The main gig venue in Amsterdam is a former galleried church complete with stained glass windows. These were probably better lit than the performer, Cat Power who spent the first couple of songs in complete darkness at the front of the stage. Even the band were better lit. She seemed to take this rather to heart and got all grumpy when she couldn’t get the sound right, however the audience encouraged her and things improved by the end when she and the band were casting flowers into the audience. She’s clearly not as big here as in New York where her shows apparently sell out quickly. The Dutch girl who we were sat next to us couldn’t believe we’d got the tickets earlier on the same day. Birthday girl Katie had a good time.