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Bolton School - December 2019

Lighting fit-out for Bolton School Hall

Lighting fit-out for Bolton School Hall

Bolton School's magnificent main hall was fitted out with key and ambient lighting for their end of year production, 'A Christmas Carol'. Lighting comprised various tungsten and LED fixtures together with runs of LED festoon. Power logistics were a challenge as it wasn't possible to light everything using LED. Incoming mains was fed from an adjacent building into local distribution while keeping cabling as inconspicuous as possible.

Lighting control was laptop PC-based Avolites Titan One, allowing staff to run the show themselves after an introduction.

Client & venue: Bolton School

Bradshaw Cricket Club Firework Display, Bolton - October 2019

Fireworks & lighting display at Bradshaw Cricket Club Fireworks & lighting display at Bradshaw Cricket Club

Fireworks & lighting display at Bradshaw Cricket Club

Another spectacular and successful fireworks production saw Mainline on our fifth annual event for Bradshaw Cricket club. This year's display was set to music from The Lion King film soundtrack. Mainline supplied a PA system for the music reinforcement and lighting to supplement the fireworks.

The event production has steadily increased over the years with growing popularity, and intelligent lighting becoming a more important element. Working closely with our colleagues at Titanium Fireworks, several days of programming preceded in the Mainline studio. A bank of Chauvet Rogue RH1 Hybrid fixtures were used, with the show cued by the fireworks firing timecode, running fully automatically once the firing signal began.

This year saw our largest PA deployment yet for the client, using five speaker stacks. Three stacks of Logic Systems VA were used for main tiered audience areas, comprising SB2, B2 and VA units. Two full stacks of Logic Systems CA then covered the remaining areas.

Sound control was an Allen & Heath SQ-5 digital mixing desk driving a DX32 expander unit. AES digital audio was used extensively, feeding main VA stacks. Local radio station Bolton FM provided pre- and post-display music with a feed into the Mainline PA. The SQ-5 mixing desk channel compression and delay features came in handy for controlling the radio feed, as the crowd were 100m and more away from the Bolton FM truck PA system.

Client & venue: Bradshaw Cricket Club

Teachers Pet Rock Show UK, Congleton - September 2019

Teachers Pet Rock Show UK performing at the East Cheshire Hospice fundraiser

Teachers Pet Rock Show UK performing at the East Cheshire Hospice fundraiser

We were happy to help at a gig for East Cheshire Hospice. The charity's sound company had pulled out of a small fundraising gig headlined by the very talented Teachers Pet Rock Show UK. Mainline were able to step in at short notice.

The PA system consisted of the very versatile Logic Systems LM20 wedges plus an Nd215 bass unit, and LM20's for stage foldback, powered by Matrix amplification. Our Allen & Heath SQ-5 mixing desk was on FOH and monitor mixing duties.

Client: East Cheshire Hospice
Venue: The Waggon and Horses (Eaton)

New to stock! Allen & Heath SQ-5 mixing desk - August 2019

Allen & Heath SQ-5 digital mixing desk now available to hire!

Allen & Heath SQ-5 digital mixing desk now available to hire

Allen & Heath SQ-5 digital mixing desk rear view

Allen & Heath SQ-5 digital mixing desk rear view

New to Mainine hire stock: Allen & Heath's highly acclaimed SQ-5 digital mixing desk. Never has so much processing been available, in such a small format, for so little cost…

  • 48 channels
  • 96kHz 24bit sampling
  • Class-leading latency of < 0.7ms
  • 8 stereo FX engines with dedicated return channels and access to the acclaimed RackExtra FX library
  • 12 stereo mixes, configurable as groups or auxes
  • 16 onboard preamps
  • Extra inputs available via a digital snake and configurable stage box (CAT5/6 connection)
  • Remote control via FREE SQ MixPad app
  • Up to 8 instances of SQ4You, the personal monitor mix app
  • Connect to other SQ or dLive mixing systems, e.g. as a monitor desk in FOH / Monitor duties
  • Dante networking option also available

Hire options:

  • SQ5 - just the desk, no expansion options, £65.00 / day +VAT
  • SQ5 + Stage Box - desk plus dLive DX32 Expander stage box with 24 analogue inputs and 8 analogue outputs (can be configured with AES in / out if required), £80.00 / day +VAT
  • SQ5 + Stage Mix - as Stage Box option plus WiFi pack for MixPad or Mix4You apps running on your own device(s), £90.00 / day +VAT

See full details of the SQ-5.

Glaston-Bury, Propaganda - August 2019

Sunglo at Propaganda Bar, Bury

Sunglo at Propaganda Bar, Bury

We ran the sound for Propaganda, one of many venues and stages taking part in this year's Glaston-Bury festival. This annual fundraising event continues to build from strength to strength, blessed with good weather again this year.

