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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!

The Sound & Light Hire Company Talks Festival Stage Hire & What Other Event Equipment You Might Need to Hire

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Despite the cancellations across the board in 2020, the music festival industry is still in a strong position for next year’s summer season. In fact, we are a nation of revellers with over a quarter of all UK adults attending a music festival last year.

As a festival or music event organiser, you should know that the stage is the cornerstone of any successful musical event. It focuses the attention of your attendees, provides an elevated platform for your performers to look out over their adoring fans, and it houses of all the technical production equipment required for artists to sound their best.

Get your festival stage hire wrong though, and both fans and performers will be quick to notice that you’ve missed the mark. So if you’re organising a music festival or event for the spring or summer of 2021, what are the factors that you need to be thinking about now for your event to be a rip-roaring success?

Let’s take a look with a little help from our sister company Outdoor Stages, the arm of our operation dedicated to providing all manner of festival and music event stages.

Determine Your Requirements Based on the Scale of Your Event

It may sound obvious, but you’ve got to start with the scale of your event to make sure you’re choosing the right size of stage to hire. Hire a stage too small, and the performances can look awkward and cramped. By contrast, go way too big, and your attendees will think you have suffered from delusions of grandeur and you’ll likely lose money given the costs involved with hiring a much larger stage.

If this is something you’re initially struggling with, it’s often helpful to determine your needs based on the size of the audience. Generally, the larger your anticipated attendance, the larger your stage hire requirements will be. But this is not always the case. For instance, you may prefer to hire several compact stages to accommodate multiple performances in one central festival site location.

Once again, the larger the number of attendees, the more likely you are to invest in a large stage that provides a central focal point, an unobstructed viewing experience, and that can accommodate the technical event equipment hire required for clear sound and visuals for audience members hundreds of yards away from the stage.

Consider the Needs of Your Performers 

Next, you’ve got to factor in the requirements of the performers. If you’re hosting a classical orchestra, then obviously they are going to require a stage with a larger surface area than a local rock band, for example.

But it goes beyond merely space requirements, think about the technical specifications of your performers. While the acts scheduled to perform earlier in the day may not require much in the way of technical support, headline acts will often demand all kinds of additional technical support such as special effects, lighting shows, and superior sound equipment hire.

That’s without mentioning the offstage and backstage demands of top musical performers. Many will require at least a changing area. Some will specify a specific stage monitor mixing area or a musical instrument changeover zone. You might also need to put on a hospitality area and a side-on viewing platform for esteemed guests. By contrast, if you’ve booked an orchestra or a dance troupe, you’re going to need a sizeable backstage area to accommodate the sheer number of performers and their warm-up routines.

As the event organiser, it’s crucial that you receive each musical act’s rider in advance of booking in your festival stage hire so that you can make the necessary accommodations without any hassle.

Nature of Your Event Will Influence Your Event Equipment Hire Choices

Of course, you’ll also have to consider the nature of your event. For instance, are you running a festival with 12 local bands spread throughout the day? If so, it may be the case that you can have the artists share much of the technical equipment, saving on space and auxiliary event equipment hire requirements.

On the other hand, if you’re planning more of a one-night musical concert with two or three well-known national performers, each may demand their own specific technical setup. That means you’ll have to budget extra space for equipment storage in the wings ready for changeover between performances, even if the acts in question are solo performers.

Next, think about your preferred setup, which was briefly referred to previously. Are you going to out for one large stage for all performances, or are you going to over a couple of smaller breakout stages for solo performers? If so, you may want to spread you hire budget over several stages, rather than investing everything in your allocation on just the one.

Are There Any Venue/Location Restrictions?

One of the biggest mistakes we see from new festival organisers is not considering the limitations or restrictions of the venue. Erecting a stage requires significant engineering and logistical planning.

One of the first considerations you should make before you hire an outdoor stage is the ground. You need to consider the advantages and disadvantages of concrete and grass. If it’s going to be grass, is it even? Very rarely is the location proposed for a stage exactly flat in the case of those erected on lawn areas. But if it’s smooth and even, then it’s usually a suitable location for a stage.

Next, make sure that the area is free of any trees and human-made obstacles which might not necessarily be visible. Think underground pipes or wiring, as well as drainage systems. You can investigate the location of underground obstacles by obtaining ground surveys for your local council.

