“I will remember this day for the rest of my life” Kerry Katona (on earning her Iceland role)
We know how you feel, Kerry.
Thursday the 4th saw Team Owl head up to London on a 30 seater coach, rammed with excitable music fans, shit loads of equipment, and a driver called Matt who loved Bon Jovi. The journey was fun. It was like the revisiting of our childhood years of schooltrips that were full of candy and nervous hand holding, though now replaced by necking cheap cider and awkward male moments.
London was reached along with the limits of our bladders and we scurried out in to the Old Blue Last, wondering what on earth was going to happen; four unknown bands from Bristol rocking up and playing on one of the trendiest stages in the country in front of strangers who think Bristol is a punchline.
8.45 came (well 9 actually, ta Jenner) and Velcro Hooks started to play. It was jeffing rammed (sorry you couldn’t be there Big Jeff..next time though!), and it stayed that way for the rest of the night. The rest of the bands (Spectres, Towns and The Naturals) kept the standard up and, like, totally killed it.
Was all a bit surreal really; things like this tend not to happen. Even to be asked to put this gig on felt like a bit of a step too far, pressure suckling at our nervous teats from day one..but in the end there was nowt to worry about. The crowd stayed for the duration of the night, and for the duration of all the sets; a lot of them confused as to where the hell these cheeky bell ends had descended from.
It got to half past one, and we were asked to leave, so we did…slowly. The next couple of hours were spent sitting outside a hotel, amongst more bodies than had made the journey up, sinking into the piles of equipment that we all couldn’t wait to load back onto the Bon Jovi express.
We left London at 3, and the next four hours were spent trying to regain our hearing and let what had just preceded sink in.
MASSIVE thank you’s to everyone who made it up for the journey; it felt like a real adventure…well it was an adventure really. This micro scene is the bestest micro scene since the last one.