Sugarland UK & Ireland Promo Tour Diary, Part 1: London's News of the World

Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 5:35 AM

We are in the U.K. and Ireland this week and next -- surprise! -- for a quick promo tour in support of The Incredible Machine, which hits overseas shelves February 7th! (Preorder it now, if you'd like.)

No "proper" shows scheduled, but we'll be appearing TONIGHT on Ireland's The Late Late Show, and next Friday, Feb. 11 on BBC's Graham Norton Show -- check local listings! 

Yesterday was our first full day in London, and we spent it at the News of the World studios taping an acoustic performance for their online "XSessions" series, slated to appear this Sunday -- we'll bring you the link when it's live. 

We're learning a lot about looking in the opposite direction when stepping off curbs, and there is much jockeying for position during taxi and van rides through the curving, narrow streets of that spectacular city so as to not end up facing backwards in the car. But motion sickness is no match for the sights whizzing by: Royal Albert Hall! Harrods! Big Ben! The Tower of London! Our ride to the airport at dusk was breathtaking, all those bridges and buildings lit up against the sky, ancient and modern architecture clustered together in a pile of "Ooh! What's that??"

Bit of a delay last night getting to Dublin: high winds held the planes from reaching Heathrow, but our pilot did a masterful job landing in the gale. Today, water is blowing horizontally out of fountains, and Kristian's a little worried about keeping his hat on in the gusts when we head out for The Late Late Show. Fingers crossed we make it to the pub later, as the craving for Guinness has reached epic levels.

Here's a quick look at Day 1 of our Sugar Invasion -- or, as Jennifer puts it, "Infection":

See you back here tomorrow for more from our overseas adventure. Meanwhile, we're always looking for travel tips. What's an under-the-radar must-see for when we head back to London?

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  1. Gaz avatar

    On Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 10:54 AM, Gaz said:

    COME BACK TO THE UK SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!!!! wee love ya !!! :0)

  2. USER avatar

    On Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 7:59 AM, USER said:

    We love you here in Europe, you know? Please come back for some shows!! Greetings from Vienna, Austria

  3. anthonyls avatar

    On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 6:18 PM, anthonyls said:

    OK you've surely seen that there are many people who love your music,we saw you at the Shepherds Bush Empire but now we need a national tour so many more people can see and enjoy you live .Boy are they missing something special ! As they say in Oliver you can go but be back soon.Best wishes to you both.

  4. the golux avatar

    On Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 11:04 PM, the golux said:

    You probably didn't get a chance to slip off to the moors and stalk the wild ponies...
    but I wonder, did you want to? (This is a kerchief alert, by the way.) Happy hunting!

  5. Ashlee avatar

    On Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 5:23 PM, Ashlee said:

    This is great! you guys always crack me up

  6. Robyn avatar

    On Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 4:46 AM, Robyn said:

    love this, Jenn the shoe thing was sweet! this is why i love y'all.. funny!!

  7. Scotland avatar

    On Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 9:58 PM, Scotland said:

    Another Awesome Album from you guys!! Got it for my Christmas, over here in Scotland!! PPPPPPPLLLLLLLLEEEEEAAAAAAASSSSSSSSEEEEEE Come back to Scotland to perform!! Had the Honour of seeing you guys play ( which I never thought I would get to see!!) in Glasgow!!! Enjoy the rest of your UK visit!! Good Luck with the Up coming tour!!! ( PLEASE add a Scottish date to It.)

  8. Gena avatar

    On Sun, Feb 6, 2011 at 3:41 PM, Gena said:

    Love the tea pocket shoes. Have fun at all of your "non-proper" shows! They are all good. Gena

  9. kymberlie avatar

    On Sun, Feb 6, 2011 at 3:03 PM, kymberlie said:

    Come to the UK to tour and play Glasgow!!! We're the too often forgotten about city! Hope you enjoy your time here in the UK until then! x

  10. DBJ avatar

    On Sun, Feb 6, 2011 at 1:14 PM, DBJ said:

    Are you going to come back to the UK and Ireland to tour any time soon then? Only this time perform all the shows advertised and not leave lots of your British and Irish fans disappointed and let down?

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