live sound solutions
FOR GIGS, FESTIVALS & EVENTS
Update - January 2018
After a pretty hectic 2017, we're really happy to report that 2018 is already shaping up to be a busy year, with plenty of festivals lined up and some other tasty events too! Amongst others you'll find us at Maylands Festival, Blackmore Festival, Linkfest, Stanford Music Festival, MacMillan Mayhem, H.I.T.S and Maldon Smoke & Fire Festival, as well as our favourite Bowie's Beckenham Oddity in August where we return for the third year.
The hot news of the year is that we have finally given in and taken a step down the digital route with the acquisition of an Allen & Heath QU-32 digital desk together with digital stage boxes and a reel of trusty Cat5!
All our repairs and maintenance are carried out by Essex Amp Repairs
Bowie's Beckenham Oddity was held in August 2016 at the very Bandstand where David Bowie wrote his hit single 'Life On Mars' back in the mists. It was a privilege to be asked to provide sound for this one day festival featuring many talented musicians from Linda Ronson to Jonah Louie to Philip Rambow to Raf and O to an amazing Bowie tribute from 'David Live' aka the charismatic Charlie Fowler.
Organiser Wendy Woo and her team had a tight budget, but wanted everything to sound perfect - and FOH were happy to oblige.
At 6.45am on a gorgeous Saturday morning we turned up at the Bandstand, unloaded and got to work. Power was laid in for the equipment and backline. Our 3-way 18Kw system was rigged, with amp rack hiding behind an ornamental railing, 32 channel desk and outboard out front, and the stacks tethered down. As well as 4 individual monitor mixes and DI's for an assortment of instruments and computers, we provided a guitar combo, bass combo and drum kit, and 4 x motorola walkie talkies for the key staff. Stage management for the day was down to our pet 'Sneaky Beaver' Paul Jenkins. Even the van got used to move Heras fencing around during the set up! It was a magical day with one of the best atmospheres you could wish for, and we closed the van up - exhausted but happy - at 10pm. Do it again? Oh yeah!!
At 1.30pm on Saturday 4th February 2017 we were just chilling, when Annie the vocalist from Frog On A Rocket asked for our help with sound for a private 60's themed party they were due to perform at that night. At 4pm we rolled into the venue with our DB Technologies 4K rig, 32 channel desk, and a few flightcases of assorted gear. We provided all the front of house sound, 3 in-ear monitor mixes, a 4th mix for keys and bass, 5 vocal mics, 2 guitars and bass, keys, an acoustic guitar feed, drum mics, ipod music for the breaks and even dinner announcements! We recorded the gig on our stereo digital rack recorder - and even threw in some plug 'n play lighting. The band were great, the party rocked - and everyone went home happy. By 1.30am we were back at base and heading for the coffee pot!
Every job is different and we're all about giving you the best possible deal with no compromise on the gear or the service. Talk to us about what you need and we'll work with you to find the perfect solution whether it's a pub gig, weekend festival or 10 date tour. Here are a couple of example packages which can be modified, added to or generally ripped apart and put back together again to suit your requirements!
Ideal for up to 6 musicians for a pub gig or smaller venue 300/350 persons:
Engineer with Martin Audio rig comprising Blackline S18+ Subs x 2, Blackline F12+ tops x 2, Allen & Heath Zed 24 desk, EQ and outboard rack, Snake, 3 x Sennheiser e935 vocal mics, K&M stands, Drum mic kit, Cab mics/stands (or DI), 3 monitor mixes plus a mono feed for Drummer, 4 active floor monitors, all cables and ancillaries.
Add 2 x Blackline S18+ Subs to create a high SPL rig with plenty of low end punch.
Ideal for larger line-ups, bigger venues and outdoor events:
Engineer and Stage Technician with 18 kw rig comprising Ligwa 2x18" folded horn subs x 2, Martin F215 mids x 2, Martin H3 Mid/top Bi-amp cabs x 2, Amp rack, Soundcraft GB2-32 desk, EQ and outboard rack, 32-8 Snake, 5 x Sennheiser e935 vocal mics, 3 x Shure SM58 vocal mics, K&M stands, Drum mic kit, Cab mics/stands (or DI), additional DI boxes, up to 6 individual monitor mixes, 5 x active floor monitors, all cables and ancillaries.
Upgrade to Ah QU-32 Digital desk with cat5 Dsnake, AR2412 and AR84 Stage boxes
Add 2 x Martin F12+ front fills
Upgrade monitors to 6-way HK Audio/Lab Gruppen system for larger venues/stages
Add 3 x Shure Beta58a/SLX Radio Mic package
Add LIGHTING package with truss gantry over drummer, 6 moving heads, 12 wash lights, hazer and laser, 2 x 4-head stage wash/spot fixtures.
We can also provide digital stereo recording from the desk, and backline hire if required
"Friendly and fantastic, high quality from start to finish. Would highly recommend their services to anyone! Will be going straight to them for all future events! Cheers boys!"
Annie Humphrey - Frog On A Rocket
(All Bar One Awards)
"Professional, friendly and fantastic. Would 100% recommend and we will definitely be using themm again for our next event!!"
Vikki Holder - Organiser, Oktoberfest
"Hired FOH to supply live sound at a festival for 5 bands. They were a pleasure to work with and the quality of their work was superb."
Steve Henderson - Chingford Beer Festival
"Booked for Bowie's Beckenham Oddity Festival & it was the best move ever! Hoping there's another event next year as we want FOH LIVE SOUND again!!! You're stars, we love you!"
Wendy Woo, Event Organiser
"Great gear, great sound and great service."
Paul Antonio, Solar9 Covers band
"FOH came to the centre of Ipswich, set up, ran the sound for the whole evening and at the end of the night quickly and quietly packed up all on a busy pre-Christmas Friday night.
Minimal fuss, maximum professionalism.
Definitely using them again."
Tim Nash, RAF Wattisham