The annual Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and Industry held their annual Business Awards for Excellence at Cowes Yacht Haven, attended by 300 members of the local business community. For the 8th year running, we looked after their production and technical needs, utilising an HD34-based ground support system to handle all lighting, PA and video rigging requirements.
We supplied a combination of audio kit to look after the changing requirements through the evening, from a full mic package for the band through to DPA 4066 headsets for the host using our Shure radio mic systems.
Host Fred Dinenage looked after the evening's fomalities, a function band keep partygoers entertainment later in the evening.
DECADeANCE held it's 8th birthday this year, once again beating it's own fundraising record. We supplied a full ground support package to completement the house stage at Cowes Yacht Haven, together with a full rigging, lighting and video projection package (with video content supplied by the show team). We supplied a full mix of conventional and LED fixtures, with a range of beam and profile moving heads.
The whole job was finished off with two hangs of L'Acoustics Kara, complemented by our 218 subs.
We supplied a complete rigging package to Southampton-based LED screen company Video Wall Technologies for the installation of LED screens at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow for the Track Cycling World Cup.
The venue, built for the Commonwealth Games, necessitated the installation of a 25m long primary truss from which screen trusses were flown from which the 8m wide screens were suspended.
For the fourth year in a row we suppied a d&B J-Series PA system together with 2x9m delay towers to the fireworks show in Walthamstow for the London Borough of Waltham Forest Council's display on November 5th.
After last year's cancelled show, organisers kept their fingers crossed as a band of torrential rain settled in for the afternoon, however with the weather drying up shortly before doors over 10,000 revellers enjoyed the pyromusical show staged by the local authority.
We were approached by Robin Hill Country Park to look at options to enable the addition of performances by a number of aerialist performers as part of their Electric Woods season. Fitting the build around the park's opening hours, we installed the structure early to ensure that it was ready for rehearsals by the performers in the run up to the half-term run. The 8 nightly performances were watched by thousands during one of the park's busiest periods on record.
We were tasked with installing a tiered staging system into Shanklin Theatre to provide a combined seating and standing platform for the 80-strong cast of the Cwmbach Male Voice Choir, together with a rostra for their conductor and reinforcement of the house's forestage to support a grand piano close to the downstage edge.
Not only were we up against tight build and break deadlines, with large shows in the theatre both the day before and after the show, but Shanklin Theatre has one of the steepest rakes amongst theatres in the country. Built and levelled in a little over 2 hours, the stage went down a storm with choir's management, our client and the theatre's management alike!
August saw the return once more of 80's festival Jack Up The 80's, with headliners Leo Sayer and Bad Manners. Some 17 acts took to the stage over the two day festival, to which we supplier our SR1008 stage, together with a full production package covering everything from lighting and sound to power and risers.
Our L'Acoustics dV-dosc line array system once again flanked the main stage, with an Avid SC48 looking after FOH duties and a Yamaha M7 on stage for monitors, with an 8-way Sennheiser G3 IEM system and 4-way Shure UHF-R Radio Mic package.
We've supplied a custom-design tiered Litedeck seating system to Brading Roman Villa for their living histories weekend. The structure was designed to fit into the big-top arena that was created for fighting reenactments to take place in, and meets all legal requirements for grandstand seating. Originally designed to be fitted with seating, these were removed during the design process to profile more of a feel of a Roman fighting arena.
Despite a tight build and break schedule, with just a matter of hours available to install and remove the seating, the event opened on-time and organisers were over the moon with how the event went.
It's been a busy start to the summer season, with events scattered across the country.
Over the last few weeks we've supplied staging and rigging to a number of events including AAM Cowes Week, Chale Show, and we've just started our summer residency at the Needles Park for their Magic In The Skies season.
Meanwhile back at the warehouse we're preparing for a number of upcoming festivals which go out the door this week, including Jack Up the 80s, Garlic Festival and Classic Isle.
We supplied a full event package to the 2016 Dance on the Duver event, comprising of our SR0605 stage and a full ground support package for lighting over the audience for the 500 strong audience.
In addition to the staging and rigging, we also supplied all lighting and sound on site, temporary power distribution systems, site lighting covering all cooking, bar and work areas in addition to the access and egress routes for the site.
The event raises money annually for the local Earl Mountbatten Hospice and the RNLI, selling out weeks in advance of the event.
We've supplied our BS10 10m bandstand to the Barclaycard British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park. Working with site production company Loudsound, we supplied the structure, built to fit in around a tight site build and break window.
The structure is due to stay on site for almost 3 weeks, and will see a number of bands play the stage over the two main weekends and some of the one-off nights of entertainment.
Hot off the back of the Isle of Wight Festival we packed up our trucks and headed for London to load straight in to the Chiswick Summer Sessions. We supplied our SR1008 stage together with a full lighting and L'Acoustics/Avid/Yamaha sound package to the event which played host to a number of very different evenings.
The event opened with two nights of Tosca, including a guest performance from Paul Potts. Utilising Shure UHF-R radio systems and DPA headsets, every part of the dialogue was heard despite the stormy and wet conditions on the first night.
The event saw headliners All Saints kick off their summer tour on the Saturday night, with a full live band. We augmented the system from the previous operatic nights with a full monitor and IEM system, and upgraded the lighting package to a more rock-and-roll look. Sunday brought Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra to the stage, who closed the event.
We've had our busiest year yet at the Isle of Wight Festival, working both for promoters Solo directly and a number of other production and marketing companies across site.
We supplied our SR1008 stage for the Hard Rock Stage, complete with PA wings and cowshed and Cirque De La Quirk had our SR0605 stage. Overall some 160 sheets of Litedeck were deployed across site, at a range of indoor and outdoor venues, including Hipshaker. We also supplied a full marquee, lighting, sound and power package to the Tangerine Dream area at the festival.
The event also saw the first outing for our new ground anchor system, which was a huge success after a long period in development to ensure compatibility with our range of truss bases and ground support systems. Overall some 20,000 litres of water was saved on this one festival alone, and we're looking forward to reducing our environmental footprint at festivals moving forward through the use of this new system by saving tonnes of water, in addition to reducing transport volume.
...go! At least we're starting the events season with a race - quite literally! We're back at the Dragon Boat Race for Isle of Wight Festival promoters Solo. Held once again at Island Harbour, we've done our annual dental work to open the dragon's mouth in addition to some truss work around the site.
We're also jumping on board the Island Business boat with a number of local businesses, pitting our nautical skills against some well known celebrities who'll be lurking throughout the day
Exciting news just in... we're in the process of moving to larger premises :)
You won't have to look far for us, in fact we're just around the corner from our old premises, moving into a 3,500 square foot in the old Hoverworks engineering workshops on the Duver in St Helens. This gives us access to larger parking facilities, in addition to increased storage space and workshops.
Once we're settled in, you're welcome to pop in for a cuppa.