Loughborough Students' Union

Whilst working at LSU I worked on events featuring some great acts. My roles during these varied, but I have great memories like mixing The Midnight Beast and Stooshe, or lighting The Hoosiers, and here are some of the acts for events I've worked:

KingsStock Music Festival

KingsStock is an up-and-coming Christian music festival attracting some big names. In my first year there 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 sound desks and kilowatts of amplification with no neighbours to disturb. In later years, I was also involved in using Avolites lighting desks and a little bit of visuals. It was an awesome experience and had a fair attendance.

Strawberry Fair

Strawberry Fair is a massive one day visual and musical extravaganza run by volunteers held on Midsummer Common in the middle of Cambridge. I've been involved with the fair over a few years, taking on different roles, including leading sound on a stage and as a tech stage hand. This involved handling the changeovers between the different setups for the acts during the day, managing the stage and mixing sound on both analogue and digital consoles.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

This was a large scale week long production across two locations, all outdoors, put on by Nasu Enzuru - I've worked a fair few of their productions, but this was their largest. 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 limited and for later performances, the sound was being amplified across a river - this is one of the few shows I've worked on where you get to the FOH by punt (this only created a few interesting issues to troubleshoot...). 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.

Nasu Enzuru - A Midsummer Night's Dream performed across the River Cam in Cambridge

Audacious Productions

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. There would usually be a week of set up and rehearsals where I gained experience of rigging a set, as well as micing up bands and setting up desks. My role at FOH these shows lay mostly in running sound for the radio mics - usually over 15 mics with a complex script.

Audacious Productions We Will Rock You

We Will Rock You

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. There were roughly 20 radio mics, a full band, visuals, complex set and a lighting rig.

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Allen & Heath Mix Wizard WZ3 Rack Mount Mixer

You Can't Stop The Beat!

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.

Comberton Sports and Arts

Comberton Sports and Arts

The Audacious Productions shows were only some of the larger events that were put on at Comberton Sports and Arts. Whilst there, I worked on dance shows, conference, magic shows, live sound gigs, cabaret and professional ballet, to name a few. This gave me a rounded experience of events, working most of the positions in the building, from the door to managing the tech team for an event.