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‘A Gig of Two Halves’ for Fairtrade

At the Cockpit in Leeds. Friday 12th May 2006. Words and photos by Boo.
Fairtrade ensures that disadvantaged producers in the developing world are getting a better deal.

Fairtrade ensures that disadvantaged producers in the developing world are getting a better deal.

Fairtrade ensures that disadvantaged producers in the developing world are getting a better deal.

“So where is it we're going tomorrow night?”

“Leeds. The Cockpit. It's one of those Fairtrade gigs like the one in London at Easter - Starsailor play two sets, starting with an acoustic, there's an interval with some Fairtrade awareness stuff, then they do another electric set to close.”

“That sounds good, loved their semi-acoustic at Jabez Clegg. So, what's with the Fairtrade stuff then?”

“It's an organisation that ensures food producers in the developing world get a fair deal for their crops; fair trade. We get to eat yummy chocolate we buy at the local supermarket, or that Mexican coffee you like and the grower gets paid enough to feed his family, rather than being ripped off by producers driving the price down and keeping them in poverty.”

“Sounds like a worthwhile thing to do?”

“Yes, definitely. If you see food labelled with the Fairtrade mark (shown left), you know the grower got a decent price - they're a little more expensive sometimes, but that's where the difference goes.”

“So, no more just picking up the cheapest bananas then?”

The two minute gig summary:

  • Barry has really honed his skills for hiding, this time he had clearly paid off the sound team to build a speaker stack right in front of him. I have plans to thwart future attempts;
  • I let it go this time only, as it was his birthday the next day;
  • Ben did his best to hide, but he's still not as good at it as Barry. I have plans for him too;
  • James added to his repertoire of taxi driver jokes and accents; adding Leeds and Belfast;
  • James did a DJ set in Belfast recently and apparently his choice of music wasn't appreciated. No one had heard of the Charlatans;
  • James and Richard are both self-confessed Bruce Springsteen fans;
  • James is a self-confessed geek;
  • James declared Crazy by Gnarles Barkley was a song he wished he'd written and he gave an impromptu performance of it, working out the chords as he went;
  • Fairtrade's a good thing;
  • Bruce Springsteen does an extraordinarily long set when he plays;
  • Some people clearly didn't read the brief and came late to avoid the support band. The 'support' was an acoustic Starsailor set. And they did She Just Wept, so serves them jolly well right for grabbing that extra beer first;
  • That was the first time I've heard them play She Just Wept. Don't leave it over 4 years until the next time please chaps;
  • That just about offset the disappointment that we didn't get the techno version of Four to the Floor this time;
  • James was made to feel old when a young lady explained she'd been a fan since she was 15 and at school. No hope for the rest of us then;
  • Something unfathomable about Ian Botham . . . I guess you had to be there!

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