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Gigs From History: 2006

Here's all the gigs we played in 2006. Click on the dates for further details.

Friday 27 January 2006
The Grapes, Sheffield
Validators Full Band Set An Italian meal before the gig (so sophisticated), support from Scarlet Tuesday, and live debut for the full band version of Leave My Brother Alone.

Wednesday 8 February 2006
Push, London
At Chicken Royale with The Fighting Cocks and Leevil - a rare solo outing for The Symbol Of Our Nation and lots of other 'The' songs.

Friday 17 February 2006
Matilda, Sheffield
Benefit gig for No Sweat in a very cold factory, featuring the live debut of the new version of Sod It Let's Get Pissed followed by a night out at OFFBEAT.

Saturday 18 February 2006
The Marlborough Theatre, Brighton
Tough gig playing to Brighton People, but The Lovely Brothers were GRATE.

Friday 24 February 2006
Firebug, Leicester
Validators Full Band Set The first ever SELLOUT at The Firebug, due rather more to the fact that 7 Seconds Of Love were headlining than anything we'd done. They SKANKED so hard that the CEILING shook!

Tuesday 28 February 2006
The Quad, LSE, London
Playing with Winston Echo, The Young Playthings (and their Hong Kong/American accents), and Chris T-T. This gig caused much CONTEMPLATION re. The loneliness of the international traveller, also The 'Funny Song'/'Serious Song' AXIS.

Saturday 4 March 2006
Carpe Diem, Leeds
Everybody in Leeds was DRUNK and I had to FIGHT somebody to stop them taking over the stage! The Lodger headlined, and between us were Sarandon, who were GRATE.

Friday 7 April 2006
Wimbledon AFC, London
Playing with Boo Hewerdine and James Richard Stevens - a different set from usual, the PREMIERE of It Only Works Because You're Here, and Kev The Promoter did a DUET with Mr

Thursday 13 April 2006
The Luminaire, London
Validators Full Band Set Emma was excited to find non-urine-soaked toilets, we all had a GRATE time, RENIE the guitar had, I think, her first gig outing, and My Sad Captains were dead good after us.

Sunday 16 April 2006
Fox & Firkin, London
2bob's acoustic Sunday Session - I did She's A Spaceman for the first time in about 15 years, and met the MIGHTY Mr Phil Wilson.

Friday 21 April 2006
Red Rose Comedy Club, London
A STRANGE night - proper Comedy Songs from the Amateur Transplants guy, a very complicated setting up process, a LOVELY set from The Graham Parsnip Liquidiser Torture Think-Tank (Project) and then intense theatricality from The Lovely Brothers.

Sunday 23 April 2006
Hannakin's Farm, Essex
An all-dayer to promote the Phoenix FM compilaton

Saturday 29 April 2006
click for larger versionBunkers Hill Inn, Nottingham
Validators Full Band Set A ROCKING night supporting Dressy Bessy with dancing and ROCK ANTICS.

Monday 1 May 2006
The Victory, Leicester
Second gig of the day to some pals and a very jolly bunch of LEFTIES (except for a Woman Who Wanted To Talk About Palestine). Also featuring a young girl singing HARROWINGLY and The Bobby McGees (not at the same time though).

Monday 1 May 2006
University of Sheffield Students' Union, Sheffield
I played during a rainy afternoon, sitting down in a tent as YOUNG people gathered around to hear my words of WISDOM. Perhaps fittingly this was the afternoon I had my first EVER pint of mild.

Friday 26 May 2006
Buffalo Bar, London
Beat Hotel Night where I thought I was playing my final EVER Uberset but really wasn't. Also featuring Winston Echo and The Retro Spankees, both of whom were GRATE.

