Our response to the new 6 person limit

Work Not Play

Our response to the new 6 person limit

Firebird Studios

The new limits that have been set out for social gatherings are quite severe, but we are of the opinion that they do not apply to us. Musicians come here to practice their craft and prepare for paid engagements and with that in mind, we consider our studios a place of work. We are also fortunate that a lot of the bands that use us fall under the 6 person limit anyway and as such, they are not subject to this new law.

In any case, we will be carrying on as normal, as, we hope, will the musicians who are using us. We have set out in detail on our website the things we are doing to keep everyone safe – wiping down all equipment, touch points and surfaces, and booking bands in to rooms that incorporate them safely and allow for the 2m social distancing.

Saturday Music Club

As Saturday Music Club has an education purpose, we are exempt from the new law and will be carrying on as normal. We have already put in place new measures to ensure that children and their parents are safe whilst on site and given the size of classes, again, these measures wouldn’t affect us even if the education exemption didn’t exist.

Studio re-opening update

Hi everyone, we thought we’d give you a quick update on what’s going on here and how we’re preparing to welcome you back to the studios. We know it’s been a crazy few months and we hope that Covid hasn’t impacted your lives too greatly.

Latest Updates!!

Given the latest updates from the government, we’re asking all bands to wear masks around the communal areas of the studios and, where possible, in the rooms as well. We want to help drive down the R number in any way that we can. We’ve also put up posters with a QR code which allows you to check in via the government’s world beating track and trace app.

Follow the latest Government advice

Please remember to follow the latest advice from the government and if you do have any symptoms, do not come to the studios. We will still allow last minute cancellations due to band members becoming symptomatic on the day of rehearsals without any charge. No shows will be charged for the room as per usual.

Room sizes

Given the need for social distancing measures at the moment, there will need to be a maximum number of people we can safely allow into each room. Rooms 1 – 4 will be used for bands of up to 3 people. Rooms 5 & 6 will be for 4 piece bands. For bands bigger than 4 people, we’ll be using our new sister space The Engine Room, which is opposite the main studios. You can book all spaces as per usual through our booking form.

Timed Entry & Breaks

We are going to have timed entries for the bands in the evening starting at 6pm, this will be the start time for your rehearsal so that people with the 6pm arrival time would be finishing at 10pm, 6:20pm at 10:20pm and so on. Please let us know the earliest you can arrive at the studio when booking your rehearsal and you’ll be given a 20 minute window for your band to load in to your room. If you arrive late, please call the studio and wait in your car and we’ll try to get you in as quickly as possible.

We’ll also be giving each band a timed break when it’s raining, as we can only have two bands in reception at any one time. At times when it is good weather, we can have a more relaxed situation as bands can use the car park.

Musical Equipment

To begin with, we’ll be asking wherever possible for you to bring your own equipment in. We will still hire out items, but would prefer to keep this to the bare minimum. We will also be using a UV system to bathe the microphones in UV light as this has been shown to eradicate viruses within 10 minutes. We will be wiping down the rooms, all equipment and cables after every rehearsal.

Cleaning and hygiene

We will be deep cleaning the studios so that when you’re finally able to come back, everything will be good as new. We have repainted all the rooms and upgraded some. We are installing a hand sanitiser station at the entrance of the studios, so that you can clean your hands before you come in. We’re upgrading the toilets with new floor, new sinks and undercounter water boiler for hot water.

Contactless payment

We will only be taking contactless payment or bank transfers for all bookings and will be providing payment details on all bookings going forward. If making payments via bank transfer, please use the rehearsal date and band name as reference so we can keep track of payments. We can also send invoices that can be paid online by direct debit or bank card as well.

Everything changes but you…

This is obviously a very fluid situation and things seem to be changing week to week. We will endeavour to keep up with current guidelines and will make changes where we have to. Hopefully with the R number going down in Bristol again, we will be able to get back to normal sooner rather than later but please bear with us whilst we try to get everything back up and running. We’ve really missed having bands around the place and hope to hear some of you rocking out very soon.

Charlie, Naomi, Lucy and the team x

The garden is taking off!

Spring definitely seems to be getting its act together and we’ve had some really sunny days at the studio. One of the great side effects of this is that our garden is really starting to kick into high gear. Loads of plants growing, blooming and budding. It’s south facing so it’s a real sun trap and a great place to take a break from rehearsing and sit with a coffee or a cold drink!
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New Promo video!

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We’ve had a promo video put together for the rehearsal studios to show you guys what we’re all about. Check it out below and let us know what you think!
 

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Fancy a FREE rehearsal?

Firebird Studios - Free rehearsalHow would you like to get a FREE rehearsal? Well all you have to do is recommend Firebird Studios to another band. If they book a room with us and tell us you sent them then we’ll give you a free rehearsal to say thank you for spreading the word about Firebird Studios.
Terms & Conditions
All we ask is that the band book for at least three hours during the day or a full evening session and your freebie can only be a maximum of four hours long. Equipment hire isn’t included either.

Carpet madness

In my last update, I had just put up the new sound absorption panels in all the rooms. These were getting some very favourable remarks from bands coming in so I thought it could be a case of “Job done! That’s as great as the rooms can sound”. Oh how wrong I was!

It turns out that carpets are a rehearsal studio owner’s best friend when it comes to making a rehearsal room sound amazing. We’d always thought we would re-carpet the rooms just from an aesthetic viewpoint as the old ones had definitely seen lots of feet/cups of tea/miscellaneous dirt. The old carpets had been in there since the studio opened and were pretty much past the point of being carpet. They were essentially a second skin for the floor and nothing else.

Firebird Studios - MyBuilder image

I wasn’t too sure where to look for tradesmen for the job so I turned to My Builder to get some quotes. I ended up using them for several jobs that I had that needed to be done. They’re a very cool website and I’d recommend using it if you have any work that needs doing.

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Once we had decided who was fitting our carpets, we got a date booked in and that was when the fun started. Turns out that carpet men can be really tricky to pin down for cash jobs. Who knew? Several dates came and went, carpets were specced, chosen, mis-ordered (lime green anyone?) and finally we got to the day of reckoning. One of the most painful days of my life so far.

Have you ever pulled up carpet? Sounds relatively straightforward doesn’t it. Grab carpet, yank, job done. Unfortunately when you have 12 year old carpet that’s stuck to a concrete floor it gets a little trickier. We got to the studio at 6am to try and get all the carpet up before the guy came to lay the new stuff but we had only managed one room by the time he arrived. The stuff just wouldn’t budge!

20141017_122929Thankfully our carpet man came with a professional carpet pulling tool that made life a lot easier. I spent all day yanking, heaving, pulling, swearing and sweating. Several hours later than planned and with a mountain of carpet filling the reception area, we were done and the difference was incredible!

Everything sounded less harsh and more balanced. We had bands asking us what we’d done to make it sound so much better and we had to say “It’s the carpets”.