Last weekend I did monitors (sound on the stage) for Essex University's Summer Ball, along with a few other engineers for a PA company I'm friends with.
Essex Uni is a massive place and rather grand.
After setting up, Friday night was pleasant and was spent in this hotel on site. The evening meal was fab and I tried PawPaw fruit for the first time.
...After then, some sleep or a nap or even the prospect of a bed became very appealing!
The main event was held in this MASSIVE marquee
The organisers spent days setting the interior up for the guests
They cleverly installed a grass tile, which was rather novel ;0)
Crewman Glen AKA 'patch guru' setting the last few lines up
The main act was 'Jamelia'
She came in early to do a sound check ready for her midnight performance.
The stage was then set for the night.
Don't touch AAANYTHING... Or even think about it!
It was quite a posh do too; a brass band greeted the arriving guests
The first band up was 'Fake That'
A Take That tribute band
Next up was 'Colin Murray'
A DJ from Radio 1, who actually played a good couple of sets and boy he was trollied :]
He pulled a rather smart stunt of playing 'Oasis - Cigarettes and Alcohol' and went down to the audience with a bottle of vodka and got the crowd to take a swig each and pass the bottle along the front row!
The vodka-guzzling crowd
There's nowt like a mixing console to get the old noodle working full steam ahead, especially while under pressure!
Due to the usual kind of technical hitches one expects on a gig, arsey artists and having 1/10th of the time actually needed, Jamelia's set was a little stressful at the start, as was the preceding 'Queen' tribute band.
Phhheeewww is all I will say :
Local DJs then played through until 5:20am!!!
...Then we all packed the PA system away
...Then drove home
Essex wide-boy Stef, the owner of the PA company Audio Plus.
At gone 6 in the morning, he turns up from being at another gig to lend a hand.
Having zero sleep, he still manages to completely crack me up and have me in tears of laughter with his, quite frankly, rather piss-taking humour. :)
Today, I'm Most Angry About: Being on day 4 of a headache!!! Grrr :'(
Grrr-O-Meter Rating: 7/10
Today's Top Tip: Fool everyone into thinking you have just eaten an apple by rubbing your tummy and saying out loud, "Mmm! That was a lovely apple."