ITS FINALLY OVER!
For one, we were quite low on morale on the week before the event. Things were going wrong all the time, and no thanks to the stupid SAA. Im not going to state names but Hope-ful-Lee i will not get to deal with her again. (not that any of my fellow planners want to deal with her ever again).
The weeks before the events had been really hectic. We were busy dealing with the SAA and begging them to let us use their drum sets and amplifiers. We got them eventually, then we lost them again, then got them again, before we were told (on the day of the event itsself) that we didnt have the bass amplifiers.
damn people who go back on their word.
Anyway, luck had it that this really cool dude just came into the SAA office a week ago, and was kind enough to help us get one from moberly. (and i cant thank that guy enuf man, if only all the saa staff were like him).
The other thing that were nagging at our minds were ticket sales. They werent selling well. Ok we sold about a hundred or so to lecturers already but they only buy them to support the event, and it wouldnt really boost the number of people in the auditorium. We just had to clench our teeths and hope that people would come on that day itsself.
There were just so many things to worry about, and so many things to attend to, planning an event isint as easy as just booking the auditorium, pasting some posters up and waiting for the audiences to come.
Posters had to be designed and selected, pasted all over the school after getting permission from the saa, then a blog had to be set up and filled with information. Maintaing the blog and answering peoples questions, while dealing with the saa to borrow equipment.
Equipment really took out much of our time and added tons of stress. The posters had a problem too, as we were forced to take them down and put them up on notice boards again as the saa didnt like it on the walls.
Then we had to collate the bands and stuff, while we dealt with the police as they had to stick their nose into the auditing as we were doing a charity event.
Marketing and pricing were a tough call, we could have made the price cheaper but toteboard only granted us sponsorship at the last min. Yeah, sponsor ship. Thank god for that. Without any sponsor ship, we would be even more stressed.
We had to make $600 to ensure that we made a profit, as the prizes given out equaled $600.That meant we had to sell at least 150 tickets or so (of which we were not really confident). But luckily we later managed to get the director of our school to sponsor $600, then later, toteboard (singapore pools) decided to sponsor $200, with 15% of our ticket sales.
The event itsself was tricky. We had to do the event WITHOUT any rehersals at all. Furthermore, we noticed that the technician which was supposed to guide us on that day, was actually somewhat just a guy which opened the door for us and lent us equipment from a locked cabinet.
It was no help that none of us had such experience with the sound system of the auditorium and of what to expect.
Me and Joel sat in during one of the rehersals for another event, and we were like "wtf".
It looked really difficult, and it was much more complicated that what we originally thought. We stayed in the control room for a few hours and slowly learnt about how stuff worked, and even got some quick lesson from the sound man there.
Even so, we were still shocked. Did not help that when we talked to the event organisers of that event we sat in, they were shocked that we did not have rehersals. It wasnt encouraging that experienced events people needed 15 rehersals to get things right. We on the other hand, had no experience at planning such a big event, let alone experience in planning a Concert. Things were getting really dicey.
Im not sure what the rest of the class felt about this though, as we rarely told them what we were doing and bad news, so i guess they werent really anxious about it or as stressed as us. It almost feels like being a communist country, where only good news is told and bad news are rarely reported.
The day finally arrived and it didnt turn out well at the start. We couldnt contact the saa people and the auditorium wasnt open till 12.30. When the door finally opened joel was somewhere else, so i had to tell the uncle there what i wanted for the stage, of which im not entirely sure of.
Gathered the other class together then set off to moberly to get the equipment from the moberly theater, where i recieved more bad news. The guy said that we did not request for the bass amp. i silently cursed whoever was going back on their word at saa. Nonetheless, that guy managed to help us get a bass amp from moberly, which was a huge relief.
Things went quite smoothly after that, the sound checks were done, the booths outside were done and it was quite slack for the rest of the event. well at least for most of our class.
Joel was busy in the sound room, while hongyi and lewis were busy organising bands and the backstage people. I was busy running around with my camera and junk taking pictures.
The people started arriving and the seats started to fill. Finally, our event was starting.
Bands went up to play, and junk like that, while i ran around taking pictures.
Lazy to elaborate. so here are the pictures.
Joel and his lectures...
well we arnt really listening.
Stage manager on the stage.
Aric and Joel figuring the equipment out.
