dBS Solutions Over The Moon

The Museum of the Moon landed at Norton Priory in October 2021.  We were asked to help with the installation of this exciting artwork as part of Celebrate Halton Borough of Culture 2021.

Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Over its lifetime, the idea is that the Museum of the Moon will be presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors, so altering the experience and interpretation of the artwork. As it travels from place to place, it will gather new musical compositions and an ongoing collection of personal responses, stories and mythologies, as well as highlighting the latest moon science.

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The British Country Music Festival

dBS Solutions Were thrilled to again be supporting The British Country Music Festival took place on the 3-5 September as the event returned from its year out in 2020 due to the pandemic. The three-day event was held at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, and organisers put together a fantastic line-up. The three headliners were Ireland-based Nathan Carter, who took the top spot on Friday’s opening night, Wildwood Kin headlined on Saturday and Lisa McHugh lead the Sunday programme.

The Festival provided a platform to over 100 singers and musicians on five different stages throughout the weekend and every artist due to perform in 2020 were moved to 2021, to ensure that no performer lost out on the chance to appear at the festival.

The British Country Music Festival took place in the spectacular Winter Gardens indoor complex in the centre of Blackpool, a town with a heritage steeped in entertainment. The Victorian, gilt Empress Ballroom celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2021, is home to the festival’s main stage.

The dBS Team designed and supplied an all Martin Audio system this year featuring WPS as the main ground stacks with 6 boxes on each side, an out fill of 6 more WPS each side, stacked upon WS218’s in a cardioid gradient array. Infill duty was faithfully delivered by XD12s and more WPM’s double-stacked looked after the front fills. We made good use of the new lip fill settings for the WPM within Martin’s IKON amps. The system made light work of this acoustically complex room with FOH and systems engineer Danny Clare commenting “using the hard avoid feature on the venues roof space and on stage has cleaned up the sound out front immeasurably from previous years.”  Our team, end client and of course the county audiences were all impressed at the audio coverage and intelligibility.  On stage was looked after by Joe Baker on an SD12 and 12x XD15s as wedges monitors completed finally by WS18x as drum subs. Our team of Sam Edwards and Conar O’Brian looked after the patch for the weekend and ensured everything ran smoothly on stage whilst Danny headed up our team and mixed out front from an SD10 console.  It was great to see this event return to our calendar, we love nothing more than delivering music festivals on time and to our usual high standard for our clients. Whether that’s inside in a tricky room or in a field, you can trust the team here at dBS Solutions with your live event.  Special mention to Production Manager Toby, Ben and Cliff at the venue for looking after us during our time over in Blackpool. We are all looking forward to 2022!

dBS Solution’s install for the Liverpool Biennial at the iconic Lewis’s building

Two floors of the former Lewis’s department store in Liverpool are being reopened to the public after 10 years, as part of the Liverpool Biennial contemporary art festival. Although part of the building has been converted into a hotel and offices, the rest has remained closed since the store shut its doors in May 2010 after 154 years of trading.

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Rigging Part 2

Our Rigging for Live events session part 2. In this session, we look at loads on trusses, cantilevers, and calculations. We talk about how load moves from the truss to your hoists with Alan McGregor.

Rigging Part 1

Rigging for Events session Part 1. Truss & Strops.

In this introductory rigging session, Alan talks about trusses, strops, steels, and how we use them.


Did you know that we also conduct inspections on lifting equipment?

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.

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Hiring radio mic’s for your event. A little advice and some tips.

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.
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