A Little piece of History
Starting, aged 13, on July 10th 1973 to raise money for school funds whilst at Gaywood Park School. Then called, Thunderball Disco organised an end of term school disco, donating the profits towards buying a school minibus. It was supposed to be a one off event until a school friends elder brother was let down by a disco for his 18th birthday party at the Bull pub at Setchey, and for a fee of £6 a career in entertainment was born.
By 1974 rumour was getting round, and after an appearance on Anglia Television and a feature in the Young Set run by the Lynn News for being the youngest live DJ in the UK, the word was out. During this year, aged 14, Howard Platt Promotions booked to support a Band in the Kings Lynn Corn Exchange called Mud. Little did we know at the time, that it would be the same Saturday that saw Mud’s biggest hit “Tiger Feet”, which soared to number 1 in the UK top 20. This young DJ was here to stay and later the same year, supported The Glitter Band around the same time as song Angel Face reached number 4.
Whilst still at school and trying to juggle studying with entertainment, a close friendship with Steve Overland and Rob Ross, both fine guitarists, was established. We all shared the same goal as a life in entertainment. Steve has now become one of the most accomplished guitarists of his time, in successful bands Wildlife, FM, Shadowman and Overland.
Branching out over the following years included working as a Compère and in Cabaret. This lead to working at the Jebel Ali Hotel, one of the worlds leading hotels of the world and hosting three shows on UAE Radio Dubai, the Afternoon Express including the chartshow, Midday Special and The Beach Break, over the period 1986 to 1988.
The original equipment was vinyl singles (45’s) and LP’s with sound to light units with spot lamps. We still have all of the vinyl. We were the first Disco in the Anglia region to convert to digital music back in 1987.
The sound system has always been stereo, right back from 1973 and still is to this day. Back then the power output was only 100w per channel, today’s technology provides a reserve of over 2.5KW with the clarity from 50Hz to 120KHz, utilising 6 different speaker configurations.
Today all music is digital run by computers with an independent CD Backup system. The lighting is controlled by DMX (Digital Multiplexing). Our lighting system now comprises of 20 independent Laser units of various colours projecting starbursts, geometric shapes, comedy characters, tunnels and lines. Another 40 independent units are utilised for moving lighting such as Barrel scanners, Multi axis mirror scanners, Gobo (picture) Scanners and LED Scanners.
All of the equipment is boxed ready in professional flight cases ready for international travel. This also allows us the ability to produce shows for the smaller, more compact venue to a large show for outdoor functions.