Touring

I tour solo and live in my vehicles. I started doing this in 2008 and have lived in a Nissan Micra, a Ford Mondeo and a Citroen Berlingo while out on tour. At the end of Feb 2012, I moved out of my flat, into my Citroen Berlingo. I now live in a camper van (Jan 2013), and tour constantly except for in January. Please check out my Blog “On The Road”, which you can find in the right column on this page. Below are my current bookings for the coming year.

Some musicians find it easier to have a full time job; others find more acceptable to be a full time musician. If you don’t have capital and don’t want to embrace the obscenity of debt (whether that be via a bank or a signing lable) you’ll have to run a business. I have accepted having to travel to gain a fuller diary. My system of touring overcomes the following problems:

1/ The fuel cost of having to return home after a gig or the cost of overnight accommodation.
2/ The need to share the profits from live performances with a band.
3/ Gaps inĀ  a diary with no means of generating an income while away from home.

The solution I’ve found is to:

1/ Tour solo
2 / Live in a vehicle
3/ Play open mics between paid gigs, to generate bookings and income from CD sales.

Having committed oneself to these decisions, they will interface with every aspect of one’s act and portfoloio of artistic output. Putting one foot infront of the other and learning by doing has been the best way of designing this business. The only thing that is generic and transferable is the process. The business model is specific to the original act that I have developed over the last 8 years (2013).

Below is a list of locations I’ve played in over the last six years of touring.

Glasgow

Edinbrough

Staveley

Barnards Castle

Bramton

Grassmere

Kendal

Lancaster

Preston

Fleetwood

Lythm St Annes

Morpeth

Redcar

Darlington

Hull

York

Leeds

Birstall

Skipton

Cullingworth

Keighley

Halifax

Heckmondwike

Todmoredon

Hebdon Bridge

Sowerby Bridge

Barnoldswick

Burnley

Darwen

Oswaldtwistle

Whalley

Rawtenstall

Bacup

Bolton

Manchester

Stalybridge

Port Sunlight

Rainford

Chester

Sheffield

Killamarsh

Worksop

Dronfield

Derby

Chesterfield

Ruthin

Wrexham

Buxton

Congleton

Bakewell

Ashington

Stoke On Trent

Newcastle

Werrington

Leek

Alton

Checkley

Sheffield

Killamarsh

Aughton

Ripley

Nottingham

Lincoln

Burton On Trent

Loughborough

Leicester

Stone

Yarnfield

Eccleshall

Little Haywood

Stafford

Abbotts Bromley

Newport

Wheaton Aston

Telford

Shrewsbury

Whitchurch

Brewood

Litchfield

Shepshed

Leamington

Hinkley

Coventry

Bedworth

Rugby

Sutton Coldfield

Walsall

Wolverhampton

Birmingham

Alcester

Stourbridge

Wolverly

Bewdley

Stottesden

Redditch

Bromsgrove

Worcester

Gloucester

Cirencester

Cheltenham

Stroud

France Lynch

Caldicott

Cardiff

Swansea

Chippenham

Swindon

Newbury

Maidenhead

Northampton

Shipston-On-Stour

Oxford

Peterborough

Norwich

Lowestoft

Woodford

(Place in Suffolk)

Hertford

Milton Keynes

Newport Pagnell

Wolverton

Bury St Edmunds

Bishop Stortford

Chelmsford

Colchester

Ipswich

Walton On The Naze

Sible Headingham

Burnham-On-Crouch

Maldon

Goldhanger

Braintree

Great Leys

London

Southend-On-Sea

Hockley

Leigh-On-Sea

Benfleet

Rochester

Gillingham

Sandgate

Whitstable

Hythe

Brighton

Cowfold

Horsham

Worthing

Alton

Southampton

Portsmouth

Bath

Melksham

Corsham

Trowbridge

Bradford on Avon

Nunney

Bruton

Queen Camel

Yeovil

Wells

Glastonbury

Bristol

Clevedon

Weston-Super-Mare

Watchet

Dorchester

Totnes

Exeter

Stokeinteinmouth

Ilfracombe

Plymouth

Plympton

St Austell

Mevagissey

Bolventor

Redruth

Truro

Falmouth

Penzance

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