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