London, March 23rd

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  • @karan  Feb 19

    My FAWM friends in England, I will be there: - and so will @sentense. ๐Ÿ˜€ How about having some kind of little FOP or meeting for drinks or whatever in the late afternoon/evening?
    On Sunday, we'll already be on our way back to the continent.
    It would be so lovely to see at least some of you in London!

  • @sw1n3flu  Feb 20

    FOP? I was just wondering about this too..!

  • @headfirstonly  Feb 20

    Sounds like an excellent idea!

  • @johnnycashpoint Feb 21

    ooh, nice!

  • @sw1n3flu  Feb 21

    does anyone know of any decent venues that might be available on 23rd? @karan what time would you be available?

  • @karan  Feb 21

    I think the march will start at 1 pm - I don't expect it to last longer than 5 pm, and we could also leave a little earlier.

  • @hornesgiftshop  Feb 21

    @sw1n3flu Febโ€™s Over Party? Farage-out pissup?

  • @adforperu  Feb 21

    Me and @judypie would actually be in London that weekend ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  • @judypie  Feb 21

    Haha, oh yeah! Post-Fawm rave?? Letโ€™s do it! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

  • @johnnycashpoint Feb 21

    @sw1n3flu Saturday evenings in London, means expensive and no good spaces available, but we've had it at the Cavendish Arms for the last two years, to generally good reviews (them not us ๐Ÿ˜€ ) I'll have a think about other possible venues

  • @sw1n3flu  Feb 22

    @adforperu @judypie amazing!

  • @morti  Feb 22

    We once did a 50/90 party by renting a rehearsal studio and hanging out in that and it was really fun. Just a thought if people might want to go that route.

  • @karan  Feb 23

    That's a great idea! ๐Ÿ˜€ I really hope we can make it happen. Wish I could be of more help, but it's difficult from so far away.

  • @morti  Feb 23

    Depends on what sort of numbers I guess. How many people were at the last FOP?

  • @karan  Feb 23

    Well, from this thread it looks there'll be ten people until now, but there may be more (I hope) - let's spread the word!

  • @hornesgiftshop  Feb 23

    I'm in. Can't do much organising, but very grateful if anyone does.

  • @helenseviltwin  Feb 23

    I'll hopefully make it to the meet up. I'm not going to go to march because I'm really not great at crowds.

  • @sapient  8 weeks

    It looks like I might be in London that weekend... Would be aces to see you all! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  • @morti  8 weeks

    Too big for renting a room. Pub it is. Would someone be so kind as to book? Cavendish?

  • @andybalham 8 weeks

    I think/hope I am around that weekend. It would be lovely to see you all again.

  • @johnnycashpoint 8 weeks

    Cavendish is booked for a wedding(?)

  • @dragondreams  8 weeks

    I've cleared my diary and can get a coach down to London on that date. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @judypie  8 weeks

    ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Am I going to get to meet @dragondreams ?! Awesome ๐Ÿ˜

  • @dragondreams  8 weeks

    @judypie He's just a doddering old granddad figure with bad eyesight who dribbles and wanders off at random. So I'd manage your expectations accordingly. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • @judypie  8 weeks

    Hahahahh still totally excited ๐Ÿ˜

  • @sapient  8 weeks

    Hey @dragondreams, no need to ge the bus... I'll give ya a lift in the airship! If I can find the keys... ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  • @dragondreams  8 weeks

    @sapient - I'm reliably informed that one of @rahkoi's gargoyle choristers accidentally swallowed them!

    A dose of paraffin and you'll have them back shortly. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’ฉ

  • @karan  8 weeks

    Oh I can't WAIT! ๐Ÿ˜€
    But we still need a venue ...
    London people, can you help?
    I just discovered this:
    @johnnycashpoint, do you know any of these venues? If not, do you think you could check them out? I really like that the King & Queen is just asking for a donation to a cancer charity. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @sapient  8 weeks

    Just a thought - do we need space to play, or just space to hang out, drink beer and celebrate FAWM and each other's wonderfulness?
    Cos you know I'm good with the latter ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @dragondreams  8 weeks

    Will there be parking for @sapient's airship?
    I'd be travelling light, so just a hang out would be cool. Dragging a 4x12 and Orange OR120 plus three guitars and four basses is kinda hard on a Megabus... ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @johnnycashpoint 7 weeks

    @karan I don't have a lot of time but I will try the list and a few others I know of. Available live music venues in centrish London are becoming ever rarer.. especially on a Saturday evening at relatively short notice

  • @pooka  7 weeks

    I'd very much like a FOP to involve the playing of music. It is, in fact, the only time I ever get to play live. I've no idea how to start doing anything else.

