The band are probably still playing as I type this. But it’s been a peculiar night so here I am amusing you, instead of me.
The Holy Grail is an appalling venue in so many ways. The lighting is a nightmare and the sound is worse. Tonight there was a gifted sound man working the console and it was still awful.
But a huge crowd wanted to bop along to the Andi and George Band so suitable venues available at the right price are hard to find.
It started well with a gorgeous belly dancer working her magic, only slightly spoiled by her need to keep rushing to her ipod (plugged into the sound system) to change tracks.
Then the band started banging a drum from the middle of the crowd, and did a little pied piper / conga line act to rev the crowd up.
Then the horn section lit up from the DJ box high above the stage. The enormous ensemble group found their places, crowding one of the larger stages in town, and proceeded to rock the house.
Despite the atrocious setting a large part of the crowd had a great time bopping to the dancey beats of Andi and George.
The chai sellers from The Front purveying their wares were a special highlight at the back of the room.
Lighting up the evening, a pink and black clad burlesque troupe arrived to promote the upcoming Jester Ball.
Great band, great music, barely managing to rise above the limitations of the venue.