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Formed in Glasgow in 2016, Only Tours provides bands with an inclusive, one-stop shop for all their touring needs. The company’s four founders have experience working as backline techs, tour managers, and sound and light engineers, working on many projects together. Thanks to this knowledge of the industry and vast connections with backline, PA, lighting and transport hire Only Tours streamlines the touring process for the band and their management. With a client list including Twin Atlantic, The Japanese House, Sampha, Crystal Fighters, Newton Faulkner, Young Fathers, Lower Than Atlantis, Prides, Bears Den, Idlewild and Lewis Capaldi, this offering has proved a popular one. However, in order for it to be successful, it is imperative that Only Tours has access to the best gear exactly when it is needed and it is this that led them to work with VDC Trading.
Co-founder Paul Gibson explains: “My first order from VDC was only last year but I have been using Van Damme products for years. Although a bit more expensive than other brands, Van Damme has always, in my mind, been then best.
“I mainly buy cable and connectors for pedalboards, building looms and components for racking from VDC. So far everything seems to work perfectly. Boards I’ve build for Bears Den, The Japanese House and Newton Faulkner are still going strong.
“They have been great to work with. Any questions are answered quickly and the product and service is always spot on. As long as I’m working in the industry, making pedalboards, cables and building all sorts of rigs I’d always go to VDC first.”
Picture: Lower than Atlantis during Rock am Ring, Photo: Sven Mandel