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24 June 2008 @ 07:37 pm
Bam-Bammed Again! :) - Or Blue Gillespie in their home town  
Yay! TJs! A day or two late, but that’s due to being completely knackered – I’m so glad I took Monday morning off.

Ok, to go back to the beginning. Left my b&b about 5.00pm to meet gwene, who was driving from Paris, overnight, from her mate’s wedding (!). I got there about five minutes early. Luckily TJs in Newport is a lot easier to find than Orgee was, although in a dodgier area. There was a blacked-out windowed façade and a scruffy door that opened into cavernous darkness. I popped my head round to discover an older bloke, who I’ve seen before, who I think is a relative of Gareth’s, and Gemma, Gareth’s girlfriend. I said a flustered hello or two, and fled sheepishly, since they were obviously nowhere near opening yet!

So then I lurked further down the street, half in an alcove, because the street was completely deserted, it being a Sunday (actually the whole of Newport appears to be a howling wilderness on a Sunday :) feeling very conspicuous due to the aforementioned emptiness.

Then Gareth appears from the other end of the street and walks into TJs, he sees me, and we do that little acknowledging wave thing people do in passing when you’re both too far away to say hi, and then he disappears inside. That was nice. But then he immediately comes back out again, and shouts, “Hey, what are you doing, are you ok?” or words to that effect, with a huge smile. I may have gone a little melty. I know I was flustered again, and wibbled that I was fine, I was just waiting to meet a friend. Gareth disappears, leaving me a happy wreck. I don’t talk about it much, but he does have that effect.

The reason I mention this in so much detail, really, is that it bears out a theory of mine. Obviously it was a tiny incident that means a lot to me, but it also illustrates Gareth’s shyness around too many people. Because this was happy smiling normal Gareth, and for the rest of the evening we had unsmiling frowning grumpy Gareth. Once I met with gwene and absinthefairy88 and all the other fangirls, and the queue started to form, every time Gareth walked past he had his hoodie up, and no smile to be seen. His levels of comfort certainly seem to be better the less people there are, which given he could do with people to support the band, is a bit of a shame, poor love.

EDIT: gwene reckons she heard Spencer discussing problems with the bands in the run up to doors opening, which is why we went in late, and might also explain things!

Anyway. Back to the report. We waited for the doors to open about 7.00, and got food from a kebab shop and stuff while we were waiting, and there was much fangirl chat. The doors eventually opened at 8.00 – typical :) TJs is quite a famous live music venue, and if the posters on the wall was anything to go by, it’s certainly seen it’s share of big names playing there. The toilets are also apparently famous, if you’re local. I found it ironic that the portaloos in Bailey Park were nicer!

The first band was The Death of Her Money, who were thrash metal/death metal-y, I think. Admittedly, I was at the barrier at the front, so quite close to the speakers, but I was deaf in two songs :) They played very well, but were not my kind of music, I have to admit. Spencer (we love Spencer!) who’d organised the whole thing, asked me later what I thought, and I had to prevaricate. Oh dear!

Then Disgracelands came on, and blew everyone off the stage, as usual. I don’t even like drum&bass, and I think they’re fantastic! They are so much better live, than on their MySpace page, for example. gwene wanted to get her CD signed so afterwards we chased around after Nic and the boys – they seemed a bit bemused we wanted autographs – I think they’ll have to get used to it!

Then Sons of Thunder came on, and we loved them! Very heavy rock, with a lyrical undertone, much more my thing – me, gwene and absinthefairy88 all bought their CD. Then we decided, why not – what the hell – so we got their autographs too :) The keyboardist, in particular, mmm. What can I say? Very pretty!

Then, of course, there was Blue Gillespie. Yay! Gareth was in a cut off black shirt, which is a new look for him, and although I love the little strip of belly his t-shirts tend to show, I must admit the cut off shirt does show off the fact he’s been working out rather well :) Of course, they were fantastic as ever, but we were being spurred into ever greater transports because there were some guys making a film. We talked to them afterwards, and they’re mates of Gareth’s, and their footage should be up on dailymotion.com in another day or two.

My other small personal squee of the evening was that TJs was the second time I’ve been bam-bammed! And he’d been bamming the other side of the stage first and had to swing right round to bam-bam me, and then immediately turned to the other side again, so I had Gareth swinging round just for me and back again. I know, a small thing, but precious! :)

Then, afterwards we spilled out into the cool night air, on a high, and I was pretty hyper. The film-makers wanted opinion stuff, our reactions to the gig etc. and I got a bit carried away... I think gwene and absinthefairy88 may want to kill me, since I got them both interviewed. And Mandy as well! And... Well, I hope the footage isn’t going to be too embarrassing *shuffles feet nervously* It’s entirely my own fault too, I was completely high on the gig, but sober otherwise.

