live sound solutions
FOR GIGS, FESTIVALS & EVENTS
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 GB-2 32 channel 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.
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
We can also provide digital stereo recording from the desk, and backline hire if required
Update - September 2017
So, the idea was to post regular updates right here to let you know what we've been up to, but it all got a bit crazy hence this rather feeble attempt to redeem ourselves with this 'catch-all' post! So here's the stuff - and there are pics in the gallery!
February found us helping out at Hastings Fat Tuesday, a full-on Mardi Gras on the south coast, followed by sound for Ska and Rocksteady band Skabretta, and then Battle Of The Coverbands which found us at Rayleigh, Essex, providing sound and light for 8 bands battling to open Stanford Music Festival!
4 days covering the Red Beret Beer Festival, Chelmsford, in April, then sound for The Scorchers (who we like a lot)! In May we were at Blackmore festival, the highlight of which was Metallica's LASER show (cos the laser dude lives in the town)!
June saw us covering another Skabretta gig and then Undercover and wartime girl group The Bombshells at an Essex car show. July kicked off with sound for the amazing Stanford Music Festival which we were more than chuffed to be asked to cover, then a choir recital closely followed by WNDML festival, Cheshunt. We were at Tilbury for another dose of The Scorchers, and in Chelmsford for a packed gig by BAD MANNERS!
August we returned to Beckenham for Bowie's Beckenham Oddity festival and one week later we were in Promenade Park Maldon covering two stages for the Smoke & Fire Festival - a brilliant weekend packed with bands and all sorts of culinary amazingness!
Since then we've covered Toot'n Skamen in Tilbury, Birmingham reggae band The Reggaelators, and last weekend a windswept community festival at Rainham.
Loads more to do this year - keep looking back!!!