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The Bellinghman
Date: 2013-12-31 12:51
Subject: Waiting for the gig to start
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We went to a number of shows this year, and I decided to make a list for my future reference

2013-01-08 Phoenix Distraction Club Musical comedy
2013-01-09 J1 Caravan Classic prog rock
2013-01-13 J2 Milton Jones Standup comedy
2013-01-19 J1 Mallory Knox Indie rock
2013-02-05 Phoenix Distraction Club Musical comedy
2013-02-12 J1 Delphicmissed
2013-02-24 Corn Exchange Richard Thompson Folk
2013-03-04 J1 Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings Folk
2013-03-05 Phoenix Distraction Club Musical comedy
2013-03-08 J2 Mark Steel Standup comedy
2013-03-15 J2 Richard Herring Standup comedy
2013-04-02 Phoenix Distraction Club Musical comedy
2013-04-04 J2 Kate Nash Indie pop
2013-04-16 ADC Wyrd Sisters Play
2013-04-29 J2 Chris Wood Folk
2013-05-02 J2 Karine Polwart Folk
2013-05-06 J1 Pigeon Detectives Indie rock
2013-05-07 Phoenix Distraction Club Musical comedy
2013-05-11 J2 Reginald D Hunter Standup comedy
2013-05-16 J2 Paper Aeroplanes Indie
2013-05-21 Cineworld Star Trek Film
2013-05-24 J2 Mitch Benn Standup comedy
2013-06-04 Phoenix Distraction Club Musical comedy
2013-06-11 Arts Theatre Little Voice Play
2013-06-15 J2 Habadekuk Folk
2013-06-29 J2 Steve Howe Music
2013-07-02 Phoenix Distraction Club Musical comedy
2013-07-25 CHH Cambridge Folk Festival Folk and various 
2013-07-26 CHH Cambridge Folk Festival Folk and various
2013-07-27 CHH Cambridge Folk Festival Folk and various
2013-07-28 CHH Cambridge Folk Festival Folk and various
2013-08-11 Phoenix Phoenix Fringe Standup comedy (Russell Howard/Shappi Khorsandi/&c)
2013-08-23 Cineworld Pacific Rim Film
2013-08-30 Old Bull Boo Hewerdine Folk
2013-08-31 Cineworld World's End Film
2013-09-03 Phoenix Distraction Club Musical comedy
2013-09-13 Cineworld Wolverine Film
2013-09-27 Corn Exchange Laura Marling Folk
2013-09-28 J2 Marcel Lucont Standup comedy
2013-10-01 Phoenix Distraction Club Musical comedy
2013-10-04 Corn Exchange HHGTTG Play
2013-10-07 Corn Exchange Al Stewart Folk
2013-10-18 J2 Henning Wenn Standup comedy
2013-10-22 J2 Martha Tilston Folk
2013-10-28 J2 Megson Folk
2013-11-02 J2 Phil Hammond Standup comedy
2013-11-05 Phoenix Distraction Club Musical comedy
2013-11-15 J2 Steven K Amos Standup comedy missed
2013-11-15 IFC Thor 2 Film
2013-12-03 Phoenix Distraction Club Musical comedy
2013-12-06 J1 Dr Feelgood R&B
2013-12-09 Barbican Steeleye Span with Spiers and Boden Folk
2013-12-13 J1 Ade Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds Folk/punk
2013-12-14 Cineworld Hobbit 2 Film
2013-12-21 Bloomsbury Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless Folk Various music, talks and comedy

Venues are:

ADC - ADC Theatre in Cambridge
Arts Theatre - Arts Theatre in Cambridge
Barbican - The Barbican Hall in London
Bloomsbury - The Bloomsbury Theatre in London
CHH - Cherry Hinton Hall in Cambridge
Cineworld - Cineworld Cinema in Cambridge
Corn Exchange - Cambridge Corn Exchange, larger than J1
IFC - The IFC Mall in Hong Kong
J1 - Junction 1 in Cambridge, the largest venue on that site
J2 - Junction 2 in Cambridge, the second largest venue on that site
Old Bull - The Old Bull Inn in Royston
Phoenix - the basement of the Phoenix in Cavendish Square, London

That's 53 separate days on which we've gone to see something, and only 6 of those weren't live entertainment of some form. Some performers we saw a lot (Mitch Benn, for example - he was at all but one of those Distraction Club events, and he was also in HHGTTG as well as that solo gig). We also bought quite a number of CDs of music from performers, or after having seen them. A good number were cases where we didn't really know what we were going to see - the Bad Shepherds for example, but also many of the acts at the Distraction Club and of course, we buy the Folk Festival tickets before we know what acts will be on.

(Edited for cut, and to add reflection)
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irishkate
User: irishkate
Date: 2013-12-31 13:18 (UTC)
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holy cow - that's more shows than I go to in years...let alone in 1 year...
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2013-12-31 13:56 (UTC)
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Yes, it is quite a lot, especially when listed like that. It's pretty much what we do with our disposable income these days. We used to go to more films, but we've recently got into the habit of seeing live entertainment instead: it's different every time, because performers and audience resonate off each other.

We might ease off a bit next year - indeed, right now we have nothing booked in January.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2014-01-01 11:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Considering, and removing the cinema trips, it's quite possible that's as many shows as I saw up to age 30.
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irishkate
User: irishkate
Date: 2014-01-01 11:29 (UTC)
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That may well be true for me too.. not even sure if I could push that to as many shows as I saw up to age 40!

2013 was one good year for shows for you!!
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Bridget: 2013
User: bugshaw
Date: 2013-12-31 14:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:2013
I have been looking through local theatre programmes and made a shortlist of 14 things I'd like to see in Jan-Mar...
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2013-12-31 14:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
We're not so much into theatre, but that's a thought, once they get over the panto season.
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Bridget: 2013
User: bugshaw
Date: 2013-12-31 14:47 (UTC)
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Keyword:2013
I'm classing the Junction and Corn Exchange as theatres for this purpose, and including comedy and gigs...
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2013-12-31 14:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ah!

(Though the Junction does seem to be clogged up with Brave Thumbelina, which may be why I've not booked anything there yet.)
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Liz
User: redcountess
Date: 2014-01-01 08:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I managed to see more movies at the cinema than I usually do, but less local gigs, and about average for international and big arena gigs. No theatre or "in conversations" though (Les Mis next year though, just need to buy a ticket)

Happy New Year to you and Mrs B, btw!
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2014-01-01 11:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you.
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