‘Tories and churchmen’ banned by Del Amitri rider

SCOTS rockers Del Amitri banned churchmen and Tory politicians from backstage, according to a leaked copy of their tongue-in-cheek “rider”.
Del Amitri. Picture: ContributedDel Amitri. Picture: Contributed
Del Amitri. Picture: Contributed

The three-page list of gig demands jokingly outlawed the E numbers that would cause their drummer to lose time, with “potentially disastrous consequences”.

And fast food was banned from backstage due to the “detrimental effects on the...digestive by-products” of the crew.


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The Glasgow band, who reformed in 2013, played a series of sell-out gigs last year, including packing the Hydro in their home city.

A copy of the band’s 2014 rider suggests they are a more modest bunch than fellow Scots rockers Biffy Clyro, who it emerged last year wanted an “isolated compound” of at least eight rooms, showering facilities for 40 people, 90 towels and around 60 items of furniture.

Del Amitri’s relatively low-key requirements included 72 bottles of beer which could include “Budweiser Budvar (original Czech please, NOT ‘the great american lager’)”.

Justin Currie and his unpretentious bandmates asked for “1 x litre of fresh milk”, “1 x box of granulated white sugar” and even “1 jar of honey” without the traditional stipulation that it be manuka.

Also on the list was “a selection of fresh fruit (to include 6 apples)”.

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“Any seasonal, local produce will be greatly appreciated,” stated the rider, plus “a selection of any local culinary delicacies you feel that we, as men of the world and bon viveurs, should sample”.

Del Amitri also asked for “a local ‘daily’ with cinema listings and local events plus a ‘lifestyle’

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magazine of your choice (not a music publication or sexual pornography)”.

Turning to their evening meal for 20, the band warned: “Fast food is not acceptable due to the immediate detrimental effects on the mood and digestive by products of our crew.”

They added: “Any traces of MSG (E621), Aspartame, (E951), BHA or BHT (E320), or food dyes (E102, E110,E133, E124) in the food will seriously impair our drummer’s sense of timing for up to twelve hours with potentially disastrous consequences for the evening’s performance.

“Dietary and ethical vegans will not be discriminated against but will be expected to forage in the undergrowth for themselves.”

The document ends by advising: “Del Amitri’s Tour Manager will discuss and approve after-dinner speakers” but “no current office-bearing Tory politicians in the building at any time though, please”.

It also reminds venue managers: “Members of the clergy are not automatically excluded from the premises but should be cleared in advance to avoid any unnecessary disappointment or embarrassment.”

The band’s manager, John Reid, declined to comment.

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Del Amitri played a string of UK and US shows in 2014, after a decade long break. They have had five Top Ten albums in the UK, and a string of hit singles, as well as their song “Roll to Me” becoming a hit in the US.

They delighted British fans by kicking off the year with a performance at the Glasgow Hydro, followed by tour dates including London, Newcastle and Bristol.


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