    It may be too big for renting a rehearsal room, as @morti points out, but if there's no alternative, people could realistically sit around the sides of one if need be. The rooms at Fortress are relatively large, and there's a bar upstairs.

    There are places around me to rent, but they're costly, and that's in North London - it's miles away from the centre.

    Either way, I'm available on the 23rd. And I can offer crash space for @morti if he needs it.

  • @wobbiewobbit  7 weeks

    weird that i just saw the king and queen on here... i have a gig there on the 9th nice and central i will ask on it...

  • @wobbiewobbit  7 weeks

    i just rang them and left a message

  • @wobbiewobbit  7 weeks

    that is if we are still looking for a place we can play.. i would like that, sorry i been quiet on this thread then jump in ringing venues! but just spoke to dragondreams and its looking much more doable for me...

  • @johnnycashpoint 7 weeks

    The Iron Duke came back to me saying they have an evening booking from 7pm but we can get it for the afternoon.

    @pooka I'm fairly sure Fortress has closed, as have all the central london rehearsal rooms. We'd have to go further out to find a rehearsal room.

    @wobbiewobbit feel free to weigh in. I don't want to be spending my work time trying to sneak calls out to spaces ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @wobbiewobbit  7 weeks

    the king and queen have their comedy night there that night. but that is from 6 they need the room and there is the pub downstairs for hanging out if we want to see if we can have the room earlier??

  • @johnnycashpoint 7 weeks

    @wobbiewobbit maybe see what from 1pm-5.30pm would cost,? We should grab it and people can work around timings? If you played there live then I am sure it is fit for whatever we had in mind. Also it is outside of the march route so it shouldn't be impossible getting to!

  • @wobbiewobbit  7 weeks

    ok will ask them, i know they dont charge as such and it is on a donations to macmillan basis. I rang and it is available that afternoon BUT i need to phone back wednesday to confirm with the manager

  • @helenseviltwin  7 weeks

    Nice going @wobbiewobbit. Thanks for looking into it

  • @dragondreams  7 weeks

    Brilliant! Well done gang! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • @andybalham 7 weeks

    First thought, very well done @wobbiewobbit and very big thanks for sorting this out. Second thought, perhaps I should have considered performance when writing my songs this year.

  • @sapient  7 weeks

    @wobbiewobbit - you star!
    Once it's confirmed, I'll get work to buy me plane ticket. I was going to have to go over very early on the Monday morning, so this is a double win!

  • @pooka  7 weeks

    Exciting! I'm looking forward to a confirmation!

  • @wobbiewobbit  7 weeks

    woohoo CONFIRMED!! 1pm-5.30pm 23rd March we have the upstairs room of the King and Queen ( boasting the site of Bob Dylan's first UK gig so a fairly apt venue and nicely placed to be easy to get to (nearest tube Goodge Street. there is no charge for the room as such, but they ask for a donation to macmillan (he said there is a bucket and if everyone puts in a couple of quid that is fine) hooray!

  • @helenseviltwin  7 weeks

    @wobbiewobbit - that's fantastic. Thank you so much for organising.

  • @wobbiewobbit  7 weeks

    that's ok - i forgot to ask what they have in the way of equipment available, but i will be there on saturday and will find out more then.

  • @dragondreams  7 weeks

    Brilliant! Thanks loads @wobbiewobbit ๐Ÿ˜

  • @dragondreams  7 weeks

    Coach tickets bought! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @sapient  7 weeks

    @wobbiewobbit - Fantastic! Can't wait to see everyone ๐Ÿ˜

  • @wobbiewobbit  7 weeks

    @dragondreams Hooray! @sapient - me too!

