Anathema, were back on the road with an Orange Amplification endorsement and a Monitor Desk, IEM Set Up and STS Custom Build Split System for a 3 month run in the UK & Euro, culminating in a support tour with STS Client Opeth. Opeth ‘Unplugged’ saw the band take out a Digico SD8 Console with Apple Macbook Pro running Logic Recording software for the band to document all these intimate shows.
The Manchester College came to STS to purchase a small PA system for Speech and Presentation that could be easily moved and set up quickly. STS provided a Turbosound Solution with four TCX-8 Speakers and T-45 Amplifier, as well as a pair of flight-cased Shure MX412 Microphones and accessory kit.
The new football season saw STS Audio Operators Paul Danson and Dom Kelly back at the Etihad Stadium for all of the Manchester City Football Club Home Games.
Great Big Events kept STS Audio Technicians, Paul Danson, Dom Kelly and Lucy Melling busy for the rest of the year. After a great summer of sport, STS provided Sound Operators for the European Rowing Championships in Italy, National Track Cycling and Revolution Track Cycling Events in Manchester, and yet more National and International Netball. September saw Jamaica take on England in the International Netball Series at The LG Arena, Birmingham, The Echo Arena, Liverpool and The English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. STS provided Audio and Lighting Solutions for the Sport Presentation of the event. A tunnel entrance with Effect Lighting was built at all three locations to bring the players on to court and PA design had to take into account of three completely different, sold out Venues with very little time for set up. The start of 2013 found STS back at The Fastnet Grand Prix Netball Finals and again out on the International Netball Series for England vs. Australia at Bath University, Wembley Arena, London and The National Indoor Arena, Birmingham. Lighting & Video Design from STS Technician Jim Powell saw a new Entrance Tunnel Design for the players incorporating rear project screens to enable silhouette effects of the players and video imagery.
At the beginning of September, STS Touring took on the Technical Management of the Manchester Ritz Venue. After a refurbishment of the Ritz around 18 months ago, a Turbosound Flex Array PA System was permanently installed. STS System Designer Paul Danson was deployed to work his magic on the venue with a full analysis of the room using SMAART to set up the system to its full potential. Since then STS Technicians have been looking after the venue maintenance and band technical riders alongside the in-house technicians, working with artists such as, The Blackout, Deaf Havana, Adam Ant, Gary Numan, John Cale and regular STS Clients Devin Townsend Project and many more.
Marc Almond was back on the road again in September and October and as always came to STS to provide a Turbosound Monitor Package and Yamaha Control System for the Tour. STS also provided their flagship Digital Grand Piano for the Tour, the Yamaha Avant Grand N3.
Yet more sport in September, this time Squash and the Rowe British Grand Prix held at the National Squash Centre in Sportcity, Manchester. A Nexo PS10/LS500 System was used with Yamaha Digital Control with STS Audio Technician Dom Kelly taking on operating duties. STS provided full Sport Presentation Sound and Lighting for the event for the 4th Year running for regular client International Sport Group. The tournament saw the top 8 players in the world battle it out for the Grand Prix Trophy.
The Manchester Food & Drink Festival again called on STS to design Lighting and Sound Systems for the Albert Square Site. A Nexo PS10 sound install with Sennheiser G3 Radio Systems was used for the Chef’s demonstration area, with Turbosound Flex Array being used for the Bar Area and on the Live Stage.
October found STS Lighting Designer Jim Powell back out with STS regulars The Gaslight Anthem.
STS provided full lighting, truss and rigging to Jim’s design for both of the UK shows at Brixton Academy, London and The O2 Apollo Theatre, Manchester. Jim was then back at the Apollo as LD for The Lumineers and The Civil Wars, again with equipment provision from STS.
Firmly back to its roots, STS favourite classic rock station, Real Radio XS, had their Halloween ‘Monsters Ball’ at Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester with full Sound and Lighting Install from STS. Station fans had the pleasure of some fantastic tribute bands such as Judas Beast and Megadeth UK.
Swimming and Badminton kept the sport going to the end of the year with the ASA County Teams and ASA Masters and Seniors Swimming Events in Ponds Forge Swimming Pool, Sheffield. Nottingham Badminton Association, along with Badminton England started a new tournament, The Nottingham Mixed Masters Trophy. Full Sport Lighting and Sound Installs were designed by Jim Powell and Dom Kelly in the unusual setting of The Albert Hall Conference Centre, Nottingham. The event was a great success and is now a regular addition to the Badminton Diary. STS are looking forward to playing their part again next December.
October found STS Senior System Designer Paul Danson out on the road for the UK leg of the Emeli Sande Tour. Paul took out Turbosound Flex Array and Aspect Elements along with TSW-218 Sub Bass Enclosures for a variety of venues up and down the country including The Royal Albert Hall, London, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and the famous Armadillo Theatre, at the SECC Glasgow.
As always The Manchester Cathedral has kept STS busy for the rest of the year with regular Sound and Lighting Installs for a variety of sold out shows including, Amanda Palmer (formerly Dresden Dolls), Bat For Lashes for two incredible shows, The Dirty Three and right into January for Peter Hooks current project ‘The Light’. St Philips Church, Salford found STS providing Sound and Lighting for I Am Kloot’s sold out show to preview their new album, with STS General Manager out of the office on Front of House Sound and Tour Management duties.
The Sound Department found themselves finishing the year with a sold out acoustic set from Beth Orton at the Royal Northern College of Music and a short 5 date tour with ex-Oyster Band and regular Fairport Convention Vocalist June Tabor. The Rizzle Kicks came to STS to augment their Touring Lighting Package for their Manchester Apollo shows and the Sound boys found themselves in Derby City Centre providing Audio reinforcement for Derick Acorah (Most Haunted) and Ghost Fest.
What better way to finish the year than with the Thunder Christmas Party Extravaganza at the Manchester Academy. Lighting Designer Ian ‘Scampi’ Bintliffe came to STS for Lighting and FX provision for the Academy which included five snow machines, inflatable Santa’s and penguins and 6ft Christmas Trees with miles of Fairy lights.