A slightly unwanted first, this; my first (and hopefully only) gig on crutches! After doing my leg in playing football yesterday, I'm now hobbling about quite badly, but not enough to stop me getting to gigs! Ady drove down and we got there at 9 - my first ever gig at this club, a weird shaped place with an overhanging balcony, so I perched on a bar stool while the anonymous and rather grating Happy Mondays-ish support band were on.
Hobbled down the stairs for the main event though, waiting around until gone 11 for The New FADs, who eventually ambled on with an apology for their tardiness. Took a front seat view at the side of the stage as vocalist Andy and the boys launched into their best number, opener "Man Without Qualities Part One". Thence followed a brisk and exciting work-through of a varied set of their oblique, offbeat dancey agit-pop. I found it tough to stay still (and painful to move - D'oh!) as chunks of dance-shaped rock like "Big", "Bong" and "Exit Body, Exit Mind" got the joint jumping. 4 encores, including "Lions" and a rampant cover of "Purple Haze" culminated a breathless and enjoyable (despite the crutches) evening.
Note for future reference, however - don't go to the Lakota if you've got an early start the next morning; we didn't get back until after 1.15! Bah!