Being in London has had its ups and downs so far but I’ve started to meet people and find different things to do so that have certainly been helping (and will continue to help) with my adjustment. I catch myself calling it ‘home’ now which is just funny to me.
I’ve decided in order to really optimize my experience I need to play music, see music and theatre, and travel. I’ve been doing some research and I’ve found ways to do it! After my experience in Edinburgh I realized how easy it truly is to travel to another European country and within the UK itself. I’ll be back in Boston for a bit in May and while I’m there will be seeing a couple Red Sox games, my buddy Steve’s graduation party/music festival, and The Used play in Providence. Steve’s will be great because our friend Pat’s band The Last Builder’s of Empire will be playing as well as our friends Ross and Paul with Ross Livermore Band. We may even play a song or two of our own stuff if time allows. I really can’t wait.
But beyond that – when I get back to London I’m heading off to Slam Dunk Festival in Hertfordshire to see bands that I’ve loved for years like Taking Back Sunday, Motion City Soundtrack, Say Anything, Funeral for a Friend and MANY more. In June I’ll be switching things up a bit and going to see Ingrid Michaelson alongside Boyce Avenue. July will bring the Latitude Festival to see the likes of Bon Iver and Rufus Wainwright. When we get to late August I’ll be making my way to Paris for the 3 days of Rock en Seine. Here I’ll see The Shins, The Black Keys, Green Day and more who have yet to be announced.
Musically that’s all that is planned for the moment. I’m working on figuring out trips to Amsterdam, Dublin, Berlin, Zurich, Florence, Naples, Rome, and Madrid. We’ll see how all that goes. Get ready for updates as these things pass.
On top of it all I will continue to see as much theatre as I possibly can. Tonight I will see Danny DeVito make his West End debut alongside Richard Griffiths in The Sunshine Boys. When I say his debut I mean tonight is literally the first performance. I’ve seen some great stuff here so far and cannot wait to see more. Yesterday I made my first trip to Shakespeare’s Globe, but only to see it. I plan to make it in early June to see Henry V. Then will see as much as I can while whether permits while I’m here.
That’s all for now…