Wednesday 21 June 2006
Pop, London
A RIGHT rum old do, as I was roundly ignored by Friends Of The Other Bands and played to ONE person, Jon, who I then went for a pint with round the corner. I'd enjoyed the gig itself, partly BECAUSE it was so rum, though I'd worried myself that all the gi

Thursday 22 June 2006
CB2 Bar, Cambridge
This was supposed to be with Yamit Mamo, J.Louis Steel and Rough Edge Quartet, though I'm not surely who actually made it as one of the bands was stuck on a train and I don't know if all the others turned up either. Certainly not many audience members as

Sunday 2 July 2006
Fox & Firkin, London
This was done at short-notice, and again HEAT and things meant it was pretty sparse, though I had a LOVELY time. My David Beckham impersonation was aired, a very DRUNK old lady enjoyed my version of 'Moonlight Bay', and I drank Corona. It was also excitin

Thursday 6 July 2006
The Grapes, Sheffield
Validators Full Band Set The official launch gig for the album, with support from The Fontanelles and Wickerman & Fisherman. Tim had DRUM TROUBLE, Shop Methodologies were pilotted, and Emma unveiled THE BACKDROP for the first time.

Saturday 8 July 2006
The Portland Arms, Cambridge
Validators Full Band Set A FAB night with support from Colonel Bastard and Karmadillo. LOADs of nice people came, half the audience screamed 'I'm videoing it!' when someone inadvertently turned the pub TV over to the last episode of Dr Who, a couple of songs were sung by the AUDI

Monday 10 July 2006
Bull & Gate, London
A step up from my previous London gig, as TWO people came to see me this time. It felt a bit weird, sort of like the end of an era, and I got the EERIE FEELING it would be my last gig at the Bull & Gate. I wonder if it will?.

Monday 17 July 2006
Maida Vale Studios, London
Validators Full Band Set Possibly the most exciting evening for us EVER! Tom saw The BBC Symphony Orchestra, we both saw Mark Lamarr and we ALL tried to pinch as many BBC Ear Plugs as we could. We used special BBC Personal Mixers, got our crowd in, and then it all flashed by at H

Friday 21 July 2006
Jug of Ale, Birmingham
Validators Full Band Set The Tour begins, with extreme HEAT, a BALTI, and the joy of hopping into your own VAN to go home.

Saturday 22 July 2006
The Adelphi, Hull
Validators Full Band Set A chip disaster beforehand, on Day Two, before Jody Galvin and The Rocky Nest did supports. We played a LONG old set that was very sweaty then went to Tom's parents' house and ate RASPBERRIES.

Sunday 23 July 2006
Carpe Diem, Leeds
Validators Full Band Set After a 'complicated' morning having to go back to various places to get stuff we'd forgot we met the Fighting Cocks for a very ROCK night - there was arm wrestling, there was BAND STARVATION, there was the longest pub quiz EVER, there was very nearly a F

Monday 24 July 2006
The Prince Albert, Brighton
Validators Full Band Set Tim an Frankie revealed their mutual love of Marillion on the way there, to the righteous DISGUST of everyone else. Tour shenanigans were enjoyed when we set Tim's drums up - WRONGLY! - and we played with The Bobby McGees and The Legend! Phil The Promoter

Tuesday 25 July 2006
Firebug, Leicester
Validators Full Band Set With The Fighting Cocks, Famous Ted and Grace Petrie - a big line-up! I broke my guitar strap through JUMPING AROUND too much, and we all (except for Frankie, who wasn't drinking) had a MARVELLOUS time.

Wednesday 26 July 2006
The Windmill, London
Validators Full Band Set A Let's Go Baboon night, with Lazarus Clamp and Lardpony during which I got THE FEAR because my voice was knackered, but discovered the Magic Medicine: BRANDY!

Thursday 27 July 2006
click for larger versionBunkers Hill Inn, Nottingham
Validators Full Band Set A FANTASTIC end to the tour, even if it felt like it might be a disaster, after the drummer from Burt Backarak Fight Club 'accidentally' went home with Tim's cymbals (and took about three months to give them back). He LASHED UP a replacement and we ROCKED

Sunday 20 August 2006
The Secret Garden Party, Huntingdon
I arrived FAR too early for my set, but ended up having a nice afternoon drinking tea and reading the paper. My bit was a bit shakey and AFEARED to start with, but calmed down by the end and, like a true FESTIVAL ROCKER, I went back to a nice hotel afterw

Sunday 27 August 2006
Buffalo Bar, London
Myself and The Performing Pattisons took to the stage AFTER MIDNIGHT to a determined/drunk crowd with more BALLADRY than usual, which turned out to be all rather pleasant.

