Bad news: we’re not allowed to ship boxes of t-shirts and posters to the UK without getting into a whole Customs and Excise mess. This is an oversight on my part really: we filled out a carnet listing each piece of equipment, but those are for temporary export whereas merchandise is for sale. I’d assumed we could just include the ‘merch’ in with the rest of the equipment.
As a consequence we won’t be able to have a merch table at the Scala and Hyde Park shows. Which in turn means our ‘meet’n'greet’ system won’t work either (wherein random people that buy an item get a ‘purple ticket’ to a meet’n'greet after the show.) At least the Sole Inhabitant Tour t-shirts and posters are for sale at the online store on this web site.
I’ll try to work out how to do the meet’n'greet. It’s not really an option for me just to stick around the Scala and sign stuff, as they’ll be kicking us all out at 9.30pm for the disco that happens later. And at Hyde Park there are probably stringent security rules. So one possibility is that we find somewhere close to the Scala for around 10pm that’s willing to let us use a back room. This would be for registered Forum members only, and I’ll say hello and sign whatever records/memorabilia you bring along. I can’t easily organise this from here in the USA, so it would take an enterprising UK based person to organise it. I’m open to suggestions! Give us your comments here.
I’ll also ask Lunesse to post this on the Forum.