Robb’s Gig 2017!!!

It’s coming…

Nov 11th 2017. Assembly Inn, Bath.

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“Hey hey people!!! Nope we havent forgotten and yep we are totally gunna do all the loveliness again! Robb’s gig baby! That’s right – a right lovely get together of nice people, impromptu bands playing sweet ass music, Jagermeister, a bit of nostalgia, performance, booze, SEX HAMMER, whatever you want to happen, let us know!! All help can and will be provided to accommodate people, performance, thoughts, visuals, ANYTHING – just let us know! Please keep the date free and join us for a lovely evening of lovely people doing lovely things – love. xxx”

Robb’s Gig 2015

We’ve missed a couple of years due to various difficulties, but on August 22nd, we achieved Robb’s Gig 2015. Wonderful peeples once again converged on Bath for a night of joy and drink and noise and all the feelings.

I always have plans to say something profound, witty and/or heartfelt on the night, but nerves, stress and time-constraints mean I usually end up mumbling daft nonsenses instead. So I‘ll try to at least get the heartfelt bit done here.

Firstly, I want to make it clear what Robb’s Gig is about.

I’ve long been concerned that my lack of communication on this and other matters has made things unclear. It’s not to deify our dead friend. I’m sure almost everyone who knew Robb thought he was awesome, funny, pretty, grumpy, down to earth, an incredible musician and artist; but they also know he was as inherently flawed and silly as the rest of us.

We are in no way glorifying his death. The majority of my thoughts about my brother over the past decade have been fucking futile fury. In one action, he changed the lives of so many people, in such a terrible way. We’re dealing with that every day.

The only way I can come close to forgiving him is to remind myself that at only 22, he knew next to nothing. I know he knew next to nothing because I know I know next to nothing and I have now experienced almost 12 years more learning, thinking and growing than he will ever have.

So, the friction of Robb’s Gig — we want to celebrate the 22 years that he enhanced our lives, whilst simultaneously grieving the one night he fucked our lives and navigating the being-without-him-every-day-since. 

It’s a beautiful, exhausting journey into intense emotions, soundtracked by drunken, (sometimes) rusty, musicianship and drunken, nostalgic voices.

We make time to remember him because for all his flaws he was a brilliant human being, and we miss him. We get together because he brought us together. We dance because being alive with these people is freakin’ wonderful and most certainly worth sticking around for. If he were here, I think he’d know that by now.

This means that secondly, but equally, Robb’s Gig is to celebrate each other. The skills and ideas and lovely faces and living lives of those that Robb connected. To me, it’s as much Chris’ Gig, Kristy’s Gig, Sam’s Gig, Shannon’s Gig…, as Robb’s Gig. (I refuse to mention you all by name, but I hope you know it’s your gig.)

So, thank you for being there on the night, thank you for thinking of us if you couldn’t be there, thank you for reading this if this is the first you’ve heard of all this. Thank you for being here now, through everything that got us all to this point in time. I appreciate you all immensely. You make my life better.

Finally, suicide is fucking shit. I presume that many beautiful humans who make this brutal decision are not of a rational state of mind. That is why the one thing I would tattoo on the back of everyone’s hand is:

Don’t mistake the way things are right now for the way things will always be.

In the decade since Robb left, my life has changed, my mind has changed, my body has changed, the world has transformed (thanks Steve Jobs). You don’t know how you are going to feel tomorrow, let alone in 10 years time. If you ever feel like your thoughts and feelings are overwhelming your ability to make rational, healthy decisions, get help. There are so many people out there who can help. If you don’t know who to ask, I will help you find them. 

As with anything, the first path might not be the right one, so keep trying, keep experiencing, keep learning. Keep living. Like climbing a mountain to see a mind-blowing panoramic view of our planet, it’s totally fucking worth the pain.

For those of you couldn’t be there at Robb’s Gig 2015 (or those who want to relive it time and time again), debs and I put together the footage from the night and uploaded it to the new Robb’s Gig YouTube channel.

As we were both performing this year, filming was the very last thing that got sorted. We chucked a couple of GoPro cameras and audio recorders into the room just as Seven Crowns were taking the stage. There was no way to get a decent recording from the PA system, so, the sound isn’t as good as I would’ve liked, but we worked with what we could get.

I recommend getting the full Robb’s Gig experience in your living room by getting as drunk as possible (whilst remembering to drink responsibly and looking after your health NUMBER 1 MOST IMPORTANT), putting on this auto-playing playlist of the night, and hugging everyone you see.

Thanks. I love you. #emo.


Or watch each/any ‘performance’ at your leisure:










Principle of Uncertainty

Robb would’ve been 30 years old today.

As it turns out, being a 30 year old man is really quite different to being a 22 year old boy. 8 years is a long time in neurons. We have no way of knowing what a 30 year old Robb would be like (I know we’d love to be able to find out).

Something I’ve learned during that time is to never be certain about what life is, or who I am. Every choice you make is an experiment and very little of what happens is controllable. So I would suggest to anyone, particularly 22 year old Robb:

Let go.
See what happens.
Be OK with things not meeting your expectations.
Try not to have any expectations.
Enjoy the experiments of experience.

The one thing that is certain is that choices are only available to alive people. From my experience, I recommend making as many choices as you can, for as long as you possibly can.

Also, playing drums is one of the funnest things a person can do.

Robb’s Gig 2011 – Live Web Stream!

UPDATE The video below is randomly auto-playing clips from the night. To get full access to all the clips, click here! Any problems with it, let us know. xx

Here’s the live feed of tonight’s show! We’ll check in when we get chance, so leave comments or what ever if you wanna join in! xx

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2011 Gig Latest Update!

Hello everyone!

Here’s a little update to keep you in the loop with what’s been going down about Robb’s Gig 2011 over the last couple of weeks and the big news is that we’ve put together a really exciting night of music full of contrast and excitement as well as some things you will simply never have seen before. Truly an absolute wealth of varied and incredible talent for our night. LOOK AT DIS BIZNATCH:

Protest Crayon
Jemima Surrender

Death from a Bum 999 – Paul M, Chris H and Harry W try some Death from Above
March of the Mallards – John Ryan, Paul Tucker, Mojo and an as yet unnamed additional Mallard attack some Minor Threat
Sex Hammer
Hundredth Monkey

Broken Jukebox – Simon Panrucker in improv rap hilarity
Tom Skelton
Elderberries – Tom Eldon in “Being Called Elderberries Without His Knowledge and Against His Will Shocker”. Live link-up video folk madness!

Dirk Landish – Dirk’s beautiful mellotron-esque vocals and blues about broken love and Western living
Dexter Selboy – poetry and musictimes from
Rivers of England
The Chicken Supremes – Three sweet fem-vocals combine in pun-tastic soulful beautifulness

We’ll be having a jukebox on the night for you to pick songs to put on between the acts for a small donation, but if you would like to pre-load some music to be played then the Spotify playlist is ready to take picks –

The Assembly have also promised to get some Jager in – naturally.

Also, if there’s anyone who can’t make it to the gig we will be streaming the whole event on from 6pm on the night, so put the word out if you know friends who can’t make it.

Really, going over this again, this is going to be a really really special night. Can’t wait to see everyone there.

Lots and lots of love
See you all on the night xx