After kissing my kids goodbye at ohmigod o’clock in the morning, I set off to Heathrow’s traditional pubs and boutiques for a morning shop. Alas, the insane notion of bringing a microscopic amount of sun cream with me sets the sentinels of Heathrow onto High Alert and a very slow search of my bags takes up all my Guinness time and a body scan eats into the time allotted to buying books I won’t actually read on the plane.
A ten hour flight to Austin zips by in a haze of half watched films and quarter bottles of wine. And some particularly unpleasant food. Except it isn’t Austin. It’s Dallas and Austin is still 4 hours away. When I finally hit the ground, it’s impressively balmy. First face I see at the airport is the impressively barmy Mr Bowen from Wichita’s barmy army, who I have not seen in an age. And Mr Ruben my co-manager of the awesomely great PHILCO FICTION. We hop a cab to the house we have been lent for the week which is about 300m from the airport and less than the minimum cab fare. Amazing. We let ourselves in, meet a dog and get some sunbathing in. It is 7pm.
We hit the conference centre for the wristband action and the cops are breaking up the queue. Odd. They make everyone behind us leave to queue again in the morning. Then they let some other people join. I’d point out the flaw in their actions but they are heavily armed and I am slightly drunk.
I am saving my iphone for wifi hotspots to avoid a colossal bill. A partial success, I think. Thank heavens for the homeless folks with wifi backpacks who are paid be AT&T to act as mobile wifi hotspots. That is genius. Or evil genius.
Amazingly I catch the 1st band I want to see, NEW MOODS, whose skunk rock is a tonic. Before that a little EXITMUSIC, featuring Jimmy Darmudy’s onscreen wife from Boardwalk Empire. They are a bit of a grind. We hop to the Stones Throw do and see Huw Stevens and Swn posse and a little STEPKIDS, who made one of my fave albums of the last year. I expect them to look like The Roots, they look like Phoenix. Amazing. Bad sound hampers the show. I have no memory of what happened after this…