Global 12 Festival on September 1st made for such a big highlight in my run of gigs so far. Arriving at Cargo venue in the trendy streets of Shoreditch, my band and I waited for a while before having an interview with a woman who works with Shodement, a PR and management company based in London.
The venue was designed toevoke a carnival vibe with colourful bunting hung around in the back garden area, burger’s or hotdogs available and afro-beat tunes blaring out of the speakers.
We’d arrived at around 12PM for a soundcheck, but for some reason that slot had disappeared. We were told they’d be using the first band as a kind of demo to fix the levels. I found this a bit unprofessional, if I’m honest, especially given that we’d arrived on time and 4 hours before our set was due precisely for that purpose.
As we watched the acts that came before us, we began to think our sound might not go down so well with the audience – they were more electronic/dance, whereas ours is more acoustic soul/RnB.
Half an hour before we walked on stage (at 16:45) I was looking at a pretty small crowd, but by now the venue had filled up quite quickly and soon we had a warm crowd of people.
The set went really well and at the end the crowd were chanting, “One more… One more!” which was pretty cool. Sadly, I’d been told there was no time for us to do an encore, but it was so encouraging to get this warm response after we’d performed our 6 songs:
Cold Turkey, Wrong Love, Rave, Redbone – Childish Gambino, Stronger than me – Amy Winehouse and Location – Khalid.
This gig has further motivated me to continue doing more gigs and I’m so excited to announce that I have 6 gigs coming up over the coming weeks. If you’re still reading, please keep coming back to my gigs page with news and updates as we plough through the autumn months.
Finally, a big Thanks from me and my band to Shodement Management and the people at Cargo for giving us a slot at G12! We really enjoyed!