It all started a few hours before I was able to leave for work, (I'm currently attending trial shifts at a Starbucks in the city centre) I got a text from a friend of mine asking whether I like Dog is Dead, it was an odd question so responded by saying that I thought they were okay. he responded by telling me that they were doing a secret gig in the bullring that he had a ticket for but couldn't make. I found this really exciting, a proper established indie band playing a secret gig in the bullring! I got my break at half 5 for half an hour because that's when he said it started. It was exactly where I expected it to be, between the bullring and the church, same place I saw Cage The Elephant play a free gig in 2009.
It was a small cordoned off section by a little van. The whole thing was an obvious promotion of a new app by the streaming service Deezer, I saw people queueing up to get in and I nearly did my self, people were being given free tote bags and from what I heard the staff saying I think they may have had T-shirts in them as well. People were being given cordless headphones, at first I thought maybe it was a live stream of a Dog is Dead gig elsewhere but I saw the band themselves hanging around. from talking to some girls in the queue what I gatherd was that its a live stream of a gig happening in front of you, so you watch the band tyet you hear them through headphones. Its a great way to promote an app but its not what I want from my live experience, I want the sweat, the banter, the interaction, the earache, the social aspect. Although when I told my work colleague about this after he thought it was a great idea.
unfortunately I didn't get to see it in the end, I didn't feel to comfortable about lying about my name to get past the guest list (It was not a ticket after all) and my shift started at 6:00 when the gig actually started. I was a bit disappointed about missing it,but then again I was also a bit disappointed that the raucous impromptu live gig I was expecting was actually a headphone streaming session. I don't mind though, I don't even like Dog is Dead that much anyway.
|I thought the guy stroking his hair was in the band, now i'm not so sure|