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Hybrid live

As I mentioned previously, I saw Hybrid live in 2018; they announced a gig at The Marble Factory in Bristol, less than 45 minutes away from me, so I booked a pair of tickets. My companion hadn't heard of them before we arranged the night out so she gave Light of the Fearless a few listens during the week or so before and quite enjoyed it.

On the night in question, November 21st, the weather was a chilly 5°C; it was drizzling as we queued, too, and we both got wet as neither of us thought to bring an umbrella. The building was basically an enormous brick shed, had no insulation or heating, and the doors were left open which left us shivering as we waited for the gig to begin, but once the beats started we forgot all about the cold and just focused on the music.

Before the show
Before the show

They played quite a few tracks from their latest album along with plenty of their older material, too. I asked my companion to video Formula of Fear but as it was 6½ minutes long her arms were tired by the end of the track. I refrained from asking her to video any others and, much as I regretted tiring her arms out, I'm glad I asked as I can find no other videos from the same gig on YouTube or elsewhere.

During the show
During the show

There were around 80 people attending, with my companion and I being the only occupants of the wheelchair section off to the right. Plenty of people were dancing and looked to be enjoying themselves and I remember my legs and back aching the next day from moving so much. The sound was pretty good and the bass could be felt even through the concrete floors, with the volume high enough to fill a stadium let alone a glorified cattle shed.

During the show
During the show

After the show the two main band members, Mike and Charlotte, came into the public area to meet the crowd; around 30 or so people had hung around until then. My companion asked them if we could get a photo together which they gladly agreed to (I can't show it here); we also had a brief chat and I got a little star-struck when Mike shook my hand and thanked me for being there! He mentioned having nearly enough new music for another album, so I said: "Oh, that's just typical; you make us wait seven years for an album and then two come along at once!" He didn't laugh and it was awkward. Plus, there's been no new album and it's been nearly two years since.