LIFE ON THE ROAD WITH OCTOBER DRIFT – THE TOUR DIARY PART ONE
First day on tour with new lighting setup the lads have got, so we had to adjust to that and learn our way around it and how to make it look mega!
Joiners was a lovely venue in Southampton, a lot of big bands played this venue before blowing up, so hopefully is a sign of things to come. Kiran’s amp died off and we had to use the replacement for the next few days before we could get the main one fixed, it added a wrinkle to the tour but thankfully we were prepared!
When we arrived, we had a cool walk around Oxford, amazingly nice area and people! When we set off for food, Kiran got a scooter and went for a ride, we ended up arriving and waiting for him though because he got lost on the way scootering around Oxford.
Arriving in Northampton was a hard one because it’s a crowd October Drift haven’t played to before so it’s a case of pushing through and selling to the people who aren’t hardcore fans.
While Kiran and Neil went to fix the amp, they went to Cadbury World, forcing Kiran out of his veganism through chocolate propaganda!
After being recommended a curry place, three of the lads went in, but due to them not having vegan options or food the lads wanted they had to awkwardly get up and left Dan in there on his own to try and awkwardly scuttle out. Biz broke his bass here, the tuning peg fully smashed out the holder when he went for it towards the end. During a quiet song, Kiran and Chris got into the crowd, and mid-way through the song someone stormed through the door and shouted “There’s 100 people in here, why is no one making any noise?!”, he may have misread the room a little bit. The crowd here could be heard from America, shouting along to forever whatever.
Dan made a makeshift vocal booth with Kiran’s jacket to record TikTok audios, anyone looking from outside the van would think he’s been taken hostage. Me and Chris had an ongoing chess tournament where I beat him three times compared to his one victory. I think the loss was hard for him to take from someone a decade younger. Doing a festival is a whiplash of an experience compared to gigging, and rather than a dedicated audience it’s all fresh ears and new faces to impress. Thankfully, due to the set only being 30 minutes, the lads went mental and made a lasting impression on the whole building!