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PART FIVE: INTO THE 21st CENTURY

The 21st century sees Entec Sound & Light continue to thrive by retaining the long-standing support of major artists and building significant new relationships with clients including the Teenage Cancer Trust and Gorillaz.

Entec continues to work with clients beyond its musical roots, lighting up London during its annual fashion week and helping GB cyclists strike gold in 2012. The company travels far and wide supporting festivals, tours and TV shows in Koh Samui, Abu Dhabi and South America.

The team enhances amazing venues like the Eden Project and Kensington Palace and is proud to work on music and comedy events that raise millions for worthy causes.

Voted TPi’s ‘Favourite Sound Rental Company’ in 2006, Entec’s efforts are also recognised by two prestigious ‘lifetime achievement’ awards in 2003 and 2017.

In 2018, Entec celebrates its 50th anniversary. As the history consolidates and changes, Entec remains proudly independent, innovative and ambitious, always focused on putting its clients’ needs first.

2000

Entec in the 21st century - 2000Spring Bank Holiday sees the launch of the BBC’s annual Music Live series of concerts at London’s Somerset House, with Entec hired as lighting provider.

Entec provides the sound as The Who headline the first-ever Teenage Cancer Trust fund-raising concert at the Royal Albert Hall with an all-star line-up featuring Noel Gallagher, Eddie Vedder, Bryan Adams, Paul Weller, Nigel Kennedy and Kelly Jones. The annual TCT shows have generated in excess of £29 million and Entec is extremely proud to have remained the live sound production partner since that first event in November 2000.

2001

Entec works with CMP Entertainment to begin a long association with the annual, month-long Liverpool Summer Pops season of events at Kings Dock, providing full lighting production, foyer area and VIP tent illuminations, and crew.

2002

Entec in the 21st century - 2002An Entec-supplied d&b C4 system is on duty as The Who begin their 2002 tour in January with a run of five UK shows at Portsmouth Guildhall, Watford Colosseum and the Royal Albert Hall. These are the very last Who dates to feature bassist John Entwistle, who tragically dies on June 27th on the eve of the North American leg.

The penultimate concert tour of David Bowie’s live career, the 36-date Heathen tour kicks off at London’s Royal Festival Hall on June 29th and marks Entec’s entry into digital audio with the purchase of a Yamaha PM1D console.

Full lighting production, sound control and monitors are supplied by Entec for Alanis Morissette’s European tour.

For the first time, Entec’s sound team services a tour by controversial former Smiths frontman Morrissey.

After several dormant years, the world-famous Marquee brand returns when a new, 1200-capacity Marquee Club in Islington’s N1 Centre opens in September, with an extensive lighting installation engineered and co-ordinated by Entec. The venture is the brainchild of Eurythmics star Dave Stewart, entrepreneur Mark Fuller and Artist Network director Tony Quinn. Sadly, despite the owners’ ambitions, financial difficulties will force the club’s closure within a year. The building is now home to the O2 Academy Islington.

For the eighth year running, Entec supplies lighting production at the National Television Awards, staged at the Royal Albert Hall, presented by Sir Trevor MacDonald, and broadcast live on ITV. Entec’s client is production company Indigo Television.

2003

At the TPi Awards 2003 on January 29th, Harold & Barbara Pendleton jointly receive the prestigious Lifetime Contribution award, presented to them by Manfred Mann alumni Paul Jones & Tom McGuinness, in the presence of Chris Barber and Damon Albarn.

With Entec’s support, The Australian Pink Floyd Show undertakes its first full-length theatre tour, featuring a 30th anniversary celebration of The Dark Side Of The Moon.

The new C3 long-throw loudspeaker from d&b makes its high profile début with Entec for the 2003 Teenage Cancer Trust series.

2004

Entec in the 21st century - 2004Warming up for their successful appearance at Isle Of Wight Festival, The Who enlist Entec’s audio services when they play at Birmingham’s NIA and Cardiff International Arena.

Starring Kid Creole & Nigel Roach, and directed by choreographer Kim Gavin, theatre musical ‘Oh What A Night!’ tours the UK with a Vari*Lite-heavy lighting package from Entec.

Other projects this year include Air’s memorable spectacular at Cornwall’s Eden Project, Scissor Sisters’ eponymous début album launch at Scala in King’s Cross, and PJ Harvey’s end of tour show at Brixton Academy.

2005

The latest Robe lighting products form part of Entec’s rig on Natasha Bedingfield’s 2005 Unwritten tour of Europe.

