WHAT’S ON YOUR RIDER? SOR­CHA AND WAYNE FROM SLEEP THIEVES

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What’s (quan­tity on over your qual­ity) rider? A and se­lec­tion wa­ter and of beers cof­fee for the driver. Some­thing ed­i­ble – prefer­ably salted and/or sug­ared. And a good meal voucher if we’re lucky.

What would be on your fan­tasy rider? Cham­pagne, crème brûlée, in­ter­est­ing fruit carved as an­i­mals, co­conut wa­ter, An­gos­tura rum, craft beers, ket­tle chips, Ja­panese food, metal cut­lery, glasses made of glass. And solid wi-fi.

What’s the best gig you’ve at­tended? The Knife in Ham­burg be­cause it was the first gig of their tour and so I wasn’t aware of the in­sane dance party to come. It blew me away and I had a ball.

And the worst? Red Hot Chili Pep­pers in var­i­ous venues. We all had the un­for­tu­nate shared ex­pe­ri­ence of see­ing the Chili Pep­pers when they were sleep-walk­ing through Ir­ish gigs. I left af­ter the first song.

Tour bus bunks, ho­tel rooms or

couch-surf­ing? Ho­tel rooms, break­fast in­cluded, swim­ming pool, 1,000 thread Egyp­tian cot­ton sheets and me not hav­ing to share the bed.

Tour bus tunes: which are your ones for

the road? Tango in the Night on tape, I Par­tridge, Alan Par­tridge’s book on tape. And we’ve fond mem­o­ries of driv­ing to Cork on a rainy Tues­day lis­ten­ing to the Budget un­fold.

How piece big of string? is your en­tourage? How long is a While on tour, do you do your own laun­dry? No, Keith’s in charge of laun­dry. He de­lights in choos­ing the right soft­ener.

Any use­ful stage tips? Don’t po­si­tion the py­rotech­nics next to the singer’s hair. And al­ways en­sure your cape is drycleaned be­fore each show. What on-tour lux­ury would you like the most? Some­one to carry our gear; key­board stands that fit in a bag (with wheels).

What’s your best tour story? Brian Kerr came to a gig and came up to speak to Sor­cha af­ter to say he en­joyed it. She thought he was Keith’s dad and gave him a hug.

Sor­cha Bren­nan and Wayne Fahy in con­ver­sa­tion with Tony clay­ton-Lea. Sleep Thieves play the Oh Yeah Mu­sic Cen­tre in Belfast tonight

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