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.
The unenviable task of driving us lot there and back went to Steve.
We owe him a
debt of gratitude for putting up with all the noise and raucous behaviour both ways.
The rest of the band; Keith, Baz and Chris followed in their red van with a full
kit in the back and Chris at the wheel.
Both vehicles left Hull shortly after midday and the adventure began.
We can't have driven more than ten miles before cans were popping and the noise level increased.
These trips are always fun with everyone talking at once lots of drinks being passed round and
more than a few sing songs.
There tends to be one song that gets sung repeatedly all the
way to the venue, this time it was Gina, by The Johnsons. With all the laughter
and booze flowing breaks in the journey are an unavoidable necessity.
The first one came at a Little Chef an hour after we had left Hull.
Lord knows what the diners thought of a hoarde of hip Indie kids and chicks trooping
through the restaurant whilst they were trying to eat their lunches?
Before we set off we were all surprised by the band with a free copy of their latest four track demo.
A really nice gesture guys and a great reminder of the day.
Clutching our trophies we boarded the bus once again and continued on our way.
At some point Ash must have decided he needed some cosmetic improvements;
I caught sight of him applying tan eye shadow with an oversized brush.
Dark eyeliner was also used to compliment his new look.
What is it with musicians and make up?
They just can't resist playing with it.
For a while the noise level dropped as we talked excitedly about past gigs,
new bands and caught up on all the latest gossip from the scene.
Then a worried looking Dave announced that we had better stop, rather sharpish.
This was going to prove difficult as we had just passed the last services and
the next one was some way down the road.
There was nothing for it but to find the nearest lay by and pull over.
Not one, but ten people piled out to go and water the hedges.
Poor Jo scratched her ankles on some nasty sharp branches as we looked for a
secluded spot away from the boys prying eyes.
The rest of the journey continued in the same fashion, as many of us, except
Steve of course, got steadily sloshed.
Around teatime, the Sat. Nav. on the bus indicated we were only minutes away from the venue.
Well done to Steve for steering us safely through the busy North London suburbs.
Lark in the Park is situated on Copenhagen Street in Islington.
It advertises itself as a lively music venue with a restaurant attached.
It has played host to a diverse range of artists including The Libertines,
Katie Melua and Mark Anthony from the Barha- Men.
From what I could make out the venue comprises of two main rooms the first with the stage at the far end.
The second has a serving hatch and kitchen running the length of the right
hand wall, serving a range of bar meals and snacks.
Everyone was glad to get off the bus and chill in the cool atmosphere of the pub,
whilst the band set up the kit at the far end of the room.
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.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 15th February 06 - Dazed Dakotas Double Up at Ringside By Michelle Dee
Due to some late cancellations the Dazed Dakotas were left without supporting acts tonight.
However, rather than worrying about it they turned the situation very much to their
advantage deciding to play not one but two very different sets.
The first was a selection of the songs played at the Sesh the previous night, including the
confessional DrugsRead more...
Music Reviews - Tuesday 21st February 06 - The Last Stand Feat The Future Elements and Franks Right Hand Trouser at The Sesh By Jon Durham Review Photos by Jon Durham and Cilla
Who is Frank and what does his right hand trouser have to do with anything?
It wouldn't surprise me if I wasn't the only member amongst The Sesh's audience
left feeling a little mystified by the name of tonight's support act, FRHT.
Perhaps this explains the reason why the band is currently in the process of
rethinking their name.
Having never seen or even heard of FRHT before
Music Reviews - 14th February 06 - Valentines Sesh Dazed Dakotas By Michelle Dee
Tuesday night after running around like a blue-arsed fly I finally got to the Sesh.
As ever, it was packed from the doors to the bar and getting from one to the other
was going to prove problematic.
Drink in hand I steered my way over to the right-hand side of the tiny stage
and caught up with tonight's headliners SideWinder.
Also on the bill were Tonik and new
Music Reviews - Saturday 12th February - The Modern at Sweet N Sour and gallery from Hull University 18th September 2005 by Michelle Dee
Tonight saw two very different bands playing Hull.
First was the hard fast rock n roll chant fest of The Strokes at the city hall,
second was the electro disco sounds of Mercury signed London band The Modern.
I never got to the former but I heard mixed reports about the gig.
