Basschat South East Bash 2016 – 10th Anniversary

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…

Andrew Needham of D’Addario UK – http://daddario.com/

 

The For Sale section - and John Bentley waiting to go on stage for his talk

The For Sale section – and John Bentley waiting to go on stage for his talk

 

 

TimAl with John 'Rhino' Edwards of Quo

TimAl with John ‘Rhino’ Edwards of Quo

 

A very busy Ian Robinson and the Wal corner

Luthier Ian Robinson, next to the Wal corner, was always very busy setting up basses and giving advice

 

GAS!!!

GAS!!!

 

OBBM's table of cable wonder

OBBM’s table of cable wonder – http://www.rock-wire.uk.com/

 

Alex of Barefaced talks amps and cabs with Dave Swift while waiting to go on stage for his talk

Alex of Barefaced talks amps and cabs with Dave Swift while waiting to go on stage for his talk

 

Rhino with Darren Redick of Planet Radio, and Alex and Dave in the background

Rhino with Darren Redick of Planet Rock, and Alex and Dave in the background

 

And yes, we also had the Wal corner, our Wall of Wals. Oh Lordy, the GAS…

General view without owners...

General view without owners…

 

... and general view with the lucky owners!

… and general view with the lucky owners!

 

Nik introduces John to Herbie

Nik introduces John to Herbie

 

 

MacDaddy, Herbie and that tuba

MacDaddy, Herbie and that tuba

 

 

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.

 

Alex Claber's talk was the one to attend if you're into mega-distortion

Alex Claber’s talk was the one to attend if you’re into mega-distortion

 

 

John Bentley’s tales of life on the road and his insight into his band’s famous basslines were unmissable.

 

John with Silverfoxnik

John with Silverfoxnik

 

With Happy Jack and Bottle

With Happy Jack and Bottle

 

 

 

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.

Hamster sets up the stage

Hamster sets up the stage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That's what all the preparations lead to!

That’s what all the preparations finally led to!

 

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.

 

Darren Redick of Planet Rock

Darren Redick of Planet Rock

 

 

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.

 

That's one of TimAl's customised cab covers, by the way.

That’s one of TimAl’s customised cab covers, by the way.

 

All ready for the first number!

All ready for the first number!

 

Herbie picks the first winner

Herbie picks the first winner

 

It's NancyJohnson!

It’s NancyJohnson!

 

 

All those who bought tickets went home with at least one prize.

All those who bought tickets went home with at least one prize.

It was a very successful raffle – we raised a whopping £1005.72 to be shared between three charities: Cancer Research UKNordoff-Robbins and 4Sight.

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! 🙂

 

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2 thoughts on “Basschat South East Bash 2016 – 10th Anniversary

  1. Sorry I missed the event…unfortunately you’ve set the bar really high for next year’s event…look forward to seeing you all then

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