Yes yes! Been a while since I last posted a Lobster update, and as the leaves are falling and the days are getting shorter again, it seems a good time to fill you in on what we've been up to this summer.
We had been a little quiet for a few months leading up to summer, with Big Al and Elmo both off travelling in seperate parts of the southern hemisphere from April onwards. We returned to action in July with an incredible set at CoCoMad Festival in the lovely surroundings of Cotteridge Park, Birmingham. The sun shined all day, the vibes were massive and we played to potentially the biggest crowd we've ever had!
Next up we had the honour and pleasure of supporting our good friends Malarkey at the launch party of their amazing debut album "Kebabylon". I can't overstate how good the album is, you should buy it or steal it but just make sure you hear it!
The Malarkey show kicked off a busy weekend for us, where we also played a mammoth 2 hour set at "Out to Grass" in the beautiful countryside near Malvern. We had a great day playing alongside the likes of Skewwhiff, The Stiff Joints and Last Tree Squad. To top off the occasion we got to play with a load of friendly dogs, and took a detour through the hilariously named village of 'Suckley' en route back to Brum Town!
The finale to this epic weekend of gigs was a performance at Simmer Down Festival in Handsworth Park. This is an event we have all been to several years in a row, so it was incredible to be offered the chance to play. Watching Maxi Priest close the show to an insanely bumper crowd really put the icing on the cake of a brilliant weekend for us. I don't seem to have any pictures of us at Simmer Down so if you have one we'd love to see it!
In early August we were fortunate to play at Birmingham Town Hall as part of Project Soundlounge Festival. Alongside us were Friendly Fire Band, Malarkey, Namiwa Jazz and a whole host of others. We were spoilt at this gig, with our own changing room in the very plush backstage area! It was wicked to share such a big occasion with musicians that we've been working with for years, and I can't put into words how positive the energy was all day. We closed the night off by going to see Elmo play another set with Dantanna... After party styleee!
To end the summer, we headlined LiFest at The Actress and Bishop on August bank holiday Sunday. It was an honour to finish an event with a line up boasting the likes of the Dirty Old Folkers and Broken Witt Rebels (who we have to say a big thank you to for helping us out with drum equipment!)
So summer may be drawing to a close, but the Lobster army march on! We have some wicked gigs booked for this autumn:
17th September - supporting OPM @ The Boars Head, Kidderminster (yep, the guys who sang 'Heaven is a Halfpipe' back in the day!
6th October - opening up for By The Rivers, alongside our good friends Kioko. Midlands reggae ting - west soyd meets east sard!
10th October - Reggae City Festival - the infamous annual Brum Town reggae festival, headlined this year by Macka B. Tickets are cheap cheap cheap and going fast!
6th November - big one for us as we put on our first Lobster club night at the Hare and Hounds, entitled "LOBSTER SHACK", we will be playing alongside DubCherry, Cold Fields, Go With The Flo and are also bringing you live art from FAFFABOUT.
Big up yaself if you managed to read all of that! Big love to all the people we've met and partied with this summer, and make sure you get down to a few of these bangers that are going off over autumn.
Peace, love and seafood