(the) Melvins will attempt to become the Guiness World Record holders for the first band to tour the full United States in 51 days. Kicking off September 5th in Anchorage, Alaska and wrapping up October 25th in Honolulu, Hawaii. The band’s exploits will be chronicled on Spin’s website via an ongoing tour diary.
Have just finished work for a few weeks after a really busy period. Yeh!! I’m off to Portugal with the fam for a stint in Lisbon and a charming coastal spot called Comporta, where we are quite-frankly large-ing it, but as we check in there that day after I’ve turned the big 4 - 0 I hope it will ease the pain.. I can’t believe it, but then again I doubt anyone ever does..
I’ve meant to drop by soooo many times, but the evolving life & work scenario has stopped me from doing so…
I’ve landed a stack of clients from mein old-chum Simon Glenister and his Social Enterprise ‘Noise Solution’. This all came about right at the beginning of the summer (hah!) event season, which I’ve been on as well. So as well as having some of the best Community Music work I’ve done at present I’ve been doing festivals and all sorts..
I’ve supplied all the audio for the Gt London & Gt East Swim’s, which are always a good one. I basically pre-design & decide on two systems for each event (one at the start-line and one at the finish), get on-site the day before and do a whole load of rigging and then with a second engineer man said systems between about 6.30am and 4.40pm on the day of the events. Nothing really happen other than sporty-types commentating and music thumping in the background, so it’s an easy day in theory, but there’s always room for problems, luckily it sailed by this year and the days of both events were cracking weather. I also went with the W1 massive last week to do FOH at the very pleasant Maverick Festival here in Suffolk. We put in a bracingly hugge and rather heavy EAW system, as said i did foh on a LS9 and mein colleague Stuart took care of the MONS from an LS9 likewise. It was a mammoth day which culminated in the outdoor stage being de-rigged and then me carrying on mixing a band in one other small stage and then finishing of mixing the wonderful Gretchen Peters on two very small Martin Wave 0.5’s.
I’m now waiting the next instalment which will see me installing a dance floor at Latitude next Thursday, then flying out to Bremen in Deutschland next Friday to do FOH for my old-muckers ‘Saprize’ to 20000 punters that evening, before flying back on the Saturday to return to Latitude and tech on the Sunday before de-rigging the day after and then carrying on delivering Community Music sessions till the Thursday afternoon of that week.
Still, holidays are coming and a few squid for those will be nice..
la traversée by MB*photo on Flickr.
Drone over Bethnal Green picture -
Don’t say I didn’t warn yee