Some events are just worth remembering and sharing the moment with, so if they happen I may blog them here!
It's 2017 here we go!
What a great way to start a new year with MLS providing band PA for 3 stages at the renowned Sushi Samba and Duck and Waffle in London. The 38/39/and 40th floors partied hard while the crew worked hard to make a great celebration.
It was also the first use of the new d&b V10P boxes sitting over a pair of V subs
a side and they did what was expected of them, if you want to hear vocals these boxes do not disappoint!
My client Beyond Certainty of London had a particular busy December not only looking after the New year's eve party but also sending me off to Fortnum & Mason for a variety of events (yes I got to shop a little as well for pressies) The Royal Exchange at Bank also had their switch on of the Christmas Lights with a 20 strong choir outside that required miking for harmonies but despite the interuptions from the Blues and Twos racing by they were brilliant,we just needed snow! http://www.beyondcertainty.com/
The festive season was followed up by a glitzy party at the Dorchester in February
with the talents of The Detroit Super band all 12 players were on IEMs via a CL5 and FOH PA was the d&b V series line array.
Following the event with Robin Thicke on board a Super Yacht on the Thames for the NFL launch it was then straight on to Twickenham for the Rugby VIP hospitality. I was delighted to be back again providing 3 marquees with audio and engineering for the 6 Nations series during February and March. Photos of the tech can be seen in the gallery,each marquee was linked via a Dante network to provide Sky and music feeds with each presentation stage equipped with 4 Sennheiser G3 systems and a Yamaha CL5/ QL5 and QL1 desk looking after the local mixes.The lighting for the event was courtesy of Vibration and the event organisation by My shout and Smart. http://www.smartgroupltd.co.uk/rugby/the-clubhouse-at-twickenham/
I discovered recently I like Opera! Jigsaw events invited me to provide sound for the annual Bury Court Opera shows which are performed in an old and stunning renovated barn complex in Hampshire. The brief was for a multichannel soundscape designed by Kirsty Gilmore to run off QLab through an 8 channel Motu Ultralite to the surround PA as an atmospheric addition to the contemporary opera. I was present during the rehearsals and got quite immersed in the performance, should have had a box of Maltesers to enjoy with it!
April brings a variety of party events and also my favourite annual charity sponsorship of the Gosport Gang Show technical support held at the Fernham Hall Hampshire. It's a week of working with some great people and as an ex-scout myself it is a great way to payback for the fun times I had as a young cub and scout. Over the years I have supported the event we have gone from an analogue Midas Verona through M7CL and now it's a CL5, needless to say the voluntary crew love each coming year as the kit gets lighter and smaller!
Weddings are always a joy and I was asked to provide the audio element for a special couple who celebrated their union with a ceremony and party at a private residence in Wimbledon just ahead of the tennis tournament so access was pretty busy for the build! Two marquees were used (one being the same one as a certain royal couple) and set up for the reception and the other for the evening party. MLS provided speech PA with 8 x d&b E8s and full band tech with d&b V series V10P plus the latest DJ units from Pioneer with CDJ 2000NXS2 and the new DJM mixer.
Another great late August event was The New Day Festival at Mount Ephraim Gardens in Kent over the Bank holiday weekend.
This year I upgraded their main stage to a d&b V series just to ensure the folks in the bar at the top of the hill didn't feel left out!
Great to meet up with Coggers/Murdoch and Harley for a great 3 day slog of classic bands. http://www.anewdayfestival.com
The 10th birtthday and annual UK Country music Radio awards were held again at The Radisson Blu EMA and MLS was again chosen to provide the audio tech.
A real pleasure mixing the various bands that appeared. I think I'm a secret country music fan and no Rhinestone in sight.....yet!
System configuration was again d&b V series and a 64 ch Yamaha QL5 with 2 x Rio stageboxes. A very busy workload with afternoon soundchecks for all 9 artists saved for the evening event and all slotted around a live radio presentation and stage awards with video clips. http://www.ukcountryradio.com/
Check out Thorne Hill rising star http://www.thorne-hill.com/
As August comes to an end the festivals begin to tail off as the corporate events start again. First stop Cologne!
Invoicing 2 Clocktower Drive
Tel: 07860 895498 (mobile)