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2020 Started Well…

Jan - Mar 2020

“I feel sorry for people who don’t drink” as the quote goes. I awoke quite hungover from the NYE Rave in The Ice Factory.

What nicer way to finish the year (and see the new year in) than with a rave?

Audiowave supplied PA, lighting, hazers, stage, AV and decks to the Ice Factory in Perth. We had a countdown to New Years running - powered by Firefox & JavaScript.

Audiowave.co.uk provided PA, Lighting, Stage, DJ Decks and AV for a NYE Rave in The Ice Factory, Perth
Audiowave.co.uk provided PA, Lighting, Stage, DJ Decks and AV for a NYE Rave in The Ice Factory, Perth
Audiowave.co.uk provided PA, Lighting, Stage, DJ Decks and AV for a NYE Rave in The Ice Factory, Perth

WMT

I was back into work at The Webster Theatre for One Night of Queen (held over 2 nights due to popular demand) and Steve Steinman’s Vampires Rock.

One Night of Queen at The Webster Memorial Theatre Arbroath

AML

I’ve had the usual joys of fixing stuff at AML - repairing a Betapack that had gone KABLAMMO, re-soldering DMX cables that were causing data errors, PAT-testing more hire stock, servicing hire stock, repairing lighting on-the-fly at events and taking arty photos for Instagram.

Betapack repair after it had gone Kablammo inside - shorted out and released magic smoke by the look of it
Soldering a faulty DMX cable that was causing data errors
PAT Testing conventional theatrical tungsten/halogen lighting
Servicing an Infinity IB-16r moving head - fixing a sticking focus gear/motor and cleaning the optical lenses
AML installed LED star cloths in the Caird Hall for a sports awards show. I was on hand to replace some of the LED chips that got damaged prior to the event starting.
Arty shot of a General Electric PAR lamp in an 8-cell conventional tungsten/halogen blinder - available to hire from AM Lighting

DUFC Awards Show

Audiowave supplied PA, truss, lecterns and lighting for the DUFC Academy Sports Awards Show, held in the Bonar Hall. The only lighting brief was: plenty of orange, no blue. Another happy client.

Audiowave supplied PA, truss, lecterns and lighting for the DUFC Academy Sports Awards Show, held in the Bonar Hall Dundee

Fashion Show

GIGGED Productions in association with Audiowave were asked to supply production services for a fashion show near St Andrews - organised by students in aid of a charity. We supplied a full PA system, lighting, truss, projection, drapes, DJ decks and stage. During derig, I noticed one of the PARcan flightcases was missing - it had in fact been commandeered by the bar staff…

Audiowave.co.uk & GIGGED Productions supplied PA, Lighting, Stage, DJ Decks, Projectors, Truss and Drapes for a charity Fashion Show organised by students in St Andrews
Audiowave.co.uk & GIGGED Productions supplied PA, Lighting, Stage, DJ Decks, Projectors, Truss and Drapes for a charity Fashion Show organised by students in St Andrews
A novel use of a flight-case commandeered by the bar staff

During the first cue (pre-show music and lx blackout), a space-heater in the venue melted and pulled the circuit breaker for the phase shared with PA, mixing desk and the lighting laptop. The laptop battery kicked in, but Windows locked up. We reset breakers and switched to the Macintosh backup - nobody noticed, and actually thought the 1-2 minute delay was intentional to build suspense… I love when it works out like that.

The Absolute Jam & Ocean Colour Scheme

I honestly enjoyed being part of this gig last year (Spinal Tap Moment with the smoke machine aside), and I loved being part of it this year (Spinal Tap Moment with the hazer aside). The gig was aid of the Robert Murphy Charity Foundation and was held in Dobbie Hall, Larbert.

Audiowave provided PA and lighting for the Robert Murphy Charity Foundation in The Dobbie Hall in Larbert. Pre-show lighting setup for the DJ.
Audiowave provided PA and lighting for the Robert Murphy Charity Foundation in The Dobbie Hall in Larbert. Pre-show lighting setup for the DJ.
Audiowave provided PA and lighting for the Robert Murphy Charity Foundation in The Dobbie Hall in Larbert. Post-show lighting setup for the DJ.
Audiowave provided PA and lighting for the Robert Murphy Charity Foundation in The Dobbie Hall in Larbert. With Ocean Colour Scheme and The Absolute Jam.
Audiowave provided PA and lighting for the Robert Murphy Charity Foundation in The Dobbie Hall in Larbert. With Ocean Colour Scheme and The Absolute Jam.
Audiowave provided PA and lighting for the Robert Murphy Charity Foundation in The Dobbie Hall in Larbert. With Ocean Colour Scheme and The Absolute Jam.

