I joined Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls on some of their German dates in January, for their gigs in Hannover, Leipzig, Hamburg and Cologne. After a horrendous trip that included freezing at the bus stop, train station and airport in Norway, and then freezing some more at the airport, train station, another train station and then yet another train station in Germany, I finally made it to the venue - which had the most epic backstage bathroom ever! There's basically two things that Germans really do awesomely when it comes to gigs, it's the look of the venues themselves, and the backstages! All the venues the guys played in (that I came along to) were so industrial and awesome, I couldn't stop taking pictures.
The next day we got on a train to Leipzig and slept the entire way. Since it was the boys' day off, we "slugged it" the entire day, only went out for sushi and to do some shopping. As always I failed miserably at the shopping bit, but at least I got to be a unicorn for a few seconds!
Leipzig was another amazing venue, and the gig there was on my birthdaaaay!! I got this lovely bouquet of flowers backstage, and a friend came up from Berlin to join in the celebration which was very nice!
The gig was great (as per usual), and I got two birthday wishes from the stage which was quite overwhelming since I didn't even expect one! Was considering crawling under the sound-desk and hiding and then remembered that no-one knew who they were talking about anyway so all was good!
After Leipzig I took a little break from the tour, before re-joining in Hamburg a couple of weeks later. I fell in love with Hamburg the last time we were there, and the city didn't disappoint this time either. The boys had two gigs there, both sold out, and again, the venue was amazing!
The second day there we met an amazing kid, who contacted Nige a while ago, asking if he could use a picture of him on his wheelchair. Of course he was allowed, and a few months later, we received pictures of the chair, which looked awesome. The boy, Sixten, is a massive fan of Nigel and the Sleeping Souls, and his mom drove him and his brother down from Lübeck to meet his big idol. As a special treat, they were invited along to the soundcheck, and they got to meet face to face. The whole thing was the most joyful moments I've witnessed in a very very long time, and I may not ever have seen happier faces than theirs, when they could have a little chat before the day continued.
Since we had a few days in Hamburg we had time to walk around for a bit, and all fell in love with the miniature museum where you could see the world in tiiiiiny scale. Even Scandinavia was represented, but my favourite was probably this massive (and yet mini) festival! We spent a few hours there, tried to do some shopping again - and failed miserably again, and then went back for the next show. The first Hamburg show pretty much killed us girls, the venue had the heaters on the entire time, and we were standing right by them, getting cooked both nights. We had to get out every now and then just to breathe, so it's safe to say they were totally hot gigs. Like, literally.
Cologne was yet another awesome venue (the best one yet) and the biggest one of the tour. The last time we were there the boys played across the street at E-werk, and this time it was the Palladium. It. was. AWESOOOME!!
Laura Kampf, who made the light boxes the band uses on stage, came over to say hello again, which was lovely! We didn't spend a lot of time in Cologne, coming in the same day as the gig and leaving less than 15 minutes after the gig ended, but I got some great shots of the gig, so check them - as well as more pictures from the other gigs - out in the gallery (for bigger versions, click on the thumbnails underneath the gallery):