It had been building up for months, and had become frantic in the last few weeks. The list of participants, regularly updated on the dedicated thread on Basschat, had been getting longer and longer. The gear they were going to bring was mouth-watering. The guests, sponsors and masterclasses were unmissable.
It was the biggest South East Bass Bash to date, and it didn’t disappoint.
When I arrived with the rhythmic section of Basschat band The Junkyard Dogs – that is, bassist Happy Jack and drummer Paul, to be joined later by multi-instrumentalist MacDaddy – most of the setting up process had already taken place. The foyer was already filled with GAS-inducing gear, and Hamster and Silverfoxnik were at the reception desk to welcome us. Not that I managed to take a photo of them at this stage, mind – they were already rushed off their feet by the steady flow of enthusiastic participants arriving with stuff to find a place for…
A look around the foyer:
The background noise came from Dave Swift, unaware of the talk, and someone he was chatting with. I wish I had filmed the moment Clarky shut both of them up! (Dave apologised, and it was all very friendly.)
We then walked into the hall to set up our gear.
All around us was this:
The talk of the bash, in terms of cabs, was the new Barefaced line and the prototype Alex Claber brought along especially for us. http://barefacedbass.com/
I didn’t spend as much time in the hall as I thought I would, which may have saved me from some serious GAS – as well as hearing damage (!). I made a point of attending at least part of each of the talks held in the theatre.
Bryn Wildish of Markbass, with his midi setup, presented the new Markbass Bass Multiamp. http://www.markbass.it/product_detail.php?id=238
Kris Kedzior showcased his KB1 and KB Classic Baby Basses, inspired by Ampeg but with vastly improved specifications. http://baby-bass.com/
Bass Guitar Magazine editor and author Joel McIver was interviewed by Hamster and then held a Q&A session. http://www.bassguitarmagazine.com/2013/09/16/a-chat-with-editor-joel-mciver/ and http://www.joelmciver.co.uk/site.html
Time constraints meant that I had to miss Urb’s talk completely, as it was being held at the same time as Clarky’s in the foyer. I’ll make sure to attend next year’s! This is a photo taken by Silverfoxnik.
Meanwhile, those who needed to relax a bit had gathered in the Jam Room.
At the end of the event, the raffle! We had some awesome prizes – the first prize was offered by Fender and was a gorgeous Squier Jaguar, while the second, equally covetable prize was an Orange mini-combo.
For most of us the hope to win a great BC raffle prize has been postponed to next year. Nige has already started modding his Jaguar and posted his build diary on Basschat’s forum: http://basschat.co.uk/topic/217816-the-jaguar-evolves-into-the-lion-of-judah/
Despite the day coming and going in a flash, and everybody being incredibly busy from start to finish, Dave and Paul found the time to accept my polite request of a photo of each of them holding our Basschat Relay Baton (see http://www.facebook.com/BcBassRelay). It’s wonderful to see how many stars are genuinely supporting us.
It was a fantastic and fantastically busy day, and I loved every moment of it. There was so much to do and see and hear that it was impossible not to miss something here and there, and it was incredibly hard work for the main organisers, Hamster and Silverfoxnik, as well as pretty damn hard work for co-organisers Obbm and Happy Jack. We are all extremely grateful to them. As a group, we are already beginning to plan next year’s bash – just watch this space!
Additional photos of this bash can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluejay_my_photos/sets/72157636115062723/