It’s not everyday you get to say “I’ve sold out at the Corn Exchange!” well last week I did. Ok yes, the audience was thirty people and ok yes the tickets were free, but still, it happened and it was pretty darn special.
The dedicated adventurers who took time out from their busy days to go and phone a number in a payphone were rewarded with a merry jaunt around some of Brighton’s best record shops and finally with a One Pound Note which instructed them to meet at the George IV statue. Gotta say, it makes me feel kinda smug having my Irish head on the English pound note… 😉
Yes, George IV. If ever there was a monarch who was truly Brightonian, it was George. His legacy, the bizarre and beautiful Royal Pavilion and gardens, is the city’s emblem and so performing in this most Brighton of venues was pretty wonderful. Not everyone knows that the Dome and Corn Exchange was at one point George’s stables and riding school. * But what really got me, was the fact that George like to party so much that the English parliament had to bail him out with hundreds of thousands of pounds, and they did this more than once, so he could carry on partying. Good old George clearly knew how to make some money – and how to spend it.
And so, the track that inspired the venue was “This one’s gonna make me some money”. In the treasure hunt clues, I did try to hint at the venue – getting people to literally exchange a piece of corn in return for their ticket but still it was surprising how few people guessed!
The gig itself was a total highlight for me, Brighton Noise have written up a very lovely review and a description of the night if you didn’t make it, read it here.
For those of you signed up to the mailing list you will have received the fourth and final //TreasureTrack//, for everyone else you can listen to “This one’s gonna make me some money” here on SoundCloud.
*The artwork for the final //TreasureTrack// is very much inspired by the sea and George’s eclectic, expensive horses. Some of you eagled-eyed readers and listeners have noticed that the //TreasureTrack// artwork does indeed join together like a four-piece jigsaw (cleverclogs!). So if you haven’t done so already than go on – put all four tracks together for a very wonderful original print by Naomi Garriock.
Special //TreasureTracks// memorabilia coming soon!