So – we went to Port Macquarie…
Oh my god, that place is just… well crap. We performed in what was described to us, very accuratly, as a barn.
Now, if you are ever in Port Macquarie and see the Civic Centre you might argue that it doesn’t actually look like a barn, this is accruate – it does indeed from the outside not look like a barn – however – i can only recommend that you look inside.
Again, the insides of the Civic Centre don’t look exactly like a barn, but it is “barn-esq” you will have to agree. However make a noise… This venue is just fucking ridiculous, it has a 5 second (best case) die time on reverb around the room and it is SO live…
“SO live” doesn’t describe it… it is just amazing this room just keeps on going and going and going…. and going… and … going … and going and going … and… going and.. (you get the idea).
It is impossible to use any sound reinforcement, let alone lound music and taps with percussion. But that wasn’t our only problem.
I had been trying to get in contact with the “venue manager” for a couple of weeks before we arrived. I left messages, sent smoke signals even a telex… (I can’t back up the last two – but I did leave messages – a lot of them).
I never had my call returned, all I wanted to know was what “Audio” the venue had and I wanted to get some more information about their “spotlights”. Their “audio” was a speaker with no drivers screwed to the P side wall, nothing else. No amp no nothing.
So, we had to hire something, to our rescue Effex Audio in Wauchope. They quoted $200 for the gear we needed for the night, so off we went for a drive. We got there changed to a smaller desk and when I asked how much – the price had risen to $285. I could tolerate this – he was getting us out of a hole, but it’s not professional – and is one of the reasons I am going to make it one of my life missions to make sure that EVERYBODY I have any contact with knows not to have anything to do with Effex – for the other reason – read on.
So we get back – get the rig in. Ben did an amazing job lighting it with the absoulute crap that he had to work with, and we did the show. The CD fucked up a couple of times because of our comm’s – but all went well.
Then… we bumped out. Effex had offered to have somebody pick up the rig, and we might slip them a couple of dollars. They were meant to be there at 10.
They arrived at 10.30 – that was ok – all their gear wasn’t ready untill then anyway – but once we got them packed – they asked for their “delivery fee”. Now, I am a resonable person, and normally – had I not been ripped off $85 a couple of hours before – I would have looked after them. So, I asked how much the “delivery fee” was. I was told it was $30 to $40. I almost fell over.
Once I regained my composure (it took several seconds), I enquired as to why they thought I should have to pay them a delivery fee. They informed me that I already knew about it and it was fine. I informed them that I was told I ~might~ slip them a ~couple~ of dollars, but I was most suprised and upset with the $30 to $40 fee.
Amazingly angry i walked to an ATM to get them some money. I gave them their money, asked for a tax invoice, which they could not provide – then informed them that they would need to post me one.
When I get some time next week I will talk to the local chamber of commerce for Wauchope and Port Macquarie and let them know what is going on, I will also inform both city councils and then I shall invoice our little friend.