Friday, June 26, 2015

SA:On the Road: Grasspop / Belgium

Friday 19.6.2015
Once again it was time to take the overnight train in order to get to the Helsinki-Vantaa
airport in time for our morning flight to Brussels. At around 1930 the train left and some hours later at 0630 we arrived in Tikkurila. Spent the evening watching stuff on the computer and didn’t really get a good nights sleep, but whattahell, that’s part of the festival season anyways.

Saturday 20.6.2015
In the morning we took a cab to the airport and met up with the rest of the gang. Basic check-in hassles and some sausages later we were ready to board the plane. Our friends from Korpiklaani were also on the same flight with us. Let’s see what kind of trouble we can find in the evening after work ;-) Anyways, at the hotel our rooms weren’t ready but we managed to do the check-in and then we left for the festival. Grasspop is one of the best organized festivals anywhere so it was a really easy day and everything worked. At around 1745 we hit the mainstage with our 50min set, after us there was only Alice Cooper and Judas Priest left to play on our stage. The other mainstage still had Five Finger Death Punch and Slipknot if I’m not totally mistaken…after the show we had a couple of interviews and a signing session….and then a few drinks before it was time to leave….we met our friends from Battle Beast as we were leaving, nice to see the guys again….
 ….be that as it may our departure was quite early and we proceeded to enjoy a nice evening at the hotel, having some drinks (no surprise here) outside. After losing to Joonas at the pool table it was time to call it a night.

Sunday 21.6.2015
Lobby call at 0830 wasn’t too bad, even managed to get some breakfast before it was time to leave. First by van to the airport in Brussels, then fly to Helsinki and from there to Rovaniemi…and then home by train….was in Kemi at 2230 so the whole day was traveling…..and boring as usual. Luckily the show last night was great and now we have until next weekend before we play a corporate event about an hour drive from home. Until then.



Monday, June 15, 2015

SA:On the Road: Joensuu w/NW, COB & Insomnium

Friday 5.6.2015
Met up with Tommy at the trainstation just after 10 in the evening for our 12h+ journey
to Joensuu. Had an evening meal and then watched Braking Bad for awhile before I fell asleep.

Saturday 6.6.2015
We had to get up at 0530 to switch trains in Tampere….and then in Riihimäki…and once more in Lahti. Some hours later we arrived in Joensuu and headed for the hotel and some rest before the show. Some netflix and couple of hours of sleep later it was 
time to head for the venue. We got lucky in the way that the rain (of course) started just as we had finished our set. It was a quite cold gig but otherwise we had a good time. Spent the evening checking out CoB and later Nightwish….after all was done we spent some time at the hotel bar with our friends from Kemi and of course a whole bunch from the other bands were present as well.

Sunday 7.6.2015
Got up just before noon and then me & Tommy headed for the train. Felt a bit under the
weather but nothing too bad, Spent the time in the train on my phone, reading the news, occasional drinks and food and around 10 hours later we got to Kemi and managed to drag our asses home. Short weekend, lots of travel as usual and I nice
gig ;-) The hunting season is now open and we’ll go on like this until the end of August when we end this World Tour.Next stop Grasspop in Belgium.