Woah. On the 4th of August, Robbie and I travelled over to Sweden to do a bit of travelling but, most importantly, play the Cosy Den 2010 festival, a multi-day extravaganza of amazing music.
We also travelled to Gothenburg as we both missed it. And, boy, do I miss it more now. It’s such a beautiful city. I’m not knocking Stockholm but Geeburg will always have a bit of my heart.
On Sunday the 8th, I played at Cosy Den. It was a strange gig, I was very on edge. I’ve not been that good mentally lately so singing a setload of intense love songs was always going to be slightly daunting. But the Cosy audience is the best you could ask for – they were warm and accepting of my dodginess.
And then, on Monday, I played ‘Death In Kettering’ on a ferry! Really, what could be better?
I realise that it’s now five years since Mattias invited me over for the first time to play Cosy Den. In the past five years, I can’t explain how much going over there to play has changed me, changed my music and changed the way I interact with the world musically. Certainly, I wouldn’t have been playing Indietracks or London Popfest or HDIF without the initial reaching out from Mattias.
Who knows what one small act can snowball into? A fanzine interview can turn into a gig, the people you meet there can put out your records or become your fellow travellers or simply, your friends.
I would like to thank Mattias and all the Cosy Den Crew for everything they’ve given me the past five years. Here’s to the best alternative music night in the world! 🙂