We spoke to Simon Parkin of KINDLE about his favorite in-concert experience.
I guess there's a number of things that determine a band's best gig - a special venue, a great crowd, a God moment, playing well, smashing your guitars... We've been really busy on the road lately and so many gigs seem to merge in your mind that it's often easier to pick out special elements from gigs rather than pick the best. Playing at Shepherds Bush was amazing because so many great bands we love had played there; playing at London Docklands was great because there was a massive crowd and we played before Delirious?. Playing at the Wedgewood Rooms was great 'coz there were no Christians there and we loved and were inspired by the main act, Elviss. In terms of a gig that sticks most in my mind, though, I would have to say a little gig we played on a Manchester estate stands out the most...
"We were playing outdoors and there was a small rig and only a handful of people from the local church and a bunch of kids from unsure as to what we were doing there and wondering if it was really appropriate at all. Then we got up to play and these kids came and stood right in front of us (there was no stage as such). They were larking around and we were a bit worried we might get some stuff nicked.
"Then as we started playing it became clear that most of these kids had never seen or heard a live rock band before - their eyes kids' faces as they got inspired by rock music for the first time. I saw one little guy turn to his mate as they jumped around and mouth 'this is wicked!'. To know that maybe you'd inspired someone to go, pester his dad and get a guitar was fantastic. We mentioned Jesus verbally a little but we knew the kids knew we were Christians and had bothered to come and play in their estate - and in this case I think actions and amps spoke louder than words!The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.