Best gig of 2012? It was well worth the wait.........

23rd December 2012

Maybe it was the heightened sense of DOOM... after all the end of the world had been predicted!

Or maybe it was the rarity of seeing Edith's Head on an outing? Whatever is was, there was an air of anticipation in The Fermain Tavern on Friday.

The Vale Earth Fair Collective had billed the gig as 'The End of the World'... so 'we had better make the best of it' was the attitude on the dance floor and stage!

If you follow this blog you will know that I love gig photography, even if I haven't worked out a way to make it pay yet!
I have photographed dozens of bands during 2012 from Noel Gallagher, Professor Green & Madness to Kaiser Chiefs & Macy Gray. So I'm not short of choice when it comes to selecting a favourite. I think this gig tops the lot!

You may have noticed that whilst I make occasional mention about photographic techniques and lighting I never try to review a bands performance. I'm satisfied that if I enjoy a gig, thats good enough. I leave the craft of reviewing to our local wordsmith, Tom Girard. CHECK-OUT TOM'S BLOG HERE

But this time I am moved to applaud The Deadbeats, Edith's Head and Heave for seeing off the end of the world with (in my opinion) the best gig of 2012.

Edith's Head are a band that has the talent to never play the same set twice. Their free and jazzy style is full of improv. They were welcomed... as expected... and (if it turns out to be their last gig before destruction) they made it a memorable one :-)

However the greatest praise must go to Heave. These two guys are the discovery of 2012. Steve Lynch & Neil Etasse take Grunge and Dirty to an all-time low, and I love it! In fact they are Grungier than a ........ and Dirtier than a ...... You'll have to fill the blanks in yourself. I told you I was new to this review business.

Maybe I should stick with what I know?

The masters who are Heave were inspired to play their set from the middle of the dance floor - they like to be in contact with their audience. This was an early Christmas present to this photographer. Thanks Santa.
It's good to still be alive, bring on more of the same in 2013 please :-)
YOU LIKE IT WITH GRUNGE... CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF HEAVE
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HOW ABOUT A BIT OF JAZZ & BLUES... THAT'LL BE EDITH'S HEAD. CLICK HERE FOR PICS
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OR HOW ABOUT THE DEADBEATS... CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS