Category Archives: Gigs

Cheer Up! It’s B&G day!

Hello, Hello, Hello!
Today I’ve got the inspiration! Today it won’t be another “I’ll write some stuff tomorrow” kind of day! Today is (after three long months!) B&G day!!!
How’s everybody doing? I hope you’re enjoying this stunning British Summertime as much as I do… #KillMeNow

But let’s not complain about the weather (as it is just the effing weather) – Let me tell you instead what happened in the B&G world since we last spoke:

  • B&G suffered the Brexit quite a lot. We are very offended and we’re now thinking on leaving the London HQ to move somewhere else. Siberia maybe. Or the Mali desert. Once the decision is made, we will let you know!
  • B&G appeared to both Isle of Wight and Glastonbury festivals!
  • B&G had the pleasure to shake hands with Henry Rollins from Black Flag and Tim Commerford from RATM.
  • B&G won’t be B&G without food in abundance; eating like there’s no tomorrow and there’s no today is our motto, so we’ll surely talk a little bit about what appeared in the menu during these three months of silence.

Let’s start from the political side of things…

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Really? Do you really want that? Come on guys… Just look at these two pricks up here! Are words really needed? All is f+++ed up at the moment and me writing about Brexit & ignorance attached to it won’t certainly change things.

What about some music stuff? We all love music! And Glastonbury! And being very excited to tell people we’ve been there and how great it was! And how we’re looking forward to get tickets for next year (even before the damn thing has started)! And to bitch about how cool is this and how awesome is that all over Facebook just to make jealous who couldn’t get a ticket and to piss well off who could not give a flying F++K about Glasto!


I’m still shocked about the quantify of mud and how many times I got stuck into it to realise if I enjoyed the Worthy Farm experience this year or if I simply didn’t have the best of times. I loved the music though, as you normally do when some great bands are involved – Here’s my top 3:
1. LCD Soundsystem
2. Kurt Vile
3. PJ Harvey

 

I don’t have a top 3 for the Isle of Wight festival – Although I was amazed by YAK at the Jack Daniels stage and I was VERY impressed by Richard Ashcroft and his band rocking the main stage on the Saturday afternoon (just before The Who, which I found so bloody boring). I also played with my band for the second year in a row – We went out as a duo this time, we had a blast and, just to make the whole thing unforgettable, we had a tent full of people watching us!!

 

And what to say about Iggy Pop and his Post Pop Depression tour? Wow! I’m still speechless! Just to give you an idea: Take Iggy’s never-ending energy > add to it the quality/music intelligence/coolness of Josh Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen and Dean Fertita from QOTSA > ask Matt Sweeney to play some grooves on the bass guitar and Matt Helders from Arctic Monkeys to smash it on drums > place everything inside a packed Royal Albert Hall for a couple of hours and… KABOOOOM! THE U-N-B-E-L-I-E-V-A-B-L-E SHOW is served!

Even a slightly crippled Henry Rollins (which I’ve met briefly before the show) danced during the entire set!

 

Last but not least: Tim Commerford from Rage Against The Machine and his new side project Wakrat – They’re a powerful trio with some great bass lines combined perfectly with some serious drumming and some loud and distorted guitar riffs! Zack de la Rocha on vocals would make a huge difference, but I’ll have to say Tim is actually a pretty good singer!

 

That’s it for now B&G friends/amici/amigos/amis. We love you all so much! Just to give you an idea we love you as much as we love food… And, even if in this post we mainly talked about music, you know we do love food a lot… And we also love A LOT of food (obviously)! We believe these are some pretty good reasons to keep following us here on WordPress and on Instagram, where you’ll be able to see in more details where and how our diet keeps constantly failing.

Hasta la proxima X

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Arrows of Time + Nenno Pizza, Ethiopian feast and Kleftiko experts

Ladies and Germs,

Good to be back writing to y’all!

I haven’t being a great food photographer recently but, as far as I know, food is mainly made to be eaten and the fact that I’m still quite chubby (and lovely, of course!) kinda tells ya that I failed one more time with my diet plans!

Anyways… I’ve visited some great food spots recently and these three are definitely worth a mention on B&G:

  • Kokeb (Ethiopian – London, N7 8XF): It was my first experience with Ethiopian cuisine and GOD it was good! The portions were big, the food was tasty, made with fresh ingredients and made to be eaten with your hands. On top of that, the lovely lady that owns the place doesn’t just makes the orders for her guests, but also allows them to get fresh beers from the bar whenever they’re thirsty. 10/10 to this tiny ghetto gem!

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  • Nenno (Italian – London, N1 9DU): Sardinian restaurant with huge pizzas and great seafood! The manager told me that the food selection is changing in winter and that dishes like wild boar stew and lamb cooked in the wooden oven will be added to the menu. 8/10 and worth another try, Fo Shizzle!
  • Andy’s Taverna (Greek – London, NW1 0AG): Walking distance from where I live, this Greek restaurant operates in Camden Town since quite a long time and it never disappointed me! Favourite dishes: Kleftiko, Moussakà and Loukaniko. 8/10 every time I visited.

What I really want to talk about (and what’s keeping me really busy at the moment) is my band, which is called Arrows of Time. We’ve recorded a new EP down in sunny Italy this summer, done a pretty badass photo-shoot (courtesy of Tim Charles – see below) and played two shows at the Indigo O2 (2500 capacity) supporting Level 42  just last weekend.

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We also have a new video coming out soon and this is the teaser:

If you’d like to receive a signed copy of our upcoming 2nd EP please get in touch via Facebook or Twitter! You just need to tell us how much you love Bibs & Gigs and how cool you think AoT songs are. Simple as that!

Also, if you’re around London, these are our next shows:

  • Thursday 24th September – Fiddler’s Elbow (Camden Town)
  • Thursday 1st October – EP RELEASE PARTY @ Flaxon Ptooch Salon & Gallery (Kentish Town)
  • Friday 2oth November – T. Chances (Tottenham)
  • Friday 11th December – The Garage with Strange Planes & Golden Legacy (Highbury)

Have a great weekend, possibly full of food and music.

F.

An extraordinary evening with the Mad Caddies..

.. that started with a Chilango burrito, some beers and a quick chat with Sascha (guitar) and Ed (trombone) from the band just before the show. We got talking about when I arrived late to their gig in Milan in 2003 and we ended up playing the dices and getting drunk, then, as soon as me and my friends got in, we found the perfect spot to watch the great performance they put together, just in-between the bar and the stage.

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Pulled pork burrito at Chilango

It’s impossible to fully describe how I felt, but I can promise you that when they played Macho Nachos, Road Rash and Leavin’ I was completely taken back  to the late nineties/early noughties, when it was all about skateboarding (or at least trying to) and Punk Rock music.

Needless to say that I was crying a little bit during that trip down memory lane, but y’all know how soft I am.

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Last night the boys from Santa Barbara were absolutely impeccable, and since they started 20 years ago they’ve only got better and better, especially live. Chuck’s voice is still amazing, Dustin smashed it at the keyboards, Graham and Todd did the same on the bass and on the drums, Sascha is still looking like a kid but he now plays like a pro, and Eddie the Sexy-Mexi wasn’t just epic at the trombone, but he also managed to jump all over the stage for the entire show and play the last song from the bar just behind where we were standing. S-U-P-E-R-B!!!!

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Unfortunately Keith, Caddies’ trumpet player since they started back in 1995, is on tour with Mariachi El Bronx, so wasn’t there to enjoy the party. I’m pretty sure he’s still having a good time though.

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Dear Mad Caddies, thanks a lot for being the soundtrack of my youth and for making feel like a kid again during your show yesterday. Funny enough it happened to be just 5 days before my 30th birthday, so I’ll take it as a pretty cool present.

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One more post before Xmas amigos, and I promise it won’t be about music this time.

Take’er easy dudes…. I know you will.

Truckfighters, Tinariwen and Jack White

The past week was again full of live music excitement..

Last Friday Truckfighters played at the O2 Academy in Islington and, even with a pretty fucking late arrival (AGAIN!!),  me and Cozza managed to see them performing the last 4 songs..

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Jesus Christ I love these guys so much! And I truly love Desert Cruiser; they finish all their gigs with that song, with everyone in the house singing along, even the sweaty walls!

Sorry boys, next time I’ll try to drink less beers prior to the show and rock up on time.

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Talking about desert, Tinariwen (which in the Tamasheq language literally means ‘deserts’) and their West African guitar-driven sound, rocked the Roundhouse the following Sunday.

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Imagine being stuck in a big tent in the middle of the Sahara Desert with a group of local musicians, where the only thing that you can do, apart from asking for more tea, is listening to the music they are playing.. Well, that is the best explanation that I can give you about the atmosphere that these northern Malian rock rebels created during the gig, apart from beer and cider served instead of the tea.

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I discovered these guys this summer through my girlfriend’s dad Damian, the coolest 70 years old dude that I know, and since then I got addicted to their sound. If you still don’t know them then you should.

Not the best video quality, but will surely give you an idea..

Wednesday was the turn of Jack White at the O2 Arena..

I’m not a big fan of the Millennium Dome in all honesty, as I prefer more intimate gigs, but I had this thing in my head about seeing crazy Jack live that made me not care too much about the location.. Plus I got the tickets for my birthday (thanks Lucy) so why not.

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I much appreciated the fact that on top of White’s solo stuff (Freedom at 21 & Lazaretto) some great tunes by The White Stripes (Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground, Fell in Love With a Girl, Astro & Hotel Yorba) and The Raconteurs (Top Yourself & Steady As She Goes) were also played, but unfortunately at the end of the show I wasn’t as impressed as I though I would be.

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Maybe it was just the place, or Jack not being great in communicating with the crowd, or some of the musicians playing not matching at all that type of music, or maybe my expectations for this gig were too big, who knows? What I do know is that for the first time in my life I left a concert before the last song had been played, and that should explain everything.

Next gig will be Mad Caddies at the little O2 in Islington, the perfect band to play out the year..

Ciao B&G lovers, have a great weekend!

Four gigs in a week – Part 2: Death From Above 1979 + Brant Bjork

We have all been there at some point: One of your favourite bands have just announced that they will be playing a show in London in a couple of months and tickets will be available online the following morning at 9am… You get very excited, you let all your friends know, you set up the alarm ridiculously early and for once you rock up at the office on time…

You prepared everything: The card number is copied and ready to be pasted in the appropriate box, you already had 5 coffees and that makes you look like you’ve been out all night on the booze, you open the webpage 5 minutes earlier feeling really clever compared to all the other idiots that are surely still sleeping, and then… and then something goes wrong…

.. The page is really slow and when it comes back to life it tells that you are number 875 in the queue. You refresh, and refresh, and swear in all the possible languages against all the Saints from above, then you refresh again, then a “little” punch hits either the desk or the laptop, you refresh one more time… And then it’s over… Sold Out in less than 3 minutes!

And that’s what happened to me when I tried to get tickets for Death From Above 1979 at the Electric Ballroom..

The goddamned tickets disappeared within 5 minutes of appearing online.. Huge disappointment and hundreds of thousands of unkind words towards all of the Last Supper attendees.

Luckily my friend Cozza is a living legend and somehow he managed to get me a 20 bucks ticket a couple of hours before gig, completely erasing my plans for a quiet and cozy Monday night at home.

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A lot of beers were involved, before, during and after the show, so I don’t remember a lot of details. All I know is that the wall of sound that these 2 fellas from Canada created was like a punch in the face! What an epic gig, and what a tremendous atmosphere!

Right On Frankenstein!Virgins and Cheap Talk (my 3 favourite tracks from their monumental latest release The Physical World) played at the very beginning of the show not just gave a strong shake to all the souls filling the Ballroom, but also made me and my friends going crazy with the bar orders..

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I’m not saying that it was a bad idea, but unfortunately the whole “drinking-like-idiots-shenanigans” made me forget about the rest of the show. As said, it was a great fucking gig, and sometimes when you’re having fun, details are not really necessary.

 


Not even the time to recover from a terrible two day hangover and Brant Bjork played The Garage just outside Highbury and Islington station.

Impossible not to drink a couple of lagers when BB was on stage, but this time me and Cozza behaved like if we were invited for a 5pm tea at Buckingham Palace, and no crazy shit happened before/during/after the show.

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Even if he’s a drummer by nature (Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Vista Chino) it didn’t surprise me seeing him being such a great front-man.

Both guitar riffs and vocals have that touch of desert sound that makes you want to be at the wheel of a really old Chevrolet El Camino, driving without destination through the Sky Valley.

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The good thing about The Garage is that it never gets really full and you can easily wander around the venue without getting crazy (I remember being able to walk from the bar to the toilet in less than 20 seconds during a Franz Ferdinand gig).

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Not much sing-along on my side, as I concentrating more on the music and on that type of “being stoned” kinda feeling created by the four dudes on stage. They played for 90 minutes more or less, without a single dull or boring moments.

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If you are into Low Desert Punk you’ll love this song..


Next gigs on the diary:

Friday 14th November – Truckfighters @ the O2 Academy in Islington

Sunday 16th November – Tinariwen @ the Roundhouse

Wednesday 19th November – Jack White @ the O2 Arena

YEAH!

 

Four gigs in a week – Part 1: The Lawrence Arms + Fat Freddy’s Drop

.. The only disappointment in going to see 4 gigs in a week is the fact that the budget for food is very very tight, like 50p late evening deals on Waitrose’s sandwiches just before the show, or a big plate of pasta with whatever-is-in-the-cupboard type of sauce when you come back home drunk as a skunk right after it.

But for some Rock ‘n’ Roll I reckon is a pretty fair price to pay.

It all started last Wednesday with The Lawrence Arms @ the O2 Academy in Islington.

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No one wanted to come so I bought the ticket online at 4pm on the very same day (pretty risky to do that for a London gig), cooked some dinner, jumped on my Vespa and boom, here I am under the stage singing out loud old timers like The Devil’s Takin’ Names, Great Lakes/Great Escapes, Like a Record Player, Quincentuple Your Money, 100 Resolutions and new great songs like Seventeener and You Are Here from their last album Metropole.

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Chris (guitar) and Neil (drums)

I love these guys! The mix of melancholic lyrics and constant drunkenness makes the Chicago trio one of the best Punk Rock bands around, since 1999!

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Brendan Kelly (bass)

Last time I saw them was in 2010. Same place, same feelings during the show and a lot of beers shared with my best mate Alessandro. Since then he got married and he’s now father of a beautiful girl called Chiara. And what about me? No wife and no kids, but I’m still pretty good on getting drunk on a regular basis.

Even if they didn’t play it this song is still one of my favourite..

Starring: Cocky Balboa


Saturday was the turn of Fat Freddy’s Drop @ Ally Pally..

Mr Scruff was opening… But we missed him (insert Sad Face here)! However I had the pleasure to see him earlier this  year at Koko’s and God he was good! If you don’t know him go check it out!

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Quick watered down beer with an extraordinary taste of piss, quick look at the toilets just to realise that I’m not in the mood to queue for 45 minutes just to get rid of some liquids and then lights went down and the Kiwis appeared on stage, making the whole crowd go bananas!!

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Just to give you a bit of knowledge, the Wellington music collective started back in 2005, when they released their first studio album called Based on a true story. The album went gold on its first day. Recorded in a basement studio in the home of one of the band members, it was released on the band’s own label, The Drop. It was the first independently distributed album to hit number one on the New Zealand album charts. Dr. Boondigga & The Big BW came next, followed by their latest masterpiece Blackbird.

