I went to see Here and Now last night. They're probably best known for being a major constituent of Planet Gong, the band behind the classic "Live Floating Anarchy 1977" album. The gig was at the 100 Club on Oxford Street, a venue I don't think I've been to since I saw Bob Calvert there back in 1988.
All very nice I hear you say, but where's the beer? Well I was just coming to that part.
When I headed to the bar, bracing myself for some over priced lager, I was pleasantly surprised to see two hand pumps smiling enticingly at me.
The beers were both by Flowers (one of Whitbread's many victims, so god knows who's brewing them now) and they weren't bad at all.
OK, they were pricey and served in plastic skiffs but enough quibbling. This is the first time I've ever seen proper beer in a music venue and it's surely a welcome sign that cask beer is indeed on the rise.