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A selection of recent Mainline news and outings.

East Lancashire Railway Weddings, Bury, July 2017

Bury Bolton Street station ready for the wedding guests

Bury Bolton Street station ready for the wedding guests

East Lancashire Railway expanded its offering this year with tailored wedding events. Mainline provided a small, discrete PA for the wedding ceremonies and background music for the after-services held on the Bolton Street station platform.

We found our ever-versatile Mackie Thumps were just right for the job.

Client: East Lancashire Railway [new window]

Whitby Rising, July 2017

The Raywells, Whitby Rising main stage

The Raywells, Whitby Rising main stage

The Alistair Griffin Band, Whitby Rising main stage

The Alistair Griffin Band, Whitby Rising main stage

Second year for this top boutique festival in North Yorkshire, so a Mainline crew headed north for the weekend to take care of production on the main stage. Sadly the festival didn't make it to be the hoped-for two-day event, but attendance was up from 2016.

Curated again by Alistair Griffin, main stage line-up was a great mix of singer songwriters, cover bands and original rock / indie bands.

The lighting rig included 'Sunstrips' alongside Chauvet Legend, 419Z LED and the ever-adaptable Rogue range of moving heads, plus Fresnel key lighting. Control was an Avolites Arena desk.

FOH sound was handled by a boosted Logic Systems CA rig with two SB2 twin 18" subs. Sound control was an A&H dLive desk.

Client: Foot Soldiers Music [new window]
Venue: Stripes Farm, Whitby

Private Party, Knebworth Park Estate - July 2017

The Raywells set up for Knebworth Estate Party

The Raywells set up for Knebworth Estate Party

We were very happy that Mainline were involved in this year's private party on the Knebworth Park Estate. We provided stage and mood lighting plus live sound for several bands and artistes performing for the invite-only guests.

Performers included: The Raywells [new window], Nikki Petherick [new window], Sandra Grant [new window], with headline by Jessica Lee Morgan [new window].

Stage lighting included Chauvet Rogue RH1 and R2's, Strike 4's and Legend 230SR's. We also used up-lighting on surrounding trees as dusk fell, with Chauvet COLORDash units. Lighting control was via an Avolites Arena desk.

PA was a boosted Logic Systems CA rig using two SB2 18" subs. We've found this to be an ideal combination for small-medium gigs giving added power to the CA system at depth, with control via an A&H dLive desk.

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 [new window]

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 [new window]
Venue: The Refectory, Leeds University

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