This was the first outing with our new Allen & Heath SQ-5 mixing desk following a few days of familiarisation. We used a dLive DX32 Expander as the stagebox, to allow more input channels. The desk proved to be a very flexible and powerful. PA was a small-format Logic Systems CA rig with a couple of Mackie Thump speakers for foldback due to the budget and very limited space available.

Thank you to all the bands who performed at Propaganda, and the Propaganda team. It was great working with you!

Please check out some of the bands in the lineup:
Sunglo
Havoc 51
P Starr
The Riflemen Of War
Mercury Machine
Swamp Dog
The Ventrelles
Provocateurs
The Amber List

Client: Glaston-Bury
Venue: Propaganda, Bury

Sci-Fi On The Sidings, East Lancashire Railway - August 2019

Doctor Who exhibits at ELR's SciFi on the Sidings Event

Doctor Who exhibits at ELR's SciFi on the Sidings Event

We were very pleased that Mainline was invited back to provide lighting and atmospheric effects on this year's Sci-Fi On The Sidings. This now annual ELR Event continues to grow in popularity, appealing to visitors of all ages.

We supplied a mix of Chauvet Rogue Hybrid and LED wash intelligent lighting fixtures including an outing for our recent additions, COLORdash Batten-Quad 12 LED strips, along with Unique hazing. Control was in the hands of Avolites Titan Mobile, now available to hire from us!

Client: East Lancashire Railway [new window]

Authentic Pole Dance 2019, St Helens - July 2019

Truss rig for Authentic Pole Dance 2019

Truss rig for Authentic Pole Dance 2019

Continuing another busy month, we had our first ever pole dancing rig build. Not exactly rock and roll, but the dance moves involved still require a very stable, sturdy rig, with the stage rake of 1:19 being a further consideration. This competition setup had two vertical poles.

A truss lighting grid design was adapted, raised off the stage on truss legs. Global F33 tri truss was used for the whole rig, with the poles supplied by the client (not currently part of our inventory!).

Client: Opal Dance
Venue: Theatre Royal

Private party, Knebworth Park Estate - July 2019

ELO Again at Knebworth July 2019

ELO Again at Knebworth

Other lighting around the stage area at Knebworth

Other lighting around the stage area at Knebworth

Our third outing to this party held occasionally on the Knebworth Park estate. This is a little music festival and party for friends and invited guests only, held in the secluded grounds of the fishing lodge, and we were so pleased to be invited back.

A very varied lineup was headlined by ELO Again, a fine seven-piece E.L.O. tribute band playing all the well-loved hits. The evening was finished off by Les Lunettes, delivering a storming set of rock and pop covers from across the years in their own styles. Supporting acts ranged from a solo piano recital, the amazing voice of Abi Dhese Biggs, plus saxophonist Sandra Grant making a welcome return.

PA system was a tried and tested full Logic CA rig with flown top-boxes, bolstered by twin SB2 sub bass cabinets. Lighting comprised new Chauvet COLORdash Batten-Quad 12 LED units, 419Z LED washes, Strike 4 LED blinder/ washes, and a range of Fresnel fixtures for key lighting. A few more architectural fixtures were arranged to light surrounding trees and areas. Having a fairly large generator supply allowed us to use a few more tungsten lamps in the lighting system, giving extra warmth alongside LED colouring.

Front of house saw lighting control using an Avolites Arena desk, while sound was under control of an Allen & Heath dLive S5000 surface plus DM48 Mixrack at stage end. Multi track recording was used for some acts, using a JoeCo Blackbox BBR 64 Dante recorder.

Sankeys 25th Anniversary, Manchester - July 2019

Logic VA setup at the Sankeys 25th Anniversary event, photo courtesy of ACE PA Ltd.

Logic VA setup at the Sankeys 25th Anniversary event, photo courtesy of ACE PA Ltd.

When you're already planning a sizeable production outing and an enquiry lands for the same weekend, it can be a challenge. Mid-July saw us supply to, or operating at, FIVE weekend events…

We joined forces with our colleagues at ACE PA Ltd., putting most of our larger Logic System VA PA for the Sankeys Outdoor Day Arena. Two hangs of VA boxes were coupled with stage- and ground-stacked B2 bass cabinets with VA centre-fill, B2 and an array of SB2 sub cabinets. Amplification was a mix of Matrix and Camco Vortex. Sound system power totalled around 34kW, enough headroom for volume, coverage and low-end kick.

Client: Soundbase Solutions
Venue: Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester

Matilda The 20 Minute Musical, Market Harborough - July 2019

The cast of Matilda The 20 Minute Musical

The cast of Matilda The 20 Minute Musical

We were contacted by a client in distress - they'd been let down with only a few days' notice to find a replacement provider. We stepped in with stage lighting and PA for their production of Matilda, The 20 Minute Musical. A superb effort from our man on the ground saw everything ready to ensure doors opened on time.

