When you sleep in a tent, you're freezing cold for the entire night, but as soon as the sun comes out, the temperature shoots up and you wake up panting like a dog in a hot car, unable to catch a breath.
I stumbled out of my tent into the morning air. It was only day one, but my tent was already surrounded with empty beer cans and other bits of rubbish. I was horrified to discover that it was only eight in the morning. I cracked open a tinny and took a mouthful of warm beer. Why didn't I bring a fucking coolbox? As I lit up my cig, my stomach began to make strange whimpering noises. It was time; I would have to face the dreaded toilets.
Festival toilets have passed into legend, and for good reason. As I approached I instantly understood. The toilets were in fact just cubicles suspended over an open pit. After looking around for a bit, I found a reasonable commode with a functioning seat and a latch on the door. As I entered, I looked into the pit. The piss, shit and congealed toilet roll was already stacked up, and the most pungent, rancid smell you can imagine filled my nostrils.
I held onto my mouth and gagged as I wiped the seat. I could see the turds of the person in the cubicle opposite me as they hit the shit-mountain below. I dropped my pants and lowered myself onto the seat.
By now it was becoming obvious to me that there was absolutely no way that I could hope to cover the festival in any kind of conventional sense, so I made a few notes while I emptied my bowels, accompanied by the slap of other people's waste as it landed in the pit below.
After the ordeal was over, I drew a no-entry sign on the door with a marker pen and performed a quick banishing ritual, to ensure that the toilet would be mine for the rest of the weekend, and then I went back to my tent.
We went to the arena. You're not allowed to take any booze in with you, so we had to drain our cans before we got there. Today would be the first proper day, the day when the festival began for real.
First up was The Bonnitts on the Topman unsigned stage.
There was a big crowd there, and a whole section seemed to be a Hull reunion.
Alan Raw acted as MC, Mak and Darren Rogers from the Sesh were there, as well as
various members of different Hull bands, including The Landaus, The Dirty Dreamers,
City Ghosts, The Paddingtons and others.
There was a real sense of community, and it was good to see everyone leaving their egos and
agendas at home and just chilling out and enjoying the tunes.
It was also a real show of force, an announcement that stated in mile-high letters: We are 'ull.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 15th March 06 - Heat 7, Best Original Band at The Springhead By Anita Blakeston
Heat Seven - Girls will be girls ...
The night where Mr. Blake has, thankfully, recovered from his 'flu and is back on sarcasm and shirts.
Good to see and hear, but beware the faint hearted.
He never did tell us the Everly Brothers tale, by the way.
Also a night for mysterious goings-on with the bands....two girls from Quick!
went out shopping and never
Music Reviews - Mak's Birthday Sunday Sesh 2006 By Chu Nin
Just come home from a top night at Sunday Sesh at Linnet and Lark pub.
Unbeknownst to me DJ Mak decided to have a birthday (another one?).
There were at least eighty to a hundred people in, maybe more.
I walked in and caught the last of Matt Edible's set.
I have experienced the intensity of his music before, songs that combine beautiful
Music Reviews - Wednesday 1st March - Larrikin Love at UTI at The Adelphi By Emily Photographs by Mo
Larrikin Love playing at Adelphi was a very interesting idea for
everyone that turned up to the gig: they're known to be a very fresh and promising new
band, yet although they have a wide internet audience, they still have quite a lot to prove.
Me, I'm not so sure that they won everyone over.
Park and Ride did their best to rouse the crowd, and put in a lot of effort with
Music Gig Gallery - Republished with unseen pictures - The Ordinary Boys at Sweet N Sour at The Welly Monday 4th October 04 by Darren Rogers
Checkout this incredible 7 page Photo Gallery of The Ordinary Boys at the The Welly
Monday 4th October 2004 by Darren Rogers. Darrens photographs are brilliant, almost as good as being there and
too good to miss so I'm republishing it with unseen pictures for all the music fans to enjoy... and thanks Darren.
Music Reviews - Monday 3rd April 06 - Abrasive Wheels, Slander and Certified at The Ringside, Hull By Dick Spring Photo Gallery By Mo
Tonight had all the promise of being a giant of a gig, and was eagerly awaited by the punks of
Hull young and old.
But, sadly due to a family emergency, one of the billed headline acts, Discharge, had to
fly back home to the States where he now lives.
Understandably there was massive disappointment at this bad news, though front man Rat
turned up at the show (he was
Album Reviews - The Bonnitts - Soldier (Demo) By Joe Hakim Photos by Darren Rogers - The Bonnitts at The Sesh 13th December 2005
Well, thank fuck for The Bonnitts.
Just when I was starting to think that the Hull music scene was in danger of disappearing
up its own arse, along comes this blinder of an EP to totally change my mind.
I'm going to rattle on about Soldier for a while, because it is, quite simply,
the best thing I've heard in a long time.
