Ginger Wildheart Band Tour 2016 – Day 1 Bristol

By Ginger | July 13, 2016

BRISTOL, Exchange – Tues 12th July – Day 1

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Ginger Wildheart Band – Photo by Danny Biggane

First date of the headline tour. Well, we’ve been on the bus all weekend with two Hey! Hello! festival gigs done and dusted, but this is the big drag, so I thought I’d start keeping a diary.

I always regret ever starting these things, but I’ve heard that people like reading them, so it seems fitting to keep a log of all happenings on this tour. And in the best tradition of first show gremlins there was plenty happening at Bristol.

I’d been anticipating this one, seeing as someone apparently painted over an original Banksy last week. I love Bristol, but this would be the first time in a long while I haven’t made a traditional pilgrimage to see the two Banksy pieces round the corner to Bristol Academy.

With a dressing room about 5 times the size of the Academy, the Exchange is a very cool little venue that suits the ambitions of this tour perfectly. A little set up that packs a big punch, the walls of the Exchange carry gorgeous artwork that greets you on arrival. Pity they seemed so keen to kick us out after the show, cleaning the dressing room around Conny and I as we sat still dripping from the show and asking if we were ready to leave. Great venue, then, but not such a great welcome. Made me long for the days when aftershow celebrations, in places like Dudley JBs, were legendary affairs that often overshadowed the show itself.
Hey, it’s the first show in so maybe the receptions will get a little more genial as we go?

First show glitches plagued the set, naturally, as the in-ear gizmo I’m using insisted on jumping out of my ear under the extreme humidity of the stage. I mean, I’m admittedly a sweaty bastard when I play, but surely these headphone contraptions are designed for that? Whatever the reason, this rubbery little fucker hung like a limp penis unable to fully penetrate my ear-hole. I will persevere with it though. The times it has worked properly has made singing an absolute pleasure. I will make this stubborn little squid my bitch.

Then there’s the guitars. I’ve been using these two brand new BC Rich guitars all week without any trouble. Tonight, in front of a packed venue, the pick ups decided to unscrew themselves and stick to the strings, rendering any attempt at a guitar solo a clipped apology of barely audible notes. The next day Dunc will tear them apart, gaffer down the supernaturally unscrewed loose parts, and get these things in a playable condition for the next day’s gig. I guess humidity really does fuck with things in a way that no amount of rehearsals can prepare for. But we will not be thwarted. These guitars will be transformed into cyber guerrilla bastards ready for decibel destruction and heat assault. Just watch us. You will not beat us, BC Rich.

Copyright Ellie Inman 2016

Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors – Photo by Ellie Inman

Great to meet Ryan Hamilton, finally. We’ve become web buddies so meeting in the flesh was a good way of making our bromance slightly less creepy. His band are lovely too. As are Massive Wagons. Brilliant bands to be touring with, and I’m sure lifelong friendships will be cemented by this tour.

And the crowd. Fuck. I’ve spent the last 8 months in recording studios, and I clear forgot how this music thing unites the players and the audience. I’ve missed this in ways that I was utterly unaware of. I want to walk round the room thanking everyone until I lose my voice. Which wouldn’t be a good idea, mostly for the audiences to come who would like me to arrive at their town with a voice in tow.
So I’ll thank everyone in silent gratitude, while I’m pummelling their eardrums with music. Thank you for buying tickets to come see the shows on this tour. I wanted to take a big rock show into little venues. That’s where the concept came from, and that’s how pretty much all my activity begins. I get an idea and I try to act on it. And the audience are the beautiful bastards that make this happen. We’ll play our arses off on this tour, because they people there deserve nothing less.

Which brings me finally onto the band and crew. Our moveable team of miscreants, all trundling from one town to the next in our mobile hotel the HMS Wildheart.

Conny, Toshi and Denzel smashed it last night, and for first night performances this was on another league. It’s hard to believe that this band have never played live together, the onstage chemistry is so genuine. And our crew work tirelessly to make this happen every night. Fucking Gods to a man.

I’ll go now, before I turn this message into metaphorical papier-mâché.

Hey Ho Iko

The Ginger Wildheart Band is still out on tour for the following remaining shows:

– Mon 18th July, Manchester Deaf Institute (support from Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors and Massive Wagons)
– Tue 19th July, Wolverhampton Slade Rooms (support from Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors and Massive Wagons)
– Wed 20th July, Cambridge Portland Arms (support from Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors and Massive Wagons)
– Thu 21st July, Cambridge Portland Arms (support from Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors and The Main Grains)
– Fri 22nd July, London Brooklyn Bowl (support from Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors and Hey! Hello!)

Tickets for all shows are available from

11 responses to “Ginger Wildheart Band Tour 2016 – Day 1 Bristol”

  1. Johnny Kelly says:

    Nice to get a view from the other side of the stage. Looking forward to seeing you at the slade rooms Wolverhampton

  2. The General says:

    See you tomorrow

  3. Phil says:

    The reason I love live music is the unknown. Those little imperfections that the studio wipes out can make for an unforgettable live experience.

    I’d also like to thank you for inviting 2 fantastic support bands. I have never seen such a positive reaction to support acts before.

    Good luck for the rest of the tour.

  4. Donna Dee says:

    Roll on Glasgooow!! :)

  5. helen says:

    Really looking forward to LEEDS tomorrow! :-)

  6. Chris Percy says:

    Awesome! Really looking forward to Trillians on Sunday, it’s my wife and mine 2nd anniversary gift to each other, it’s gonna be hot and sweaty and be a long day though, we won’t get there until late, I’m gigging at The Voyager in South Shields at teatime (after seeing the Proclaimers in Bents Park that afternoon! So be gutted missing the support acts! But gigs pay for merch!

  7. Andy King says:

    Was a brilliant night, out of tune guitars means that they join the out of tune crowd! Pity there wasn’t a pay back for Dunc, I’m certain the infamous twat was there! Outstanding yet again! If last night is anything to go by it’s going to be an amazing tour once more!

  8. Rhys says:

    What a night! Fantastic choices on support, Massive Wagons and Ryan Hamilton were both amazing but really felt that you and the boys hit a home fecking run with your choice of set list. Something for everyone and everything for someone.
    Thank you. And please keep extending Ryan’s vocabulary…

  9. Darren says:

    Despite buying absolutely everything you have done since Earth vs, for one reason or another I have never been to see you live until last night. Now I’m totally regretting all those wasted years! A truly awesome gig, a killer performance from all 3 bands and a room full of several hundred amazing people. See you next time, I’m never gonna miss another tour!

  10. Wayne McCrory says:

    Thanks Ginger!! Love all your diaries / podcasts / etc.

    Missing this tour, but will be sorting out a passport so next year I will have no excuse to fly across the Irish sea (probably with my daughter in tow) to catch as many shows as we can – hope they are equally as epic!!!

    Hope everyone on and in front of the stage on every date have the best gig ever!! See you next year!!! :-)

  11. dean tibbles says:

    It’s always a joy and a pleasure to read your diary’s :) wishing you and the band.. epic,triumphant,and glorius sonic battles/chaos

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