Monday, 29 January 2018

Martinfest 3

Last Thursday was Martinfest 3, an annual event held at The Packhorse in Leeds. This year raising money for the charity MIND, for which we made £100.00.
You just know it`s going to be a super night when before you get to the pub you find Martin looking through a window of a café and join him in pulling faces at `Wolfe` from The Expelaires !!
Anyway once inside the `Usual Suspects` were at the bar, and we talked about gigs past, present and future, as you do. Joel appeared and I `thanked` him for designating my birthday date as `The Day of The Goths` (He`s doing an event on it by that name) It seems only right anyway.
Byronic Sex and Exile
 Upstairs paid my money and grabbed a seat. More friends were there.
Martin said a few words and Byronic Sex and Exile, that`s Joel, opened the proceedings. My favourite had to be and as Joel introduced it. “A Leeds favourite Goth song, but made a few decades earlier” ~~1859, which actually made more sense than the original 1959. He finished with a cover of the `Stones Sympathy for the Devil.
Then as a tribute to Mark E. Smith of The Fall Andy Watson read a few of his words.
The Xlerators, Martin`s at the back!
 Back to the fun, The Xlerators, Martin (Drums) Andy Holmes (Guitar), Ian (Bass) and Ken (Vocals and guitar) They have to be the BEST covers band I have ever seen. Playing Punk and New Wave, finishing as always with Jet Boy, Jet Girl made into a medley including a bit of Sweet Caroline, and Shake and Vac TV advertisement !! You have to be there or at least watch this video on youtube.
Grape from The Expelaires joined The Xlerators for “Be Your Dog” 
 After that I needed more beer on the way down I met Grape (going up) from The Expelaires. I first saw them in 1979 and they are celebrating their Ruby anniversary. I just got back in time for the start of their set, and what a belter it was. 
The Expelaires, Martin`s still at the back!
Time for home and bed, up at half six in morning. I`m getting too old for this….

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