Ah mes amis, I have returned from my trip to Brighton & it could not have been more amazing!
Firstly & most importantly, Eleanor & I popped over to our favourite establishment The Gun, in Findon, to sample the first Pimms of the summer! 'Ah sweet Pimms, how I have missed you, longed for you...'
One Pimms rolled into another & then another & before you know it, we had crashed a wake & were giving out fashion advice to every man within the vicinity!
On the way home we checked into another local public house & had ourselves a lock-in with the men shapes inhabiting it. This is when the Pimms factor got OTT & the (seemingly quite tasty) strawberry tequila shots made an appearance.
The next morning I was a little worse for wear. Although, considering I haven't drunk a drop of liquor in months, it wasn't as horrendous as I was expecting. However, the mere thought of tequila, or any other substance for that matter, being congested Friday night was sick inducing. So Ellie & I decided upon a night of sobriety for our appearance with Uffie.
Concorde 2 was as ever an empty shell of a venue. Seriously, these peeps get the best talent & have a really good venue with FREE parking outside & yet their advertising is appalling & they consistently fail to deliver a crowd. SO disappointing for the artists!
Regardless, it was still an amazing evening! Firstly, whilst waiting for the lady herself to take to the stage, a new form of incredible musical talent appeared & wowed us into submission! Seriously, these guys are ama-ziiing! They're called Tiger Love & they're a three (man shape) piece with a hint of French girl (in red leotard) cool. The music is electro beats mixed with catchy tracks & infectious lyrics, reminiscent of a young MGMT.
We nabbed the lead singer, Roy Ben Artzi, for a chit chat after the set & I am officially IN LOVE! His accent is très particulière! I asked him where he was from & apparently he's originally from New York (immediate kudos), moved to France (be still my beating heart) & now resides in London. So his accent is this strange mix of European with an American twang. Makes me go all giddy. Of course, all this sweet talk is only aided by his stage presence (not the first artist I've melted over), piercing brown eyes & mop of curly black locks. [sigh]
He also informed us that the group have only been together for six months & that it was only their fourth performance!!! I was amazed considering how great they were! I swear down, I would totally have paid to see them & should they get signed, I totally will to see them again!
When we met up with them again after Uffie's performance (more of that in a second), the whole group were at a loss as to what to do. Ellie suggested a few places, but due to the time, everywhere was gonna be booting people out rather shortly. They asked where we were off to & I felt a little crushed inside when I had to admit home, as I had to drive the two hours back for work in the morning. Sad sad times. [small tears]
Bar the man crush, when Uffie did take to the stage, the crowd went mental & due to my proximity to the barriers, I was consistently threatened by some big burly bald bloke (most random Uffie fan in the world, surely!?), who enjoyed nothing more than a bit of moshing in my direction. I think I would have been dead to the world if his big ol' noggin had whacked me in the face. Bloody bastard!
Midway through her set, Uffie demanded that the whole of the front row leap over the barriers & take to the stage, or she wouldn't sing the next song. 'Well, Uffie darling, you don't have to tell me twice!' Ellie & I hoisted ourselves, heels & all, onto the small stage area & busted a move or two to Uffie's Pop The Glock, which she sang literally in front of us!
There was the distinct impulse to hug her, but I relented. Don't want her remembering me as a freaky stalker fan...
Overall my respect & love for Uffie, to which I have Ellie to thank for introducing me to her incredible musik, has grown ten folds. I am also so happy happy happy to have found my new love & total man crush Tiger Love. For whom I shall now be stalking, in the hope to a) get them signed & b) see them again!
"Ellie, I take back what I said. I would rather be blind than deaf!"