Lastly, turn your attention to logistics, even in their component parts, outdoor stages are not small. That means you’re going to need space for several HGVs to gain access and unload. Without sufficient access, your stage may never make it to the intended location, so don’t overlook this critical factor!

Other Considerations for Stage Hire That Are Often Forgotten

Perhaps the most underestimated factors of stage hire by festival organisers are the factors that are outside of their control, namely the weather. We don’t have to tell you that we live in one of the most unpredictable climates on the planet, and it’s par for the course to experience four seasons in one day, even in the middle of summer!

The important takeaway for you as the organiser to realise is that poor weather causes issues with building an outdoor stage. Firstly, it can cause access issues (particularly for grass setups). Secondly, poor weather means slow-going on the building of a stage. That’s why you must budget enough time for the building phase. You don’t want to find yourself on the morning of the event still having little bits and pieces to finish off on stage construction.

Speaking of time, don’t underestimate how long stages take to build regardless of weather conditions. While we can erect our smallest mobile outdoor covered stages in a matter of hours, our large 12m x 9m arc roof stage can take well in excess of a day to build and set up with the necessary technical rigging.

For allocating time allowances for stage set up, we say plan for the worst, hope for the best. That way you’ve got plenty of slack in your schedule should the weather, or any other unforeseen issues, cause any snags.

On a similar note, don’t wait to book in your stage hire once you know what you need. Most stage hire companies need advanced notice to build you into their schedules. While we don’t need as much as half a year, we do ask for at least three months to give us enough time to make the necessary adjustments to our inventory and works schedule. We can work off less in emergencies, but we can’t promise anything.

Stage Hire is Just the Beginning

For the less experienced among you, it’s important to point out the stage hire itself is only just the beginning. The structure is not going to achieve much for you without the help of professional lighting, sound equipment, and all other aspects of event production.

We believe it’s crucial to source these items from the same company that’s building the stage. It’s a better arrangement for several reasons. For a start, it’s fewer contractors to deal with on-site, all of which would turn up with lorries and several staff members. But it also eliminates any confusion between contractors.

By instructing one company to look after the stage, lighting, sound, and event production, every single team member is singing from the same hymn sheet. The stage builders erect the trusses the way the lighting team are used to working with, and the sound production team are using PA speaker systems and mixing desks they know like the back of their hand.

Given that you could have dozens of suppliers to work with on a musical festival, including caterers, performer booking agents, ticketing websites, wristband suppliers, and merchandisers to name but a few, it makes sense to hire just one company to handle all aspects of event production. We can handle all elements including staging, lighting, sound equipment as well as extras such as LED screens and special effects.

Why Choose Outdoor Stages for Your UK Music Festival?

The Outdoor Stages arm of the Sound and Light Hire Company has been providing stage hire and associated event production services festivals right across London, Surrey and Hampshire for over a decade.

We’ve taken a fresh approach to the festival stage hire industry by combining all required aspects of live musical performance and providing them bundled together as part of all in one stage hire packages. We genuinely offer an end-to-end solution for event organisers.

Take our biggest stage hire package as an example. Not only does it include an arc roof stage of 12m x 9m with a maximum roof height of 6.5m and a payload of 3500kg, but it also comes complete with a full-touring-spec sound and lighting system. We’re talking about the best in the sound business with the d&b audiotechnik PA systems used by the likes of Coldplay and Rhianna paired with over 70 lighting fixtures from 17R beams, moving heads washes, pixel battens and stage blinders!

When you also add in our highly-skilled and experienced crews and technicians who love what they do, you’ll receive an all-in-one event production package capable of amazing up to 10,000 music fans! Not bad for one easy-to-understand price, right?

We’re also on hand to help you through every step of the process should you need our consultation. We can assess venues, make recommendations, and provide bespoke quotes that match the specific challenges of either your site or the nature of the event in question.

In short, we are your one-stop shop when it comes to event production for your music festival or event. We have expert technicians, engineers and crew members, we offer top-of-the-range event equipment hire, and our stage hire options can cater for over and above 10,000 attendees giving us one of the largest capacities in the South East.

So if you’re putting together a music festival in the Spring or Summer of 2021, don’t hesitate to get in contact with a member of the Outdoor Stages team to arrange an initial consultation.

