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Frank Turner European tour: Germany

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 Powell 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 Frank and the Sleeping Souls, and his mom drove him and his brother down from Lübeck to meet his big idols. 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.

Awesome boys and awesome wheelchair.

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):





Frank Turner UK Tour 2015 - part II

I rejoined last year's Frank Turner UK tour in Bristol, and figured I'd share some more pictures. It was a very nice few days and my parents even came out for the Alexandra Palace show, which was very nice. 

 

First up was Bristol which I fell a little bit in love with, and where I spent hours walking around in the cold looking at street art. Some of the band and crew had fun go-carting on their day off, and effectively looked like bank robbers.

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In Manchester it rained and rained and rained, but that didn't stop me from walking for hours there as well. When I'd finished my walks there, I had water pouring out of my shoes and had to borrow a pair twice my size which made my feet look MASSIVE. Really liked Manchester as well, but need to go back some time when it's a bit warmer, and see some more places! But when I came back to the venue, we'd gotten these lovely cakes courtesy of Mark McCabe! I was so excited for the prospect of sugar my hands were shaking when I took the picture! 

 

Some bloke borrowed my camera backstage, and took this picture of me - and then this selfie:

Vaughn Harvey and Dylan Barnes are two of my favourite people, and the guys responsible for keeping the band fed on the road during UK tours.

 

Last up on the tour was the homecoming gig at London's Alexandra Palace, which was by far the biggest venue of the tour. The insanely impressive building towering over London is not only a concert venue but also has skating rinks and exhibitions etc, and was a massive and beautiful palace! The view from the stage - to be honest - was pretty daunting!

 

The show was a massive success, and the boys could wrap up another tour with a smile on their faces! To see more pictures from all three cities, check out the gallery below!

Next up, Manchester!

Frank Turner UK Tour 2015 - part I

After nearly two months in America, Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls had as much as 36 hours at home (at least the lucky ones) to recover before heading out on the month long UK tour. I joined them for the first 3 dates in Wales and Southampton, and got to catch a glimpse of the new stage set at the first soundcheck. The awesome light boxes featuring the plus and minus from the album-cover, are designed by Laura Kampf, and light up in different colours throughout the gig.

Llandudno, our first stop, was this lovely coastal place with a pier and long beaches. Unfortunately the weather scared us inside, but managed to snap a few shots before having to escape back to the venue to save my camera from the rain (as per usual, most pictures are clickable for bigger versions):

 

After a sleepy overnight drive to Southampton, we found ourselves in even worse weather, so the next couple of days were mostly spent indoors. Managed to do some Christmas shopping and was very pleased with myself, it IS only November after all. Oddly enough, in our double bed hotel room there was a spare single bed and this note... I'm only half convinced it was a coincidence... 

 

A pleasant surprise met us at the Civic Center venue, our friend Tim Omundson had gone on a very crowded train to join the tour for a few days, being a massive Frank Turner fan. So lovely meeting him again, especially in warmer and dryer surroundings than last time. Oh the glamour of backstage dining:

Tim Omundson and Nigel Powell

Tim Omundson, Nigel Powell and Frank Turner

Ben Morse, Matt Nasir and Tim Omundson being onstage paparazzi.

Found a ghost boy!

Tim Omundson waiting to go onstage in Southampton

 

The Southampton shows were great fun, good crowds and good company, with lots of friends and family driving in from all over. Tim got on stage and played harmonica on "I Still Believe" again, which was VERY popular among the audience! Managed to catch his bit (and the rest of the song) on video, check it out here:

 

More backstage "glamour": This is what one looks like after nights on a bus and days in different venues, at least before makeup and fancy clothes happens when it's gig time. Some day I'm pretty sure I'll end up with one single dreadlock. Thank god for hoodies, eh?

After the Southampton gigs I had to go home, but will be rejoining in Bristol. Until then, work, work, and more work.

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls live in Zürich

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls got invited to support one of my all time favourite bands - Die Toten Hosen - in Switzerland last month. This was a stadium gig, at Stadion Letzigrund in Zürich. The last of three support-acts, the boys played to a nearly packed stadium, and were a big hit among the audience! Some pictures of the event below.

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Frank Turner live at Royal Albert Hall

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A week ago the boys in Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls did their first ever gig in beautiful Royal Albert Hall. The gig was a part of the Teenage Cancer Trust series, and a good chance for the band to show off some new tunes for their London crowd.

We got there early in the day and I spent a couple of hours just being overwhelmed by actually BEING THERE! In ROYAL ALBERT HALL!! OMG! 

Walking around the empty venue was beyond surreal, and an experience I'll never EVER forget.

So much so that I didn't take a whole lot of pictures. I was too busy taking in all the details, looking at all the carvings and the decoration and the red velvet and the chairs that could twirl around to look in different directions and the boxes and the murals in the garage/backstage entrance area and the food in the catering and the pictures in the hallways of bands and artists and Last Night Of The Proms and ahhhhhh!!!

I mean, LOOK AT THIS PLACE!!

After soundchecking the guys welcomed family and friends backstage, watched the support acts (Will Varley and Idlewind) and got ready to go onstage. It was a pretty amazing gig, good growd, good singalongs and the guys seemed to be having a lot of fun.

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls performing "Get Better" live at Royal Albert Hall.

The boys are now doing their Australia/New Zealand tour, check them out if you have the chance. Check back here for interviews and concert pictures from To Kill A King, Against Me!, and more.