The Sound & Light Hire Company Gear Up for “COVID” Halloween

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Like many events this year, Halloween is going to be very different. Traditional trick-or-treating might be off the menu, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a ghoulish celebration to add a bit of cheer to – let’s face it – one of the most miserable years in recent memory.

No matter how you decide to set up your party, since it’ll be so different from previous versions, it’s fair to say that it’ll live long in the memory. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what you’ll need to host a Halloween party this year with the twist of COVID-19 thrown in there.

How to Construct Your Halloween Party?

Given current restrictions, it goes without saying that the party might be a bit different this year, but that doesn’t mean it has to be any less fun. There are absolutely LOADS of ways you can have a great party without having large crowds gathering at your home. If you’re wondering how, we’re glad you asked, as we’ve got more than a few ideas for you.

Firstly, it’s more than likely that you’re going to need the help of video conferencing software so you can call up your friends. Most of us have gotten pretty used to Zoom or Microsoft Teams these days, whether it’s for a weekly quiz night or work purposes. So it makes sense to incorporate it into your party.

You could do awards for best-dressed and pump up the music for your virtual attendees to bop along to. If you really want to get into the spirit, you could take it in turns to tell virtual ghost stories to each other!

If you’re taking your party out into the back garden, you could decorate your lawn or garden area with tombstones and other spooky props for your little ones to navigate and collect prizes and treats along the way. Creating this setup would be an excellent alternative way to celebrate Halloween as a family if you happen to live in a location that is currently severely affected by the virus, and face-to-face events are not a possibility.

If you’re more chilled as a family about Halloween this year, why not get stuck into a Halloween movie marathon? It’s not like there aren’t many spooky films to choose from. Of course, there are the synonymous Halloween movies to make your way through (there are soon to be 13 to choose from!), or you could go for something a little more child-friendly with Goosebumps or the dozens of Simpsons Halloween specials.

Whichever idea you choose; you’re probably going to need to hire some equipment to help these celebrations go as smoothly as possible. Fortunately, here at the Sound & Light Hire Company, we’ve got you more than covered!

Halloween Party Equipment Hire Hampshire 

We have an enormous range of sound and lighting hire services that will help you turn your home and garden into a dark and chilling location for the night. Let’s start with speaker hire.

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We have a wide range of hire packages that will suit your home. If you’re planning on hosting a part or fully-virtual Halloween, why not soundtrack it with the best tunes for everyone to sing along at their respective homes? We have several PA speaker hire packages that will give you ample power for your guests. All you have to do is plug in your phone, and away you go!

Alternatively, if you want to take the music outside into your garden to soundtrack your spooky activities, you may be better suited to hiring one of our battery-powered speakers. Even though they run on batteries, they’ll outlast your party, with up to eight hours of playback on 75% volume.

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Speaking of which, whether you are going to town on decorating your home or you do indeed set up a Halloween-themed obstacle course in the garden for your kids, then it makes sense to hire special effects equipment to really make the experience as immersive as possible for them.

What better way to make your garden and fake tombstones (if you’ve got them) as spooky as possible than by hiring a smoke machine to recreate the effect of the fog rolling in on an eerie graveyard? You’re not going to do much better for realism than that!

Similarly, you could invest in a whole host of related equipment to create whichever ghostly effects will suit your specific activities. As part of our lighting hire packages, you can select a UV light to make everything bright and white glow in the dark. Perfect for those ever-popular skeleton outfits!

Again for outside or inside, you might want to hire a bubble machine. They are always a popular choice for children’s’ birthday parties, and they are just as well-suited to becoming part of your haunted house. If you really want to impress your guests (and their children), we can supply the machine with UV bubble fluid. When you combine the bubbles with the UV light hire package mentioned above, you can enjoy massive glow-in-the-dark bubbles. Trust us when we say that they look VERY cool!

Halloween Lighting Hire Surrey

There’s another lighting fixture we’ve not mentioned yet that is also perfect for Halloween – lasers! By hiring a laser machine, you can light up your back garden or indeed your dark and spooky house with the piercing lights of the laser. They are brilliant if you’re hosting a Halloween inspired disco (think Thriller!), or, combined with the smoke machine, they can totally transform your outdoor space into a Halloween inspired adventure playground. The choice is yours!

Another excellent choice for lighting up your terrifying back garden, are wireless LED uplighters. These battery-powered lights don’t need to be plugged in, saving you any worries about getting power to them, and removing the chance of young ones (or more likely the “older” ones!) of your party tripping over cables running between each light.

You could have them in various shades of Halloween orange and use them to denote a walkway through a spooky tour of your “haunted” garden, or use them as a beacon of safety/rendezvous point if kids get lost in the smoke and lasers!

Hire a Projector and Screen for Your Surrey, London, or Hampshire Halloween Party

Halloween isn’t the same as any old night; it’s a unique occasion that only comes round once a year, which means it’s only right that you mark it appropriately. While you could just watch a few spooky movies on your TV, why not make it extra memorable by hiring a projector and screen package?

You can all get dressed up, partake in a number of the activities suggested above (as well as some more traditional ones such as apple bobbing) before settling down to watch a creepy, scary film? With a projector and screen, you can recreate the feeling of going to the cinema from the comfort of your own home. You could even make it a four-dimensional experience by combining the film with special effects such as fog or bubbles.

Alternatively, you could take the whole experience outside (if you wrap up warm first!). This would work particularly well if you’ve already planned plenty of outdoor activities. You could also hook up the speakers to the laptop you’re playing the film on to provide the full outdoor cinema effect. We can even offer a pop-up tent to shelter under, should you need it.

How The Sound & Light Company Are Gearing Up for a Safe Halloween

Of course, it would be remiss of us not to address the elephant in the room, COVID-19. As some of you will already be aware, we’ve introduced sweeping changes to our hiring, delivery, and collection protocols to ensure that none of our devices can accidentally become a vector of the disease.

All of our staff members use hand sanitiser several times during a shift. If you order our delivery and set up service, our team will arrive complete with the recommended PPE for both your safety and our own. Then there’s the equipment too. We thoroughly disinfect everything that comes back into the warehouse, and we do so again before it goes back out on hire.

We are acutely aware that while we could all do with blowing off some steam at this moment in time, safety always has to come first. After a great deal of hard work, and after careful liaison with industry bodies and local government associations, we’ve pioneered a set of working protocols that maintain COVID-secure standards for events. As those guidelines are fluid, we will regularly update our methodologies and retrain employees where appropriate.

Choose The Sound & Light Hire Company for This Year’s Halloween Celebrations

This year has unprecedented in so many ways, but just because the virus has robbed so much from us this year, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun. This is especially the case for your children, many of whom could do with something to look forward to at this moment in time.

So why should you choose us?

Well, we have one of the biggest inventories of sound and lighting equipment for hire in the country, never mind Surrey or London. What that means for you is that we can cope with the demands place on us for a one-night celebration taking place up and down the country. We have thousands of devices in our warehouse, stocked up and ready to go.

We’re flexible too, we can offer you both a dry-hire option, or we can come to your house to deliver the equipment and set it up for you. Regardless of the which option you choose, our friendly team will also be on hand to provide you with any on-the-spot training you might require.

Finally, we offer everything you could possibly need when it comes to sound, lighting, special effects, and any other Halloween party equipment. There’s no need for you to approach several different event equipment hire companies to organise just one party. You can just pick up the phone to us, and we’ll sort everything you need in return for one easy-to-understand and straightforward price.

If you need us to, we can even help you in the planning and design of your little get-together. Having been in the industry for over two decades, it’s fair to say we’ve got a pretty good idea of what makes a good party!

So what are you waiting for? Call us on 0800 8611136 or send us an email to tell us all about your plans, we can’t wait to help you turn them into a reality!

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The Sound & Light Hire Company Discuss The Past, Present & Future In The Events Industry

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The Sound & Light Hire Company in the events industry as a event production hire company

The purpose of this article is to discuss & recap over the past 7 months in dealing with the Covid situation and how this has shifted a completely different change in the events industry.

We will also discuss some of the essential services we supply to the wedding, corporate and private event sectors. With this we will continue to improve each service and thus where we see our business heading in the future and some of the new hire products and services we will be offering moving forward.

Let’s go back to November, December 2019… our event diary was fully booked, we were finishing off some of our Christmas parties and we were getting ready to supply a production for The Novikov in London for New Years Eve. We were looking ahead to a stable, reliable fully booked 2020, with a happy customer base. January & February were booking up fast and we were already turning away work for May onwards. Then shit hit the fan!! If you are reading this thinking it is unprofessional to put it that bluntly then I apologize, but I think most people would agree that the events industry has been one of the worst hit with the Covid-19 saga. Within 12 weeks of the pandemic announcement our bookings had dropped nearly 80%. Most calls or emails were from clients asking about rescheduling or cancelling.

