A rare trip into Nottingham with Nick and Ella was on offer this week to see Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band at Bodega. When we were plotting the trip I had grand ideas about going to do cheesy tourist things, maybe grab a burger at Annie’s before heading to the gig. Luckily they were loosely made plans, by the time we’d wiled away a pleasant day talking nonsense and eating the breakfast/brunch Ella had made there wasn’t really time for much beyond a cheeky coffee and cake and a drink before the doors opened.
I feel a little bit like I might’ve sold my home town a bit short, really – but there’s always the next time!
With an early curfew and four acts to get on the music was due to start before seven. I do like Bodega as a venue, although did fall foul of the finding the place where I’m in everyone’s way. As all the acts were new to me I wanted to observe from afar, and I’m always conscious of how my height can restrict people’s views – but we found a cunning zone triangulated by the bar, the merch desk and the door which seemed to mostly work – although why so many people go to busy gig venues with rucksacks strapped to their backs will always evade me.
Avoiding turtle-like folk aside it was a pleasant crowd, I was finding it odd to be at a gig where I literally knew two people in the room. Although we did meet Tom (the second act of the night) through Nick and he was a magnanimously friendly chap covering the merch. But more on him later. There was a bit of a beer scandal too – Monday night in the Bodega downstairs is happy hour, their house lager is £2 – unless you go upstairs then it’s £3.40. Scandalous! It’s easy enough to nip downstairs for one though. I think lime and soda was cheap at both bars, since I was playing designated driver!