For me, it's like I've gained a second family - in fact I feel closer to some of the band and the Enidi than I do with my less immediate family. I feel like I have come home when I am with them.
Somehow I fell into helping out on the merch stand, and so have met Enidi members from all over the UK and parts of Europe, not to mention those from further afield who I met at the Symphony Hall show. I would say that 99% of them have been really great people and I always look forward to the social aspect of the gigs as much as to the music.
I've often felt a bit out of place amongst my peers - most women of my age are too wrapped up in their careers and other aspects of their lives etc to really follow music. Many have "grown out" of going to gigs and they think I am very strange indeed. I often feel very uncomfortable around them - they can be quite patronising at times.
With the Enidi I have found a bunch of like-minded people and no longer feel like a fish out of water, they accept me as I am - though I do tend to find myself the butt of many jokes!
I am particularly close to Hailey and we have gone to many different gigs together, sometimes with Jase in tow, and I have also been to see Enid members in other bands - Nic in Red Kite (in fact I am going to see him with them in 10 days time) and of course Joe with Tramp Etiquette - most memorably on my birthday this year when I was dragged kicking and screaming (not) on stage and ended up with his thong on my head! I also celebrated my previous birthday with the band at the Dosa Hut over the road from The Lodge. What am I going to do next year??
I have also gone out socially with other Enidi members, to see other bands, hung around with them at festivals etc, camped with them, got drunk with them, chatted with them on-line and on the phone.
I have laughed with them, cried with them, danced with them, poured my heart out and listened to them. As I said at the start they are family - but a family I have chosen.