You know, it was only a year ago that I was at a gig in Zambia that a big South African act was booked to play at too; they caught the last available flight into Lusaka on show day (just in time for their set) because they had a gig earlier that day in Johannesburg. At the time I thought the organizers were crazy to have agreed to the whole arrangement but it thankfully all worked out without any glitches.
Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago and here’s little old me confirming a Johannesburg gig just as I get the news that a club in India would like to book ‘DeVille’ for the following night. The only possible way to make it to both events is to catch a flight out of South Africa at 22.20 but my gig in Jo’burg wont be done till 21.00 – and then of course things often run late. What to do what to do?! Keep it pro of course! Which would have meant turning down the gig in Delhi if the Johannesburg client wasn’t ok with me leaving at exactly 21:00. Luckily they were!
And so I mentally prepared myself for a pretty serious mission: 2 gigs on 2 different continents and roughly 16 hours of travel time between them.
The first of the 2 events was for the launch of the Hisense C30 Rock at a very cool venue called ‘Sally Mustang’ which I’d never worked at before. It’s a tattoo parlour that can be converted into an events space for functions. Their resident artist happens to be AMAZING and although I don’t have any tattoos (yet) I now follow her on Instagram. I guess you could call it window shopping.
I performed a 45 minute set with Herman of ‘Drum Machine’ which is always fun.
— Hisense South Africa (@HisenseSA) March 23, 2017
I’m sure you’ll be glad to know that we made it to Delhi in time for the gig the next night – but that’s a story for my next post.