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.
Spring 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.
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.
An 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.
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.
Warming 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.
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.
Readers 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.
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.
After 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.
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.
Celebrating 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.