As part of Entec’s successful run of theatre projects, the company services a UK tour of Kim Gavin’s ‘Love Shack’, starring S Club 7’s Faye Tozer & Jon Lee.

Thanks to the bond between Dick Hayes and The Who’s sound director Bob Pridden, Entec begins a relationship with Bedales School, assisting its students’ regular Rock Show events with the supply of sound and lighting equipment, and professional advice.

A comprehensive production infrastructure is installed and operated by Entec’s crew for the Koh Samui Music Festival, held on the small tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand from September 23rd to October 2nd. The festival includes performances by UB40, The Wailers, Jools Holland, Sam Brown and the British Blues Band, featuring guitarists Snowy White & Miller Anderson.

2006

Entec in the 21st century - 2006Readers of TPi magazine vote Entec their Favourite Sound Rental Company of 2006. At the TPi Awards event on January 30th, broadcaster Paul Gambaccini and artist Feargal Sharkey present Dick Hayes with the trophy.

In March, Entec is the first UK rental company to field d&b audiotechnik’s ‘game-changing’ J8 & J12 line array cabinets on a major event – Teenage Cancer Trust’s six sold-out nights at the Royal Albert Hall.

Entec’s widely varied projects during 2006 include the popular Doctor Who exhibition at the Red Dragon Centre in Cardiff, Tool’s UK and European tour (featuring the new d&b J-Series PA), lighting at Guilfest ’06 (with headliners a-ha and Billy Idol), Jethro Tull’s latest trek around Britain, the Hedgestock Festival – with The Who — at Knebworth Park, and Russian superstar Philip Kirkorov’s show at Hammersmith Apollo, which demands a 360° production package from Entec, spanning lighting, sound, video and pyrotechnic effects.

2007

The Sex Pistols mark 30 years of their seminal punk album Never Mind The Bollocks with a short tour that includes six sold-out nights at Brixton Academy, filmed for the live DVD ‘There’ll Always Be An England’, directed by Julien Temple. Entec provides full lighting production.

Entec’s sound team rounds off the year with a traditional Christmas tour by The Pogues.

2008

Entec in the 21st century - 2008After successful runs in Manchester, Paris, Charleston and the Royal Opera House, Damon Albarn’s ‘Monkey: Journey To The West’ opens in a bespoke 2,500 venue at London’s O2 with sound by Entec.

Def Leppard’s two-month Songs From The Sparkle Lounge tour of the UK and Europe is one of many projects that sees Entec work in partnership with US company Premier Global Productions.

Broadcast from the 2,000-seat Al Raha Theatre and billed as a ‘Pop Idol for poets’, Abu Dhabi TV show ‘Millions Poet’ benefits from Entec’s lighting services.

2009

A few months after releasing their multi-platinum début album, Irish pop-rockers The Script and an Entec sound package head out on a major UK tour.

After an eight-year hiatus, Skunk Anansie reunite for their Greatest Hits tour with Entec supplying sound.

Also reunited, Blur thrill fans with performances at a handful of festivals – including Glastonbury, Hyde Park and Oxegen – and their strong ties with Entec are reinstated.
2010

Entec in the 21st century - 2010Celebrating 21 years of Blur, the documentary ‘No Distance Left To Run’ references many touring adventures shared with Entec over the band’s history.

Damon Albarn’s attention returns to Gorillaz, their new album Plastic Beach and a stunning live production showcasing Jamie Hewlett’s unique animation and artwork. In spring 2010, Gorillaz preview the 37-date Escape To Plastic Beach tour with two shows at London’s Roundhouse featuring special guests including Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, Mos Def, Gruff Rhys, Shaun Ryder, Bobby Womack, De La Soul and The National Orchestra For Arabic Music. Entec is proud to supply crew and equipment from both its sound and lighting departments.

Having been the Teenage Cancer Trust’s exclusive audio partner since its Royal Albert Hall concerts began, Entec is delighted to mark the 10th anniversary series with a suitably quadraphonic sound system as The Who perform Quadrophenia on March 30th with special guests.

Entec provides an “all-in” production package of sound and lighting for guitar legend Steve Miller’s successful Bingo tour of the UK and Europe.

Sound, lighting and 19 crew are supplied to the Christ Assembly Church for ‘Night Of Bliss’ – the biggest-ever Christian conference event in the UK – at London’s O2 Arena.

In support of their debut album, The Family Jewels, Marina & The Diamonds tour Europe with Entec lighting and video equipment.

Entec continues its established role of lighting supplier for London Fashion Week, which includes a special show in the former Eurostar terminal at Waterloo station.

