A quiet day on the fringe still came with its highlights as Clash of the Tight Tens minimal audience enjoyed the sets delivered if to ten times the number whilst 99FWP hosted a truly international audience of Germans, Chinese, Irish and Brits. Though the three Chinese members struggled with the language barrier they joined in with enthusiasm and the tell tale constant scribbling in a notepad by a man at the back suggested a reviewer was in town.
Post-shows, we caught Jollyboat at The Liquid Rooms for some raucous musical comedy and then headed up town to see John Long perform Planet Killing Machine with his trademark very small guitar. Old favourites such as "You Can't Recycle That" were joined by new songs and a poignant tribute to, musical comedian, the late Chris Joyce. A thoughtful counterpart to the previous show, it was well worth the ticket.
Clash of the Tight Tens
Bums on seats: 10 (Total: 390)
Cash in the swing bin: £21 (Total: £921)
99 (First World) Problems
Bums on seats: 10 (Total: 372)
Cash in the bag for life: £28 (Total: £913)