If during the next few weeks if your venue is closed why not take advantage of having some downtime by completing your Through Examinations of any lifting equipment? Did you know that under LOLER much of your lifting accessories such as shackles, strops, steel wire ropes all should be inspected thoroughly every six months? Even safety bonds on lanterns fall under this regulation. This task can often be difficult to undertake and document during busy times. Arranging external contactors to do this when you have performances can be a hassle but now is a great time to take advantage of your venues dark period and get your rigging inspected and in good shape for when you reopen.
dBS Solutions were so pleased to be involved in the Blenheim Palace’s Festive winter wonderland as part of the illuminated Light Trail. After a freezing week and many frosty mornings, the team finally installed 75 Martin Audio outdoor speakers for Culture Creative, needed for this spectacular feast for your eyes!
dBS Solutions have had the pleasure of providing lighting and designer for Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and composer Rufus Wainwright who will play 4 highly anticipated UK dates in April 2019 to commemorate the 20-year anniversary of his eponymous debut which first burst him onto the music scene. Continue reading
Here at dBS Solutions, we not only supply equipment to professional theatre tours and events, we also dry hire our systems to lots of schools, churches and amateur theatre companies. We often get enquiries from customers looking for radio mics for their productions, so we thought we would write a little post with some of the things you should be thinking about when you’re looking for radio mics for your production.
November is a busy time for dBS Solutions. with all the firework displays, but also the Christmas light switch ons which we do around the region. This year was a first for us, having been approached by McAthurglen Designer Outlets to Support the Christmas lights switch on for Cheshire Oaks outlet.
dBS Solutions are looking forward to providing sound this year for The Mercury Theatre Colchester’s Pantomime. Jack and the Beanstalk promises to deliver all the fun and frolicks that pantos do and tickets have been selling fast.
dBS Solutions were approached by our friends at Worldspan to provide the audio for The Zipworld spooky FFear FForest in the stunning woodland setting nestled in the North Wales Conwy Valley. With adventures to keep everybody totally horrified, from the Fforest ghoaster, the UK’s only alpine coaster of its kind with scary surprises at every corner, creepy fun on the Zombie Nets or Plummet 2 Hell which drops you 100ft through a trapdoor.
Last Thursday saw the Warrington venue The Parr Hall busy with filming for the upcoming ITV talent show The Voice. The judges, Olly Murs, Will.i.am, Tom Jones and Jennifer Hudson were filming a promo video for the upcoming series.
Pirates on the Dock were back again this September for an explosive weekend. dBS Solutions were happy to be involved in another year of swashbuckling activities. The event saw the return of the famous two mask brig Phoenix which made it’s appearance on BBC hit shows Poldark and Doctor Who.
Wow, what a busy few months the summer has turned out to be. With the British weather almost cracking the flags, dBS Solutions have been working flat out in the sunshine on music festivals, arts events, tours and dry hire rentals. We’ve been so busy that we almost forgot to tell you about the great new equipment we’ve been adding into our rental stock for your next events.
dBS Solutions are pleased to be working together with Chester Zoo on their first ever large-scale gardens and science festival throughout the summer: Wild Worlds.
Warrington Music Festival 2018 organised by Score Creative Education in partnership with The Golden Square kicked off a celebration of music featuring headliner the Fun Lovin Criminals’ on the 5th May, it was believed to be the biggest, ticket-less music festival in the North West.
After some time away, dBS Solutions were delighted to return to supply full production to the festival which also hosted dozens of emerging bands from Warrington in the Old Market Place.
dBS Solutions were invited to provide Stageing and Sound for the biggest party of the year run by Les Mills UK and David Lloyd to celebrate 25 years and 100 releases of Les Mills BODYATTACK.
To celebrate the close of winter and the beginning of spring, dBS Solutions were involved in ‘firing up’ the festivities this Easter 2018 by supporting Walk the Plank’s Feast of Fire.