The Sound & Light Hire Company Talk Live Sound Hire Equipment for Bands

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Every week across London, Surrey and Hampshire, there are events graced with the presence of a live band to get party guests, wedding attendees, or festival-goers on their feet and dancing. While undoubtedly a lot rests upon the talent of the musicians, no live band can successfully perform without suitable sound equipment.

High-performance sound equipment that accentuates every thump of the bass and delivers crystal clear vocals is crucial to your wowing your audience. However, your equipment requirements will likely span far beyond merely those related to sound. Stage hire, lighting hire, and even a dancefloor might be required to provide the immersive experience you’re looking for.

Whether you’re an event organiser investigating hiring a live band, or you perform as part of a live band yourself, let’s take a look at what you might look to hire to deliver your best possible performance.

Live Sound Equipment Hire

Those of you involved in the performance and events industry will already be aware of this fact, but live sound hire is a different beast to your traditional sound system hire. Live bands have all kinds of additional sound equipment requirements. For instance, in addition to PA

speaker hire, you’re likely to need backline equipment hire to supplement the speaker setup.

For those of you unfamiliar, backline equipment refers to items such as guitar amps, and in some instances, musical instruments such as drum kits. Then you’ve got to add in auxiliary equipment such as stage monitors, subwoofers, and microphones. All of this equipment then needs to be mixed and balanced (via a mixing desk) to ensure there’s a coherent and cohesive sound coming from the stage when the band is performing.

If you’re a live band, this can all seem like a cumbersome distraction, when all you really want to do is turn up and play. For those of you booking live bands for your event, hopefully, you can now appreciate that it’s a little more complicated than simply hiring a few speakers and hoping the group in question take care of the rest.

In fact, in our ten-plus years of supplying hire packages to live bands and event organisers, we’ve found a strong correlation between the price of the group and the ability to provide equipment themselves. The more expensive the band, the less likely they are to include sound equipment and other associated production aspects as part of their service.

Even if they do, it’s usually provided by a third-party anyway, so you may as well have all of the sound equipment hire and event production services with one supplier to maximise efficiency. This is especially the case if you’re handling a multi-supplier occasion such as a wedding or a festival.

But the sound equipment is only half the story when it comes to sound. You need sound engineers capable of bringing it all together.

Sound Engineer Services Surrey, London, and Hampshire

Even you’re an experienced musician, mixing a band isn’t easy. Many live bands try and fail to mix themselves, with sometimes disastrous results. In other scenarios, live bands delegate the sound mixing and production to a friend who might not have the knowledge required to hit the standards expected of today’s performances.

There are no two ways about it. Unless you’ve recruited someone with your complete trust, you need to hire a sound engineer to strike the right balance of acoustics, instrumental volumes, and sound equipment capabilities. This is particularly the case for event organisers who have multiple live bands lined up throughout the day, all of which will probably have different sound mixing and production requirements.

Having production staff to oversee your performance increases in importance when you consider many of the additional elements you might need to hire for the occasion such as staging, lighting equipment, and even dancefloors. So let’s explore those in a little more detail.

Live Band Stage Hire Surrey, London, and Hampshire 

Whether it’s a festival or a wedding, most live band performances require a stage to elevate the band, provide a focal point, and accommodate the various pieces of sound equipment. For most small to medium-sized groups, a 6m x 4m stage will offer plenty of room to fit all of the instruments, speakers and performers.

Of course, something you need to factor into your live band stage hire costs is the setup of the stage itself. Unless you’re well-versed in stage-building, you’ll need the help of specialists to get everything constructed correctly in a safe manner. You’ll also need to consider your weight requirements. Our 6m x 4m stage is capable of withstanding weight loads of 500km per square metre, so you’re pretty much guaranteed to be fine unless you’re planning on driving a tank over it!

Next, you need to think, as organisers or performers, about the venue. Is it indoors or outdoors? Thanks to our partners over at Outdoor Stages, we can provide all manner of outdoor stage hire, complete with arc roofs to protect bands from the infamous British weather! From outdoor performances of a few hundred attendees to outdoor festivals with 5,000+ music-lovers, we have the capacity to provide a stage suitable for the occasion.

