Kurt Vile @ Rough Trade East, London 15 April 2022

A big gig in a small venue as far as I was concerned. Kurt Vile is someone I have really wanted to see live and I was very pleased to secure a ticket for this intimate solo set at London’s Rough Trade East before it inevitably sold out.

I made my way towards the old Truman Brewery site in Brick Lane well ahead of the advertised doors opening time and was slightly surprised to see a significant queue had already formed at least half an hour in advance. As so often with such gigs the doors opened some time later than advertised and I could not even see the end of the queue by that time. It didn’t matter, the weather was great and everyone was friendly and in good spirits, my only slight anxiety was that I don’t have a smartphone and everything seems to be moving horribly towards apps and digital e-tickets these days but all was ok and my printed ticket booking confirmation was recognised at the door. Of course entry to this came with the pre-ordered signed vinyl copy of Kurt’s excellent new album (watch my moves).

Rough Trade East is a great place for such gigs, it even has its own small bar and once the records racks are moved out of the way it holds and impressive 300 capacity audience and has a proper stage and dedicated PA system.

There was a bit of a good-natured wait for the show to start which only heightened the sense of occasion and excitement. Kurt was welcomed loudly and warmly and played a beautiful set which was a true privilege to experience. It was clear that he is very special to many people who respect and appreciate him to the utmost degree. The atmosphere was lovely, the playing exquisite and the energy quite beautiful with charming interactions between Kurt and the crowd. An hour and a quarter or so passed by all too quickly but I loved every minute of it. A wonderful gig which I was re-living in my head for many days afterwards.

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