In this Tour Tips segment, the indie pop band, Tors, recommends advice for being a musician on the road. You can check out the tips, after the break.
1. Never choose the middle seat. Touring in a sweaty van with five other amalgamations of human skin cells/occasionally conscious minds/anonymous fumes can be tricky at the best of times. Make sure you’re near enough a window to avoid losing your mind and your sense of smell.
2. Eat off the beaten track! Avoid high streets and town centres if you’re looking for authentic and fairly priced local food. The best meals we’ve eaten on tour have been the ones down long-forgotten alleys, restaurants with no signs, and even industrial estates! Take advice from locals too. Having said that we’ve also sampled Mcdonald’s from almost every country in Europe and that can be equally as fulfilling!
3. Bring headphones. As much as you love your band mates there are going to be times that hearing their grating, road-worn, stupid little voices will drive you insane. To avoid any conflict or Van Goghing yourself I’d recommend a decent pair of headphones and whatever podcast/audiobook/music you’ll happily drown out the world to.
4. Dioralyte – this one is fairly self-explanatory. Excellent for hangovers and tour toilet habits in general.
5. Pack more clothes than you think a human could need. We just spent three weeks touring Europe and I brought two suitcases full of outfits as well as a bag of shoes and another sack of jackets/coats – I was mocked haughtily by everyone but I returned with only one clean t-shirt left.