2 April 2016 – Day 38/366
Tyrannamen at Tote was insane. Subsequently my TOP 5 GIGS list has changed. Gigs listed by date. Do I have a number one? Yeah … King Parrot, Pony 2AM slot 2012.
Pony [2am slot] 2012
King Parrot were nothing short of jaw dropping. People up the front crashed, slid and fell, in the middle they stood unsure of what they were watching and listening too, while up the back, folks were just plain scared or too wasted to be anything other than indifferent. One of the best things about PONY was the mix of people – rockers, punks, straight looking dudes and the regular gig tribe through to groups of corporate type women in their power suits – all getting as fucked up as the bloke next to them. Unique? Yeah, I reckon.
Ding Dong Lounge 2013
The promoter told me they had no idea how this gig was going to sell, and seriously, who could have anticipated the response … well, except for the English ex-pats and backpackers that had crammed into Ding Dong Lounge. A group of dudes behind me were loosing their shit. "We can't believe it, The Cribs, in this little place! Man, back home they play shows of, you know, like 10,000, there's no way you could get this close. This is fucking brilliant!" The gig itself? It was nuts. I even got pushed under the stage.
This was amazing. Behind all of this, people are on the roofs and squashed onto window sills. Free street gigs. Good vibes, good times.
The photo says it all. I got nothing to add with this one.
The Tote April 2016
I got doused in beer and goon, and, in an all time first, my gear and I got used as a spring board for crowd surfing! This gig was insane, in all the good ways!
This article includes photos from the Zo Damage 365 Day Project where on 25 February 2016 Zo committed to photographing a band or more every day for a full year. As 2016 was a leap year Zo photographed each of the 366 days, successfully completing her unprecedented project on 24 February 2017. Zo's book The Damage Report, released in August 2017, celebrates the successful completion of her 365 Day Project, offering an insightful look into live music culture from the perspective of the scene itself