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At Popaganda 
Aftershow party performance (5th June '04).
I was quite nervous of gigs at first. Then I got quite into it for a bit, even doing three nights in a row once.

Here's a list of all the gigs I've done. There aren't that many, 23, but I've been quite lucky with them, I think, because there's a good variety, small things in pubs, big support shows, some festivals, and a few headline shows. A good mxture of UK and overseas too. I flew out to Sweden 6 times in 5 months, I see. There's a Bavarian wedding gig and a London birthday show in the list too!

21.12.03 Glasgow, King Tut's supporting James Yorkston. First proper gig!
20.03.04 Anstruther, Erskine Hall Big Fence "Homegame" weekend
29.05.04 Stockholm, Sweden Popaganda festival, main stage, 8pm on the Friday.
30.05.04 Karlskrona, Sweden Rundgang festival
05.06.04 Stockholm, Sweden Popaganda aftershow party show, with Kenny King Creosote
21.06.04 Glasgow, King Tut's supporting The Concretes
22.06.04 Manchester, Hop&Grape supporting The Concretes
26.06.04 Glastonbury, UK Guardian tent
06,07.04 Malmo, Sweden Accelerator Festival
07.07.04 Goteborg, Sweden Accelerator Festival
08.07.04 Stockholm, Sweden Accelerator Festival
(guest vocals by The Concretes' Lisa, Maria and Victoria).
08.08.04 Goteborg, Sweden GoteborgsKalaset
11.08.04 Pittenweem, Fife Fence@Pittenweem Arts festival
(guest vocals by Victoria Bergsman, ex of The Concretes, now of Taken By Trees).
07.09.04 London, Bush Hall supporting James Yorkston
28.10.04 Linkoping, Sweden Klubb John Doe, Herrgar'n - Oldest indie club in Sweden!
29.10.04 Lund, Sweden Blekingska Nationen
03.04.05 Anstruther, Erskine Hall Fence Homegame2: The Rematch
(guest drums courtesy of Steve Mason!).
02.07.05 Bavaria, Germany Wedding show near Rosenheim for Nick & Manuela.
22.10.05 Putney Club, London Special Party gig for 40th Birthday of Laurence, the Domino Records chief.
27.11.05 The Caves, Edinburgh 25 minute set, part of a Fence night.
03.12.05 Alexandra Palace, London Supporting Franz Ferdinand.
23.04.06 Anstruther, Fife Part of Fence Homegame 3.
03.06.06 Conway Hall, London Part of "Homefires 3".

As well as those, I've played 2 or 3 songs at some "Fence nights":

31.10.03 Anstruther, Ship Inn Two songs, first live show.
16.11.03 Dundee, The Art Bar filmed for MTVe
10.06.04 Edinburgh, The VenueI paid full-price to get in to this one, by mistake, not knowing I'd be asked to sing. The Venue was my favourite Edinburgh venue. It's an art gallery now, which is actually quite nice because I can have a wee look inside whenever I want.
09.01.05 Anstruther, Ship Inn with Steve Mason (Beta Band) on drums!

The first proper unpoc gig was at King Tut's. We did another show there exactly 6 months later.

My third gig was also my first Swedish show, at Popaganda festival (Stockholm, May 2004).

I had never been to a festival at this point, or to Sweden, and it was only my third time on a plane, so it was all quite new to me.

It turned out that the audience knew the songs and were happy to see us. What a great place!

Show 4 was in Karlskrona, right in the south of Sweden, at a tiny festival called Rundgang. Here's my wristband and hotel instructions.

It would be a nice place to live, Karlskrona.

That's me with Kenny, Johnny, James (percussion, percussion, guitar).

Security sticker for Alexandra Palace support show (Dec 2005).

Alexandra Palace was our biggest indoor show, playing to 8,000 Franz Ferdinand fans. It was the last night of their UK tour, and the last of 4 nights they were doing at Ally Pally.

What a big hall. In the pic below, I'm having a pre-gig wander and some of the Franz crew are kicking a football around.