Some people keep diaries. Some people keep boxes full of tickets and passes. Some people display tickets on the wall. But I have memory books.
These memory books contain over eight years’ worth of my life; every gig ticket is in there including any gig advertisement/ flyer, every cinema ticket, something from every holiday I’ve been on and everything else in between. Let’s take a trip back to 2007 just as I began to start going to gigs. I had a wonderful little display on my wall every gig ticket I had would take pride of place on there, and as the year progressed I began to release that this just wasn’t going to be possible and I panicked. I’m one of those people obsessed with physical memories. Probably only of the only people who still prints photographs out on a regular basis!
I didn’t know what to do with my tickets so they came off the wall and began to clutter dust in a box until I decided to start sticking them into a book. From then on it everything I got associated from the show was included, I have set lists, posters from the venue, confetti that I caught, gig adverts or reviews printed in Kerrang! (Perhaps one of the main reasons I still have a subscription to this day!) There’s even a signed chocolate coin wrapper that Scouting for Girls signed from years back.
I even annotate and write in the books: anything from who the support bands were if it wasn’t printed on the tickets, who I went with, how it was and anything else to trigger a memory. Yes it can be a pain to do and sometimes I have a box full of things sat there ready to be attacked with prit-stick and felt pens but it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.
I love the feeling of flipping through these books and smiling at the memories and it also means when I’m arguing with someone about who supported My Chemical Romance on their first occasion at Wembley Arena or that I did indeed see Professor Green in my local pub for £6 I have physical evidence for these things. I now have 5 books physically bursting at the seams and they’re some of my most prized possessions.