The Ten Commandments of Touring (Season 7, Ep 7)

Being in a band - on a world tour - is the stuff rock n roll dreams are made of. But the modern reality is a corporate concern, involving hundreds of people, all separated from their families. Surviving is an art in itself.

Tom Meadows is a freelance drummer who's worked with Girls Aloud, Duffy, Leona Lewis, and - for the past nine years - Kylie Minogue. What are his top tips to keeping your cool when you're out on the road? And to what extent does he think Pink Floyd's 'Ten Commandments of Touring' mantra stacks up in the modern era?

Elsewhere this week, Ollie Peart - standing beneath a mid-sized billboard of his own face - champions 'FaceGyms', and mines his own data with typical journalistic rigour. If you have a challenge for Ollie or a trend you'd like him to explore in next week's Zeitgeist, get in touch via our Feedback page at

Meanwhile, down the Foxhole, Alix Fox recounts how a list-based podcast brought her together with Gail Porter, and advises a male listener who wants to spend more time wearing women's panties. If you have a question of sex for Alix, get in touch via our Feedback page at

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In this week's Lifehack, Dominika Piasecka, Media & PR Officer at The Vegan Society, offers up her three top tips to help YOU go vegan.

Our record of the week is from Ellevator, an experimental-pop band from Hamilton, Ontario. The track’s called Voices, and they’re on tour now.

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Presenter: Olly Mann. Contributors: Ollie Peart, Alix Fox, Tom Meadows, Dominika Piasecka, Ellevator. Producer: Matt Hill. Thanks: Giles Blake. Theme Music: 'Skies Over Cairo' by Django Django. Graphic Design: Jenny Mann Design. Copyright: Olly Mann / Rethink Audio 2018.

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