Live Band Lighting Hire Surrey, London and Hampshire

By default, the vast majority of live band performances take place in the evening, which necessitates you hire lighting to illuminate the stage and performers. But it’s not a case of any old lighting will do. By incorporating lasers, disco lights, and spotlights, you can turn a live band’s performance into much more of an immersive experience.

As you might have guessed from the name, we provide all manner of lighting hire for live bands too! Whether you want to offer the wow factor to your clients, or you’re organising a small festival taking place during night-time hours, we can provide the lighting to elevate performances to the next level. We can also assemble the associated rigging and truss requirements, should they be necessary.

Why Choose Us for Your Live Band Equipment Hire

While there are few options when it comes to hiring equipment for your live performances in Surrey, London, and the wider Hampshire area, we are rated number one for a reason. For a start, we can provide literally every conceivable aspect of equipment required for your live show. From sound system hire to providing LED dancefloors, we’ve got it all. Crucially, we also own and operate all of our inventory, including the stages as we are part of the same overarching event production company.

We also only invest in premium and reliable sound and lighting brands such as d&b audiotechnik. Our d&b series loudspeakers offer enormous flexibility as well as a perfect design and up-to-date acoustic characteristics. These loudspeakers assimilate to their environment – always offering a brilliant sonic result and are suitable for use with a multitude of applications, from wedding productions to large scale live music festivals. They’re the brand of choice for Coldplay, Eminem and Rhianna’s live performances, so you know you’re in half-decent company!

But as excellent as our equipment stock is for live bands, we know that our hire service heavily depends on the quality of our team. Thankfully, we’re blessed with some of the best in the business.

Live Sound Engineer Hire Surrey, London, and Hampshire 

As touched upon above, mixing a band isn’t easy these days, there are plenty of inputs, and they all have to be balanced with the acoustics of the performance environment.

That’s why we choose our sound engineers carefully. We only employ a handful of sound engineers who have all met our stringent standards, one of which is having at least five years’ experience within the live sound and event production industry. But our sound engineers aren’t just incredibly experienced and knowledgeable; they’re friendly and helpful too.

Whether you’re an event organiser that’s a little in the dark about the vagaries of live band production, or you’re a successful local band looking to hire a sound professional you can trust, our team have developed a stellar reputation right across the Greater London, Surrey and Hampshire region. Our sound engineers are always flexible too. Whether you need them to act as as a front of house sound technician, or as a monitor engineer, their technical abilities run the full gamut.

But it’s not just our team that is flexible; our all-in-one live band hire packages are too.

Flexible All-in-one Hire Packages for Live Bands

We understand that no two live performances are quite the same. You could need one set of equipment for an indoor venue one week, and a completely different set up for a local outdoor festival the next. In either scenario, we have the flexibility to provide whatever you need.

We also realise that not everything is an expert on the production side of live band performances. Even experienced musicians often rely on the help of others to get them sounding as emphatic as possible. Once again, our team is happy to operate in either environment. Whether we’re taking instruction from you as a group who know your sound identity like the back of your hand, or you need us to lead the production and mixing efforts for your wedding reception band, we’ve got the knowledge and experience to handle both.

Our live band hire packages can cover sound equipment only, or we can offer an extensive all-in-one package that includes sound, lighting, staging, LED screens, on-site personnel and even a starlit dancefloor! The choice is yours.

If you’re perhaps a touch inexperienced in the technicalities (for instance, if you’re organising live sound equipment hire for your wedding) we are more than happy to sit down with you and have a cup of tea to discuss your specific event. We can then use your information to construct a package based on what the live band are going to need as part of their set up.

Choose the Best in Business for Your Live Performances Across Surrey, London and Hampshire 

Here at the Sound and Light Hire Company, we’ve worked incredibly hard over the last decade to build our industry-leading reputation in the South East region. While we aren’t the cheapest, we do provide the best value for money based on what you receive from us in terms of the quality of the equipment and personnel.

For instance, we are the only company in the UK to offer top-of-the-range d&b audiotrechnik speakers, subwoofers, amps, stage monitors, a Midas M32 mixing desk, a complete set of Shure microphones, an experienced sound engineer to set up and produce your performance, and a digital recording of your band for as little as £649! We’re able to offer such competitive prices by using our vast inventory and economies of scale to deliver better equipment, for a better price.

