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On Sunday I was due to head to the South coast once more, this time heading for Brighton, but before I could do that The Dates In My Diary and I went for a) a VISIT b) a PINT, at Antic's new Leyton Technical pub in... er ... Leyton. We are BIG FANS of The Red Lion, their pub in Leytonstone, so it was good to see that this one was similar, though not QUITE as nice.

I ZOOMED off to the station and thence to Brighton, where it was COLD and also, due to an extra Cheeky Half earlier on, slightly later than I'd planned. Looking at both these factors I decided to get a TAXI to The Horse And Groom, which was a way off anyway, and had a very nice chat with the driver, agreeing about Hastings and moving on to the pros and cons of The Isle Of Wight. It was delightful!

I got to the pub to find things in FULL SWING, or as full as things CAN swing on the Sunday afternoon after an all-day drinking Saturday. Everyone looked a bit TIRED, also POORLY. It was lovely to see so many friendly and familiar faces and there was much chat, not ALL about Doctor Who, and a couple of BEERS before I strode manfully towards the stage and did THIS:
  • The Peterborough All-Saints Wide Game Team (group B)
  • My Boss Was In An Indie Band Once
  • If You're Too Turned On
  • (You Make Me Feel) Soft Rock
  • Get Over It
  • It Only Works Because You're here
  • The Lesson Of The Smiths
  • Do The Indie Kid

  • I was pleased to finish on Do The Indie Kid as I hadn't PLANNED to do that one at ALL - I do worry about doing the same set from gig to gig, so it was nice to surprise myself, even if only by doing one that wasn't on the setlist! The set itself was FULL of REMARKS and I had a THOROUGHLY lovely time doing it. I've never managed to fully bend Brighton to my WILL, but every time I've played the Horse & Groom it's been LOVELY. More please!

    After me there was a CHOIR. Last time I played there I'd supported an ORCHESTRA, this time a CHOIR - I expect there to be a chorus line of TAP DANCERS next time. There were about 40 of them, so it felt like the entire pub was turned inside out as they all walked through the room, emptying the back where they'd been stood and FILLING the stage. It was the same sort of deal as the choir The Singers In My Ensemble has been in, with a conductor at the front and four part harmonies, and was similarly lovely.

    And then it was pretty much time for me to head home, walking through a FREEZING cold Brighton, MUSING on how much fun it is to be able to go out and do this sort of thing. Gigs are FUN!

    posted 28/11/2013 by MJ Hibbett

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