Another Summer Draws to a Close...
Posted on Sep 14, 2009
And, another summer festival season has drawn to a finish.
Hard to believe this was my fifth summer out here in BC, and my fourth summer helping stage these events out in the great outdoors. The Beheshto party at the end of August went super well. Admittedly, the amount of time and emotional energy that got sucked out of me for Soundproof's "Trancemission 12" party had me thinking I was going to call it a season. Two weeks in-between these things isn't really the ideal amount of time to recover, re-charge and find your bearings again. T12 is definitely the hardest the crew has worked to make a party happen... and keep in mind this comment is coming from a group of people that have hauled a full compliment of staging, lights and sound by gondola for a party!
So, if you were unable to make it out this year, I think the video below will give you a pretty good idea of what you missed. Our friend, Pete made a time lapse video of the entire party. He put in insane amount of work into this, so definitely take the time to give it a look!
So, after mulling things over for a week, I caved and decided it would be a shame if I sat out the Beheshto party. Beheshto would be running the second stage for a two night festival called "Karma," and I just couldn't bring myself *not* to attend and help out. In my last blog post I outlined the extensive sentimental attachments I have for this event, and of course, it didn't disappoint. This isn't to say there weren't parts of both evenings that weren't a complete gong show, but it was well worth the effort.
Due to work commitments, I ended up having to limit my involvement with staging and set-up on the Friday, which ended up being a mixed blessing. I flew back into Vancouver from northern BC a bit after 6:00pm, ate dinner, packed, then drove up to Squamish. I got to the venue a bit after 11:00pm, and it was midnight by the time I'd hauled all of my things in from my car and set up camp.
Although I had my doubts ahead of time, the site looked *amazing*. I had enough time to wander around, catch up with some old friends and check out the other camping areas. By the time 3:00am rolled around, the dance floor at the Beheshto stage was still packed and I got to enjoy playing for an hour and half until Khan took things over, leading into the daylight.
The second night was when we ran into some gnarly power issues, which resulted in a couple of false starts for my tag team set with Andy. Eventually, after giving up on our primary generator, Petr pulled the lights from another and rerouted all the sound. We had a small gear battle with the turntables, but eventually managed to swap out the troublesome cartridges. It took us a bit, but we eventually found our groove. A huge thank you to Andy, Petr, Rob and James for helping to sort out all of the equipment failures!
So, thank you once again to all the Beheshto family (and Goa Pete's crew!) for doing such an amazing job this year. and bringing this particular party back to life again. Andy, thanks for tagging with me - I've been wanting to do that for a while and it was a huge honor.