Went to the above show on Saturday. Hardcore at the Louis - get in! Ok, so it was probably only there coz of the Old Market festival but I want more hardcore there now - it was one of the best shows of the year, easily. Poor little old guy who runs the place & who lost it during the Fidlar stage invasion earlier in the year was wandering around looking most concerned.
Massive turn out, place was packed with most of the audience hiding at the back. All the bands were going “come in, it’s a fucking hardcore show, move up closer”, but no one was moving from behind the mixing desk. Fools, cuz everyone knows that if you hang around at the back of the room at a hardcore show someone’s going to backflip or cartwheel into you. Or do that thing where the guy gives the gal a fireman’s lift then spins really fucking hard & runs at everyone at the back of the room. Haha, did they got what was coming to them!
There was this dude there who was either pissed or learning diffs or (I suspect) both who’d only come cuz his mate worked the bar. Said he liked Minor Threat but had never been to a hardcore show before.
He arrived just before Pay No Respect took to the stage. Band began, people began two stepping, spin kicking, circle pitting off the audience, moshing hard basically & straight into this righteous mayhem dude starts doing this little arse wiggling shimmy dance, right up to the front of the mosh pit. Funniest thing I’ve ever seen. He spent the whole of the show doing same. An arse wiggling shimmy around the pit as people were going mental all around him. Massive guy so no one caused him any grief. Most people just ignored him I think.
Between bands was when he decided to start talking to me. I told him it was probably going to go off when Nasty took to the stage & he was all “whaddya reckon, you think I can take it? That was like being at Sunday school that was etc etc”. When he started staying ”If anyone hurts me though I won’t stand for it” I thought I’d best go in & explain to him it wasn’t about being hard or hurting people, it was just friends having fun & that even if someone hurt him under no circumstances do you retaliate at all, it’ll be an accident right? You’re all friends right? No fighting. Ever. At hardcore shows.
True to form within 5 minutes of Nasty he was brutally laying into someone & I was having to wade in to calm him down. Proper put an end to his arse wiggling sadly, spent the rest of the show looking sheepish. Or at least, I thought he was looking sheepish till I found out he was just worrying because he thought he’d lost his coat.
Hope he doesn’t use Tumblr.