AN EARLY – but not too early – rise…we need to be on the road by 9.30am.
We have breakfast, pack the car and say cheerio to Chris and Richard. They’ve been fantastic hosts of our two nights in London.
Load in at The Cluny in Newcastle is 4pm. We head up the A1(M) and stop off at an OK Diner for lunch then carry on our journey, We’d hoped to get the Newcastle in time to check in to our hotel en route to the venue, but we’re tight for time.
Engineer Dave is ready and waiting and I’m loaded in, set up and sound checked in no time, leaving plenty time to go and check in to our hotel before going back to the venue where we’re well fed and enjoy a few beers before doors open.
Swampcandy have arrived and loaded in while we were eating…great to meet the guys and Gina at last. We blether for a while, then doors open and Swampcandy hit the stage and play a great set.
Then it’s my turn and I sweat like a pig, down a few drams and bash out some tunes for the next hour or so. There’s a great crowd in and it’s nice to see so many familiar faces.
We chat with folks at the merch desk, clear up, have a couple of drinks and more chat then load out and find our way back to the hotel.
A couple of glasses of red then…..zzzzzzzzz…..York tomorrow (Thursday) 🙂