo del Toro, I think it might be his first film, I’m not sure. It has hellboy in it playing his uncle’s muscle and a young girl who wears red a lot who has that young girl haircut (fringe and short straight bob a la pan’s labyrinth and leon etc). Won’t say too much cos I hate spoilers. Aces.
The second half of my weekend (sunday) was spent chilling in Victoria Park with my friend Emily looking forward to the Akira the Don gig at the Natural History Museum (one of my very favourite places in London). He did not disappoint.
As you all know, I am a huge Akira the Don fan. To be on the other side like this is a strange feeling. I have seen fandom by proxy before from backstage, from standing around in the wings and from the cosy yet exposed merch stall but not quite so directly from the fan’s-eye-view (apart from a few idols: PJ Harvey, Liam Finn, Bjork, Dan le Sac and Scroobius Pip, I don’t get star-struck at all easily but did on this occasion). It was an awesome gig, definitely a harder sound than the first time I saw him live and much more stage involvement from both Joey2Tits and James which added to the atmosphere and did make you want to hear more from them both. The vast array of influences actually gives Akira’s music a completely individual sound and there is such a high quality of live performance from him and his whole band.
The famous Pan Mask made an appearance and the set left the whole crowd wanting more (especially me who was left shouting ‘more more’ after everyone dispersed – embarrassingly a FAIL ha ha!). The lovely Rachel sold me a copy of the early AtD CD and I went home on the tube with a big grin on my face. I hope to see you all at the next gig – avidly awaiting details.
So all in all, this weekend has been a time for turning the tables on myself. To seeing truly what it feels like to be a fan and feel a bit awkward and embarrassed when around your idols is all part of the experience. I only hope my next few tunes/gigs measure up to those I’ve seen this weekend. I’ve got a lot of practicing to do!
xxTags: Akira the Don, Chris T-T, Lexapalooza