Festival Sound System and Lighting Installed in Under Two Hours.
Earlier this month, technicians Alex Babylone, Mario Antonov and Mark Bennett packed their festival gear along with a truckload of equipment heading to Wiltshire’s Cliveyfest 2015. Donating a mix of their own time and staff CSR time, they designed and installed the lighting and PA system, managed the artists and the main stage programme for the charity event which raises funds for Air Ambulance while providing a launch platform for some of the UK’s most exciting new bands.
Within half an hour of arriving, the team had music playing through the main PA while the remaining kit and lighting was deployed at speed, adhering to a detailed schedule and the Health & Safety Method Statements drawn up in advance. The team managed to install the stage PA, ready for sound checks, in just under two hours. The control desks and amplifiers were pre-programmed before leaving our London warehouse in order to save time on site.
Working closely with the organiser, Alex’s team began liaising with the bands as soon as they were signed in order to build the list of kit needed for each act. The team managed the schedule right through to sound checks and rehearsals to ensure minimal disruption to other activities and a smooth change-overs between acts.
The front of house PA consisted of a D&B system that allowed for the sound to be loud enough by the stage but focused so that it wouldn't disturb the neighbours and comply with regulations for outdoor entertainment. On stage, we provided full drum kit mics, vocal microphones and di boxes and a full stage monitor system. To our specification, the organisers provided three phase power which we fed to the PA, monitors, backline and the lighting, kindly provided by Radiance Production and pre-programmed by our lighting team ahead of the gig.
Although not needed in the end, the wet weather plan included a cover for the stage and an open marquee to provide shelter for the audience.
The line-up of talent playing at Cliveyfest 2015 included Hot Topic, Smooth Sailors, Brake Light and Crash Gears. In 2014, Cliveyfest provided a launch platform for successful indie/folk band The Kingston Inn.