26. The Bluetones – Exeter Cavern – 10/12/2003

Previously on Sweating with Strangers: Status Quo are heavy, unpredictable and exciting, and then two weeks later I see them and they're just fine. What do you do when you meet your heroes? I've met an upsettingly small number of mine, but judging by the two experiences that spring to mind, that's no bad thing. … Continue reading 26. The Bluetones – Exeter Cavern – 10/12/2003

19. The Bluetones – Lemon Grove, Exeter – 18/05/2003

Previously on Sweating With Strangers: I get all giddy and light-headed at the thought of a really good Status Quo album, even if I have to pay people to attend the gigs with me. Let's move on from 2002 - the rockingest year of my life so far, with a total of six gigs - … Continue reading 19. The Bluetones – Lemon Grove, Exeter – 18/05/2003

15. Easyworld – The Cavern, Exeter – 8/5/2002

Previously on Sweating with Strangers: I begin my Wildhearts obsession, and their gig in Bristol takes the crown. Continuing our spring 2002 Easyworld/Wildhearts odyssey, it's time to get back to Eastbourne's favourite indie-pop-rockers - no, not Toploader. This is a gig about which I remember very little, except that I was certain it had happened, … Continue reading 15. Easyworld – The Cavern, Exeter – 8/5/2002

13. The Bluetones – Lemon Grove, Exeter – 14/03/2002

Previously on Sweating with Strangers - the Beach Boys bring the rain, and I'm one ill-timed pee away from meeting my heroes. Where was I? Oh that's right, university! Yes, after 6 years in the Midlands I had failed to learn my own lesson about the proximity of decent gig venues and the availability of … Continue reading 13. The Bluetones – Lemon Grove, Exeter – 14/03/2002

5. Ocean Colour Scene, NEC Arena, Birmingham – 16/2/1998

Previously on Sweating With Strangers: teenage Hodge experiences a giant curtain, and doesn't really care about quality. It's happened at last: I have a different band to write about. Still at the same venue however, because as all good Dr Who showrunners know, you don't change everything all at once. One series it's the Doctor, … Continue reading 5. Ocean Colour Scene, NEC Arena, Birmingham – 16/2/1998