Tour Diary: Rixton

Tour Diaries are an on-going guest column series from Bandsintown artists currently on tour. This entry is from pop/R&B group Manchester, England’s Rixton, in which they recall some memorable tour dates.

From major festivals to hometown shows, gig life can be a wild ride. One night you may be second guessing yourself until your crowd fills out, the next you may get a jolt of confidence from seeing family members in the front row. In these cases, Rixton’s been on both sides of the coin. Read more below from the boys’ perspective on their tour highlights thus far.

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Charley Bagnall - Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
We’ve started our first bunch of tour dates in the UK including a few festivals, one of which was Wireless festival. Now, for me this was a huge, huge deal as Wireless has been a dream for a long time. It has always been a perfect mix of urban and pop rock, which I’m a huge fan of, so to have that opportunity to play was crazy. We arrive and go to our dressing room, and we set up and head towards the stage. As we’re waiting to play, the tent is empty! So we’re a bit worried and a little bit disheartened. But then as we step out, the tent becomes packed, people are running in and the place becomes full! The next thing we know, we’re playing our set and people are loving it! We get to the last song, which is the single—“Me and My Broken Heart” and the place erupts. People are singing every word. This, for me, is just unreal. Every day it grows and grows—being on tour and interacting and seeing the people sing your song back is the best feeling ever. You can’t beat it! 

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Jake Roche - Lead Singer, Rhythm Guitar
Being able to travel the world and play live music and have people sing your songs back to you should never be classified as a job. I don’t see it as that. And if it is, then I genuinely have the best job on earth. Kicking off the tour in my hometown of Manchester was nuts, seeing my family out there all jumping and singing along. But the most exciting bit for me is the five minutes before the show that no one sees. When the dressing room door closes and it’s just me and the boys—the four idiots that started this crazy journey. And we can hear the fans chanting ‘Rixton' waiting for us to come on stage. That feeling is just indescribable. You genuinely feel invincible. It's a feeling I want to have for the rest of my life. 

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Lewi Morgan - Drums, Backing Vocals
My favourite moment of the UK tour was the Manchester show, as it’s the first time I have had all my family at a show! It was a crazy hot and sweaty show and the crowd was incredibly responsive!

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Danny Wilkin - Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals 
My highlight from tour was in Manchester, walking on stage in front of our families. The show was amazing, the crowd was welcoming and our parents, brothers, and sisters had the chance to see how much we had grown as a band. Jake got his niece up on stage to say hello to the fans, which was a beautiful moment for him. Favourite gig so far!

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Want to see Rixton on tour? Track them on Bandsintown to get concert alerts and go to their website to see their upcoming dates. And check out their new single, “Wait On Me”, available on iTunes.

Bandsintown Featured Among First Android Wear Smartwatch Apps

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We are excited to share that Bandsintown is featured on Google Play this week, where developers are noted for their work in writing apps that run on Android Wear, the smart wearable platform designed specifically for the smartwatch market! Bandsintown is among the first to have implemented the Android Wear SDK, which allows developers to build “glanceable” notifications with a fully customizable user interface. When you install Bandsintown on your smartphone, Android Wear will automatically push concert notifications to your always-on smartwatch, where you can swipe to view more information like show dates and venue location. From there, you can indicate if you’re “Going” or “Interested,” to easily share with your friends.

Several companies are already offering devices based on Android Wear including LG, Motorola, and Samsung, with more coming out this summer. Can’t wait? You can pick up the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live now by visiting Google Play to purchase.

Tour Diary: American Authors part 2

Tour Diaries are an on-going guest column series from Bandsintown artists currently on tour. This entry is part 2 from Brooklyn-based American Authors, with some thoughts on playing their favorite venue from lead guitarist James Adam Shelley and bassist Dave Rublin.

Most concert junkies latch onto a local hole-in-the-wall music spot, or switch it up within an X mile radius of their hometown, but some venues are simply legendary blips on a map. Artists have the luxury of circling certain tour dates on their itinerary, and the venues often take on a life and lore of their own. Here, Dave and James talk about what it was like to rock the open-air Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO, just west of Denver earlier this summer:

Dave recaps the excitement:

This was an iconic day for me as a musician. Many bands and musicians have dreamed about playing this venue. I’ve never been more excited than I was the night we played at Red Rocks. I grew up watching my favorite bands live shows at the historic venue and it’s inspired me so much. It was such an outstanding day and a memory I will never forget. 

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James lives the dream:

One of my favorite memories for sure is our first show at Red Rocks. I have always dreamed of playing Red Rocks in Denver, CO. I used to watch the Dave Mathews Band at Red Rocks DVD all the time when I was a kid. Walking out on stage and hearing the roar of 10,000 people was absolutely amazing. That is something I’ll never forget for the rest of my life.

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If you missed the first part of this tour diary, check out singer/guitarist Zach and drummer Matt reflecting on tour memories here. Catch American Authors on tour in North America and Europe this summer.

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