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Travka: Our last concert in Kazakhstan was at a bikers Fest 80 km outside Almaty. The term no sleep till Brooklyn really made sense after Andreas and i stayed up till 9 am belting out tunes in a suburban karaoke club. But we pushed on through and drive at 200 km an hour with a mad taxi driver to the bikers fest. We arrived at the fest and in true White City fashion took over the place [even though we were only the support act to Russian rock legends: Aria] The fest was well set up with the stage on the beach and villas on the hills for all the bikers to use. The crowd was a mixture of hardcore bikers, part time bikers, families and even some car drivers. There was 4 local bands that played before us and the highlight was a band called storm that had a lead singer that obviously idolized Kiss. We played the best set we could considering the cold conditions: both Andreas and i got cramps in our arms. Again the crowd was into it, with loads of people saying it was nice to hear something else besides cock rock on the bill. The main act Aria may have been old bastards but they still rocked in true Iron Maden like sound. The crowd was obviously there to see them and therefore went crazy.
Ru: Our set was cut short by a billion hair-metal bands before us, but we enjoyed our first festival. It was fun to play a really big stage and do lots of foot-on-the-monitor poses. Seen the pictures and I look like a massive show-off. Hello to the White City Angels and thanks for getting everyone dancing.
Oh and there have been six earthquakes so far. One woke me up on Saturday morning (staying on the 19th floor in a ‘luxury’ flat held together by Kleenex and spit) with the wardrobes banging together and everything falling over. I thought the boys were playing a trick on me.
Travka: All in all it was a great experience to play at a bikers fest and too meet loads of bikers, a big hello to the guys at the Almaty chapter of the Nomads! Kazakhstan has been a damn cool country and we really look forward to coming back here and rocking it again.
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