2010 was an eventful year, for sure. But nothing stops when a calendar gets chucked. And sure enough, 2011 was almost as busy. Gig-wise, the key feature of this year was the increased merging of my DJing with my gigging. Four times I played the role of support DJ at live music events, and hence some of these memories reflect as much my own role in the event as my ‘man in the crowd’ observed role.
One other fact – it was the third consecutive year where I attended no overseas festivals or gigs. This isn’t something I’ve given up on, it’s just I’ve had other demands on the money of late. InFest, the low-budget indoor festival in Bradford, was still an option, however.
After a promising start, 2004 sort of fizzled out live-music-wise. Into 2005, then, and time to scratch one of the biggest live music itches of them all. Back in 2000, I had tickets for an event called the ‘Lost Weekend’ with NIN headlining, a band I’d previously tried and failed to see, despite being the act that drew me to this whole dark-scene place initially. They pulled out at the last minute owing to ‘illness’ (though many believed this story was cover for some contractual/political reason), and my day-after-graduation party was cancelled. The festival went ahead, but I wasn’t interested in Ash and Groop Dogdrill (who?) and got a refund. No news of a replacement show thereafter, nor any action from the band at all, for that matter. Until now.