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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Hurray For The Riff Raff - Pivo Pivo, Glasgow, 30th Aug

In just little over a week I have the pleasure to be putting on Hurray For The Riff Raff on what is the first night of their headlining UK tour.
I don't think I can really convey how excited I am about this.
Whenever anyone uses the word promoter to describe me I cringe.
I'm not a business man.
The simple truth is that I'm a music fan who sometimes puts on a gig or to.
So the excitement I feel has nothing to do with any money - it's a non profit making gig with the money after my outlay going to cover the cost of Hurray for the Riff Raff, and the rest being split between the supports – and everything to do with my appreciation of the talents of the band.
Since I first heard them there's not a day goes by that I don't listen to them.
Sometimes it is the whole of one of their albums, other days it is just a song here and there as I share them out online as I promote the show.
Whenever I do listen to them I actually feel a bit of a thrill.
There's something primitively enchanting about them.
They just sound.....well real I suppose.
Lacking in the trappings of showbiz.
Part of the attraction is also that on studio recordings it is so very obvious that they are primarily a live band, and I'm literally counting down the days until they arrive.
I just now that on a stage in front of an audience they will push things onto the next level.
Friends have commented about the link with Alabama Shakes and their success (They share a producer), likewise the media attention that the band are now getting (mentions in The Sun, Sunday Times, Mojo and Uncut) as if this has anything to do with why I am looking forward to the gig.
In some peoples eyes it seems like a big deal, and it is, but the main thing for me is that I'm involved in putting on a band that I truly admire. 
The icing on the cake is that all the supports, Little Fire, The Dirt and Matt Scott are all friends.
In my head the night is going to be like a big warm family party.

So far sales of tickets have went very well, and without exaggerating to generate more sales it does look like it will sell out.
I sincerely hope it does.
The band deserve nothing less than a honestly rousing support to start their tour off.
Now listen to this with an open mind and forget what is in or out of fashion. Just listen.


  1. Now that is good. Will there be tickets on the door?

  2. I couldn't honestly say Russ, but Tickets Scotland still have some. Click on the image on the right in forthcoming gigs for the link.
    If there's any problems email me at with your full name and I will personally set aside what you need.

  3. Aw man. Deer Tick are playing the same night.
    I don't know what to do.

  4. I know. Deer Tick are amazing.
    Glasgow will be rockin on that Thursday.
    A band called Confusion are paying Tuts, Deer Tick are in Stereo and there's this.
    Go with your heart mate and wherever you end up I hope you have a great time.

  5. You really are crap at the business side. Your supposed to sell the gig you are doing. (jk)
    Its cool you want punters to enjoy themselves.
    I should see you in Pivo then.
    This is the least expensive. :)

  6. Ha. Aye. There's my selling point. It's cheaper than the rest.
    Seriously though everything IS cool.
    The manager of the band Confusion has been posting about the Hurray gig as well as her own.
    Sometimes people see competition where there isn't any.