Indie Dave is a day of gigs organised by my friend Grant Holby at London’s Forum in Kentish Town. As the name suggests its all about Indie and Grant pulled together a veritable top list of late 80’s / early 90’s bands for everyone’s pleasure. I was slightly apprehensive about the day, it would be the longest that I’d shot in a single go and last year when I wasn’t shooting and got, well a bit hammered so wanted to ensure that didnt happen again.
The day kicked off for me with Back To The Planet, who Id not seen before, the mix of ska and punk got everyone off to a good start, although the crowd wasn’t all in yet (this was about 2.30pm) there was a great vibe and the stage was set for the rest of the day.
Second up were EAT, one of my favorite bands, I’d been looking forward to this for a long time. I think its the first time that I’ve seen them perform on a large stage since about ’92 and they did a great job.
The set was slow to get off the ground though with some issues with Ange’s vocal coming through to the main speakers and Pete Howard smashing the cymbals so hard that they were dropping in the clamps.
I could sense that everything wasn’t quite right. However the last half of the set was a stormer, once the issues were sorted out things really took off, the crowd responding and the band getting into it together.
The Primitives cam on at 4pm, the audience swelling and responding to Tracy Tracy’s moves. The band rattled through a superb set.
(Un)expected highlight of the day was Pop Will Eat Itself. A greatest hits set with a couple of newer songs thrown in saw the band ignite the crowd into a pogoing frenzy, everyone singing along and knowing the works was pretty amazing. The band work really well together, Jason Bowld is a master on the drums. Its obvious to see that the whole band enjoyed themselves, smiles across each of their faces.
Penultimate act The Wedding Present came on to play Bizzaro from start to finish, another of my favorite bands and albums, so it was superb to be able to hear this being played live. Something about David Gedge’s lyrics really does it for me. I’m pretty sure that he’s never written a happy love song.
Finally up was the main course. The Wonder Stuff. I’ve seen The Wonder Stuff many, many times over the years, the first time being in something like 1987, so I’m a fully paid up member and always know that they’ll deliver the goods.
Miles as always came onto the stage with a massive smile and the band ripped through a great set, playing the tunes that the audience wanted to hear as well as some new material.
And so it was over. To be frank I was battered at the end of the day. The lighting was sometimes challenging and I’m really disappointed that I didnt really nail any decent shots through the Pop Will eat Itself set, Graham Crabb and Mary Byker move around so much! I’m not sure 10 hours shooting is really for me, but I bet I go to Indie Daze again next year.