Ok so, better late than never eh? I’ll leave you to be the judges of that I guess. The page and myself have been on a bit of a hiatus since the “The All That is Divine” festival Gig on 25/09/21 and what with visting a home and family I hadn’t seen in 20 years and recently becoming a Grandgoff it’s all been a bit hectic. I also wasn’t sure if I was putting it off a bit either. How to articulate the sights and sounds witnessed into a minds eye picture with just words? Yes I know that’s technically the job descrpition of a writer but still…and lets not forget I’m not a ‘real’ writer.
I’m aware and agree that as a general rule of thumb reviewers shouldn’t talk about themselves it shouldn’t be about them or ‘me’ as in this case. It should be all about the music and the artist being reviewed. Also very aware that reviews are generally written about live performances much sooner than this has turned out. However! This really was more than ‘just’ a review gig for me and always was. It was an adventure, a musical & social tonic for the soul I didn’t know I needed. I wanted this to be more than just a bullet point ‘review of “searing guitars” here and “driving bass” there, which of course there was plenty of. So call it more of a blog than a review. Call it the ramblings of an auld goff more likely, or even a mistake but I wanted it to be more personal, because it was.
Having barely left Scotland in 20 years myself and what with the pandemic all of us have hardly left our own postcode for the last 2 years, so travelling to London for a gig had the anxieties flowing like blood at a vampire all you can eat buffet. A good thing then I was meeting long time internet friend from a couple of Goth Facebook pages we run and Black Velvet Audio colleague Andrew for the first time ‘IRL’. We’d spoken many times online, a darkscene music lover and peacock himself back in the day too so I knew that we had our shared love of music and the Goth scene in common what I wasn’t expecting to find was a brother from another mother.
It’s said, that you shouldn’t let what you are ‘into’ define you. That we are more than our likes and dislikes, more than our tastes in this or that and of course that is a truth. We are all myriad in our aspect. With music however, it very much defines who I am and going by the others of our tribe present both on and off the stage, it defines us all to a larger or lesser degree. As a fan first, last and always, my music tastes have defined much, not all no, but much of who I am. From my love of a driving bassline and guyliner to my choices in clothing and even down to the type of friends I prefer. My political views or even this whole project. All of it is either subtley or in yer face influenced and inspired by my taste in music. It doesn’t of course define all that I am or indeed all that we are as a collective (a murder of Goths?). But music, especially for me our beloved Goth Rock and Post Punk, is the very foundation of what ‘me’ is built upon.
As I’ve said, the anxiety was high and if I’m honest I almost made excuses to myself and others not to go. However once we arrived and after chainsmoking like Elrdritch on steroids outside, we entered the venue. All the anxieties, all the ‘inside voices’ of doom vanished like so much dry ice evaporating into the crowd. As soon as I heard the music and saw my fellow fans in their peacocked glory I felt a sensation that I hadn’t felt in a long, long time; A sense of belonging. Of community and connection. A sense of tribe. My tribe. Your tribe. Our tribe! In that moment and for the rest of the day I was lost in all that defines me.
We were a touch ‘fashionably’ late and as you’d expect for an ‘all dayer’. Many were also following said fashion and not everyone had arrived for doors opening. So upon entering, aside from the feelings and sensations above it was also noticeable that first act Stella Wembley wasn’t playing to a full room by any stretch which was a shame as although we had indeed missed the 1st song ourselves her set, a mix of covers and original material was a great start to the day. With her energy and clear love for the genre along with her musicianship it was fair play to Stella, as you’d never have known from the stage or her performance that she was the first act up and playing to an as yet fairly empty venue. The diminutive newcomer is a rarity among the scene as female solo Goth Rockers are as rare as crows teeth and the multi-talented Leeds based artist really takes solo to new heights doing everything as well as the writing and playing of all the instruments and live set up duties she does a lot if not most of the audio recording , mixing and production, videography, photography, online store management, website management and social media management and promotion. That’s a lot of hats and a big bag of talent. Her haunting ‘Alone Again’ was a standout moment. Goths and the world at large need to watch out for the driving synth sounds of Stella Wembley.
