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Tour Diary: Helsinki

I’ve still got a few tour diary gems to put up, one such sparkler was our day in Helsinki. I’ve never been to Finland before but growing up with my half Finnish schoolfriend Saara more than prepped me for this lovely country. Waking up at about 6am to a suddenly snowy Stockholm was a major [...]

Tour Diary: Stockholm

Stockholm seems a million miles away as I type this in my sunny room in Hyeres. I can barely believe paying five pounds for a half of ESB in a Sodermalm pub (I did, it was delicious) and the cold, northern blue light seems like a camera fault rather than a simple locational fact.

After [...]

Tour Diary: Gothenburg

Gothenburg was another exciting chance to catch up with and Internet Friend, namely the amazing Fiona who had just made the move over a few weeks ago. Some people I’ve met through blogging have become IRL friends and Fiona is one of those people, a total meeting of moron minds, she’s so lovely and has [...]

Ferris Bueller-ing a day off at Kew Gardens

One of the perks of being a freelancer, last Friday I downed my laptop like it was the weekend and headed west to Kew Gardens. It’s one of those London things that unless you’re a tourist you wouldn’t bother doing, but it’s a totally life-affirming thing. It came up as a ‘what’s a lovely thing [...]

Tour Diary: Hamburg, Altona and Blankenese

Hamburg was the day that I really went for broke with the sightseeing; Silke, the lovely German promoter, sent me a whole list of things to see in her hometown. I was really getting into the rhythm of the tour, cannily taking a shower in the venue after the gig, so I could be clean(ish) [...]

Tour Diary: Berlin

With Berlin, I had the luxury of a town that I’ve been to a few times, so I didn’t feel the need to tick off a load of tourist things. It’s also where Miggy lives, which gave me the chance to hang out with an internet pal and party like it was 2008. With some [...]

Tour Diary: Poznan, Warsaw and Krakow

Poznan

I’ve never been to Poznan before but a bouncer in one of the Birmingham venues told me that it was his favourite Polish city. A few of us headed out together, to go for an energising swim. We wandered from the pool into town and I swear we must have gone through the worst [...]

Tour Diary: Budapest

On my student interrailing trip, Budapest ended up being one of my favourite places, first up the streets just looks different, grand and sometimes faded boulevards that hadn’t changed when I returned. Another big pull is the baths, thermal spas that Hungarians have been visiting for years. On my first time I went to the [...]

Tour Diary: Munich and Schloss Nymphenburg

My Munich experience consisted of coffee, a walkaround, picking up stamps and buying a lens cap. Sometimes days are just dictated by thrilling errands. I still managed to get a good bit of the city in while I looked for the perfect coffee spot.

Back at the venue I decided to take my wandering further [...]

Tour Diary: Salzburg’s blue skies

In many ways, touring is a bit like Christmas. There’s a lot of eating, the kind of absent-minded snacking and picking you do at home in your pjs, a lot of sitting around in dressing rooms waiting around and more than a fair amount of passive tv-watching. Much like Christmas though, if you do manage [...]

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