Big Big Train gigs are not so much concerts, but pilgrimages in which their fanbase travels from across the globe to descend upon London every two years to witness their heroes reproduce the intricacies of an extensive recorded catalogue. The line up of eight core musicians supplemented on stage by a five piece brass section must be one of the most challenging tasks in live sound mixing history. Sure, there are bigger ensembles, but none that bring such a variety of textures that require a place in the mix. Duke Ellington or Simon Rattle might dispute that claim but neither have had to weave their subtleties around a thumping rock drum. This is evident on record but especially more so in a live setting.
Friday night was the first of three concerts spread over the weekend for which tickets had sold out over a year ago. To say that the level of expectation was immense does no justice at all to the dedication of the fanbase, who organised themselves into pre gig meet, greets and curries. All however were sat ready when the evening began with a rather lovely introduction as Rachel Hall (Violin) » Continue Reading.