……….was just not going to happen. Not this particular Wednesday. No Sir – nae bloody chance !! A Heavy Metal Buffet was on the menu. 4 bands – 2 of which Id see, 2 I wouldn’t. Yes – it was bus wanker time again. At least these guys kicked off at a decent time. I arrived at The Market about 8pm hoping to have a quiet tin or two of Strongbow and a natter with whoever was on the go. I went from being the only punter in there to being surrounded by black-clad, mean & moody hairy metallurgists in the space of 15 minutes !! Actually all very nice ladies and gentlemen but a daunting sight when about 20 of them converge on the tiny Market in a one-er with all their gear !!
I don’t often go out without a camera and tonight was no exception but I hadn’t expected Donnington to arrive so only had a 50mm on me – attached to a DSLR obviously. It would be tight and at one point I was behind the bar. Even used flash at one point – I know, what a fucking maverick eh. Not the only snapper on duty tonight though and I ended up having the pleasure of meeting Mr Matt Jolly of sunny Eberdeen – a fellow Nikonite and a ‘tog whose work I greatly admire. Which was nice. Also turns out the drummer of Semper Fi is a young fella from my neck of the woods over east whose family and mine have many connections – small world but I wouldn’t want to paint it right enough ! 😉
So, as I said I was in the realms of buswankerdom again so only caught Witch Charmer and Tombstone Crow – both up from the North of England. Had to miss Orkneys Ten Tonne Dozer and the aforementioned Eberdeen Loons, Semper Fi. To cut a short story even shorter it was a cracking evening – I was 13 again and in my head, dressed in a patch covered denim jacket sporting spots and a big fuck off mullet !! Yes, I was quite a catch back then. Happy Days !! Rock on !!