We had a bit of a crisis at our latest gig... The mixing desk made a rather loud bang and stopped working just before the start of the 2nd set. Everything was lit up, but not a whimper of sound came through. All was not lost and our back-up plan for just such an event came into action, but it was a pretty embarrassing, annoying and uncomfortable half-hour to get back into action. Now we can, with a small degree of certainty, put our finger on the culprit.
Beer and pubs and music go hand in hand - without pubs and beer there would be a substantially smaller consumption of live music in the world. However, pouring beer into the mixing desk essential for presenting that music to the audience is not a wise plan, and a couple of clues (not least of which was the liquid seen pouring out of the desk earlier today) suggest that is exactly what happened.
Such are the risks of sitting the desk in the midst of the audience, especially in a fairly cramped venue.
Amazingly enough, after a spell drying out (rehab?), the desk seems to be performing as well as it did before - no noticeable difference, so our wallets can breathe easy for a while longer.
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