New Tropics @ Bar 42


Starting off the first of many “Hot Air Music Presents…” gigs we had New Tropics supported by Funkzilla, Etcetera and our Luke Amor. Night went well, had a nice crowd although a lot of people seemed to leave after Funkzilla leaving New Tropics with a smaller audience then they should have for a band of their calibre. Check out all the artists on Facebook!!!

Lineup –


Photos by Leanne Cushnie

 

 

Rock for Research [Part 2]: Sad Girls Club @ Bar 42


Last night was a better atmosphere i feel than last Tuesday, even though about the same amount of people came. I Feel that again the two main problems were promotion and date selection and they are something i need to improve on quite a lot if i want to begin making money from gigs.

Another problem i had was not listening to some of the bands maybe to put together a suitable lineup with similar music styles which work together. However despite this the bands were all really good.
Even though there were some minor issues it was a decent enough gig for a Tuesday at Bar 42, raising a nice £33 for Cancer Research totaling to £68 in total between the two events. Charity gigs are something i would definitely consider hosting again!

Lineup:


Photos by Leanne Cushnie


 

Rock for Research [Part 1]: Cascades @ Bar 42


Tuesday may not be the best night for a gig at Bar 42. Tonight was quite dead for the most part though we did make a nice £35 on the door in support of cancer research. I feel that the main problem with this one was the promotional aspect of the gig.

One major item i forgot to do at the beginning was contact Cancer Research and notify them to the fact that i was hosting two fundraising gigs for their charity. This is something that should have been done straight from the start when i decided on the charity to raise money for as they may have seen this and thought “hey, this guy is hosting a couple of gigs to raise money for our charity, may be in our interest to give some sort of coverage to boost the event”. Another floor was the fact that it was on Tuesday night which after talking to Mark Knowles, owner of Bar 42, i discovered that actually they don’t usually host gigs on a Tuesday and that is something i really should have looked into was the best dates where he usually gets the most customers.
Another thing to address was my set… actually let’s not talk about that

Lineup:


 

Andy and the Echoes @ The Smugglers Return


This has probably been the most interesting gig to say the least…

We started out by going to college to grab the pa equipment required for the gig, we managed to get everything together quickly and also all the stuff to the venue in one trip with two cars. Once we had arrived at the venue we unpacked the stuff into the stage area and began setting up. Originally my sound guy had planned to get there at 7 so i was too sound check the bands and ring the system out.

We encountered our first problem when we realized the technicians had forgotten a few bits from our list which we should have checked before heading over to the venue, this unfortunately was too late to get the bits from college as the music block was closed. We got round it however by cutting certain things out of the pa such as the multi fx lexicon unit and compressor. The only effects unit we used in the end was the graphic EQ for fold back and so did not need the effects rack they lent us for the gig.

Our second problem was that the headline band Andy and the Echoes who were providing the kit for the gig were unable to arrive for 4:30 setup due to still being at work which is understandable. We got around this by setting up their kit and bass quickly and then beginning sound checks immediately. I had a problem sound checking Andy and the Echoes and The Red Smoke as i am not the best tech however had some help from student teacher Neil Allison who knew a few things about sound tech and got me through the first two. After this my sound technician turned up and sound checked Ellie and her backing band as she was first on.

As the night went on things seemed to be going smoothly, the sound technician didn’t encounter any problems he could not fix. I feel though that maybe the mix of artists wasn’t quite right for the venue though, maybe myself and Andy and the Echoes would work but Ellie’s set and The Red Smoke i feel were out of place somewhat. Also we could have either started slightly later or maybe had an extra artist as the gig ended a bit early i feel, even though we ran late with sound check.

I think the main problems i faced with this gig were a lack of promotion which is one of my biggest flaws i must work on certainly. Maybe by contacting loads of music magazines, local blogs and such within the area to get some sort of press coverage for gigs.
Despite these problems it was still an enjoyable night, all the bands were good and people did seem to enjoy the music they heard. One thing that the landlady at Smugglers suggested is that friday is not the best day to have a gig, especially one starting with covers of classic rock and heavy metal music, this is because people coming back from work won’t want to hear ace of spades as soon as they get to the pub. This is some good advice which i will take into account for future events in pub type environments.


 

Operation Kino @ Bar 42


Last nights gig was awesome! All the bands were really great and also very friendly, definitely people who i would work with again and hopefully will soon. The only real problems we encountered were band members from Operation Kino and Technicolour Limabean being stuck in traffic and so sound checks had to be delayed slightly. This unfortunately cannot be helped and is no one’s fault. Despite that hiccup we got round it quickly and easily especially Mike Baker, Bar 42’s sound tech, who has probably had similar situations many times before.

The turnout was quite good for a wednesday evening as well, i think it was even better than the gig on 16th was. Hopefully i will be hearing back soon from Technicolour Limabean and Operation Kino about playing a gig on 18th may at Bar 42 in support of the absolutely brilliant Dreamwaves!

Lineup –


 

Photos taken by Leanne Cushnie


 

Another one in the Bag!


 

I am proud to announce the signing of a new artist!!!

Red Shores are a two piece metal band from Lancing. Check them out here.

red shores

The Band and i hope to be releasing some material soon so stay tuned!!!


 

Comparing Two Events (college)

Below are comparisons of two contrasting festivals:

Download

Download Festival is a rock and metal music held in Donington Park.  The event has an age restriction of 17+ (children 16 and under can attend accompanied by an adult of 18+, Children under 5 are not permitted).

The events team has a contact email for any lost property and also provides special facilities and services for disabled festival attendees.

Each Year they donate a large amount of their profit towards the neighboring communities who will then use the money to improve local areas such as schools, medical centres etc… This will help the event’s team gain a good relationship with the local communities and ensure that the festival can keep taking place.

Other facilities include the camping grounds. People who purchase camping space will need to bring everything. The grounds will have washing and toilet facilities. There is also a “quiet” camping area in a separate field with a 00:00 curfew which is good for younger attendees and families. For £16 you can also book a campsite locker to store valuables such as phones, jewelry, cameras etc… Each locker has a usb charging port in so you can charge devices.

Aside from rock and metal bands there are also rock DJ sets played afterhours in the Doghouse, a local venue.

Because download showcases a specific genre of music they need to show it within the design of their media coverage. Their website design uses darker colors, fire effect borders and graphics of “hellish” hounds. If someone was to stumble upon their website they certainly would not mistake it for a pop or EDM music festival. This design will also help draw in the specific crown they are looking for as people familiar with the genres of music will see the designs as similar to some of their favorite bands album artwork or media designs.

Glastonbury

Glastonbury festival is a music festival that takes place in Pilton. The festival donates money and works with charities Water Aid, Oxfam and Green Peace. Because of the last one, people who travel to the festival via public transport or bike receive a special ‘Green Traveller’ discount for the festival. This discount is good for encouraging attendees to be greener and help the environment.

The festival showcases a wide variety of music from pop and rock music to club music meaning they can attract a much larger audience. Their diverse entertainment however is not very well conveyed through their website and media as their designs include bright colors and simplistic fonts. This design conveys the ‘pop’ feeling, which works for some genres but not for something such as metal music.

The website has an online registry for disabled attendees who will need special assistance and facilities. This however comes with a warning that with the venue being a field and unpredictable weather there may be complications with movement and access around the site for wheelchair users.

Because Glastonbury showcases a wide range of genres they can attract a lot of attendees. Even with the media and website design aside it Is a well known festival and so they do not need to work as hard to advertise.