Which band did you miss? I don’t mean you got stuck in traffic, or got the date wrong, or just didn’t bother going. What I mean is you bought a ticket, you were there, but you never saw them for some reason and you’re kicking yourself now.
I have 4. The first one was when I went to see Oasis at the Brighton Centre in 1994. Me and my girlfriend were in the process of splitting up, so instead of going into the auditorium to see the support band we had to stay in the bar and ‘talk’. My ears can never tune into music if there’s a lot of background noise, so I didn’t hear any of the songs, until someone opened the door next to me just as the band were starting their closing number. I therefore saw The La’s for half a song.
The next one I only found out about recently. Around early 1996 I saw Pulp at Wembley Arena. I also saw Edwyn Collins supporting them, but I recently found out that Denim also played. I didn’t really get to know, and love, Lawrence’s music until 10-15 years ago, so I wouldn’t have heard of Denim back then. I therefore missed a performance I’d give anything to be able to go back and see, because the lure of the bar was greater.
The last two I also found out about recently, when I came across a website that has the line ups from dozens of music festivals. I went to the first and third V Festivals in Chelmsford. I saw some good bands, including a surreal experience watching James Brown in the dance tent doing what seemed like a full Vegas show. I have since learned, however, that I missed a performance from the lovely Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s band, theaudience. Again though, I’d never heard of them at the time, but I saw several other bands I’d never heard of, so why didn’t I choose them to watch. D’oh! The second one was Gary Numan at the same festival, but there’s a good reason for that one. Me and my mate had to sit under a tree for a bit and have a snooze to let the effects of some, er, medication to wear off, so I think he played whilst I was in dreamland. I woke back up when Mike Flowers Pops were on the stage, so it took me a few minutes before I was sure I wasn’t still sleeping and that the band I was watching were a figment of my imagination.
So who did you miss by sitting in the bar, or sitting on the toilet (or is there only me who is perfectly capable of spending enough time sitting on the loo to have missed a full band performance?), or being in the next field watching some indie landfill that seemed great at the time but bores you now when a future favourite act were playing in the dance tent?