St. Patrick’s Day. A day that is celebrated all around the world… It was our first time spending it in the UK however, and I must say I have never seen so many people dressed in green, with hats, and over excited! We couldn’t doubt for a second it was St. Patrick’s. Even if it was only 3:00pm, the mood was really, really festive already!
The stage was small, the room was cold, but we knew we would enjoy it to a maximum! All that without saying that we were joined by Mary, from the YFE HQ, who, in connivance with Alex, decided to surprise us all and join us at the gig that night! Yes, we were in for a memorable night!
Many longtime friends also made is at the gig, making it a memorable one! Alex found a way to climb high, very high, and to jump on the drums from behind it! A crazy, crazy night, I am telling you!
And then we were off to Sheffield, a city in which we had previously been to during the Coffee House Sessions tour. We had heard of the venue by many people and were looking forward to playing there! The guys were more than happy about the stage the very first minute they saw it… It was high, it was large, it was deep, meaning enough place to jump around and do head banging without fearing to hit one another. And once again, they got better, giving us all a gig like we had never seen before!
And then off to London, for what was the last gig of our tour “From Upper Room To Higher Sky”. At least, the last one that was announced… 🙂 And for the occasion, people joined us from France, Switzerland, Germany & Japan, as well as from all over England. That last gig was at the Barfly, a very cool venue in Camden, London, one where we have played before, and we were really looking forward to going there! We arrived at the venue a little late for the sound checks, only to realize that some people were already gathered at the venue, waiting for us to arrive…! We all got in, really excited by what was going on. Especially since we had decided to broadcast the soundcheck live on the SFCC community club, for everyone around the world to be able to join the moment! I was so looking forward to it, and I was more than ready. I went backstage, made sure our wi-fi worked properly, got the Digital Date ustream channel ready for the live broadcast, and then went back downstairs to the venue. Only to realize wi-fi doesn’t work in here. Thick walls didn’t allow wi-fi in, something very common in venues around the world. But I wasn’t ready for this. After trying different options, with my iPhone & with Jeff’s one, I had to come to the conclusion it wouldn’t work… But I just couldn’t accept it. We were all so excited to welcome you all to that sound check, it just had to work. I asked a friend her phone. To realize it wouldn’t work either, even while using 3G. Then asked another friend his, a iPhone this time. And then it worked. IT WORKED! I couldn’t have been happier. I knew so many of you were looking forward to this, and we also were. So it’s all thanks to him you guys managed to see the live broadcast… And following your reactions, we also decided to broadcast a part of the concert, the last few songs the band would play… And what a show it has been!!! The venue was full, the energy was high, the band has been completely incredible. And I mean mindblowingly incredible! It was a “moment”. In everything a moment should be. A moment we will all remember for a very long time… that we will never forget, actually. A moment that has become a meaningful one for all of us. Not only us in the venue, but also for every one who watched it being broadcasted live… And the show ended as Alex sent Sandrine crowdsurfing… a magic moment!
We then spent a few hours outside with friends and family, talking about the gig, but basically just being very happy to see one another again, or for the first time, sharing that special moment. But then at one point, exhausted and freezing, we decided it was time to go. Not back home, no. But at Starbucks, open 24 hours, so we could just keep talking longer without all risking a pneumonia. We didn’t want this moment to end, and found the perfect way to make it last!
We came back home around 4 in the morning, after very long and difficult goodbyes… And after a short night of sleep, we left for another gig, a secret end of tour party at The Enterprise, in Camden again. The venue was pretty cool, very punk rock, but with a stage that was a little on the small side… So we decided to “extend” it, using some of our travel cases… (Sef didn’t want to part with any of his flashing toys, he said!)
And what a night! You can’t describe it better than an “end of tour party”. The place was on fire! It was hot, too hot, we all sweat too much, you could see water dripping from all of us, on and off stage, there were people dancing & headbanging all while singing the lyrics of the song. And yet another amazing night. They do get better and better with every gig… There is absolutely no doubt about this!
We are flying back home tomorrow… Sad to leave, but knowing that every moment we shared has become eternal!