Tide Lines - ‘two pints and a vodka and Coke’
As we signed copies of our debut album immediately after our launch gig, one confused gentleman arrived at the head of the cue and asked for two pints and a vodka and Coke, writes Robert Robertson. The poor chap had waited for a considerable time to get to the bar - only to realise he had been standing in the wrong queue and had, in fact, reached the merch tent! For us, it had been an equally mind-boggling sort of day.
We had awoken in Glasgow that morning to find our debut album,
Dreams We Never Lost, in the top 20 of the UK download charts and trending on iTunes, but our subsequent optimism soon turned to dread as the weather began to deteriorate.
On reaching Connel, flashes of lightening, roars of thunder and torrential rain brought about a silence in the van as we all considered the likelihood that our album launch was going to be a washout.
We arrived at the festival site to find the artist area engulfed in a deluge of rain water.
As I sat in the artist tent restringing my guitar, however, it suddenly occurred to me that the deafening noise of the rain battering off the roof of the tent had begun to ease.
To my elation and total disbelief, I emerged from the tent into beautiful sunshine. The thunder storm had cleared the air and the dark clouds were disappearing into the distance.
K9 Kev and Rory O’B got the audience buzzing from the stage. The party was on and we were soon looking out onto a sunkissed and packed Mossfield.
The crowd was raring to go and after all the preparation and a morning of weather-induced panic, Oban Live, thanks to the enthusiastic festival goers, turned out to be the ideal album launch.