Apollo soul came to Shustoke Farm Barns on Wednesday 8th of August, to perform for Mrs and Mrs Hastelow wedding. After the initial booking via their band hire website Apollo Live everyone was ready for the big performance.

The day started off great, the sun was shining, and the drinks were flowing, unfortunately the weather took a turn for the worse and it started the rain. That did not stop all the wedding guests from enjoying themselves, they were outside until the band had finished setting their gear up.

Wedding Band HireThe wedding band arrived at six o’clock, they started to load their gear in through the bands and supplier entrance to avoid interrupting the guests. They started with loading the keyboard in to the venue, which was a Roland F140R, this particular Roland keyboard had weighted keys with an ivory touch and a sleek compact design. Next on the agenda was to set up the P.A, Apollo Soul use RCF ART 735-A speakers, this particular brand of speaker are notorious for their reliability on the road and consistent quality at every show you play, the bass cuts through and it allows the vocals to cut through nicely for the audience.

Next they set up the drum kit and the lights, James the drummer uses a Yamaha custom kit with red paint work, he also uses a signature Benny Greb snare, this particular snare has sentimental value to him because he went to meet Benny Greb and he signed the drum for James. Apollo Soul then proceeded to set up and light stage. Apollo soul use wireless LED par cans which are great because they eliminate wires and in turn help with the overall cleanliness of the stage area.

Apollo Soul were set and ready by half seven, all that was left now was to round up the guests and proceed with the first dance and cutting of the cake. The bride and the groom opted to have a cake that was not considered to be traditional, they had one sponge cake on the top layer with white icing  and then a few trays of cupcakes surrounding the main cake. Apollo Soul then entered on to the stage suited and booted ready to perform the bride and grooms first dance. The first dance they had chosen was a classic song that never ages Ben E.Kings Stand by me, the song started with male vocalist Corey young taking the verses, shortly after the chorus kicked in Victoria Haslam joined Corey with some beautiful harmonies.

With the formalities now out the way Apollo Soul proceeded with their set, playing hit after hit of classic songs from the last few decades, some of these songs were, Lady marmalade by Christina Aguilera, Superstition by Stevie wonder and Somebody else’s guy originally performed by Jocelyn Brown. Apollo soul went on to perform two one hour sets over the course of the evening, keeping the dance floor entertained all evening. After the wedding band had exited the stage at eleven o’clock, Lucasz,the bands Sax player came back to the stage and proceeded to play with a live DJ, It created a whole new vibe, it was as so the whole room was transported to Ibiza’s hottest night club.

Once the DJ Sax set was over the DJ, James Burgess continued to play the bride and grooms requests until 1.am. After that the night came to close with the song, Time of your life, from the sound track of the movie Dirty Dancing. The bride and groom had one last dance and then thanked their friends and family for making their day so special.

 

 

Hyperspin Arcade Machines Bought Online

Just about any hospitality business have a few hyperspin arcade machines lying around from Arcade Evolution. These are not gambling devices I’m talking about (which is a whole other story), but electronic gaming devices, commonly known as video games. While their inclusion isn’t the main feature of your venue, you’ll notice a few of them lurking in some corner of nearly every kind of hospitality business.

Managing them is one of those jobs that is usually done by the short-sthyperspin arcade machinesraw drawer. Nobody goes around with the job title “arcade manager” so it falls to a side responsibility for the entertainment coordinator, the purchaser, or maybe even the custodians. If it falls to you, you have the opportunity to quietly build a little side enterprise out of it, given that you know your games.

Many people tend to trivialize the humble video game cabinet, but actually they are a quite lucrative profit generator for the small floor space. The “golden age” of video arcades – roughly 1980 to 1995 – saw the video game industry rise to the number-two most profitable industry in the United States, second only to the movie industry. Classic video games drew crowds and lines around the block, and spawned sequels and spin-off movies, cartoons and comics, and whole fiction genres. Arcade games made the fortunes of Atari, Sega, Nintendo, and many other tech companies that are still powerful today.

One consideration is the noise, as well as other environment concerns. Games are noisy, and while the manufacturer settings allow you to control the volume, a bank of arcade machines is best kept in a separate room to themselves. This room should be clean, relatively dust-free, very dry, and on the cool side. The internals of video game machines are just like what goes into your computer, with motherboards and chip sets, and they need to stay cool and dry. If the fans inside the cabinet get clogged with dust and dirt, they can cease to function, and then cause a chip to burn up. You would also want some supervision of the area, which can be as simple as having the security guard poke his nose in on them twice per shift. Like all coin-op vending machines, arcade games are frequently the target of vandalism and theft.

