A very pleasurable couple of days catching up with some long-term media contacts. Firstly, MU General Secretary Naomi Pohl and I met The Stage’s Editor Alistair Smith and Deputy Editor Matt Hemley at Cafe Murano, Bermondsey Street for lunch at midday yesterday.
Our last drive between stopovers saw us head for Los Angeles and our final hotel, The Garland in Vineland Avenue, North Hollywood. I have often heard of stories of how LA lacks a city centre and that its sprawling nature makes for a disconnected experience. However, we found the city offered a series of fascinating and varied environments and proved a fitting end to our three-week road trip.
Tuesday morning’s burning sunshine signalled our leaving Las Vegas and an entertaining drive south west from Las Vegas via Yermo. An obligatory pit stop for lunch at the famous Peggy Sue’s Diner followed, where we were greeted in the lobby by the Elvis Presley fortune-telling machine!
We arrived in Las Vegas this evening and were delighted to find that the Cosmopolitan Hotel (3700 Boulevard South) would provide both a superb base for touring the town and within its own walls a world of glitz, glamour and decadence.
On Thursday (7th) we left Yosemite and headed for our next stop, the Mountain Inn, Minaret Road in Mammoth Lakes. This journey involved circumnavigating the National Reserve to the north via the R49 and the 108 Highway, which initially proved an intriguing drive along narrow country roads.
On Independence Day, we drove out of San Francisco and headed south eastwards to our second destination, Tenaya Lodge, on the Highway in Fish Camp, on the southern perimeter of the Yosemite Nature Park.
Julie, Ben and I arrived in San Francisco on Friday (1st July) and having collected our Nissan SUV for the duration of our visit, settled in at the Riu Plaza on Mason Street, close to the famous Fishermans Wharf.
The MU has expressed its welcome today for the Government’s plans for music education, at the same time highlighting that this publication represents only a first step in the provision of this key subject over the coming decade.
A superb weekend in the Kent countryside at the third Black Deer Festival. The event was cruelly cancelled at very short notice last year courtesy of an impactful lockdown and it was wonderful to be back amongst the enthusiastic crowd in Eridge Park.
I was delighted to attend the Music Producers Guild 2022 Awards event at the Tower Hotel tonight and to host the MU table and welcome our guests Gary Crosby, Janine Irons, Tom Gray, Anna Neale, Dave Webster and producer Greg Fitzgerald.
The Musicians’ Union (MU) and Black Lives in Music (BLiM) have announced a 3-year partnership that will see the organisations work together to challenge racism, promote inclusive practices and accelerate change regarding diversity in the music industry.