Nige Tassell’s life has been defined by live music. It’s the fabric of his being, his bloodline, his DNA. He is Mr Gig.
Or at least he was.
A few years ago Mr Gig hung up his backstage pass and headed off to raise children in rural isolation. The thrill had gone. Now, with a widening waistline, less hair and a mid-life crisis coming over the hill, he hits the road to reawaken that long-dormant passion, to rediscover his gigging groove.
Zigzagging from super-sized arena shows to microscopic folk festivals, from metal gatherings to pop reunions, Nige’s 6,000-mile journey comes crammed with incident and adventure. Michael Eavis’s practical jokes. Elbow’s sumptuous backstage banquets. A genuine near-death experience. And shopping trips for gladioli with a Smiths tribute band.
Will Nige fall back in love with live music? Can he make peace with middle age? And will he ever again be able to rightfully call himself Mr Gig?
“Mr Gig is a sweet and tender paean to a very particular lost love, the live gig, and a wise and witty account of how one man set about rekindling that youthful romance ”
“Written with enthusiasm and nostalgic curiosity, Mr Gig is an affectionate celebration of live music in all its forms”
“Mr Gig perfectly captures what it’s like to become a hopeless live music addict: the anticipation, the expense, the social ineptitude, the adrenalin and the utter, unexplainable elation of it all”
Nige Tassell’s life has been defined by live music. It’s the fabric of his being, his bloodline, his DNA. He is Mr Gig. Or at least he was. A few years ago Mr Gig hung up his backstage pass and [...]