Figured I should post this before I forget…
Another belting year at Soundwave Croatia including a longer road trip (stopping by Oxfordshire, Nijmegen, Berlin, Prague, Graz, Villach and Strasbourg), a slightly shorter and less sunny stay at Tisno, accidentally having dinner with Craig Charles, dancing to Gentleman’s Dub Club and thunder storms!
I played at my old guitar teacher’s wedding the night before being picked up from Witney in Oxfordshire to start the long journey to Croatia. We set off about 10/11ish and easily made our ferry across to Calais with no sea sickness to speak of and started to make our way to our first destination in Nijmegen. We spent two nights in Berlin and had a rehearsal in Noisy Rooms which is an awesome rehearsal space with great equipment.
We then proceeded to Prague via a music shop to buy some new gear as we had some laptop problems. The gig in Prague was…interesting and eventually turned into a blues and folk jam after playing some acoustic arrangements of Rogan songs. Leaving Prague early in the morning after some of us spent the night clubbing and some got an early night, we set off on our last leg of our trip to Tisno via Graz to pick up Josh’s brother.
We arrived quite late at the festival site and were swiftly pounced on by plain clothes police officers who decided we needed a full search. After seeing the amount of gear piled up in the back, they swiftly changed their minds and skulked off into the night leaving us to unload all our stuff, collect our festival and AAA passes and find our apartments. Aside from a few accommodation issues and the occasional power cut, the rest of the festival went off without a hitch and both gigs were great and we had photographers and videographers to boot! The sound was as great as it was last year thanks to the amazing sound team (especially Kim!)
The next day we went out for a celebratory meal to Teresa (mostly because we were knackered) where we accidentally sat next to Craig Charles, who is hilarious and a truly lovely man, along with his family.
The trip back was long, hot and tiring but we managed the whole thing without trying to kill each other and even included a lovely night and dinner on the outskirts of Strasbourg. After the ferry we went via Witney again to Manchester and finally tumbled into Leeds about two in the morning with about 3500 miles on the clock.