“Talent is not being better than others, but knowing how to distinguish yourself”. Stella Wembley
The Glasshouse Museum
Next up were ‘The Glasshouse Museum.’ Now this 3 piece from the West Midlands (don’t let that put you off!) are one of my absolute favourites of the current wave of homegrown modern Goth/Alt bands. Like many of the bands you see on the scene at the moment they are, just like many of us now, ‘old- cough cough – school’! Experienced and talented musicians that were, back in the day and are still now, very much fans first who do what they do for the sheer love of it… and it shows. About as ‘umble’ as you can get with it too. The epitome of Goth Rock for Goths by Goths.
Bassist and programmer Lee Meadows under one of his many other pseudonyms being one half of the creative duo that brought ‘World Goth Day’ into being. They have a unique sound and there are no similar bands that immediately spring to mind when listening to 2017 EP ‘Malfunction of Morals’ 2018’s ‘Tales From The Aftermath’ or 2020’s ‘Artifacts’. Joe’s gorgeous vocal crooning tone is the perfect lead to the heavenly chorused Post-Punk bass tones of Lee and Jonny’s punchy and jangling guitar sound. Programming is also carried out by Lee and as you’d expect from a man who’s other hat is re-mixer Batboyslim the dark driving beats behind the melodies are on the money too.
Again sadly due to just being the second act up on an all dayer the crowd, like many of us of a certain age now was still a bit thin up top. The devoted ‘Glassers’ and ‘Glassettes’ myself included however were up the front from the first note and fisrt public airing of new track ‘Wounds’ to the last hanging note of the Gothtastic ‘Jericho. ‘ Even though there were a few sound and lighting issues at the start of their set and later in the day for everyone too, those of us already lost in the music noticed not a whit. Only thing missing for me was the epicly awesome anthem that is ‘Glory Hunters’ from the Artifacts album. Having said that, TGHM left the stage leaving I and everyone in the crowd satisfied and begging for more. Usually quite well known for their banter and humour during shows this was pared down due to time constraints and the bands choice to ensure as it was pointed out by Lee that ‘paying punters got their musical monies worth’. I’d say we got our monies worth and then some. I can only hope the London de-flowering of The Glashouse Museum was as good for them as it was for us.
The Glasshouse trio were also kind enough to let me throw some random questions at them too. What a nice bunch!
BVA: It was your first time playing in London. How was it?
Jonnyha: “Yes it was our first time playing in the capital, it was also our first gig back after nearly 2 years . I think the crowd were pretty happy, so that makes me happy.”
Flo: “We were a little apprehensive as not only was it our first London gig but our first gig since March 2020. Thankfully it was a great atmosphere; the crowd were great, as were our fellow comrades on stage.
Hopefully we can come down again soon…if they’ll have us!”
Leema: “We’ve been wanting to break London for ages so when the opportunity came up to play The Kolis with bands that we know & love it was a no-brainer. How was it? Dark, hot & fun, in no particular order.”
BVA: You 3 obviously have a great rapport as a band and that came across in the sound, that varied very little from the recorded material in terms of quality and tightness. Is that something you work on for live shows?
Jonnyha: “Yes, we pretty much rehearse every week going through our back catalogue of tracks. On the build up to a live show we normally choose our set well in advance, on most occasions governed by the length of stage time. We always aim to spread the music and chat time as accurately as possible.”
Flo: “”We rehearse once a week-work permitting, even if we dont have any gigs in the pipeline. Last year was a strange one as we were still rehearsing, then I took a ‘sabbatical’ but the lads still carried on without me. It gives us time to work on any new stuff. Also if we’re given a set time we like to keep to it. I think our shortest set so far was 20mins. Defo no room for banter there!”
Leema: “The weekly rehearsals keep us fairly tight-we have over 20 songs in our repertoire in total, so it’s easy to forget how to play them if you don’t run through them regularly. What you get live is more or less what you we’re like in rehearsal; we work hard and play dafter. Or is that harder? Probably both…it can get pretty silly in that room.”
BVA: You’re quite well known for your humorous crowd banter as a band but due to time constraints on each act we sadly didn’t get much. Is the collective band sense of humour something that has been essential to your musical journey and stage shows as a band?
Jonnyha: “Yes yes yes, the banter between us sort comes naturally. It’s probably worse at rehearsals-either me or Leema taking the piss out of each other & this (by accident) spills onto the stage. Ya gorra av a laugh, haven’t you?”
