Road trip diary follows Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Bear’s Den as they gig their way through America
eature length tour documentary, Austin To Boston is scheduled for release next month via Netflix and iTunes. The film follows four bands – Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Bear’s Den – as they wind their way through the US. The adventure starts after the final night at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival, where the bands pile into five old VW camper vans and head northeast. They play everywhere from bars to barns, rooms to rooftops, packing out tiny venues and wowing crowds, whilst battling heavy rainstorms, multiple breakdowns and cramped conditions.
Along the way the tour takes them from Austin to Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Evanston, St Louis, Nashville, Philadelphia, New York, Woodstock and culminating in Boston. Featuring Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett, and narrated by Old Crow Medicine Show’s Gill Landry, the documentary is about a modern tour done the old fashioned way.
As executive producer, Lovett recalls: “It feels like a dream now, honestly… And actually a bit crazy! The whole setup for the tour as well as the tour itself was all about putting one foot in front of the other and trusting that we will find a way to get it done. If we had planned too much, I fear the plan would’ve told us just how bad an idea it was and we would never have gotten into the those vans in the first place!”
Following international film festival screenings, including BFI London Film Festival, IDFA, Nashville Film Festival and Visions du Reel, Austin To Boston will be released on 12 June via a launch at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee, USA, and will be made available on Netflix and iTunes. For more, check out the trailer below and visit: www.austintobostonfilm.com