LIFE ON THE ROAD WITH OCTOBER DRIFT : THE TOUR DIARY PART TWO
First arriving in Nottingham, the lads parked out front of the venue, on a pedestrian road. The load in was a very tricky one, being up a tonne of stairs and through the streets. During the time we were there, there was a cheerleader tournament event going on so the spoons we went to was rammed with them and it was hard to find a seat.
After driving back from Nottingham, we decided to go for it with drinks and a few of us stayed up until 6am chatting about demos and everyone’s importance in the band. The day after we were all having a nice lazy day, going for walks, sitting in the sun and chilling out. Later in the day we sat and watched the Biffy Clyro documentary which we found more of a comedy than a documentary. Neil and Kiran went to the shop and brought me back a microwavable roast dinner which was sickly and very reminiscent of a school dinner.
Although Manchester was by far the best date on the tour, not a whole lot happened on this day other than the outstanding gig. During the sold-out show, Kiran was jumping around everywhere, climbed on the bar and the balcony, and showed the crowd what they paid for. We went for a celebratory kebab that Franny recommended us, and it was perfect, after-gig food.
The next day, we arrived at Brudenell in Leeds expecting to be on in the community room, but were soon moved over to the main stage. This was great as the atmosphere, stage set up, and room were way better. We were catered for by Pieminister, which was a great meal but maybe not the best thing to eat before a show! This show made it around 5 in a row, great shows that all got the crowd bouncing. On our way out we wanted to go to a shawarma shop that Biz had been boasting about all night, but it ended up closing early, had to get an emergency maccies for hangry Dan.
While driving up to Glasgow, we wanted to visit a Llama cafe that the band remembered from a previous visit. While about half way there we discovered it had been shut down so we stopped for a random farm house cafe instead. It ended up being fantastic for everyone, except this was around the time Neil’s funny accents started. When we made it up to Glasgow, we decided to hit up a spoons to chill in, and get drunk yet again. We ended up getting a few weird drinks sent to us from October Drift fans, which were promptly downed. Thanks everyone!
Right as we woke up, there was a lady running into the Travelodge with a bleeding hand. While the Travelodge staff were getting ready to look after her, Franny went in to help out with his “pro first aiding”. Right before soundcheck, Dan’s pedalboard power ended up breaking. After trying to find the cause, he ended up just having to use the backup one which ended up working perfectly.