Another concern is the rise of personal laptop computers and cell phones. Indeed, why bother selling people games for a quarter per play when they have all the games they want for free on their personal electronic devices? This fear is actually totally groundless; ask any video game enthusiast and they will tell you that even the simplest game is more fun on an arcade cabinet than it is on a phone or laptop. Portable devices have drawbacks for gaming; they have small screens, tiny memory, low-quality sound, and the control interface ranges from fiddly to abysmal.

arcade cabinetMost maintenance is left up to whoever you contracted with to rent the machines, similar to the vending machine situation. If your business follows that policy, you will have a service contract, and be responsible for damage, theft, vandalism, and all sorts of minor annoyances. Most business owners just pick this option, however, because it gets all the details out of their hair. The downside of using a service vendor for your games is, you’re only getting about 20% of the profits you could be getting!

Did you know that you can buy used arcade machines for as little as a mere £25? Auctions all over the place move hundreds of machines per week, and most of the competition for them is hobbyists. For that price, who cares about maintenance? Buy it, run it and let it gobble quarters for you, then junk it and get another one. Of course, at the rock-bottom £25 price, the game will usually require some refurbishing and repair. If you have an engineer on staff, they might jump at the opportunity, as many people with an electronic knack like to work with arcade machines for the novelty of it. Machines in better condition can fetch a price into £1000, but by this time we’re talking about a four-player environment machine like a sit-down racing simulator.

The simple stand-up ‘upright’ cabinet or table-top ‘cocktail’ game takes up no more space than a refrigerator and can put that odd corner of your retail space which you never knew what to do with to work for you making you money. The upright cabinet is the cheapest, with not much more to it than a big wooden box, a circuit board, a screen, and controls. The cocktail models are the kind you still find in bars, with a table-oriented layout, very easy for two players to share from either side, and with a protective glass cover to prevent the obvious hazard of a spilled drink ruining the machine.

Arcade video games are experiencing a huge nostalgia run that is still mostly untapped. Anybody who was a child during the golden age of arcades will light up on seeing a really popular game from his or her childhood. They are not (and in fact never were) just for kids. Video games are an entertainment genre that spans all ages and cultures, as they are innocent, family-friendly fun that young and old alike from all walks of life can enjoy.

Furthermore, the really popular games from ages past have a great nostalgic draw. Twenty years ago, these games were a dime a dozen, but now they are so rare as to be sorely missed. Increasingly, if the original game machine is simply unavailable (there’s hundreds in this category), the game can be emulated. There is one project, MAME, the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator project, which is a Free Software project to maintain a single computer-platform emulator capable of playing game ROMs. This enables the restoration of original games whose owners have now gone out of business. These require any computer and monitor built into a cabinet and outfitted with appropriate controls. The emulating hobbyists have driven down the cost of supplying arcade classic games down to nearly nothing, and ensures that our history of electronic entertainment can be preserved for generations yet.

Hobbyists around the world take considerable time and care to preserve their creations. After working for months on a project, you want to make sure your work is protected from accidental mishap or misuse by lying around, and the best way to make sure your collection is safe and secure is to use a plastic storage container with lid. Clear plastic storage boxes from our website are uniquely qualified to house hobbies. The ability to see into the container is probably one of the best features about them next to their stacking capability.

Yellow Plastic Storage BoxThey keep your work clean and separated.

There are many stylized containers that come with compartments and divider grooves to place or snap small partitions made of plastic into that create unique spaces to house your hobby parts. They can be grouped and organized to help you stay focused and layout your complete inventory before you begin so you know if you will need anything extra or are missing anything before you continue your craft. Organizing by size is a big time saver when there are small differences or incremental values of your stock and you need a certain size every time.

If you have lots of pieces that go together, you can preassemble sub assemblies and store them in small spastic storage containers and have them ready to go when you need to build the larger assemblies. You will save yourself hours of work and enjoy your hobby more if you are organized and know where to find everything when you work on it.

My friend has an incredible collection of hand blown glass pieces that are made into animals, plants and items of seasonal groupings and houses all of the ones that are not on display inside of clear plastic storage containers that have a hinged lid on them. She packs cotton into the individual compartments and then places each individual blown glass piece into the cotton. She then stacks them on top of each other and then into the closet. Whenever the season comes around for a certain collection, she is able to quickly change the holiday decoration and replace it with the new one in a few hours. She swears by them and says she has been accident free since using them.

You will be able to find a plastic storage container that will fit your collection because there are so many styles and colors to choose from, you might have a difficult time choosing. Take your time and enjoy your hobby, be sure you get a plastic container will serve you best.