Sunday, June 15, 2008

Kew Gardens, Temperet House - For Barclays





I think it was a first for me, a gig in a green house, that is and not just any green house but the biggest glass house in the world. A bit of a odd day with a pre-rig at 6am cleared away by 9:30am for the doors to open for the public at 10. Then we were back in at 5 to sound check at 6, Quite a nice gig I do quite like these types of corporate event. Sort and sharp. We had the singing waiters as after dinner entertainment, they were good, they planted some of their number in the audience as guests and as the waiters. So when they began to sing they really were the waiters that had been serving you all evening. All in all anouther pleasureable gig with Delta and White Light Events.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Who says the national rail network is in disorder?


So I’m on the train from Manchester with changes in Peterborough and Bury St Edmunds ending up at home in Elmswell. It’s a fairly unpleasant cross country journey, all be it quite picturesque through the Peak District. So all was average until the train from Peterbourgh was late arriving so late departing and before you know it it’s running twenty minutes behind time, this was all making my Bury St Edmunds change looking tighter and tighter, and then just before arriving in Bury we were held while the train i wanted to catch passed in front. Hmmm now it looks like I need to make my way back from Bury on my own, not the end of the world a fairly easy taxi ride. But Bury St Edmunds is no metropolitan centre and the the only thing that is 24 hours is Tesco’s. So what to do.. It’s the train operator who I believe are now National Express East Anglia whose problem it is surely? So off I go to speak to the nice pleasant conductor and explain the problem. One phone call later to his fat controller and we’re now making a special stop in Elmswell just for me! How cool is that, I Brew the soundie have the power to stop trains!

Sinatra Poole to Manchester



It took 15 weeks and it toured the whole country but I eventually caught up with it in Poole.
You may be aware that I have come quite close to getting involved in the Sinatra tour on a number of occasions from a number of different angles, some may even say I have become too involved when it wasn’t my gig. But it was some form of destiny or fait that I would properly get my fingers on the gig before it finished. So ok it was only the penultimate move before the tour ended and I was down to other people not being available. Though never mind it was Pool Lighthouse Centre, yes Poole does have a light house not only that it is big enough to house a concert hall capable of receiving the National Sinatra Tour. Not that you would think so when you get off the train. After a nice short out and a fairly pleasant tour bus experience to Manchester a leisurely start on Monday had us ready for the Tuesday afternoon sound check, an me on a train home.