Right then, time to make this official and get dates in diaries.
This forum went live on Sat 3rd Aug, 2013. Which means, in a few months time, we'll be 5 years old
. That has exceeded many people's expectations, not least being the expectations of the original team who put the forum together (@digitalscream
, plus me, were the main organisers back in 2013).
To celebrate, we're going to have a party. A weekender party
The party will be based around a mega jam session, in pro studios that have previously hosted a very successful theFB jam session. With huge thanks to @Sasquatch_Bob, we'll have having a jolly boys outing to his excellent facilities in Huddersfield.
Before anyone asks Hudderswhere, I'll just point out that Huddersfield is pretty much equidistant from 9 of the 10 largest population centres in the UK, midway between London and Edinburgh/Glasgow, and midway between east & west coasts. The objective was to pick somewhere that many of our members could get to (not just those South of the M4!) that had the right facilities, with some local knowledge to help us organise the weekend (thanks again @Legionreturns !)
The party will be held over the weekend of 4th/5th August, probably starting lunchtime Sat through to mid-afternoon Sun.
The main activity will be a load of formal (setlisted) and informal jam sessions, all of which can be properly recorded, a lot of gear show-and-tell-and-lust, some likely special-interest sessions run by some of our more technically-capable members (eg basic gear repairs/set-ups, etc), and - with the expert assistance of @Jason - quite possibly some support/participation from some of the UK's main industry names.
Full events details will be confirmed closer to the time.
On the Sat eve, we've got a private club booked for beer & barbecue and some entertainment to be provided by theFBBand.
People are welcome to attend on Sat only, on Sun only, or both days. We're looking at sourcing some local accommodation at preferential rates, which we can confirm when we know the numbers who want to stay over.
Numbers are limited (just because we can't fit 100 people in the studios), so we can have 40 people there each day.
I'm going to book this in three lists.
List1: 20 spaces: people who want to attend both days.
List2: 20 spaces, people who want to attend Saturday only.
List3: 20 spaces, people who want to attend Sunday only.
If lists 2 and 3 aren't fully booked when all spaces on list 1 are taken, then I'll release some of the day-places to people wanting to attend the full weekend. For those travelling any distance, it's obviously going to make sense to stay for both days, and
There is a cost to this - it's not just bring-a-bottle
£40 for the weekend
£25 for the single days only
PPG/F&F to theFretboard@outlook.com
Note that your accommodation and beer (and food) is on top of that cost.
There's already been a thread running with people expressing interest, so this is open to them first - and I'll tag each of them in the next post.
The third post will keep a list of confirmed - and paid-up - attendees and a reserve list if that becomes necessary.
And thanks also to @Bridgehouse who's helping me organise all of this ...