What a week it has been! I’m not going to lie and say it was the easiest week ever and I have to admit, my idea to travel in the Landrover (all six of us and EVERYTHING that comes with each of us included) was perhaps – not the best ever.
As I wake up to an earlier than planned call from the boys in Amsterdam saying their flight had not been confirmed and that I need to pick them up in an hour or so from Leeds – I was up quickly and looking at the pile of equipment required to be squeezed into the Landy and accompanying 4×4 trailer borrowed from the Forge and Flagon.
Tight squeeze but nevertheless its all in and I arrive at Leeds Bradford airport to see some very tired / hung over fellas with a lot more equipment. We make it to Newcastle where there have been a few venue changes for various reasons. Should be fun though as our good friends Holy Moly and the Crackers are supporting us and we meet up with some familiar faces and cousin Ben.
Next day we have a nice walk down by the river then its off to Salford. There’s a good vibe to the gig until to our horror they cut our set. Timings ran over and our set got cut – well you know us Skinnies… we just played on anyway. The whole place was hollering John Kanaka and then we headed to the pub. Good times.
Next day we head to Birmingham. The venue looks great and the sound is good. Our mate Rob takes us out for curry and then we’re on. The crowd a little less animated than usual surprised us with a determind encore and a record number of sales on the merch stall. Then its straight into the Landy and down to Bristol where we’re staying in one of the quirkiest houses ever. Its 2 am and we’re locked out – but eventually get in. We wake in the countryside to beautiful blue skies and decide to take a stroll down to the local boozer for lunch. Gorgeous and much needed.
Back at the house we’re all tired but packing the Landy and trailer still a necessity. As I pull something out I rip my hand open on the trailer and blood spurts. The usually unsympathetic Dan rushes to find a bandage and takes me directly to A&E where I’m left to chat to Doctors and nurses whilst the boys do sound check. Some sort of stitches and dressing is administered (before instructions are read!!) and then I jump in a cab and head to the venue just in time to grab something to eat – shouldn’t have been pie really and then onto the stage. A fun gig with lots of dancing. Can’t believe we’ve never played Bristol before! Most of the band head out to party whilst I’m feeling a little nervous of my wound and head home.
Tomorrow its Southampton.