We had an instore performance at 5pm in Vienna and the drive from Budapest to Vienna was just over 2 hours so we had plenty of time to get there, check into our hotel, drop off all our gear at the venue and get to the record store. Or so we thought…
The hotel and the venue were on the same street so we thought it would be a simple task to drop off all the gear at the venue after we checked in, unfortunately, Barbara, our sat nav, had other plans for us that day. The venue was in one of the arches under the railway, Barbara had no idea how to get there, we were running late after driving around in circles for a while so our plan changed – straight to the record store for the instore performance!
We met up with Tom, one of our bookers, outside the shop. It was called Recordbag, he took us in to meet the owners. We were taken to the back to tune up and get ready. We played 4 songs, Moondogs, 3 Little Birds, Freeman Town and Sophomore to a small but very friendly crowd. I get stupidly nervous about these sort of things usually, for some reason if there is a microphone in front of me I don’t get nervous but take it away and I’m a ball of nerves! That day however, the atmosphere was pretty relaxed so no nerves!
Just at the front of the shop there was a whole stand filled with band tshirts for babies and kids, all very cute, Kirsty was ready to buy one for her niece but Sylvia, the shop owner, gave it to her as a gift! Can’t wait to see little Eilidh wearing it! How cute!!!!
After the instore we had to try and find our way to the venue, which would have been another disaster had we not had Tom with us! He got us there with no trouble at all, if only he had been with us at the start of the day! The venue we were playing was called Chelsea, it really reminded me of The Green Door Store in Brighton. The soundcheck was really quick and easy, just the way we like it! We had a photoshoot to do afterwards with The Gap magazine which again was really quick and easy – just the way we like it!
We all love Vienna, I think it has a lot to do with the fact that the very first time we went we had a good few days to see a bit of the city and get a feel for the place. There’s a really nice relaxed atmosphere when you are walking around. We went for Vietnamese food that night and I had a chilli challenge of my own, completely by accident, chilli oil is not my friend!
We were the only band playing that night, I really enjoyed the gig, another friendly crowd! The last few times we’ve been in Vienna we’ve played in a museum so this gig was something a bit different, we’re very lucky to get to play so many different kinds of venues. Boats, clubs, museums, fields, concert halls – you name it – Haight-Ashbury have probably gigged it! We enjoyed a good few drinks with our Vienna friends Tom, Klaus and Nadine that night!
We were up early-ish the next morning because it was so very very warm in our hotel room! I was up first and went down for breakfast, there was another band in the breakfast room and once Kirsty and Scott came down we all got chatting. They were called Dark Dark Dark and had played the night before in another venue, we got chatting about Glasgow because they had played there last year. Their gig got cancelled last minute and our friend Craig who books bands at King Tuts helped them out and saved the day by getting them in to play in the bar at tuts. Small world and as soon as they mentioned that their gig had been cancelled I remembered the story.
ready to pack the car to head to Linz!