Let’s not dwell on what’s happened we need to be positive looking forward. It hasn’t been all doom and gloom. Once the government eased certain restrictions and regulations event promoters were keen to put on any form of event as this pandemic has not just hit suppliers but also the event planners & event organizers who have spent months planning events only to be held back and restricted whilst the world works out how to solve the crisis.

Now we have got the negative bit out the way let’s talk about the events we did work on this summer, what we have changed and new products we have brought into our hire stock as an outcome of the above.

What we have found as a company is anyone who was putting on an event quickly moved this to be an outdoors gathering, socially distanced of course but a huge shift to move events outside. This is where it comes in handy if you own a stage, outdoor screen and sound equipment…

Below we will talk about and explain the package we supplied to a local orchestral music event.

When Simon from Squarebox Events approached us with his idea of a socially distanced outdoor music festival, he was looking for a local event production company in Surrey who would be able to supply outdoor stage, sound, lighting and outdoor LED screen. Hence why he came to us!

”Surrey’s Leading Festival Stage Hire Company”

The events were to be spread across 10 weekends with the addition of 3 outdoor cinema nights across this time period as well. It was imperative to make sure that the artists were safely, socially distanced whilst on stage performing, so they opted for a 10m x 8m outdoor covered stage which gave them a minimum of 2m distance from one another, allowing licensing officers to sign the event off.

The event was capped at 350 per event where guests were to be separated and sectioned off into 3mx3m grass squares with the option of upgrading your ticket and hiring a raised stage platform for better viewing experience.

The events primarily took place in the daytime with all events finishing by the early evening. This meant that lighting acted more as eye candy rather than the need for a full-on lighting show. With this in mind we installed a comprehensive package of 24 B-eye moving head washes, 18 LED tourcans and a pair of 5m x 3m LED screens hung either side of the stage.

The screens allowed ticket holders to text and have their text displayed as digital signage on the large LED screens when artists were not performing, footage was not being played or they weren’t using the screens for the outdoor cinema.

The orchestral performances were stripped back so there was no need for lots of visuals as they are incredible talented people, gripping the attention of the audience with simple basic lighting and calming content displayed on the screens. The screens were really for interaction for the audience and for displaying the film.

When it came to the outdoor cinema events customers would be sectioned off into their area, lights would be turned off on the stage, sound system turned up and voila what do you have an incredibly sounding, amazing viewing experience.

It is at this point we must give you some more information about our LED video screen.

Previously event organisers would opt for a trailer style pop up mobile LED screen. These cheap inferior products don’t have the pixel density, the refresh rate or the overall quality to reproduce video content.  Mobile screens are great for events where you need logos or signage put up or messages displayed but when it comes to showing live event footage or films there is a vast difference between that an a modular screen like we use. Also most of these screens have a pixel pitch of 8mm or even 10 or 12 mm and when your audience is only 10-15m back this isn’t acceptable these days and event organisers / planners are looking for a company that can supply LED screens with superior HD quality.

Outdoor LED screen has a pixel pitch of 3.9mm with a refresh rate of over 4000hz and a maximum brightness of 5000 nitts. You can watch your film outside even in direct sunlight and with such a small pixel pitch you can stand just 2.5m back and watch a seamless video in incredible quality.

To accompany the LED screen they needed a decent sound system. Without a well-designed sound system the event would be nothing! As with any event it is nothing without good sound.

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What did we provide for this orchestral music event…

The client wanted a flown PA system with the addition of distributed PA speakers around the site as the clientele at this event would be of a slightly older generation and to meet the regulations of the licensing a flown array of cardioid subs was put forward by the licensing officer. As well as this to minimize offsite noise a CSA sub array across the front helped with this.

Due to the restrictions on how many artists could be on stage at one time, any act that played were relatively small and compact. We opted to use the trusted Midas M32 digital mixing console for front of house with the smaller Midas M32r on stage monitor duty.

Shure, Sennheiser and DP mics were used on the production giving us a vast and professional choice for these incredibly talented musicians.

Stage monitoring was taken care of by an 8-way mix using the proven and reliable formula (the d&b Audiotechnik M4 stage wedge) while processing and system delay was the job of our XTA digital sound processors.

Lighting control was via the Chamsys MQ60 and although not supplied by us we instructed production company On Tour Events to install 1500m of festoon across the site lighting up walkways, entrances and exits and public toilets across the site. There were also some large trees that the client wanted lit up so outdoor lights were supplied by On Tour Event as we generally don’t deal with architectural lighting.

The events were highly successful with lots of positive feedback from audience goers. People were delighted they were able to get out and enjoy themselves again in a slightly different way to before. This allowed further events to be planned for summer 2021 in a socially distanced organized format, complying with the current state of affairs.

The next section to this blog leads us onto the future of our company and where we see our events going, We don’t see events going anywhere, but we foresee most event organisers planning on outdoor productions just like the above.

Although we have discussed stage, sound, screen and lighting nothing happens without one thing…..

Power!

When Simon first contacted us, it was made noticeably clear whoever the production company was they had to supply everything, under one contract and power was included in this. As we all know in this industry finding a reliable generator company can be tricky and it is common knowledge that unless you are hiring a lot of generators you are left with a very small number of suppliers.

With this in mind it was to be that we would invest in a brand-new state of the art road towable generator. So, what are the specs or skip this part if you are not into reading the technical jargon!

We invested in a 70KVA road towable generator, UK manufactured and UK built this generator has an overspecd alternator, deep sea control panel for power and load monitoring and we stock a vast and extensive range of rubber box power distribution enabling us to safely distribute power across your stage.

It must be noted we don’t currently, nor do we plan to offer full site power for festivals or catering power at events. We would rather leave that side of the industry to power companies who specialize in site power. A lot of our events are for 1 / 2 stages and the event organisers are looking for a company to supply everything within a package.

One of the reasons we invested in a road towable generator is even if you don’t need to hire a stage for your outdoor event most events for the next year or so are most likely going to be outside. Outdoor cinemas will become more popular and the want and need for showing content outside on large screens is becoming ever more popular. As with most locations or fields, or larger outdoor spaces there is no power on site. So before organisers can plan anything they need to source where the power is coming from.

If you are an event planner it is a lot easier when one production company can supply everything, If you are using that company because they have a very good reputation for delivering an exceptional sound & lighting production it makes sense they would need the power to come from the same company so although we aren’t the biggest power company in Surrey or London we plan on being one of the most reliable power companies.

If you are planning a festival or event outside, that requires lighting, sound, stage, LED screen or power you know you can turn to that long and well established sound & lighting hire company that started 15 years ago and that company morphed from True Sound Hire rebranded into the Sound & Light Hire company.

For more information on our event services / hire stock we would love to talk to you to understand more about what you are trying to achieve and in turn give you a competitive & comprehensive quote.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog, and here is to a happy, malleable 2021!

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The Sound & Light Hire Company Remains Positive Whiling Investing in The Future

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Well, there’s no doubt about it, 2020 has been an unprecedented year in all manner of ways. The events industry has had to rally together to keep moving forward through what has been an incredibly tough and challenging period.

Here at The Sound & Light Hire Company,:

we’ve been rapidly adapting to the situation with each twist and turn of government guidelines, providing our outstanding service throughout, and developing a wide range of new equipment hire services. We would just like to reiterate that we are going nowhere (contrary to some malicious reports) and are, in fact, using this period this invest more money into equipment that is going to prove more pivotal moving forward.

So let’s start by taking stock of the events industry as it stands, state why we remain optimistic that the sector will recover, and talk about those investments into the future in a little more detail.

COVID-19’s Impact on the Event Service and Equipment Hire Industry

There’s no point in trying to dress the impact of COVID up as anything other than disastrous for the events industry as a whole. The ban of large gatherings of people effectively put an end to the festival season before it had even begun. Weddings, birthday parties, and almost all forms of collective celebrations were put on hold, as were events such as conferences, exhibitions, sports events, and live music concerts.

To put some figures on the impacts of those events being cancelled, arts and cultural events contribute £5.6 billion to the economy, festivals, fairs and shows produce £6.0 billion, music events rake in £17.6 billion, and sporting events add a further £9.6 billion. Of the million-plus jobs that depend on a thriving events industry, up to 600,000 could be lost without further support from the government. Those figures don’t even take into account the economic impact of the cancellation of private celebrations such as weddings or birthday parties.

However, the picture may not be as gloomy as it may seem, and we’ve been busy helping clients make alternative arrangements to ensure that they’re planned events could still go ahead, albeit it outside and a reduced number of attendees. What’s more, even though continental Europe is experiencing a second wave, the events industry has already demonstrated that events can go ahead even if the virus is here to stay.

