If my last gig of 2013 proved anything, it was that my sense of direction is still useless and that my ability to enter the correct postcode into a SatNav is also highly questionable.
Setting off to Norwich in the dark, dirty nights of December I managed to find myself heading to the city on more and more remote roads. Knowing my own terrible sense of direction I decided to ignore the road signs and trust the cold, calculating female voice inside the magic box that allows me to actually arrive at places in a reasonable amount of time.
I only started to question her all knowing importance as I ended up going down a farm track and then heard the magical words “You have reached your destination”. It was only now that it dawned on me that I had programmed the Sat Nav to some rural idyll and not towards the Partridge inhabiting city of Norwich. After putting in the actual postcode and driving for a total of three hours twenty five minutes (the journey is meant to take less than two) I arrived at the Norwich Arts Centre to shoot Quasi.
The half full 15th Century church that houses The Arts Centre is a beautiful little venue, but tonight as Coomes and Weiss take the stage the crowd remain towards the rear of the hall, making things seem a little weird and quite awkward as a photographer. As the venue has no pit, I had to walk in front of paying fans, who seemingly did not want to disturb the band by moving to the front of the stage. Nothing like being the only person within ten feet of the band to make you feel self conscious.
Quasi on the other hand seem relieved to be playing in the confines of a small venue. After supporting Kurt Vile in London the previous night, the band regale the audience with tales of equipment failures and a set that simply fell apart, the band are talkative and play a show to a crowd that provide the intimate setting that Quasi thrive in.
The night was bittersweet though, as this was the last tweeOFF! event. As promoters, they managed to put on over 90 bands in the city and will be sorely missed. I can’t think of better words than those of the tweeOFF! themselves to end this with.
Stay passionate, keep caring, try new things and SUPPORT YOUR SCENE.