Anyway, last night was a 'night off' as I had a ticket for the Out of Line Festival featuring Ashbury Heights, Din A Tod, Proceed, Spetsnaz and headliners Hocico at the Islington Academy. Things didn't go according to plan though as when we arrived (at 5pm as it was an early start due to the venue kicking us out at 10pm to make way for the Feeling Gloomy club night) we were faced with a load of posters stating that:
a) None of the bands had arrived as yet as the tour bus had been held up in Calais by immigration (turns out they were held up for ten hours trying to sort things out)
b) Hocico would not be headlining as they were refused entry into the UK (presumably they didn't have work visa's - itr's the only thing I can imagine as they are from Mexico and not the EU - although you';d have thought someone would have looked into that before starting the tour).
The rest of the bands finally turned up at the venue at 7.15pm and the first band was on stage at 7.45. Everything was thrown in a bit of disarray due to all the problems they'd had during the day. Din A Tod were maybe on for three songs, Ashbury Heights for 5, Proceed I managed to miss bar the last song because I'd popped out for a cigarette and bumped into Sarah (even so, I wasn't out of the building for more than maybe 15 minutes tops so they maybe played 4 songs) and Spetsnaz were on for maybe 40 minutes but got very repetitive and a bit dull after the first 20.
Ashbury Heights, however, were fantastic and worth the evening. I really want to see them live again and with a full set. I had a word with one of the singers and she said they were hoping to be back in the UK again soon and as soon as they are I'm buying tickets.
In way of compensation for the lack of Hocico everyone who kept their ticket has been given the choice of going to see MESH free next Sunday at the Electric Ballroom or to see Hocico free when they play in the UK next March (all being well). I'm opting for the MESH gig as I was hoping to go anyway and wouldn't like to guarantee I'll have my Hocico ticket stub (or atleast know where it was) come March (if they indeed play).
We went to Slimelight afterwards were I danced a bit, got bored, started getting uptight and moody, said my goodbyes and left to go and find a cab as the last trains had already gone. Got home about two, tried to relax, finally got to sleep at somepoint, woke up and went to Gameforce all afternoon to play games and sell Dragonmeet tickets.
Presales are currently up on this time last year which is a good sign, although the enxt two weeks is all about promotion promotion promotion.