“In 2003, me and some mates tried for hours to get into a tiny Muse gig at the Islington Academy. At one point the drummer, Dominic Howard, appeared outside. I made the case for him getting us in, which he assured me he would. Not long before showtime, someone came to tell us to use Dom’s favoured guestlist placeholder: ‘Nobby Burton + 3’ – which worked.
“Nobby Burton is, of course, the fictional character from The Office who sells David Brent his ties out of a suitcase.”