Tour Diary – 8th April

Just to remind ourselves how to play the tunes, we decided to have a wee mini-tour last week covering both The Frozen North in the shape of a return to Inverness, and the comparitively sub-tropical swelter of the recently renamed Borisland Metropolis And Olympic Village to the south, with a few in between (mainly because we can’t abide long drives, or indeed long periods of time anywhere in a confined space with Jim and his Champ-Man Running Commentary Disorder).

We left Edinburgh for Inverness on a beautiful “Spring-has-sprung”
morning, with rabbits hopping in the central reservations and lambs
gamboling in the car park of the Gala Casino, but it was not far north
of Perth when we realised that nobody had told these highlanders it
wasn’t still winter. It was infact snowing. Luckily we got through by
the sheer momentum of our massively overloaded van, and made it to
Moray Firth Radio in time for a quick coffee and acoustic session. De
Rosa were loitering in the lobby having just done one themselves, and
our paths would cross further as they were playing the upstairs venue
of Hootananny that very same evening as we were downstairs. Spooky.

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Tour Diary – Den Haag

We got to The Hague in the afternoon and did a few laps to allow the sat-nav to work out exactly what was going .. finding the venue and getting loaded out. We were in the Nationale Toneel upstairs venue, NT2, and it seemed a very well organised affair with backline being moved in as we arrived (including, to put a grin on T’s face, two Vox AC-30s…). After a short panic over plugs (we really should have brought some adapters, but we just assumed…the “British abroad” problem, I guess), we were ready for soundcheck which was pretty quick as the other bands were arriving. The room itself was very “dead”, in that the sound wasn’t bouncing around all over the place, which gave Kas a chance to shake his head a bit, and even on stage things were sounding quite dry.

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