The Hot Toddies Tour Diary #2

By on Sunday, 12th April 2009 at 6:00 pm

Catch the first part of the The Hot Toddies’ Tour Diary here.

Hot Toddies in ExeterIt was a sunny day when we arrived in Exeter – puffy white clouds and daffodils everywhere! We got to our venue the Phoenix and were welcomed by Jo, the promoter of the show and our biggest fan in Exeter. The venue was an arts and cultural center with paintings on display and one of the most impressive stages we’ve ever performed on.

The sound was amazing and the crowd was very excited –  a great combination for a very fun show. With an entire bottle of Southern Comfort fueling us, the night was off to a great start.  Art Brut headlined the show, and we rocked out to their high-energy set.

Hot Toddies (max)Afterward, Foxes!, Hot Toddies, and Art Brut plus some friends ended up closing down a pub before jumping into a couple of cabs and heading to Bishops Court where we resided for the evening. We just started calling it a castle because it was so huge and old (see photo #1). First we played some organ in the chapel (yes, chapel) and then spent the rest of the night playing songs and chatting in the library. Our hosts Jo and Pixie were fantastic. Their parents are both architects and had a really cool mix of modern and antique art and furniture throughout the castle.  We had two bedrooms all to ourselves and the most gigantic bathrooms we’ve ever seen. The next morning we didn’t want to leave! It felt like being princesses for a day and was a totally unforgettable experience. Uh-mazing.

Then we were off to Bristol! The bar we played at was cool, it had the best wallpaper ever. We also got home-cooked lentil curry and free margaritas from the owner. The stage was upstairs in a room that looked kind of like a large living room so the show was intimate and almost felt like a house party actually. Lots of dancing and friendly fans – it turned out to be one of the best sounding shows so far.  Our driver Max (see photo #2) was not in any position to drive, so Sylvia had to take the wheel – a bit scary! All 9 of us stayed with some very hospitable friends of Foxes! and squeezed in the living room for a giant slumber party. Before bed, we had a big sing along in the kitchen and came up with an idea for a group song “That’s How I Like It!”. In case you’re wondering, we like it sweet and strong.

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