When I saw The Big Moon were touring, I knew I had to go. I wouldn’t of said I was their biggest fan, but they’d been one of the bands I’d been hoping to see for a while but just hadn’t got the chance yet.
I always think I’m quite lucky where I live. Birmingham is the second city, (whoever says it’s Manchester is wrong) so most artists will play here. But if for some reason they don’t, being in the Midlands means it’s not too much of a struggle to travel elsewhere. Luckily, The Big Moon were playing in Coventry on a Saturday night. So with one 25 minute train and no work the next day, there was no reason not to go.
As the gig got closer, I started listening to the girl’s music more to hype myself up. I know I said I wouldn’t call myself the band’s number 1 fan, (I’d say I was about a “3rd fan” if we’re still talking numbers, which I’m now making a thing) but I just kept falling more and more in love with the album Love In The 4th Dimension every time I listened to it. So when the day came, I honestly could not wait.
Here’s where it gets a little weird.
Of course I saw the name of the venue the band would be playing at, but I didn’t think much of it. “The Library”. Being me, I thought this was an attempt at being edgy. “Lets call a music venue The Library to be ironic”. Oh no. The Library was Coventry’s actual library.
After heading up a flight of stairs, the stage was surrounded by shelves and shelves of books. At first I thought it would be a bit odd, but being in there changed my mind. It was part of the project, “Get Loud in Libraries”, where live music is put on in the one place you’re meant to be quiet. Quite clever actually. The area set out for the crowd was fairly small, making it feel super cosy.
One little thing that was disappointing was the drinks available. You could only get water. Okay, of course I wasn’t expecting a bar in a library, but I may have had a tiny bit of hope.
A night full of girl power.
The one support act was Peaness. (Yes, I giggled too). A 3 piece girl band who brought fun indie riffs. They spoke to the audience quite a lot in between tracks, which I really liked. I think it makes you feel more connected to the music you’re listening too as you get to see the personality of the people playing it.
Then it was time for The Big Moon, and I was glowing. No, that’s not me being vain again, the UV black lights were illuminating my white top. They opened with Silent Movie Susie and continued the set with more songs from their incredible album. My highlights had to be either The Road or Zeds. Not just because Zeds is my favourite song, but because they both sounded so god damn flawless.
A cover of Total Eclipse of the Heart was thrown in… It ended up being more funny than musically entertaining as the girls messed it up. Even though they did have looks of disappointment, they handled it really well and picked it back up. At the end of the day, you can’t expect everything to be perfect. Plus, it was still a great one to sing along too.
Going back to my earlier little “oh damn” moment of no alcohol on sale, I think being sober made me appreciate the music more. And I’m so happy about it. The Big Moon are a fantastic live band, so I’m glad I remember the whole night clearer than other gigs I’ve been to in the past…
My next gig is Superfood at Mama Rouxs in October. Probably the one I’m most excited for this year after missing them at Handmade Festival in Leicester. And their latest album is a knock out, so the night can’t come quicker!