Flo: “When you’re in a band with your brother & Leema you need a sense of humour, haha…seriously though, we’re as daft as one another. I personally think that if people can see you’re enjoying what you are doing, they might just enjoy themselves too. We dont take ourselves too seriously (my childhood dreams of TOTP are but a distant memory), we do our music so we all have to be happy with anything we write…it has to be right”
Leema: “The humour is one of the essential foundations to the band. I was asked to join TGHM in late 2016 when the previous bassist Harry moved abroad & that probably had more to do with how well matched our sense of humour is than whether or not I can hold a bass the right way round. Our ability to hold an audience’s attention is very important to us too, it’s all part of the full interaction experience that most people want from a gig.”
BVA: Any highlights of the night or indeed any lowlights? Feel free to tell us any funny stories.
Jonnyha: My highlight of the night was being able to chat to the other musicians and also the audience. My lowlight was having to hop about on stage possibly looking like a very bad member of ‘River Dance’ as I had some tech issues with my floor unit. Hopefully know one noticed…much.
Flo: “Definitely for me, it was catching up with our buddies Gothzilla, meeting the rest of the bands and having a natter. It was also was lovely to see friends we’ve met through the band who travelled a long way to give the whole event their support, meeting Mr Andy Cousin & Lisa Jane Mires who have kindly played us on their radio show-as a massive fan for years, it was a privilege to play the same event.”
Leema: “It’s no big secret that I’m a big fan of The Faces Of Sarah, so when we started to discuss the idea of them, us and a few other bands making a full blown event of it, it was a bit of a dream come true for me. Watching them pull off a flawless set with Andy Cousin on bass and performing ‘Misery Turns’ with Candia from Inkubus Sukkubus more than made up for all the disappointments we had all experienced for a year & a half. You know we’re going to do this all again next year in Leicester, right?
Lowlights of the night? Probably the lack of light on a stage which moved unnervingly under my feet if I stood too close to the monitor wedge (from which no bass sound came, so I had NO IDEA if what I was playing due to pure muscle memory was actually consisting of the correct notes. Presumably if we had a real drummer, they would have been on fire too, just because…”
BVA: When can we expect a new album release from you? And What’s next for TGHM?
Jonnyha: “In terms of releases we did launch ‘Artifacts’ just before COVID struck. It’s been so hard for everyone everywhere to get their head around what happened. Also as most people know, one of our band members (the one that’s related too me) was not well last year. So we don’t put any unnecessary pressure on ourselves to rush any tracks & you will just have to be patient with us.
In terms of what’s next up, we have a run of shows in 2021 and a number already coming in thick and fast for next year. See you at the Bar!”
Flo: “So whats next..? In December we’re playing with Down From Above in Wolverhampton, so you could say we are putting it about a bit! And of course, we’ll be working on new stuff along the way.”
Leema: “We’ll return to writing once we get the remaining 2021 gigs & anything we have early 2022 out of the way. Sadly, lockdown scuppered the entire tour & promotion plan for ‘Artifacts’ & it’s now technically an ‘old release’ from March last year. We did write three new tracks during lockdown & performed two of them in London, so our motivation to add to them is definitely there. Ultimately, TGHM is a live experience and recording is really our by-product that we sell mainly as CDs at our gigs to help support our ability to keep performing live in the future.”
Next to enter the fray were the ‘Mighty’ GothZilla. There’s a reason when talking about Gothzilla that they often get ‘The Mighty’ prefix put in front. That is simply because they are. If you’re reading this and haven’t checked them out yet then you really want to go and do that now…See? Mighty indeed! Joining founding member and head Kaiju Tim Jarvis on stage was new Guitar ‘Gothzuki’ Stuart Harbut previously of Rain Children.
Considering Stu has not long been officially in the band and this was their first ‘live’ performance together then I really can’t wait to see more studio and live magic happen. Add to this the fact that they were a member down also then the sound and the volume that just the 2 of them made was indeed terrifyingly monstrous. The amps were definitey turned up to 11! Tim is easily one of the best showmen around, again as like all the bands on show here except perhaps for relative newcomer Stella, has been doing this a long time and is a highly experienced musician. This shows not only in Gothzilla’s songwriting but in the showmanship and crowd interaction. A consumate frontman; egging the crowd on to dance, get closer, sing along and and fist pump the air, penultimate track of the night ‘We Stand As One’ literally stands as testement to all of the above and by the end of the song and only the 3rd act in I was losing my voice.
