Belgium - Feb 2013Feb 12
This weekend just gone I was invited by Danny from Shadows Chasing Ghosts to Belgium to watch a band he has just taken on for management play a show in Antwerp. The ever lovely Marianne Harris would also be joining us and documenting the Now Voyager show for Monster Energy. I dug out my passport, packed a bag and headed South.
After a quick lunch with Danny and Holly Raven (SCG’s manager), we met Mar and headed for Dover in Danny’s recently acquired Ford Focus estate, (previously owned by the legendary John Mitchell) As you would expect from three music industry obsessives, the aux cable was passed around and we each showed off our respective exclusives and recommendations….
Upon arriving in Calais, Mar set the sat nav and we were on our way to meet Now Voyager in Brussels. What we didn’t realise until the sat nav confirmed our arrival was that Mar had set the wrong postcode, so we were in fact 50 minutes in the wrong direction. Beef over, we headed to the RIGHT address, finally arriving around 2am. It was time for a quick cup of tea and off to bed.
Saturday was the day of show, and plenty of activity. We headed off early to NV’s rehearsal room as they packed their equipment into the van and drove to Antwerp. Mar was filming as much as she could and once the band were ready to soundcheck we disappeared off for some food to let the band prepare. Whilst in a small Belgian cafe, Mar busted out some of her fluent French, which transpired to be basic French phrases with English words spoken loudly and intermittently. Love you Mar!
The show itself was a cracker, great packed out venue, plenty of wonderful Belgian beer and topped with an excellent performance from Now Voyager. It was great to see Jef, from Noize Agency and his lovely lady, and discuss a bit of business and hear what they have been up to since I last saw them at Hevy 2012.
Eventually, we nearly 2 hours after the curfew, we were thrown out of the venue, returning to Brussels for a greasy takeaway and then to bed.
Sunday, we awoke with the long journey home ahead of us. 2 hours to Calais, a very rough boat crossing, with a 30 minute docking delay, and then straight in to the British snow,sleet, rain, and extreme gales from South to North. Eventually I made it back to the North around 9.30pm after near on 11 hours on the road.
It was worth it though. Great music, great laughs with great people. Sometimes this industry can throw a lot of shit your way, but its the odd weekend where some wonderful memories are made, that make it worth it. Thanks to Danny for inviting me and all the driving, thanks to Mar for the laughs and looking after me when i was turning fifty shades of green on the boat home and thanks to Now Voyager for a great show and putting us up for two nights.
Monster will be posting the Now Voyager documentary soon, i’m sure Mar will have lots of great footage soon for you all to see.
Thanks for reading, Small Town Pete x