In this First Concert Ever segment, the pop artist, Tall Children, talks about his first concert ever. You can check out the feature, after the break.
The first gig I ever went to was to see my dad playing in a swinging 60s show. I was 6 years old. The band was called The Sensations. They’d done a string of performances on New Faces. Every night the band would come round to our house to rehearse. They’d be drinking and joking around with me and my mum – although we were confined to making the tea, albeit we had some great 60s tunes to vibe to. They played tunes from Billy Halliday, through to Louis Prima and James Brown. My dad could play the trombone too so there’d be late night sessions where he would be dancing with this trombone (what a row!!) and I’d be “jamming” alongside him with a toy violin or cardboard guitar. Now I think about it, it was actually pretty cool. In fact, our house was filled with guitars and music, so I never really knew anything different. So that first gig was a huge open air thing on a holiday camp of some description. Dad was headlining the day so I got to do all the backstage stuff. I had to sit through a lot of bands before they came on. I think I was desensitized to how privileged I was to be able to see and do that. A typical 6 year old, I just wanted to run around and do donuts and grass angels on the lawn. When they finally came on, they did a killer set of 50s/60s swing – everyone on their feet and having an amazing time. It was the first moment I’d seen the power of music to move people and I guess it was my first introduction to the idea “you can do that if you want.”