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36 l September 2014



Southampton-based live hire company BCS replaced all of its wireless in-ear monitoring on James Arthur’s recent European tour with Shure’s PSM1000 system. The move came following on-going problems experienced by monitor engineer Matt Williams during the early dates with the artist’s previous IEM system. For the remaining tour dates, Arthur and his live band used 10 channels of PSM1000 with five dual-channel transmitters and 10 bodypack receivers.

Events specialist satis&fy AG chose an L-Acoustics K1 system for this year’s Rock im Park and Rock am Ring festivals. The systems were tailored to meet the very different coverage requirements and production constraints of each venue. “There are other good systems out there, but I have always preferred the L-Acoustics stuff for its reliability, flexibility, and guaranteed even coverage,” says Arnd Wagner, sound designer for Rock am Ring.

Swiss rental and event production company has recently purchased a JBL VTX V20 line array system and additional Crown amplifiers from Harman Professional distributors Dr. W.A. Guenther Audio Systems AG with the aim of broadening the range of services they offer. They are the first company in Switzerland to invest in JBL’s new generation, smaller format VTX system.

Adlib supplied technical solutions, system design/infrastructure, audio, lighting, AV and equipment for the 2014 International Festival for Business (IFB). Adlib invested around £250,000 in new equipment to provide a world-class setup for the event, which took place throughout Liverpool in June and July. The scope of Adlib’s work included helping to create the IFB’s Trade and Investment Hub and nerve centre inside the Merseytravel building on Mann Island and providing technical services and equipment for around 150 main festival events.

GuilFest returns as Magic steps into major Entec role

The veteran rental house renews its association with the reborn Surrey festival, writes Dave Robinson

ENTEC SOUND & LIGHT, one of the UK’s longest established rental houses, has renewed its association with the three-day GuilFest music festival in Surrey, supplying sound design and equipment to the Main Stage in Stoke Park, central Guildford.

GuilFest ran for 21 years until it was declared insolvent with debts of £300,000 in 2012. Founder Tony Scott was granted permission to resurrect the event for 2014.

The rebirth of the festival marks a parallel rejuvenation for Entec, as Mark ‘Magic’ Ellis-Cope completes his three- month move into the role of head of sound following the retirement of industry veteran Dick Hayes.

Magic, who has worked with Entec on a freelance basis for over a dozen years, is evidently pleased with his new position. “It’s great!” he says. “[We’re] busy – very busy, which is a good thing. And getting busier. It’s nice to breathe new life into the company and move it forward.” Magic says through the contacts he’s established he aims to bring new people (“clients and freelancers”) into the Entec fold – “and a slightly different outlook”.

“We’ve always stayed at the forefront as regards systems, processing and digital desks,” he explains. “Now it’s making sure we stay at the front: we need to futureproof ourselves and keep up with the times. Everything’s ever changing in this industry, but I’m hoping my tech-savviness can be used to our advantage.”

Ellis-Cope served as crew chief and RF tech at GuilFest, working alongside production

manager Paul Warner, which saw Entec deploy a d&b system design based on a concept developed by sound engineer Liam Halpin: nine d&b J-Series large-format line array speakers plus the distributed bass array across the front of the stage. Two Avid Profile consoles, in a flip-flop arrangement, were the default for bands who didn’t bring their own desk, with a Midas PRO1 for mixing the compere and switching between the two Avid Profile FOH consoles.

At the stage end, Entec provided two Yamaha PM5Ds on monitor duty.

The biggest challenge of the weekend was managing the radio frequencies, the rental house reports. With the Guildford Transmitter in close proximity and the site also falling into the coverage catchment area of Crystal Palace, the RF spectrum is very busy.

“It can be a little fun at times but we didn’t experience any issues, and with careful planning the show again went off very smoothly,” says Magic. Although rental jobs such as

GuilFest are very much Entec’s forte, this is not where Magic wants to grow the business. “We’d like to do more in the touring market,” he says. “We

do a lot of one-off events, and through that we’ve lost our way a little. We’re set up to do it – so yes, more touring!” 

Kool and the Gang at GuilFest

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