Our First trip to Germany & The first of many (we hope)!
In October, after a year of planning, we finally headed over to Germany for our first German Gig!
After featuring on WDR’s ‘Wunderschön‘ in 2017, and then again in 2018, we had acquired a few German fans (to say the least) and also a few German enquiries; One of which was from a lovely woman called Gudrun, who was celebrating her 25th Silver Wedding Anniversary with her husband Martin. After a lot of careful planning, Gudrun and the band had organised two shows that weekend! One public show and a private event the night after. (Sadly for Stefan Pinnow, he wouldn’t be playing at this show!)
This last year has been crazy for us; Laura has been recognised on the street by some holidaying Germans, as well as having a voicemail from a German fan explaining they were outside her house (that was a bit weird..!). We just wish Germany wasn’t SO far away, so we could play for you more often.
Our first public gig (although a ticketed event) was in Cuxhaven. Far for a lot of people to travel, but some of you really made the effort! Especially our number 1 fan, Jean, who we have enjoyed chatting to on Facebook since the first show.
We didn’t know what to expect on that Friday evening. Having flown from Brighton to Hamburg in the morning, then driven and caught to ferry across the Elbe, finally getting to Captain Ahab’s Gastro with 15 minutes to spare! We were pleasantly surprised! An amazing venue, brilliant equipment, but more importantly, the loveliest and friendliest people. We love the Germans.
The first night was fun! After realising that the German Charts and English Charts did have some big differences, we changed our set up a bit. Rock and Disco are popular in Germany. Brit pop – not so much! We must have done something right, because at the end we were given gifts from members of the crowd, and Laura signed a few autographs.
We stayed at a great hotel down the street that weekend – Shout out to Hotel Deichvoigt, probably the most comfortable beds we’ve ever slept in.
On the second day, we officially met Gudrun and Martin for the first time, and had a lovely chat and coffee with them at Cuxhavener Kaffeeröster, before heading out for a walk to explore what Cuxhaven had to offer. We were able to check out Alte Liebe (Where the boys managed to see a seal!), the Dyke, and the beautiful walk between the two points to the Kugelbake. Sadly we did all of this without Matt, as the night before we played as a 4 piece with Dave on Bass. But he would be arriving in a few hours!
After our long walk, and a cheeky CurryWurst and Schnitzel, we collected Matt, and the good times began! It wasn’t long before he was breaking the decorations, but it didn’t matter, because we were sounding GREAT! We’re always happy to play as a 4 piece, but we love it when the whole band is there. That’s the good thing about being such good friends!
Next came the Private Event. Captain Ahabs was looking great, and the hall was filling up nicely. Everyone was filling up on the ‘flying buffet’ and then on their evening meal. The open bar was in full swing, and we were getting excited / if not still being completely exhausted from our long walk that day!
But being tired will never stop us from rocking out. It’s amazing what adrenaline will do!
We had such fun with Gudrun and Martin, and their whole family and group of friends. We DJ’d until 2.30am and let our hair down for the last couple of hours, dancing to some classic’s such as Peter Gabriel’s ‘Sledgehammer’ and some Kraftwerk and the like!
It was sad to say good bye to Cuxhaven, and the friends we had made that weekend. A whole year of planning had made for an epic party! But that was the end of that journey, and now we had a day to hang out in Hamburg before our flight home on Sunday evening.
We had a little day of slight seeing and then flew home – Remarking on how much fun we had, but also very much ready for bed!
The great thing is, we will be back in Germany in February for another private event. This time in Dreis – But also, this time we will be driving over with all of our equipment from Brighton! So it will be a very different adventure! However, this means we get to go busking on the streets of Cologne, which we are really excited about. And this also means we will be a little bit closer to most of our German supporters! So we hope to see you that weekend, on the cold February streets of Germany!
Gudrun and Martin, Silver Wedding Anniversary, Captain Ahab’s, Cuxhaven, Germany, 20th Oct 2018, 5 Stars
“Dear Laura, This is just to thank you for your wonderful performance on the event of our Silver Wedding Anniversary. Thanks for all your effort coming to Germany and our constant emailing in order to organize everything during the past year. Our party was a big hit thanks to you all, and you got everybody dancing – chapeau!
With kindest regards, Gudrun &Martin”
Tips on hiring the band in Germany:
If you are thinking of hiring the band for your event in Germany, here are a few things to consider!
We would be traveling a long way to get to your event (which we’re more than happy to do) and there are two ways we can do it.
- We fly and hire all the backline from Germany. This includes a Full PA system and lighting, a full Drum kit including snare and cymbals, and all Amps. We would bring our instruments and microphones! Believe it or not, this is actually the cheaper way to do it. Flights are less expensive than a van and petrol. (There are various companies that will hire out all of those things, such as Bluelines, BRS, TBS and more) – You can ask us for our tech spec!
- We drive all of our gear and ourselves over from Brighton. This is usually the more expensive option, as it’s a lot more work for us, and the petrol is super expensive! However, it’s something we’re happy to do – as this way you wouldn’t have to source any equipment to hire.
When we come over we need accommodation for 2 nights. The night before and the night of the event. We don’t have a rider, we’re not too fussy. But it would be good if we have access to a kitchen 🙂
A tip for those of you considering hiring us: If we can get another gig close to the venue of your choice, then we will offer you a discount on your booking! So when you enquire, do feel free to send over a list of venues for us to contact. This is what we did in Cuxhaven!
We loved playing in Germany, and after speaking to some of the people we met there, it looks as if some German Function Bands are quoting up to €8000 for an event. Just a heads up, We don’t cost that! Get in touch for a quote.