Awakenings @ Paget High School Burton

Last Saturday we went to Awakenings in Burton. It was a Dutch show with Beyond Berlin, René Splinter and Ron Boots and friends.

Beyond Berlin started, and as expected it was an old school sequencer fest. Not bad at all, although not my cup of tea 100% I enjoyed the set but felt it could have been a tad better icon wink Awakenings @ Paget High School Burton

Next up was René Splinter and his set which was superb. Showcasing his new release “Frames” his set was great reminding me of old Tangerine Dream in places. Check out the first 2 songs below :

Finally we had Ron Boots and friends, and again it was a great set.

The great thing about Awakenings is that you get a VT or mp3 of the gig afterwards included in your ticket price! £15 bought us nearly 4 hours of music and the mp3’s into the bargain. Great night!

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Ron Boots & friends

Finally we ended up in Maccys where the guys came in after packing up. Kicked out at 3am makes for a great time and I’ll be going again when I get the chance

Dashboard Blue LED conversion…

I’d bought a blue LED dashboard conversion kit from Lightec earlier this year, and due to various reasons had never got round to fitting it till Tuesday when I found out I had really poor dashboard illumination. Problem was that someone had bodged my dashboard before…so basically after a couple of hours of messing around the kit is half fitted. I couldn’t remove the green filter but the blue LED’s are fitted resulting in great aqua dashboard illumination! I quite like it…but will have to sort it out eventually…

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Aqua Dashboard

Backups

I had my main boot SSD die this week, but all is ok because I have a fairly rigorous backup regime in place. Sure I’ve lost some stuff, but nothing that can’t be replaced…
Anyway I had another SSD (larger as well) to replace it with, so to be honest it’s done me a favour, but how many of you can say you wouldn’t have lost a load of stuff?

Petra rear lights…

Since I got Petra I’ve found the rear lights to get full of condensation when it rains and/or I wash her. I was lucky enough today to find some mint rear lights, so a deal was struck and I bought them, along with some other bits…

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After installing them and scraping my fingers etc. I was pleased to find that no more condensation. As a bonus they look much nicer too so the car is looking much younger and better!

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Also I managed to snag a brand new ICV, a front bumper with the all important rubber edge strip (now fitted!) Some more front headlights (a bit mucky but I have a plan!) And a parcel shelf that is in better condition than the original. All in all it was a good day icon wink Petra rear lights...

Fracture Album Review

Recently Among The Echoes had a Kickstarter campaign to allow them to release their first album titled “Fracture”

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Fracture signed CD!

I was lucky enough to get a signed copy and a credit on the album. I’ll try to not let this influence my review much…

I was awaiting the final release of this album as I had heard snippets the last few months and to be honest i wasn’t disappointed. It’s a dark and brooding slab of synth and guitar music with Mr. Wall snarling his way throughout. The production is very solid, loud but not too much in your face, and I like the fact that the guitar has been brought a bit more forward in the mix compared to their older stuff. The CD also contains a Gary Numan cover, a brave move to many as so often Numan covers disappoint greatly, but here “Pure” is covered very well, almost to the stage it doesn’t sound like a cover at all…

Overall Fracture is a very solid album, if I was to criticise at all it would be that sometimes the vocals are a tad too quiet, but that’s about it! I thoroughly recommend you purchase it now!

To hear a sample please click HERE

Brakes for Petra!

I went off on a roadtrip in Petra to pick up some nice bits from a fellow Puma owner Jo in Wales. I picked up some new brake parts as Petra’s are not brilliant!

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Brakes!

Not only did I get the brakes but I got some shiny parts for the air intake system including a new MAF!

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Intake system

We stopped overnight and then went on a little trip to see some of Sian’s relatives village, and then Pystill Rhaeadr which is a lovely waterfall.  This was followed by a birthday party and then back to Sian’s as I was feeling poorly. Can’t wait for the parts to be fitted now, and I’m waiting for Wade Lane garage to be available to fit them!

Petra updates…

I’ve been busy sourcing some parts for Petra and in the next couple of weeks I’m hoping to have sorted out the brakes and the gearbox. Meanwhile the exhaust has started blowing again, so I’ve bought some bodge it stuff until I can source a better system, probably a stainless steel one…
I treated her to a new budget tire and was hoping the tracking could be done, but seized nuts meant it will have to wait. I’ve got the boot light working with a nice blue led, and I’ve a plan in place for the dodgy parcel shelf icon wink Petra updates...
All in all it’s coming together just slowly…

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