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O2 Academy Bournemouth for The Charlatans

I’m a 59 year old grey haired gig goer. I get to a lot of gigs and festivals in a variety of places.  The last five years or so it’s cranked up a notch with the help of a similarly (even more gigaholic) enthusiastic mate and my gig-loving wife.

Glasgow punk festival 2022

I thought I could leave a blog trail as I go on my gigaholic wanderings – the bands – my photos – the venues – the festivals – bits on travel and parking – the odd handy pub and all that stuff. It’s my virtual scrapbook.

With Richard Butler after a Psychedelic Furs gig

All photos are my own unless I mention otherwise. I use a Panasonic Lumix compact pocket-sized zoom mostly, a TZ90 (replacing my TZ60 in October 2022). Unobtrusive and only occasionally not permitted, and that’s where there is a no phones or cameras rule, which I always abide by. I occasionally take a better Nikon bridge camera to outdoor gigs, especially festivals so the pics there are best quality. Then there are gigs when I forget my camera, run out of battery etc. 🙄

The Prodigy – tbe late Keith Flint

My mobile phone camera is pretty bang average, on an older Samsung A6, but I do take an occasional video clip if it isn’t going to get in anyone’s way – I like a pillar or a wall behind me. In November 2022 I started to use the video function in my pocket canera – much improved quality. In Spring 2022 I started putting these clips on a YouTube channel. It saves memory on the WordPress account if nothing else and gets hundreds of views in its own right, occasionally over a thousand – Suzi Quatro was popular (14,000+). Link to my Grey-Haired Gig Goer channel.

Suzi Q at The Royal Albert Hall

The Covid pandemic hit activities hard but through my blogs you can see the various attempts to keep ‘gig-fit’ and the measures brought in during that awful period in our history – let’s hope that’s the end of that.

Keep rocking!

The Stranglers – Guildford

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Peter Hook – Victorious Festival 2021
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