2011

Diverse projects during 2011 include tours by Japanese metal band X Japan and Punjabi singer, songwriter, choreographer and actor Gurdas Maan, the Royal Wedding Dresses exhibition at Kensington Palace and a d&b installation that forms part of an Entec sound design at Stationers Hall, a Grade One listed building close to St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Entec supplies sound and an innovative LED lighting system for a unique performance by The Good, The Bad & The Queen aboard Greenpeace’s new flagship vessel, Rainbow Warrior III.

2012

Entec in the 21st century - 2012Entec is proud to supply a d&b system to the installation project at the Olympic Velodrome in Stratford, east London.

For the seventh year, Entec supplies a substantial stage, architectural and garden lighting package to the Larmer Tree Festival, held in the picturesque Larmer Tree Gardens in south Wiltshire.

When Taiwanese stars Jam Hsaio and Mayday visit the UK to perform at Wembley Arena, Entec is chosen to provide sound, lighting and rigging. They are the latest in a long line of shows in the UK and Europe equipped by Entec for major Asian acts.

2013

Magic Sound hires Entec’s services for Malaysian star Fish Leong’s one-off show at Wembley Arena in January.

Dire Straits guitar legend Mark Knopfler embarks on his Privateering tour, his first to be graced with Entec’s lighting and rigging.

On March 14th, The Gig Company’s Jenny Johnson and Viva McPherson launch An Evening With Suggs & Friends as an annual, all-star event at London’s Porchester Hall that generates funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK – a cause wholeheartedly supported every year by Entec with the provision of sound, lighting, rigging and production management assistance. Phill Jupitus hosts the inaugural event, which includes sets from Jools Holland, Wilko Johnson and Glenn Tilbrook.

Entec provides full production, including crew, lighting, sound and video for the Roar With Laughter fundraising comedy event staged by ZSL (the Zoological Society of London) at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo. This marks the start of an ongoing relationship between Entec and the annual event.

Also in 2013, Blur return to the road with a world tour that will extend into the following year.

2014

Entec in the 21st century - 2014One of the big hits of the year is the Bhangra Showdown event staged at Hammersmith Apollo by Imperial College’s Punjabi Society, with a full production package supplied by Entec, which has been involved every year since 2008. The vibrant event is a full-on dance competition that showcases the colour, style and energy of Bhangra, with eight of the best university Bhangra dance teams in the UK battling for the title.

Dick Hayes announces his retirement after heading Entec’s the sound department for 19 years.

Robe LEDWash fixtures are at the core of an Entec lighting system in the Colour Lab at the Streets Of Spain festival on London’s South Bank.

Imelda May tours the UK and Europe with a dynamic floor lighting and specials package from Entec.

2015

Entec cements a long-time partnership with lighting designer Richard Lambert of Lambco on productions by the Jazz Dance Company.

Shortly after being awarded Best British Female Solo Artist at the BRITs, Paloma Faith hits the touring highway with Entec onboard as lighting supplier.

The An Evening With Suggs gala for PCUK moves from Porchester Hall to the Woolwich Suite at Arsenal Football Club’s Emirates Stadium, raising over £130,000.

Entec supplies crew, lighting and sound equipment for selected shows on Blur’s The Magic Whip tour, whose dates includes Barclaycard British Summer Time in Hyde Park, the Isle Of Wight Festival, Glasgow’s Barrowlands, Le Zenith in Paris and an intimate show at Newhampton Arts Centre in Wolverhampton.

After lighting Portishead’s summer shows, Entec provides a full production package at Wembley Arena – and its many years of experience at the venue – when the BBC films a gig for inclusion in the ‘mockumentary’ series ‘Brian Pern: A Life In Rock’, starring actor/writer Simon Day in the lead role.

2016

Entec in the 21st century - 2016Jonny Clark joins Entec as Head of Sound.

Staged for one night only at Hammersmith’s Eventim Apollo on February 11th, Quadrophenia: The Immersive Cinematic Experience is a multi-media presentation of The Who’s ‘mod opera’ that combines a screening of the original 1979 film with synchronous acting and dancing from a live cast, a Q+A session with director Franc Roddam and stars from the film, including Phil Daniels, Toyah Willcox, John Altman and Mark Wingett, and an exciting live performance by internationally renowned tribute band, Who’s Who. Providing full technical support, Entec works closely with AEG Live UK to deliver an unforgettable experience.

Entec provides lighting equipment for Florence And The Machine’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful tour and simultaneously assists Adlib with the supply of a d&b J-Series PA system for Ellie Goulding’s 2016 tour.