The annual festivities for Chinese New Year celebrations in Birmingham this February welcomed the year of the Dog and included a street party in the city’s Chinese Quarter. dBS provided full production for The Chinese Festival and were pleased to again be working with our friends at The Birmingham Hippadrome on this great community event.
We are pleased to this week be providing audio for Ireland’s Damien Dempsey as he visits
Warrington’s Parr Hall and thrilled to be working again with international concert promotors SJM.
Damien shot to fame in 1997 when his first single Dublin Town caught the attention of Sinead
O’Connor, who he later collaborated and toured with. Dempsey’s original folk flavour has seen
him win many awards such as Best Folk/Traditional Act and Best Irish Country/Roots Artist.
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Getting truly into the Christmas spirit, dBS Solutions have been working on The Snowman Tour 2017, where The Snowman film is brought to life on the big screen with live orchestral accompaniment playing the original soundtrack.
dBS Solutions had the honour and privileged opportunity to supply and operate sound at the Victoria Warehouse in Stretford for Sting’s launch of the UK premiere tour of his new musical The Last Ship, his ode to his shipyard hometown. Stings semi-autobiographical musical will head to Salford’s Lowry Theatre in July and the musical which is set in Wallsend in Northumberland, where Sting grew up, tells the story of a community amid the demise of the shipbuilding industry.
dBS Solutions recently supplied audio to the Manchester show on Rhiannon Giddens UK tour. The North Carolina born singer song writer, began on her tour to celebrate the launch of her new Album ‘Freedom Highway’ a solo album with much of her own original material.
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They took the stress out of what could have been a difficult project by their impeccable service and attention to detail.
We needed sound, lights, staging, specialised music stands and dBS were able to arrange our needs effortlessly.
I constantly came up with new ideas for our event – therefore changing the original brief thinking this might be a problem but dBS Solutions were able to tweak the spec to how we needed without any fuss or glitches.
A truly professional outfit that catered for our every need and I feel we had a lot of needs on this one!
I remember when we started this, we were overwhelmed by the magnitude of the project. All that stress was soon alleviated because of the outstanding attention to detail by dBS Solutions.
I am so happy we chose dBS. Many people commented on how good our event sounded and looked and all of that was down to their great team.
I look forward to working with this great and highly effective crew again in the future sometime!
To celebrate the launch of our new logo and rebrand, we thought it would be great to give away some stuff! To be in with a chance of winning a pair of Tascam TH-02 headphones, an all-new studio condenser microphone and some dBS Solutions swag, follow us on Facebook, and like this post or why not tell us what you think of our new look by commenting?
We’ve just got back from a fantastic weekend at the Liverpool Albert docks once again supplying all the audio for the Pirates festival. Myself and the team here at dBS Solutions were thrilled to be asked again following the success of previous events.
dBS Solutions are pleased to have supplied additional audio equipment for the Mercury Theatre’s production of Spamalot. This laugh out loud production, sound designed by our director Christopher Bogg, opened to critical acclaim in Colchester before heading to Korea to form part of this years Daegu International Music Festival.
Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts is one of the UK’s premier performance training establishments, teaching not only those on stage but those that support the Arts, lighting set and costume designers, sound engineers, designers, and directors.
dBS Solutions are delighted to be providing full production for this years Bury Transition Festival. The festival provides lighting and sound around Bury with live artists, sound sculptures and storytelling within the town’s garden areas. The events creators, The Hamilton Project contacted dBS after our work on Liverpool’s Pirate Festival. The event organisers were looking for a company with the right attitude to immersive arts events to provide sound, lighting, staging and power to a number of sites through Bury.
dBS Solutions were pleased to be providing the PA system for L30’s Million Musical Firework Display at Netherton Activity Centre this bonfire night. Our friends, Sirotechnics designed the display for Sefton’s local authority and when they had experienced audio that didn’t live up to the fabulous fireworks on previous events, Sirotechnics Director Simon Harding knew who to call. “The dBS Solutions team are awesome guys to work with. All Top notch.”
