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A selection of recent Mainline news and outings.

Manc Floyd, The Met, Bury - April 2017

Manc Floyd at The Met (2015 photo)

Manc Floyd at The Met (2015 photo)

We were very pleased to be working with Manc Floyd again this year for their annual sell-out shows.

The Met reopened in Autumn 2016 after major refurbishment, including new lighting, projection and sound rigs. Hence the requirements this year were just to enhance the install, and for lighting design and a lighting operator.

The house lighting rig was bolstered with Chauvet Rogue RH1's, Strike 4's and 419's. Fixtures were mounted on upstage vertical truss or on-stage.

Several days programming preceded the two show days, working closely with the band to dovetail the lighting show with the AV projections, being a very important part of the show.

Client & Venue: The Met

East Lancashire Railway Sci-Fi On The Sidings - April 2017

Lighting and effects at ELR Bury Bolton Street station concourse with Dr Who exhibits

Lighting and effects at ELR Bury Bolton Street station concourse with Dr Who exhibits

Mainline provided lighting, effects and PA for East Lancashire Railway's popular Sci-Fi On The Sidings event, when it's quite normal to see Darth Vader and Imperial Stormtroopers walking around the station and locality, even posing for photos.

We provided a mix of Chauvet LED fixtures for Bury's Bolton Street station concourse Dr Who exhibits, along with a hazer, starcloth and various other drapes for atmospherics.

At Rawtenstall station, an ever-flexible small format Logic Systems CA PA system was used for a DJ playing suitably themed music.

Client: East Lancashire Railway [new window]

Hawkwind, Leeds University - March 2017

Hawkwind at Leeds University

Hawkwind's Dave Brock mid-set with monitor engineer Tom Geoghegan watching over the stage

Glass Mountain supporting Hawkwind at Leeds University

Bradford's Glass Mountain in support role

After a winter working with our dry-hire clients and servicing equipment, our first production outing of 2017 took full sound and lighting to Leeds for the acid rock / prog rock legends Hawkwind on a UK mini tour. A very tight budget and logistical problems caused some headaches due to building works and the refectory being in use most of the day, but the gig went superbly.

We bolstered our own crew by bringing in James Jewry from Soundteks on FOH sound duties, plus Tom Geoghegan as Monitor Engineer.

Lighting requirements had to compliment the heavy visual show run by the Hawkwind crew using an upstage projection screen. An upstage truss bar carried Chauvet Rogue RH1's, R2's and 230SR's while a downstage / key-lighting bar was rigged on the balcony with PAR64's and UV Cannons.

PA configurations were planned to cover various requirements, as the refectory is quite an acoustic challenge. Final setup used four Logic Systems VA ground stacked including 2 twin 18" SB2 sub units per side, and a small in-fill on the balcony area for VIP's and less mobile members of the audience.

Glass Mountain played an excellent support slot, winning over new fans with their own distinctive style, complimentary but very different to the Hawkwind sound.

Mainline thanks go to all the staff at Leeds University Refectory and Foot Soldiers Music for their hard work and co-operation, and to the Hawkwind team who were all great to work with.

Client: Foot Soldiers Music
Venue: The Refectory, Leeds University

Private wedding disco, Bury - November 2016

Private wedding disco PA system and lights

Private wedding disco PA system and lights

A private wedding disco for friends - a small format Logic CA system was used with a Line 6 radio microphone for the toastmasters and speeches, and a small analogue mixing desk.

Trusty Martin Wizards and NJD Datamoons provided ample dancefloor lighting.

East Lancashire Railway Halloween Event - October 2016

ELR Halloween 2016 booking hall lighting

ELR Halloween 2016 booking hall lighting

This year's event saw a production change to a 'creepy carnival' theme. Mainline provided lighting and effects in the station booking hall, overbridge and at platform level.

A local dance school performed in the booking hall, lit by Chauvet ColorDash LED and Martin Wizard fixtures. Chilled low-smoke fog machines added to the atmosphere, producing a floor-hanging fog in the booking hall, and also on the overbridge with its LED fixtures.

Platform level reverted to tungsten fixtures this year, with the emphasis on mood / ambient lighting. A slow chase on PAR64 bars was supplemented by festoon lighting and two fog machines. All three areas were controlled from a single DMX Universe on Avolites Titan One running on a laptop PC, providing a very cost-effective lighting control option to keep within a tight production budget.

