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The JD Set is a well-established part of the music calendar. This year there was a difference as the bands taking part visited a rudely-named cave to knock out a racket. Olaf Tyaransen caught up with headliners The Vaccines...
Olaf Tyaransen, 01 Nov 2012
Ari nods his agreement. “Also because they’re more bizarre locations, it makes for a more memorable night for everyone involved. If I wasn’t playing it myself, I’d like to go and see a gig in a cave.”
Before the guys head into the village for a Jack Daniel’s barbeque at the Bull’s Head pub, Justin casually drops a heavy hitting name. “Flea told us that the reason why the Red Hot Chili Peppers are still a big band is because when they made money, they didn’t go off and hang out on the beach for six months, they went back into a room and argued. They were still hungry to be a better band. Another friend of ours said, ‘make sure you enjoy it because you won’t be on the way up forever’. I try to bear that in mind.”
A few hours later, Tribes and Mystery Jets play solid sets to launch the birthday gig. But The Vaccines are clearly the night’s biggest deal. They step out onto the stage and kick off with a stomping ‘Tiger Blood’ – the opening salvo in a seriously impressive set. It may be a bit chilly, and dripping wet inside, but the Devil’s Arse makes for an amazing venue in many ways – it looks spectacular, the acoustics are great, and you never get tired of saying the name. Alright, seeing The Vaccines there may not rank as the best live gig I’ve ever witnessed, but it was definitely one of the most memorable. So happy birthday, Mr. Jack Daniel! Damn right, the devil’s got the best tunes...