Superb night. The rig was awesome, the bands fantastic and the audience well up for a night of partying and fund raising.
Got to bed at 04:30 this morning after the 16 hour stint.
Big thank you to my crew, Andy "Whole Lotta Roadie" Lee and Bill "a little bit of Roadie" Coates. It was a big ask and they happily delivered for this great charity, The Michael Sobell Hospice.
All the bands, us and everyone involved gave their services for free.
The new gig-van ramp was the business. Being able to run up the ramp with the 100kg Midas Venice F32 and road trunk and the amp-racks stacked with the outboard racks, made the logistics much safer and easier. All of the heavy, non-wheeled items rolled out on the 2x 300kg trolleys. We looked like a proper crew in a live gig video.
Great event with great bands. Sound check with Chelsea was spot-on. The only problem I had was with a young guy on the first solo acoustic act with a semi acoustic. I set him up through an ART Tube DI and asked him to play at his normal settings, volume and style. The output from the guitar was quite low even after checking the connections and settings. It was my guitar lead which I had previously tested, so I engaged the 20db boost button to get a good input and adjusted the input gain as usual. It sounded good in the monitors with the FOH off. As I walked back to the desk, he did something to the pre-amp on his guitar and produced some mental feedback from the monitors. Fortunately he pulled the lead out before any damage was done. I reset the DI back to normal and it was ok from then on. The DBX 224AFS's on monitors duty saved my monitors. Nearly gave me a heart attack right at the start of the gig. The rest of the night was brilliant.
David "Snowy" White from Jonestown visited my studio yesterday, to drop off his Trace Elliot bass rig and guitar, ready for his other band's Demo session Saturday. David advised me that the money raised at the charity gig has reached over £2k for the Michael Sobell Hospice. Great to hear the event is raising more funds year on year and the fantastic comments from those that attended and performed.