It kicks off with a sublime guitar-line, coupled with singer Mike WrightRead more...
Music Reviews - Monday 27th March 06 - Raw-UK Launch at The Welly By Joe Hakim Photos by Darren Rogers
So the night starts with me getting my wires crossed and spending twenty minutes standing
outside the wrong venue.
It's freezing cold and it takes two cigarettes to make the correct synapses in my brain fire
up, and then I realise my mistake.
Somewhat sheepishly I make my way to The Welly, my face half paralysed by the wind.
Once I get there I have the task of actually
Music Reviews - Thursday 2nd March - HULLucinations Launch at Silhouette - Dirty Dreamers, 10,000 Things, Your Vegas and The Johnsons By Michelle Dee Gallery by Darren Rogers
Tonight was the first night of the latest live music night to hit Hull.
Organised by a team of dedicated music fanatics and not shadowy, uncaring corporate
faces Hullucinations promised a top night of quality musical entertainment.
Paul and Dave the men behind the project had used all tools at their disposal to start
advertising the night well in advance.
Along with the usual flyers and posters, they had a half
Music Reviews - Wednesday 1st March 06 - Heat Five, Best Original Band at The Springhead By Anita Blakeston
Heat Five - A test for The Bonnitts
This proved to be an interesting evening's entertainment between The Bonnitts,
who were strong contenders in the final of BOB 2004, and two bands that are
pretty new to the Hull scene. Secretly Soulmates, who traveled from Scunthorpe -
yes there is a thriving music scene there and it isn't very far by car and
Music Reviews - Tuesday 31st January 06 - The Sesh featuring Kill Surf City, Rednite Strip, The Chase and John Copley By Michelle Dee Photographs by Darren Rogers
Last night I made my way down Princes Ave towards Linnet and Lark and a night of live music
that promised to be rather good.
By the time I arrived the newly refurbished hostelry was filling up quicker than the
5.30 tube from Fenchurch Street.
After a few local demos, including a noteworthy new one from GST Cardinals called
Dirty little, The Chase took to the stage.
They had had to
Music Reviews - Wednesday 8th March 06 - Jethro Tull at Hull City Hall By Dave Fox
In 1968 Jethro Tull's first album titled This Was first hit Britain,
and nearly 40 years later I'm buzzing my tits off at the prospect of seeing them live.
So what is it about this band that has kept them going for all this time?
Jethro Tull were the first real experimental/prog rock band to
really make their mark, but what really makes them stand out is the incredible
Music Reviews - Thursday 2nd March 06 - Mr. Mojo, Arcade and Mr Big at The Mainbrace By David Smith
Gigs were aplenty in Hull last night. With bands performing at both The Piper and The Adelphi,
I felt obliged to check out the alternative choice.
Following their highly enjoyable acoustic set at The Wellington Inn in early January,
I attended the Mainbrace pub on Beverley Road last night, hoping to be equally
impressed with Arcade's full band showing.
Unfortunately I missed
Music Reviews - Wednesday 22nd February 06 -Heat Four, Best Original Band at The Springhead By Anita Blakeston Photos By Jane Foster
Everyone anticipated a busy night. Both Steve Fulsham and Meg Williams are very
popular bands in these heats.
The Gig Shop team flew in hot from a sound engineering course in Liverpool run by
none other than 'Big Mick' Hughes who has done a massive 1340 gigs for Metallica.
('Glutton' and 'punishment' spring to mind).
Also engineers from Scissor Sisters,
Music Reviews - Saturday 25th February 06 - Dirty Dreamers, Viper 88s, They Died Too Young, When Saturn Returns and Cat - Islington Lark In The Park By Michelle Dee
A small crowd gathered outside Debenhams, the usual meeting point for these band
jaunts, on a chill Saturday morning.
Some were carrying an array of provisions for the long journey to the capital.
Our group was made up of Danny, Matt, and John Paul from The Johnsons, Me, Jo and
Rachel, Uncle Dave and Paul from the Hullucinations team, Begbie, Ash Dreamer, Darren and David.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 8th February 06 - Heat 2, Best Original Band at The Springhead By Anita Blakeston
Heat 2 - What can one say? As one partakes of post-gig port and a cigar - pphh f***'s sake what were
The Shine all about?
Whichever band you came to watch - and be fair - you couldn't miss the we're going to blow
'em out of the stadium attitude of The Shine!
Watch out the Arctic Monkeys if you've offered them a tour support!
But, back to Earth.
We do have three excellent bands to talk about and,
Music Reviews - Thursday 23rd February 06 - Fado Rock at Adelphi By Michelle Dee
On a strange winter's night I decided to drop in to Adelphi on De Grey Street in
the hope of finding some good live music.
What I found was an eclectic mix of musicians and bands.
As I walked in I found, much to my disappointment, that I'd missed Ade Webb.
He is a rather talented singer song writer whose soothing album has calmed
my nerves from time to time after a long day.