Well it looked as if the glorious British weather would put paid to the gig, as the heavens opened for hours in the run up to this one, but as the three Boxers left Steve Box’s house for the short walk to the Square, the rain slowed, and very shortly stopped altogether.
It was a sign I tell thee!
Any of the local festivals can be slightly difficult gigs to play, because by definition they’re always going to be attended by people who won’t know our stuff, and who would, if truth be told, rather be listening to a covers band. Having said that, there are always a few reasons why playing “It’s In The Square” is always such good fun:
- The sound guys really, really know their stuff, and manage to make us sound pretty great
- The guys with the cameras near the front of the stage always get some great photos and videos that we can link to later on
- Due to the wonderfully varied acts on the setlist, we get to hype ourselves up pre-gig by saying things like “let’s go and blow those belly dancers off of the stage”
We went on after the Radcliffe Rollers steel band but sadly, the belly dancers weren’t there, so a large part of the hilarious stage-banter that we’d rehearsed (anyone who knows us will know this isn’t true of course – we never actually rehearse) never got to see the light of day.
Anyway, the set we played went as follows, although possibly not entirely in this order:
- Waves of Temptation (Soundcheck)
- Muse Killer
- Kebab Van
- Plugging Away
- Bad Dates
- Dear Colleague
- Swords of a Thousand Men
- Paying some sort of attention
- Nodding their heads
- Shuffling their feet (if standing)
- Swaying gently in the breeze (if sitting)
- Clapping with something other than general politeness at the end
- Smiling in appreciation at the sheer majesty of the lyrics
- Swooning at the delicious harmonies on offer