Wait a minute. We only have 3 (!) proper festival shows left? C/O Pop, Rockaway Beach & Lollapalooza and that's it?
If I can trust our Google Calendar (which by the way you never can), our festival season is really coming to an end. So I thought I'd sit down while the memories are still wild and fresh and tell you a bit about the happenings these past months.
Everything started at Pfingst Open Air on May 21st (and I already had to google image search this festival to revive my memory).
That was a bit of our warm-up show. A little reminder (shock?) that shows don't have to take place in gritty UK venues (read my tour diray of our tour with Shame here for more on that or just watch the documentary on youtube you lazy people). So it felt really nice to play out in the open again, in front of happy, sunburnt faces who don't need much convincing to have a good time. It's really hard to fuck it up with a crowd like this! We got the hang of it pretty fast again.
We met the German rapper Fatoni who shared a glass of post-show-whiskey with us at the hotel. He also saved me from a munchy-breakdown by telling me that there's a Mini Bar in the hotel room with Nussini chocolate bars. Didn't pay for them the next day at check-out! Rock'n'Roll!
GURR gets lost at Rock im Park
Don't get me wrong, Rock im Park a great festival. We felt super honored to play there. We were on a bill with bands like Gorillaz and Foo Fighters. We were the last name on the poster but we were ON THAT THING!
The chaos started when I googled the distance to Rock im Park the night before and realized that we have to leave at 3 in the morning to make it to the festival on time. I brought the good news to our little GURR Group Chat where it was unhappily received by the others.
Obviously we arrived at the festival like a sleep-deprived, hangry zombie-band. We were greeted by a security guard who yelled at us for not having printed out our car pass. Failure number 2 and it wasn't even 10 o'clock.
It took us forever to find the right way to the stage. Eventually we arrived and tried to fit our little van in between all the nightliners and trucks from Gorillaz and Co. Time to go on stage: One hour.
We hectically set all our gear up, including these new, cool LED-lights we got for this festival season (see pic below). Only thing is that we had only set them up once before!
Needless to say it was a big shitshow. I think the crew was super mad at us for being so unprofessional, and we were super mad at them for treating us like we're being unprofessional.
As soon as we got on stage, we were alright! But it really hit us hard afterwards that we can't continue working the way we used to or we'll crash hard (and be on a blacklist by all festivals as the most chaotic band to have ever played there). So it was time to add more members to the Gurr Cart!
This is when Charley & Amande joined our team properly and became the saviors of the season.
Charley has become our designated driver, light-technician and guitar-tech who puts all my Jazzmaster Guitar strings on in different directions to keep me alert and sober before we play (JK, love you cha cha <3 <3).
Amande is the new brains behind the operation Gurr. She checks our travel times well in advance and even thinks about stuff like putting plastic bags over our pedal boards when there's a thunderstorm coming (genius, right?).
… ok ok I'll get to the Dave Grohl part now!
We had time to breathe at Campus Festival in Konstanz before we were thrown back into the ring at Rock am Ring (I know, I can do better). Things went much smoother that day. We had learnt from most of our mistakes so we were in a celebratory mood afterwards.
(Our good mood definitely got amplified by our DJ set for Jägermeister that day. Maybe you've seen these gigantic deers they install at festivals? NO? You need to check this out here! And now imagine us DJing in this thing on the top floor! I won't go into details and just attach the rough playlist we played that day and leave the rest to your imagination...)
Boozed up, it became our goal to meet Dave Grohl! We didn't have seperate backstages so the Foo Fighters had to cross through the shared hallway before they went on stage. Andreya had seen Taylor Hawkings cycling through the catering area on a BMX bike. Clearly, the opportunity wasn't far.
After waiting for an hour, Andreya and Charley gave up and decided to look for a good place in the audience to see the show.
Sally and I were more dedicated (desperate!) so we strategically placed ourselves in a golf cart right in the corridor. Suddenly, the air got a bit tense, security guards were positioning themselves in the hallway and then these 5 guys walked out, led by DAVE GROHL.
Now there are so many ways this encounter could have gone wrong. I could have not said anything and regrettet it for the rest of my life. Or I could have said something extremely stupid and regrettet it for the rest of my life.
To my amazement though, nothing went wrong. Dave Grohl is the easiest person to talk to. I could've chatted with him forever, if he wasn't Dave Grohl and needed to play a show in front of 70,000 (?) people in like 10 minutes.
So here's a transcription of the 2-minute-conversation I had with him:
Dave Grohl: „A golf cart! Are you my ride?“
Laura Lee: (insecure laughter)
Dave Grohl: „I love your outfit! Double Denim!“
Laura Lee: (insecure laughter – synapses crashing – cannot process small talking with Dave Grohl): „I can't believe my band is playing on the same festival as you. I used to practice drums playing along to Nevermind...“
Dave Grohl: (hugs me) „I wish my daughter was as cool as you. She only listens to AC/DC...“
Laura Lee: (insecure laughter) „That's cool!“
Dave Grohl: (hugs me again) „I really love your outfit.“
AND THAT'S IT! They left and played in front of 70,000 people and I cried for a couple of hours and pretended I knew the lyrics to the Foo Fighters songs with Andreya and Charley (who are clearly the bigger fans and know the songs by heart).
... so yeah, this was our the first weekend! You still need to hear all the stories about the techno toilets at Fusion Festival, the power-outage at Immergut Festival, the best show we saw by Ty Segall, how we decided to camp throughout the whole MELT! Festival weekend and played our biggest show to date with Kraftklub at Wuhlheide. Not to mention our DJ set with Arcade Fire! But I will pause for now and sleep some more in the Flixbus that's taking me to my hometown – Bad Zwischenahn – where I will chill for a week and come up with good opening line for my small talk with Liam Gallagher at Lollapalooza. Maybe I'll complement him on his OUTFIT? If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments below and don't forget to subscribe to our youtube channel!