The Day The Xcerts Were Supposed To Be Playing The O2 With Guns N Roses…

Murray MacLeod gives DIY the lowdown on what happened that fateful day.

After hearing about our dilemma [The Xcerts were due to support Guns N Roses at The O2, but had their spot pulled], the good folks at One Inch Badge Promotions added us to the Cursive and Kevin Devine bill at a club named Audio in Brighton. Five reasons why this was such great news -

1. We love Cursive
2. We love Kevin Devine
3. The show was in Brighton (where we are currently based)
4. We got a lot of free beer (Vital information for where this piece of writing is going)
5. We were first on the bill which meant we could play our set and have all gear loaded into the van by 8pm (Vital information also)

DIY came to our press guy with the idea of us writing an article on what we had done with our day instead of playing a show with Guns N Roses. I believe we were meant to take some photographs of us doing fun things around Brighton to make it look like we couldn’t give a fuck about the fact we weren’t playing at the O2 Arena. The article would have gone online and it would have looked glorious!!! This would have been all well and good had we not gotten so drunk / (legally) high that evening. We must apologise to DIY as they have been very kind to our band over the years and they offered us some free publicity when we didn’t even ask for it. Kind, kind people! Here’s how that evening went down.

Before the show our wonderful manager produced this intriguing bag of ‘Epic’. He informed us it was legal weed. It was truly bizarre. It looked exactly like weed but smelt like a bowl of fruit. If any of you have ever smoked a shisha pipe, it smelt exactly like the flavoured tobacco you get with that. We were told it was pretty trippy stuff but the ‘high’ would only last for 20 minutes. Sadly I did not try ‘Epic’ that evening as I was too busy getting acquainted with all the free drink and completely forgot about it, however I was told by our tour manager / sound man that it was ‘pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good’ and that it made him feel ‘warm’.



Our friend Sam (of Architects / being my doppelganger fame) came to the show which was great as we don’t often get to see one another as we both have pretty conflicting schedules.We went to a club after the show where we both got hounded by a young female who kept calling us ‘two straps’. We both had rucksacks on because we both firmly believe in the 2002 emo movement and therefore have never taken them off. We also believe in being practical; something that is shrouded in mystery to hipsters. She was a real vibe killer and I hope to never see her face again. This photo is of me after our set with my head on Sam’s shoulder. I personally think it could be THE image for all things ‘Bromance’ related but I don’t know who I have to get in contact with about that. God??

After this photo was taken we watched Cursive and Kevin play wonderful sets. We hungout with them after the show which was fun as hell. Fantastic musicians, fantastic people!



After the club we headed back to Jordan’s flat to listen to Prince and dance until the sun came up. Sadly, I was in no fit state to dance. Headache, hunger and tiredness came together at once like the Avengers (haven’t seen it, but I can imagine) and negatively empowered my body. This along with the booze made for a lengthy walk home. However, I watched my friend (Jag Jago, producer extraordinaire) walk into a pole with a pint of Guinness which made everything seem right in the world. For real, it was hilarious. Sorry Jag.

Jordan is very unorthodox when it comes to style in the world of DJ’s. I think it’s slick!



So, unfortunately you don’t get to see us parading around Brighton and a detailed account of how we (falsely) spent our day. You do however get the truth, and that’s what the people demand right? Right!