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S*M*A*S*H, The Astronauts – Club 85, Hitchin

Club 85 is a weird large aircraft hangar of a venue (with added stars on the high walls) which seemed odd as you had to get up a flight of stairs to get in there, so it’s a bit unexpected. A good place to see a band named the Astronauts though.

They’re local psych-punk legends who have just released a book and this was “their” gig, even though S*M*A*S*H were on last and played a longer set. They’re definitely for fans of dubbed up punk rock, chemical beats and a festival vibe.

Sadly this MIGHT really be the last S*M*A*S*H gig as Ed Borrie took to Facebook a few weeks later to say that Rob Hague didn’t want to play on drums any more, and they’ve decided to retire the band name again. But what a great gig – always fantastic to see Ed (and S*M*A*S*H) live.


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Friday 3 December 2021, 73 views

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