Here we go!
On Thursday morning, we swapped the dreary weather of Muswell Hill London for the rather pleasant temperatures of Los Angeles, California. The first stop on our North America tour, it was always going to be a little unknown, being a city not many of the boys had visited before. We were all staying at various home-stays near the famous Santa Monica Pier, a sweet base to take in everything the city has to offer. We first convened on Thursday evening for a bit of serious rehearsal, however having not seen each other for a few weeks, as you can probably guess, productivity was low - #BOLQ.
We began our tour with a performance at Archer School for Girls in Brentwood. After briefly meeting with the school’s own a cappella group, the ‘Unaccompanied Minors’, we were met with a hall full of screaming girls! No doubt they mistook us for some slightly better known English boy band… Nevertheless, it was an amazing beginning to our tour, and what was about to happen would blow us all away.
That afternoon we received the incredible invitation to sing at the offices of Bad Robot! We ended up enjoying a full tour of the studios, as well as picking up some stash to add to our extensive collection. After our tour, we were greeted by the entirety of the Bad Robot Production team, including JJ Abrams himself! After a few songs, we were afforded the opportunity to chat to them, and we all met some incredible people! So thanks so much to everyone at Bad Robot, it was literally the best day of our lives…
After such an amazing first day, we were all rather sceptical as to whether the rest of the tour (or indeed our lives) wouldn’t just be a constant stream of disappointment. However, on Saturday we continued the Star Wars theme by going to see the new film at the Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd.
After an brilliant afternoon in Hollywood, we met up with The Scattertones, an a cappella group from UCLA, for dinner in Westwood, after which we headed back to one of their flats, where we got the chance to sing for each other and hang out. It was so great to meet such a like-minded and talented group.
Our final day was to be just as successful as the previous. We sang a killer concert at Vistamar School in El Segundo, for a full hall of St Andrews alumni, students and applicants; it was great to be able to share stories about the bubble with people halfway across the world!
After the gig, we headed over to the place of one of our home-stays, who was throwing a party. There we met up with TOGA(lumni) Callum Woolley, who sang with us for the first time since he graduated last year, a great experience for the newbies to learn from SoCal.
After such an amazing time in LA, we are looking forward to what waits for us in Dallas!