It was 2.00am by this time, and we were the last. The van had been packed, but the lads hadn’t quite gone yet. But I hate being the final person to go, so I made myself wander. It was a very good night, but it’s the last Blue Gillespie gig for a while, so there was some sadness too.

I know I’ll see most of the mates I’ve made at the Hub, but it does seem a long time away! Roll on the Hub!
absinthefairy88absinthefairy88 on June 24th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
My revenge will depend on the footage........
Valderys: Captain John - did I mention I'm armed?valderys on June 24th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
Hee... We'll wait and see, I'm sure it will be fine!
absinthefairy88absinthefairy88 on July 3rd, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Right then - I have been on Daily Motion (I just remembered about those guys filming it), typed in every search thing I could think of for the Longest Day and I got nothing.

Have you been able to find anything cos I want to see it!
summerstreesummerstree on June 24th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
My lord woman! I did not realise the level of fandom going on here :)

I was just wondering if you have seen Dr Who from Sat yet? (OK stupid question) If you have, I was wondering if you had been savaged by a plot bunny yet?

Valderys: Lifeon Mars - Trust the Gene Genievalderys on June 24th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
Umm. Yeah :) To be honest, it's only a time intensive part of the hobby - comparatively going to 3 gigs is probably only as expensive as one properly expensive convention like the Wolf SGA ones, so I'm really being frugal... :) And once I started going, I didn't want to miss one - I know it's silly, because it's not like he'd notice I'm not there, but still, it's a point of principal now, you know?

Well, it depends what you mean? Plot bunnies in what way - I did squeak and bounce up and down going 'OMG daleks in the hub, daleks in the hub!' Does that count? :)
summerstreesummerstree on June 25th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)
Awww - I'm glad you're having fun!

As for plot bunnies.....

Well two go bam bam or rather boom boom with a noble sacrifice on the soltarian ship, last thoughts etc.

Valderys: Ianto - One of those daysvalderys on June 25th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
Well, it had occurred to me that writing Jack's adventures on Soltara might be interesting, I have to say, while he's in mourning...
Kat: Pellewkillalla on June 24th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
I think you should have stayed at TJ's and politely offered to assist them with setup or something - it would have been a great chance to chat and network or fangirl. But you know that's my style, and I'm not in the same fandoms as you, so the etiquitte might be different.
Valderys: Ianto - One of those daysvalderys on June 24th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
But I really was waiting for gwene - I think she'd have missed me if I'd been inside. And really, Gemma gets terribly shy and odd around fangirls, I didn't want to make her uncomfortable by being too pushy.
Nicolebandgeek01 on June 24th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Good report :)

Valderys: Captain Jack - Cardiff again.  Woo.valderys on June 24th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
Cheers, m'dear!
Egwene: bh - cheersgwene on June 24th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
My revenge will totally depend if I end up on that video or not... In retrospect, I sounded so stupid... OMG! *hides* I was a bit drunk too so that didn't help a bit.

Great report!

For the record, I think Gareth's grumpiness before the gig started had more to do with problems they were having with the bands. Spencer mentioned something in passing, saying that was why they were opening later than planned. I didn't dare ask what kind of problems though. Or you could be right. I don't know.

EDIT: and that's the Hub, not the Rift, which was two months ago. You keep mixing those two up for some reason ;)

Edited at 2008-06-24 10:50 pm (UTC)
Valderys: Ianto with gunvalderys on June 25th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
Changed! Hey! I was tired! :)

And I didn't know about the problems with the band thing - that totally explains that one, although he was still less relaxed than he had been the day before, I may stick that in in the report, if that is ok?
Egwene: cat - izdedgwene on June 25th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Am just amused you keep mixing those events up ;)

Feel free to stick that in your report, although I don't know if it was with the bands, or the equipment or... Spencer was more than vague and I didn't ask.

From the pics I've seen, he looked way more relaxed the day before, maybe because it was a slightly less "professional" setting? I don't know. But I'm still gutted I missed it, esp since we never got a chance to talk to him at all... apparently some people have no respect for personal boundaries and kept asking him for pictures and autos... I never even got the chance to say hi. He must think I'm the rudest French person ever!
fairyd123: Wedding Fairyfairyd123 on June 26th, 2008 09:53 am (UTC)
I think the Abergavenny gig was just a bit of a fun jaunt for him - he knew the audience that was stood in that park was there purely to see them and would be suitably appreciative. So he could relax a bit.

