Getting to Nottingham was easy, finding the venue was pretty straightforward, queueing was fine, Apocalyptica were excellent (if slightly surreal) and even the navigating back across the town, squeezing round the multi-storey car park and the M42 were accomplished with grace and dignity.
Which of course, leaves Rammstein.
Now, they are a bit of an odd band, and wouldn't be able to play big venues unless they had mass appeal, and that unfortunately means having to "share" experiences with "individuals of low quality". Putting that aside for a moment it was a great "show" in the theme of the metal grandees with an extravagant set, massively over the top pyrotechnics and stunts - oh, and some music. Musically they're hardly highbrow and specialise in rather simple shout-along-anthems but there are times when it clearly hits the spot. But it did look like the lead vocalist was miming, badly.
However, in true angsty-goth style I did have the night rather ruined for me by a group of pissed/speeded/... lads who for some reason took offence to my presence, or my bouncing, or my hair-colour - gifting me with scowls then rather extravagant threats to "beat me up". Not quite sure what I did, probably nothing, but it put me on edge especially after they actually did start on one poor kid who had the misfortune to try and crowdsurf near them, and rather tarnished the experience that was the evening. Uncharacteristically I did manage to refrain from pouring too much petrol on the fire of their youthful excesses, but still unpleasant.
Still must be grateful for the help and support of berrega (yes, that was sarcasm), but perhaps in future I should restrict "bouncing" to gigs where there are adults who understand the game better. NMA tour anyone?