With all the organising going on to get ready for our next soup, this seemed the perfect time to share a few things we learnt from our first one:
- We need more than 30 minutes to set up.
Yes, we really were that optimistic. Right up until the day before, when we panicked and gave ourselves 2 hours. Barely made it.
- Check what other events are going on at the venue.
Very important if there’s an upstairs. At first we weren’t sure if a dancing class was above us or if Stomp were performing for the hard of hearing. Either way it made things difficult.
- Our small PA system isn’t good enough.
Especially when competing with impromptu Stomp performances.
- You can fit a large electric organ into a disabled toilet.
Do with this what you will.
- Using a cheap A4 Laminating machine can be strangely therapeutic.
Seriously, if you have the time, try it for yourself!
- Filming interviews indoors is almost impossible.
With all the noise from excited Soupers it can be difficult to hear anything you record.
It may be best to go somewhere quieter, like outdoors.
- Filming interviews outdoors is almost impossible.
Okay so with all the wind and potential traffic, outside may not actually be any better.
We wonder what the professionals do!
- We didn’t know folk music could be so rude and funny.
We knew it could be beautiful, haunting and rousing. But not so very rude.
Thanks to Georgia Lewis, we now know better!
- People can be awesome.
We all know people can be, but it’s such a great feeling when you see so many people actually being it.
- We possibly didn’t need as much soup as we had.
Quite probably. Even though one chap had 8 bowls for himself. To be fair they were delicious.
Yes, most definitely, less soup next time.
It was a fun night and we aim to take this little bit of learning and make the next one even better. Hope you can join us.
A quick update.
First we’ve got to mention Buzz on Boundary. We posted up for help and had immediate offers from Purnima @ Best Wishes and Sally @ Tesco. It’s a great little online community with all the shops helping each other and giving out special offers. Worth checking out.
This weekend emmaus Brighton offered to make soup for us! We already have soup contributors (thanks Tom and Ash), but now, even with a full house (and we’re hoping to get one) nobody’s going hungry. If that wasn’t enough, Joel, the manager, offered emmaus Brighton as a venue for a future event. How great is that! If you haven’t been to emmaus do, it’s more than a huge charity shop: it’s got a great cafe, outside seating, grounds to explore, places to chill and relax, friendly people and a really nice vibe running through it. A beautiful place to spend time on a summer evening. Eating soup 🙂
We also had Emma @ Sainsburys West Hove helping us and Hilary arranging for allotment vegetables. That and with the goodies people are bringing with them, we really are sorted for food. In fact we’re pretty much good to go with food, drink & entertainment. Now time to decide on the projects. So we finished the week meeting Proposers (Entrepreneurs? Pitchers? What do we call them? Suggestions?). Really nice people with great projects and more to meet with this week. We’re closing for submissions soon, but still time if you’re interested – Just be quick!
Not everyone gets a mention, but a big thanks to everyone helping us out.
Well last week was a busy one, but a good one too.
We confirmed the venue/date and let the ticket site go live. We sold our first tickets, a great relief as it won’t be just us eating soup and pitching ideas to each other in a big empty room. We had a glitch when someone tried to buy a ticket and it wouldn’t accept cards – only PayPal. We ticked the “Paypal” option to give people more choice, but it seems Eventbrite doesn’t work that way. Most annoying.
Well we’re new to this and we knew it wouldn’t all go perfectly – we’ve learnt something for next time. So we’ve added options to pay by bank transfer or cheque. And you can always call and we’ll sort something out.
We’ve managed to get some major soup help too: Tom, who runs the awesome Soup Dept is making us a huge pot of soup on the night – you know it will be delicious :). We’re also talking to a local chef who may be helping too, with something hot and spicy. We’ve also had confirmation of attendees bringing some of their own food to share so we just might end up with variety of food for all different tastes. Fantastic!
And if that wasn’t enough to qualify for a good week, we’ve also received our first project submissions – and they are exactly the kind of ideas we want. We’re tempted to tell you about them now, but it’s probably best we wait until nearer the time if not the night itself.
So a really good week and only 6 more to go.
The BrightonSoup Team