Recovery from Covid: How Portland Rider is bouncing back

Like so many bands, Portland Rider was greatly impacted by the restrictions during Covid lockdowns. Now that restrictions are lifted and life is returning to normal, find out how Portland Rider have been re-emerging onto the music scene.

For two long years, venues sat empty, music remained unplayed, audiences went without entertainment. However, as we all know, 2022 brought about an end to lockdowns, restrictions and distancing. Whilst this was welcome news to almost everybody – hermits and introverts, we empathise with your pain – it was especially welcome to bands.

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Portland Rider was lucky enough that all band members and their loved ones remained safe and well. We were also blessed to have all the equipment we needed at our disposal to write songs, record demos and brainstorm remotely. This meant that the moment lockdown restrictions were lifted or relaxed, even temporarily, we raced to the studio and got to work. Within a year of working on and off, we had made our album Roadside Attractions.

Angelique and Rick from Portland Rider looking happy in the studio.
Angelique and Rick from Portland Rider looking happy in the studio.

Back in action

Now that venues, events, studios and radio stations are back open again, Portland Rider are also ready to get to work. So far, Portland Rider has been incredibly lucky to be chosen as Song of the Week on several national radio stations, including WOS in the Netherlands and Chat and Spin and Unsigned Radio in the UK. During Summer 2022, Portland Rider also made it to the airwaves in Germany and Belgium amongst others.

Thanks to the fans of our music

Our successes so far remain firmly in the hands of the fans of our music. And for that, Portland Rider will be eternally grateful. Without listeners to hear us, do we even exist? Perhaps that is a discussion for another day. Today is to thank everyone who has supported us thus far and to say how excited we are for the future. Now that we can…..let’s party together!

What’s next for Portland Rider?

Our latest track “Night People” has gained a lovely following across the European airwaves, following in the footsteps of our previous releases. As a result, Portland Rider are preparing for a radio tour in the Netherlands. This will see the band playing live in various radio studios, as well as feature interviews with the band members. So if you like old-school rock ‘n’ roll and would love to hear us tweak our sound for the airwaves, be sure to stay up to date with all the latest band news right here. You can also follow us on social media – links below – for quick and dirty updates on your favourite Dutch/Irish Americana rock ‘n’ roll band!

Stay up to date with all our music releases and appearances by checking out the Portland Rider blog and website. To check out Portland Rider’s music, visit our music page below or find us on (almost) all streaming platforms available today. Your support means the world to us!


Published by portlandrider

The official site of Portland Rider, a Dutch-based band whose repertoire of original songs include Pop, Rock, Indie, Folk Rock and Americana.

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