The gents had a few lighting and sound issues again, but Goths aren’t afraid of the dark and I doubt most noticed and apart from Stu calling me Dave for most of the night, my only complaint was that due to an over-run earlier, a track had to be knocked off the set list.
Gothzilla are indeed a mighty reptile and not for the timid mammal. The sound is part deliciously danceable electronica mixed with good old Goth Rock, served with an extra helping of just good old Rock. From the first……notes of Tightwire to the last ……of Temple of Sound…… With Stu now adding his shredding guitar and energy to the ‘Zilla’s live performance and future recordings the only thing I can see that could stop this mighty Kaiju would be King Ghidorah himself and even then my money’s on Gothzilla.
Rock n Roll gent that he is Tim was kind enough to indulge me too…
BVA: So, first time playing together on stage I beleive since Stu joined the band? from the front as a fan, it looked and sounded like you’d been playing together for ever however. How was it for you both?
Tim: “London was a blast and yes first time Stuart and I have played together other than his original audition. Got to give the guy full credit for learning all the songs and giving a blistering performance with no actual band rehearsal. The day itself was fun too.”
BVA: As a ‘Zilla’ gig Virgin and from a punters point of view it was something else, rarely seen just two musicians make so much melodic noise on stage. Coupled with your stage presence and crowd interaction it really whipped the crowd up. Many ‘Goth’ bands don’t really interact so much. Is this something that’s integral to your live sets?
Tim: “I’m from a rock and metal background so for me audience interaction is definitely part of the show. I know it doesn’t seem to be the done thing for many goth bands but if you write a song with a sing alone section in it then of course you want the audience to sing with you or clap along or what have you. I think the audience does want to be involved or to see a show rather than musicians being stuck to the spot staring at their guitar the whole time – if you do that you may as well just stick on a CD for the same entertainment value!”
BVA: Any particular memories or favourite set of the day for either of you?
Tim: “Great being able to be live again after 20 months without a show. Fun audience and poor light will be my main memories, and 5e fact that I detest driving in London. Great to hear you enjoyed it. All the bands played a blinder”
BVA: “Whats next then for the Mighty Gothziilla and this new musical relationship?”
Tim: “There will be some news coming soon of something about GZ and FOS which is bound to raise a few eyebrows?”
The Ghost Of Lemora
I’ll be honest here. I didnt really know much about GoL as before this I’d only given them a cusrory listen before, not being my usual flavour of Goth n all. Also have to admit that we missed the start of their set as a Spanish Death Metal singer was serenading us out in the smoking area. Lovely chap and took a couple of photos for us too. When we did come back in however one thing that was immediatley obvious was that the crowd size had grown for GoL and that they were a change of pace and style from the previous acts and glaringly obvious was that they were very, very good live. Professionally polished, tight as the provierbial fuck; a band that knows what they do and knows that they do it well. Frontman Richard Winstone oozing Rock star charisma. The thing that truly stood out for me was the musicianship especially from bassist Colin Ness seamlesssly and effortlesly swapping between pick and finger techniques to accent certain lines and runs and was, as a lowender myself an awesome display of of skill to watch, hear and aspire to. I was overall really impressed with their live presence and performance and would happily and actively go and see them again.
The Faces Of Sarah
Next, and to be honest the main reason I was here. The namesake of the festival with their track “All That is Divine” from their 2000 debut album 24 were The Faces of Sarah. This was definitely a bit of a fanboy moment for me as I’ve been a fan of The Faces of Sarah for what is lets face it, only a few years shy of a quarter century, which is pushing ever closer to half my life now. They’re a band that have been with me through loves won and loves lost, births and deaths, good times and bad.
I first heard them when a friend played me the ‘Belief’ EP way back in the mists of time at the end of the 90’s. Immediately struck by the power and tone of vocalist Nick Shultz whose booming operatic baritone had me lost in waves of horripilation from the outset and is still to this day one of my absolute favourite male vocals of all time. 20 odd years and uncountable listens later, the phonic ebb and flow of tracks like ‘Belief’ and ‘All That is Divine’ still rise and fall like crashing waves on the forearm.