Client: East Lancashire Railway [new window]
Venue: Bolton Street Station, Bury

Bradshaw Cricket Club Fireworks display, Bolton - October 2016

Bradshaw CC fireworks 2016

Bradshaw CC fireworks 2016

Our second PA system for this very well established public fireworks display, and Mainline were very pleased to be working with the Cricket Club again, helping them raise the bar on their productions.

This year's display was set to music from the film Independence Day. Titanium once again provided the display fireworks and time-coded audio for the synchronised firing. Our job was simply to reinforce the audio.

Logic Systems PA was used in a twin ground-stacked formation of 2 x SB2 18" sub bass, 2 x B2 twin 15" bass plus 4 x VA top boxes. Sound coverage was nicely even across the main public areas, including a tiered perimeter, with additional flank coverage provided by the client and integrated into the main PA.

A small format Allen & Heath MixWizard sound desk was used, providing inputs for the display audio, PA announcements, and background music. A compressor insert was used for the display audio, meeting the client's requirements for audio you could 'feel' right from the show's start.

Client & venue: Bradshaw Cricket Club

Homegrown Folk Festival, Bury - October 2016

Belgian group Surpluz at The Minden Suite, Fusiliers Museum

Belgian group Surpluz at The Minden Suite, Fusiliers Museum

Main stage lighting grid build and rig in progress

Main stage lighting grid build and rig in progress

A big festival on the UK folk calendar, this annual music festival and expo networking event continues to go from strength to strength. Mainline once again provided the lighting production for the main stage, headlined by Michael McGoldrick, Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and Steeleye Span.

Chauvet lighting fixtures dominated, from the Legend, Q-Wash LED and Rogue Hybrid ranges, plus Fresnel key lighting. Chauvet COLORDash LED units were used as uplighters for room ambient lighting. Control this year was via an Avolites Arena lighting desk, running ArtNet to the stage for DMX control. All show programming was carried out in-house by Mainline.

Festival arrangements were inevitably disrupted by the closure of The Met building for refurbishment, so other venues in town were hired for the event. Mainline were called on for PA services in the nearby Fusilier's Museum, which proved to be a challenging venue acoustically. Tight timescales leave little tuning time, but the end result was a good, warm sound which the bands and audiences were very pleased with. O'Hooley & Tidow and Jim Causley headlined their respective nights, and all the acts were a pleasure to work with.

A small-format Logic Systems CA PA rig was used, plus LM20 monitor wedges, with an Allen & Heath dLive S5000 sound desk and DM48 MixRack stagebox. A simple LED uplighting backdrop was also provided, with simple keylighting to keep within a tight budget.

Client: The Met,
Venues: Castle Armoury, Fusiliers Museum, Bury

Glaston-Bury festival, Bury - August 2016

The Ultimate Stone Roses at Glaston-Bury Festival 2016

The Ultimate Stone Roses at Glaston-Bury Festival 2016

Bury Van Hire

Many thanks to Bury Van Hire for donating a Sprinter hire

The annual fundraiser for Bury Hospice took place again on Bank Holiday Monday. Now in its ninth year, the festival takes over Bury town centre with venues and stages for around 80 local and North West bands.

Mainline donated PA, lighting equipment and staff services for The Peel Stage, which hosted an excellent set of bands including Small Weller, The Phonics, Black Rose, In Bloom and headlined by the Steve Ferringo Band.

Logic Systems CA PA was used, supplemented with SB2 sub-bass units and VA infill, plus LM20 wedge monitors. Mix control was via an Allen & Heath dLive S5000 mixing desk with DM48 MixRack / DX32 Expander at stage end. Lighting was Chauvet LED and Legend 230SR moving heads plus Fresnel key lighting, with control by an Avolites Arena desk via ArtNet.

A smaller PA kit of Logic Systems speakers, amp rack, mixing desk, microphones and cables was also supplied to another venue in town.

Thank you once again to Bury Van Hire for donating the hire of a Sprinter van for the weekend. Alongside all the other suppliers who gave up their equipment and services for free on the day, this really helps maximise all the hard earned cash that people donate in ticket sales, so Bury Hospice benefits directly.

Well done and thank you to all the bands, organisers and volunteers who made Glaston-Bury festival happen. Mainline are proud to be a part of it.

