In September, Entec renewed its acquaintance with the exhibitions division of media group Future plc to deliver an array of sound and lighting equipment to the two-day UK Guitar Show and the London Bass Guitar Show.
Moving this year from Olympia to the Business Design Centre in Islington, north London, the twinned event is the country’s leading platform for hundreds of manufacturers and tutors to demonstrate their wares and services to the retail trade, musicians and fans alike. Centred around the sprawling Gear Hall, the show saw Entec liaise with production manager Pete Witham to equip five stages that hosted a diverse programme of stellar musical performances, showcases and masterclasses.
The Northolt production rental company originally became involved with Pete and Future plc after winning a tender against two rival firms. September’s event was Entec’s fourth for Future in just over a year. “Entec was mainly given the contract because it was able to provide a complete range of sound, lighting and some elements of staging, unlike the other companies we approached,” said Pete, who worked for a small provincial PA company before entering the ‘big league’ as a rigger on Pink Floyd’s The Division Bell tour of 1994.
After long spells of touring around America, Europe and the Far East, covering a variety of roles, Pete became embroiled in events within the musical instrument market through his work in the related electronics field. He added: “Although hiring Entec was initially a decision driven by available equipment stock, location and pricing, once I got to know Noreen O’Riordan, Jonny Clark and the rest of the team at Entec, I soon realised that I was dealing with like-minded people who were as keen as myself on delivering the best possible event.”
The Entec-supplied stages featured appearances by such revered musicians as prog rock guitar icon Devin Townsend, Nick Beggs, Paul Gilbert, Eric Gales, John Patitucci and Big Country’s original bassist Tony Butler. While the Auditorium presented star name showcases at just £5 per ticket, the A Stage attracted audiences to a series of competitions and medium-sized performances. The MusicRadar Stage held masterclasses from leading tutors and two smaller venues, the Bass Stage and Guitar Techniques Stage, hosted more intimate tutoring sessions.
Along with a host of leading microphone models and wireless equipment distributed amongst the performance areas, the audio specification for the main auditorium included a Midas PRO1 24/16 FOH console, a DiGiCo SD12 monitor desk and SD-Rack, a d&b V-Series PA (comprising eight V12s and six cardioid V-SUBs) and six d&b M4 floor monitors.