New Year's Day is often referred to as "guaranteed first hangover of the year". For the British music industry, I'd hazard a guess that the day after the BRIT Awards sees a hilariously impressive spike in the number of email accounts set to auto-respond with "I'm not in the office today".
They’re a funny thing, awards shows. I guess then, that if Glastonbury is the "Beatles of festivals" as CM once quipped, then the Grammys is pretty much the toppermost of the poppermost when it comes to awards shows - and hence the funniest of funny things.
I've got to be honest, I was expecting the Rotterdam audience to be somewhat - um, 'laid back' I guess is the right phrase. It just goes to show that you never can tell...
Chris and Jonny have decided not to soundcheck. As we give things a quick once over, it turns out to be a pretty good thing, really. The huge, curved high ceiling makes for a pretty good echo chamber and there's little you can do but raise your eyebrows and say it'll sound completely different when the punters are in - and perhaps pray that it's true