Some older Mainline events and articles.
Private wedding disco, Bury - November 2016
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
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.
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Venue: Bolton Street Station, Bury
Bradshaw Cricket Club Fireworks display, Bolton - October 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
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
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.
Venue: Cooper Street, Bury
The Great Northern Ska Festival, Manchester - August 2016
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
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
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
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.
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Venue: Bolton Street Station, Bury
Summerseat Festival - June 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
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