Scruffy, Indie folk-rock from Transylvania

The Thing About Touring

Posted by admin On June - 23 - 2010

I am planning a musical trip this summer – or, as some of you might call it, a tour – in Europe and there are a few very interesting things I’d like to share before I continue with my planning. At first I was very confident about this being an easy thing to pull off, both financially as well as logistics-wise. If I’d book a cheap flight early on and just get some shows for that time period I can easily contact a few people to provide me shelter for a night or two – or book a room, if nothing else – there are plenty of cheap opportunities if I book early enough, right? Easier said than done.
When I first looked up some unbelievably cheap tickets to London and back that WizzAir had on offer I had the intention of touring for at least a month. Not a week passed and the ticket prices went up four times. So I just got the cheapest flights that Wizz Air had to offer at that point and thought about booking my shows around those dates. Again, easier said than done. First of all, Wizz Air won’t let you carry your instrument on board, and I was surely not going to check the thing. So my only option was to buy a ticket for my precious instrument (an adult ticket, mind you), and have it placed in a seat next to me (I swear, I will pamper it with peanuts). The next thing I find out is that EasyBus, the cheapest coach from the airport to London central won’t let me carry my instrument on board at all. Not even if I’d buy it a ticket (I actually contacted them and proposed them this ridiculous idea). So my costs just grew like that, with every little thing that I had planned out so carefully, until I significantly overstepped my initial budget, and I had to get a small loan to get me back on track for the tour.
Booking the events wasn’t easy either. Though some promoters have taken part of the burden away from me, most of the tour was still up to me to organize. After a million emails and telephone calls, however, I now have a show for almost every night while I’m in the UK. I will be playing in London every night from the 14th to the 19th of August, in Manchester on the 20th, in Stoke-on-trent on the 21st and then I will be back in London on the 23rd of August for a final show. I will post the names of the venues and every other relevant info on the website soon enough.
Talk soon.

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