This weekend was amazing. Ridiculous, heroic, amazing.
On Friday night I played a 30 minute set at the Masons Arms in Llanelli. My friends organised an amazing surprise for me – they all turned up wearing t-shirts emblazened with my name! So much love!
The set itself went incredibly well – it was my best performance by far to date! Lots of people came up to me afterwards to congratulate me, it was amazing. I felt very proud of myself. Daf also managed to record some great audio from the gig, so this weekend we’re hoping to go through it and possibly put some live tracks online for free download! I’d like to release a live EP sometime this summer, so keep your eyes open for that 🙂
After I got off stage, we all had some celebratory drinks, and danced and sung along with the other acts.
Then my friend Rhys got into a clapping competition with a complete stranger for like 2 hours?! They even had their own hashtag – #ClapOfTheTitans (sounds like an epic STI!). We were scared it was all going to result in a fight, so Kirsty and I had to break it up before things got out of hand (pun intended).
Kirsty and Rhys came back to mine afterwards and Daf’s place, where we had long conversations about social justice and Coronation Street, and didn’t get to bed until 2am.
The next day we all went for a Toby Carvery unlimited buffet breakfast (“unlimited as in… neverending?!”), then went back home for a tactical power nap. That evening, we all headed out to Swansea for our friend Caitlin’s birthday night out, which was ridiculous and lots of fun. I was hideously drunk though; in fact, there are vast swathes of the evening that I can barely remember. I’m not sure I’ve ever been that drunk before! I was originally going to write a long blog post about the evening, with accompanying photos, but then when I looked back through my photos they were mostly blurry group shots and selfies taken outside Popworld. Here is one photo that I do like though, taken by the birthday girl herself:
The next morning, most of us were still pretty drunk; I think we’d barely managed to grab 4 hours’ sleep. Matt came over at 9am, barefoot, drunk, and covered in sand – turns out he’d fallen asleep on the beach with a stranger!
We all went out for a glorious breakfast in the Uplands Diner, where we nursed our hangovers and dissected the shenanigans of the previous evening. It was awesome.
That afternoon, feeling pretty worse for wear, I dragged my sorry butt to band practice. I’m glad I made the effort though, because it was lots of fun.
This weekend was awesome – incredibly tiring, but awesome. I feel so blessed to have such wonderful friends around me, all of whom are incredibly supportive of my creative projects, and incredibly forgiving of my drunken mistakes. 🙂
Gig news: reminder that I’m performing at the Swansea Feminist Network music fundraiser next Friday at 9pm! Details here.