  • @pooka  7 weeks


  • @johnnycashpoint 7 weeks

    hooray! good stuff, I'll bring a vaguely in tune ukulele which everyone can borrow, should they care to

  • @kahlo2013  7 weeks

    I hope you all have a great FOP and share some photos and videos of the event! What a great line up of FAWMers!

  • @cynthiawolff  7 weeks

    Oh so Jealous!! Wish I could hope aboard a big old jet airliner and hang with the cool kidz!

  • @dragondreams  7 weeks

    I have a dilemma! ๐Ÿ˜
    Do I bring a bass, my beloved acoustic, or Frankie? I only have enough hands for one. ๐Ÿ˜

  • @lemonstar 7 weeks

    I have shoulder surgery on 22nd and can't drive let alone anything else otherwise I would have been keen to show up and meet a few names I know - I am notoriously horribly ill after a general anaesthetic.

    it was disappointing the FOP that was trying to be organised last year(?) around Sheffield fell through as my daughter lives & works there and it would have fitted in well with me. One year - hopefully - there will something more central.

    I hope this happens. Life is short.

  • @karan  6 weeks

    Thank you so much for the organisation, @wobbiewobbit and everyone! I might be a tad late because I really want to show up at the beginning of the march (as it's the only thing I can do), but I've just looked and found out it takes only half an hour to walk from the march route to the pub, yayyy! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @andybalham 6 weeks

    Huzzah! I will be bringing my banana-yellow electric and pop-orange effects multi-fx doodah. Both are available to all.

  • @helenseviltwin  6 weeks

    I can bring a folding guitar, folding cajon and a tiny bass, if that's useful. I was assuming that Sven would be bringing percussion, but if you guys are going to the march first, guessing maybe not.

  • @chrishope 6 weeks

    well done Wobbie

  • @sw1n3flu  6 weeks

    @helenseviltwin I can bring a cajon?

  • @helenseviltwin  6 weeks

    @sw1n3flu - up to you. I have one of these - it's surprisingly good given it's made of cardboard

  • @dragondreams  6 weeks

    <--- I'm bringing the bass in this profile picture.

  • @helenseviltwin  6 weeks

    This is the guitar I can bring

  • @dragondreams  6 weeks

    Ooh! @helenseviltwin - I'm really looking forward to having a go with that if I may, please. I'll wash my hands first and everything.

  • @helenseviltwin  6 weeks

    @dragondreams - yes, of course, everyone's welcome to use whatever gear I bring.

  • @sapient  6 weeks

    I will bring my ability to drink beer ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • @dragondreams  6 weeks

    @sapient - I'll feed syrup of figs to Colin and get your keys back... ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @judypie  6 weeks

    I was just gonna bring a bag of nuts to go with our drinks but really excited to see you all tinkering ๐Ÿ˜ Weโ€™re gonna set off from Sheffield about 10am but heading to our room in south London first, will try hot foot it back to the centre to catch yโ€™all ๐Ÿ˜

  • @rainchaser  6 weeks

    On March 23 I may not be going to London but I will be hanging out with friends of mine in Mac & Chess in good ol' Miami lol

  • @karan  6 weeks

    @helenseviltwin , you're right, we might not be able to bring our stuff if we go to the march first - I never thought about this! Thank you for bringing your things; I'm sure we'll manage somehow.

    I look forward to seeing you all very soon! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @dragondreams  5 weeks

    Good news! The lads have found your keys! I'll bring them with me next weekend. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @wobbiewobbit  5 weeks

    Hi all planning on coming to the FAWM London meet up next saturday... The venue doesn't have any equipment available BUT I have used this as an excuse to invest in a PA which I have been meaning to do anyway. I figured that we would otherwise need amps and such to cart in anyway so although it is a small room and I think that the pa might be a bit overkill for that really, we will have 6 inputs for mics and pluggy-in instruments if that is helpful to know for anyone. btw this is the PA I am about to get.

  • @karlsburg25  5 weeks

    As there's little chance of a peak district gathering i think i may get my little ass down to london town. @shortdan can you get a weekend of being a devoted dad ??

  • @morti  5 weeks

    @karan @pooka We should go to the march together. How do we do that?

