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Sunday, 6 February 2011

Green Bohemia 7th Birthday Party

So last night was the gig at Green Rooms in celebration of seven years of Green Bohemia.  Green Bohemia is generally regarded as a Good Thing by all members of Dresden.  In a way, it harks back to the time when promoters would simply book bands that they liked, then promote the night as best they could in the hope that people would come to check out bands of real quality.

A shocking anachronism, I know!

Stuart Avery, the guy who puts Green Bohemia on, is one of the Manc scene's 'good guys' - he genuinely believes in booking bands that he likes - Green Bohemia is an ideal proving ground for this sort of thing, as it's on a Saturday night in the centre of the city.  And it's free.

Like many bands over the last seven years, Dresden pretty much got its start at Green Bohemia - when Marc and I were road-testing many of the songs that eventually made it onto the record, Stu was one of the only blokes in town who would put us on.  In light of that, we were delighted to be asked to play at the 7th birthday celebration of this brilliant little night, and jumped at the chance to do so.

The gig itself was pretty good - the GB set-up is ideal for acoustic acts, but obviously we use a lot of digital tech stuff on stage, and so we struggled to hear what we were doing at certain points in the set, which was as follows:

The Life of a Wife
Enough is Never Good Enough

All things considered, I think we played fairly well, and the response from the audience was great.  Because the stage at GB is up on the mezzanine floor, and the event itself was very busy, the crowd was practically right on top of us, which made for an... 'interesting' experience, particularly for the poor chap who I almost knocked over as he was trying to sneak out.

Serves him right, if you ask me.

Ryan Magee x

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