We left London Early that Friday morning for Liverpool. It would be my first introduction to The Japanese Popstars. When we arrived at the hotel there was a quick exchange of handshakes with the duo Gary and Gareth. It took my untrained South African ear a while to fully get use to their Northern Irish accents. We had a briefing that literally lasted a couple of seconds and then we left for Creamfield’s silent disco. The concert would be something that none of us has experienced before to such a large scale.
Early the next morning we left Liverpool for Reading where the guys played at Reading festival that after noon. It was a performance that will not be forgotten. To see two people take control of a crowd that size with their musical creations was nothing else but exhilarating.
We took on the road again for The Leeds Festival straight after the Reading show. The journey to the north was filled with spontaneous singing of 80’s hits and laughter that made my stomach muscles want to cramp up. Early the next morning they played Leeds fest that left me with the same amount of adrenalin as the previous shows.
This was a weekend filled with thrill and excitement but it also gave me an insight to life behind the scenes of stardom. This life is far away from being glamorous. Thrilling yes, but these guys are professionals. They are damn good at what they do, but it’s still their job.
I thank them for this opportunity.