I defy anyone to have had as fun a saturday night as we just did for the princely sum of £8. I’ve used this kind of comment before, but the entry fee would have been good value for any one of the four acts on offer at The Maze, nestling behind The Forest Tavern on the fringes of Nottingham’s city centre. To have basically paid a couple of quid to see each of them is frankly insulting really. I was surprised that the crowd wasn’t a little fuller in truth, not that that detracted from a most excellent evening.
With Ella arriving in the afternoon fresh from album recording with The Leylines we headed into Nottingham to meet Paul, Sarah and Andy and attempt to find somewhere to eat that wasn’t booked up – initially attempting to fulfil a craving for barbecued food we ended up settling for the newish Handmade Burger Co in the revamped-but-still-soulless Victoria Centre – which at least was on the way up to The Maze. The food was decent – and by the time we’d finished the grotty weather had eased up making the schlep up Mansfield Road a less traumatic prospect.
Once in the pub there were plenty of folk already assembled awaiting the venue at the back to open up, including Sam Jones who’d had an unfortunate beard over-trimming incident making him resemble someone still at school. Haha! It wasn’t long upon getting through to the back before Star Botherers took to the stage. Or at least two thirds of them – Dave apparently competing in an international bingo tournament in Skegness (so Bart informed us!). This left us with just Bart on guitar and vocals, and Brad adding percussion and backing vocals.