Hola! The Vipertones and I are fresh back from our gig at WOMAD Festival, Gran Canaria. We got out of bed at some ungodly hour in order to make our flight from Brussells to Las Palmas last Wednesday. Ryanair presented a small threat to our instruments, which we quickly tore down, and within a few hours we all had our pasty white legs revealed, enjoying tapas on the beach!
I knew I was a little nervous before the gig (unsure about the guys, they all seemed quite alright!) but when I reached the front of the stage for our opening tune ‘Steam’ on Friday night, I realised why, as something like 10,000 new faces stared back at us with a powerful cheer! The gig was a blinder, I feel sure that just as much fun was had in the crowd as on stage. The crew were very helpful and lit up the crowd so that I could take a photo from the stage half way through the gig. What an energy those people had! Amazing! I’m still buzzing from it 3 days later! Thanks to everyone who came along, and to everyone who looked after / interviewed us. Also, thanks to all of you who attended the workshop I gave the day before at the Guagua stage. Sorry we didn’t get to use the backing vocals we rehearsed for ‘Good Morning’, but there was no time left on the gig.
We all felt extraordinarily welcome, and privileged to be playing on the same bill as so many amazing artists from all over the world, not least Snowboy and Roy Ayers. Directly after our performance Tinariwen played which I found absolutely mesmerising. Such different and entrancing sounds! I wish I could have seen more of the festival. Maybe I should have spent less time shopping for earrings. I try to find new ways of answering the questions I receive in interviews, but this time it was great to have Phil and Ton with me. They never seem to get tongue tied. Yes! That’s right! I do get tongue tied *sometimes*!
The Vipertones left at 8am the day after the gig, leaving me to my own devices for the day… ha ha. More Jamon, more! Later that afternoon I had ten minutes to kill before my airport pick-up so I wandered out of the hotel, where a guy I met the day before informed me that we were in the national newspaper and promptly took me to a shop to buy it. There were pictures from the press conference we attended, and write up’s from the gig, in Spanish of course. Thanks man, I appreciate that. My mum will love that for her scrap book!
So, now that is a treasured memory, a thing in the past, but what a THING! All photos and article pdf’s will be posted up on the website for you to look asap!
The Vipertones next gig will be at Jazz & Beyond, Dordrecht, Holland on December 12th. Yes, back to the motherland of Vipertones and indeed back to the very first place we ever played together. I am too sentimental, but very much recognising this as a comforting and rewarding way of rounding of our first year together.