One of the many great quotes in This Is Spinal Tap is where their manager is asked if the fact they are playing smaller venues is because their popularity is waning. “Oh, no” replies the manager “I just think that their appeal is becoming more selective”
Good news then for punk veterans The Lurkers who played last night to a very select crowd of, at a rough guess, about 25 people, including members of two support bands. I should point out a couple of things. Firstly this follows 999 and Discharge also pulling surprisingly small crowds at the same venue in the last few months, so maybe it’s something to do with the venue or even Leicester itself. Secondly, if Arthur and the boys were pissed off then it didn’t stop them playing a great set (with encore!), having a banter with the “crowd” and at least looking as if they were enjoying it.
But my question is , Spillers , what’s the smallest gig audience you’ve ever been part of?
I’ve been to a few. The singer of one band once told me that they wouldn’t play this way again unless it was in my living room. But I’ll throw down the gauntlet here. I once saw a German punk band “headlining” at a venue that had a bad habit of letting gigs just meander on until the small hours. By the time the came on only myself and 3 mates were still in the room. At least we stayed, but that was mainly because it would be too awkward for any of us to walk out. Can anyone go lower than 4?