It’s possible that I may have experienced a Mandela Effect or that I had been reading the details of this gig entirely wrong. I don’t mean getting confused between whether the gig’s at the O2 Academy or O2 Institute. That’s a common thing to happen.
For months, I saw that The Dead South were booked to played at The O2 Institute 3, the smallest room in the building. I have to admit, that didn’t seem right to me as I thought they could draw in a much bigger crowd but what do I know? I’m just a photographer at the end of the day.
I arrive at The Institute and all seems fairly quiet as expected. The Dead South (with their support) are the only band on tonight and they’re in the smallest room. However, I find that the door to the O2 Institute 3 is locked and security tells me the gig is in the main room as it’s the only gig in the building tonight. Fair enough. I guess there’ll be lots of room to see the band after I’m done taking photos. I walk into the main room and it is busy. The main floor is filled with people and there doesn’t appear to be any empty seats in the balcony above. Was this gig really advertised as being in the smallest room of The Institute? Because The Dead South have practically sold out the main room! Which is what my initial expectation was for the Canadian bluegrass quartet but I was so thrown off from the advertisement of it being in the small room.
I’m glad the night turned out as it did. It’s further proof that people are, and always will be, interested in great music.