Many said it was amazing and commented on an incredible light show, whilst others
Music Reviews - Wednesday 1st February 06 - Silver Star at Piper featuring City Ghosts, Kill Surf City, The Morphines, Thief and Black Dog Sunday By Michelle Dee
As I sit here four weeks into my three month ban from Hull's premier live music venue, I can't help wondering why I am about to write yet another of my reviews. Is it to justify the wavering of the usual door charge? Is it because I told the bands in good faith that I would?
Is it the fact that one day I hope someone of significance will finally recognise my genuine passion for
Music Reviews - Foot Loose at The Adelphi By Michelle Dee
As the lights go down in and the club fills up, relatively new band Foot Loose take to the hallowed stage.
The four-piece play a pleasing blend of U.S. styled popular rock.
They have that unmistakable jangly guitar sound which is put to good use on song Rise and Fall.
Front man has command over his voice displaying a good range and a good set of lungs.
Music Reviews - Tuesday 31st January 06 - The Sesh By DJ Mak, Kill Surf City Photos By Claire Adamson
Wow, what a night. First up, thanks to the hundreds that made it down to The Sesh last night at The Linnet. It really was a case of digging the new breed. Three fantastic bands and an amazing soloist.
First up were The Chase, who despite losing their drummer earlier in the day
due to injuries sustained in a car crash, were determined not to let anyone down.
They put together a
Music Reviews - Wed 1st February 06 - Heat 1, Best Original Band at The Springhead By Mo and Cilla Photographs By Mo
It was far too cold to go out at all. You'd have to be mad.
After a long day, all we could see was the front door closing for the last time,
kids in bed, listening to some sounds (59 Violets, usually) and sipping our way
through a bottle or two of vin rouge.
Little did we know that the effort would not be without its reward.
Sitting here at home, much later on
Music Reviews - Friday 14th October 05 - The Subways at The Asylum By Andy Tullock
Whoever said the quote best laid plans... and all that, must not only have
had a better memory then myself but also must've been under the thumb of The Man, like me.
The plans had been set in stone for The Subways gig at Asylum for well over two days,
and were looking pretty water-tight. However, when I stupidly agreed to do a job which
I fancied I could finish by
Music Reviews - Wednesday 1st February 06 - Heat 1, Best Original Band at The Springhead By Anita Blakeston
Heat 1, glad the first one's over. My nerves were ready for a rest.
What a great night. Sartorial elegance prize has to go to Nic Hales from local band
Soulflame for his delightful ethnic top, fantastic hairdo (said one fan) and his
underpants which Mr Blako described in graphic detail to the whole audience.
We love the sarcasm, keep it coming!
The evening started with a well and truly kick ass set from Immingham lads, Just:.
Music Reviews - Thursday 19th January 06 - Stripped at The Wellington Inn By David Smith
Thursday 19th January 2006 meant only one thing - the return for the highly
popular acoustic night, Stripped.
The event takes place at The Wellington Inn, just outside of the city centre,
and always attracts the attention of local music lovers.
As a relative newcomer to the area, a bit of research did no harm, and from
what popped up in the archives, the line-up did not seem to be
Music Reviews - Live Forever at The Springhead, Friday 13th January 06 By DJ Chris Plant
Live Forever are a local Oasis tribute band, playing hits from 1994 to the current album
Don't Believe The Truth.
The band have been playing in Yorkshire's top venues for the last three years, including
The Springhead, Stone Roses Bar and The KC Stadium to name but a few.
The band has a great five-man line up: -
Vocals: - Tony
Music Reviews - Christmas Eve at The Ringside - 24th December 05 By Anthony Baine Photo Gallery By Mo
Hang your heads, Hull music lovers. Christmas Eve, the only place open for live music is Ringside.
And there's nobody here. Well, perhaps I exaggerate but the turn out is shoddy.
I cannot believe that at the end of a year when so much has been printed and spoken about
this town's potential to be the next big thing in British music, on a night arranged
by Hull's leading independent
Music Reviews - The Chase, GST Cardinals and The Blackouts at the Under The Influence Xmas Show at The Adelphi - Sat 17th Dec 05 By Michelle Dee The Chase gallery by Michelle Honess
Under The Influence celebrated its Christmas bash down at the Adelphi with a
line up of rather new Hull bands them being, GST Cardinals, The Blackouts and
The Chase. The billed act, !Forward Russia! sadly cancelled so promoter
Dean Shakespeare had to make a few fast decisions to insure the show went on.
He called upon good friends GST Cardinals to open with a very welcome