Temporary Tour Flag Adventures

Greetings from a hotel room in Milan. We’ve just arrived after a mammoth journey from Madrid, via Montpellier (and probably some other places beginning with M – I slept through as much of it as I could). Last night we celebrated Ben Lloyd’s birthday, and today I am paying for my sins.

As many of you will know, the last few years have seen a few Tour Flags at my shows. The idea is to have one that starts the tour and follows it, without being carried by me or my crew, just helping people make friends at shows, building a little community idea. It’s been great fun. Since the release of “Positive Songs”, we’ve had one tour flag with us (pictured at Ally Pally), made by the wonderful Val. It travelled the US, UK, northern Europe and Canada (and the cruise) with us, which was amazing.

Val decided that getting that flag around the European shows was too much to organise (quite understandably – I’m still slightly scared of some of the travel schedules we have coming up). So that flag has retired for now. But! But! In a lovely vindication of the principle behind the whole thing, Arabell has made a new flag, and asked me to pass on this message:

“If you see the tour flag, come by, say hi, ask us to take a picture with the flag, post it on instagram/facebook/twitter using the hashtag ‪#‎fthcflag‬ and spread the word. Get involved.
In Ljubljana we’ll meet at Kaverna Kino Siska, a bar at/in the venue in the late afternoon/early evening. In Bratislava we’ll meet at Fabrika the beer pub around 5ish, So just grab a chair and come by.

Feel free to follow the flag on twitter/instagram; we’ll try to keep the feed up to date:
07.04. Milan @federriga
09.04. Ljubljana @federriga @MySuitcaselife
10.04. Bratislava @federriga @MySuitcaselife
13.04. Budapest @turtlemarzi @jsturner89
14.04. Prague @jsturner89 @federriga
15.04. Wroclaw @jsturner89 @federriga @MySuitcaselife
16.04. Warsaw @jsturner89 @federriga @MySuitcaselife”

So, head down, make new friends, play nice. I’m going to relax into what we call “SLUG LIFE” on tour – which basically means putting on the hotel room dressing gown (if there is one) and mainlining room service and Netflix. See you at a show.

2 thoughts on “Temporary Tour Flag Adventures

  1. To clarify : Franziska made the flag, not me! But thanks for spreading the word Frank! 🙂

  2. Hey!! So it was the same flag that I saw haha!…It was so curious because I was going out from the concert and saw a group of people very happy taking a picture with the flag and…I thought, ok! me too!! I didn’t know then it was happening in other part of the tour…I am happy to have joined although it was a coincidence…So my picture with the flag has done in Bcn, great!!!! At the start of the european tour…..:)

    And talking about birthdays….the 9th, this Saturday is my birthday haha!.. I would like to go to a concert, a good way to celebrate haha! But i will stay in Bcn…

    The other day I thought haha to send you a message saying if you can send me a video the day of my birthday telling something or singing some lyrics of a song…I imagine you can’t do that!!! Impossible!! But I thought in that…;p haha!

    Talking about relax…I went to the gym some hours ago and during the way home I did a walk, the Sun was shining….It is so sunny today after the rainny day of yesterday….I love it!!


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