Between The Stripes

Added by Thomas Kearins

The road to Fear & Loathing tour has finally concluded after packed shows in Manchester, Birmingham and Nottingham!

Normally everyone is on a terrible comedown after returning from a tour weekend but the fact that it’s Fear & Loathing week completely eliminates any negativity going forward. The entire tour was a massive success considering we ran completely new areas for the first time including Southampton, Norwich and Manchester. You come out of these tours having made friends with people you thought you didn’t have anything in common with and get on the nerves of your mates you see back home, it’s quite ironic.

Over the course of the past month we’ve visited ten cities between two countries and had, in my opinion, the best tour out of the three that we’ve done. Trying to juggle touring along with work and studying can be difficult but there’s nothing more rewarding than standing in the middle of a wrestling ring with everyone chanting ‘ICW’.

It’s hard to pick a particular date from the tour that stood above the rest, but Newcastle and Manchester were outstanding in terms of match quality and the reaction of the fans. The fact that Manchester sold out in advance was cool enough but nobody expected them to be as crazy as they turned out to be. Sometimes you go into a city thinking it’s going to be incredible but the fans can be a little quiet and vice versa. Thankfully most places have been off the chain, you never really need to worry about an ICW crowd being quiet. Southampton was loud enough with a few hundred people, I can’t begin to imagine what it’s going to be like standing in the middle of 4,000 people inside the SECC this Sunday.

It’s very cliché to say working in a major UK arena is a dream come true but for everyone at ICW, it really is. Everyone knows that the Scottish scene was the lowest of the low a few years ago. With companies like SWA, PBW and BCW providing an outstanding product for families, ICW has been able to act as a catalyst for exposure further afield. Without the support of all the fans, none of us would be living our dream this Sunday.

Thank you to everyone who has bought a ticket to Fear & Loathing and continues to support ICW and British wrestling as a whole. If you have a ticket for the show this Sunday or intend to watch it through the next night, you’re in for one hell of a ride.

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