dBS Solutions provided a large pa system for Wirral Borough Council’s Its Your Park festival this year in the newly refurbished Birkenhead Park.
The wet weather never held back the hundreds of festival goers eager to see local bands on the Saturday and cultural musical groups from around the world on the Sunday. Hosted by the Wirral’s Buzz FM, the weekend saw a wide range of acts playing though the Ohm TRS system, with engineer Chris Bogg on front of house duties and John Attewell on monitors assisted by Rob Whitworth.
Both consoles were the new LS9-32s from Yamaha a new purchase for dBS and once again proving their worth. “Since investing in the new console its been out on hire almost constantly” says director Chris Bogg.
The First of Warrington’s annual music festival got underway to close Warrington’s Culture Fest 2007 and dBS was there to assist. John Attewell headed up the team front of house with Rob Whitworth on stage duties and Simon Naylor on lights.
dBS beat off strong competition to supply the event with a six stack Ohm TRS system to cover the main stage and TRS wedge monitors as foldback. With over 14 bands in 7 hours, it was always going to be a difficult event, however the team coped with ease and the organizers were all very pleased.
As the light faded on Queens Gardens towards the end of the day, Naylor’s lighting rig of Par cans and Pulsar Chroma strips began to come to life. The event finished at 7.00pm to allow the show inside The Parr Hall, another dBS event, to commence. As the fans dispersed, the get out of the first of hopefully many Warrington music festivals began.
dBS have just completed a sellout week of Disney’s High School Musical at the Brindley Arts Centre in Runcorn for CODYS productions. The show after over five months of rehearsals played to full houses every night and has even added an additional show later this week at the Parr Hall in Warrington. dBS supplied both sound and lighting equipment for the shows designers Graeme Ramsdale and dBS’s Chris Bogg.
Lighting equipment included Futurelight mh660s and 640s, ETC source four profiles, Martin and Le Matire effects equipment complimenting the house stock of around 90 generic lamps. Programming and operation was undertaken by Chris on a Chamsys Magic Q system and distributed on Artnet.
Audio was designed by Graeme Ramsdale and included a Protools system for playback of the Disney orchestra, voiceovers and effects plus a Yamaha LS9-32 for mixing the show on. Graeme added a hybrid speaker system consisting of Community SLS 920s and Ohm moon subs and BR6 front fills to compliment the existing Martin audio system. “Adding more flexibility was the key to the design” says Ramsdale. “with the show now moving to the larger Parr Hall we needed to ensure consistency within the system. Adding to the house system allows us to control and distribute the sound much more effectively. Radio mics, supervised by Rob Whitworth where sennheiser evolution 500s with MKE2 capsules and IMG boom mic systems. More ohm TRS112s where utilized on stage for fold back for the 70 strong cast.
Trabant, a cool blast of glamorous, leather-clad electro pop came to Warrington last week. Pyramid Art Centers technical manager Matt Moss enlisted dBS to supply a PA system for the event.
A four stack Ohm TRS system for front of house with 5 mixes of TRS112’s on stage performed nicely for the electronic group. Front of house was a Yamaha LS9 looked after by Chris Bogg while stage duties where undertaken by Simon Naylor.
dBS Solutions designed, and supplied both sound and lighting for the launch party of the groups medical branch, Siemens Medical Diagnostics.
The event at the Bridgewater Hall was based on an ice theme with live ice sculptures being performed, and was staged across all four levels of the concert halls foyer spaces. Siemens Kerry Costello commented that “the event had exceeded all of their expectations”.
dBS Lighting designer Chris Bogg integrated the use of Mac 2000 Profiles, City Colours 2500s, Futurelight mh660s, mh640s, Pulsar Chromacans, and Thomas Pixel par 90s with over 50 par can up lighter fittings and over to half a mile of cable! All the lighting requirements were controlled from a Chamsys Magic Q PC with a control wing. “The flexibility of the Magic Q system allows me to create the looks I need with lots of fixtures very quickly. Storing them in away that means I can recall them live at anytime with timed fades between looks, cuts down on plotting and time.” says Chris.
A distributed ohm sound system was designed for the band and speeches including 4 TRS 112s, 2 planet suite moon subs and 2 BR6 speakers as delays. Craig Stewart designed and engineered the event from a Yamaha 01v 96 with Alesis outboard graphics.
dBS Solutions provided lighting equipment for the Singlive Northwest Spectacular at The Bridgewater Hall earlier this year.
Working alongside the team at the hall, dBS Solutions supplied moving lights, effects machines, and a lighting programmer to help realise lighting designer Andy Lunns ideas.