This year’s South East Bash was the tenth event of its kind – the first having taken place in 2007 – and organisers Silverfoxnik, Hamster with wife Sarah, and OBBM made sure it was one to remember for all the right reasons.
It was held, as always, on the ground floor of the Jubilee School in Addlestone, and this time we had even more space to dedicate to setting up our gear than in previous years: two additional ‘quiet’ rooms had been opened to acoustic or ‘less loud’ rigs, while the customary Earth-shaking testing went on in the Hall, as in previous years. (I must say that there was surprising little slapping noise coming from there.) Drummer Paul of the Junkyard Dogs was again at his kit in the Jam Room, ready for some improv with those taking a break from relentless GAS. The Auditorium was exclusively reserved to talks and interviews with our star guests, while the Foyer was, as always, the business area with sections for our favourite Basschat-approved manufacturers and for Affiliate companies, plus a series of tables heaving with items for sale from the forum, and the table loaded with prizes for the 10th Anniversary Mega-Raffle.
The day was an absolute hoot from start to finish, and despite having a busy schedule, most of us managed to catch up with forum friends as well as attend the talks, and ogle other people’s rigs. The only negative was the failure to establish the planned skype connection with Stuart Spector, who was on holiday somewhere rural in the US. The call was supposed to be about the company‘s 40th anniversary, but technical issues meant it simply didn’t happen. Pity.
In the Foyer…
And yes, we also had the Wal corner, our Wall of Wals. Oh Lordy, the GAS…
The Auditorium – Talks
This year’s informative, intriguing and entertaining talks were courtesy of Alex Claber of Barefaced, John Bentley of Squeeze and Herbie Flowers of, er, just about everyone.
John Bentley’s tales of life on the road and his insight into his band’s famous basslines were unmissable.
These are some excerpts from the talk:
On-stage preparations for Herbie Flowers’ talk took quite a long time and suggested something special might well happen. We weren’t disappointed.
Yes, we have video:
With the help of the audience, Happy Jack interviewed Herbie for Bass Guitar Magazine.
Meanwhile, the main Hall and the small rooms were in use for testing and showing off rigs.
Paul the drummer was again busy in the Jam Room.
And then it was time for The Tenth Anniversary Mega-Raffle!
The first prize we a piece of Barefaced history – the first Big One Prototype, complete with certificate of authenticity.
Well, the day went really fast, as always, so I’m counting down to next year’s bash already. If you missed this one, do make sure you come along to the next! 🙂