This site has been in my plans for years. I have a lot of plans. 3 years ago, when I was made redundant, to kill the time while job hunting I started to work my way through the Now! Compilations, and then blog about it. I got up to Now That’s What I Call Music 7 before getting a job. The site still exists somewhere.  I’m glad I didn’t need to do any more to be honest.

A few years back, I started to try and create a physical scrapbook for all my tickets. I got about 10 pages in, and realised that the book I’d bought wasn’t big enough and would eventually break at the seams, when I decided to digital recreate this. I don’t think I ever got round to this, but one of my friends claims I did. If I did, it certainly wasn’t to the same standard that I am aiming for now.

Over the years I’ve now collected Thousands of Gig tickets and memorabilia (setlists from some of the best gigs I’ve ever been too from bands such as Radiohead, and a Drum Stick from the worst gig I’ve ever seen (Fratelli’s at London Astoria). Everything in that box is linked to a memory, that at some point I’ve relived. I’ve made some of my best friends from these gigs, and memories shared. There are others when I rarely, if ever, see those who I shared those moments with, it’s what growing up and getting older does, but in this box is still a memory shared.

I know, I’m not the only one who hoards away all these memories. I want to share these memories with likeminded people. I want them to comment, add their own memories. I want my daughter in 15 years’ time to know about all the gigs I was went too.  When Live Music goes right, when you’re with your closest friends and family, or thousands of strangers, when there is that moment when everyone becomes one. That is what I want to recreate, because this box of tat has thousands of those memories.

Update...

I've loved going through the various box of tickets, folders, loose tickets floating around the house. It's taken a bit longer than I originally planned. Mainly because I've got so many!

But I'm also trying to make sure that the website looks good so people want to explore. I've decided I'm now going upload A LOT of pictures and images today for people to look at. I'll then go back to trying to review them all.

I've loved going back to review all the gigs that I've been too, but it's also quite hard to talk in great detail about the gigs that happened so long ago! However, I'm sure this will become easier and my writing better (I hope!) as it goes on.

I'm also finding a lot of memorabilia hidden around the house. A lot of set-lists. A cassette thrown into the crowd by Jamie T (currently unplayed). A drum stick. Wristbands. A couple of plectrums that I'm not sure where they came from. Newspaper articles going back nearly 15 years! I'm hoping to get all of these up as well as the tickets.

If anyone reads this (which I currently doubt seeing as the site's about 2 weeks old and I'm trying to work out the best ways to drive traffic). I'm starting to Instagramming a lot. I'm tweeting a bit and will get a Facebook presence, but first I want to have enough content that people will find engaging (I pray that doesn't sound too wanky).

I'd love to drive conversations. I want to hear others share their experience of the gigs I've been at, but also share their own. I've set up a submissions page if anyone else wants to get involved! I'll get them loaded straight up. 

If anyone knows a way I can make the site better, then please do get in touch and let me know!

Cheers,

Tom