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I must, surely, have used that title for a blog about a Brighton gig before, haven't I? Either way, I use it here advisedly as I did a(nother) gig in Brighton on Wednesday night, and it did indeed ROCK!

I was playing at a new night set up by Mr James Walsh, who had the cunning idea of mixing together COMEDY and MUSIC acts, and when I arrived at the venue I found James sampling some of the ALL VEGAN food that was on offer. I did the same not long after and it was BLOODY DELICIOUS I must say. The venue, The Pipeline was a PUNK pub (their Forthcoming Gigs list was FULL of GRATE Modern Punk Band Names) and ALL VEGAN, and also has a FULL BACKLINE available upstairs for bands, which means it went right to the TOP of my just created list of Places The Validators Could Play If We Ever Do That Sort Of Thing Again. It also had some GRATE alcohol free beer, which meant I could re-engage with my wily new Gig Drinking Scheme i.e. proper booze when I arrived, non-alcoholic until just before show-time, then a pint onstage and as much actual booze as I can throw down my throat before hometime. It seems to work!

The actual gig was split up into two HALVES, beginning with two COMEDIANS, Mr Simon Topping and Mrs Annabel Edmonds, both of whom were v good - it was proper COMEDY STUFF and to my surprise it totally worked in a MUSIC GIG environment i.e. without the CHAIRS Of Comedy! We then had a swift break, during which I went and hugged The Artist Formerly Known As Chris T-T who had delightfully turned up, and then it was back for part two. This kicked off with James himself - he had told me that this was his first ever actual proper gig playing songs, and INTENSELY ANNOYINGLY it was really really good. You're supposed to be RUBBISH for at LEAST the first decade of doing this sort of thing, but he was GRATE with some LOVELY singing and ace songs, including a cover of "A Box To Hide In" by Chris, which was ACE.

Then it was ME and I did THIS:

  • 20 Things To Do Before You're 30
  • Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?
  • My Boss Was In An Indie Band Once
  • Bad Back
  • I Think I Did OK
  • It's Hard To Be Hopeful
  • The Peterborough All-Saints Wide Game Team (group B)
  • It Only Works Because You're here
  • The Lesson Of The Smiths
  • Boom Shake The Room

  • I had a LOVELY time! I re-arranged the SET as I went along, as I'd originally planned something much shorter and with more GAGS in, suitable, I thought, for A Comedy Crowd. However, as it went along I realised that this was actually just A Lovely Crowd and so I put some other stuff in, notably It's Hard To Be Hopeful (even though I had made a HYPOCRITE of myself by spending most of the journey there GLUED to my phone as all the political MADNESS continued!).

    It was ACE, and then afterwards I went downstairs for more chat with Chris and James, and then a FRENZIED RUSH back up the hill where I JUST caught my train back. This got delayed so I only JUST got the last High Speed Javelin Train out of St Pancras, and arrived back in THE OLYMPICS somewhat out of breath but VERY happy with how it had gone. Gigs are GRATE!

    posted 21/10/2022 by MJ Hibbett

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