Here is a short travel report about our Italy tour:
On the 14.03.2014 we played our first gig in Pordenone . For the organizers it was the first time that the event “Irlanda in Festa” took place in Pordenone and we were the only band playing on this first evening.
All the event staff involved gave a lot of effort to make the event a success and took good care of us. The show itself was really nice, but in retrospect, only the preparation for what was to await us!
The next day we spent some time to look at the little town of Pordenone until we were picked up to be taken to Bologna.
Once there, we were immediately extremely impressed. The hall in which we were due to play had the size of an aircraft hanger and easily fitted 5-6 thousand people. There we played relatively late (about 2:00 am.), The hall was still filled to the brim and the crowd were in a celebrating mood and showed no signs of stopping. They showed no signs of being tired at all. To see people in the crowd singing to our music, dancing and celebrating was an absolute experience! A sensational concert!
The next day we went to Padua and what awaited us there put everything previous in the shade! The venue itself blew us away with its sheer size. It was similar to the German Oktoberfest, only with an Irish theme. There were various halls, an outdoor area with stalls, catering and a small Fairground. There were thousands of visitors spread all over the place. Absolutely Breathtaking! That was also reflected in our brilliant backstage area, the Mega stage with giant video screens and the very professional care and help from the event team. The gig itself was fantastic! The hall we played held around 2-3 thousand people, and at the same time our performance was streamed on huge video screens spread over the whole event area. An estimated 15,000 people were in Padua listening and enjoying our music (according to the Organizers)
To top it all our Gig was live streamed on the “Irlanda in Festa” internet page! What an event! An absolute highlight in the history of CSC!
After this unprecedented evening, we spent the next day exploring the charming old town of Padua. I think we all fell in love in this city full of tradition, impressive cathedrals, friendly people and its beautiful alleyways, streets and buildings in the old part of town. After a nice, relaxing day in Padua we traveled back to Bologna where we were due to play the final concert of our Italy tour.
After performing our last concert which, due to the routine from the last 3 days was nice and laid back, we were more than satisfied with the tour and then spent a lovely evening with good Italian food, wine and Guinness . A successful conclusion to our Italy tour!
This tour has left a deep and lasting impression on us and I think the Festival organizers were more than happy.
At the end of the day, one thing was clear: We want to experience more Festivals like this.
P.S. – We can’t thank the Organizers enough for their professional work, looking after us, and very important, being simply wonderful, friendly people.