2nd October 2018…
Taking a break from their respective sell out tours, two very different but both hugely popular bands have recently stopped off at Southsea’s Pie & Vinyl to play instore sets to a lucky select few fans.
Technically, IDLES’ set was ‘outstore’ at local pub The Wave Maiden, probably a wise choice given the amount of breakables in the shop! A lunchtime slot saw many of those who managed to get a space gladly taking time off work to hear tracks from the new album Joy As An Act Of Resistance. With much two way interaction, the band were in the crowd and the crowd were in the band, taking over vocals while Joe went to meet the people crammed in at the back. Massively relevant right now, IDLES never disappoint live and this was no exception.
A few weeks later saw a much more chilled solo acoustic performance from Pale Waves’ Heather Baron-Gracie singing tracks from debut album My Mind Makes Noises, joined by the rest of the band for a signing session afterwards. With the shop bursting at the seams and more people watching from outside on the street, there is clearly more than just hype attached to Pale Waves.
For anyone not familiar with the area, Pie & Vinyl sits on Castle Road amidst a plethora of independent shops selling a mixture of items old and new. True to its name, the shop stocks a wide range of music and is home to a cafe serving the most amazing pies around. One to check out if you’re taking a trip to the coast any time soon.
Words and photos by Siobhan