This was probably the most nerve wracking gig we have done so far in our career. The music scene in London is extremely eclectic so alternative country wasn’t something new but something exciting so some music bloggers and record company scouts were coming along to watch us perform. We decided we needed to up the anti and get some help from event crew hire in the production of our show.
The event crew hire company we used gave us lighting and sound specialists as well as event specialists who would organise tickets and drinks. Our gig was held as the famous O2 Academy in London and it was a sell out – we were thrilled when we heard this! It took nearly all day to get the production correct – lighting had to be perfect! The sound check went to plan and the place looked unreal. Event crew checked tickets and handed out bottles of water to the crowd. If any small band is looking for extra help on tour we highly recommend
The Best Things We Did In London
Pub Quiz in Peckham at The Nunshead
The Sky Garden
Have a curry in Brick Lane
Old Spitafields Market
Everything in Shoreditch
We took the underground everywhere
That brings us to the end of our UK tour sadly. We have had the best time ever in the UK and Ireland!! In the week we’ve been here we have seen and done so much- we will definitely be back! We are now currently on the ferry over to The Netherlands where will be playing one night in Amsterdam while exploring there for a few days – Speak soon!
As you may or may not know, we shipped most of our equipment from Nashville to Europe in our bid to help save the environment. So instead of flying around Europe we have made the decision to drive. We managed to ship over our beloved tour bus all the way from the states in a bid to make even more memories in it. However this van has toured America more than once and is nearly twenty years old…we like to think it looks ‘rugged’. On our Scottish leg of the tour we met some upholsterers in Edinburgh who offered to ‘spruce up’ our old and beloved tour bus. Here’s a blog on it in case any of you are interested?
The History Of Our Tour Bus
After we finished college we decided we wanted to take some time to travel as we’ve never really left Tennessee. Using our musical talents and strong friendship we decided to spend 3 months travelling the USA and funding it by gigging. We purchased the tour bus from a farmer who hadn’t used it in 15 years. Luckily it drove good as new so within a couple weeks we were headed to Florida! We travelled around every single state in America (except Hawaii and Alaska). As we are fairly eco-conscious when it came to our tour in Europe we decided to ship our equipment, including our beloved van and drive around Europe – avoiding planes completely in order to help save the planet.
Upholsterers In Edinburgh Changed Our Lives
This is a great story!
We were sitting in coffee shop in Edinburgh the morning of our opening night. Enjoying our coffees and big breakfasts (and curing a horrible hangover) we got chatting to a group of lads at the table next to us. They were very very interested in our tour, although they were probably more interested that we were American…
They were extremely interested that we shipped our beloved bus and decided to drive around Europe on tour rather than fly. After chatting away for a while they offered to take a look and see if they could repair some parts of the interiors. At first we were a bit apprehensive – this bus is like our child and do we trust them after all? After some convincing we handed over our keys – 98% certain we would never see the van again.
The next morning, Andy called and told us to come and collect it.
The interior was totally amazing! They reupholstered all the chairs (there is only 6 in total) but still managed to keep the vans character and vintage look- it was perfect!
Our Scottish Tour – Sponsored By Window Blinds Glasgow
Back in 2017 we decided to bring country music to Europe. There is a growing popularity of our genre of music in Europe thanks to film, TV….and Taylor Swift. Thanks Taylor. On our 3 month tour we will play to crowds in Ireland, England, France, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy and many more. We promised our fans we would document our travels via vlogs on our Youtube channel. However we also thought we would treat you all to blog posts as well. This blog post will be dedicated to the beautiful country of Scotland – where we kicked off the tour. Thankfully this blog is sponsored by window blinds company Glasgow, Casa Blinds.
Our opening night was a success! We were so thankful to get such a great response from the Edinburgh crowd so – THANK YOU! We were excited to visit Edinburgh for the bagpipes, haggis and famous castle. Edinburgh castle is a must see if you’re ever in town – the history is almost unbelievable – very very cool. Haggis is delicious. That’s all there is so say about that. We tried Irn- Bru which is a fizzy orange soft drink – being American this was very similar to the utter trash we are used to. But yes, it was delicious and a life saver on a hangover by the way. All in all – Edinburgh was a success and we are looking forward to returning one day.
We were lucky to play to a beautiful crowd in world famous venue – King Tuts (apparently Oasis were discovered here). Glasgow took us by surprise. When you think of Scotland you think of miles of mountains and old castles. Actually Glasgow was ‘sound’ (apparently this means cool in Scottish slang). It wasn’t raining and it wasn’t that cold either – result! We met some really friendly and funny people everywhere we went! There was a large pink sign right in the city centre that read ‘People Make Glasgow’ – and they really do. Random passers by in the street told us all the great bars and restaurants to go to and most were even keen on coming to our gig in King Tuts Wah Wah Hut (haha what a name). If anyone asks – we would definitely recommend Glasgow for a ‘great night out’. The people are awesome, the bars, clubs and restaurants are great and the city is so much fun! The music scene is Glasgow is one of the best in the UK, never mind Scotland and there is lots to do in terms of day time activities – walks in the parks, food festivals…The ‘West End’ is a must for quirky coffee shops and cool activities. Don’t tell anyone but we much prefer Glasgow to Edinburgh.
Our first tour break took place after our Glasgow gig – we had 3 days to chill and explore before hitting up Belfast in Ireland. We decided we had seen all there is to see with Scotland’s biggest cities and took a drive up to the highlands.
The beaches, the mountains, the rivers, the ‘lochs’. This has to be one of the most pure, clean and amazing places we have EVER been to visit. Although it was a little chilly we were lucky to experience the glorious highlands in the sunshine. We spent 3 days hiking up the mountains, exploring the sandy coast and meeting the locals in the local pubs. We were shocked to find nobody was wearing kilts, screaming ‘FREEDOM’ at the top of their lungs and living in castles but living normally like the rest of the world. How narrow minded are we eh?! Again we would highly, highly recommend a holiday or weekend break in Scotland – because the country in so small you can easily get around by car and the public transport services are top notch with regular trains and busses going everywhere. – Thanks to Window Blinds Glasgow for making all this possible!
Now we are looking forward to getting the ferry across to Ireland for the next leg of our tour. Bring on the Guinness, YE-HA!