Tony Penultimate

Glatt & Verkehrt Festival, Austria

tour manager Viola tirelessly ministering to our needs during soundcheck

I remember playing this festival nearly seven years ago. The venue is in the courtyard of a vineyard in Krems, Austria (its on the Danube) and is a very beautiful and historic town. I have brought my girls (wife and daughter) here to soak up the atmosphere and then we'll spend a day in Vienna before flying home.

There were some cracking acts on including good avant garde jazz and a german comedy act (which went down a storm) - and then us, who were headlining, but we went on very late - 10.30! It was incredibly humid and my dinner jacket is well overdue a trip to the dry cleaners.

As I said earlier Krems is a picturesque town with many fabulous churches etc.

It was also a pleasure to see long time fan Eva Hofbauer who arrived with her husband and has been a staunch supporter of the UOGB for many years - she lives up the road (or river) so a pleasure to hang out and chat.  She arranged some discount tickets for the band to go on a riverboat cruise up the Danube before the gig - it was stunning - here's Dave at the steering wheel.

The castle on the top of the hill (pic taken from the river at Durnstein) is where Richard the Lionheart was incarcerated and where the faithful minstrel Blondell tracked him down by singing ballads.

Drive through schnitzel - only in Austria? Well, apparently schnitzel is not originally from Austria but from Milan!

Speaking of incarceration there is a very funky coloured prison in the town which, according to our driver - houses not very nice person Josef Fritzl

Signing off now peeps as we are off to Vienna




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