And the Ally pally night was the perfect occasion for Joe Dukie and his gang to play some great songs from this new  fabulous album, Mother Mother and Silver and Gold for example, with the addition of old tunes like This Room and the mind-blowing cover of Waiting in Vain by Bob Marley.

One hour and forty minutes of greatness! No pictures and zero trips to the bar, just music, good vibes and the entertaining crazy little dances of sweaty pants Hopepa, Fat Freddy’s trombone player. What a dude!

Click here for some pics, click play on the video below for some beats..

Stay tuned for Part 2!

Beck @ Roundhouse (iTunes Festival) – 2nd September 2014

I have to admit that coming back to London after 3 weeks in the Philippines (click here if you missed the last post about my adventures over there) wasn’t too bad..

And that joy about returning was not caused by the clouds over Heathrow Airport when we landed, neither by the pile of bullshit that I got on Monday morning at the office; it all came from 2 sexy tickets that I won for Beck at the iTunes Festival!!

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I’ve fucking loved Beck since the tender age of 16. His ways of experimenting through music are simply marvellous and you never know what to expect in his next album. On top of that he’s a really good guitar player, he’s got a great voice and on stage he’s a crazy motherfucker.

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I didn’t take many pictures during the show, not just because I hate iPhones and tablets at gigs, but also because it was one of the best live performances I’ve seen in ages and I didn’t want to miss a single second of it, at a point of almost peeing my pants on more than one occasion…

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As you can see from the above setlist, Beck and his impeccable musician fellas played all the hits (when they came back and ‘Sexx Laws‘ started the crowd went nuts!), ending up the show with the classic ‘Where It’s At’, made even more awesome by the addition of ‘Miss You’ (Rolling Stones) and ‘Do Ya Think I’m sexy (Rod Stewart) snippets.

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I’ve also applied for Elbow and Gregory Porter but I wasn’t blessed by the Lord (or by Steve Jobs) for those ones, and that was unfortunate and disappointing.

What about you B&G lovers? Any lucky iTunes festival stories or will you need to wait for next year’s “apply to win” shenanigans?


Bibs&Tips: Next time you go to an event around that area make sure you stop at Thanh Binh for some dinner before the show. It’s one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in London and it’s located in front of the Camden Stables Market main doors, 5 minutes walking from the Roundhouse.

Fucked Up @ La Scala – 18th June 2014

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If you spend a night in a sweaty mosh pit at a hardcore punk show you have to bare in mind that the next day in the office will suck big fucking time! And those suicidal tendencies I’m having this morning are not because of the bruises all over my body…. It’s all caused by the fact that punk rock and hardcore punk shows are making me feel so ALIVE, bringing back beautiful memories of my early 20’s, when music wasn’t as mainstream as today and everything related to it was more romantic.

No Spotify, no YouTube, sometimes not even the Internet. Just Compact Discs and Cassettes. I still possess the glorious one that introduced me to this world: Straight Ahead by Pennywise on side A and Ballads from the Revolution by Good Riddance on side B.

Also going to gigs was much more fun: you firstly had to find the money, then a car, then a friend keen to drive until Milano, Genova or Torino, then a little shop to buy beers and then, most difficult part, the venue!

I think we reached the bottom of the barrel when we got lost on our way to Fat Wreck Tour in 2003. When we got there the gig was over, the fans have left and the only people in the venue were the barman of a deserted bar and some Mad Caddies and Lawrence Arms members playing dices. They obviously laughed at us, but just before the sadness in our faces was about to turn into tears, they invited us to their table and we spent the entire night up to no good with our new friends.

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Time to leave Memory Lane now and start talking about these Fucked Up Canadians and the immense gig they played yesterday.

 

Damian Abraham and co. had the brilliant idea to start the show with Echo Boomer, the opening track of their new album Glass Boys (Matador Records) followed by Queen of Hearts. I’m not complaining about that, it was the best start they could have possibly done, but I’m not exaggerating in saying that the floor almost collapsed.

