Igoe stage, sound and light 2014 began with a punishing schedule of stage hire gigs pushing us to complete capacity right from the off. We put together a crack team of the best experienced guys from 2013 and introduced new crew some of who have gone on to become superb! (You know who you are)
Happy Days festival was our first big gig of the year. Now in its forth year we are proud to support an event with such a stunning line up of world class acts from the 70’s and 80’s. We supplied our 10m Stage again this year on its first outing. The event sound reinforcement come in the form of a D&B Q series line array with Matt Pod at the helm and Henry ‘lightwave’ on LX.
The most notable event for us during the build was a spectacular hail storm the likes of which none of us had ever seen in this country before with marble sized balls of ice raining down that had us diving for cover under the half built stage! Thanks to everyone who worked so hard on this event and thanks to Matt and Pod Sound for having us back for a second year.
As a complete contrast this was followed the very next weekend by the Smethwick International Mela which is fast becoming one of the UK’s biggest Asian music festivals. Thousands turned out to somewhat overcast day that was brightened by some wonderful live music, singing and some pretty spectacular dancing located in a park in Smethwick West Midlands.
Here Igoe supplied technical event management and stage structure installation with full live production using the good old workhorse EAW KF850 rig with far too many (rather muddy) SB1000 subs as usual specified by Huw ‘Spenghead’ who also mixed FOH. Ben ‘Igoe’ the man himself on MONS and ‘Izzy’ assisting and patching on stage.
Our newly put together stage build crew really started to shine on this one. All guys gelling together really well and keen as mustard with the knowledge gained from the previous week fresh in their minds. As usual Glyn ‘JET’ (James Express Transport) provided our trucking solution for most of the work this year and is a true asset to our business.
It’s worth noting that during both of these first three weeks of the sumer we also supplied our mini gable stage for several different events as well PA and lighting for various weddings, parties and sound and technical dry hire for other smaller events.
Week 3 of the summer and we are back out once again with the large format stage but this time on home turf for Grillstock Festival at the Lloyds Amphitheatre. This year they had been taken on by Nokia as a sponsor so budgets were up, the stage size was increased and Nokia come complete with Utopium lighting one of Bristols finest who together with Audio Funktion supplying their legendary L’ Acoustics Kara line array with Midas Pro 2 at FOH. (Definitely the weapons of choice at the moment!) delivered on the sound and lx production.
Have to say, the stage looked pretty epic with the branding wings and especially with the propane cannons that were installed along the front firing. Ohhh sizzle sizzle, get me a crocodile burger! Yum.