A rather young Arctic Monkeys performed a sell-out gig at the Cavern in October 2005 just a few weeks before the release of their first single ‘I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ which shot them to fame. A great gig with a rather energetic crowd!
The Severed Limb used to do so many nights at The Grosvenor, which is shut down now. The Queen’s Head, where this gig was, is for sale now. All these little pub parties that happened, there are hardly any spaces for them anymore. Given that all my teenage years were spent finding these venues, I really notice the lack of them now. There are still amazing places, but I guess the internet takes up so much more of your time than it used to, that you don’t fill the gap so much.
Vincent Vincent and the Villains record and a Larrikin Love gig ticket – these basically sum up being 16, just old enough to sneak into a pub. They were all really handsome and it was really exciting being a fan. I remember going to a Vincent Vincent & The Villains gig on a boat in Rotherhithe called the Wibbly Wobbly – it’s one of my favourite pubs now. It was the same with The Libertines, you could go find them all over London. Vincent Vincent were more skiffle, Libertines more rock n roll. With The Libertines, it was like a soap opera. You’d go into school the next day and say ‘Oh my god, did you see what Pete did yesterday?’
I would get so excited about music – you’d feel it in your tummy just how excited you were. It was all mixed up with teenage chemistry and endorphins. I had a whole group of friends outside of school who were gig buddies because i didn’t like school that much – it was all about making a community and finding your identity through trekking all over London to these gigs. It was so formative and I was so independent as well.