Off the train at Hebden Bridge at around 7 to be met by a torrent of rain. Dashing down the high street and into the new (?) Vocation pub where we meet up with the usual crew for a rather splendid pre-gig ale.
Sat in the pub opposite the venue before the gig we’re taking on a much needed cool beer in the 30+C heat. A quick visit to the cash machine for more Euros and we’re in the venue getting patted down by security and off we go.
Big smiles as we waltz passed the lines of cheesed off looking Kasabian fans snaking round the corner and up the road from the Birmingham 02 Academy. We walk straight into the side hall of the Academy (which in itself is a fairly large venue). On the way in a friendly bouncer looks at us and goes “Ah you here for British Sea Shanties?” with a wry smile on his face. Good effort mate! I whince as I hand over the £5.10 for a pint of Tubourg!!