Whether you’re a live band on the search for live sound equipment and production staff to support local tour dates across Hampshire, or you’re organising a London-based wedding or a festival, we can really do it all. Just reach out to us using the information below any day of the week to discuss your requirements.

We look forward to working with you!

Event Sound, Lighting Plus Staging & LED Screens

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Looking to Hire Sound or Lighting Equipment For Your Events? Here We Talk About Sound, Lighting, Staging & LED Screens

Here at the Sound and Lighting Hire Company, we provide all manner of event production services. From small pick up and play services such as iPod party package, to substantial international awards shows in London. We really do offer one of the most all-encompassing ranges of event sound and lighting services within the UK.

We also offer specific services such as sound hire or provide the full monty of event production services if you’re hosting a much larger event such as a conference or exhibition. So let’s dig into our hire packages and services into a little more detail, as you may be surprised by our enormous spectrum of capabilities.

Event Production Services in Surrey, London, Berkshire and Hampshire  

We’ve said this many times before, but there is no event too large or too small for us. We really do cover an enormous range of sizes. From a couple of dry-hired speakers for a children’s party, right up to a full custom-built stage, lighting and rigging, and sound equipment complete with experienced engineers and technicians to run your production.

Regarding the smaller event, we’ve provided equipment for numerous parties, celebrations, weddings, and even outdoor cinemas! At the other end of the spectrum, we’ve provided the equipment and team for productions as large as cage fighting matches and the O2. We are pretty much the only company in the South East of England that has this range of capabilities when it comes to event sound and light services.

So in case you have something in mind for your event, be it a glitzy award show or an intimate wedding reception, let’s delve a little deeper into our specific event hire packages and services to give you a better idea of how we can help you.

Event Sound Equipment Hire 

For many of you, sound equipment hire might be all you need to run your event smoothly. That’s fine, even though we provide audio equipment for (and produce) huge events such as festivals, we are just as competitive for the little guy! We have a range of dry hire packages for speaker systems.

Whether you just want to hook up a phone or a laptop to a speaker for some background noise at a barbeque, or you need a large speaker hire for a wedding or anniversary celebration, we’ve all got all manner of sound equipment hire packages to suit. The best part? Those speaker hire packages start at just £60. Can’t say fairer than that for a party of up to 70 guests, can you?

But what if you want to take things up a notch. For instance, what if you’ve hired a live band for your event? Fortunately for you, we’ve got specialised hire packages for that too! Whether you’ve got a solo performer, or you’ve splashed out on a local band, we can cater to your every need. You can even have one of our sound engineers as part of the hire package to set everything up and professionally produce the event for you.

But what if you’re organising something different? After all, not all events are birthdays or weddings. Yep, we can do that too. We offer complete AV hire for conferences, including wireless microphones and projector hire, for example. When it comes to sound more specifically, we often supply line array packages to significant public events such as festivals, award shows, and product launches. We really mean it when we say there’s nothing really beyond the scope of our capabilities.

But what if you need more than sound? What about lighting? Well, the clue is in our name, and as it happens, we’re not too shabby at that either.

Event Lighting Services Surrey, London, Berkshire and Hampshire  

A lot of the events we’ve just spoken about also require lighting. Live bands and DJs, for example, often depend on lighting to make their performances much more immersive and compelling. Similarly, can you imagine a wedding dancefloor with any disco lighting? It just wouldn’t work.

When setting up our company over a decade ago, we were acutely aware that you often can’t have event sound without lighting and vice versa. That’s why we put just as much effort into this side of our business as we do the other, often combining sound and light equipment hire packages.

In many ways, lighting can be split up into what we would call ‘performance’ lighting and ‘atmospheric’ lighting that helps to set a mood or an ambience. Referring to performance lighting, we’re talking about event lighting equipment that is pretty much necessary for the production in question.

For instance, most DJs require an array of lasers and disco lights, rather than just a small set of speakers and decks. Or, if your event is a gala dinner, award show, or fashion event, you’re going to need spotlights to illuminate and follow your presenters and models as they move across the stage or catwalk.

By contrast, atmospheric LED uplighters can completely transform the look and feel of a venue by ‘washing’ it in a specific colour. Likewise, if you’re having an outdoor wedding, you can create a truly magical atmosphere after the sun sets with thoughtful festoon lighting. Or perhaps you’re going for a spookier feeling and want to hire UV lighting to make both people and objects glow in the dark.

