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Urström at the 1999 Stockholm Water Festival
Day 8 - Tuesday August 10 - Show Day 5
Today we had the luxury of a 16:00
crew call so we were all able to get some well-deserved sleep! It rained
overnight and most of the morning but was beginning to clear up by the time
we arrived. The water-skiing show was gone which meant we did not have two
forced work breaks each day. While they were performing on the water, we
could not use boats to move equipment or do any testing.
One of the smoke machines ran out of CO2 towards the end of the last night's show so all the cylinders were checked and those that were suspected of being low were replaced. The fan on the machine under the bridge failed necessitating a trip down the ladder and some rearrangement of the equipment and drying out of the fan.
Things are a little less rushed today. Adela persuaded the festival organisers to provide coffee to the crew before the start of the set-up so we are all feeling more human and rested today. Jan has been hard at work in master control and has made more changes to the beam effects portion of the show.
Just before 23:00 the usually expectant hush fell over the crowd but some of the vendors in the tents on the Palace side have not co-operated in turning out their lights. A runner was dispatched along the street to order the offending merchants to black out.
The show was almost flawless tonight. Despite the change in wind direction, the boat mounted machine was moved before the show and we had almost enough smoke. One of the smoke machines provided by the local production company was again only smoking in bursts with lengthy pauses between bursts rather then continuously as we required. We extracted a promise from them to fix the problem. The audience was the most appreciative yet with loots of cheering and whistling although a few people decided to "help" the laser graphics with their pointers.
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