There’s another reason to be positive, too. We are at the onset of rapid testing.

Advances in Testing Capabilities Give Cause for Optimism 

Another reason behind our upbeat outlook is due to the rapid advance of testing technology and availability. Already, some tests exist that can determine the COVID status with a high degree of accuracy within 15-minutes. While they cannot, at this moment, be used as the sole method for screening individuals prior to entering a venue, large public events, or sporting events, they are a very much a start along the right path.

With the government attempting to pull off Operation Moonshot – a plan to test the whole UK population once a week by the end of next spring – further rapid testing at venues for parties, celebrations, and public events will provide an additional layer of biosecurity. With individuals knowing their COVID status on at least a weekly basis, the behaviours we’ve all avoided for so long such as being in close proximity to others can safely return, and we can begin to restore some form of normality in the wait for a viable vaccine.

As stated, these tests exist today. Now it’s merely a case of waiting for these rapid tests to reach the manufacturing capacity of several million per day. Once available on that scale, fans can return to music concerts, weddings can be restored to their former glory, and birthday parties can do away with limits on the number of guests in attendance.

So how are we preparing and investing for the future here at The Sound & Light hire Company? Well, we’re glad you asked.

The Sound & Light Hire Company Invests in the Future 

As you can imagine, we’ve been planning for the future with our equipment hire services. We’ve made significant strides to adapt to the current situation, and will be launching several new products for 2021. But let’s start with the expansion of existing hire services we already offer.

Indoor and Outdoor LED Screens 

LED screens and outdoor LED screens, in particular, are going to be hugely important going into 2021 and beyond with events increasingly being held outdoors. Outdoor cinemas, garden parties, movie nights, music festivals, and many more events will all benefit from the presence of LED video walls and screens.

We’ve started by expanding the number of LED HD TV screens we stock, before going all out on our range of LED video walls. Moving forwards, we can build outdoor LED screens from 2m x 1m right up to an enormous 8m x 6m! Screens this size would be absolutely perfect to hire for a drive-in cinema event or music festival.

We also have two options available concerning pixel pitch our indoor LED screens & outdoor LED screens both have a pixel pitch of 3.9mm. The our SmaRT#Tech screens offer a much crisper picture high-definition picture, especially for lower cap events where your attendees won’t be too far from the screen. By contrast, for larger events with viewers set to be positioned further away, 3.9mm pixel pitch video panels will just look even better ! And our LED screen hire prices offer a more cost-effective solution to any other outdoor LED screen system.

Embracing the Future of Gaming

Moving on to totally new equipment that we’ve never made available for hire before, will shortly have in stock two VR gaming PCs complete with HTC Vine Pro headsets. This otherworldly experience would be a great addition to any social occasion.

Imagine playing with your friends in a completely immersive game, with every movement you make reflected in what you see in front of you. The would also make an excellent focal point for birthday celebrations, as you laugh along at older family members getting to grips with the technology for the first time!

Towable Power Generators

As mentioned, even with enhanced testing in place, outdoor events are still going to be very much the order of the day for the majority of 2021, barring a minor miracle. That’s why we’ve invested in towable generators. From now on, any clients booking staging hire with us will have the option to for us to look after their power requirements too.

In fact, that offer is extended to all outdoor events requiring a power supply. By hiring one or a couple of generators with us, you needn’t worry about getting power to your outdoor speaker hirestage hireLED video wall hire, or lighting hire equipment.

New Wireless Lighting Options

Sticking with the theme of outdoor events, wireless, battery-powered lighting is going to play a pivotal role in many public and private events over the course of the next 12 months. We’re busy constructing a totally wireless lighting package that builds on our existing wireless LED uplighter hire options. These battery-powered options will be great for celebrations and events whereby power is not available, and a generator is not cost-effective.

Extending the Range of Battery-Powered Sound Options

On a similar note, we’ve invested heavily in increasing the number of battery-powered speakers for hire. These speakers have been popular since the onset of the pandemic, and we expect they’ll continue to be favoured well into next year and beyond. They are great pieces of kit and will comfortably last for 7-8 hours of playback at 75% volume.

We’re also crafting a completely wireless lighting and sound hire package, for those events held in more extensive gardens, fields, and other similar settings that may play host to an event over the next couple of years.

The Event Industry is Certainly Down, But By No Means Out 

As we’ve stated, here at The Sound & Light Hire Company, we’re going nowhere. We know that this period has been challenging, regardless of industry. The events sector has been no different. Actually, we would argue that it’s very much been at the sharp end, considering the economic hardship caused by the cancellations of so many events, festivals, weddings, parties, and other celebrations.

However, we’re not ones to sit still. We’ve changed the way we operate, implemented all of the necessary additional health & safety protocols, and, as laid out above, we’ve invested heavily into our inventory to provide a broad spectrum of equipment hire options that cover almost every base.

Don’t forget we can provide all manner of event services too. Our event production teams have already designed, directed, and overseen some of the first-ever socially-distanced events with massive success. We can take care of everything, from setting up and mixing the sound for the live band you’ve booked, to rigging lighting fixtures to trusses and choreographing a dazzling lighting show for your wedding celebration. We can do it all.

Why Choose the Sound & Light Company for Your Equipment Hire Needs? 

2020 has been a challenging year for all of us, so it’s only right that once we’ve got to grips with it as a society, you’ll want to celebrate and enjoy events and parties just as you did before lockdown was even a word. Here at The Sound & Light Hire Company, we are in the perfect position to help you out.

Whether you need to hire a small PA speaker system for your kid’s birthday party, or you need us to handle the entire event production of an extravagant wedding, we are just as committed to excellence in either arena. We have one of the biggest inventories in the whole country when it comes to sound and lighting equipment.

Better still, if you’re hiring from us, you’re receiving brand names that are widely regarded as the best in the business, we never, EVER, cheap out on equipment, even for small equipment hire packages. We’ve never had a piece of equipment let us down, which we think you’ll agree is incredible after being in business for over a decade.

Then there’s our friendly team. We are here, seven days a week giving on the spot training to dry-hire customers, mixing live music acts in front of thousands of fans as well as delivering and setting up equipment all over Surrey, London, and surrounding areas. We never stopped and have gone the extra mile this year to ensure our customers have hosted successful events.

So if you’ve got a corporate event lined up at a central London hotel, or you’ve got a wedding booked in the Surrey countryside, we can supply everything you could ever need. Just give us a call any day of the week on 0800 8611136 to have a chat with us. We can’t wait to hear what you’ve got planned!

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Looking To Stream Your Wedding Or Conference? The Sound & Light Hire Company Talks Live Streaming & Virtual Events

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As you all know 2020 has been a bit of an odd year. Moving forward we need to try and understand how the events industry is going to change. This includes all aspects of the events industry from conferences, weddings to house parties. So, let us discuss how we are helping to reshape our services.

We have all come to the same conclusion that until next year weddings and conferences will be extremely limited. Although some are still going to take place just with new rules as guidelines. In some scenario’s clients, family members & guests will not be able to attend the event whether this is through their own choice or the current restrictions in place at venues.

Based on the current climate let us talk about streaming and how live streaming at your event or wedding can turn a negative situation into a more positive experience whilst the restrictions and legislation are ironed out which may continue to take another year or 2.

One of the most common requests we have received recently is live streaming services for weddings and small events. People are looking for a cost efficient solution with a simple set up installed and operated by a company that understands you are not broadcasting to Sky TV you are getting married and you want your friends and family to still be a part of it and streaming the live ceremony is the way forward. This goes for bar mitzvah events or company update in the corporate world to.

People not looking to do high end broadcasting require something more simplified that just works whilst these restrictions are in place, this is where we come in!

We will firstly start off with the basics, what is needed to stream your wedding or event. Let us take a typical scenario that everyone can relate to.

Recently at Horsley Towers weddings that had been booked in the couples did not want to reschedule. They wanted to think of a possible back up plan to adhere to the regulations allowing them to still go ahead and enjoy their anticipated day, bringing us onto streaming They can share the experience with their loved ones in a more virtual way.

In order to do this you need a local, reliable, trusted sound & lighting hire company and guess who is based in Surrey offering this service, that’s right us! The Sound & Light Hire Company!

Why do people use and trust our services? Because we have been around for 15 years providing sound, staging, lighting and now streaming services to many corporate and private venues such as Horsley Towers where we are a preferred supplier.

To stream your event you will need the following items:

*A streaming capture card which is an interface between the camera(s) and the laptop.

*You need a high-performance laptop enabled for streaming.

*You will need a small speaker system in most scenario’s (not in all) but we will come to that later.

*Professional stage lights to make sure you will be clearly seen on the camera ensuring the streaming service is more enjoyable.

