The Bad Billy Band yesterday had the pleasure of performing outside the Amex Stadium ahead of Brighton and Hove Albion’s match at home to Brentford. It was a cold and showery winter’s day, but the rain stopped in time for our opening number as we hammered it out in the direction of both Moulescoomb and the seemingly endless streams of football fans approaching us from the station.
In the car on the way over we amusing ourselves with the notion of playing to a potential crowd of 25,000. While not strictly accurate, as it would be fairer to say we were playing adjacent to 25,000 people rather than actually to them, a significant number of Albion and Brentford fans did mill about during our set to see what we were about, and gave us a fantastic distraction from the frostbite which was beginning to take to our fingers.
As well as the set being well received, we were also treated royally by the football club, and provided with complimentary tickets for the match which, sadly for us local lads, the Albion lost by a goal to nil. At the end of last year, we decided that in 2015 we needed to write some new material and start to gain a few more support slots to add to our regular schedule of shows. The material is being written, but little did we imagine that our first support slot of the year would be for a Championship football club! Our heartiest thanks go out to Brighton and Hove Albion for inviting us along this weekend.