Krista Green @ Seabournes 19 Oct Its Friday night, its not 5 to 5, but it is my warm up to the big Oxjam takeover. I’m starting tonight’s journey at a new venue for me, Seabournes in Pokesdown. Krista Green is playing her first gig here, and reads the crowd well, starting with Wonderwall in her own inimitable fashion. I think I’m the only one paying attention to the music, which is in competition with the sports screens; I’m wrong judging by the applause this raucous lot give her.

County Hospital @ Cellar Bar 19 OctTim Smart is opening at the Cellar Bar tonight in County Hospital guise, he got stuck on the train so wrote 6 new songs for tonight. The soundcheck comprises Tim running through them with drummer Ed (just arrived from Liverpool) and bassist Luke. Jim is only occasionally on conga so isn’t on stage at the start.

Straightaway Tim is up to some inventive antics, using the mic stand as the noise make for his guitar, while trotting out two regular songs before starting on the new stuff.

This latter is dead good, for what is effectively an unrehearsed jam, and causes much merriment as Ed totally stuffs up a 4 beat-4 beat-4 beat-3 beat rhythm. They restart once he gets the beat, with the last verse, chorus and big end – all together this time. Hopefully you get the vibe for how County Hospital write a song, even though Ed’s heard to mutter “I’m supposed to be a professional”. The others are having fun, and that Ed can even pull it together demonstrates his impeccable ability.

Bad Magic @ Cellar Bar 19 OctBad Magic make a fast changeover for a decent start kicking off with an angry Roadkill. There’s been some hassle with the non-regular bouncers not letting lead Chris into the venue, he’s restricted to the stage only then supposedly straight out the door afterwards.

What I’m liking about this set is Bad Magic realise they’re on a small stage, can’t do the stadium antics, so are punching out tune after tune with no let-up between.

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