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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.

BMAD Festival 2013

Woah, now with Uni out the way I’ve started working gigs again and the first one was BMAD 2013. BMAD or Bikers Make A Difference is a charity organisation that raises money for local charities such as : Sick and disabled children and their families/carers of Torbay, Devon Air Ambulance and St John Ambulance.

You can find the full details here. http://www.bmad.co.uk/

Bands and their webpages after the jump.

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Retrospect – BMAD 2010

BMAD – Bikers Make A Difference is a charity run event in which there is a fair and bike show down in plymouth for a weekend.

Another Monitor and Crew job, some great bands and great atmosphere.

Fri 30th April 2010

The ZZ TOPS
FUNK 54 
24 CARAT PURPLE 

Sat 1st MAY 2010

WINTER IN EDEN (Really Good Goth/Rock act)
GOLIATH
GENTLEMEN OF DISTORTED SOUND (Great band)
INDIGO CHARLIE
JUNKYARD PREACHERS
BULLET N CHAINS
LIVIN IN A VALVE STATE (These lads outdid themselves, get better every time I see them)
STIPE

Sun 2nd MAY 2010

DISSONANCE – Last minute replacement : THE LUCKINS
FLIPSIDE
THINKING FOR TUESDAY (Good band)
TEQUILA ROCKIN’BIRD (Good band)
DODGEY PRACTICE

Retrospect – Thunder MCC Festival

Due to things being a little quiet I thought I’d look back at some of the work I’ve done and show it off here. In my new section ‘retrospect’.

So during the weekend 16th-18th of July 2010 there was a festival at Powderham Castle, Exeter.

This particular event was a rather big step in the audio world for me as during this weekend I was 2nd and Main Monitor Engineer for the likes of

Oliver/Dawson SAXON
MONSTERS OF BRITISH ROCK (Ex members of Whitesnake/Thunder/Wishbone Ash)
THE BEAT
BELLADONA
THE QUAILS
KITTY AND THE LOST BOYS
THE WILDCARDS
STEViE
THE GROUNDHOGS
T.V.SMITH

Plus a good deal more. Long weekend of crewing and engineering but was fun, if a little wet to start with.