Almaty. Road to Expo Astana 2017

So... I have been here three weeks and the end is almost nigh!!


I am performing backing vocals with East meets West Dance Pop Band NO MAD KARMA at the official EXPO ASTANA 2017!


They merge traditional Kazakh sounds with Euro, thumping beats and it works well pretty nicely! very Exciting Times!

For the first time I am treated to a hotel luxury lifestyle with large rooms, double beds with back-straightening mattresses and Superman strength power showers!
In my current HOTEL ROOM there is a serious panoramic view and on the ground floor, a gym...steam rooms...pool...So yeah.... taking advantage of that yo! 
I feel like I am being treated to a birthday surprise. Feels good.

The above vid is just a few edited clips of my two week experience in Almaty.

It is a beautiful city with beautiful people inside it... and those wanting to scream "BORAT"..... there really is no need. It's fiction. Get over it x

What I loved in a nutshell was the wrinkled smiles, music in the air, the warming sense of community in the parks. I think what Ken Livingston did about ten years ago was bag up all dem Pigeons who resided at Trafalgar Square and sent them to Almaty where they lived happily ever after... #Feed the Birds...tuppence a bag...etc.

The flowing streams of mountain water called Aryks that feed the ground, provide cool air and calms the cluttered mind as you walk through their tree lined streets. Looking up at the glistening angels singing to you as the leaves play tricks with the light sky. The walks are plentiful and there is soooo much to see. To me everything is super clean with a strict emphasis on cleanliness! (The locals would disagree but I say come over to London, mate! #I❤️London).

OH... AND THE HEAT! I forgot what that felt like.
We all know Summer only lasts about 5 days max on top of the charter’d streets of London. I now know the difference between the weather I know ☔⛅ and how it's really done 🌞. 
In London, 32°C would be stifling, full of strangled complaints and Central line stink box armpits from Hell.

In Almaty, I didn't even notice it was that high. I have no idea what 40°C even means but I think I could handle it for a few minutes. It didn't get that hot but I know Almaty's capability! The heat felt good on my skin and I even got the arms out! HAHA! The breeze was a welcome distraction your honour.

Also - MY ALLERGIES WERE LEFT BEHIND IN LONDON - NOT ONE ANTIHISTAMINE, DRIBBLE NOSE OR ATCHHOOOOO! Unfortunately, I did get dribble butt through a persistent stomach bug! I am purged and ill free now.

So back to whats gwaaarning. 
This gig is a serious show. A Multi-Media Visual experience with background effects for each song and specific lighting cues. My face is going to be blown up on dem mahooooosive giant flat screen tellies! I'm going to have fun ducking and diving I tell ye!
We are also gracing the stage with my new buddies the TURAN ENSEMBLE BAND - Traditional Kazakh music right there - We are doing two of their incredible tunes and it is sounding ridiculous at rehearsal - Check this link on my INSTA!!!

I'm also excited to announce that I will be performing one of my original songs HOME too with the incredible Astana Royal Opera house Choir. These guys are fab and I even got a chance to look round their Auditorium where they where staging scenes for Madame Butterfly!! Such an honour man!!

What Have I Learnt?

1) My social anxiety does get the better of me no matter how hard I try to hide it.
2) No point in hiding depression and anxiety as you get found out eventually. Shame really.
3) I suck at being serious in front of cameras and being interviewed.
4) I'm terrible at being away from home
5) Absence makes the heart grow colder
6) I'm not entirely convinced I am likeable after first meeting. Strong paranoias on wanting to be liked.
7) I must go swimming more when I return home.
8) Some people will just never like you. Why bother wasting your tears on them? 
9) I really enjoyed my experience here - Almaty harbours such innocent and lustful beauty and Astana is a planet from the future. It's an exciting beautiful place with something for everybody! 
10) I've fallen in love with Kazakhstan, even started learning Russian and hopefully, you will have me back.

Anyways - all good things comes to an end. All the hard work and months of preparation will come to a close this WEDNESDAY 9th AUGUST with the ultimate Rock Show!
I'm coming home


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