The 8th annual South East meetup was held at Jubilee High School in Addlestone a little later in the year than usual – on 1st November (Halloween weekend!) as opposed to late September. This year the bash was deliberately planned in a more relaxed way, with fewer talks and masterclasses than the star-studded, incredibly fast-paced event of last year. The aim was to allow participants – for once – to have the time to catch up with each other, try out each other’s gear and jam together without fear of missing out on what was happening in the other rooms.
We again had access to the whole ground floor of the school, but in practice we ended up using mostly the foyer, the theatre and the jam room.
The first gathering point is, as always, the foyer
The hall was a bit underused this year, which means our ears were spared the loud thunder and the mad slapping of last year!
The Jam Room
The Theatre was by far the busiest area both during the talks/tests and at all other times.
The double bass corner
Other random, GAS-inducing rigs lying around
Happy Jack gave an extended version of his In For The Long Stretch talk about fitness for bass players. Watch the complete video here: http://youtu.be/XqBRxu21oZc
It’s the turn of the Amp Shootout. Several high-end, different combinations of amps and cabs were assembled on stage and the same bass riff was played through each in turn, first with a drum machine as accompaniment, then on its own.
Watch Silverfoxnik’s introduction and first test here: http://youtu.be/cp37D742OCg
Billy Apple introduces and tests his rig: http://youtu.be/e4U_gQtKVBU
Finally, the Raffle!
Everybody got more than one really good prize, as always, so we were all happy. Not everybody was able to stay until the end of the meetup, but this is a group shot of all who were there at the raffle. Chimike’s awesome cab was renamed Ped, because we knew he was there with us in spirit! 😀
So… the countdown to the next bass bash has started. Will you be there with us? 🙂