Archive for July, 2013

Igoe at St Pauls Carnival

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

What a summer we are having!

This year Igoe is fully immersed into the fabric of St Paul’s carnival. This year felt like the best carnival ever with wall to wall sunshine and literally hundreds of sound systems and hundreds of thousands of people from all over the UK coming to dance, drink… mainly red stripe and eat… mainly jerk chicken.

It feels like the worlds biggest sound clash with every system trying to prove who can shove the most air. Lots of air moving but a distinct lack of detail in some rigs, but hey …who needs mid range for dub, reggae and house!

We supplied the stage, sound & light for the Kidsco Stage half way down City Rd tucked into the end of Drummond Rd.

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The vibes were good. Kidsco help underpriveliedged kids to get involved in music and this is a great platform for them to showcase their work, bless :). Only problem for us was that much of the material was not professionally mastered with levels all over the shop and every conceivable type of media being thrust upon us at a moments notice with a different act every 5 / 10 minutes. With a precision device like the EAW KF 850 every single nuance of imperfection is amplified to scintillating levels that were occasionally grimacingly embarrassing for us! All good fun though.

We also supplied stage, sound and light for Kev AKA ‘Real Deal” ‘s set up in the Ujima car park opposite SEED.

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Now this one was a banger! It was PHAT, PHAT PHAT !! All day long. Though I say it myself, we totally nailed the rig here and pitched it just right for the space. 

It was house music all day and people where just loving it loving it loving it! Like a hipster magnet, all the coolest and trendiest of the hoy-polloy were in attendance, a veritable trustafarian paradise ūüėČ only joking x

At one point there were around 60 shade wearing poker faced uber dude mates of dj’s etc trying to fit back stage. Tim had to have a word to get them out when one of them actually puked right next to the side of stage mixing position… yuck.

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The mess in the morning when we did our get out was indescribable ! Hopefully we will be back next year bigger and better and representing more Igoe style.

 

Igoe PA at Glastonbury

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

This year we had 6 different sound rigs on site. Liquid Bar in the dance Field, Bread & Roses bar in the Markets, Tollpuddle Bar next to John Peel, Lulus Cafe and Lulus Back Stage Hospitality Рthe VIP tent behind the Pyramid  Stage where all the headline bands go for a drink. We also had PA systems in the bar staff crew village and best of all we looked after the recycling volunteers tent we full live sound production.

Nothing compares to this

Nothing compares to this

So the Recycling Volunteers tent 2500 litter pickers are located in Toms field at the top of the site. We supply the PA and lights here. It’s the only place where Michael Eavis himself gives a speech (using our mics :)) to thank all these guys for cleaning up the entire site after (takes 2 weeks!)

Glastonbury London Underground – Spirafix Anchor Deployment

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

We took a trip to the South East corner of Glastonbury Festival to interview the inventor of Spirafix anchors. We are a distributor of Spirafix Anchors into the events industry and this year they are being used across the sites at Glastonbury and Boomtown to ballast the spectacular and lavish sets that are created for the late night dance arenas.

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The London Underground! One of the most jaw droopingly impressive set pieces on site. These structures have massive wind loadings and need to be pinned to the ground just like outdoor stages. Several structures in bloc 9 and Shangrila were underpinned using Sprirafix anchors as an alternative to cumbersome IBC Ballast Tanks.

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Anchors close up. Solid steel fluted ground spike.

Spirafix reduce the need for additional scaffolding formerly required to hold IBC ballast tanks. Time saving, and versatile. Amazingly you can sledge them through anything (including tarmac!), they can provide up to 2 tons of ballast of a single anchor and then they just twist out! Has to be seen to be believed. 
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Block 9 – what a transformation takes place! This structure normally has 16! ballast tanks with 16,000 litres of water! Not a good look for a Festival that supports water aid. This year they used re-useable anchors instead

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We had a unique view of the site a month before the festival just as the build was getting started. This place is like my second home and really has a palpable vibe to it …even with no one there !? must be the lay lines!¬†

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Or possibly the power lines!