Last week KAWALA became one of the first bands to tour the UK post-lockdown as they embarked on a socially distanced car boot tour of 9 UK cities, playing free outdoor shows for their fans.
Starting on the 23rd July, the band travelled an epic 1,500 miles, played 12 shows in 9 cities and drove for 37 hours, all in the name of bringing some live music joy back to their fans. They announced the shows on social media and revealed the locations via Whatsapp, keeping invites limited to handful of winners to control the numbers for each one and ensuring that everything was safe and socially distanced.
Performing in multiple cities per day, they played Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff and finished in London where they played 4 shows in locations around the city (the final one on top on of Primrose Hill at sun set).
“2020 has certainly not been easy for musicians, and we were no exception with having to postpone 40+ shows between March & August. There seemed to be no clarity as to how & when gigs may return so we thought we’d try something a bit different for our live music loving fans also struggling through lock down” guitarist and co-frontman Daniel McCarthy explains. “The mix of us missing being on the road and also desperately craving positive reinforcement led to our CARWALA ‘Car Boot’ socially-distant park tour. It was almost like a rave, with only 30 mins between location pins dropping and the fans finding themselves sat in a park listening to our harmonies. It’s safe to say that this was one of the most chaotic, knackering but also incredibly humbling experiences we’ve had as a band so far. As far as we’re aware, we’re the first band to do anything of this nature post lockdown which is such a special feeling, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. When it rained, we used the power of our WhatsApp KAWALA community to find sheltered locations, or alternatively fans offered umbrellas at us to protect our gear. Despite evidently firming ourselves up as official bad boys, the whole experience just felt so wholesome & we’re already itching to get back out there!”