SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER BLOG BY JAX CHAMBERS
September 1st and a local gig for us at last, we did our 1st ever gig as Syteria supporting at the Brudenell, so it was great to have our 1st headline show there. There's a brand new room been built there now so that venue is going from strength to strength and rightly so as it's a fabulous venue, Tom Needham really looked after us as always 😃. It was our good friend Craig Renwick's 50th birthday so we had a few friends down for the night.
After a great and late night in Leeds we head off the next morning to the 'OFF THE TRACKS ' festival which turned out to be a lot of fun. A very diverse, eclectic festival which at 1st glance we seemed to be totally out of place at...but we got into the swing of things once Julia donned a flowery dress and found her inner hippy. After we'd played the gig we watched a few more bands, ate and headed back, as we were to meet our potential film makers for the next video we plan to do which will be the song Revolution, seems I die in the 1st scene 😦 and come back as a robot, what are they trying to tell me? lol
Julia celebrated with a milestone birthday bash half way through the month and now hers and Keira's age combined = mine😦😁. Then a flight to Sweden for me with Girlschool and a nice BA 1st class flight, so ate my own body weight in freebies in the lounge only to be greeted on the flight with a 3 course meal too, then met at the gig and told dinner was ready, we passed. We did however still manage to fit into our stage gear...just!
We hit October and Denise's Milestone Birthday, so off I went to Essex for a few days to join the girls, a fun night was had by all, enough said🍺
Back upt norf and our next gig in Rotherham and trying out our 2 new songs and a rather shambolic version of the Misfits 'Dig Up her Bones' as it was our Halloween gig...guess we should have rehearsed that 1st or decided on the key 1st at least. A great night and all dressed up for the occasion.
What a pretty bunch😏
An early evening for me as I had to be up to get to France with Girlschool for the VOUZIERS festival, we went via the Chunnel for a change so no airports yay !😁😁 and we were breaking in our new driver Richard Fowler, initiation test passed😉. We've done this one before so looked forward to doing it again and this time with our old mates Venom Inc, had rather a sophisticated meal with those boys beforehand , well as much as that was possible with both bands in the same room.
November was a very busy month for me personally, I headed to HRH for the Awards, then the day later Syteria arrived for our gig there and yes GIRLSCHOOL won the award...finally!
The Syteria gig at HRH wasn't one of our better shows, we a few technical problems and all that but we still loved it and by the looks of it so did the audience and we had fun all day with the interviews and hanging out with the other bands and the fans there of course.
The gig at Winterstorm was one we'll all remember for sure, the drum riser was 5 foot high, where's Pablo? and of course Keira and Julia went up there whilst I was playing a solo, Julia decided to jump off of it in the process sprained her ankle and with the momentum of that fall she then smashed her lip on the microphone splitting her lip...rock n roll, but she carried on, what a trooper 😁
So now I travelled back to Leeds, unpacked, then repacked as I was going to India for something totally different, a nice spiritual few days away...ah 'Om Shanti' just had to make sure I didn't take the wrong suitcase to India with Leather and latex in it ...lol . I got back and again had a day to unpack and repack before going off to Belgium with Girlschool for the 'Blast From The Past' festival, again Richard driving us, so we didn't frighten him too much😅 with either Girlschool or Syteria.
2017 has been a fantastic yr for us, THANK YOU ALL for coming out to support us and making it so special. 2018 has a lot in store for us already, I'm heading to NAMM in January and then SYTERIA are heading to THAILAND for a tour there in February. We're also on the Silja cruise in April along with Girlschool, Rock Goddess and the Amorettes so that promises to be a fun cruise.See you all out there next yr and finally
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