*In most cases you will need a pair of professional video cameras (please note ‘’go pros’’/ webcams and cheap inferior recording equipment is not a reliable way to stream your event).

*You will also require a small mixing desk to adjust and balance out the levels on the mics.

*LED screen/ TV screen

Again we want to reiterate there are different levels and different requirements for whenever you are streaming an event, so maybe you are thinking this is the wrong set up for you, no problem give us a call and we can discuss how we can reliably stream your next event.

Of course, you need the most crucial part of this which is the internet! Without this none of the above works!

Now there are a few options with regards to getting good internet connection, 1 is fast broadband at your house or venue where the conference /wedding is being held. But just to be clear if you are getting married in a castle in the middle of nowhere with poor internet you will find it a challenge to stream reliable.

We do have a couple of solutions for this, but we are not going to cover this in this blog today.

Before we cover what a typical live streaming session is let’s remind you of some of the additional services we offer that you may not realize we do whilst reading this blog.

Any wedding, conference or party normally have additional items or equipment requirements whether this be a stage platform or providing uplighters for your wedding a stage set or video wall for a conference.

Maybe you have more than 1 person on your panel, a socially distanced conference? And need some LED screens. We can do all the above!

Let us get straight to the point what does it cost to stream your event or wedding? Unlike a lot of other companies, we are going to give you the cost right here:

A typical wedding/ event would be about £800.

This is a very rough cost based on a typical scenario with a couple of people requiring mics.

You will find a lot of other companies supply this for £1500 plus as this is a new buzzword, a new service offered.

Whereas Sound & Light Hire Company want to offer this service at a fair and competitive rate to appeal to most events.

We will give you a real-life example – last week 25th September we were at Horsley Towers in Surrey. The bride and groom not only wanted to stream to guests who could not make it overseas, they also wanted to send a live feed to their guests who were present in a separate room. Horsley Towers were kind enough to set up another room where 15 guests could watch the wedding live on a set of our 75” LED screens.

In the ceremony room we used a pair of our high definition SLR video cameras to capture the content which is then sent via our Black Magic live streaming rack to then stream via the Zoom platform. This is sent to online guests at home whilst the hardwired 75” screens were placed in an additional room showing the real time live camera feeds. The reason we did this although streaming is great is we have all had points where the internet is slow or has an outage, so by hardwiring the screens we could ensure they would see the content without any delays.

A pair of wireless discreet mics were placed in such a way that the bride / groom and registrars’ voices could all be easily picked up and heard.

4 x sets of our latest Bose S1 pro battery powered speakers were placed in the ceremony room and additional suite as this minimized cable and set up time.

Moving onto the finishing touches of the event, we also supplied a small but slightly raised white stage for the bride and groom, just 1ft from the ground this neat platform gave the couple a nice presence within the room.

Now you understand what we supplied let us have a quick recap over what the client asked for, what was supplied and what was achieved.

The client needed to stream their wedding via an online platform and also send a live feed into another room within the hotel for additional friends and family to watch and hear them get married.

They also requested a small carpeted stage to give them a centre focal point within the ceremony room.

With our video cameras and streaming rack this was quite easily achieved in a cost-efficient manner.

To explain the costs broken down with the above streaming equipment with the addition of the screens and stage….

2m x 3m stage carpeted £200

4 x Bose Pro1 battery powered speakers £200

Thomann 12 channel mixing desk £20

2 x wireless Shure handheld mics with stands £65

1 x SLR Camera £45

1 x Streaming capture card £50

1 x Laptop £35

2 x LED lights £30

2 x 75” LED screens on stands £300

1 x Technician £225

2 x crew £100

Transportation £60

This brought the total cost to £1330

Most clients don’t require or ask for the staging platform carpeted or prefer the smaller screens so to give you an idea of costs for this scenario would be the same kit as above minus the stage and use of 50” LED screens instead of the larger 75” screens, bringing the total to £900 plus the travel.

Maybe just 1 screen is required and perhaps just a couple of speakers rather than the 4 we supplied so this would bring the cost down again as an alternative option.

To sum up this article we would like to give you an overview of our services across London, Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire. Whether you are looking to hire a small speaker system or some disco lights for your Halloween or Christmas parties or perhaps you have  a conference that needs to be streamed and you require a reliable company to do so, or a local council promoting a Christmas light switch on, remember the Sound and Light Hire Company is Surrey’s leading event hire company stocking a vast range of sound& lighting equipment as well as festival stages and indoor/outdoor LED screens.

Come and get in touch about your next event, we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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The Sound & Light Hire Company Supplying Sound, Lighting & Stage for Birthday Party in Surrey

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Things have been so busy here and the Sound & Light Hire Company that we haven’t had time to tell you about a celebration we supplied equipment and event services to back in March. We were tasked to provide the sound, lighting, and stage for a joint 30th and 60th birthday celebration of a mother and daughter.

So without further ado, let’s tell you all about it!

Surrey Event Company Designs and Delivers Ultimate Birthday Party 

As mentioned above, we were contacted by a private client concerning a joint birthday celebration at Surrey venue whereby we are the preferred supplier for all manner of event production services, namely sound, lighting, and stage hire. After being passed on their details by the venue, we immediately got in touch with the individual client to set up an initial chat and a site visit.

We arrived on-site and got to work straight away on securing the exclusive use of one of the “wings” of this prestigious venue, which our generous venue partner kindly offered without any quibbles. By doing so, we gained the freedom of the entire space so that we could work on setting up (and disassembling) equipment unencumbered by the presence of other guests. In case you were wondering what we mean, the venue in question offers hotel accommodation as part of their multifaceted operations.

The premise for this birthday celebration was simple but elegant. Much like the singer Sam Sparro, this party was going to be dominated by a “Black and Gold” theme. One we’d worked out the finer details of the brief with the client, it was time to go away on work on creating a completely bespoke proposal for the client.

Our in-house design team got to work straight away and provided the client with a 3D render of the venue to visualise how our technical equipment and design choices would look when in place. She was thrilled with what she saw and gave us the go-ahead to get to work organising the logistical and technical aspects of pulling it off.

Surrey Stage Hire For Joint Birthday Party

Once the morning of the party rolled around, it was time for the hard work to start! We started by setting up the drapes which were to be hung up around the perimeter of the grand hall. We used lightweight black and gold clothes, unsurprisingly, to match the theme given to us by the client. We then completed the overall look of the venue by placing LED-lit furniture, such as cubes and poseur tables strategically across the grand dining hall, ready to be turned on and set to gold colour once the guests began to arrive.

While the brief included all aspects of event production, our primary emphasis was on the sound, lighting, and indeed the stage elements of this party. Our primary focus after making those nice preparatory touches to the venue was to get to work constructing the stage.

In terms of the stage we provided, the client opted for our suggestion of a 6m x 4m stage hire package, which had been tweaked to include 1m legs to elevate the booked live band well above the ground. Our bandstand-style stage comes complete with handrails, steps, and the legs mentioned above. Our stage crew had certainly eaten their Weetabix on this particular morning as they managed to erect the stage in under an hour, even though there were added customisations required to accommodate the additional height of the stage.

Once the stage was nearing completion, the focus then turned to erecting the truss structures upon which the lighting fixtures would be rigged.

Event Company in Surrey Provides Lighting Hire for Birthday Party 

As touched on, the next stage was setting up all of the lighting equipment for the evening’s entertainment. Once we have erected a stage-based truss, we started adding the lights. What we supplied was an iteration of our live band lighting hire package, with a few extras. We started with eight Showtec M800 Tour PAR cans to wash the stage in a range of colours, but then we also added a couple of moving head fixtures, and Equinox Revolution disco lights, a couple of lasers, and a smoke machine to help bring the best out of the lighting equipment.

As mentioned, the live band were going to be followed by a DJ, so we needed to have lighting equipment capable of showing off both set of entertainers. There are nuanced differences between the two, with DJs having a strong preference for lasers over more traditional stage lighting options. Since we had all angles covered, there were certainly no complaints from either entertainment act!

Dotted around the rest of the venue, we supplied wireless LED uplighters to set the mood and ambience for the evening. In case you hadn’t already guessed, the colour for these uplighters was a suave shade of gold, very much in keeping with the theme! We ran these from the outdoor entrance of the wing of the venue sectioned off for us, right through the foyer, and into the grand hall where the main festivities were taking place.

Finally, we set up a variety of pin spots around the room to beam sharp beams of gold light against the back drapes and black table dressings.

While the lighting technicians were busy setting up all of these fixtures, our sound engineers were working just as hard setting up all of the sound requirements for the live band and DJ.

Sound & Light Hire Company Provide Sound Equipment Hire for Surrey Party

While the stage and lights were crucial, there wouldn’t have been much of an event without us providing top-of-the-range sound equipment for hire. Concerning the sound requirements, they actually started outside of the main hall.

