Summer holiday! The Great Escape kicks off in Brighton today and I'm off to see the sea with a merry band of friends, some bottles of Sainsbury's own Pimm's equivalent, 'Pitchers', a bagful of promo CDs and some business cards. That's right people, Kevin Douch has entered the dirty little world of business cards. Brace yourselves.
Unfortunately the weather forecast isn't quite so cheery this morning promising rain, rain and more rain for the next three days, but hey, there's always the 2p machines on the pier and Harry Ramsden's across the road. Oh and a few gigs too. Over the next three nights I plan to see... deep breath... Pulled Apart By Horses, The Computers, Calories, And So I Watch You From Afar, Emmy The Great, Twighlight Sad, Future of The Left, Dananananaykroyd, Cursive, Race Horses, Zach Hill, Slow Club, This City, Dinosaur Pile-Up, 4 or 5 Magicians, The Mae Shi, The Charlatans, Crystal Antlers, Ben Kweller, Mutiny On The Bounty. Crowns On The Rats Orchestra, Shapes, Blakfish, This Town Needs Guns, Sky Larkin, Fight Like Apes, Three Trapped Tigers, Johnny Foreigner, A Ghost Of A Thousand, School Of Seven Bells, Idlewild and White Denim. Phew! I'm now opening a sweepstake on how many I'll actually see.
Somewhere in the midst of that list you hopefully spotted the little BSM contingent. As detailed below, we have a free entry show (to everyone - none of this wristband crap around here) on Saturday which I'm really looking forward to, for obvious reasons. I've just been packing some CDs into a box ready to sell on the day and have also burnt 20 free, 15 track sampler CDs for the first people through the door. As is the way with these things, I've only included not one but TWO as yet un-announced new BSM bands. Intriguing, huh?
I need to finish packing my bag before I completely forget everything. Look out for updates over the weekend via Twitter (I'll try to keep them musically relevant but can't promise anything!) and will leave you with this lovely live Mutiny On The Bounty video, to get you in the mood ready for Saturday...