While Farid and Hector mess around.
must thank that guy for helping us out with the equipment.
shifting the amplifiers.
getting the other class to help us with shifting all the various equips.
Lewis and our clubrooms mat for the drumset.
the other class helping with the setting up of the drums.
The technician, joel and hector.
Daisy and her fear of cameras. again.
Tingwei shifting the amplifiers.
Boaz has a huge package.
Setting up the booths.
i like how the control room looks in the pictures.
HongYi doing the sound testing.
With Aric singing to
an empty auditorium
one of the judges (i think) trying out the drums
the snare and the setup of its condenser mics.
Lewis, Nat, and Tingwei.
Setting up the keyboard.
Boaz being scared by a falling pen.
And everyone else having fun with the trolleys.
Putting up signs over the auditorium sign.
the "skate board"
the "sk8ter boi". ew.
dont know what clement is doing there. hahah
hector fooling around.
Aric is our secondary photographer.
tingwei keeps insisting that i take a jump shot for him. lol
clement doing some cheerleading stuff.
"as long as can see its long long one can liao"-tingwei. nasty.
the tech is not impressed by what he sees on the cctv.
tingwei does manual labour.
we give the hosts the gist of the event.
we are crew.
guess whats daisy rushing for.
or what they are plotting at.
Now, decked up with balloons,
high on helium,
and feeling really young again,
we decided to go back into the auditorium to do our jobs. (lewis is still high on helium)
bands testing out their junk.
we went the cheap way and used our lanyards instead of getting a Crew tee cum class tee.
Farid cold calling random friends.
crew slacking again.
hong yi singing.
weijun still feeling like a kid.
i like this.
mr soh going through everything again with the ICs.
some of the bands arriving early to try out the equipment.
looks like perry for some reason.
check out the huge crowd.
the mess of wires and hastily positioned amps.
Ilyas with a big smiling face.
joel whips out his guitar for some reason.
hehe i like this shot.
thats what i call a Lan Jiao Bin. (for farid: Penis face)
cant stop seeing balloons.
for show only.
"actually ah *click*, this timing should not be here one leh, basically ah *click* its down at the bottom, but actually ah *click*, it does not really matter lah"-joel. (shit sure tio hantum by him one. hahah)
the balloons come to watch too!
the various confusing equipment in the control room.
"fooooooddd" - farid
supporting the people who are selling guitar picks for st luke.
Farid, our third photographer.
messing around with boxes.
like a circus.
aric and his bigass toy.
lewis and his big ass.
Every photographers nightmare, being caught with his lens cap on.
i like this photo.
the door ushers. sk kings.
hard at work.
the hosts getting prepared.
auditorium is getting filled.
the door people/slackers.
Aric spazzing in one corner.
the shows starting.
and the competition officially starts!
introducing the bands.
look at all the people with their handphones.
yeah, not gonna caption anymore of this. got 315 photos leh.
hongYi running around backstage.
i like this shot.
HongYi doesnt like the way that guy dresses up.
rockin' it at Singapore Poly!
check out the backstage "helpers" slacking. hahah
everyone likes to swing the mic stand for some reason.
well, luckily not everyone does this.
i like this bands song choices.
for some reason i really like this type of shots.
the judges are playing (not competing though of course.)
i like this shot better.
Mr Soh and the really helpful guy.
farid caught red handed taking upskirts. HAHAHA. damn funny lah. (ok he wasnt taking upskirts, just stalking the audience. hahah)
i like the golden guitar.
i like this too.
yup, thats marists alright. sad sad people.
haha this was the only really cool thing that happened really.
had more shots but those are in another memory card which is now with jq, so maybe ill post those another day.
mosh. im totally not impressed at all. (well if youre the event organiser then youll know why.)
i really really really like this shot.
singing with the audience.
voting boxes being placed.
aric with my cam.
i like this shot.
more fooling around.
well you know whats gonna happen next.
boaz working too. woah.
the rest are just messing around.
Farid, stunned by the gay orgie.
tingweis like "fuck off". hahah
a job well done.
wont be seeing this anytime soon.
weijun lost his balloon, but is still trotting about like a kid in a candy shop.
and everyones tired, luckily the event ended early.
Yup. i'd say it turned out better than expected. and finally its over. im glad i can go back to having a "normal" life now.
and finally. im done with this marathon of clicking, copy and pasting links. damn i hate blogging about events.