As highlighted above, there was an entrance foyer where the birthday guests arrived, checked in their coats and accessories, and grabbed a glass of bubbly before making their way into the grand hall. The client requested that we had some form of sound equipment in there along with the uplighters to get guests in the party spirit! “No problem!” we replied.

We set up a couple of EV ZLX 12P active PA speakers that played a phone-based playlist chosen by the event host. The client said the small but very powerful speakers helped to get guests in the foyer in the right mood for the evening and helped to invoke the spirit of the planned festivities. The desired effect was achieved with the help of the golden glow coming from the ensemble uplighter lighting arrangement.

Next, as you might not be surprised to learn, our focus was very much turned to the stage. Again, we had to cater for two distinct types of act, a live band and a DJ, which required a hybrid approach to the sound.

Initially, our attention was paid to the requirements of the live band. We set up a range of state-of-the-art kit, including an arrangement of d&b Audiotechnik Q1 Midtop speakers, Qsub bass speakers, and D12 power amps. This premium sound arrangement ensured that the band had crystal clear vocals and booming, immersive bass for the audience to enjoy.

We also supplied the following supporting sound gear:

  • Speaker stands
  • Mackie Pro FX12 Live Band Mixing Desk
  • Shure SM58 Microphones
  • Shure Drum Kit Mic
  • K&M Microphone Stands
  • Proel D2 DI boxes
  • All the power & signal cables
  • 3.5mm aux cable for laptop/phone playback while the band took a break

Waiting in the wings, we also had our team on standby on the evening itself to reconfigure the existing sound setup to better accommodate the DJ and integrate his personal equipment. Amazingly, he hadn’t yet worked with d&d audiotechnik speakers on any of his gigs. Let’s just say he’s now very much a convert and understands why we place so much faith in this industry-leading brand!

On-Site Event Services Support

The time for the evening’s proceedings came, our on-site team took over to ensure everything ran smoothly on the night. We had one of the team on the lighting desk to choreograph some dazzling lighting displays both for when guests arrived, during the live band performances, and he handled the DJ set too.

On the sound side, we once again had one of our experienced engineers on the mixing desk, overseeing the initial soundcheck, and then subsequently handling all of the mixing during the live band’s performance itself.

Both employees were also on hand to answer any questions, and our sound guy helped fix an issue with speakers the initial foyer reception when they stopped playing. As it turned out, it was nothing to do with the speakers. Rather, someone had pulled the cable loose from the phone that was connected to the speakers, stopping the playback. It was merely a two-second fix, but that’s what our team are there for!

Excellent Feedback for Sound & Lighting Plus Staging Hire in Surrey

While we are a business that operates to make a profit, there’s nothing better than receiving excellent feedback from a client. In this instance, it’s fair to say our client was pretty gushing in her compliments. Given that we received this text on the same night as the party, it’s fair to assume a few wines had been consumed!

Either way, our client sent us a text after arriving back from the party. She said:

“Can you pass on my thanks to everyone at the Sound & Light Hire Company who made this birthday one that I’ll cherish for the rest of my days. From the moment I walked into the venue, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The drapes worked exactly as envisioned. The lighting was just as dramatic as promised, and, well, what can I say about the entertainment show you produced for us? Superb!”

We actually met the client (who was one of those celebrating a birthday) the following morning, as we finished up the deconstruction process. While she won’t mind us saying she was a little worse for wear (we have her permission, promise!), she was no less grateful for the hard work we had put in to make it a success. To be fair, some of us were pretty tired too (it was a late finish), but her praise really put the icing on the cake.

Use the Sound & Light Hire Company to Plan, Design, and Oversee Your Event Production

Here at the Sound & Light Hire Company, we are a Surrey event company that can easily take care of all technical production aspects for your event. Whether it’s a birthday party or a wedding, we can provide the sound, lighting, stage, and all kinds of other event production elements such as furniture and LED video screens.

If you want to enjoy the ease of working with just one Surrey-based company for all of your event production needs, then don’t hesitate to contact us on 0800 8611136. We can walk you through the entire process and offer a range of options suitable for your specific occasion. Crucially, we can also provide the on-site support you may require to ensure everything goes off without a hitch.

Even if you need advice, just give us a call. We’ll here ready and waiting to help your event become a rip-roaring success!

Come and get in touch about your next event, we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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New outdoor cinema projector & screen hire packages available from Surrey’s leading sound & lighting hire company

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With garden parties becoming the new festivals this year, another current entertainment trend making headlines is the continuing rise in popularity of outdoor cinemas. From public venues to back gardens, the outdoor silver screen has been making a comeback!

Not ones to sit still, we’ve invested in a range of outdoor screen solutions for those of you looking to hire an outdoor cinema screen. They include large LED screens for larger events and a range of smaller but incredibly powerful cinema projectors. So without further ado, let’s tell you all about them.

Hire an Outdoor Cinema Screen from the Sound & Light Hire Company

As mentioned, we’ve jumped at the opportunity to expand on our existing LED screen hire services to include a fantastic array of new large LED screens, all of which are perfect for hosting an organised event.

In terms of digital screen sizes, we start at 55″ and 85″ with our LED HD TV devices. However, we can go much bigger and bolder than that. For larger public or community events, we can build outdoor LED screens from 2m x 1m right up to an enormous 8m x 6m! Screens this size would be absolutely perfect to hire for your surrey-based drive-in cinema event.

If you’re looking to hire an outdoor cinema screen for your event, you may be wondering which is the best size to go for. We’ll concede that’s a fair enough question considering just how many dimensions we have available! Your size choice will, of course, depend on a myriad of factors relating to your proposed venue. Such as how much space you have for the screen footprint, and whether you need any supporting structure to elevate your screen above your attendees for a better viewing experience.

We always tend to recommend our 5m x 3m LED screen to our clients, mainly because this gives a perfect 16:9 aspect ratio, which is the most common format amongst films and movies. However, we appreciate that that size may not always be the best solution for your specific event and our friendly team will be more than happy to talk you through the options available to you, based on the desired location.

Next, you need to consider the pixel pitch. Without getting too technical, the pixel pitch refers to how close the LED pixels are to each other. The smaller the distance, the higher the resolution of the screen and the crisper the picture. We have two options available in this regard, 3.9mm and 12.5mm.

While it’s correct the 3.9mm pixel pitch LED screen will offer a crisper picture, it’s important to note that it’s not always the best solution for your event. Higher distances between pixels elongate the minimum viewing distance, and helps keep costs down if you’re viewers are not going to be position close to the screen.

For instance, for a popup drive-in cinema event a 12.5mm pixel pitch LED screen might be the better option as when at greater viewing distances, higher pixel density loses its visual advantages and simply increases the cost of the display. By contrast, if you’re hosting a garden party and want to hire a substantial outdoor LED screen, then 3.9mm would be the best option.

But what if you’re not thinking about hiring a sizeable LED screen, and instead you’re looking for an outdoor projector and screen package to wow your family, or impress your guests at your next garden party?

Luckily we’ve got plenty of solutions for you in that regard too!

Outdoor Cinema Projector Hire Surrey

There’s perhaps nothing more appealing than relaxing with a glass of wine, surrounded by your friends and family, settling in for a gripping movie while the sun is setting on a late summer’s evening! As we touched upon above, we’ve been hard at work to create a new line of outdoor cinema packages for you that include a powerful projector, with a range of screen sizes to suit your home’s specific outdoor space.

Our smallest is outdoor cinema hire package comes complete with 6ft x 4ft popup projector screen perfect for a movie night with the children. But if you want to go even larger for your family get-together, you could choose our medium outdoor cinema hire package, complete with 8ft x 6ft projector screen.

Are you hosting a garden party? Then you might want to upgrade to our large outdoor cinema hire package which comes complete with a giant 10ft x 8ft projector screen to make sure everyone can enjoy the view!

Regardless of the size of hire package you choose, our helpful team will show you how to set everything up before you take the equipment home with you, and we will supply you with all of the necessary cables (including HDMI) to ensure that you can easily connect your laptop to the projector.

Once home, set up should take no longer than 20 minutes. You’ll be tucking into your popcorn before you know it! And if the weather lets you down, you can always move these setups indoors and have a cosy evening inside sheltered from the rain.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire an Outdoor Screen?

The short answer is not as much as you might think! Take our small projector and screen hire package, which includes a state-of-the-art projector, all the cables you need, and a popup projector screen for just £80. Even if you want to go large and leave the guests at your summer garden party stunned, you won’t pay more than £200 for a cinema setup capable of wowing 250 guests!

If you’re planning on organising a commercial or community event and wish to hire an outdoor LED screen, then prices start at £25 per panel for 12.5mm pixel pitch and £75 per square metre for the sharper 3.9mm pixel pitch. Don’t forget that you may also need to budget a little extra for items such as delivery and setup up of any associated truss or staging structures to either support or suspend the screen from.

