England, February 2nd 2019
In April 2018 Mike announced a new tour for 2019, We bought tickets for Birmingham and Brixton. (Birmingham was 2 weeks ago).
On May 2nd 2018 Ozzy and I booked our EasyJet flight and our Premier Inn Hotel near Clapham, not the hotel we stayed in last time.
On August 28th 2018 I recieved the tickets for me and Ozzy through the post.
January 2019 Ozzy has booked the tickets for the after party.
At the Birmingham gig Ozzy said there are rooms free in the Premier inn in Brixton, (the hotel where we stayed last time). A couple days later Ozzy told me that he booked this hotel. We can’t cancel the hotel in Clapham, but this one in Brixton is in the same street as the after party.
On January 31st 2019 we could check in in our hotel. So Ozzy did. Only 2 days to go!
I’m so thankful that Ozzy booked this hotel. It’s next door to the after party.
At 5:30 our alarm went off. I got dressed, brushed my teeth and went downstairs to chill for a bit. Ozzy came downstairs, as he stayed with us last night. At 6:30 we have to leave so I went upstairs to give Roos and Mark a kiss, then it was time to get in the car and drive to Getsewoud. This is what we did 2 weeks ago as well. In Getsewoud we parked our car and we took the nightbus to Schiphol.
At 7ish we arrived at the airport we went straight through the luggage check and passport control, it went all very smoothly. Time for Starbucks. We could charge our phone for a bit, damn I forgot my charger. Luckily Ozzy took his. We stayed here until our gate was announced. Our plane is delayed for 10 minutes, that’s not too bad. Gate H06, let’s go it’s quite a walk.
It took a short while before everybody was on board, but we’re ready. Let’s go!!
When we arrived at Gatwick, we heard that the Gawick Express won’t be running tomorrow, well in that case we don’t need the Gatwick Express today either. Just the normal train then. It’s a bit cheaper.
We arrived at Victoria station, we went to the pub Shakespeare for some breakfast. We did dit a few times before. It’s a routine now.
When we finished our breakfast, we went to Buckingham Palace, it’s very close to here, let’s see a little tiny bit from London.
It was very busy, I think that we just missed the Change of the guard. Oh well, I’ve seen that before.
I wanted to go to the M&M’s world in the first place, I also wanted to go shopping for Roos, but I didn’t feel too well. And it was very cold, I didn’t feel like doing that now. We went back to Victoria Station and took the metro to Brixton. It was still too early, we can’t check in yet, so we went to the venue to have a look
Too bad that tramp is sitting there. but I just wanted to have a photo. He wouldn’t move, well, I didn’t ask him, so I understand he stayed there.
It’s 1 pm by now, we just go to the hotel and try if we can check in early. Now we walk past P.O.W. (Prince of Wales). there is a club, Mike is playing here tonight, and a pub, the pub is next door to our hotel. Awesome.
At the hotel they told us that we’re indeed early, but they will be able to help us in 40 minutes. Ok let’s go to the pub P.O.W. then. We had a drink. and after 40 minutes we went back to the hotel. There are a few more people now tho, but that doesn’t matter, we could check in. We stay in room 229.
I had a shower and we both took a nap. I still don’t feel too well. I feel a bit like how I felt in Birmingham, as if the flu is coming up. Is it just the flu, or nerves to see The Streets tonight? Is it the cold? I don’t know. It’s shit!
After our nap we went back to the pub POW, I contacted Abbie and Dave and Adam and told them our plans. We wanted to go to Nando’s first, but this might be very busy, so that’s why we stayed in this pub for dinner, We would see Abbie and Adam at the venue. I want to queue up at 6pm, Dave and Janine are up for that. We will meet them at the venue.
While we waited at the venue we saw “The Manor” walking by. I don’t really like their music, but the boys are very lovely as far as I could tell. They were very friendly to everybody who came up to them. I heard them talking about Turtle bay, that’s where they are going. But they came back soon after that, while we were still waiting for Dave and Janine. When they did come over, it was just after 6, the queue was still empty, I think we can go for a drink as well, it’s too cold to stand in the queue anyway. we decided to go to Turtle bay as well, It looks really fancy and not so busy as Weatherspoons Beehive.
At 6:30 I really wanted to leave and queue up. Dave and Janine had to rush their drinks. Sorry guys. When we arrived at the queue it was a lot busier. We spoke to a guy who wanted to sell his cd. I recognise him from last year. He had the same story that he knows Kevin. I’m happy for you mate, but I still don’t buy your cd. Then Kevin walked by. He gave me the sweetest hug. he really took time for that. It warmed me up a bit 🙂 He’s so lovely. This is the moment that that guy trying to sell his music found out that we really know Kevin, so he left quickly.
At 7 the doors opened, the queue didn’t go very quick, but we saw Abbie and her friend Milly walking by. We said hello quickly, cos there queue moved faster (O2 priority). But when we got in we were still able to go to the front.
I was so cold, Abbie let me borrow her jacket.
I really love this guy. Murkage is amazing. During the set we saw Mike with his kids watching the set for a bit. So cute. Unfortunately Murkage is only playing 30 minutes. Adam joined us as well with his friend Alex.
At 8 it was time for The Manor
I don’t feel well, I really don’t. Painkillers don’t work well.
Wait… Where is Jaykae?
When the Streets were finished we had to go back up stairs to the cloakroom to get our coat. OMG this is going to take a while, it is so busy! A very long queue. After about 20 or 30 minutes we got our coats. Now it’s time to walk to the after party. We see Adam and Abbie, they are both in the front of the queue, damn another queue.
When we joined the queue we saw Dave and Janine again!!!! They met up with the boy from the book. OMG this guy is so lovely, he was also with 4 friends. Sorry I forgot your name, but you’re a very nice guy. After about 30 minutes we were up front. We read No ID/No entrance. SHIT! I left mine at the hotel. Ozzy got his. They let me in anyway. So nice!!!! Thank you so much!! We brought our coat to the cloakroom again, is this a good idea? guess we’ll find out when we leave tonight.
We saw Abbie and Millie and Dave and Janine, and the lovely guy from the book. We went to look for Adam, when we found him, we joined him. He was standing next to an backstage area, looked really fancy. No sign of Mike yet.
Soon after that we saw Mike at the DJ booth, I wanted to walk over but he left already. He stayind in that fancy backstage area with Sickers and Smith. And again after a few minutes they got up and walked over. Mike gave me a hug and a kiss and said. “I’ll be back in a minute”, I think he meant on stage on the DJ booth. I loved his set.
After a while the backstage area was opened for everybody else, we could sit down and watch the set from there. I feld so bad that if we couldn’t sit down, i’d had to leave early. but we didn’t have to leave early. I felt a little bit better sitting down.
Haven’t seen Dave and Janine and Abbie and Milly anymore. When Mike finished after nearly 1,5 hour we grabbed our coat (went very smooth). Adam and his friend left as well. We went outside and 1 minute walk and we were at our hotel.
I had a cup of tea and then I went to sleep.
Blog will have to wait till tomorrow. I’m too ill.
The next day we flew home. Mark and Roos picked us up from the airport. Good to be home. Need to finish the blog now, but I’ll wait till Roos is in bed.