Had a wonderful week eating great British food and drinking great British ales, whilst playing great British venues in Great Britain. Neil Brophy Band made its first steps into the great British music market and at the same time had lots of fun and giggles.
First port of call after driver and on-road entertainment Jim picked us up from Luton airport, was Dublin Castle in Camden, London, where sound crew Martin and Jens from Powerstage were waiting. Not a big crowd, but a good way to warm up for the tour, with reunions with old friends, quality curry beforehand, quality beer after and an unexpected headline slot, when the headliners didn’t show up.
After a sardine night at the hostel, we headed up to Northampton, and, having sampled pie, mash and mushy peas and admired Jim’s hotrod, played a much longer set at The Black Prince.
Next day we went to The Adelphi in Hull (after eating the best fish and chips in the world). This place is like traveling directly back in time to the 80’s. Great atmosphere, retro-sound, characature characters and terrific beer. This was the first of 3 gigs supporting the wonderful Blackbeard’s Tea Party – lovely people, and great musicians. A really fun night, and a great response from the crowd.
Long trip the next day to the beautiful city of Chester, where we stayed with the wonderful Brian and Ann. The venue – Telford’s Warehouse – was as beautiful as the city, the sound fantastic and the audience appreciative.
The last day was more relaxed due to shorter driving distance…just up t’road to Manchester. Fac 251 is the old Factory Records building, and there’s a sense of rock n roll history in the place. Another great night and both NBB and Blackbeard’s were on fire.
Lovely to be back in Denmark now, but what a great week in the UK!