The REOFFENDERS

Punk Rock: Classic and Modern

The REOFFENDERS are on an indefinite break. Never say never, but we currently have no plans to play. However, we had joy and we had fun... and we blogged about it. Enjoy reading and reliving some good times.

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Crazy Weekend Part Two

We got back from Watchett Festival about an hour and a half ago. Currently, myself, Madge and DeLonghi have adopted the "what's the point in going to bed" approach. Oooh, that'll bite us in the bum tomorrow I suspect!

We got to Watchett at about 8.30pm, got wristbanded and then went to explore (and perhaps have a beer). We bumped into Andy from Taunton and a guy from Minehead (who's name escapes me, sorry) who has his leather jacket adorned with our name. Very cool it is.

We couldn't move any of our stuff out of the van until the Wurzels started so we enjoyed a beer, watched a few of their opening songs and then got to work. There was a smallish marquee next to the stage where we could unload our gear and get changed. Madge had to construct his drum kit in readiness to carry on stage. There was a half an hour changeover between bands which is normal but there's a lot to do in that half hour and you've got to be as prepared as possible.

We made a conscious effort to not go on stage in gig clothes before we started and as I had more "getting changed" to do than the boys because of makeup, they did all of the putting stuff on the stage.

Showtime came round quickly and we stormed through a set of faves with a couple of newies thrown in for the people who had seen us before. There were a few familiar faces in the audience but it wasn't until Seasons in the Sun that we realised how many people had seen us before as a sea of people bobbed up and down and swayed side to side. Twas an amazing sight!

About a third of the way into the gig, the compere told us that we had to finish fifteen minutes earlier than originally expected so I chopped things out of the set to trim it to fit. The guys are quite accepting with changes that I make in that kind of scenario but sometimes communicating it across a stage can be tricky.

We finished with Should I Stay or Should I go but then came back for an encore of Nellie the Elephant with the audience going nuts. A very happy end to a great gig.

Just checked my watch... its time to wake up the others. Oh I'm gonna feel like shit later...


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