Mark Earnest

As someone who has played music in front of other people since I was 16 years old, I’ve relished any moment that I could be onstage expressing myself. Whether it is as a singer, guitarist or drummer - or even as a promoter of shows - I’ve taken those opportunities when the timing seemed right. In booking shows, smoking in venues was one of the factors I put up with for many years. I’ve never used cigarettes in my life, and the disadvantages of being in spaces where smoking was allowed was acute. Still, I wanted to be out there performing my music, so I put up with the smelly post-show clothes and the nicotine clouds. Read more