• Ashleigh Mannix's Tour Tales: Supporting Michael Franti

This year, I supported Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Luka Bloom (from Ireland), Michael Franti and Abby Dobson (an aussie girl, who used to be in the band Leonardo's Bride). All four are really amazing artists and (i'm not kidding) some of the nicest people I've ever met! I spent most of my time supporting all of them at different venues around Melbourne.

My fist gig with Michael Franti was at the Prince of Wales hotel, also in St kilda. I was soooo nervous to meet him, but all my nerves seemed to disappear when he greeted me with a hug, and a kiss on the cheek...BOOO YA!!!! He's SUCH a nice guy :) But then my nerves came back in full force when he decided that we should do a song together, and of course, he had to pick a song that i've never heard before. So we did a run through of the song (after which i felt just as sick with nerves as i did before hand) and then he prints me off a copy of the lyrics and leaves with the rest of the band...Great!

Anyway, to cut an extremely long story only a little bit shorter, it was one of coolest things ive ever done! And Michael Franti invited me on stage with him again at the other two shows i did with him. YAY!