Paul Heaton live in Birmingham – on his own at this one

This handily timed, well-priced gig gave me a chance to take the natural next step to seeing The Housemartins and The Beautiful South. No Jackie Abbott tonight due to illness but Heaton carried on regardless.

Bob Dylan – live in Bournemouth, England

At fairly short notice I was amazed to see that Bob Dylan was coming to Bournemouth – I had to buy a ticket – sat in the BIC with Bob onstage and it’s still hard to believe he’s here.

The Damned – live in Hammersmith

The Damned original line up gather in Hammersmith for two nights of gritty punk nostalgia. The grey-haired gig goer returns to see them in Hammersmith after 42 years….wearing the same badge.

Deep Purple – live in Birmingham

My gig going tonight strays into the traditional heavy rock scene – never thought when I was a dismissive punk influenced youth that one day I would be at a Deep Purple gig, lapping up Smoke on the Water along with the hairies.