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November Tour Diary - Day 5/6

Day 5 - We woke up and I had the best shower of the tour. Considering the heavy night before, I didn't feel too bad. I got a bed which I am always grateful for! After much discussion about whether we had enough time to go somewhere for food (the general consensus was not really), we headed to Mono Records which has a vegan cafe. I had a delicious seitan burger (head to my Instagram, @phoebejcross …) with chips and it really hit the spot. The rest of the day was pretty much spent in Big Yellow. We stopped off at the infamous Lake District services, which has the feel of a large farm shop with beautiful views of the landscape, nothing like your usual Welcome Break. Once in Manchester we ended up being stuck in traffic for another 2 hours, so it was getting pretty tight for time, but we arrived just before the first band started playing. I've started half-heartedly doing warm ups on a practice pad, since Wherley from Woahnows) and Luke from Muncie Girls are both well professional and always warm up. Maybe I'll get one, it does help! I felt kinda in a haze when we went on stage, but we had a solid gig. The stage was a bit weird and Neil had a massive pillar in front of him, but the crowd response was good. We loaded out fairly swiftly after the gig and had a reasonably early night sleeping in someone's living room.

Day 6 - The day of the London gig! It felt like 'the big one' but I was trying not to think about it too much. There was this gorgeous black and white cat in the living room which helped me get out of my sleeping bag and up for the day. Us and Woahnows found this veggie breakfast place literally 30 seconds from where we'd stayed. I had an amazing fry up with extra refried beans and avocado. We arrived in London at about 5pm and had to drive Big Yellow around Camden for a bit so Phil could find a parking space. I'd never been to Camden Underworld before but Rich and Neil had a 'Pay to Play' gig there once in their old band haha. I went into the dressing room and ate the best rider food so far and then had a sound check. I haven't mentioned sound check until now cos that's boring, but we got one most nights, which was a nice change. In no-time it was our set, and I was so happy that there was a decent crowd. Some friends from school as well as some old housemates showed up which was nice! Rich's stage talk was on point which is always a good sign too. He mentioned the customised Happy Accidents towels I'd bought for us all which seemed to amuse people. I watched Woahnows and then me and Rich went to get falafel and humous wraps. If you learn anything from this tour diary it should be that playing gigs is mostly about the food before and after. Muncie Girls played such a great set and I'm so happy they had such a great crowd!

Once we'd loaded out, we drove back to mine and Rich's place in New Cross. It was pretty weird coming home and having to go back on tour again the next day with only one day left to go. This tour went so quickly now I think about it! Lande (from Muncie Girls), Woahnows, Iona (from Shit Present), Rich and I, just hung out and drank beers, tea and ate random spring rolls I had in the freezer. I think we ended going to bed at about 4am. Everyone liked my gerbils, Pants and Socks.

- Phoebe

WordsRich Mandell
November Tour Diary - Day 3/4

DAY 3 - Today we went into Leeds, as Woahnows had gone to play an evening show in Leicester and wouldn’t be picking us up a few hours. The most important part of the trip was going to Pound Bakery to pick up some vegan sausage rolls for brekkie. We then went to Leeds Ethical Market, which was okay - I bought some soya whipped cream and a bakewell slice. We bumped into some people who we’d met when we played our first show in Amsterdam in March, which was a bit weird - but it was in a veggie cafe so that made sense. Woahnows came to pick us up and we said goodbye to Simon and his housemate along with Amber the Spaniel. <3

Next stop was Newcastle, which was about a 2 hour drive so not too bad. I watched a thing on BBC iPlayer which involved going through an autopsy - I love that kind of thing. We arrived at the venue (Think Tank) and it was really cool. We skateboarded around the massive backstage bit - I reckon I’m getting a bit better at it! We got given a tenner (!) to go and get some food so went to this nice place called Herb Garden and I had a pizza with loads of veggies, it was tasty. I was full and sleepy but we rushed back to the gig just in time to see opener Tough Tits who were great. They even gave me a t-shirt when I went to buy one, how nice is that! I enjoyed our set (phew!) - but I think I’m pushing it on adding the spontaneous fills. Woahnows played some great new songs, in particular this one about how they met a some Syrians when they were last in Germany. It’s about how life isn’t really so bad when you realise the shit some people have to go through, and that of course it’s all relative. Muncie Girls are so tight and played a really great set. Luke played a few songs with a click track which sounds like my worst fear - I was impressed!

That night we stayed at someone called Ross’ house. He lives with his parents and they put up bands all the time, apparently they’re into the hundreds! They made us a fake chorizo stew, which was really nice! Also they had these really cute budgies called Peter and Penny. I was very grateful as I got a bed but I don’t think I could ever commit to putting up people like they do - a bunch of potentially dickhead musicians in my house every night of the week - NO THANKS.

DAY 4 - We slept in till like 11am and then I went for a run which was lush, and we then headed to Glasgow. The journeys have been pretty easy so far, Phil is a good driver and we haven’t hit any major traffic - I’ve probably jinxed it now! We arrived in Glasgow at about 5 and had some delicious dinner. The gig had a lower turn out than we’d hoped but it was a Monday night so that was a likely factor. As part of Woahnows’ set, I played the ‘rock block’ in their song Breathing Games, which made me really happy hah! That night we hung out and stayed with someone called Aimee, it was a really warm house which was a nice change. It ended up being a fairly heavy night for some of us but I think it was totally worth the hangover!

- Phoebe


WordsRich Mandell