At age 78, country legend Kenny Rogers embarks on what is billed as his very last tour, The Gambler’s Last Deal. In the UK, Entec fulfils a brief to provide sound, lighting and a five-person crew.

With The Mission’s Another Fall From Grace tour, Entec celebrates 30 years as service provider to the band.

Vancouver’s Marianas Trench are supported by Entec on their 2016 European tour.

Entec works with 117 Live & AEG Live to support three major Autism Rocks events at Hammersmith Apollo during 2016 – A Tribute to Prince (starring Cee Lo Green, Mark Ronson, Morris Day & The Time and Larry Graham), Ricky Martin and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers. Entec provides a full production package for all three shows.

Influential music brand Rough Trade’s in-store live events infrastructure receives a technical assistance boost from Entec.

Chiswick’s legendary Metropolis Studios launches monthly concert showcases in partnership with Clash magazine and Entec’s lighting division.

2017

On February 27th, Entec’s MD and head of lighting Noreen O’Riordan is presented with the coveted Outstanding Contribution award at the climax of the TPi Awards 2017, at Battersea Evolution in London. Announced by comedian host Russell Kane, Noreen’s award was witnessed by more than 1,400 guests and the presentation also featured a series of congratulatory messages on screen from industry contemporaries and artists including The Who’s frontman and Teenage Cancer Trust patron Roger Daltrey, Blur’s Damon Albarn and Alex James, Suggs of Madness, promoter Barrie Marshall, singer-songwriter Margo Buchanan, McCartney alumni Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens and Robbie McIntosh, and former long-time colleague Dick Hayes.

Entec’s diary for 2017 includes work with New Zealand fusion jamsters Fat Freddy’s Drop, Deftones, Devin Townsend Project, Savages, ‘Dog Whisperer’ Cesar Millan and the Cirque Enchantment tour from Umbrella Productions which sees Entec assist Lambco with a package of lighting specials.

As well as making significant investments in additional DiGiCo consoles and Shure’s Axient Digital wireless technology, Entec’s sound department partners with Colorado-based Brown Note Productions to give d&b’s versatile SL-Series its touring début on GorillazHumanz world tour. The tour features an ever-changing cast of special guests from Noel Gallagher, De La Soul and Damon Albarn’s Blur colleague Graham Coxon to Shaun Ryder, Jehnny Beth and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

Classical-influenced EDM chart stars Clean Bandit tour with a swathe of new lighting fixtures and innovations from Entec and design partner Specialz.

Entec’s lighting adorns Laurel Canyon legend Jackson Browne’s sold-out UK & Ireland tour, which includes a pair of stunning shows at the Royal Albert Hall.

It’s another great year for Entec’s long-time ‘mega tribute’ clients. While The Australian Pink Floyd Show is out with its Best Side Of The Moon tour, The Bootleg Beatles celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

On September 22nd, the industry is saddened when Entec announces that Harold Pendleton, its founding father and an icon of live music for more than 60 years, has died at the age of 93 after a short illness.

Sound and lighting from Entec hits the road with Marilyn Manson’s Heaven Upside Down tour of Europe, which continues into 2018.

2018

Barenaked Ladies cross the Atlantic in April for an eight-date tour of the UK – the latest in a long line to credit Entec as Entec in the 21st century - 2018the Ontario band’s sound and lighting provider.

Echo & The Bunnymen reimagine their greatest hits as they tour the UK with a string quartet and full production from Entec.

In June, Entec is honoured to supply and co-ordinate a 360° production package for American ‘supergroup’ the Hollywood Vampires – featuring Alice Cooper, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and movie legend Johnny Depp ­– for their tour of UK arenas.

August 9th marks the official 50th anniversary of Entec Sound & Light – a milestone that is celebrated throughout the year with a customised logo and a series of short articles on Facebook, titled ’50 Golden Moments’.

Entec is proud to be invited to tour the UK and Ireland as lighting services provider to American alt-rockers Incubus.

The golden year also sees Entec support Florence And The Machine (including their opening set on The Rolling Stones’ No Filter tour), DJ Jamie xx, Billy IdolEditors, Jacky Cheung, Runrig’s farewell at Stirling Castle, Alice In Chains and the Live UK Summit amongst many other projects.

At the end of 2018, almost 28 years after moving in, Entec caps its golden anniversary celebrations by becoming the proud owner of its premises in Northolt.

The Board and staff of Entec Sound & Light extend their thanks and appreciation to all clients, suppliers and crew, past and present, for being part of the story so far.

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