I’ve always said that the biggest hurt of a poorly attended gig isn’t the financial commitment but the feeling that you’ve let the bands down.
Last night’s show was the first time that that assertion was really put to the test. We were a little short of break even but nevertheless there was a respectable turnout for three brilliant acts. And that genuinely helps particularly when the audience was as enthusiastic but also as respectful as last night’s.
They came from near and far (Edinburgh, Linlithgow, Glenrothes and Perth at least from outwith the city) and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Of course I’ll never be fully satisfied at anything less than a sell-out but avoiding that feeling of letting down the bands is a start and last night’s audience helped that.
The show wasn’t entirely without its gremlins, most notably for poor STOOR who managed to lose not one but two guitars towards the end of their set, but I don’t think it detracted from anyone’s enjoyment. Once all the acts were present it pretty much went smoothly.
Thanks too to Joe and Andy for making the bands sound great and to John at Beat Gen for his support.
There were a good few folk who (unsolicited) gave the show a lot of support on social media. Too many to mention individually but we know who you are.
The show was also a real MPT family affair with Mrs MPT providing the Manic Pop Catering and the MPKs on the door and on the merch stall.
MPT got left to provide the entire ‘between acts’ soundtrack and it went something like this …
The Clean – Fish
Wozniak – Snow Effect
Talking Heads – Life During Wartime
Robert Forster – Learn To Burn
Nap Eyes – Whine of the Mystic
Soccer Team – Nose To Chin
Low – The Innocents
Wire – Eardrum Buzz
FOUND – A Souvenir for Every Hope You Had
Kathryn Joseph – The Bird
Agnes Obel – Riverside
Bob Mould – Voices In My Head
Adam Stafford – Vanishing Tanks
Book Group – Victory Lap
Lonelady – Bunkerpop
Emma Pollock – Parks and Recreation
Bruising – Honey
Courtney Barnett – Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party
Blanck Mass – Dead Format
Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat – Danse Profane
The Blue Aeroplanes – My Old Haunts (Laughing With A Mouth Of Blood)
Belly – Superconnected
The Comsat Angels – (Do The) Empty House
Think the Chills and Mercury Rev must have been skipped. 😦
The Adam Stafford and Book Group tracks were not any form of accident – all will be revealed shortly!