  • @sapient  5 weeks

    @dragondreams One key for the front door, and a more complicated one for the drinks cabinet... ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @shortdan  5 weeks

    I assume you mean a weekend off @karlsburg25?! I'm thinking about it!

  • @helenseviltwin  5 weeks

    @wobbiewobbit - that looks amazing. Thank you for doing so much for this. If you need some funds toward transporting stuff, do let us know. I am happy to bring mics, but would prefer not to have to lug stands if anyone can do that...

  • @wobbiewobbit  5 weeks

    I have plenty of mics, i have yet to check my mic leads situation but i will. I have 2 (3 if we think we need it) mic stands i can bring. (one of which has mic clips on straight AND boom), I am bringing an electro-acoustic guitar and can bring a telecaster if needed, let me know. I also have a fretless bass, again let me know if that is needed else i won't pack it. we should have ample inputs (8 in all actually, 6 proper channels plus the extra inputs) on the pa. I will drive them down then maybe have to go and park somewhere dunno what it will be like during the day there.

  • @wobbiewobbit  5 weeks

    btw the room is quite small, (will be fine for us) so it's not the amplification that is needed, just the input facility

  • @judypie  5 weeks

    Yassss, come on @karlsburg25 and @shortdan! Yorkshire massive!

  • @dragondreams  5 weeks

    I'm bringing my fretted bass and a minimix for sub mixing if we need more inputs. My iPad also has Amplitube with a STACK of amp and FX models loaded plus the iRig adaptor for guitarists to make realistic noises. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • @shortdan  5 weeks

    @judypie @karlsburg25 Alas I'll have to miss out this time around. Can already tell I'll be far too knackered for a trip to London come Saturday! ๐Ÿ˜ž

  • @helenseviltwin  5 weeks

    So, to summarise who's bringing what:
    @andybalham is bringing electric guitar and things to make it sound weird
    @sw1n3flu your cajon is almost certainly preferable to my cardboard one, so if you're happy to bring it, that'd be good. I own the cardboard one because carrying a normal one through London for Hoops' memorial last year hurt my shoulder and I was pretty sure a foldy one must exist. It's not bad sounding, but it isn't as good as a wooden one.
    @dragondreams - fretted bass and gizmos to make things sound weird
    @wobbiewobbit - electro-acoustic guitar, PA and mics/stands
    @helenseviltwin - foldy instruments, more for peoples' amusement than genuine need by the looks of it. I'll also bring my uke and melodica, as they are small and fun.

  • @sw1n3flu  5 weeks

    @helenseviltwin Yeah ok cool, I'll bring my cajon. Might also bring an acoustic, depends how much gear I can face bringing!

  • @wobbiewobbit  5 weeks

    i have checked my mic situation. i am lower than i thought. I have a couple of cheap wireless mics that i think sound ok considering the cheapness and will be handy for the wireless part of things. i have one SM58 - thought i had more... and a cheap shure (c606) vocal mic, and a couple of prologue that are not ideal either
    so if you have a decent vocal mic that is easy to chuck in a bag it might be handy. and leads... i am about to get 3 mic leads, cant find my stash of them either.. i must be a bag down at the back of the cupboard under the stairs where i am not venturing!

  • @dragondreams  5 weeks

    I have a couple of decent mics and some leads. I'll chuck 'em in my bag. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • @helenseviltwin  5 weeks

    @wobbiewobbit - I can bring an sm58 and a couple of leads. We won't need more than 2 mics, I reckon, especially as it sounds like the room is small enough that unplugged singing will be well heard anyway

  • @wobbiewobbit  5 weeks

    @helenseviltwin (and anyone else!) don't worry I have it in hand.. I have been amazon shopping cos i *neeeeed* the stuff anyway - we are more than covered now.

  • @helenseviltwin  5 weeks

    Brill - thanks everyone ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @jonmeta  4 weeks

    Lordy, I wish I could be there. No FOPs in Espaรฑa and youโ€™re the closest one. Iโ€™ll be in London NEXT week. Oh the irony. Maybe next year Iโ€™ll plan my life better. Have a blast.

  • @andybalham 4 weeks

    @wobbiewobbit - Thanks for going above and beyond for this. Really looking forward to it and the excuse for a lunchtime pint.

