"A gig is so much more than that one hour onstage performing - it's loading the van, travelling, setting up, soundcheck, getting ready, waiting for the show, the show, the post-show, selling merch, packing down, loading out and travelling to the hotel - each show day is like 4 days in one! From Venue To Van charts some of this emotional pre-and post-show cartography.
The first part reflects the kind of mixtape I always put on in the venue, filling the room with my murky post-punk and beat-driven favourites, LoneLady-fying the space…creating atmosphere and building anticipation. By showtime, we are jittery with adrenaline as we step onstage.
Some time later, fuelled by post-show buzz, gin, white wine, fatigue and a touch of hysteria, the second part of the mix takes an awry turn as the van turns into a mini post-show afterparty on wheels in which we tumble and laugh, playing tunes through a Bluetooth speaker. The mix winds down as we are lulled into half-sleep by the repetitive motorway thrum, until finally, as the fog creeps in, we stumble into the utilitarian but loving embrace of a Travelodge." - LoneLady