For the past two weeks we’ve been running around mad trying to sort out travel arrangements for London after our good friend and incredible go-to tour driver Mark (Soma Studios) set off on a UK tour with the boys from Space. Luckily after a detour via Manchester we were able to pick up a van from Musco Tours and with our main man Guitar Villain at the helm, we were away.
A couple of wrong turns and six and a half hours on the road later we arrived at the Barfly for our first London gig of the year with MAMA presents.
Quick load in, and then we settled in to watch the opening set from London-based international rockabilly band Newstargazers. These guys are awesome, fronted by a frantic, frenetic singer-guitar player and kept together by a great rhythm-and-keyboard section including a (literally) stand-up drummer. Check them out!
Next up were Paradise Underground, who are supporting The Ordinary Boys in Brixton at the end of the month, and then headliners The Touch – I didn’t manage to get a photo of these guys but both bands had a really good supportive crowd and did a great job with their own individual take on indie rock.
Soon enough we were back in the van for the long slog back to Liverpool and needless to say after 21 hours on the go we all passed out somewhere on the M1 – except for Guitar Villain, who thankfully hasn’t slept since 1979.