I have an admission to make. I've Lived in Bristol for almost 15 years and I've never been to one of the city's most established and synonymous music venues. The Thunderbolt on the Bath Road has seen many great bands over the years. When I heard John E Vistic and his band were playing there on Friday, it was the ideal opportunity to break my duck. It was also a good time to try out the new camera in a live situation for the first time.
The Fuji XT-1 delivered. It delivered to such an extent that my keeper ratio went through the roof; a huge improvement on my now lonely X-Pro1. The 6 fps continuous mode on the XT-1 is a bit too effective though. Editing, filtering and storage is going to become a bit of a problem unless I learn to curb my enthusiasm a bit.
The gig was huge. The John E Vistic Experience is exactly that, a full on blow to the senses that leaves you knowing your world was rocked and rolled in a hot, sweaty cauldron of fire.
The Thunderbolt gets a big thumbs up from me. It's a dedicated music space with a big outside area should you need to get away from the music for a while and regain your composure. This is a no-frills venue that takes it's music seriously.
Next trip there for me is October to see the mighty John Fairhurst.