Fat Mac insisted on meeting in a bar at 5pm before the gig, which could have lead to an open grave of drinking and who knows what. Thankfully, I was able to act as a responsible person thoughout the evening. I thought it best to befriend the bouncer at the literary event, in case Fat Mac got out of hand later after he’d had far too much beer. Above is a photo of the bouncer, who was from Sri Lanka. Fat Mac told him that when he was rich and famous he’d employ him on a full time basis on a big salary to stop groupies getting to him. The bouncer was very good-natured, which was just as well.
After the literary gig Fat Mac insisted on going to yet another bar, where we became close friends with several hundred Irish who were celebrating their win over Scotland at the rugby.
The Cargo/Chemikal gig was part of the UNESCO Let’s Get Lyrical festival, and involved poets, writers and bands. It was held in The Caves, Niddry Street.
It was a mixture of readings and bands. A great evening. I bought an Emma Pollock CD.
The toilets were decorated with Oor Wullie comic strips.