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Today's gig of the past was a GRATE one at The Bull & Gate on 29 January 2005 which we, especially ME, enjoyed a LOT, as you can probably tell from the rather excitable blog what I wrote the day after. As I said last time, these videos come from the brief time when we were on the "up", getting radio play and doing gigs regularly enough to generate an ongoing AUDIENCE - this one comes from 2005, a year in which I did 47 gigs with and without the Validators, and was the start of a HECTIC decade or so when I did over 50 gigs every YEAR!

The main thing I remembered about this gig was the fact that we'd bought a DVD of it - I played The Bull & Gate loads of times, and had previously had the lighting guy tell me he could do us a proper live video for 85 quid, which seemed a LOT. However, for this one we had an audience large enough for us to actually get PAID (possibly the only time this ever happened for these sort of Bull & Gate gigs) so went for it, and I'm very glad we did! Maybe the audience size was due to the fact that we made a FLYER?

It was a wonderful night, and it's brilliant to have a recording of us playing live where it doesn't sound as Crash Bang Wallop as it usually does - we sound pretty good! There's another Validators gig to come later, but before then I'm afraid you'll have to put up with a couple of solo gigs that sound somewhat lo-fi!

posted 28/4/2021 by MJ Hibbett

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