When the big planned UFC fight over at Manchester Arena needed a last minute audio system for an open workout, the arena’s Head of Events, Miriam Stone knew who to call. When an unforeseen venue change found the organisers UFC without a sound system, Miriam called dBS Solutions on the day of the event and by 14:00 our engineers were on site setting up in the Arena.
The session led by veteran live sound engineer and long term MLA user Simon Honywill will introduce Martin Audio’s revolutionary Multi Cellular Array technology to the next generation of audio engineers, serving as a grounding in the theory of the systems along with practical rigging in the field.
We’ve just got back from a beautiful weekend on Albert Docks looking after production for The all new Folk on The Dock Festival.
The sun was shining as over 82000 fans descended on the site over the Bank Holiday weekend. They where met with Folk from across the spectrum along with some great traditional sea shanties including the first ever performance of “Our Liverpool song,” a specially commissioned Sea Shanty for the modern day, written by Jason Ellis and Kathryn Rudge.
The new site over in High Leigh just off the M6 motorway is three times the size of our old place allowing us to dedicate more space to sales, demos & training areas along with more space to prepare hire kit.
If your passing on the M6 and would like to call in for a tour and a coffee feel free.
Our new address is Unit 5 Brook Farm, Swineyard Lane, High Leigh, WA16 0SD. All our numbers and emails remain unchanged.
“I wanted to thank you and your team for working on this event and providing impeccable professional service. Sam and Darren were excellent and very relaxed even in some pressured situations. Thank you again for helping us with this event. We truly appreciate it.”
Birnberg Peirce Hillsborough Team
This week dBS Solutions where very proud to have been asked to assist with suppling audio for the press conference in Warrington for the Hillsborough family support group following the juries findings. Its been such a honour to be involved in something that has helped bring closure and clear the names of so many families.
This month sees dBS Solutions investing for the first time in Allen & Heath with their QU Series of mixers to service our growing need for compact tour-able mixers. With two shows this month alone leaving us to be flown around the world in suitcases finding something that sounds great and fits in a case under 30KG was crucial. The QU series has USB streaming and midi over USB from Qlab which is great for us so combined with a midi button box also powered over USB the whole system can fit in a Peli case in an aircrafts hold.
Just a few weeks ago the guys at dBS Solutions like everyone else, woke up to the tragic news that the Viola boys and their manager and old friend Craig Tarry had been in a terrible accident. Only weeks before we had been talking to Craig about their show in Warrington where we would be supplying PA and another future date for the town. The team at dBS where delighted when SJM concerts asked us to look after the audio for this weeks musical event at the Parr Hall to celebrate the band.
dBS Solutions have just taken delivery of our newest items to hire stock. A number of large format mains distribution systems to work along side our current stock with 125A three phase incoming supplies and several single and three phase outlets with MCBs & variable time and current earth leakage across all three phase outlets individually.
With festival season just around the corner, we thought it would be great to share some tips on creating the most decisive and helpful stage plots and information to help with those all important change overs and ensure you get the best from the festival sound team.
As we’ve had a busy start to 2016, the team have barley had chance to look up since our well earned rest over the festive period. We’ve had Avenue Q begin its UK tour once again, all the pantomimes return to us and as we look towards the summer we have been adding to our stock in preparation.
Its been a great end to the year with several theatre shows going out with sound supplied by dBS Solutions. Miracle on 34th St UK tour and the Dubai production along with a fantastic new production, the UK Premier of Red Riding hood.
It’s been a great pantomime season for dBS Solutions this year with several productions around the country in London, Birmingham and our new addition, UK Productions flagship show in Sunderland Empire.
Now its all over, the team have time to reflect back on the season. dBS Sound designer Matt Chisholm talks us through the design for Sunderland.