JB’s – Party Venue
The mini shed of sound has a big brother -a spiritual home if you will.
The big brother of the mini shed is JB’s – a 13 metre x 5 metre timber frame shed. This is the ultimate party venue.
It travels far and wide. It can be found every year in a field just outside Ashbourne, near Dovedale in the Peak District. It does come in three sizes but we like the largest of these (you can get more people in the big one). It’s a multi functional festival venue. The mini shed of sound sits at the very back and is the control centre for all the musically based activities. JB’s is built entirely of reclaimed timber and the inside is lined with a mixture of white camouflage netting and parachutes. There’s also a couple of spinny ball things (disco lights that spin).
We also strategically position lasers here and there which project out into the night sky usually over a camp fire and through the smoke thus creating stunning smiky laser visuals. We’ve got a really nice sound system too and for when it gets late and not everyone wants loud music we crank up the silent disco – three channels of tunes transmitted direct to headphones for the user to choose from. If you don’t want to listen to the music on the headphones you can simply take them off (or not put them on in the first place) and listen to people singing (badly) along to the music they’re tuned to.
Quite often it is preferable to listen to the music as listening to three different sets of people all headphone singing to three different songs can get quite irritating – it’s also quite hilarious. We think JB’s is the ultimate temporary outdoor venue. We think the timber framing gives JB’s a really unique shed like feel that you wouldn’t get in a tent or marquee. The timber frame also allows us to fix all sorts of kooky decorations and lights to the inside of the frame, something we’ve found impossible with metal poled marquees.
We love wood! Especially reclaimed wood and it’s great to build something out of material we’ve scavenged. There’s also a small stage area up at the top end where the Mini Shed of Sound sits. It’s only raised off the ground by a few inches but just enough to elevate the performer so most can get a glimpse. This also makes a great raised platform for dancing when the there’s no live act and we’ve go the tunes on.