As a roadie, DJ, promoter, reviewer and punter, it is the fabric of his being. He is Mr Gig. Or at least he was.
A few years ago he hung up his backstage pass and headed off to raise children in rural isolation.
On a mission to rekindle his passion for live music, he embarked on a round-Britain trip that took in super-sized arena shows to microscopic folk festivals, from blacker-than-black death metal gatherings to brightly coloured 80s pop revivals.
The result is his funny and rousing audiobook memoir Mr Gig: One Man's Search for the Soul of Live Music available through Audible.co.uk
It takes in a number of scrapes including being the recipient of Glastonbury guru Michael Eavis' practical joke, eating his way through Elbow's backstage banquet, enduring near death en route to a festival on a remote Hebridean island and even going gladioli shopping with a Smiths tribute band.