  • @wobbiewobbit  4 weeks

    thanks you're welcome... looking forward to seeing you all

  • @dragondreams  4 weeks

    Chaos here at the Castle because Peewee wants to come too! He's currently sitting with his head in my half packed rucksack preventing any further attempts at organising myself. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • @karlsburg25  4 weeks

    @judypie @adforperu @shortdan I am having to teach this weekend now due to illness on Monday so won't make it London town (sad crying wailing emoj i don't have I so sad) . Have amazing time everyone and will be with you in spirit. x

  • @dragondreams  4 weeks

    On the coach now. Just left Leeds and due to arrive at London Victoria smack in the middle of rush hour. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • @karan  4 weeks

    @morti, @sentense and myself will meet at the pub at ca. 11.30 to walk with the march for a bit before returning to join with you all at the pub again. It's only a 25 minute walk to the gathering point - if anybody else would like to join us, just be there!

  • @karan  4 weeks

    P. S. Coud anyone bring a music stand? I remember that we missed one last year. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @helenseviltwin  4 weeks

    I've got a music stand. I've not brought my cardboard cajon because it doesn't fit in my bag with the other stuff and @sw1n3flu is bringing one anyway

  • @chrishope 4 weeks

    have a ball y'all x

  • @musicsongwriter 4 weeks

    Have a great time. I'm teaching during the weekends as well so can't join and I also have limitations as I don't have a good keyboard to bring over but hopefully one day it will be possible to join the ball ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @helenseviltwin  4 weeks

    I am here stupidly early, as is my wont

  • @dragondreams  4 weeks

    We're on our way but running a little late. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • @sapient  4 weeks

    I'm checking in to my hotel... Will be there in about half an hour!

  • @adforperu  4 weeks

    Due to various woes, we're going to be waaaaay late!

  • @andybalham 4 weeks

    I have battled technology and my hangover and have uploaded the the videos from yesterdayโ€™s shindig. Sadly the cowbell extravaganza was not captured, but @dragondreams puzzlement at being given completely the wrong chords by me definitely was (apologies again sir).

    Thanks to everyone yesterday for making it such a enjoyable experience once again and especially to @wobbiewobbit for sorting out so much. Now to go and lie down in a darkened room.

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  • @andybalham 4 weeks

    Just noticed these were truncated from previous post:

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  • @wobbiewobbit  4 weeks

    thanks for doing that @andybalham ๐Ÿ˜€ vids are great, i think we could have done better on our stage management though... oops

  • @pooka  4 weeks

    Thanks, everyone - it was a good FOP.

    Great venue, @wobbiewobbit - it was a good find!

    Thanks for the videos, @andybalham - YouTube has decided to stop working on my computer (I may have more luck with my tablet), but I've converted the videos to mp3 and they sound great!

    I think @morti has videos of himself, and hopefully he'll share them here!

  • @sw1n3flu  4 weeks

    I have one of @morti - have emailed him the link ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @sapient  4 weeks

    @andybalham many thanks to you and your antique, steam powered camera ๐Ÿ˜
    And @wobbiewobbit... Thank you SO MUCH for organising it! What a star! What a lovely venue! What a wonderfully bossy PA! Poor @sw1n3flu ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @guatecoop  4 weeks

    Goodness that was fantastic to watch your performances!! Great! I wish that I couldโ€™ve been there. Thanks for the videos!

  • @sunnymae  4 weeks

    Sounds like a blast!!! Can't wait to watch the videos ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @helenseviltwin  4 weeks

    Thanks to @wobbiewobbit for organising and to @andybalham for filming and to everyone for being there and being just lovely.

  • @julesbf 4 weeks

    Wow the videos are awesome, well done everybody looked loads of fun. I will have to be a bit more organised and book train tickets way in advance next year, would be great be able to meet everybody. Until next year!

  • @pooka  3 weeks

    Does anyone have my guitar tuner? It's gone AWOL and I'm beginning to fear that I may have left it behind. ๐Ÿ˜ž

  • @wobbiewobbit  3 weeks

    i checked the bag of stuff that came back to mine, nothing in there

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