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Our Debut Gig


As debut gigs go I must say yesterdays performance at Old Trafford Manchester, must surely be up there as one of the best debuts ever – depending on your preference of football team and of course, music.

As a lifelong Manchester United supported I was taken aback, honoured and excited to have been asked by the club to provide the entertainment for the new “Legends Podcast” before the game.

The Fireflys (my former band) must have easily chalked up over 20 performances on MUTV and Old Trafford so it was assuring to know that The Far North’s music is as much anticipated, if not more than my previous work.

Case in point – the Fireflys debut gig was at the Quayside in Runcorn, and The Far North’s was live on MUTV at Old Trafford Stadium. Incredible.

It was fantastic to see my old friend former Manchester United defender David May at the side of the stage watching us, and it was even better to catch up with him backstage. We milled around with comedian Justin Moorhouse, former players Lou Macari, Mickey Thomas, Lee Martin and Norman Whiteside, then as we headed to our seats for the game little did we know what kind of game it was going to be, and as it turns out, it was one of the best games of football I’ve seen in nearly 10 years.

Andie and I are relieved that we’ve got our debut gig out of the way – it always seemed like it was going to be an event following on from The Fireflys, and it really was, however we can settle down a bit more knowing that this particular milestone is out of the way and we can look forward to our album launch and the tour that will follow. So all in all – a great debut gig in our own personal heaven, Old Trafford stadium, home of the greatest and biggest football team in the world.