The final day of the Free Festival is usually a busy one and so, for the final time, I hopped onto my Just Eat bicycle and pedalled into the centre to don my laurel wreathe and host Clash of the Tight Tens.
As shows go it was a slightly odd one. The audience were a lovely but very diverse group of 18 all with their own distinct taste. The acts presentation ranged from the comparatively fresh faced Nathan Cassidy (concluding his one-week run) to the close-to-death Ollie Horn (no doubt on his 2 billionth spot of the month) but they all gave it everything they had. The bucket wasn't bad but I hoped for better at 99FWP.
99FWP didn't disappoint. The room filled close to capacity, the audience were more than up for it and the space stayed just the right side of boiling hot. We danced, we chatted, we cheered a newly married couple and then laughed along with a wife identifying her husband as a first world problem because, "he can be irritating at times." The bag for life had plenty of money in it and people swore they'd be back next year. A great way to finish things.
Clash of the Tight Tens
Bums on seats: 18 (Total: 477)
Cash in the swing bin: £39 (Total: £1149)
99 (First World) Problems
Bums on seats: 34 (Total: 477)
Cash in the bag for life: £88 (Total: £1223)
And yes, that means both shows had EXACTLY the same attendance, with 99FWP beating CotTT in the bucket by £74!