Posted: 2018-04-19 19:05:21
About 2 months ago Ashton Lane announced a German tour with concerts in Neuruppin and Berlin. Hooray was my reaction. The concert in Neuruppin was scheduled for April 14th at the Resort Mark Brandenburg - a wonderful opportunity to get out of Berlin with my wife and spend the weekend in Neuruppin. Hotel Resort was too expensive for us, which is why we rented a room in a small pension a few meters away from the hotel.
With Caddy and our bikes on the big loading area we left Berlin around 14:00 o’clock. On the way there it was still raining heavily, but when we arrived at Neuruppin, the sun was already shining, so that immediately after we had moved into our room, we took our bikes for a short lap in and around the city to eat something tasty.
After a short break in our rooms we went over to the Resort around 8:45 pm and settled down in the hotel lobby in the first row of comfortable armchairs, where the concert should take place. When we got there, there might have been 10-15 people in the lobby. Later on and towards the end there were many more spectators (maybe 50?).
Graeme Duffin - guitar player / backing vocal and well known as a Wet Wet Wet member - was already in the lobby near the merchandise area. Tim O’Connor - guitar player and vocals - joined a few minutes later and shortly after 9:00 pm the concert started after Esther O’Connor also came on stage.
At the beginning Esther introduced the band as a family band from Scotland. Graeme - her father on the left side of the small stage and Tim - her husband - on her right side. The mother was babysitting their two children, but was introduced as the tour manager. Graeme partly translated into German because he had learned this at school and it still went quite well over his lips. Only Neuruppin was difficult for everyone on stage to pronounce.
Then the first song "Up My Street" started. The acoustics in the lobby were excellent, so I recorded the first three songs with my smartphone, after that the memory was unfortunately full. Between the songs they interspersed short stories, which were partly translated by Graeme. I immediately recognized some of the songs they played, such as "Looking out for Number 1", "One kiss later", "Seventeen", "Legacy" or "Need you now", others I may have heard or were new.
All in all they played for about 1:30 hours. Afterwards they were available for questions and selfies or signed CDs that someone bought. I went there and bought an Ashton Lane T-Shirt, which fit me very well. Afterwards I took a selfie with Esther and Tim and we talked for a while before we left the Hotel. Promising also to come to the Berlin-gig Tim told me it was cancelled but they will still be going to Berlin for some more relaxing days.
Around 11:30 pm we were back in our accommodation, where we fell asleep quite quickly - happy to have experienced this great evening in Neuruppin with Ashton Lane.
Notice: In the German-discurs by Graeme he gave to note he was learning useful and not so useful words in German. Useful for example was "Kugelschreiber" and not useful "Selbstbedienungsladen".
Here are some selfmade videos from the beginning
Ashton Lane - Up My Street - 2018-04-14 Resort Mark Brandenburg Neuruppin DE - video1
Ashton Lane - Looking out for Number 1 - 2018-04-14 Resort Mark Brandenburg Neuruppin DE - video2
Ashton Lane - So Tonight ... you won’t believe me - 2018-04-14 Resort Mark Brandenburg Neuruppin DE - video3