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Live Music Meme
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gacked from missfairchild, and long long long:

What was the last concert you attended? It's festival season, so this is a bit of a pointless question. The last festival was Ely, the next is Warwick, for us. I don't tend to go to in-town gigs in summer. For one thing, most of the bands I like are doing festivals so they're not playing shows otherwise.

How many people were there?
At Ely, perhaps 1500, which feels about the right size for a small festival.

What bands have you seen in concert the most, and how many times?
I think surely the Oysterband. Perhaps thirty times? That sounds obsessive and I'm really not; but I got into them in 1990 so I've had plenty of time.


Do you have any set lists? From what bands?
No, but I quite like the people who scan them on the internet. I like knowing what the set list was so I can write about the gig if I like.

Are there any CDs in close proximity to you? Which ones?
Hmm. Tim van Eyken's "Stiffs Lovers Holymen Thieves". But basically I don't need CDs in close proximity to me because I have 18649 tracks in close proximity to me.

What band are you in the mood to see live right this second?
Something fairly chilled in a shady corner of a small festival along with a pint of real ale. Van Eyken would be good really; I remember seeing Dr Faustus one afternoon at a festival and thinking 'gosh, these lads don't set the world alight but they're fine for a hot afternoon' -- and then we saw them again in a proper gig six months later and they just blew us away.

Have you ever been on a tour bus?
Hmm. I've been in the van...

Have you ever partied with a band?
Yes. I don't think you have any idea how few fans most of the bands I like have.

How many countries have you been to concerts in?
Er, US, UK, you don't count street artists do you?

What bands did you see live the month of July?
Oh, goodness. The ones that immediately spring to mind: Shambolica, Eric Bogle, Oysterband, Johnny Dickinson, the John Dipper Band, Whapweasel, Flook, Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, Attila the Stockbroker, Blackthorn, Chumbawamba Acoustic. All festivals, see above.

What CD are you addicted to at the moment?
Really doesn't compute. Party shuffle. We are listening to a lot of Chumbawamba's "A singsong and a scrap" in the car because M likes it so.

Who is one band that you used to like, but now you can't stand?
Hmm. My tastes tend to get more inclusive, not less, and it doesn't make a lot of sense to count bands who I used to like but one of the key people left. Besides, they rarely end up in 'can't stand'; much more likely to be in 'not worth worrying about'.

Have you ever been on anyone's guest list?
Yes.

Last band person that you got a picture with?
See icon.

Do you consider yourself a groupie?
Not really but see icon

If you were to name a boy and a girl after any band.... what would you name them?
Blowzabella and Whapweasel

How old were you when you went to your first concert?
I'm not entirely sure

Who was it?
ditto

What bands haven't you seen yet that you want to see?
Horslips

Are you wearing a band shirt right now?
No.

What band do you own the most merch of?
Oysters probably, but I don't actually buy that much merch.

What song is on your myspace right now?
None. Putting songs you haven't performed on on your Myspace is naff naff naff.

Have you ever met that band?
See above

Do you ever do anything crazy at shows?
Um. No.

What are your favorite venues to go to shows at?
Scala, Bush Hall, Luminere, Borderline, Union Chapel, Ocean, Walthamstow Town Hall. Consolation prize to Shepherds Bush Empire and Albert Hall, which are the only larger venues I like much.

What band do you have the most performance pictures of?
No idea. Need a better low light camera.

Would you ever get a tattoo representing a band?
Sort of. I'm very unlikely to get a tattoo, but if I did it would be one by Ben Stone, the artist who designed the Oysterband's various celtic dogs before opening a tattoo studio.

How many concerts do you average a year?
Typically six festivals and a dozen concerts otherwise.

Upcoming shows?
Warwick, Cambridge, Cropredy festivals, then maybe Towersey if we're not too tired by then.

List every band you've EVER seen live, no matter how obscure.
Yeah right.

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List every band you've EVER seen live, no matter how obscure.
Yeah right.


This is the item that makes me think that someone under age 25 (generously) came up with these questions.

It's completely mad. I couldn't even manage 'list every band you've paid to see explicitly at a concert they were headlining not counting festivals'. Though I'd probably be a bit closer there. Add in support bands, festivals, stuff I got dragged along to by a mate, bands I heard for free, or as an incidental part of some other entertainment, all the bands that played in the pubs or the folk clubs or that I heard busking...

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