Possibly one of the most exciting and unique events we’ve been involved with has been the Papal Visit to Cofton Park in Birmingham. Working for the main audio contractor we supplied PA rigging services for the event, undertaking the necessary work at height as required.
Despite severe weather during the build-up in the week prior to the Sunday visit, the event was an absolute success, with all parties including the BBC, offering their praise.
Here’s a few facts from the event:
Once again we’ve supplied a communications system to the Summer Madness event featuring Paul Weller, held again in Carisbrooke.
We’ve supplied 50 Motorola GP340s together with a range of accessories including noise-cancelling headsets and D-shell earpieces. In addition to this we supplied a further two radio systems to events also taking place over the same weekend.
This year also had the added challenge with a request from production for a solution to a lack of telephones in the production office on site. With the nearest building some ¼ mile away, and the event just three days away our team worked tirelessly to build, prove and install a 2.4GHz point-to-point data link to provide the backbone over which a VOIP (Voice Over IP) telephone system could be installed. Just over 36 hours after the initial request our engineers were on site deploying the system.
We’ve already started exploring the additional benefits the system could provide in future years.
June, as ever, has been a busy month. It all started with the Capital Radio Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium turning round 13 artists in just four hours. This was hotly followed by the Isle of Wight Festival the following weekend, where we took to the main stage for the 6th year running.
Late June saw us step onto the P!nk stadium tour, looking after PA in Limerick, Coventry’s Ricoh Arena and Alton Towers in Early July. Our summer run on the mainland came to a close PA rigging for culmination of The Prodigy’s Invaders Must Die Tour at Milton Keynes Bowl.
We saw the rest of August out with work back on the Isle of Wight, including Will Young and the 80’s night (yes, a bit of a contrast to the Prodigy two weeks earlier) at Osborne House, and once again one of our favourite small events on the Island Dance on the Duver supplying PA, lighting and fireworks.We’re already starting to look forward to projects in 2011, with a number of jobs confirmed for later this year in the run up to Christmas carrying on into the New Year.
8 acts, 54 shows, 52 days. We’ve just got back from the X-Factor Live Arena Tour, showcasing 8 of the live show acts from the TV shows just before Christmas, including finalists Stacey Solomon, Olly Murs and winner Joe McElderry.