Tonight's proceedings are opened by Tropical Contact - a band who were first brought to my attention by a recommendation from Ginger himself - although it wasn't until they played at the Pure Rawk Awards last year that I actually got to see them. I saw them play last year without ever having heard any of their music and I thought they were bloody fantastic! I have to say tonight's show is quite an anti-climax in comparison to their performance at the Pure Rawk Awards - they are given a shit sound mix (although it improves a bit during their set) and they are only allowed to play for twenty minutes. Although the band played well tonight I found it rather disappointing - I don't think it was their fault though.
Next up is the Scaramanga Six - another band who I have previously seen at the Pure Rawk Awards - albeit much more recently.
Things get a little crazier next as Dirt Box Disco hit the stage. This is a band I have been hearing about for a while but have yet to see live. They are a bit mental and remind me a lot of The Damned - only heavier and stupider!
Things stay pretty crazy for the next band! At first I think this band are new to me, but I later find out that I have in fact seen them before as Baby Godzilla. They are now called Heck. When they take to the stage I think they are fucking dreadful! There is a lot of jumping about and screaming, but not much in the way of songs. However, the frontman doesn't spend very much time actually on the stage. He soon leaps out into the crowd and performs from the middle of the floor - this is obviously planned in advance as the well known and long suffering roadie Dunc is forced to feed out a length of very very long mic cable into the crowd!
Airbourne take his guitar out into the crowd for extended solos a few times, but this guy takes it to extremes and sings (screams actually) from the middle of the crowd as well.
So eventually we get to the headline act (un)Birthday boy Ginger and his band. The atmosphere isn't quite the same as at a normal Ginger show - there is a slight but tangible air of tension and expectation - will Ginger be feeling OK after his recent troubles? What sort of mood will he be in? Will he still be felling a bit down? People needn't have worried - Ginger appears happy and is on good form. He's obviously enjoying the show and relishing the chance to get back on stage after a long break. Ginger always puts a good band together, and tonight is no exception. Jase Edwards from the mighty Wolfsbane and Chris Catalyst from the brilliant Eureka Machines join Ginger on guitars, while everyone's favourite lovable loon Jon 'Random' Poole sometimes of the WiLDHEARTS is on bass duties. The rather fantastic Denzel is battering the drums into submission and the amazing Givvi Flynn is on backing (and somtimes lead) vocals. Together they make a glorious noise! The set opens with 'Ugly' from Ginger's first solo album 'Valor Del Corazon' and Ginger proudly sporting his new double necked BC Rich guitar! I guess (correctly as it turns out) that it's probably quite heavy and he won't be wearing it for very long tonight.