Roadie. DJ. Promoter. Reviewer. Punter. Nige Tassell's adult life has been defined by live music. It's the fabric of his being, his bloodline, his DNA. He is Mr Gig. Or at least he was. A few years ago Mr Gig hung up his backstage pass and headed off to raise children in rural isolation. Now, with house renovated and kids domesticated, he turns back to face the music and barely recognises his former love. The astronomical ticket prices. The sea of mobile phones obscuring the view. The once-iconic venues selling naming rights to drinks companies - On a mission to rekindle his passion for live music, Nige embarks on a round-Britain trip - from super-sized arena shows to microscopic folk festivals, from blacker-than-black death metal gatherings to brightly coloured '80s pop revivals - in an attempt to get his groove back. Along the way, he finds himself the recipient of a Michael Eavis practical joke, scoffs his way through Elbow's backstage banquet, endures a near-death experience en route to a festival on a remote Hebridean island, and even goes gladioli shopping with a Smiths tribute band. Will Nige fall back in love with live music? Can he make peace with middle age?
And will he ever again be able to rightfully call himself Mr Gig?
Nige Tassell is a music journalist whose writing has appeared in The Word, Q, The Guardian, The Sunday Times and New Statesman among others. He lives with his family in the Mendip Hills in Somerset. Mr Gig is his first book.