St Mark’s Road Street Party, Sound System

Igoe PA hire provides a 6.7 kW PA for the Easton festival.

Diary 17/08/07

FACT: Easton, Bristol is the street party capital of Europe !! with more annual parties than any other area. Did you know that every residential road in the UK has a 250 budget set aside for a yearly street party?


St, Mark’s Rd is in the heart of Easton and hosts the areas main street party attended by people from all over Bristol.

In 2007 the “powers that be” at the ever visionary “Bristol City Council” saw fit to pull the budget previously set aside for this well loved Easton festival; all part of the growing trend towards axing local community events in our city. Look what happened to Ashton Court ?!

The only way to keep these events alive is if people pull together and force the issue that these celebrations of our art, music, trade and culture are very important and that everybody wants them to go on ! Funny how in our so called “democracy” we to have to fight local government to give us what we want.

PA system

In spite of zero support from the council, BEST (Bristol East Side Traders) managed to scrape together a meagre budget and worked hard to get the event on. Ironically almost all of this money had to go on toilets, signage and other particulars in order to meet criteria laid down by “the government” to ensure the event would be allowed to go ahead!

Because Igoe PA Hire has it’s roots in Easton we felt compelled to help out at minimal cost and make sure that the event had the level of quality in public address that it deserves.

Mixing Desk

We supplied two of our HZ 2K subs and two full range towers stacked on top powered by 2 x cs4000 amps putting out a total of 6.7 k!. This was an imposing rig and sounded especially phat as the accoustics on St Marks Rd are pretty good.

In addition we supplied mics etc, a monitoring rig and mixed the system via an Allen & Heath desk.

Right on cue it began raining heavily as soon as we had set up so the entire days proceedings were a write off! – at least we tried.

This year will definitely go down in history as the single worst summer on record – in fact it hardly merits the word summer at all.

Indian Dancers

We put a smaller PA in a tent further up the street and spent the rest of the day playing music for Indian dancers.

Next year “when it is sunny!” the street party of street parties will surely ride again.

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