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BUSC 2010 – Igoe Stage, Sound & Light

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

28/03/2010 – 01/04/2010

Igoe PA in association with Okoru & Shock Solutions produce another slamming week of sick parties – 2 miles in the sky!


BUSC is the British Universities snow sports Council.  Young ski and snowboard enthusiasts from many British Universities get together annually for this end of season bash. It’s a tough week as students compete at a high level by day and then party hard all night long.

This is the second year we have looked after BUSC. These events including production for the Varsity 2009 trip at Tignes have established Igoe PA as a competent production partner who can deliver world class results on budget in the most challenging of environments.

We put together an “A-Team” of the best Bristol has to offer in sound, lighting and rigging crew. Stage and sound equipment were supplied in house by Igoe PA and we are proud to team up, once again, with Shock Solutions for lighting and AV. 

Our lorry arrived in the resort on Friday morning after traversing the 20 plus hairpin bends that zig-zag up the side of the mountain. On arrival the heavens opened and over 6 inches of snow fell in under 2 hours. This set the theme for the week. At the end of March Alpe D’Huez normally receives little or no snow as the spring thaw sets in – not this year!  We suffered heavy snow and blizzard conditions throughout the week, practically unheard of for this time of year.

The event schedule for the week required an outdoor stage with sound and light for the opening night and then two further events with similar requirements inside a large sports hall. We set about unloading the truck in disbelief at the conditions, quickly realising that none of us had enough changes of clothes.

Once the lorry was unloaded we took a minute’s break and watched as our equipment gradually disappeared under a thick blanket of snow. We knew we had our work cut out, so we donned waterproofs, hats and gloves and set out through the storm to begin assembling of the skeleton of the outdoor stage.

The weather presented us with significant problems for the outdoor part of the event. Once we had three inches of snow underfoot the wheels on our flight cases jammed and became useless. We had over 75 rolling flight cases and speaker cabinets that became dead weights, each requiring a four man lift!

In the resort they have a team with heavy machinery whose full time job it is to clear away snow. The stage was situated in a large car park area. Snow clearing was impossible at the stage site as the structure itself was in the way. The snow just kept on pilling up until it was lying at 2-3 feet.  Once the stage was up and canopies attached we had to work in shifts throughout the night, dragging snow off the roof with extra long ratchet straps.

The snow was relentless during most of the build. We had big problems trying to plot lights on the night before with frozen kit and we lost several moving heads to snow damage. At one point snow drifts reached 5ft up against the speaker stacks, literally covering the speakon inputs on the back of the first row of subs. Outdoor concerts just aren’t meant to happen in Arctic conditions but I guess it will seem like a piece of cake when we do this in the UK this summer!  Stage spec: Milos self-climbing  MR1 with PA and AV wings / scrims; black and silver canopy with mesh back and side walls.

The undisputed highlights of the lighting specification were 6 stunning (1500 watt!) Clay Paki “Alphabeam” moving head spots. These looked utterly spectacular, bright as sky-roses but with colour mixing and changeable gobos. We had 18 x 575 moving spots and washes, Martin Atomics, 4 Cell Molephays, 8 Cell Howie battons, RGB LED battens, Source 4’s and other generics with Jem smoke and Unique haze. The lighting desk was the Jans Vista.

Headline act Urban Knights are VJ specialists, seamlessly mixing tunes with visuals. We supplied a video wall comprising 9 x High Definition LCD panels to go behind the DJ table and 2 x Sanyo XP57 projectors with screens either side of the stage all controlled via an Arkaos media server.

The on stage DJ table was far longer than the usual and looked like a technophile fantasy; featuring 2 x Pioneer CDJ2000 2 x Pioneer CDJ1000mk3, 2 x Technics MK5 G, Pioneer SVM1000, Pioneer DJM 800 mixer, Pioneer DJM909 mixer an Edirol V4 vision mixer with 3 preview video screens.

The PA system consisted of 8 x CV long throw folded horn subs. 8 x EAW SB850 bass bins, 4 x EAW AS422 bass/mid boxes and 4 x EAW AS490 tops. We also used 4 x Mackie s408 (passive) in fills across the stage. The main stacks were ridiculous, towering above the height of the stage roof.

In the amp rack we had 6 x Lab Gruppen fp6400, 2 x Lab Gruppen fp3400 with an Ashley Drive rack and separate delay unit.  We used a pair of EAW MK 5166 and EAW SB 330e as monitor stacks powered by Crown. Our Midas Venice 320 acted as a go between from the DJ mixers to the drive rack to ensure we could keep a lid on inevitable DJ clipping abuse.

Okoru’s DJ ASSASSIN, scratch champion DJ SWITCH and then Okoru’s VJ bad boys URBAN KNIGHTS rocked an audience that topped 4000 punters.

The second gig was indoors. Unfortunately for us this was 400 yards from the site of the outdoor stage so we had to “hand ball” everything through blizzard conditions; shovels and swearwords abounded!

Once inside our work got somewhat easier although we had issues with resort politics and were already behind schedule after our battle with the elements.

We reconfigured the stage layout to make it shallower to fit the room and used the wings for the rear of the structure instead of the front. We also flew a section of truss with curving ends half way down the room for source 4’s, movers and other generics. 

The LCD video wall was broken up and positioned across the stage in pairs attached to pre-rigged trussing and ground supports. We used one large projection at the back of the stage.

We used the same PA system but placed all subs in front of the stage and used time delays to eliminate comb filtering / phasing.

The acts in the sports hall were Okoru’s own DJ ASSASSIN, Dub Step master NERO and classic breaks act STANTON WARRIORS.

