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6*. Oxford, Courtyard Studios, 18 December 1993 (not a gig but I count it!)

The day after the Manchester gig, Val invites me to go with her to the band’s Christmas party. I am speechless and she explains that she’d thought long and hard about who to ask and realised that she trusts me to behave myself. “You’re not a screamer.” I go back to Glasgow and spend the… Continue reading 6*. Oxford, Courtyard Studios, 18 December 1993 (not a gig but I count it!)

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Love Out Of Concrete. January-May 1994

1994. January. After our adventures in deepest Oxfordshire, I keep in touch with Val by phone, with increasingly lengthy calls. I have to go out to a phone box at the end of the street or use the payphone in the University Library foyer. My hall of residence has one card-operated phone between about 20 people… Continue reading Love Out Of Concrete. January-May 1994

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7. Manchester, University, 25 May 1994

It’s all waiting with Val. I’m itching to get into the centre of Manchester to check out the venue, but she’s still getting ready. She sends me out to the big Sainsbury’s near her flat for NME, Melody Maker and a packet of fags (the first time goody goody little me has ever bought cigarettes).… Continue reading 7. Manchester, University, 25 May 1994

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8. Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall, 26 May 1994

The next morning, Val has a couple of errands to run, so we take a series of bus journeys around the outer reaches of Cheetham Hill before we head to the centre of town. We decide that taking the train will be the best bet as Wolverhampton beckons. It’s a relatively short journey, when we… Continue reading 8. Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall, 26 May 1994

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10. Gloucester, Guildhall Arts Centre, 25 August 1994

As a warm up for their performance at Reading Festival, the band have announced a low-key gig in Gloucester. As we’ve already decided to go to Reading, it makes sense to go to this gig on the way. Val comes to my parents’ house and Rebecca picks us up in her beige Mini Metro. When… Continue reading 10. Gloucester, Guildhall Arts Centre, 25 August 1994

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12. Leeds, Metro University Union, 29 September 1994

Val phones. She is coming today after all. Rebecca arrives in the Metro and we hit the M1 listening to the new REM album. In Leeds we see the tour buses outside the University venue. I go and wait for Val near the Union. Her hair is dyed a darker shade of magenta. We bump… Continue reading 12. Leeds, Metro University Union, 29 September 1994

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13. Sheffield, University Refectory, 30 September 1994

We leave Manchester without Val and it takes an hour to get out of the city. Then we have a slightly hairy drive across the moors in the Metro.  Another one-way system slows our entrance into Sheffield, but eventually we see the tour buses parked up by the Octagon (aka the University Refectory).  We end… Continue reading 13. Sheffield, University Refectory, 30 September 1994