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On Tour with Lee Mead

So I had the opportunity to go on tour for a couple of weeks working with Lee Mead in the capacity of Front of House engineer for him and his band. Everything went smoothly and with no hiccups. From the Isle of Wight to Morecambe, Lee performed in multiple venues performing musical classics. Gracing the stage with him was his friend Robyn who performed a couple of numbers as well as a duet with Lee.

I even cracked out the soldering iron while on the road to repair a phone while traveling at 70mph.

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On a side note, I returned to my town of birth before the start of the tour to do a RATPACK tribute act.

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All in all everything went well. Got back from the last gig in Cheltenham at 1am, not to bad, except I had to be at the Princess Theatre for a load in for a musical at 7am. Suffice to say, I’m a bit tired as I write this. It’s all fun and games though. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

Princess Theatre and Sterts Arts Centre

Well, I said I was hoping I’d be working in the Princess Theatre again, I didn’t expect it to be so soon. Not that I’m complaining mind. This time it was for two tribute acts, BeeGees and ABBA. Pretty much a standard affair, lots of glam and glitter, just the way the punters like it. Oh, and big inflatable platforms!

Appears I’m having some technical issues regarding media atm. Pictures will be following shortly.

Sterts was a little different, although just as professional and friendly. A smaller affair, it’s an open air auditorium that has had a cover fitted, think a big tent. A natural reverb chamber, great for drama, not so much for music. Oh well, you work with what you’ve got and even if I do say so myself, I did a great job.

That’s some more work and more gigs under the belt. Taken nearly 10 years to get regular respectable work as a sound engineer (that pays) but it paid off in the end.

A foot in the door.

Well last weekend was fun, was out having lunch with a friend when I get a call: “What are you doing?” I was asked? To which I replied, “What? Right now?” It was the boss, he’d received a phone call for a last minute gig. He was working else where and needed a FoH engineer, so he gave me a call.

The gig was at the Princess Theatre, a venue I had been looking at trying to get into for a while now. And as luck would have it, a gig landed on my lap. It was a bit of a rush as it was all last minute, their normal guy had broken down on the motorway, anyone on the roads that weekend knew how bad it was. Most of the act only got there in the last half hour before they were due to start. Still it was fun and nice to get to work in the Princess Theatre. The band in question was the UK’s The Rat Pack Tribute.

FoH Princess Theatre

The desk is a Soundcraft SiPerformer, second time I’ve used it as FoH engineer, I must say it’s growing on me.

The night went really well with no problems to speak of, which I was grateful for I must say. Not very often I get to do FoH these days. And for a band like the Rat Pack you don’t have much room for error. Also a big thank you to the staff at the Princess, they were incredibly helpful in enabling me to do my job. True professionals.