BUSC 2010 was a roaring success; DJ’s played storming sets that sent the crowds wild. The PA was insane with eyeball wobbling bass and mind shattering detail. The video looked awesome together with a jaw dropping light show this production really was as good as it gets. Our crew worked tirelessly throughout the week producing a world class event in spite of the difficulties we faced. Thanks to all the guys – you know who you are. 

It’s been a heavy winter season at Igoe PA. We’ve tapped a previously unknown market of Alpine festivities. Where most event companies shut up shop we have been busier than ever. Now we’re looking forward to a big summer calendar of parties, festivals and outdoor concerts.

Look out for us at some of the UK’s most prestigious music events.

Steeldeck Hire – Glastonbury

Monday, March 1st, 2010


We supplied 30 sheets of steeldeck for a stage build at Glastonbury Festival.



Now we stock litestructures Litedeck / Alideck

Event Hire @ Paintworks Bristol

Monday, March 1st, 2010


We supplied sound, lighting and DJ equipment for a posh birthday party at the paintworks event space in Bristol.

For sound we specified 8kW of EAW 850 powered by Lab Gruppen Amps.

We supplied a complete DJ package Pioneer DJM800, Pioneer CDJ1000s and Technics 1210 MK5 G.

For lights we errected a simple truss rig on stands with a selection of disco lighting, smoke and strobe.

The venue was dressed with up-lighters and fairy lights.

Igoe event hire

Igoe event hire

It was a banging party and people complimented the quality of sound.

Wedding Reception – Hinton Grange Hotel

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Igoe PA deliver quality sound and lighting services relied on by 100’s of couples gettying married each year.


On this occasion we supplied a basic set-up including a 1kW pa with disco lights for a reception party held in a marquee in the grounds of the delightful Hinton Grange Hotel outside Bath.

Tuacca Drinks Promotion Events

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

14 – 26th June

We were contracted by drinks company Tuacca to provide equipment hire and technical production services for a series of promotional events held at various venues around Bristol.



We provided pa system, live sound equipment and engineering.



We provided pa and dj equipment (Technics 1210’s)



We provided pa system, live sound equipment and engineering.



We provided pa system, live sound equipment and engineering.

Event Production – Passenger Shed

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009


We were booked to provide live music production for a covers band playing at a corporate event held in the passenger shed in Bristol.

We spec’d 10kW of EAW stacks with all associated live sound equipment.

Wedding Disco Hire

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009


We provided our wedding package 2 for a wedding at the Avon Gorge Hotel.



  • 2 x 1200 Watt RMS Full Range Cabs
  • 1 x Crown XTi 4000 Amp
  • Shure SM58 Microphone
  • 2 x Technics Decks or 2 x Pioneer CDJ Decks
  • Pioneer DJM 600 DJ Mixer
  • Powerdrive Tee Bar & Lighting Stand
  • 2 x Abstract Twister 4 HP Moonflowers
  • 2 x Abstract VRX Gladiator Barrel Scaners
  • Delivery / Set Up / Collection *
  • Live Sound Reinforcement, Bristol Uni

    Monday, November 24th, 2008

    Igoe PA is the right company for providing sound reinforcement for any live music event in or near Bristol.

    Our EAW front of house sound system powered by a rack of Lab Gruppen amps is literally world class industry standard technology. This coupled with our extensive experience as performers and our comprehensive knowledge of sound engineering make us the best possible choice for putting on live bands. 


    The Langford vet school (part of the University of Bristol) contracted us to provide live sound reinforcement for their summer ball. The Venue was the Cadbury Country Club near Congresbury.

    We supplied an 8k EAW system with Martin Audio monitoring. We also supplied all microphones, stands and cables. We used a Midas venice mixing desk with Klark Technik EQ, DBX compressors and Drawmer Gates, TC D2 delay and Yamaha SPX 990 effects.

    It was a great night

    Wedding Sound System and Lights

    Thursday, November 20th, 2008


    We provided our premier wedding package for a reception in Stroud. 


    This was a meaty 4 kW sound system with lots of bottom end. 2 x 1200 watt full range dual 15″ cabinets on top of 18″ sub reflex boxes – all powered by Crown. It was a big wedding with over 200 guests so they wanted a pa system that would do the job properly.

    We also included dj equipment in the form of Pioneer CDJ1000 mk3, Technics record decks and a Pioneer DJM 600 mixer. 

    For lighting we put together a 3 meter truss and hung a pair of Abstract Twisters, a pair of Abstract VR-8 scans and a pair of Abstract VRX glasiators.

    We also included a radio microphone for speeches, and facilities to plug in an iPod or laptop.

    Fashion Show : SAKS Hair & Beauty

    Tuesday, November 18th, 2008


    We were approached by SAKS hair &  beauty based in the David Lloyd leisure centre in Long Ashton.

    They wanted to put on a Fashion Show to showcase their hairdressing prowess. In addition they wanted a live band.

    The ceiling was only about 7 ft high so we built the lowest catwalk in history.

    We made sure to provide plenty of lighting to ensure the models hair sparkled and the clothes looked their best. 16 x 500 watt par cans on dimmers hooked up to a basic dmx lighting desk.

    We bought in the Pete Trill band as they are a great audience pleaser and very easy to work with. We supplied a live sound rig with 2 x 18″ bins, 2 x 12″ tops and 3 x floor wedges all powered by Crown. We used an A&H desk with a rack of BSS eq and DBX outboard. It sounded great.

    It was a great night but nobody paid any attention to the band which was a travesty as they display some of the best musicianship in the UK.