It’s late March 2013; a white van is chugging down a motorway into the oncoming rainstorm, and we’re all rather cold – but none of this can bring down the high spirits in the Cut Ribbons tour bus.
Yes, this was the beginning of a co-headlining tour between our Welsh favourites and Brighton-based talents Holland. Southampton, the first town in our musical hit list, provided a grand debut. And the weekend had kicked off in style with gorgeous harmonies and rocking beats; from dancing drunkards at the front to laid-back swayers at the back of the teeniest of pubs, the good folk of Southampton would no doubt be left humming along to melodies for the weekend.
Then there we were, sea-side bound for the weekend. Torquay and Falmouth were a pleasure and welcomed us with open arms, and were pretty eventful – Torquay saw one overly excited partygoer momentarily join Anna on stage for a dance, with Holland’s headline set that evening followed by a dubstep rave into the morning. Sleepy ol’ Falmouth town had their swayers out in force, but the applauses were heartfelt, almost wrapping you in an blanket of joy.
Monday; Cardiff, the homecoming gig. We always had high expectations, we know Cardiff can party the hardest! Vocals as crisp as autumn leaves, Cardiffians were energised from their Monday blues with a captivating urge to dance.
Personally, I’ve never felt prouder – Holland unfortunately suffered technical issues in their support slot, and that itself could have thrown most bands off kilter, but not with the Llanelli fivesome. Cut Ribbons had us all in the palm of their hands, and the applause from the close to 100 strong crowd were raucous, full of love and adoration I had last heard so intensely back at the band’s January gig.
As the night came to a rather dramatic close, I bid farewell to a group of people I now consider among my closest friends. Seeing the level of passion and talent these guys and lady have for music genuinely blows me away and leaves me bursting with pride; if they don’t make it big – well, I’ll eat my Cut Ribbons t-shirt.