Mother - Harrison! Don’t chase the pigeons!
Son - Why?
Mother - You’ll scare them!!!
(The kid then gives him mum a look that basically says “No shit! That’s WHY I’m chasing them” & goes back to doing whatever the fuck he wants.)
It’s always tough playing a show where whatever could go wrong does go wrong. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. The level of stress it produces is unbelievable.
You try your hardest to focus on playing your show & projecting the energy out front but what’s going on on stage is so difficult to forget you might as well……..forget it.
It was thrilling then to watch Robyn tonight struggle with some very high stress technical problems during half of her incredible set in the John Peel Stage & still manage to deliver an unforgettable show. Perhaps it was unforgettable because of the way she handled it.
It was clear from the first song that she was having problems with her in-ear monitors but after a tech tried, and failed, to fix it 3 times she completely flipped her shit. She hurled her mic & stand across the stage after which she ran to the side of the stage & in plain view tore into the monitor engineer only to bound back onto the stage & channel all her remaining rage into some truly impressive dance moves.
The problems persisted throughout a large portion of the show & despite the occasional stage hand running on to fiddle with the singer’s monitor pack it was high energy pop gold business as usual (albeit with a level of excitable tension usually associated with live grenades).
Even low pressure gigs can be made hugely difficult & stressful due to technical difficulties but the main support slot on the John Peel Stage on the final night of Glastonbury has got to be a new level of anxiety. What Robyn did tonight was show how it should be done: channel the tension into giving an immense show (after you’ve chucked a mic stand that is).
(That woman can write a middle 8!)
…Last Man Sanding!
Art Car Boot Fair attendees were left stunned and appalled yesterday when ‘comedian’ Miriam Elia destroyed a one-off piece of original artwork (made with love and care by Art-Maverick Gavin Turk) in a move that left many who saw it visibly shaken.
The right honourable Gavin of Turk was minding his own business signing a bunch of eggs that he got wholesale for a really good price and selling them on at an alleged 25,000% mark up. The enterprising Artiste was clear bowled over by the success of his idea to sign the produce of a Chicken’s Vagina because he was seen in a celebratory mood glugging a delicious beer.
It was a surprise then when the young ‘comedian’ took it upon herself to introduce a piece of Lord Turk’s precious Art to the ground at speed (all bets were on the final destination being his unsigned head).
Noone knows what drove Miriam to such a heinous act but one observer clearly heard her questioning the artistic merit of Sir Gavin’s signed eggs. She has been quoted as saying “it is the worst kind of snobbery that borders on intellectual bullying”.
There are rumours that Miriam’s outburst was a direct result of YFMA Sarah Maple goading her with the phrase “I dare you to go and smash one of his eggs”. This is, however, simply speculation.
It is unclear what the Art world will make of Ms. Elia’s actions but perhaps Mr. Turk will think twice before trying to peddle shit he didn’t make for ridiculous amounts of money again.
Watch the action unfold here….