Our own Tim Matthew is currently on tour as a sound engineer with FLIT (coming to Mareel on 2 November), so we asked him to keep a diary giving us a behind-the-scenes look at this brilliant event.
Day 1: Friday 21 October Rehearsals in Cambridge
This is my first day although the band have been here since Wednesday. We rehearsed this show intensely in the run-up to the initial performances at the Edinburgh festival back in August. A lot has happened since then though and a lot of other shows been played by everybody, so these few days involve much head-scratching and remembering as well as various adjustments to the show.
We’re set up in a smallish room here in the Junction in Cambridge and it is now mostly full of bits of musical electronica joined together by piles of tangled cabling. By the end of the day we’ve run through the show 3 times and it’s starting to stick together again.
It’s the first of many days where I’m going to see little daylight. I’m working at the coalface of the entertainment industry!
Last night when I arrived, half the group were out at a session in a nearby pub and we played tunes till we were chucked out at closing time. Tomorrow however is the first performance and as well as doing a gig we’re loading in a lorryload of light and sound gear plus the massive set, building it all, soundchecking and rehearsing. Reckon tonight will be an early one, and also our last in a real bed for a while.