On that note, why not add to your outdoor cinema screen hire to make the experience immersive for your guests with our broad range of complementary equipment hire services?

Sound Equipment Hire Surrey

Of course, going to the cinema is almost as much about experiencing the superior, immersive sound as it about enjoying a much larger screen, which is why you’ll be well served to complement your fantastic outdoor cinema set up with a sound system to match.

Fortunately, we have a vast range of dry hire speaker packages are incredibly popular here at the Sound and Light Hire Company. Regardless of which size of speaker hire package you choose to accompany your outdoor screen, our team will walk you through how to connect the speakers to your laptop (we can always take more time if you need it).

To be honest, all you have to do on top of your existing setup is plug in the speakers to a power source, connect up your film-playing device (such as a laptop) through a 3.5mm jack, and that’s it!

The only issue left is deciding which speaker hire package to choose. If you’re hosting a small garden party, then we have a fantastic starter package with two speakers, two stands, a connection cable and all the power and signal cables starting at just £60! These speakers are designed to perform for gatherings of around 70 people, so plenty of power given current restrictions.

However, given how fluid the situation is, it may not be long before we are allowed to have up to 100 guests at a garden party. In which case, you may jump up a few notches to our medium speaker hire package. You get all of the benefits of our starter package but benefit from more powerful speakers and a state-of-the-art subwoofer that will provide you with that booming bass associated with the cinema experience.

Finally, our outdoor PA hire packages are perfect if you are hosting a larger commercial or community event. Don’t forget; we also have powerful battery-powered speakers for hire for scenarios whereby running power supply cables might not be practical.

With the sound sorted, you may want to go that extra mile and hire a few lighting fixtures to make the experience truly unforgettable.

Lighting Hire for Outdoor Cinema Surrey

Going to the cinema is an act of escapism. For a few hours, you forget about the troubles of the world and focus on the story unfolding in front of you. You can help to create that magical atmosphere in your back garden or at a suitable venue with the help of a few wise lighting choices.

We would strongly recommend one of our wireless LED uplighting packages that can provide a touch of class and professionalism to your event, whether it’s private or public. They can add that so-called “red carpet” feeling to your get-together. The added bonus is that you can light critical areas without the downside of having cables trailing over all your garden, presenting a potential trip hazard.

But don’t forget we can help you to take your cinema experience to the next level by creating a 4D experience. From dancing and jinking lasers and real dry-ice machines to using strobe lights during those high-octane action scenes, you can use lighting to create a totally immersive experience for your guests.

LED Furniture Hire for Outdoor Cinema Parties 

Speaking about immersive experiences, why not set the scene for your guest with an array of LED-lit furniture? These bright pieces will create a talking point and add a touch of pizzazz to your event. We have a range of options available, from LED cubes and LED tables, to a full-blown LED mobile bar!

But the list certainly doesn’t end there. We have an extensive range of LED furniture that includes benches, curved seating, bubble chairs, champagne buckets, stools, and the list goes on! We’re one of the only hire companies in the UK that have such an enormous selection of LED furniture.

They’re versatile too, with a battery life of up to 10 hours, and the choice of several static colours, or an automated program of fading colour patterns.

Hire an Outdoor Cinema Screen with The Sound & Light Hire Company

With cinemas not being the safest environments at this moment in time, what better way to recreate the same atmosphere with a magical outdoor cinema screening? If you’re looking to hire an outdoor screen, then you’re spoilt for choice with us. Whether you want to hire an outdoor projector and screen package, or you want to invest in an impressive LED screen, we’ve got the equipment in stock to make your evening unforgettable.

Of course, we also stock the inventory to make your garden party or outdoor event a genuine spectacle, with an embarrassment of riches when it comes to both sound and lighting hire.

If you would like to talk to a member of our team to receive expert help with constructing your perfect outdoor cinema evening, give us a call or shoot us an email regarding what you have in mind. We look forward to creating a truly memorable experience!

Come and get in touch about your next event, we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Hire Speakers & Lighting for Your Summer Garden Party

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Summer is in full swing, and with the COVID-19 restrictions finally easing, now is an excellent time to host a COVID-safe garden party. Of course, your celebration may not be as big as you might have liked, but you there’s still plenty of room within the regulations to invite your nearest and dearest to blast away any lingering COVID-related blues.

You may also get the chance to take advantage of our increasingly prevalent ‘Indian summers’ if restrictions are eased shortly to facilitate much larger gatherings. Therefore, whether your garden party is next month or next year, it’s still worth taking a look at what your options are when it comes to speaker and lighting hire in Surrey or London.

But to know what you’re looking for, it’s helpful to plan and design your event first. That way, you know roughly what types of sound and lighting equipment hire packages will suit your particular celebration.

Planning Your Garden Party

As we’ve just mentioned, all great garden parties start with an idea. Perhaps you’re going to have a theme, or maybe you’ll have a sit-down meal or a BBQ before the party begins in earnest. The choice is yours. However, by planning your garden party, you can gain a much better frame of reference for your accompanying audio visual requirements.

To give you an example, you could hire a live band for your entertainment, or you may prefer to opt for a local DJ. If your budget isn’t quite as expansive, you could just as easily run the music yourself through a do-it-yourself speaker hire package.

The point is, once you’ve nailed down the central concept of your garden party, you can then begin to look for the different type of sound and lighting hire options. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the options available to you from the Sound and Light Hire Company.

DIY Speaker Hire Surrey

It’s almost an unspoken fact that everyone secretly fancies themselves as a great party DJ. In some cases, it’s even true! But regardless of your ability to pick (and mix) tunes for your Surrey or London-based garden party, your skills will be undoubtedly enhanced by choosing the right sound equipment to hire.

DIY packages are incredibly popular here at the Sound and Light Hire Company because they are so simple from the customer perspective. Regardless of which size of speaker hire package you choose, all you have to do is arrive at our warehouse, spend five or so minutes with our team to learn how to operate the speakers (we can always take more time if you need it), before taking them back home, plugging them in, and getting the party started!

These dry hire speaker packages are perfect if you’ve curated a perfect garden party playlist that you just can’t wait to share with your guests. All you have to do is plug in the speakers to a power source, connect up your music-playing device (such as a phone or laptop) through a 3.5mm jack, and that’s it!

Of course, the crucial issue when deciding which speaker hire package to choose is how powerful do you go? If your party is under the lockdown restrictions of 30 guests, then we have a fantastic starter package with two speakers, two stands, a connection cable and all the power and signal cables starting at just £60! The best part? These speakers will only need to be on half volume to blow your guests away since they are designed for gatherings of 70+ people.

Of course, for some of you, having double the required firepower still might not be enough, in which case you might want to jump up a few notches to our medium speaker hire package. You get all of the benefits of our starter package but benefit from more powerful speakers and a state-of-the-art subwoofer that will provide you with that booming bass associated with night clubs. It’s bound to get people dancing towards the end of the evening, that’s for sure.

If you’re planning an event on the horizon that will likely have a few hundred guests to celebrate the relaxation of lockdown, then we’ve got you covered for that scenario too. Our large sound system speaker hire package includes everything you need for one last blow out before summer is over. Two active PA speakers paired with two bass bins gives you that immersive sound associated with professional music venues.

But what if you’re hiring outside performers for your garden party? Do we provide live sound hire packages too? You’re damn right we do!

Live Sound Hire Surrey

Of course, garden parties are just as well suited to live performances as they are for do-it-yourself entertainment. Of course, there are subtle differences between sound equipment for live performers, and they require much more than a mere 3.5mm cable to get going. However, they are still pretty easy for you’ average joe’ to set up. In most cases, your hired band or performer will know what they’re doing as long as you provide the equipment.

In terms of what we offer, it’s worth starting with our solo performer package. This is perfect if the vibe at your garden party is more Katie Melua than Katy B. Included is everything a solo singer/performer could need including two speakers, a subwoofer, mixing desk, two microphones, and all associated stands and cables. Perfect for those ‘sunset chill’ moments, or if you plan on soundtracking your guests’ al fresco dining experience.

By contrast, if you’ve hired a live band to be the main attraction of the evening, you may require something a little more expansive. Yep, you guessed it; we’ve got this covered too. Our medium live band sound hire package can be set up in just twenty minutes and includes everything in the solo performer version, with more powerful speakers, more subwoofers, and more microphones (including instrumental mics).

If you don’t want to get involved on the sound setup, you can enlist the help of our friendly expert sound engineers who can be on-site from start to finish to ensure a seamless running of your sound equipment.

What About Battery-Powered Speaker Hire in Surrey?