Whilst again there were a few technical issues with the sound and lighting especially with the lighting engineer going awol at the start of the Faces set, the crowd, which was also much bigger now, didn’t care at all FoS were on stage and that was all that mattered. It’s one of the joys of our tight little UK Goth scene; as much as we’re there for the music as paying fans, we are also there to support them as individuals and in many cases as friends or even family. The same can often be said for the bands themselves, in most cases they’re fans and friends of each other too. It’s one of the big differences found between many of the 1st Gen bands of the late 70’s and early 80’s Goth scene and those came after, those that are considered 2nd or even 3rd Gen and onwards. Most of the 2nd generation onwards are/were fans of the 1st. Goth Rock, by Goths for Goths and it shows, not only in the music but in that sense of ‘Tribe’ mentioned earlier too.
There were several truly memorable moments during the ‘Faces’ set. The crowd, myself included singing their leather clad black hearts out in unison with the band to ‘All That Is Divine’. Candia and Nick performing ‘Misery Turns’ from the 2003 EP of the same name (I’d just bought a drink as Candia jumped on stage and I spilled the lot in my excitement). Again I’ll apologise, publicly this time to the young lady I threw it all over!
Nick was in superb form and delivered the same power and energy that struck me decades ago. Another highlight of course was the special appearance of Andy Cousins on bass for the night. Andy, a scene legend and icon who currently runs a popular online alt radio show, is perhaps best known to us all from the amazing All About Eve and of course later The Mission and as of recent exciting news is now an official member of the band.
This leads on to easily my favourite highlight of the entire night; the sublime cover version of All About Eve’s ‘Flowers In Our Hair’ with the Faces’ Em Newby taking centre stage and doing not just justice to the Julianne Regan vocal but creating something magical and actually adding to the song, making it her own. Having Andy playing on it too just made it all the more special. The obvious love and enthusiastic singing of the crowd was reflected back at us in Em’s performance and made it feel like it was being sung not only to us but just for us.
Im sure I speak for all of that were there especially as now Andy is one of Sarah’s official faces that we’d love to see this recorded and available on Bandcamp as a single or on an album too if possible. (Hint, hint guys, hint hint!)
Although unlucky that the planned sit down after the gig chat didn’t have time to happen. I was still lucky that Em and Nick took the time out and agreed to answer a few random questions from a fan over the net.
BVA: Why did you choose to call the event ‘The All that is Divine Festival? The Tracks is a firm Fave but was there another reason?
FoS: “So after all the gloom and strain of lockdown we had the idea to put together an all dayerto celebrate getting back out there and to encourage albeit in a safe manner to support venues and the live scene again. We had tried to stay as acitive as possible during 2020, writing and recording the whispers EP and messing about with videos but were itching to get back out there as soon as possible. We had arranged the initial event in Leicester and was planned for May 14th, we’d bandied about a few ideas but FoSfest just didn’t sound right and just thought that having that collective day of great musicians and fans would be ‘Totally Divine’ after so long in lockdown so it was about the people really. Then just a few weeks before the big day the promise ‘Freedom Day’ was postponed due to COVID so we had to rethink. Danny at Doktor Dyper offered us another date in Leicester next May and Frank at Flag Promotions sorted the London date adding the Inkies to the bill which was fantastic.”
BVA: How did you think it all went? Did it go to plan, if there was one? It looked very much as though you were enjoying it as much as we were.
FoS: “We definitley flew by the seat of our pants that day! With so many performers and limited space, I thinbk we did a great job of working together to support each other, sharing equipment and of course those challenges with the lighting espeacially in our own set.”
BVA: Was Candia coming on stage a last minute thing or was it a sneaky plan all along?
FoS: “It’s written in the stars that wherever Candia and FoS share a bill the famous duet has to happen…it had been far too long and was brilliant to bring the original misery turns back to lige for everyone. Hopefully it was a s much fun out front as it was on stage.”
BVA: The version of Flowers in our Hair you played had the crowd thoroughly enchanted and was a real highlight on the day. Obviously you had Andy for the night, but was the choice beginf that Particular cover?
FoS: “We’ve been so lucky over the years to get to know Andy and Lisa-Jane over the years threough the radio show and so when we were in need of a bassist for our Fields of the Nephilim suport slot hea was gracious in stepping forwardand it was an unbelievable moment. As massive All About Eve and Mission fans since the 80’s we found it surreal to be sending tracks over and chatting about the set. It was reaklly with nervpous trepidation that we thought it respectful to offerup an Eves track, and were really glad we did. We suggested Flowers as it’s an iconic tune within the scene. Andy suggested Freeze as he’d spontaneously started playinng it while rehearsing our stuff and threw the idea out there so we jumped on it. Andy is great to be around, so humble and full of experience.”