Client: Glaston-Bury
Venue: Cooper Street, Bury

The Great Northern Ska Festival, Manchester - August 2016

Esperanza at The Great Northern Ska Festival

Esperanza at The Great Northern Ska Festival

Mainline provided the outside stage PA for this all-day festival, featuring bands such as The Beat and The Selecter. Two hangs of Logic Systems VA speakers were supplemented with SB2 sub bass units.

A stage sound kit was also supplied, comprising wired and wireless microphones, stands, multicores, XLR's, stage power outlets and cabling, plus Logic CA drum fill, LM20 monitor wedges and amplifier rack.

Client: Soundbase Solutions
Venue: Bowlers, Trafford Park, Manchester

Sidewinder Summer Festival, Manchester - August 2016

PA speaker hang at Sidewinder Festival

PA speaker hang at Sidewinder Festival

Two sets of PA were supplied for this two-day UK Garage, Grime and Bass festival, held at Bowlers in Manchester. The main outside stage hosted a range of DJ's, singers and MC's including Wiley, Artful Dodger and Sweet Female Attitude. The PA was flown using two hangs of Logic Systems VA plus 6 SB2 sub units. Line 6 wireless microphones and Logic LM series monitor wedges were also supplied for the stage.

The Gravel Stage was curated by Formation Records, hosting drum & bass DJ's and MC's including Drumsound & Bassline Smith, and Grooverider. The PA consisted of a Logic Systems CA rig bolstered with two SB2 subs. We suffered a few technical problems during the event, but battled through.

Client: Soundbase Solutions
Venue: Bowlers, Trafford Park, Manchester.

Whitby Rising Festival, Whitby - July 2016

Alistair Griffin and band at Whitby Rising festival

Alistair Griffin and band at Whitby Rising festival

Mainline were very pleased to be involved with a brand new family-friendly one day music festival that has become an immediate success, with all tickets sold. We supplied main stage sound and lighting production for the one day event curated by Alistair Griffin.

A superb line-up of bands and performers took to the stage, ranging from singer songwriters to indie and cover bands. We wish the festival every success for the future.

Client: Foot Soldiers Music
Venue: Eskdale School playing fields, Whitby

Raise The Roof 5, Bury - July 2016

Manc Floyd on stage at Raise The Roof 2016

Manc Floyd on stage at Raise The Roof 2016

Now in its fifth year, this music festival continues to grow in its unique railway setting, with Mainline delivering full stage production again plus a deeper involvement in the festival organisation. This year added a third day of music, and a significant increase in lighting production. An LED screen backdrop really enhanced the stage show, displaying band logos and media, plus ELR advertising.

Headliners Black Rose, Led Into Zeppelin and Manc Floyd were joined by a host of other rock & indie artists with a mix of original songs and covers. Saturday also saw Blackburn with Darwen Big Band perform during the afternoon, to the surprise of passengers arriving and departing from the station.

The PA system was Logic Systems VA, bolstered this year to give a more focused and even sub-bass coverage. An end-fire configuration of Logic Systems SB2 boxes was used to good effect, which also reduced stage noise significantly.

Mainline thanks go to everyone at ELR who assisted us on the production, with special thanks going to Simon Moran for his drum kit and tech services, and to Unique Technical Services who supplied the LED screen system.

Client: East Lancashire Railway [new window]
Venue: Bolton Street Station, Bury

Summerseat Festival - June 2016

The music stage at Summerseat Festival 2016

The music stage at Summerseat Festival 2016

We were pleased to be chosen again to supply the music stage PA system for this small community festival, now in its successful third year.

A small-format Logic Systems CA rig provided more than enough punch and coverage for the various local groups who performed.

Client: Summerseat Village Community
Venue: Summerseat Village playing field

The Big Whistle Festival, Bury - May 2016

Barluath performing at The Big Whistle Festival 2016

Barluath performing at The Big Whistle Festival 2016

The annual Big Whistle Festival was held away from its traditional Met Theatre home due to refurbishment. Mainline provided lighting and sound for the main stage, this year held over two days at Bury Town Hall.

We enjoyed working with very talented musicians, and gaining experience with unfamiliar instruments such as bagpipes, flutes and a harp, with their individual mic'ing requirements.

Headliners Treacherous Orchestra filled the stage in several ways with their amazing show, bringing a fusion of Celtic folk and rock influences.

Client: The Met, Bury
Venue: Bury Town Hall

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