..and by “on tour”, I mean London and Sussex. For a weekend.
Last weekend saw Sunday Driver embarking on a (possibly foolhardy) escapade of three gigs in two days.
First up, a private party in Brighton. Thanks to Joel’s superb organisational skills, we managed to bag bargain train tickets, and even get everyone to arrive on time for the correct train.
The party was set in a lovely garden, with a fantastic audience and generous (and gorgeous) hostesses.
Sadly, we couldn’t stay to enjoy their munificence, as we had to hot-foot it back to London to play at the Steampunk Sizzler at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. There was a dodgy moment when it looked like our train might be cancelled because of a faulty toilet, but the powers that be decided that the travelling public could do without loos.
The Steampunk Sizzler gig was great – sadly it was really dark so none of my photos came out. It’s a brilliant feeling to play a gig where everyone’s dressed up (so we don’t feel quite so freakish), and the audience dances enthusiastically to all the songs.
Special mentions to the amazing spider dancers and the extremely bendy Polish girl. We hope to see everyone at the Asylum in September up in Lincoln for more fun.
The next day, we made our rendezvous at Crawley Mela, somewhat tired and emotional.
Tabla player Amit got stuck in traffic, but luckily (albeit frustratingly for the rest of us) our stage was running an hour late, so he made it in time for the gig.
It was a rather odd audience, ranging from stern-looking Indian matriarchs to bouncing babies. Here they are, patiently waiting for our soundcheck:
We had a good time, although we were a bit screwed by the non-appearance of the drum kit we’d been promised.
Anyway, our two crazy weekends are over now, and we’re officially on holiday for two weeks. Yay!