In late 2012 we were commissioned to provide sound, light and stage across three days of cultural events at various venues around the city of Manchester; some conventional, some slightly ‘unconventional’ events that featured live music, spoken word, panel debates, film showings and art installations.
A multi-person panel debate and live music was the order of the day in the newly opened National Football Museum’s foyer, and four stacks of Void Arcline were deployed along with an array of Audio Technica ES935 gooseneck condenser microphones plus Sennheiser 945 G3 wireless handheld kits, with full live backline and a mixture of DMX controlled LED PARs and fresnels across the venue to allow for sufficient colour wash without impacting the use of video cameras to film the event.
The following day, we moved all production across the city centre into six separate venues dotted around Hulme, including the Garden Centre, local café Kim By The Sea, the Z Arts Centre and the historical Hulme Hippodrome now known as the NIA Centre again for an array of panel based discussions and debates, as well as a range of live bands playing to large crowds. Lighting, backline and full live production were provided in all venues, and this was the first outing for our then new Behringer X32 digital mixing console.
On the Sunday, further music, debates, films and food were the order of the day in Manchester’s quirkiest live spot, Antwerp Mansion, and the intimate Cafe Renoir both located in the infamous Curry Mile, with artists such as Metz and Trix and Martina Topley-Bird with DJs Bobby Friction (Radio 1) and Jesse Hackett (Gorillaz) running a special session late into the night.