The rest of the night was all about mosh pit, sweat, crowd surfing, beers and great songs like Black Albino Bones, The Other Side, Led by Hand, Sun Glass and Paper the House.

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I need to mention as well the fact that the singer Damian was never on stage! That dude can’t stay away from the action and from the love of his fans to a point that he spent the entire time in the middle of us, hugging everyone and smiling like a little child when people were kissing his bald head.

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I also managed to give him a big hug when the concert was over and you can really tell there’s nothing fake in that incredible human being!!

Great night, Great show, Great bunch of Fucked Up people!


Bibs&Tips: The Kings Cross Honest Burgers branch is literally 45 seconds walking distance (Angel direction) from La Scala… and we all know how good their burgers are!

Seasick Steve @ Royal Albert Hall – 23rd May 2014

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Random horny woman in the crowd: “Steve, I love you!”

Steven: “Great! What’s your number?”

That’s what you get from a down-to-earth “Walkin Man” like Seasick Steve!

You get that and an incredible show, where everything is 100% REAL! From the guitars made of hubcaps, cigar boxes, cans of beer, Christmas decorations and broomsticks, to the litres of red wine drank on stage by the Californian blues man and his drummer Dan Magnusson.

Unforgettable were also the lovely breasts of the super-talented violinist and the tears of joy of both musicians at the end of the gig, when they realised that everyone was clapping, shouting and going crazy for the tremendous show they had put together.

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The entire event was more than a concert, it was a party! Creating a unique atmosphere and vibe that invigorated even one of the most classical of venues, the Royal Albert Hall.
A mixture of acoustic songs, dirty blues, Rock&Roll, rough sounds but also mellow ones when the violinist was on stage.

Steven and his friends played for over 2 hours and totally rocked the FUCK out of the place, absolutely deserving an incredibly warm crowd and a final standing ovation.

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“Hobos are people who move around looking for work, tramps are people who move around but don’t look for work, and bums are people who don’t move and don’t work. I’ve been all three” – Seasick Steve


Bibs&Tips: If you have time either before or after an event at the Royal Albert Hall you should head to Macellaio RC for some great Gnocchi al Pesto or a big juicy steak.

Buon Appetito!

What’s that “Gigs section” all about?

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Just to clarify: Bibs = food. Mainly around London, as it’s the beautiful city where I am living at the moment. And Gigs, mainly because I love Live Music as much as I love my Nonna’s Lasagna, beers, colourful sunsets, big Loblollies and the Stay Puft dude from Ghostbusters!

What you won’t find in the Gigs section is:

  • Negative reviews. And the same rule applies to the bibs one: If I don’t like it, I am not going to talk about it.
  • A Justin Bieber’s gig review.
  • Professional pictures – For 3 simple reasons: 1 – I am not a professional photographer; 2 – I rather use my hands to hold beers (even if a fiver for a pint served in a plastic glass is an absolute robbery); 3 – Taking thousands of pictures (which is the new hipster thing), as it is probably the rudest behaviour you can find during a concert. Even worse than nudity!
  • Professional reviews: Because they are so fucking boring!
  • The entire set list, unless I’m lucky enough to grab one directly from the band, or get invited (really unlikely) to an after show interview.

What you’ll be amazed to find is:

  • Fun stories: Not a lot of things in life are better than a night out to a gig with your mates! What you’ll get is not just my feelings about the event but also what I am able to read in other people faces, especially if they’re either drunk or high.
  • Shitty pictures and shittier videos.
  • Some rude language and several synonyms of the word Boobs (like Loblollies for example).
  • Some tips about the venues’ surrounding area in terms of food and drinks: Basically, if there are nice restaurants and cool pubs down the corner from the gig’s venue I’ll let you know about it. And I’ll also try to link some of the gigs reviews with the appropriate bibs ones.

Now, it’s Friday, and the sun is shining over London…. Let’s create the right atmosphere for the upcoming weekend….