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A selection of recent Mainline news and outings.

STANLEY'S OF BURY REOPENING - DECEMBER 2023

Stanley's of Bury Martin Audio installation

Stanley's of Bury Martin Audio installation

Congratulations to Stanley's, making a very welcome return to Bury nightlife after reopening their doors in December, with Mainline providing temporary PA installation.

The bar had been closed since Easter 2023 following an arson attack that destroyed the interior and damaged adjacent properties.

Two Martin Audio XP12's were installed temporarily after problems were discovered with the client's intended speakers.

Client: The Woodcock Group
Venue: Stanley's of Bury

DAMNATION FESTIVAL, MANCHESTER - NOVEMBER 2023

PA system at Damnation Festival main stage during build

PA and lighting build at Damnation Festival main stage

Originating in Manchester in 2005, this well-established metal festival moved to a new home at Trafford Park in 2022, after 15 years at Leeds University. Now billed as Europe's largest indoor metal festival, the event was held over two days, the first evening being A Night Of Salvation. Mainline supplied PA and lighting systems for The Eyesore Merch stage at this year's event.

Two line array hangs of 8 x Martin Audio WPS boxes were matched with 8 x SXCF118 and 4 x SXH218 subwoofers. Downstage front fill used four pairs of Martin Audio WPM array elements, with XP15 boxes as side fill.

LE100 and LE200 stage wedges were also supplied, with drum fill using an XP118 plus XP12 combination. An Allen & Heath dLive S5000 desk was supplied for FOH control, with an Avantis desk on monitor mixing duties, plus a microphone, DI and patching package.

An Avolites Arena desk controlled a flown lighting rig of Chauvet Rogue R2 LED Wash, Rogue RH1 hybrid, Strike 4 LED wash and Chauvet COLORdash Par-Quad 18 static LED wash units.

Client: SBS Audio Visual
Venue: Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester

Pink Floydian, Fleetwood - October 2023

The Pink Floydian stage before show time

The Pink Floydian stage before show time

We were pleased to provide lighting for Pink Floydian, having worked with a number of Pink Floyd tribute acts in our time.

Avolites Arena headed up lighting control for a rig of Chauvet Rogue RH1 hybrid, Chauvet Rogue R2 LED Wash and other hired-in moving head fixtures, along with Showtec stage blinders and an Equinox Stage Hazer.

Client: Pink Floydian
Venue: Fleetwood Marine Hall

BRADSHAW CRICKET CLUB FIREWORK DISPLAY, BOLTON - OCTOBER 2023

Bradshaw fireworks 2023 lighting display

Bradshaw fireworks 2023 lighting display

In a proven arrangement, the PA employed four ground stacks of Wavefront Precision WPS set well back from the main audience areas, each having two SXCF118 subwoofers with four WPS array elements.

This year's production was more challenging due to rain on the preceding few days making the pitch impassible for anything other than 4x4 vehicle. Our Ford Ranger was pressed into service ferrying the PA equipment to and from the various locations (and assisting another van that became stuck). We really had four seasons in one day, with frost on flight cases and speaker covers adding to a very damp and muddy load out.

FOH employed our new Allen & Heath CQ-18T sound desk with mono analogue feeds to two Martin Audio iK42 amplifier racks. Infill for the bar area was handled by a Blackline XP stack using an XP15 / XP18 subwoofer combination.

The light show employed ten Chauvet Rogue RH1 hybrid beam fixtures on the ground controlled by Titan Mobile. The show was prepared in advance and triggered by Titanium Fireworks' FireOne control system. This provided the SMTP timecode to Titan Mobile and synchronised audio to the sound desk.

Bolton FM provided background music and compering, with a mono feed into our sound desk.

Client & venue: Bradshaw Cricket Club

GLASTON-BURY DJ ARENA, BURY - August 2023

Ian Van Dahl and Genie MC at the Glaston-Bury DJ Arena

Ian Van Dahl and Genie MC at the Glaston-Bury DJ Arena

Glaston-Bury 2023 DJ Arena load in

Glaston-Bury 2023 DJ Arena load in

Glaston-Bury's 2023 festival featured a DJ Arena with PA audio and lighting production by Mainline..

The DJ Arena was one of six outdoor stages and a first for the annual festival. The lineup included Ian Van Dahl, Genie MC, live vocalists Karen Parry (Flip n Fill), Rebecca Rudd (Ultrabeat) and Suddi Raval, with Decade of Dance and Elouise finishing the day.

The sound system featured two Martin Audio ground-stacked line arrays of six Wavefront Precision WPS with 3 x SXCF118 per side, with 4 x SXH218 subwoofers. Monitoring comprised an SXCF118 plus an LE200 wedge per side for DJ’s, plus two LE200 wedges downstage for vocalists.

Sound design allowed plenty of volume and overhead, while optimisation minimised noise overspill to other nearby stages.

