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.

https://www.facebook.com/xlerators/videos/1591480694207501/?hc_ref=ARQJjOTSh6U89Qk-jQWgxhLjRs4lz1vAtYoYctTnwLRI_c8Ojrzzw5uFr7guHUwJtVE&pnref=story
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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