Event Stage, Sound & Lighting Hire

Igoe PA hire travels to Porthleven in (sunny ?) Cornwall to provide staging, sound & lighting for live bands and dance music at “The Masked Ball”.

This was a 500 ticket event put on by Cornish club promoters Love Riot together with Surfers against Sewage.


This event was engineered by Ben & Alex.

Diary 30/06/07

Masked Ball Site

The site was staggeringly beautiful however access was a nightmare. We had to carry all the kit about 50 meters down a slippery muddy slope on the edge of a cliff!! And… oh boy did we have a lot of kit for this one.

We drove down on Friday evening and set up the PA system early on Saturday morning running 4 x 18” subs 2 x double 15” subs and 6 xs full range 12” cabs with brand new Fane colossus 12mb drivers and CD150 tweeters. Total front of house power was a gut wrenching 10.8 K RMS continuous. We wanted to ensure we had enough “grunt” to cater for the 500 + people due in attendance.


We provided 8 x 8’ x 4’ stage sections on 3’ legs which we arranged in one corner of the marquee. This was an imposing stage, everyone could see the bands from anywhere in the tent.

For lighting we really went to town. We rigged up 8 short nose par cans with gels for the stage area, all on DMX dimmers. We put up 2 other stands with UV cannons, VRX scanners, future light scanners and our new Martin Atomic 3000 strobe. All the lights were linked via DMX to our lighting desk in the control booth.

We also set up a separate disco lighting truss with 3 NJD Data moons and 2 NJD DMX250. To finish we installed a high power haze machine which always makes lights look amazing.

PA hire for bands

These guys only mix on top notch kit so we where required to supply our pioneer CDJ1000’s and Technics 1210 MK5g decks with the pioneer DJM600 mixer.

We used only the best mics, quality studio condensers and Shure Beta 58A’s / SM57.

For monitoring we used 4 chunky 15” full range wedges which kick out 600 watts rms each.

The Allen & Heath GL2400 was in it’s element with DBX crossover, gate & compression and Lexicon reverb/delay.

We were extremely impressed with the quality of the bands booked for this event, most notably “Glass Shark” & “O.B.E.” – These dudes are definitely destined for big things if they keep on playing their cards right.



The sound system performed extremely well throughout the night with superb detail and the phattest sub bass you could ever wish for.

Party Sound System

The weather didn’t really do much to help with non stop rain, wind and fog leading up to the event although thankfully there was some respite while the party was in full swing.

Apart from the endless problems with generators (not our responsibility) the night went well and everyone was “‘avin it large” as they say.

I thought me and Alex might actually have a breakdown during breaking down of the kit. Getting back up that slope with 4 tons of equipment after 800 people had been churning up the mud all night was somewhat challenging – but we live to tell the tale.

Well done to Love Riot and crew – it’s incredibly hard to put on an event like this. The mammoth task of finding a suitable site, complying with license regulations and dealing with the police, getting all the right people involved, hiring in gear, cleaning up afterwards… not to mention selling enough tickets so that you don’t end up bankrupt is no mean feat !!!

Nice one guys – the masked ball could eaily grow into a successful young festival.

Next time will be even better.!

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