Lighting comprised an Avolites Arena desk controlling Rogue RH1 and R2 moving heads, plus Martin Atomic 3000 strobes and Strike 4 wash fixtures. Many thanks to our colleagues at Decade of Dance who completed the visuals with their LED video wall and lasers.

Mainline also provided an LED screen backdrop and rigging for the Peel Stage, and various power and stage logistics.

Client: Glaston-Bury

CORONATION OUTDOOR SCREEN & PA, COLNE - MAY 2023

Coronation emblem

A repeat client invitation saw Mainline providing an outdoor screen and PA system for Coronation Day.

FOH control used a Windows laptop running dLive Director, with Dante Virtual Soundcard feeding live audio from BBC iPlayer to a DM48 rack. The same laptop streamed live video via HDMI to the screen scaler / controller.

The PA rig and screen both demonstrated their combined exceptional clarity and detail, with enough brightness headroom for outdoor viewing, and enough volume headroom for everything including the Sunday evening concert.

Equipment overview - Screen: 4.5m x 2.5m modular LED Screen 5.3DPI. Structure: Prolyte X30V truss on Manfrotto Black Magic winch stands. PA system: Martin Audio ground stacked Blackline XP18 subwoofer plus XP15 per side, plus XP12 delay fills at 25 metres; Allen & Heath dLive DM48 rack. Power: 20kVA generator supplied by Generator Hire Cheshire.

Client: Laneshawbridge Parish Council

Bury Pride - May 2023

Bury Pride 2023

Bury Pride 2023

Mainline were happy to be involved with Bury Pride 2023.

Equipment hired for one of the stages comprised a Behringer Xenyx small analogue mixer and two Line 6 radio microphones, plus a ground stacked Martin Audio Blackline XP18 subwoofer plus XP15 per side. GigBarflex was also supplied for lighting effects.

It's great to see this event developing again and we look forward to supporting the event in 2024.

Client: Bury Pride
Venue: The Elizabethan Suite, Bury Town Hall

BRADSHAW CRICKET CLUB FIREWORK DISPLAY, BOLTON - OCTOBER 2022

Bradshaw fireworks 2022 lighting display

Bradshaw fireworks 2022 lighting display

Bradshaw fireworks 2022 Martin Audio WPS PA speaker stacks

Martin Audio WPS PA speaker stacks

This was our second year using a Martin Audio PA system. Four ground stacks of Wavefront Precision WPS were employed, each having two SXCF118 subwoofer plus four WPS array elements.

The requirements and challenges on this job are well briefed. Great care has to be taken to avoid damaging the cricket pitch, with weather conditions adding to the challenge, and noise spill to the neighbouring area needs to be minimised.

This year, we redesigned the PA layout by setting the main stacks further back from the audience areas, giving a superbly clear and even volume throughout. FOH employed an Allen & Heath SQ-5 sound desk with Dante digital audio networking driving two Martin Audio iK42 amplifier racks. Infill for the bar area was handled by a Blackline XP stack using XP15 with a newly-delivered XP18 subwoofer pushed straight into service, fed from a local desk output.

The light show used ten Chauvet Rogue RH1 hybrid beam units controlled by Titan Mobile running on a laptop PC. Mainline worked closely with the client and our colleagues at Titanium Fireworks to pre-programme the display lighting. This year's theme was the soundtrack to Disney's Beauty and the Beast, with the light show triggered by Titanium's FireOne control system, providing the SMTP timecode to Titan Mobile and synchronised audio to the sound desk.

Bolton FM provided background music and compering, with an audio feed into our sound desk. This avoided time aligning our PA with theirs, which was some 50m behind the main speaker stacks.

Client & venue: Bradshaw Cricket Club

An evening with John Cameron, Bury - October 2022

Allen & Heath SQ-5 at FOH

Allen & Heath SQ-5 at FOH

Bury Transport Museum hosted an evening with railway legend John Cameron and other speakers. John is owner of LNER Class A4 60009 Union of South Africa steam locomotive, which served as a backdrop to the evening. The loco was newly repainted on-site at East Lancashire Railway, before being moved into permanent retirement at a private museum in early 2023.

PA consisted of a pair of HK Polar 10 speakers, with an Allen & Heath SQ-5 at FOH control, and several channels of Sennheiser lapel radio microphones. We also provided Prolyte Litedeck staging, winch-stand mounted key lighting, with power and dimming control using an Avolites PowerCube.

Client: East Lancashire Railway [new window]

Venue: Bury Transport Museum

Glaston-Bury Off The Beaten Tracks Stage, Bury - August 2022

Blowjangles at Glaston-Bury 2022

Blowjangles at Glaston-Bury 2022

The annual Glaston-Bury fundraiser happened on August bank holiday Monday. The event goes from strength to strength, with more stages, venues and bands taking part every year. Mainline ran the East Lancashire Railway Off The Beaten Tracks stage where ten bands performed. Genres ranged from rock covers and originals to pop R&B covers, dub and electronica.

