It can be a bit daunting opening yourself up to a new kind of performing experience, and this was definitely new to us.
We’ve played in world renowned concert halls, town squares, tiny clubs, huge clubs, stadiums, discos and fairgrounds to name but a few but we’ve never played in someone’s house to a group of their friends. Not even to our own. This was certainly on our minds as We packed up our cars with a basic p.a system, percussion rig,amps, mics, guitars and a keyboard and headed out to the Sussex countryside to our first “Heavies in your Home” Pledge gig.
This was not a full band affair as that would’ve been too crazy on all fronts but rather a broken down raw Heavies “whites of their eyes” session; vocals ,bass ,keys guitar and percussion. The audience were gonna be close, as in right there!
We rolled through picturesque Sussex villages in the early evening till we reached a lovely house perched on the side of a hill overlooking the Sussex downs and the party was already in full swing! It didn’t take long to break the ice with a glass of wine and soon we were setting up our gear, IN THE KITCHEN. This was going to be interesting.
We plugged in, tested the gear, the people came back in and we were off and it was not long before the hosts broke onto the floor and the party really started. It was so much fun! We played they danced, we danced and an hour later we were done and joined the party for real. A little while later we drove home smiling at a night we didn’t know what to expect but which exceeded our expectations and the following night we did it all again in Wiltshire. This time at another lovely house in the countryside, through a lovely English village.
This time no kitchen but a converted barn. They even laid on a curtain for the opening! More lovely people, more dancing, a great party and a mellow journey home only to awake the next morning to that “did that happen last night” feeling or to quote one of our best “or did I dream it, all the time”.
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