Today was a day off from tour but a day well spent with my family in Kent. It was my Nan's 80th birthday! Wow. I can't actually believe she is 80, it really doesn't seem like it. Another Wow goes to the fact it is also my nan and grandad's wedding anniversary. They got married on her birthday and this year is their 58th year together. 58 years of marriage is pretty incredible, so inspiring and romantic.
Delicious Cupcakes provided by my very skilled baker and aunt.
So back to the tour and my after-school girls project. Every time I go into schools I still get the urge to set the fire alarms off. gah it just really makes me itch! but don't worry head teachers I will refrain. This is my serious walk to the assembly hall, it actually makes me very nervous marching into the assembly hall.
Interviewing the girls for my documentary...
One of the saddest things I heard from the girls in this school was that she was already thinking of giving up on music, at the age of 16, she felt that being a female and not one that would sell her body to sell her music, that there was no way she would have a chance as a musician. She seemed really shy and sad about what she was saying. I found her after the talk and told her that I want to ask her what she thinks about being a musician after she's played her first show. The girls I'm meeting in these schools are the next generation of the music world. They should be being encouraged and nurtured not the opposite. Another thing that I found myself thinking about is the fact that women have a reputation for being bitchy. I have been in 3 all girls schools in the past couple of months and I have been welcomed and watched the girls support and be warm to each other. Women are not inherently bitchy, we are told that we are by the rest of the world and we're constantly being picked on for the way we look so we get insecure and then have our backs up towards other girls incase they judge us. We have to try and dispel this bullshit myth. Girls can be warm and friendly and supportive to each other when they're comfortable and feeling good about themselves.
Later that night, got sushi with Ryan and Paula. Yum.
Woke up yesterday and listened to Dum Dum Girls which made me really happy then walked outside and felt even better because it was such a beautiful day! Really feels like spring is on its way.
This tour is making me feel so nostalgic for the old days, I can't believe it was so long ago that I came to all these little venues with the first record.
Here's some photos of us enjoying the beginning of spring. dad makes good roadie, dm's make good shoes
2 for £2
I bought 101 power ballads at a services and we all bonded via the art of cheesy guitar solos.
The gig in nottingham was amazing, i really felt like i lost myself in it. I also pretended that ryan came to the show and that made me enjoy it more. my girls rocked and we partied hard cause we deserved it!
DJ'd after the show too
Mine and Paula's dream of staying in a hotel in a services came true. Chips at 4 in the morning, yes please.
Today I launched 'Kate Nash's Rock N Roll For Girls After-School Club' in Bournemouth!
I'm learning quickly that the main reason there's such a gender gap in the music industry is because of self esteem issues, the image that the media portrays as perfection makes a lot of young girls feel ugly and that is the main reason they feel like they can't share and play music and put it out there. this is awful. I cannot wait to dispel that myth and a) show these girls that they are beautiful! and b) they can stand up and be proud musicians and lyricists.
I'm really looking forward to coming back and starting the clubs. Thanks Bournemouth. x
Start of tour! Stoke on trent, haven't been to the sugarmill in stoke for about 4 years and people showed their love, affection and excitement by basically crowd surfing in every song. Even I hate seagulls, I didn't really know what to do with myself. Thanks Stoke! You were cool. I met a girl after the show who had the most beautiful blue/green hair I've ever seen, she looked like a mermaid princess.
Zac from Bri's band was upset that Helen hasn't joined the tour yet. (She arrives on tuesday after she's checked out a college open day that she's interested in going to) He had spent all day picking the perfect parts of Harry Potter to read to her to try and get her to like it. Even though I don't think it will work it was a nice effort. Come on Helen!
Really enjoying wearing my new shoes and white socks and feeling as though I am in Ghost World.
Also found an amazing twilight t-shirt last time I was in LA so enjoying wearing that too and feeling like a bit of a victim. Kristen Stewart really does it for me. Girl Crush.
Missing my boyfriend so took some pleasure in finding these old school cribs stickers plastered around the venue.
Now sitting in a messy dressing room and looking forward to playing in a venue that again I haven't been to for 4 years. Gonna go Soundcheck with my lovely ladies...
The wonderful Brigitte Aphrodite is supporting this tour and have 10p records is releasing her first single 'I Dream Myself Awake' . You can buy one of these 7 " on tour or download on itunes from tomorrow.
I'll be selling 'I've got a Secret' on 7 " as a limited edition tour vinyl. Keeping busy...
The Next issue of My Ignorant Youth will also be made available on this tour. It's called FREAKS