Last week here at DM Audio backline was the order of the day for the Big Big Sing with rehearsals at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall during the week culminating in the event being held on Sunday (27th July) at Glasgow Green Live Zone. Part of Festival 2014, the aim of the Big Big Sing is to inspire people across the UK to sing to celebrate the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and make singing the soundtrack to the Games. It included a full day of singing activities with a massive live concert on the main stage from 3.30pm – 6.30pm with an audience of thousands singing along to songs from around the Commonwealth and some classic pop, reggae and soul classics. What a great way to bring people together to celebrate the Commonwealth Games.
Last week was also the 2nd and final week of the Edinburgh Jazz Festival and here at DM Audio we were still busy supplying backline. The highlight for us had to be the legendary Van Morrison who played the Festival Theatre on Tuesday 22nd July with music from across his huge back catalogue, plus blues classics, an odd jazz standard, and music from his recent CD, Born To Sing: No Plan B.
On Saturday evening (26th July) another standout band for us, The Bad Plus, played at The Queen’s Hall. The Bad Plus define the spirit of 21st century jazz in 2014. From playing the cutting edge New York scene to covering pop tunes and rock anthems of all shapes and sizes to making constant quirky and offbeat fun they are however seriously committed to their art and a band ethic that focuses on a defining sound – power, intensity, and dynamism applied like never before to the acoustic piano, bass, drums format. Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson and Dave King are master musicians. Catch them if you can.