A round up of March in music
I’ve spent this evening ordering gig tickets. Maybe too many, but I put this down to making up for lost time caused by a house-moving-and-unpacking live music hiatus. Unpacking has gone something like this: “Is that a box? With things still in it? Oh well, it’s not going anywhere – is there any wine in the fridge?” But this week I’m taking a stand – I’m stopping procrastinating about everything, and only procrastinating about those things which can be legitimately avoided in the interests of having fun. Seems reasonable? I thought so. So I ended up organising my gig diary.
March (with moving house remember..) has been sparse for me live music wise, and I’ve managed to take in so far only the insanely energetic and noisy Pulled Apart By Horses at the Packhorse Pub‘s 10th Anniversary bash, and the insanely listenable and life-affirming Frank Turner at the Leeds O2 Academy. Both fabulous gigs by the way, and deserve their own entries (watch this space. Once I’ve emptied the fridge anyway).
I also may or may not go and see New Young Pony Club tomorrow [at the time of writing], as I’ve become a bit obsessed by their new album The Optimist – I was so busy listening to it in fact I forgot that there might be a live date in Leeds and only checked today when it might be. 24 hours to find some NYPC-loving friends then who don’t have lives on a Sunday evening? It’ll be fine!
Coming up at the end of March, I will sadly miss Alt Track, from Bradford, who play a free instore gig to thank fans for supporting them in a bid to get to Glastonbury (they narrowly missed out, coming 14th out of 1600+ bands in the Q Magazine competition). The Fly have described them as what would happen “if Bob Dylan and Slash went raving together” – and I see no reason to disagree – these lads have tons ofelectricity, tons of passion, and unusually for these days, ethics (check out their kit adorned with Free Tibet and Amnesty International stickers, not to mention their album, priced at pay-what-you-can-afford).
The reason I’m missing these homegrown sparkplugs then I hear you ask? I shall be at the Save BBC 6 Music Protest taking place at Broadcasting House in London, which somehow I’ve managed to volunteer to be a marshall for (it was the hi-vis vest opportunity that swung it. And the free biscuits). Biscuits aside, it promises to be a relaxed affair with rousing speakers, live busking and people passionate about music and supporting established but less commercial bands, as well as new artists. All of which makes for a more vibrant and dynamic music scene nationally, where big labels fail it and indie labels don’t get the exposure they deserve. And I get to wear fluorescent orange and guard the hobnobs!Tags: alt track, BBC 6 music, frank turner, leeds academy, music, pulled apart by horses