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!
Liverpool Theatre Festival returned in 2021 at the iconic St Luke’s Bombed Out Church, the festival hub. LTF provides an extraordinary platform to showcase exciting talent from across the region through the many genres of theatre.
Oldham Borough Council’s free celebration of art and entertainment, Festival Oldham, took place on Saturday, July 24 in Parliament Square in Oldham Town Centre and Gallery Oldham Gardens. The day saw exciting events such as Street Theatre, Circus, Street Art, Dance, Puppetry, Live music, Street games and much more.
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.
dBS have been busy training our staff and also arranging some fantastic online sessions on rigging for live events with NRC rigging supervisor Alan McGregor. We were super lucky to secure Alan’s time to create these resources. The sessions took place on zoom but if you missed them you can find them below.
We are so pleased to be able to offer this session on the 25th of Jan as an introduction to digital networking for audio and lighting. This session will cover practical problem solving as well as hints and tips on designing networks for entertainment use. The session is free to attend either in person or on zoom. Places are limited but are open to anyone from venues, freelance engineers, or college students. Please email to reserve your place to Staff@dbs-solutions.co.uk with “Networks” as the subject.
Wishing all of our friends, clients, staff, and suppliers a very merry Christmas. And now with the end of 2020 on the horizon, dBS Solutions have begun to think about summer again. We hope that like us you are itching for the warmer weather where we can walk in the park or on the beach with friends again. We are also looking forward to the day when we can hold outdoor events safely and when you can come and enjoy them. If you are thinking about planning an event we would love to hear from you. Let’s work together.
Our industry has been particularly hard-hit by Covid-19 and every single one of us has had a challenging 2020 as a result. All of us have lost something: people we love, the teams we’re part of, some or all of our income, a routine and structure to our days being just some examples. We’ve all survived through the last 9 months, although what’s also true is that many of us have suffered these challenges in silence. Maybe we think that others are worse off so we shouldn’t complain. Maybe it’s because we don’t think we can change any of it so why bother talking about it. Or maybe we worry that others will think we’re weak if we admit we’re struggling. All of these responses are understandable. They’re also unhelpful.
Matt Moss, Performing Arts Technician at Runshaw College, contacted dBS Solutions about upgrading their theatre, as they had been investing in energy-efficient fixtures with LED replacements across the site and wanted to upgrade the theatre to provide a low energy and low heat solution.
Amongst all this chaos and uncertainty with Covid, it’s easy to get consumed by current events. Its important however, not to forget other serious issues that still remain, such as the affect CO2 emissions are having on our environment. With more time on our hands recently, we’ve been looking at what we can do to help.
Music stalwarts visit Warrington venues close to our hearts, to raise awareness of the plight of the events and entertainment industry due to the coronavirus crisis. They are currently on a journey across the UK – dubbed ‘The Survival Tour’.
Over the last month our install team have been busy working on a project to redesign the effects lighting & sound system at one of the UK’s leading trampoline parks. Back in the summer of 2019 Jump Xtreme contacted us for a chat about their existing lighting system. The park had been open around four years and the existing system was in need of a service.
We met on site over in Bolton to see how we could help.
Retelling the classic fantasy adventure story of Peter Pan by JM Barrie, The Storyhouse at Chester successfully updated the original play, that has been deliberately skewed towards a 21st century family audience.
dBS Solutions provided a full audio package for the show at The Bridgewater Hall Manchester including the micing of the 65 strong Orchestra. We provided a stereo line array system to cover this challenging acoustic space along with in-ear monitoring for some of the orchestra and conductor.Continue reading
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!
Over three nights at the end of September The British Musical Fireworks were held in Victoria Park, Southport. The fireworks set to music lit up the skies with an audience there to watch the seven displays and the winner announced on the final night.
Glastonferry is a one day ticketed music festival held in Warrington at The Ferry Tavern Pub in Penketh. In it’s unique postion situated on the Trans Pennine Trail and between the River Mersey and the Sankey to St Helens canal, the event took place on Saturday the 7th September and the weather held out beautifully for this late summer’s evening.
This year saw Warrington Music Festival 2019 headliners Black Grape and the Farm, as well as 22 local bands who played in Warrington’s Old Market place last weekend. The Saturday was a ticketed event to allow for numbers, however the Sunday was simply a case of turning up. Even though the weather was not quite as scorching as last year, people still turned out to experience one of Warrington’s great music events. Continue reading
The Morecombe Carnival has grown in to a full festival weekend with lots of artisits featuring on the main stage, such as headliner Toyah, four times Brit Award nominated English musician, singer, songwriter, actress, producer and author. Also The Christians, renowned for an endless string of soulful yet socially aware hits… Forgotten Town, Ideal World, Born Again, Harvest for the World, What’s in a Word, Hooverville, Words, Father, The Bottle and many more.
Summer in Southside 2019 produced by The Birmingham Hippodrome, went all Intergalactic this year with their free family festival which gave people the opportunity to explore the spectacle and wonders of outer space.
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
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.
This year’s Christmas light switch on in Bury, produced by the Rock and Tower FM had an all-star line up for the event which took place last week. dBS Solutions had the pleasure of providing sound, lighting, staging and power for Bury’s official countdown to Christmas.
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.
dBS Solutions took part in supporting Birmingham Hippodrome’s Summer in Southside 2018. The weekend saw the streets surrounding the theatre being transformed into a summer playground of fun which was free for kids of all ages.
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 were pleased to support Sarah Nelson & James Atherton’s production of ‘The Visitor’s Book’ at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre earlier this month. The new musical is an uplifting exploration on the impact of loss, abandonment and ultimately the importance of family and forgiveness.
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.
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.
dBS Solutions are pleased to be supplying audio equipment to the Mercury Theatre Colchester’s production of Turning of the Screw. The UK tour of Henry James’s thrilling ghost story, is a co production with both Dermot McLaughlin and The Grand Theatre Wolverhampton.
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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.