No matter the type of lighting hire you need for your event, we can accommodate your requirements. Better yet, we can set up any of those lights in the specific manner you need them. Trusses and rigging are no problem for us. In fact, we set them all the time. We’ll work with you to understand your requirements, balance them against the limitations of your specific venue, and then provide you with a lighting solution your 100% happy with.

But of course, several events need more than mere sound and lighting equipment. For instance, what about your stage?

Staging Services Surrey, London, Berkshire and Hampshire

What would a live band or DJ be without a stage? Or an awards show for that matter? Most event productions need a stage or a set. Whether you’re putting on a corporate event in London, or you’re having a marquee wedding in Hampshire, you need a stage to provide a focal point and a better viewing experience for your guests.

This is a cinch for us too. Since our company is part of one of the most prominent event production companies in the UK, we can build all manner of trusses and staging. We’ve already joined forces to design, develop and work on some of the biggest events in the country. But we can take that superior experience and bring it to your smaller-scale event. Whether you’re looking for outdoor stage hire for your small-scale festival, or you’re merely looking to hire a stage for a live band, we can handle all sizes of events.

While sound, lighting, and stage equipment are critical tenets of most event productions, we also offer much more specific event services and hire packages.

LED Screen Hire Surrey, London, Berkshire and Hampshire

LED screens and LED video walls continue to increase in popularity, thanks in large part to their versatility. Our high-resolution LED video wall screens grab attention and can give your event that stand-out factor. Whether you want a solid wall built or to separate the panels across a truss structure for a more abstract effect, our cost-effective LED screen hire can set your event off perfectly.

Perhaps you need to show footage of your event if your attendees need help viewing what’s taking place on stage. Or maybe you think they would add a perfect visual display to your lighting show. Either way, LED screen hire can give your event that extra little bit of je ne sais quoi. You can hire these flexible pieces of equipment either on their own or as part of a more comprehensive event production hire package.

Bespoke and Ready-Made Event Production Services

It doesn’t matter whether you intend to dry hire equipment from us, or you want to have us exclusively design, build and execute all aspects of your event production, we are always flexible to the meet the specific needs of our clients. In many cases, we listen to your requirements and recommend one of our “off the shelf” ready-made event production packages, which will include all manner of event sound and lighting equipment, and in some instances, staging and personnel too.

In other scenarios, we have to work with our clients to shape and refine the vision for their event. Completely starting from the ground up, going through each of the design, assembly, and implementation phases together. The truth of the matter is we’re happy to do either. If you know what you want, and just want to get a cost from us, that’s fine. If you would like us to walk you through everything you need to have your event run precisely as you had intended, we’ll do that for you too.

Our event production services team have literally “done it all” in this industry, in many cases getting the T-shirt too! Whether you’re putting together a crucial corporate conference in London, or you’re planning the wedding celebration of a lifetime in Berkshire, we can do almost anything within the event space.

What Makes the Sound and Lighting Hire Company Different for Event Production Hire?

While we could tell you all about how our customer-centric approach and attention to detail stand us apart (which is true by the way), it’s perhaps best to focus on more tangible aspects such as our inventory.

It might be hard to believe, but we own everything you see available for hire on this site. All of our equipment is stored on-site, and we’re continually inspecting, maintaining and rotating our stock to ensure the equipment we provide you with never lets you down. Over ten years since launching our business that’s still the case, and we pride ourselves on our flawless track record.

But in many ways, state-of-the-art equipment is only half the story. You could have the best sound and lighting equipment in the world, but if you don’t have expert sound engineers and lighting technicians to operate them, then it might not mean much. Our staff are used to working in high-pressure situations where getting it wrong isn’t an option. From corporate events to personal celebrations, we understand that getting it right matters and we take that a “that will do” approach. It’s excellence or nothing.

Best of all, we consider ourselves friendly and approachable. Whether you need some on the spot training for your speaker hire, or you need a technician to run the sound and lighting for the live band at your wedding, we are always on hand to listen to your needs and provide our professional service with a smile.

Finally, despite what we feel is a premier event production service, we are incredibly competitive on price. In many instances, we can’t be beaten anywhere in the UK for what we offer in terms of equipment and price. So why not get in touch to discuss what you might need for your next event? We’re here for you, seven days a week.