Thursday 31 August 2006
The Luminaire, London
Despite saying I would never COMPERE again I somehow ended up doing it at this night, between Finlay, The Butterflies Of Love, Comet Gain and The Chemistry Experiment. I did a song before the first few bands, but not before The ButtLove as things were run

Thursday 7 September 2006
The Prince Albert, Brighton
I had a MINOR HUFF as nobody I knew turned up, but then realised that the people who HAD come were actually dead nice.

Thursday 12 October 2006
The Windmill, London
John Peel Night, playing with Lazarus Clamp and Former Utopia. Not many people there - they were all playing their own gigs I guess! - but a good night, with a debut for The Mystery Train

Friday 13 October 2006
Pinup Flights, Glasgow
A joyous night out on the BOOZE with The Plimptons and various other Glasgow Types, including Nutty Dancing.

Saturday 14 October 2006
Last Night From Glasgow, Glasgow
A short set in Brendan O'Hare's studio back room for Last Night From Glasgow. It was cold!

Wednesday 18 October 2006
3B's, Reading
Me, Tim and The Pines set the PA system up ourselves and proceeded to ROCK the house. Our set featured the audience singing along, loud CHEERS for every mention of Tim's name and even some dancing, and was followed by a trip to REFLEX, the eighties nightc

Saturday 21 October 2006
A Wedding, Leicester
Susan and Martyn's wedding - a short set played just as people were coming in.

Thursday 26 October 2006
The Good Ship, London
I knocked over my pint during Hey Hey 16K, some weird loonies threw stuff at me, I spoke to Eddie Argos from out of Art Brut, and then we all watched the Indelicates. ROCK!

Friday 27 October 2006
The Brook Inn, Cumbria
The first set of the evening for the Hibbett/Pattison/McClure trio. We thought people didn't think much to us, little did we know that we would end up doing a whole other GIG.

Friday 27 October 2006
The Brook Inn, Cumbria
The second gig, this time rather more raucous (NB DRUNK), taking place after closing time. Shambolic, disorganised, but UTTERLY GRATE!

Saturday 28 October 2006
University of Sheffield Students' Union, Sheffield
Validators Full Band Set With some of us feeling RATHER worse the wear after our night out in Cleator Moor this was an bit of a scary experience, as there was proper ROAD CREW carrying things around for us, but after a few technical HITCHES we were soon demonstrating our OBVIOUS

Thursday 30 November 2006
Jamm, London
A short set at Vic Lambrusco's Cabaret Hour supporting Simon Donald (from Viz!), where I did My Boss Was In An Indie Band Once for the first time.

Thursday 7 December 2006
CB2 Bar, Cambridge
A fantastic night at The Living Room Christmas gig - my set was riddled with INCIDENT and LARKS (including DENYING Father Christmas), Edwina Hayes and Moe Foe were all very good, and things got so KER-RAZY I ended up ripping my trousers! OH YEAH!

Saturday 9 December 2006
Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall, Leicester
Validators Full Band Set The Validators Christmas Party! We set the PA up so it sounded good to US, tho not neccesarily for everyone else, but apart from that a terrific night which ended up with a LOT of Nutty Dancing.

Wednesday 13 December 2006
click for larger versionThe Rose Of England, Nottingham
A high speed set at Tasty Fanzine's Christmas Gig, with Horowitz, Orchards and Mr Pete Green. We ended up going on rather late, HENCE the high speed, but it was MOST jolly, with a LOT of dancing from the audience.

Thursday 14 December 2006
Sumo, Leicester
A hastily rescheduled gig (due to a Christmas Party being booked at the previous place) with low attendance but HIGH loveliness, as loads of my PALS turned up. The band before were STADIUM PROG, much chat was made up with VANS, my set was full of CHAT, th

Sunday 17 December 2006
The Good Ship, London
Sorted Records all-dayer with Bobby McGees, Chapter24, Pacific Ocean Fire, Former Utopia, Lazarus Clamp, and The Dirty Backbeats, all of whom were REALLY good, in SLIGHT contrast to Leicester Bands All Dayers of the past. Team Cleator Moor reunited, tho W

Friday 29 December 2006
The Union Tavern, London
Totally Acoustic GIG 50! A lovely evening topping off a fantastic year in ROCK, with sets from Dr Neil Brown and Mr Phil Wilson, plus loads of pals and an early start which meant and early END and thus PLENTY of time for beery chat. HOORAH for GIGS!

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