The PA comprised a set of pole-mounted Logic LM20 monitor speakers for reinforcing a shy cast of kids facing a range of boundary and vocal microphones. Control was a small format digital mixing desk. Lighting provided a range of wash colours on stage using COLORdash LED PARs. Lighting was necessarily static, due to time and a tight budget.

The result was a lovely production and a happy client, which of course makes us happy at Mainline!

Client: Stagecoach Performing Arts
Venue: Robert Smyth Academy

Weddings, East Lancashire Railway - Summer 2019

Wedding scene at East Lancashire Railway

Wedding scene at East Lancashire Railway

Mainline are very pleased to be working with East Lancashire Railway again, helping to deliver their wedding venue and service offering. We typically provide a small PA system and music playback for civil ceremonies held at ELR's Bolton Street Station.

This is an increasing popular alternative to traditional church ceremonies! Typically, we'll play the arrival and ceremonial music, with background music before and after the service. Microphones are provided when needed for speeches, announcements, and so on.

Client: East Lancashire Railway [new window]

1940's Event, East Lancashire Railway - May 2019

1940's style British squaddies at Rawtenstall Station, ELR

1940's style British squaddies at Rawtenstall Station, ELR

Another of our regular jobs is providing a small but discreet PA system for commentary during the WWII battle re-enactments.

A pair of Mackie Thump 500W speakers are used with a Line 6 wireless microphone input. This setup provides enough coverage, throw and clarity despite the battle noise of blank rounds being fired, along with pyrotechnics.

Client: East Lancashire Railway [new window]
Venue: ELR Rawtenstall Station [new window]

Hattons Model Railways, SEC - February 2019

Hattons Model Railways exhibition stand at Model Rail Scotland

Hattons Model Railways exhibition stand at Model Rail Scotland

Our trade stand structure was supplied to Hattons for the 2019 Model Rail Scotland event.

The structure comprises a floor-standing 6m x 6m grid at a height of 3m, using Global Truss aluminium tri-sections from the F33 range.

Key lighting was achieved using a variety of PAR56 and pin-spot fixtures.

Client: Hattons Model Railways [new window]
Venue: Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow

Manc Floyd, The Met, Bury - May 2018

Manc Floyd performing their final gig at The Met.

Manc Floyd performing their final gig at The Met.

Manc Floyd performing their final gig at The Met.

Manc Floyd performing their final gig at The Met.

We were pleased and saddened to run the lighting production for Manc Floyd's final shows. The band members have decided to go their separate ways after several very successful years playing Pink Floyd music in the live circuit. Mainline have worked with Manc Floyd for several years including Raise The Roof festival and their own sold-out gigs at The Met.

The lighting rig included two RGB laser units, Chauvet Rogue RH1's, Strike 4's and 419 LED washes. Fixtures were mounted on upstage vertical truss and on-stage.

Sadly, sax player John Hickson was too ill to make the final shows. Our best wishes go to John and everyone in the Manc Floyd family.

Client & Venue: The Met [new window]

1940's Weekend, East Lancashire Railway - May 2018

1940's weekend at East Lancashire Railway Rawtenstall station

1940's weekend at East Lancashire Railway Rawtenstall station

East Lancashire Railway 1940's weekend continues to grow in popularity, and the 2018 event was even busier blessed with great weather over the Bank Holiday weekend. In addition to some stage deck for performances in the Bury Transport Museum, Mainline provided a small PA system for the battle re-enactment and firing demonstrations at Rawtenstall station.

The PA comprised a Line 6 radio microphone for the commentators and a couple of Mackie Thump speakers. The setup performed well while keeping within a tight budget, and we were able to keep the equipment discrete enough.

Client: East Lancashire Railway [new window]
Venue: Bury Transport Museum [new window] and ELR Rawtenstall Station

Mainline on the move, Heywood - January 2018

Warehouse shelving at the new Mainline location, Heywood Business Park.

Warehouse shelving at the new Mainline location, Heywood Business Park.

We used a quiet period in January to move premises, our fifth move to date as we continue to expand. We'd outgrown our previous location, making equipment preparation increasingly difficult.

Our new office and warehouse / studio is on the huge Heywood Distribution Park, with convenient access to the motorway network at M66 junction 1 or 2. The office is certainly more welcoming for visitors and staff, and is much warmer in the winter, being separated from the warehouse.

We're fully up and running, but still have some unpacking to do, having hit a busy time since!

New address:
Unit B12a
Heywood Distribution Park
Heywood
Manchester OL10 2TS

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, 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 LED PAR 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

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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