March of the Mods & A92 Vespa Club

Audiowave were involved in another charity gig - this time for March of the Mods hosted by The A92 Vespa Club in Chamber East in Dundee. We setup a similar lighting system to Dobbie Hall (minus the Sun Strips and hazer due to various restrictions) - wash bricks, moving heads and moving washes on the rear truss with RGB and RGBWA cans on the front T-bars. We also installed some RGB cans on the DJ booth - which we supplied along with the stage, backline and PA.

Audiowave supplied PA, microphones, stage, lighting, DJ booth, DJ lights and backline for The March of the Mods hosted by The A92 Vespa Club in Chamber East Dundee
Audiowave supplied PA, lighting, crew and DMX show control for The March of the Mods hosted by The A92 Vespa Club in Chamber East Dundee
Audiowave supplied PA, microphones, stage, lighting, DJ booth, DJ lights and backline for The March of the Mods hosted by The A92 Vespa Club in Chamber East Dundee

I got some time off during the DJ set at the end of the night, so I disappeared downstairs to Brew Dog for some Elvis Juice and Wake Up Call.

Audiowave supplied PA, microphones, stage, lighting, DJ booth, DJ lights and backline for The March of the Mods hosted by The A92 Vespa Club in Chamber East Dundee
Audiowave supplied PA, microphones, stage, lighting, DJ booth, DJ lights and backline for The March of the Mods hosted by The A92 Vespa Club in Chamber East Dundee
I nipped downstairs into Brew Dog for some Elvis Juice and Wake Up Call

Hooring & Touring

As ever, I have been supporting local businesses (pubs) in my free time. More-so with the looming ban on pubs. Not only am I old enough to remember smoking in pubs, I can also remember drinking in them.

Hooring & Touring in Cookies Bar up the Hilltown Dundee - I think I get the message.
Hooring & Touring in The Salty Dog Dundee - it looks like a homeless Hobbit or homeless Gollum - but it’s just a plastic bag
Hooring & Touring in Mrs Mennies aka The Speedwell Tavern - I’ll miss the stained glass from the cellar

Corona Charts

You may remember (but probably won’t) that I put together a Playlist For Life Pt1, but never released Pt2. I was going to compile a “Playlist for Life Pt 1 V2” after a discussion - and slight accusation of not being able to put together a Top 5 Bands (they change depending on my mood) - in Bergies Bar. But instead, here’s my Corona Charts Entry 1:

  1. I’m Still Standing - Elton John
  2. My Sharona - The Knack
  3. Come On Eileen - Dexy’s Midnight Runners
  4. Last Tango in Paris - Norman Candler
  5. Trying for Tomorrow - The Wyre
  6. Just A Day - Feeder
  7. Exodus - The Levellers
  8. What Kind of People Live in These Houses? - Morrissey
  9. A Final Hit - Leftfield
  10. Lock All The Doors - Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  11. Crazy - Seal
  12. Lost Reality - Dual Core
  13. This Too Shall Pass - OK GO
  14. Another day In Paradise - Phil Collins
  15. Land of Confusion - Genesis
  16. Livin’ On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
  17. The sky is fallin’ down - Walter Trout
  18. Antidote - Morcheeba
  19. Forget About Tomorrow - Feeder
  20. The Show Must Go On - Queen
  21. When The Curtain Falls - Greta Van Fleet
  22. Tubthumping - Chumbawamba
  23. Beginning of the End - Dual Core
  24. Don’t Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
  25. You Have Killed Me - Morrissey
  26. No Particular Place To Go - Chuck Berry
  27. Poison - Alice Cooper
  28. Closing Time - Semisonic
  29. The Partys Over - Prophets of Rage
  30. I Got the Fever - Oasis
  31. I Think I’m Paranoid - Garbage
  32. Insomnia - Feeder
  33. Help - Papa Roach
  34. It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - R.E.M.
  35. Things Can Only Get Better - Howard Jones
  36. Little By Little - Oasis
  37. Restless - Evil Nine
  38. Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode
  39. I’ve No More Fucks To Give - Thomas Benjamin Wild Esq
  40. Slide Away - Oasis

You can add me on Last.fm (link also below) if you don’t believe I actually listened to them all.

One More Thing…

In a bid to stave off the Cabin Fever, I’ve started making more YouTube videos. Feel free to follow & support me, suggest ideas for future videos etc.