Robert in lockdown – August 5, 2021

A full week of wall to wall sunshine, the hottest day since 1991, and unmatchable hospitality made it a week to remember.

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This week is quite an exciting one for Tide Lines for two reasons.
First of all, we’re heading down to Hampshire for only our second live gig in a year and a half.

On Thursday evening, we’ll be playing as part of a fantastic line up at Wickham Festival, which (over three days) includes headliners such as Van Morrison, Deacon Blue, and Fairport Convention, as well as plenty Scottish acts like Capercaillie, Eddi Reader, The Peatbog Faeries, Talisk, Duncan Chisholm, Mànran, Peat and Diesel, and Skerryvore.

As I’ve said so many times before in this column, for all musicians who pretty much exist to perform live, it will be a huge relief to get back on stage.
We had the pleasure of playing a couple of months ago in Glasgow Green for the Euro Fanzone and I’ll never forget how great it was just to meet up with other bands backstage for the first time in so long and all share the joy of getting back out doing what we love to do.

I dare say it will be exactly the same down in Hampshire on Thursday although hopefully without the disastrous Scottish weather we were treated to that day in Glasgow. It is so exciting that there are signs live music is back on the horizon and I can’t wait to get back touring fully.

Never again will I complain about an early sound check, a poorly equipped motorway service station, or a leaky tent at a rainy festival. I have missed every aspect of gigging so much.

Until restrictions lift fully, though, online events will remain a huge part of the music industry – which brings me on to the second reason I’m having a great week.
The other thing we are doing this week is announcing Eye of the Storm Live – an audio/visual collaboration of our last album – filmed at Leith Theatre, Edinburgh.

This is a performance that is available to view for free on Facebook on August 12 and YouTube on August 13. Although there is no live audience at this show, it is nevertheless extremely satisfying that all the material from Eye of the Storm will finally be played live virtually.

The album was released in May 2020, in the depth of lockdown, and the traditional route of getting people to hear the material through live tours has been closed to us ever since.

Things are beginning to open up, of course, as evidenced by the fact we have a gig this week, but this online event is still a unique chance to play the album from top to bottom and we’re very grateful for it.

We’re also hosting an online question and answer session straight after the second night so it will be great to be able to chat with fans from around the world albeit via a computer screen. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we see more of them in the flesh.

This Thursday’s gig in Hampshire is a good start!