Monday 21st July @ Day off in London
We headed out to the Greenwich Peninsula in the morning and took a trip on the Emirates Skyline – what an amazing view of the city. You get a little voice-over during the journey with the history of the area and some info about the new developments like The Crystal (Siemens eco building) and the forthcoming ‘Asian Dock’, which will welcome new businesses to the area for import & export trades.

View from the skylink

View from the skylink


We wandered round the area, which is also home to the O2 (ex Millennium Dome), which was a nice space, but without a concert or show on during the day it’s just filled with places to eat and drink. They have a great wall filled with old vinyl & CD sleeves, VHS & cassette tapes and old amps and TV’s where you can plug in headphones and listen to music.
Alexis at The O2

Alexis at The O2


In the afternoon we headed over to Shoreditch (one of our favourite areas in London) for some lunch and graffiti spotting. There is always loads of great street art in London & here is my favourite piece spotted on this trip so far.
Street art in London

Street art in London


After lunch we took a wander down to Hackney to check out the area and hand out some flyers before our show at the start of August at Power Lunches. It turns out Hackney is pretty cool too. We have friends that stay in the area but have never spent much time wandering the streets. We walked along Kingsland Road (which entertained me; the X-Factor boy band perhaps should have gone for a name that was more reflective of their style like Holland Park or Saville Row – but Kingsland Road now seems far too cool for them, even if this is where they stay). The area was pretty nice with cool cafés and shops.
Canal in Hackney

Canal in Hackney


We discovered a tattoo parlour, which had the most creepy dolls I’ve ever seen (I wish we had these for the ‘It’s Too Late Now’ video shoot last month).
Dolls

Dolls


In the evening we had a BBQ with our hosts. “A veggie at a BBQ” I hear you cry. Actually it was lovely! I had fresh corn-cobs, a lovely fresh salad & Joe’s famous Mediterranean Vegetable dish finished off with a large helping of banoffee pie.
Everyone else had burger and sausages from some fancy butchers, so everyone was well fed and loving the al fresco dining.
Carrie & Joe at Ealing Towers

Carrie & Joe at Ealing Towers

Tuesday 22nd July @ Travel to Paris
We’re super excited to be heading back to Paris and we both got up pretty early. After packing the bags (again) we walk into Ealing’s centre and grabbed some coffees whilst we discussed the sets for our upcoming shows.
There seems to have been a lot of last minute changes with this tour (in comparison to previous years), in particular, over the last few days we have been finalising the details for our show in Glasgow and thanks to the amazing attitude of Adam the drummer in Jen Stevens and the Hiccups and some help from The Academy of Music & Sound in Glasgow we should be ready to take the city by storm next month.
Sacre Noir at The Beresford Lounge

Ealing really is a lovely area of the city with loads of great places to eat & drink so we decided to grab a bite here before heading back to grab our bags & then off to Paris.

Alexis at St Pancras

Alexis at St Pancras


Arriving in Paris around after 9pm we went straight to our apartment (which is small but perfect for us) and then out to discover the area and eat more food. Italian for lunch in Ealing and Italian for supper in Paris

We are very excited to have arranged great shows in Paris with some fantastic bands. We have two shows with the amazing Trip-Hop/Rock band AsOne (our new favourite Paris band) and we will be joined by acoustic alt.folk acts Benares for our gig at AbracadaBar on the 25th and Popper Must (Be) at Au Chat Noir on the 26th.
For both these gigs I have been working with local band managers and promoters, which has made the process a lot easier. Not everyone I have been in contact with has been as capable, so I’d like to extend a special thank-you to Aubrey at (LABEL NAME) & Victor at Midnight Special Records for being so professional & helpful. You guys are amazing & we look forward to working with you more in the future.
We have already arranged some shows in Scotland for Midnight Special artist Michelle Blades & can’t wait to show them a good time in Edinburgh & Glasgow later in August.

NEXT SHOW
Summer Tour 2014: Gig 5 Thursday 24th July @ La Dame De Canton (Paris)
2 sets of electronica spanning both Sacre Noir LPs with some other gems thrown in for good measure and perhaps a little cover or two too.
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