We had agreed to help a local autistic lad with a charity gig for the autistic society with two other bands.
One band pulled out no problem two bands longer sets.
Then I get a facebook message from the landlady of the pub on Tuesday because there is a noise/neighbour and the council want to send someone to measure the levels so can we set up and sound check at 6pm two hours before the 8pm start. OK but our drummer can't get there until 7pm.
In the event the man with the meter and the woman with him didn't turn up until 6.30. The sound cut out unit tripped at anything above a whisper even with no drummer.
The pub has a function room (no don't ask why we weren't in there anyway) with a different sound monitor unit so I said let's move in there before we run out of time.
So we set up in the function room set the levels and managed to satisfy the council people. Having set the levels one of clowns (acoustic engineers?) who were there to set the meters zeroed all the faders! thanks buddy.
On went the first band who promptly tripped the power.
They managed the rest of the set but tripped it right at the end.
Anyway at last we got to play without tripping the power cut out although the daft woman who came up mithering about the raffle managed to pull the mixing desk off the table aarrg! fortunately it didn't go right to the deck as it caught on the speaker tripod.
Actually we played really well and our new bass player certainly earned his stripes. We were glad we made them do the raffle last though as it was a complete fiasco (I hate raffles). A couple of the guys won prizes so I guess that softens the blow a bit.
We managed to load out and get the gear inside before the thunderstorm unleashed it's deluge.
Phew I think that is my longest post, well it was a long night.
Don't touch that dial.