Just trying to fill in my past. The first ever gig I went to was at Hull university to see A Guy Called Gerald. I think that was in February 1990 and soon after that (or so I thought) I went to see 808 State at the Sheffield Octagon. Following which I went to the Life weekender in Skegness on the 27th of April.
So from what you’ve said instead of being A Guy Called Gerald > 808 > Life, it must have been A Guy Called Gerald > Life > 808.
Actually I’m writing something – possibly for publication – which is why I asked for the correct information. It’s not about me and it’s not about the rave scene, but here’s the entry for the night I had at the Sheffield Octagon...
After that night at the university, I began getting into dance music and the rave scene more and more. I started buying one or two records and Newt and I went out together again. Next we went to the Sheffield Octagon to a night put on by 808 State. At the venue there was a bank of speakers about the same size as the front of a house at either side of the DJs. The music was excellent and needless to say excessively loud. They put on brilliant light display too – the first I’d ever seen. At one point they fired lasers at some kind of thin netting dangling just above our heads and with it produced a four metre high angel fish swimming in the air. At the party everybody was friendly and looked be to having a great time. Mick Hucknall was sitting in the chill out area and his hair was ginger. Somebody was selling records and I bought a K-Klass white label that was pink for five quid. I got very drunk and thoroughly enjoyed the entire evening, slept my drunkenness off in my car and drove home the next morning.
So, pretty soon after going to the Sheffield Octagon, I went to the Amnesia raves near Coventry and took my first little fella.