[TOUR DIARY] Willow Wood Musical Pilgrimage
Yesterday saw the beginning of our musical pilgrimage across America/UK/Europe. For those of you who are not familiar with the premise of our trip, let us explain...
Whilst Nicola was "visiting" me (Lauren) in California for what was meant to be a short trip, we heard the glorious news that we had been accepted for media accreditation for the CMJ Music Marathon in New York. After a celebratory dance, Nicola cancelled her flight back to London to stay in California; thus, the planning of the musical pilgrimage began.
Why not take this opportunity to travel across the states and visit the musical cities along the way? It only made sense to make our way from California to New York via Austin, New Orleans and Nashville. We are inspired by the music emerging from these cities and thought what a better way to discover and document the scenes further than to be on the ground and experience them for ourselves.
Rather that reading about the new and unearthed talent in these cites, we wanted to be the ones to discover it for ourselves, and this is what we hope to do throughout our trip. Our resources include: planes, buses, automobiles (auto drive-aways), Couchsurfing, friends and creativity.
As the planning of our trip progressed, more and more developments occurred. We have been contacted by bands, managers, labels, PR firms, agents, bloggers and friends in the corresponding cities to set up interviews/meetings with us along the way -- adding further validity to our trip. Late into the planning of our adventure, we learned that we had been accepted for media accreditation for the Pitchfork Paris Festival which just so happens to align with our plans following CMJ. London and Paris have now been added to our "business trip."
Although this Willow Wood musical pilgrimage is pleasurable, we do intend to make it about business as well. Our goal is to meet, discover, encounter and experience the undiscovered talent in the crevices of Austin, New Orleans, Nashville, New York, London and Paris and share them all with you!