At the TJs gig he was on the bill with a group of extremely good bands and I think he got quite nervous which would account for him sticking to his comfort zone of friends and family and looking a wee bit worried all night.
fairyd123: Iantofairyd123 on June 25th, 2008 09:28 am (UTC)
Gareth was fine on Sunday night. I think the hoodie, slouching, mean and moody look is just him in his natural element. He spent most of the evening stood near our little group with Gemma and his family and he seemed to be having a great time just chilling out and enjoying the bands. There were a couple of people who were as horribly intrusive as ever (bothering Gemma and asking her for photos, wandering into the very obviously cordoned off area for the bands which he kicked them out of) but otherwise he seemed quite chilled.
Valderys: Ianto with gunvalderys on June 25th, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC)
Excellent! I was over the other side for most of the gig, so it was harder for me to tell. It also turns out that there were some problems with the band which is why we were late going in, so that might have had something to do with it too.

I suppose I noticed it and worried because he was so much more relaxed in the pub the day before... Silly of me, really! :)
kingbantam: GDL grungekingbantam on June 25th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
He seemed quite smiley when he was by us and quite happy. I think he was just focused and as fairy said, a bit irritated about the Ianto fans pestering his GF.

Different sort of gig to the festival too I guess.
Valderys: Ianto -  wedding fairyvalderys on June 26th, 2008 10:40 am (UTC)
Absolutely! I'm so glad I was there for both days, they were so very different! And I do know that Gemma gets terribly put off by Gareth's fangirls, it's one of the main reasons I didn't try and stay and chat when I got there early.
cherry_soup888cherry_soup888 on June 25th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
Oh dear lord - specially bammed?!
*jealous* Could do with being specially bammed...
Thank you for the review luv! You rock! x
Valderys: Ianto -  wedding fairyvalderys on June 26th, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC)
That is such a good track live - it's fantastic! It's so lovely to be bam-bammed too, such an intense second of attention! :)
Lauraflameofaphoenix on June 25th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
Another Great gig Rewiew, it was deffently a great night out - got to chat to gareth for a bit, did seam a bit tired, but still full of energy on stage, did get to moss with spencer and his girlfriend for a bit which was fun as it was me, him and gareth at orgee.

Loved hanging out with everyone again as yes only a few months till the hub but hopefull be more BG gigs before then or even the CD to come out before the hub so got something to blast out the speakers in the hotel room.
Valderys: Ianto -  wedding fairyvalderys on June 26th, 2008 12:14 pm (UTC)
I really hope that there are some more gigs organised before the Hub - because then we can ask Gareth about filming. I expect he won't be able to tell us much, but still... It'll be nice to ask!! :)
merryrose11merryrose11 on July 17th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
The gigs sound like a lot of fun...especially since you people can go together. I envy your interactions with the band members (yes, especially Gareth *rolls eyes at myself being a silly fangirl*). I can tell that you people conduct yourself well and that is nice of you and I'm sure it's appreciated by them. I watched the clips someone kindly posted of the Avergavenny cycle festival and TJ's...Blue Gillespie sounded great. I especially like it when they have that 'smoky jazz'(don't know how to describe it) sound and lyrics. The only time I heard a clip of Disgracelands it was of a hip-hop type tune and I can't say I like hip-hop played by anybody ...but I could still tell that the band was terrific in any case. Haven't heard Sons of Thunder at all...I'll have to do an updated YouTube search.

Anyway enough of my blathering on. I just wanted to let you know that I appreciated reading your report. Thanks for taking the time to post it.

Has anyone located that clip in Dailymotion yet?
Valderys: Ianto -  wedding fairyvalderys on July 18th, 2008 10:29 am (UTC)
Well, I'd love to say we all behave well, but there's always some people who spoil things a bit... Sometimes it's just over-exuberance, but sometimes... Well, I'm sure you know the sort of thing :)

I love these gigs, partly because they're so relaxed. Gareth never has the chance to wander about and talk at cons, if he'd even want to with *so* many fangirls about, so the gigs are a unique opportunity. Although that's not to say that he doesn't get stressed at them too. On a selfish note, you see more of him at gigs, and that just plain makes me happy :)

And I keep searching, but there's nothing on dailymotion.com, as far as I can tell. I think the editing is a trickier job than the camera guy thought it was going to be.