We understand that with a garden party, running dozens of extension and power supply cables might not be the most practical of ideas, or the most professional of looks. That’s why we’ve invested in cutting-edge battery-powered speakers for when your outdoor power options are limited at best, or non-existent at worst.

These aren’t your average battery-powered speakers for hire. No, these speakers will do you proud for seven, or even eight hours of playback at 75% volume. That’s far beyond the capabilities of most conventional battery-powered options in the domestic market, and they benefit from the latest advances in connectivity such as Bluetooth and USB/SD card.

Before we move on to lighting options for your garden party, we’d just like to inform you that we are indeed looking into wireless ‘disco’ light options. But thus far, we are yet to find anything that comes close to living up to our hire standards. This is a fluid situation, of course, so make sure to check when you book your battery-powered speakers to see if we’ve managed to discover any products that fit the bill!

So that’s the sound covered, but what about the lighting for your garden party?

Garden Party Lighting Hire Surrey

No party worth its salt is complete without some kind of lighting to set the tone for your festivities. For a garden party in particular, as soon as the sun sets you’re going to need functional lighting in the form of fairy lights or stylish LED uplighters.

Speaking of which, we have a range of wireless LED uplighting packages that can provide all of the functional light you need for your event. The added bonus, of course, is that you can light high-footfall areas without the downside of having cables trailing over all your garden presenting a potential trip hazard.

But the primary consideration for your party is likely to be focused on so-called ‘party’ or ‘disco’ lights. When night falls, and the music volume knob goes up a few numbers, there’s nothing better than the accompanying light show to get people in the mood for dancing.

For DJs in particular, the lighting plays a crucial role in the overall performance. From dancing and jinking lasers that are enhanced by the smoke machine, to flashing and strobing disco lights, hiring professional-quality party lights is an investment that can elevate your garden party from so-so, to unforgettable. You’ll be glad to hear that they don’t cost the earth either, with our complete disco light hire packages starting at a mere £39!

For those of you looking to recreate an open-air nightclub atmosphere, we have plenty of UV lights for hire too, providing that glow-in-the-dark edge to your garden party. Likewise, if the live band you hired and performing well into darkness, then we provide live band lighting hire too! No matter the ambience or mood you’re trying to create, here at the Sound and Light Company, we’ve got you covered.

Do You Have to Hire Sound and Lighting Equipment Separately? Why Choose Us?

No! Of course not. We realised early on that those who wanted to hire sound equipment were likely to need lighting, and vice versa. That’s why we’ve put together a wide range of sound and lighting hire bundle deals that are a perfect match for all type of garden parties.

Whether you’re having a small get-together or a proper gathering of family and friends, we have a range of ‘off the shelf’ party packages that are bound to fit the bill. They give you everything you need, from powerful sound to expansive light capabilities. That’s without mentioning the LED DJ booths, truss podiums, and smoke machines. If nothing fits the bill, we can always arrange a custom quote for you within 24 hours. How’s that for customer service?

The other aspect to note when you hire sound and lighting packages from the Sound and Light Hire Company is that you’re not alone. Firstly, we can supply you with our incredible event production staff who take care of everything for you, leaving you to relax and enjoy your garden party rather than stress over any of the technical set up.

But even if you only need to hire a portable speaker, our team are on the other end of the phone morning, noon and night to answer any queries, or troubleshoot any problems you may be experiencing on the night. Just a quick online search of our company name will demonstrate the stellar reputation that we’ve worked so hard to build in the Surrey, London, and Hampshire region over the past decade-plus of operations. By hiring with us, you’re working with a supplier you can trust.

So if you’re planning a mini-celebration to the end of lockdown, or you’re setting your sights on an outdoor garden party to end all parties next year, just give us a call on 0800 861 1136 any day of the week. We’d love to hear about what you’ve got in store.

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Tips & Tricks On How To Plan Your Garden Party With The Sound & Light Hire Company

Tips & tricks on how to plan your garden party with The Sound & Light Hire Company

Are you planning a garden party? Then this article is for you. Here’s what you need to know in order to throw a successful first party! Use These Guidelines To Plan Your Garden Party!

Maybe your looking to hire a sound & lighting package for your garden party? Maybe some outside lighting or battery powered PA system would go nicely….

The Sound & Light Hire Company is based in #Guildford #Surrey and stock a huge range of sound, lighting, party lighting & disco equipment perfect for outdoor events. We also have staging & covered festival stages if you’re thinking about something a bit bigger BUT for now let’s talk small parties at your house & what equipment might be needed.

Create Great Invitations

This is probably the best time to turn your calligraphy talents to work for you when creating invitations. Use this time to get creative with the lettering and add some fancy fonts. Or just write out a detailed, professional-looking group text message to make sure you get everyone on board. Choose a Theme – What kind of theme would be the most fun for the guests? Is it an outdoor picnic, a garden themed party or something else? Decide ahead of time so that you can choose a theme that will be the easiest for your guests to follow.

Set Up Your Tables

Now that you’ve chosen a theme and are sure the invitation is in the mail, it’s time to figure out where and how to set up tables and chairs. First decide where you want the party to happen. You should be able to move around freely with no worries of having to get stuck on the table due to chairs or tables.

Decide on Your Menu

This may be one of the most challenging parts of planning. If you’re using a garden theme, then you’ll have to do a lot more planning in advance about what to serve and in what quantities. It’s really important that you have plenty of finger foods and snacks so that everybody can make a nice meal. If your theme is an outdoor picnic, you’ll have to think of plates, napkins and decorations. You can pick up a nice paper lanterns at your local party store to make your table look elegant!

Decide on Location

Do you want your party to be indoors or outdoors? It’s really important to think about where you’re going to place your party so that you can make sure there are no unexpected problems like rain or snow during the evening.

How To Go To The Party

Once you’ve made your party plans, you’ll need to figure out what to wear to go to it. You could bring along a picnic tablecloth or a lawn chair slip to help keep you from getting wet.

Remember, when it comes to throwing a party, these tips will be a great help! You should make sure you have all the basic supplies at home or at least at the door (i.e. a glass of water) to wash up with!

Consider Having Some Music

It’s a good idea to have music playing while you invite people over. In fact, many people enjoy having live music playing while they eat. It’s also a great idea to play some light music in the background to keep things lively.

Don’t forget Flowers! Flowers are always a nice touch and they make your party even more unique. If you’re planning an outdoor garden party, consider sending out balloons to brighten your party area.

Have A Good Theme For The Party – It’s always nice to have a theme that you can share. With a garden theme, you could have a garden party with blue ribbons tied around trees, butterflies, flowers, vines and plants.

If you’re having a beach themed party, you could set up a sand castle. or even a pirate ship, to keep the party rolling!

Don’t forget to send out favours – It’s very easy to plan a party and find favours to give out. If you’re hosting a party, try to find a favour which is memorable enough for everyone. There’s no reason to worry about getting everyone excited about what you’re giving out.

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Whether it’s a Wedding, Festival, Gala Dinner or A Small Sound Package for Your Garden Party, The Sound & Light Hire Company Can Help

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Here at The Sound and Light Hire Company, we have one of the broadest range of services when it comes to both audio and visual equipment. As the title suggests, whether you’re hosting a little get together in your garden, or you need complete technical production services for your wedding, there’s nothing we can’t accommodate.

With that in mind, we thought we would give you a more in-depth rundown of our equipment hire and support services so that you can understand just how broad the spectrum is when it comes to providing hire services to clients. Let’s make a start with sound equipment hire.

Sound Equipment Hire 

Whether you’re hosting a party, a wedding, or planning a high-level corporate awards dinner, we have the capacity to match any requirements when it comes to sound system hire in London, Surrey, Hampshire and surrounding areas.

We are experienced in handling requests on both sides of the coin. Whether you are a well-established DJ that needs a state-of-the-art PA system to deliver the goods at a series of local venues, or you’ve booked a live band, and you need help with the sound setup, we’re on hand to guide you through our vast range of options.

We offer a range of dry-hire sound packages that are suitable for a broad range of events. For instance, if you’re hosting an anniversary party with 150 attendees, then we can provide a do-it-yourself sound hire package that will more than blow your guests away for less than £100. Better yet, we’ll be on hand to show you everything you need to know regarding the operation of the equipment, and we’re never more than a phone call away (even after hours) should you need any help with anything.

But our sound services go far beyond mere party equipment hire packages. We are part of one of the largest event production companies in the UK. What that means for you, our lovely customers, is that we can provide sound equipment to leading commercial events such as gala dinners, music festivals, and arena concerts. We have industry-leading speaker systems available for hire that are literally used by acts such as Rihanna, Coldplay, and Eminem when on tour, such is their quality.

