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Sunday, 1 April 2007

kid! carpet!

The Suitcase Circus
I popped over to Bristol on Friday afternoon (note to self : never try and drive to Bristol on a Friday afternoon.. it seems to be when most people book their accidents!) to see Kid Carpet (finally!) play live at a strange little venue - The Cube Microplex.

The gig was entertaining, although the first two acts were odd, to say the least! Actually, I think that's what I love about Bristol - it really is such a cultural melting pot, and makes Luton look like Philistia! It started with a performance by the Suitcase Circus, which was an unusual puppet show, made from bits of rubbish (a Burger King straw dancer, a pair of socks - well, half-socks - and a potatosack acrobat).

Le Pants
This was followed by a comedy-burlesque-ironic performance by Le Pants. This was a singing and dancing performance (think a small scale Goldfrapp doing an OK Go!) which was entertaining, although at points, I didn't know where to look. Which I think might have been the point.

Kid Carpet at the Cube Microplex, BristolFinally, the highlight of the evening (we didn't stay for the last act, I'm afraid!) - my first Kid Carpet performance. Elin and Rob - who kindly put me up for the night and let me beat them at Singstar and Buzz (heehee!) - had seen him at least three times before (once at his album launch in a multistorey car park - cool!), so knew what to expect. He certainly didn't let us down, with an energetic, engaging performance which tempted many of the audience out of their flip-up seats to dance at the front of the stage. His finale was "You Can't Stop The Pop" which got everyone bopping as he shouted into a Fisher-Price cassette recorder. Which is why I like Bristol. It means I can write things like that. (And I'd much rather spend a fiver on a night out in a small venue than spend the best part of £50 on a stadium gig where you only see the artist on a telly!)

There are a few more pics in the gallery.

Posted by james at April 1, 2007 12:36 PM

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