I’ve been involved with all sorts of events in lots of capacities. I’ve gained years of experience working at events like dance shows, theatre, conferences, live music, outdoor productions and festivals, working soundboards, FOH and lighting desks. Here are some of the events I’ve helped at...
This was a large scale week long production across two locations, all outdoors. This involved a lot of set up, including building the steeldeck stage, lighting rig and full sound system. The tech was essential, the performances ran into the night so lighting was a must and with audience sizes of around 100, sound was also necessary, even just to save the actors voices over the course of the week.
The sound had its challenges: we were running 14 radio mics outdoors where the range of the transmitters was limiting and for later performances, the sound was being amplified across a river. That said, we had few issues, the radio mics were reliable and all of the action was well heard and seen, getting a great response from the audience, with plentiful laughs.
Christian Music Festival
KingsStock is an up-and-coming Christian music festival attracting some big names. I was helping primarily as a sound tech on the Woodland stage, an acoustic stage in the trees, though also helped on the Impact stage, the main stage. Both using digital desks and kilowatts of amplification with no neighbours to disturb. It was an awesome experience and had a good attendance.
As well as this, I took photos and videos, some of the photos are featured on the events photos page and as soon as the videos surface I will put a link up.
One Day Festival
Strawberry Fair is a massive one day visual and musical extravaganza run by volunteers held on Midsummer Common in the middle of Cambridge. Previously I had helped on the successful Kids Area, but this year I volunteered on the acoustic stage, which has a capacity of about 1000 people. It was a constant day of entertainment, in between each musical performer was a comedy act, including an improv group using radio mics, whilst we rigged for the next act. It was a fairly simple rig - a 24 channel analogue desk with Lexicon effects on, hooked up to a Mackie system.
I also took some nice photos, some of which can be seen on the events section of the photos section.
Audacious Productions is the theatre company at Comberton Village College, where I went for secondary school. They put on large shows like Copacabana, Grease and We Will Rock You. With both actors and crew made up mostly by students, they produce impressive shows with large audiences each night. My role in these shows lay mostly in radio mics - usually over 15 with a complex script.
By Audacious Productions
By Audacious Productions
We Will Rock You was the largest show to date that Audacious Productions had put on and was the last that I was actively involved with. If you watch the timelapse I put together of it on the videos page, you get an idea of the scale of it and the amount of tech we were working with.
You Can't Stop The Beat was a compilation of songs from well-known musicals that toured in Germany. I was invited on the exchange to do all of the tech for the show. This entailed running the mix of the band, chorus and 4 radio mics, as well as the lights and a general stagehand.
These are only some of the larger events I have worked on; I have also helped with dance shows, including professional ballet, outdoor theatre, cabaret, conference, comedy and gigs. If you would like sound engineering at your event, please contact me.