Took the trip to Nottingham last night to see the former ex-member of Blur Graham Coxon perform his latest solo work.
Having taken advantage in the past week or so of some of Leicester’s best arts venues – Be Near Me at Curve and the faultless In The Loop at the Phoenix – what a shame that you have to travel for an hour to see some decent live music.
You’d have thought that between the £60 million-odd that the theatre cost and the £21 million move across town for the Phoenix, they’d have been able to provide an acceptable arena for nationally-acclaimed touring bands. Or maybe that wasn’t highbrow enough.
I never went to the Charlotte before it closed a few months ago, mainly because by the time I arrived in Leicester there was nothing there I wanted to see. But with a city with such a musical pedigree, and, if nothing else, with such a sizable student population, it’s disgraceful that recognisable acts can’t play here.
As it was, Coxon was a slight disappointment, but I wouldn’t have minded that if I’d only had a short walk home.
I’m on holiday this week; one of the best countries in the world beckons on Wednesday if I can find my passport.