The first British group since Brexit arrives in France – and goes directly into quarantine
Tankus the Henge, the cult group that combines rock’n’roll and circus acrobatics, have just arrived in France – and believe they are the first British group to tour overseas since a combination of coronavirus and of Brexit has closed overseas travel.
But their tour is fraught with pitfalls, from quarantine on arrival due to Covid to the ban on importing goods due to Brexit.
Lead singer Jaz Delorean said The independent that it was a trip of military precision.
“In our tour group we have British, Italian and Brazilian members residing in the UK,” he said. “Some have had the vaccine, some haven’t.
“I speak to the Union of musicians, and I sincerely believe that this is the first time that an independent act has tried it since the pandemic and Brexit.
“The amount of paperwork is incredible, and there are many pitfalls along the way, but we want to try, partly to save our own business and partly to pave the way for other travelers and artists who have no idea. of what is involved.
“After the year we have had as unemployed professional musicians, we have no choice but to play.”
Tankus has 15 tour dates in France, although the first three have been canceled to allow them to self-quarantine.
They crossed the Channel on the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais, but first had to stop at the Sevington Inland Border Facility near Ashford in Kent to have their customs documents settled.
The “logbook” contains details of all their equipment, down to the individual serial numbers on the electronic kit, so that the French authorities can be assured that the goods are re-exported to the UK at the end of the tour.
“To get there, we paid and booked Covid tests on both sides of the Channel for all members of the tour, the customs book, a pro company to make sure the book is correct.
“If we had been returned to the border, we would not have gotten any of this back. We also canceled UK dates after the tour, due to quarantine rules – so that’s toast too.
“In addition, we have to ditch every piece of our merchandise due to the new Brexit taxes on goods.
“It’s a strange new world for artists who travel. We will document each step of the journey to share with the music community afterwards so others can travel. “
The group is in quarantine in a house in Brittany for a week. Their first concert is at the sounds of the lake 2021 in Chateauneuf at the beginning of July.