This was it. Our final day on the Golden Coast. We had agreed the night before to wake up at 7am in order to arrive in San Francisco on time, this, however, proved more difficult than first considered. Many members of AtKM had submission deadlines for around 5am and as a consequence of this had been working through the night. Many cans of Red Bull only result in one thing. The crash! Some of the guys lay face down in their notes, others had literally slept where they studied. Luckily,we managed to leave at the correct time having to, once again pile all our luggage into three cars. Seriously, AtKM should really consider setting up a removals company to fund future tours!
We arrived in San Francisco on time and then took a tram to La Perouse French High School for our final gig and workshop. Once again my sense of direction was challenged and we ended up six blocks away from where we needed to be. Oh well, we needed the exercise after the burgers the day before.
The afternoon comprised of a workshop led by AtKM about singing, musicianship and beatboxing and for a group of under-18 year olds the talent was overwhelming! They picked up some of AtKM’s old classics (“Rave On” and “Black Eyed Peas”) so well that they ended up performing them in the concert. The concert was a great end to the tour with AtKM releasing some of their more dynamic and energetic songs for the upper part of the school. We then said our goodbyes and made a hasty dash to San Francisco Airport to get our flight.
I never sleep on flights but somehow twelve days of tour made me so tired that I slept the entire journey, along with everyone else. The empty flight was a blessing as it enabled us all to stretch out. When we touched down in London there was a glum look on everyone’s face as they looked at the reality of the exams, work and catching-up that lay before them, but what a tour it had been!