(By the way, I can’t resist sharing that the three-minute walk from Richmond station to the Hope takes you past the physical footprint (or offices anyway) of Not on the High Street.com. They are undeniably on the corner of the high street.)
That done though, it’s full steam ahead for the band and me personally to Saturday’s FourPlay Prog Rock mini-festival. Kindred Spirit are headlining with an hour-long originals set and there are three other full sets building up to us. Acts vary from the steampunky (Spriggan Mist), to the protest-prog (Quiet Wish), to the unashamedly Floydian (The Far Meadow) to the prog-folk-rock (us), but for my feminist friends (of which there are many), this is the first time I’ve seen a bill entirely of female-fronted acts that didn’t try to trade on the fact as a major piece of niche-appeal marketing. OK, until now. I spoilt it. #sorrynotsorry …
The venue, Bracknell’s Acoustic Couch, is a car-park basement dungeon decorated with oil barrels and cable drums, that lets you order in your own pizza. Be honest guys, it doesn’t get much more rock-n-roll than that.
Rumour has it national prog promoters have got wind of this one on the grapevine and are coming down to check it out. So buy your tickets and see us now before we’re the next King Crimson and you have to remortgage your holiday home to get into our gigs!