Brits Abroad

band-of-skullsSTS GM Richard Knowles and monitor engineer John Taylor spent their weekend in Madrid looking after English rock trio Band of Skulls.

DCode 2014 played host to some 50,000 festival goers split between the dual stage setup.

Taylor who also works with prog rock legends Barclay James Harvest and Knowles, TM and FOH for Manchester three piece I am Kloot.



Pro2 for Walk off the Earth and Buckcherry


Canadian five piece Walk off the Earth and Californian rockers Buckcherry have been the first to snap up the latest addition to our console stock.

Both bands have taken control and backline packages out around the UK and Europe.

Both bands specified a similar system, with Walk off the Earth comprising of a Pro2 / DL251 on FOH duties and an SC48 on stage. Buckcherry taking just the Pro2 / DL251. Each package incorporating one of our popular plug and play split / sat box systems.

Sainsbury’s School Games 2014


Twelve sports over eleven venues in four days.

The Sainsbury’s 2014 School Games is a multi-sport event for the UK’s elite young athletes of school age. Competition is held in twelve current and future Olympic and Paralympic sports: Fencing, Rugby Sevens, Gymnastics, Hockey, Badminton, Athletics, Cycling, Judo, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball and Wheelchair Basketball.

We were asked to provide audio systems for each venue, with lighting systems installed where necessary.

First in was the gymnastics, which was staged at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester. We installed seven hangs of Turbosound TFA600 series, with a mixture of H and HW elements, to supplement these, there were two hangs of L’Acoustics SB18’s and a single drop of Kara to cover the performance area.

Over the next two days we installed the systems into the remaining venues. Four venues were covered with Nexo PS Series, four with L’Acoustics HiQ’s and in the last two we used Turbosound TFM systems. All supplemented by Turbosound TSW218’s.

Control packages comprised of either LS9’s or M7CL’s, Mac Mini multi i/o playback systems with touch screens and Sennheiser RF and IEM systems.

Commonwealth Games 2014

commonwealth-games-2014-1407849467-2254678STS audio folk made their way up north for the 20th Commonwealth Games.

Lucy Melling took the reigns at the National Hockey Center, whilst Paul Danson was on desk duties at the Clyde Auditorium entertaining audiences at the Weight Lifting and Power Lifting.



Backline Fest…

We’ve been as busy as ever so far this summer. To list but a few…

Temples Festival, Download Festival, Calling Festival, Wireless Festival North and South, Hop Farm Festival, Sonisphere, Parklife Festival, Electric Daisy Festival, Lovebox, Maryport Blues, YNot Festival, Rebellion Festival, Wilderness Festival, V-Festival North and South, Liverpool International Music Festival, Beatles Festival, Outlook Festival (Croatia), Dimension Festival (Croatia), Unknown Festival (Croatia) and Festival No.6.

On top of this, we’ve also been helping out these guys…

The Seekers, Buckcherry, Kings of Leon, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Pearl Jam, Kansas, Conor Oberst, Tom Jones, Marilyn Manson, Lauren Hill, Rod Stewart and Elton John.


Sonisphere returns to Knebworth

sonisphere-2014Sonisphere returned to Knebworth after being missing for the past couple of summers.

With 50,000 fans attending over the three days and with this year being the 40th anniversary of music at the site, headline acts including Anthrax, Sisters of Mercy and Therapy? took to the Bohemia stage along with a mixture of bands new and old, comedy and wresting(!) taking to the Satellite stage.

We opted for Turbosound systems on each of these stages. With a mixture of TFA600H and HW boxes flying out front, TSW218’s along the stage front and TFM560 monitors on stage. PRO1, PRO2 and SD8 consoles were all present, along with Yamaha staples, M7CL’s and LS9’s taking care of other smaller systems on site.

We were tasked with providing complete production including audio (as above), lighting and site-wide backline provision.