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Best laid plans all spoiled by a text message received at 11.40pm and a phone that continually reminds you, all too cheerily for my liking, that HEY, YOU HAVE A MESSAGE….. HEY, YOU HAVEN’T PICKED UP YOUR MESSAGE YET…. HEY, WON’T IT BE FUN WHEN YOU PICK UP YOUR MESSAGE! This cheery chirrup is repeated every few minutes until you switch it off and whilst I’m not sure of the exact gap it was long enough to stop me nodding off again, but not quite short enough for me to stay awake to make sure that I had actually heard it the first time.

After 20 minutes of almost falling asleep I humphed, threw back the covers and staggered downstairs. A slight pause as I waited on the next gleeful YOOHOO, YOU STILL HAVE A MESSAGE TO READ!!, and having located the phone I took some pleasure in throwing it at the wall. I may even have chortled.

I plodded back upstairs and, with a quick glance at the clock as it ticked past midnight, I was back in bed and awaiting seven hours of undisturbed slumber. Bliss.

Alas my brain, having decided that I was vertical and, to all extents and purposes, technically awake, decided that now would be a good time to get some thinking done. I gently suggested that it should go and shaft itself as I was going back to sleep but my brain was determined and it took me over two hours of constant nagging to get it to realise that it was now the middle of the night and would it PLEASE SHUT UP!

I awoke, grumpy, lacking the amount of sleep I’d promised myself, and trying to figure out why my brain had been so obstinate last night when, suddenly, I realised that I’d had a call scheduled last night and completely forgotten about it. Oops.

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The Go! Team

I’m definitely getting old as my ears are still lightly ringing after a fantastic gig last night.

Met up with Sudhesh for a drink beforehand, and Alex joined us in the queue. As we entered the first support act was on, didn’t catch the name. One guy, some samples and beats… he was from Bristol.. er… the rest was kinda forgettable.

The main support act was provided by Lady Sovereign who surprised me and others (I’d imagine) by turning up with a full band and delivery a largely rock-based set – I’d been expecting a grime sound, heavy on the MCs and mixing desks. Alas the sound mix wasn’t too great and you couldn’t really make her out but, on that evidence, I’ll get hold of her album and see if the hype is justified.

And so, after trying to find some other people we were supposed to meet there (it turns out they had been in the upstairs bar all along), the lights dimmed and the assorted members of The Go! Team made their way onstage.

I was really looking forward to the gig as they’ve got a great reputation for their live act and no wonder. Two sets of drums played in turns by three drummers, one bass, two guitars, harmonica, keyboard, xylophone and a few other instruments are all bashed, twanged, blown, and general assaulted by the 6 band members, ohhh and let’s not forget the 4 backing singers. Special mention should go to the lead singer, Ninja, who keeps the crowd going and oozes energy as she pogos and dances round the stage almost constantly.

Musically the best description I’ve heard was that they make “charlie brown music”, except it’s charlie brown with a little bit of attitude. Simply put it’s a cacophony of beats, instruments and samples over some lovely upbeat melodies. This is FUN music, evidence by the fact that, independently of each other, Alex and I both said that we couldn’t remember the last time we’d spent an entire gig grinning from ear to ear (with a little booty-shakin’ as well of course).

Anyway, it was a long time coming since I first mentioned them here, and I can thoroughly recommend you catch them if they are in your area. This band will be the darlings of the festival set next year, guaranteed.

Visit the Super 8 section of their site for a couple of tracks.

UPDATE: Alex posted his review at Diskant.

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Friday night, beer, dancing = groggy head, sore legs and FUN!. Mind you that might have been something to do with the ratio of males to females (not to mention the ‘attributes’ of the females themselves…).

Also picked up some more tidbits of gossip, I would love to share them with you, but you never know who might be reading this (you know who you are!! tee hee…)

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