BVA: Now gigs are back on, your diary looks pretty busy with upcoming gigs, is there a focus on just getting back oout there live for now or can we expect some new releases soon too.?
FoS: “Yes and Yes! 2020 had promised to be a big year for us off the back of 2 releases in 2019, which include our fisrt full album in 10 years- Memoriam. A fantsastic 20th anniversary gig in London, and we had plans to keep that rolling but of coursee we all had our wings clipped and the world stopped turning. We did keep really busy in Lockdown, having music to focus on became more important than ever and so were able to put a lot of time into what we tthought the future might look like. We have a new album written and currently working on a single release for Decemberv which will be produced by Mark Gemini Thwaite . The new songs are a blend of back to roots whilst still evolving and are excitedt get it finished and released by the spring of 2022. Gig wise still very busy and will be visiting Eatern Europe with a tour of the Balkans and revsiting the incredible scene in Athens too.”
BVA: I see that we already have another ATID festival set for 2022 already. Do you think this could be the start of a regular yearly event? How might that work? Yourselves and guests each time?
FoS: “We would love it to be a regular feature on the alternative calender, just keeping it simple and fun. Opening up the chance for bands and artists to spend the day with like-minded people and for a super friendly crowd…what more could we want? That said we aren’t promoters nor aspire to be, we’re justa band but feel we all have a responsibility to keep this scene alive and kickingfor as long as possible and for us that’s as long as we still have breath in our bodies! We love what we do and it’s a privilege to be afforded the luxury of doing it. We couldn’t be more thankful for the love and support we still recieve. It’s an inspiration…”
The last act and headliner for the night were the ethereal and fabled Inkubus Sukkubus, who have been mesmerising crowds since 1989 with their unique sound that takes the traditional Goth sound and like mediaeval alchemists or Shakespeare’s witches, mix it into a powerful concoction of eye of fairytale folk here, a large pinch of paganism there, wool of ancient romance and an owlet’s wing of the mythical. It’s one powerful and intoxicating spell to be sure.
Oft described as one of the most enduringly popular underground Goth bands in the UK they are one of the pioneer acts of the Pagan Goth sound and aesthetic and have been leading the way for over 3 decades.
As the band began to play and the other-worldly and angelic vocals of Candia McKormack, adorned in her trademark chaplet drift out to the crowd, an almost reverent air is cast over the now full venue and I’m reminded of Tolkien’s ‘The Silmarillion’ and in particular the part about the Music of the Ainur. If you’ve not read it, Middle Earth (The World) and all that is and will be, is basically sung into existence by Eru, a god like being and the ‘Ainur, Angel like spirits endowed with the ‘Flame Imperishable’ or ‘Creativity’. When Eru reveals his theme for the song to the Ainur in all it’s glory and splendour they bow before him in silent awe and joy each with faces aglow to the glory. Whilst our awe and joy was not silent it was nevertheless quite palpable and every face in the crowd was indeed aglow with it.
Although a fan of the music for many decades now, this was the first time I’d ever seen the Inkies live and it will definitley not be the last. This is one that will stay with me as both the music and atmosphere it conjured coupled with the ferventness of the crowd made it feel like being present at a witches sabbat surrounded by other devotees all sharing in the same joy & love of the conjuration. Was almost tempted to dance skyclad but that’s not a sight anyone wants to see. I truly hope the Inkies ‘flame imperishable’ is just that, and never goes out.
A unique and truly magical performace. Under the Inkies musical spell, the set might have been five minutes or it might have been five hours, ‘lost in music’ just doesn’t cover it.
As I and everyone there came under the enchantment it felt like a magical door had been opened a portal to a land of the fae where time runs differently. What seemed just a moment was in fact a full set and before I knew it the lights were on and it was time to go. Arms loaded with t-shirts, badges. CD’s and a book of magical folk tales. We headed to the pub for a nightcap and were joined by GoL frontman Richard who by the way is an awfully lovely chap. Nightcaps drunk, heads & hearts full of music, song and friendships new we headed back to the hotel.