Our first stop in Cornwall was Helston, a hasty last minute booking after a St Paddy's Day related cancellation elsewhere. Landlord Neil seemed up for giving this unknown band a whirl and he wasn't disappointed. I believe the words were "One of the best bands we've ever had!".
The Bell is an odd place to play becuase you're in a raised area where the pool table is, peering out over some banisters. The pool table in the corner made space a premium so Smeg and Indesit spent most of the night lookng at the back of the speakers.
That said, they don't half like their music and danced their arses off all night and the metal heads to our left loved the new Anthrax cover. We WILL be back at the Bell!
Three of the Pondlife
guys came to see us which was awesome. We love 'em! Sadly we didn't get much time to catch up.... I think that's gonna take a long night and lots of beer! Paul.... get yerself up here soon!
After we'd packed away, we raced down to the Blue Anchor for last orders. I've been going on about Spingo beer and was gutted to find that there was no Spingo Special on. We settled for Spingo Middle but it just ain't the same!
Cheesy chips and kebabs all round and then back to Strathallan
, our accommodation for the night. We were very impressed with the attention to detail by our hosts - very good indeed. They used John and I as guinnea pigs the next morning with veggie savoury muffins ontop of a breakfast that was already huge! I was most impressed to see everyone at breakfast by 9.30am but we did suspect that it'd be a cold day in Hell before Indesit missed a cooked breakfast.
We travelled towards Polzeath after picking up our kit from the Bell. We stopped off at our B&B, Trelulla
which took a bit of finding as it doesn't have a street name and as its in the middle of nowhere, Multimap didn't really show anything. Smeg's SatNav was also a bit confused but we got there in the end with some good old fashioned map reading from Hoover. The B&B was a huge house with very homely rooms and a living room for guests as well as the three bedrooms that we had (ain't it handy when everyone couples off).
Paul wanted to play with a new box of tricks that he'd bought for his guitar so John and I amused ourselves with watching American Idol on TV before hunger got the better of us and we gathered the troups to go foraging for food.
We went to the Oystercatcher first, our venue for that evening. They don't do food during the day but they pointed us in the direction of the Rock Bar at Rock where we got the hugest burgers in the world and a nice pint of Tribute. The weather was a bit rubbish outside so we played pool, ate and then went back to the Oystercatcher. Unfortunately the rugby was on so we couldn't setup as early as we would've liked. We were all fading a bit after a late night the night before so we vegged for a bit while the rugby was on.
Once the rugby was over, we cracked on and got setup. We'd brought the big guns (sub woofers, mixing desk and 2.5k PA) so there was more to do but we do seem to be getting quicker with it. After a long day of drinking lots of Guinness to win hats and watching rugby, some were a little weary on their feet but the "standy uppy table" danced for the duration (2hrs 20 mins) that we played. The girls at the front were great too.... they seemed a bit embarrassed at Hoover's antics but got into the spirit quite quickly.
Everyone flaked out as soon as they got back to their rooms... no late night chattsies that night.
After another early breakfast, we headed back to Devon. Paul Indesit and Beer Roadie extraordinaire, Marnie Hinari, were in Iggy Exeter bound whilst Smeg and Tosh went the direct route back to Plymouth. The Iggy bus detoured to Boscastle on the way back for a very brisk walk in the freezing cold and to buy a blue cat which stands on one leg but has inspired a gig silly pose.
A great weekend.... roll on August when we do it again!