The best part? All of that expensive gear is owned and maintained by us. Many companies simply locate sound equipment, pay to hire it, and then pass on a specific profit margin to their clients. We don’t believe in that model, since there’s no way to validate what state the sound equipment might be in. For all you know, it could have been used thousands of times and might be moments away from letting you down on your big occasion!

We take pride in our sound equipment stock, continuously rotating our sound systems to ensure that not a single item is more than three years old. We also continually test and inspect all equipment before it’s deemed suitable to go back out on hire again. In over a decade of operations, we’ve yet to experience any equipment failures on the job. We put this down to our stringent care we take over our equipment as well as putting our faith in standard-bearing brands such as d&b audiotechnik.

But of course, the sound is merely one piece of our rather large event services puzzle, so let’s take a closer look at lighting hire.

Lighting Equipment Hire 

In the case of most events, where you might need to hire sound equipment, you’re very likely to be interested in hiring lighting equipment. We found this out the hard way when starting out as an audio visual company back in the early 2000s. Every event we provided equipment for, we were asked if we could handle the lighting requirements. After getting sick of saying “no,” we took the plunge into the lighting, and haven’t looked back since!

In fact, we’ve somewhat become lighting hire specialists, in many cases focusing our hire and support services specifically on lighting for events. Whether it’s wedding lighting or dazzling product launches, we’ve designed and executed so many spectacular lighting shows that have left those in attendance stunned.

We’ve managed to achieve this feat by investing heavily in the latest and greatest lighting fixtures, the majority of which are powered by LED technology. From LED uplighting, to LED-powered PAR cans, we’ve harnessed the power of this incredibly versatile lighting medium to wow our clients. The sheer scope and scale of our lighting capabilities (of all which is also our own equipment, by the way) is difficult to cover in such a short space, but below you will find just a glimpse of the number of distinct types of lighting we have on hand to supply to your wedding, award show, party, festival, or gala dinner:

  • Spotlights
  • Fresnel lanterns
  • PAR cans
  • Wireless LED Uplighters
  • Gobos
  • Pendant lighting
  • Festoon (fairy) lighting
  • Textured lighting
  • Backlighting
  • Lasers
  • Pinspots
  • DMX intelligent moving-head lights

Again that list is by no means exhaustive, but by now you’re probably starting to understand just how vast our Guildford warehouse is! But don’t worry, we’re not done yet! We also supply kinds of related audio visual hire in addition to our sound and lighting hire services.

Audio Visual and Event Production Equipment Hire

Our services really do run the full gamut when it comes to event production. For instance, if you’re looking to put on a conference in London, we can provide all manner of audio visual equipment such as projector and screen hireLED screen hire, and even the podium if you’re short! No matter what you need on the technical side of your event, the Sound and Light Hire Company can provide it for you.

But of course, we don’t just offer all manner of audio visual equipment. We also offer up all manner of necessary event production equipment for hire. For example, as lighting experts, we understand the need for special effects equipment to really bring out the best in your light show. Let’s be honest; no light show would be complete without the supplementary hazers that help to make the lasers stand out so much. Or what about making your stage the centre of attention by adding flames? They work at small children’s parties just as well as they do as music festivals, so why not add they to one of our party equipment hire packages?

We’re also well-versed in providing all manner of staging requirements. From small wedding productions to large-scale music festival stage hire capable of accommodating up to 10,000 attendees, we have expert teams on hand that can not only assemble stage equipment, but that can design sets and stages from scratch if necessary. Need a tiered stage for an upscale London awards show? That’s not a problem either. We can genuinely offer all aspects of technical equipment hire for your event, which brings us neatly onto our next point, our event production services.

Event Production Services for Corporate Events and Music Festivals

Providing event equipment for hire is one thing, but sometimes event organisers need much more support in bringing their vision from concept to reality. Whether it be a corporate event or a music festival, you will likely need the help of professional event production services on top of hiring all of the necessary equipment. In case you hadn’t already guessed, we can do that too!

In case you were wondering what we mean by event services, we are referring to the work that goes into the production of the evening you have planned. For instance, you may have hired a sound and lighting package, but do you or your staff have a technician capable of creating a fantastic light show? Or how about someone that is an expert at sound mixing for the live band that you hired for later in the evening?

These are the critical services that can make all of the difference in the world. To use a sporting analogy, an F1 car is no good to someone who doesn’t know how to drive one, so what’s the point in hiring one? In other words, there’s no point utilising our admittedly brilliant sound systems and lighting arrays, without employing the on-site personnel that understand how to unlock their maximum performance.

Fortunately, we’ve got some of the best in the business in this particular arena. From stage crew to sound engineers and light technicians, we can provide a turn-key package for your event, which includes all equipment, staff, and event production services. We’ve provided these services to some of the most significant events in the UK, including the cage fighting at the 02 in London. Therefore, you can trust that we have the capacity and ability to provide our industry-leading event services to the smallest weddings to the biggest music festivals.

We can either listen to your specific requirements and point you to towards one of our “off the shelf” complete event packages, or we can hold your hand through the entire process, advising you every step of the way. We’re flexible to work with almost all budgets, and while we never aim to be the cheapest, we are NEVER beaten on value for money. What we charge compared to what you receive in terms of both hardware and personnel cannot be beaten by any other provider in the UK.

Talk to the Sound and Light Hire Company About Your Event

Whether you need to hire a small PA speaker system for your children’s birthday party, or you need the entire event production of an industry gala dinner, we are just adept at excelling in both environments. We have one of the biggest inventories in the whole country when it comes to sound and lighting equipment, and what’s more, we never skimp on quality. If you’re hiring from us, you’re receiving brand names that are widely regarded as the best in the business.

As for our event production services, we are the first to acknowledge that our staff are the best in the business and we’re immensely proud and fortunate to have them represent us at each event. From lighting displays that could literally bring a tear to your eye, to sound so immersive that you simply get lost in the moment, our event production team are capable of handling any challenge your event could possibly throw at them.

Even if you are only dry-hiring a PA system and you just want a touch of on the spot training, our team are just as happy giving advice in this environment as they are under the pressure of getting the mixing right for a headline act at a music festival, such is their enormous range of capabilities.

So if you’ve got a corporate event lined up at a swanky London hotel, or you’ve got a wedding booked at a Surrey venue, we can supply everything you could ever need, and run it all for you on the night should you wish. Just give us a call any day of the week on 0800 8611136 to have a chat with a member of our friendly team. We look forward to hearing all about it!

Tips on Choosing the Right Wedding Lighting

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Tips on Choosing the Right Wedding Lighting

If you’re planning on having a formal wedding, you may be wondering whether you should hire wedding lighting for your reception. This article will give you some ideas on the pros and cons of wedding lighting as well as advice on how to choose the right one for your big day!

So, how exactly do you crack the wedding lighting jargon? Well, so many words have been bandied about that it’s become impossible for someone not familiar with lighting concepts to explain them. Just in case you’re still wondering, let’s start with lighting fixtures. It would be best to start with a basic set and work upwards as your needs and your budget will dictate.

Wedding lighting comes in many forms – chandeliers, spotlights, pendants and many more. Some of them can be very expensive to buy and some of them are so basic that you can even build them yourself! As well as style, they can also be made from many different materials.

One important thing to keep in mind when looking at the different types of wedding lighting is the type of wedding you’re having. If you’re having a beach wedding, which often has a lot of candles, then you’re going to want to go for a type of lighting that’s very romantic but is also safe to use.

On the other hand, if you’re having a formal wedding, then you should go for a more sober look – using more white, with perhaps some decorative lighting fixtures placed strategically around the venue. In terms of your budget, this type of lighting should fit into your budget well as the cost of a wedding is going to be spread over a lot of smaller pieces. You may find it’s difficult to pick out the right lights depending on the style and theme of your reception, so it’s a good idea to ask for help!

In terms of the wedding theme, there are so many different options available. From classical, to floral, to a fairy tale wedding, there’s literally hundreds of options to choose from. The only rule to remember is to make sure that the lighting will compliment the overall look of the wedding venue.

When picking out your wedding lighting, it’s also important to consider other factors such as the budget, the time of year, the season, your personal taste, and the size of your guests. Depending on the amount of light you need, you should always be able to find the perfect match – just make sure that you think about the following before you make your final decision.

For example, it’s very important to choose a light that’s easy to install – a chandelier or table-style light is great if you need a lot of natural light throughout the room. On the other hand, if your reception will be held in a small space, then a smaller, more intimate pendant would be ideal. Or if your reception is more formal, then a chandelier would not be the best choice as you’ll probably be using lots of artificial lighting.

For more information about our wedding lighting & event lighting hire services please see our main website www.truesoundhire.co.uk or our wedding lighting section which can be found here https://www.truesoundhire.co.uk/hire-packages/category/lighting-hire-packages/wedding-lighting-hire-packages/