Archive | March, 2017

So long and thanks for all the good times

16 Mar

Well, really didn’t mean for it to take this long to write our final post, but it’s time to say goodbye to Pop!South.

We put on our first show on the 20th July 2013 at The Glad Cafe and it sold out. We put on our second show on the 23rd of July and 14 people paid in. We probably had more shows like the latter in the end but the important lesson learnt was that it didn’t necessarily matter! They were both amazing shows, the bands seemed happy and the crowd did too. We’d made something happen that otherwise wouldn’t have.

35 gigs (if you generously count Weekender days separately) and 98 acts later we’ve called it a day.

The reasons are numerous, but the main one is that there was only two of us for the last shows when there used to be a core of 4 and a bunch of other people helping out in the background. Pop!South was also started for selfish reasons – because we wanted to see certain bands and nobody else was putting them on – and that doesn’t seem to be the case quite so much these days.

So thank you everyone. Thank you to the bands – it has been an absolute pleasure seeing you play.

In chronological order of first appearance (number of appearances in brackets (and too many too tag in one post!)) they are:

Yakuri Cable (x3), Northern Spies, Arts & Leisure, Gordon McIntyre (x2), Woog Riots, The Spook School (x7),Tunabunny, Making Marks, The Felt Tips (x2), The Ballet, Nyla (x2), Where We Lay Our Heads (x2), Frozy, The Middle Ones (x3), Ally Kerr, A New International (x3), Haiku Salut (x3), Bite, The Flatmates, Citizen Bravo (x3), Bodyheat (x5), The Yawns, The Sweet Nothings, Martha (x2), TeenCanteen, The Just Joans (x4), The Bobby McGees, The Strangers Almanac, David Leach, MJ Hibbett & Steve’s Total Hero Team, Adam Ross, Liz Ely, FROTH (x2), Shambles Miller (x2), Dora Maar, The Wendy Darlings, One Happy Island, Duglas T Stewart (x2) w/ Norman Blake & Chloe and w/ Honey & The Herbs, The Very Most, How to Swim (x3), Tuff Love, Hallie and the Annies, Chrissy Barnacle, Kate’s Party, Colour Me Wednesday, No more tiger (x2), Cosines, The Orchids (x2), The Hector Collectors, Insect Heroes, Lost Pets, The Swapsies, EXPENSIVE, Spoonboy, Kid Canaveral, The Colour of Whisky (x2), The Mini Skips, Withered Hand, The Occasional Flickers (x2), The Thyme Machine, Kate Canaveral, model village, Eureka California, Bunnygrunt, T-Shirt Weather, Joyce Delaney (x3),Jutland Songs, Breakfast MUFF (x2), The Tuts, Milky Wimpshake, MJ Hibbett & The Validators, Mammoth Penguins, The School, Chorusgirl, Tigercats, Trust Fund, Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums, Two White Cranes (x2), The Catenary Wires, Pete Astor, Blood of the Bull (x2), Wolf Girl (x2), Try The Pie, Life Model (x2), Pale Kids, Happy Accidents, Expert Alterations, Spinelli, The Pooches (x2), Ay Carmela!, Marble Gods, Soda Fountain Rag, BooHooHoo,Ballboy, Pete Green, mi mye, Gavin Osborn, & Deerful.

Thanks to all the venues we’ve used but especially to The Glad Cafe. They really do have something very special there and Joe, Kim and the team couldn’t be more helpful. I’m not sure Pop!South would have started without Glad appearing on the Southside and we certainly wouldn’t have been prolific without them. If you were putting on a gig at Glad then you knew that was just one less thing to worry about.

Thanks to all of you for coming. Thanks to anyone who has ever helped out in any way. Thanks for lending us amps/instruments/drums. Thanks for transporting amps/instruments/drums. As promoters without cars we are hugely indebted to anyone who’s ever given us a lift!

Thank you for saying thank you. When you’ve put on a night that’s been more work than it really needed to be and hardly anyone has bothered to turn up then a punter or someone in a band telling you how much they’re enjoying themselves can make the world of difference. Really.

Please keep going to gigs. Please tell the promoters that you’ve enjoyed it. Please tell the bands you’ve enjoyed them. Please buy their merch – try as we might you can be sure they’re almost certainly not getting paid an awful lot.

Please put on gigs. We need somewhere to go now and we can assure you it’s a lot of fun! Looking around at a sea of happy faces and knowing you’ve played a small part in that is incredibly rewarding.

Put bands up in your flats and see how excited they get about simply being offered tea, toast and a warm place to sleep!

Form a band. Be good to each other. Do it yourself.

With love from Pop!South