It was two years ago yesterday that the first ever HUP shows took place. The very first was an afternoon show at Creative Waikato, which was followed hours later by the second show, at Nivara Lounge.
We published a short piece about the gig, on the Sunday that followed... click here to have a read.
The afternoon show was something of an odd affair. It probably speaks volumes that we haven't retried an afternoon show since, other than Future City which was a bit different. I look back on it fondly though, as a crowd of 8 year olds in ear muffs, their parents, and a selection of the more switched-on/able to attend Hamiltronians attended. Musically, it was outstanding, with Carb on Carb and I.E.Crazy playing captivating sets, Nicole Carb modifying the setlist before playing to make sure any songs containing swearing was eliminated. Ancient Tapes played that afternoon too, on what was thought to be their last day of existence.
Palmy's excellent Man In Rug joined the aforementioned three bands for the evening show, and a great time seemed to be had by all in attendance. I still have the Carb T Shirt bought that night, albeit with a very worn collar. The band has played two further HUP shows, as a late addition to Future City Festival in March of this year, and then back in April with Jess Locke.