‘When did Quadrophobe visit America’ I hear you cry. WELL WE DIDN’T! We in fact made a short slightly long stop to the town of Banbury to visit this new refurbed venue to steal it’s musical virginity. And steal it we did in sublime slightly okay fashion.
For those of you who are not aware, or could not tell from the above ramblings (don’t worry, even I’m not sure what’s going on now I’ve reread it), we rocked out at the newly refurbished pub/restaurant on the outskirts of Banbury. As said (twice, now thrice), this place was newly refurbished, and so when mentioned to my peeps at work (yes, I have work peeps) they said “but it’s been closed for aaaages!”. This brought about a certain amount of worry, but I live to tell the tale so all is good.
About the venue: it is a large establishment (as said, on the outskirts of Banbury = lots of space) and they are partaking in regular friday and saturday night entertainment. Hence the Quadro-action going on. So, you walk in and forward to the left you have the bar (important note), with seating expanding round to the left, while the main stage area (well, cornered off section) was round to the right in an open space with more seating and the other bar (second important note). We were situated infront of the fireplace (there was no fire in it so Dan was safe), using our own sound system. Stage size was perfect for our band, must say.
As for the gig, was probably our tallest demand: playing from 8 30 until 11 30! 3 hours of Quadro-fun. Is it possible? Is it even legal?? The answer of course is no, it is not legal. So we had to take a half hour break in the middle.
And we performed all we had: we played our hearts out – originals, covers, the lot. And was a dam good effort – my lip even survived the whole gig (my playing is somewhat inconsistant :S ). Unfortunately there were not a huge number of people to see the first half but things certainly picked up second half: dancing galore for all! Pete probably danced a little too much but that’s okay: we forgive him. At least I did. Alas though, despite cries for “Buzzcocks” we were unable to to deliver on this!
All in all, a good effort given that the venue was still looking to establish itself on the music scene. I give this gig a C, though we need to up our repertoire for our next visit!