As most people that know me are already aware, I’ve spent the majority of 2014 organising the Mansun Convention – celebrating the legacy of one of my favourite bands, Mansun, who’s number one debut album ‘Attack of the Grey Lantern’ was followed by the innovative ‘Six’, and who still have an incredibly dedicated fan base despite the band’s split over ten years ago.
The event took place last month in Chester (the band’s home town) and was a huge success – over 500 people from across the world attended, and a 2 page feature was published in the NME last week.
One of the biggest moments of the day was the debut of a solo track from Paul Draper. This is something fans have been waiting years for, and was such an exciting part of the event.
Here’s a bootleg video of the track debut, introduced by ‘The Legacy of Mansun’ panel featuring Paul Lester, Catherine AD, Martin Leay and Matt Davey.
As well as organising the event I played drums with both tribute bands, Mansunesque (who I joined for their final song) and my band Taxloss Lovers. Here’s the final song we played, which features the moment that we attempted to recreate the famous ‘Taxloss’ video by throwing handfuls of (fake) fivers into the audience.
The event was commemorated by an official programme, which surpasses any previous Mansun publication – it’s full of interviews, insights and memories, and is still available at http://www.mansunconvention.co.uk/shop
Kate, Mazzie and I worked really hard on putting it together, and it has become something I’ll always be really proud of.
Also available is the Tribute album which Lomax helped me with; it’s full of bands and artistes covering their favourite Mansun songs, and is appropriately titled ‘We’re All In This Together: The songs of Mansun’.
Amazingly, Paul Draper himself attended the convention, and was soon sharing vine clips of our Taxloss Lovers set. I’m so glad he enjoyed it, and gave us his blessing for future gigs!
A lot of people have been asking me if I’m planning to hold another Mansun Convention, and the answer is a definite YES. I’m still working out the details, but keep an eye on mansunconvention.co.uk or the facebook page for announcements.