Last week was an absolute rush but in THE best way possible. A little thing called Glos-Tone-Beret happened at The Frog & Fiddle in Cheltenham. It’s Tone Radio’s annual French-themed fundraiser, two days of live music across two stages and this year…I co-organised it. Having never organised anything this big before, minus group trips to Burger King, I was pretty apprehensive.
Where do you even start finding local bands to play a fundraiser for your student radio station that you’re not sure they’ve heard of? I panicked a lot at the start of the year that we wouldn’t find any bands and our line-up would be very sparse but, turns out, I didn’t have much to worry about. Our line-up, if I do say so myself, was pretty rad. We had a great mixture of acts from the University, to more established local bands and for one band it was their first gig!
For GTB, booking bands was one thing and then there was remembering to organise the radio side of it as well – not only were we hosting the event but we were broadcasting it all online. Events like this, like Wychwood and doing Wychwood FM, really test everything you’ve learnt – from the technical side of stuff so you can set-up to the communication focussed liaison role.
Pre-event it was stressful and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wake up from a nightmare or two where we didn’t have any DI boxes or enough SM58s for backing vocals but at the end of it all, it was a success!
Every act put in a sensational performance, the amount of talent across the two stages was insane. I’m grateful we were able to host so many incredible musicians and that so many people came to watch them.
For Forefathers, it was their first gig and the title track from their debut EP will be the standout memory for me – watching Manhattan from the stairs on the Barn will stay with me forever.
(Credit to Adam Stoner – @stalkadam – for all Glos-Tone-Beret 2016 graphics)