100 Days Project

Lu: 100 Big Days (and Nights) Out

I realised I have kept a heap of tickets to mainly music gigs & festivals over the years, as well as a lot of sports fixtures, from both here, UK and Europe. So each day there will be a photo of a ticket accompanied by a hazy memory from that gig… and a musical tip to go with it.

As I go, a playlist on Spotify called ‘100 Big Days Out’ will be built up of the tracks I single out from those gigs/artists/events. Check it out http://open.spotify.com/user/1230930937/playlist/68S65odxiGB6v7hz4exHTL

Day 1:

Sparklehorse, Union Chapel, London 1997

This is #1 because it is the first gig I went to in London, fresh off the boat from 3 months in the Middle East only two days before. My bud J calls, says “Get your butt…” to some pub in Highbury for 7pm. I had to use an A-Z to cross town from Bethnal Green… remember those? Actual books of maps! No GPS, no SMS, no bloody clue. Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous was a troubled fella - he tragically took his own life in 2010, and at this gig he had to perform on crutches having recently 'fallen asleep' after taking a load of Valium, passing out on the bathroom floor, cutting off circulation to his legs, very nearly dying. A few pints, a few fungi and a bubble machine aside, it was a stunning gig, featuring a brilliant band of multi-instrumentalists, in one of London’s most intimate venues. To cap it all off, I got tapped on the shoulder when I was at the bar by a guy, Matt, I went to Kindy with. I had been thrashing his debut Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot for nearly two years before I left  NZ, and this was a great taster of why I would come to love London. Linkous is a huge loss to music; he deserved a much bigger audience. I still find listening to Sparklehorse a bit haunting & sad - Linkous was a brilliant songwriter, confused human, and ultimately tragic soul lost to us in his prime. Listen to Sparklehorse – Homecoming Queen - Live on KCRW http://open.spotify.com/track/61KF3wOJcdFm1GZnFq01cn