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.
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!
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.
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!
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!