I do so like playing the Vortex. Or did. Or will have done. Anyway, it looks like they’ll definitely be moving next year, so this could be the last time I play here and probably is.
I warm up and check that my fingers work in the larder/green room downstairs, then go back up to lurk.
By the time I go on there are a number people in the room but they’re all at the back of the room apart from Laura and Phil H, and Rich Barnard who are right at the front.
I kick off with The things you get after which it’s all a bit of a blur. But a positive blur. There’s some confusion at the end – I’m about to finish, Des suggests doing one more (this is all through the medium of hand gestures) and I play Iodine, which is the right thing to do.
Des is on form throughout the evening and the headliner Caroline Nin is wonderful . By the end of her set, I’d completely forgotten that I was there to perform and had become An Audience Member.