The Plastic Beer Skiff Snake

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The Plastic Beer Skiff Snake

Over the years I’ve seen many jaw-droppingly odd things happen at gigs. I went to an Eric Clapton concert in 1988 where the person standing directly in front of me spent the night yelling “JESUS! FORGIVE ME! SAVE US FROM OUR SINS!” at Old Mano Lenta. I can only assume he once saw the famous image of the brick wall with the ‘Clapton is God’ graffiti and took it all a bit too literally.

The fact he bore an uncannily resemblance to Rasputin The Mad Monk didn’t help matters. The yelling guy, that is, not Clapton. Clapton looked nothing like Rasputin The Mad Monk, at least not in 1988.

I went to a Flaming Lips gig in Birmingham in 2003 that was brought to a standstill after someone dancing on stage collapsed from heat exhaustion. In and of itself, that may strike you as unfortunate but not particularly odd. What puts the odd meter to the red line and nudges the event into the Realm of the Mentalated was the fact that the collapsee was dressed as a giant panda. Yes, that’s right, a giant panda. As the music stopped and the band’s effortlessly charismatic frontman Wayne Coyne made reassuring noises to the audience, paramedics had to be called to the stage to administer first aid to someone who was Dressed. As. A. Giant. Panda.

Maybe it’s just me, then.

The most recent example took place at the thoroughly awesome Foo Fighters Wembley Stadium gig the other week. Now, I haven’t been to a stadium concert for a l-o-n-g time. The last one was – Jesus Christ on a Pogo-stick! – The Rolling Stones at Maine Road in 1990, so maybe this sort of thing is now de rigeur and as commonplace as Mexican Waves and overpriced drinks. But somehow I doubt it.

Behold, The Plastic Beer Skiff Snake. It’s a snake. It’s made of plastic beer skiffs. It was an impromptu collaborative effort that involved hundreds of people.

Look upon it’s length, ye mighty, and despair:


About the Author:

My name is Tom Lennon and I'm a freelance writer who specialises in humour at the geekier end of the pop culture spectrum. I'm based in Birmingham, UK, and my work has recently appeared in BuzzFeed and Time Out.


  1. Claresnake June 17, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    What is a skif?

    We should have started our own, I would have if I wasn’t so busy trying to unfold my pac-a-mac….

  2. Tom Lennon June 17, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    A “skiff” is a coloquial term to describe a type of disposable plastic drinks container. At least, I think it is.

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