We rolled out a new sound system arrangement with the entire signal chain from stage patch to amplifiers run on Dante digital audio network. This brought its new challenges but rehearsals in the days leading up to the event ironed out most issues (apologies to the earlier bands for a few technical problems). Instrument inputs landed at an Allen & Heath SQ-5 sound desk and GX4816 stage box combination for monitors, then tie-line-split out via Dante to FOH running an Allen & Heath Avantis desk.

PA employed a Martin Audio Wavefront Precision WPM system on its first festival outing with us. The arrangement used four WPM boxes per side with four SXCF118 subwoofers. The arrangement proved perfect for the space, with a powerful, tight punchy sound, and excellent clarity. Two iKon42 amp racks were employed for main PA and LE200 wedges handling stage sound, supplemented with a Nexo drum fill.

This year's lighting benefited from truss sections already pre-rigged with Chauvet COLORdash Batten-Quad 12 units and cabling. Eight box sections were quickly assembled on site to form four 4m free-standing towers at stage rear. Each tower was then rigged with a Chauvet Rogue R2 LED Wash and Showtec Stage Blinder 2. An Equinox Stage Haze 1500 added stage atmospherics. FOH lighting control was handled by an Avolites Arena desk using ArtNet into a Luminex DMX adapter at stage. Downstage key-lighting comprised a bar of Chauvet COLORdash Par-Quad 18 static LED washes.

Martin Audio Blackline is also proving itself popular after being added to hire stock recently. A pair of XP15's were employed on PA duty at The Clarence stage, run by other colleagues on the Glaston-Bury team.

Congratulations and well done to everyone on the Glasto team for another gigantic and successful event.

Client: Glaston-Bury

Rochdale Feel Good Festival - August 2022

Mainline lighting rig at Rochdale Feel Good Festival during rehearsals

Mainline lighting rig at Rochdale Feel Good Festival
during rehearsals and final programming

The Fratellis headlining Rochdale Feel Good Festival - lighting production by Mainline

The Fratellis headlining Rochdale Feel Good Festival,
with lighting production by Mainline

We were very happy to provide lighting services to Rochdale Feel Good Festival for our colleagues at ShowTech. Mainline provided full lighting design, rigging and operation for the festival main stage, headlined by The Fratellis, with main support acts HAiG and The Northern Soul Train, plus several others.

Lighting was flown on the stage truss plus four sets of ladder truss hung at stage rear. All lighting fixtures were Chauvet, comprising 14 Rogue R2 LED wash, 6 Rogue RH1 hybrid beam/ spot, 8 Legend 230SR beam and 7 Strike 4 LED wash. An Avolites PowerCube was used for dimming two 6-way PAR64 bars of key lighting. An Equinox Hazer handled stage atmospherics.

An Avolites Arena lighting desk controlled the show, via Art-Net into a Luminex DMX adapter.

The Fratellis specifically briefed no fast flashing / strobe lighting effects, and no haze to be used. This posed a different creative challenge, but the resulting show hit the mark.

We worked alongside 3D Productions who provided sound production and staging. 3D are also a hire customer of ours, so it was great to meet and work with some of their team.

Client: ShowTech Sound & Light on behalf of TG Events
Venue: Hopwood Hall College, Rochdale town centre

MARTIN AUDIO BLACKLINEX ADDED TO HIRE STOCK - August 2022

Martin Audio BlacklineX XP15 powered speaker

Martin Audio BlacklineX XP15 powered speaker

We're excited to have Martin Audio Blackline XP15 new to stock at Mainline. The BlacklineX range of speakers are excellent sounding with mains power convenience; no need for separate amplification and speaker cabling. Bluetooh connectivity is also a feature.

Blackline can be pole-mounted on a subwoofer for extended low-end reinforcement, or simply stand-mounted alone for vocal applications.

Great hire affordability at £30.00 singly, or £50.00 per pair, per day.

Contact us about hiring BlacklineX for your next gig!

LVIV BRIDGE, ROCHDALE - March 2022

Lviv Bridge, Rochdale, lit in Ukraine national flag colours

Rochdale's Lviv Bridge lit for Ukraine
Photo by kind permission of Rochdale Borough Council

We are proud to have worked with Rochdale Borough Council on its show of support for Ukraine following the Russian invasion.

Rochdale was twinned with the Ukrainian city of Lviv in 1992, with Lviv Bridge in the town centre being named in 2002. A crowd gathered for the vigil, including members of the Ukrainian local community, and a speech of support was made by the leader of Rochdale Borough Council.

A set of Chauvet COLORdash Batten-Quad 12 units was used to light the bridge in the Ukrainian national flag colours of yellow and blue.

Client: ShowTech Ltd

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