TEC once again provided the technical expertise for Nottingham University Students Union’s Summer Party. Despite the rain and mud we started work on the sight six days before the event. This year the festival consisted of a main stage, a DJ position at the side of main stage, two dance tents and a societies stage.
The main stage was headlined by Labrinth with Whetus gracing the stage earlier in the day. The PA system was Nexo’s GeoS12 line array with 12 S2 subs and a Soundcraft Vi6 at Front of House, the monitor rig consisted of Nexo PS15s with an Avid Venue SC48 at the side of the stage. The lighting rig comprised of Clay Paky Sharpys, Alpha Beams, Alpha Washes, Martin Atomic strobes, bars of PAR64s and Showtec Sunstrip on the back of the stage to make use of the new pixel mapping feature of the latest iteration of the Titan software on the Avolites Pearl Expert with touch wing at Front of House. Dimming was via an Avolites Art 2000t. One dance tent was dedicated to “cheese music” playing the crowd pleasers everyone expects on a night out while the other played drum and bass, house and dubstep and was headlined by Sub Focus. The PA system in the tents was Nexo Alpha and Alpha-E. Each tent had a different lighting rig to set the right atmosphere for the music and both were controlled with Avolites Pear Experts running Titan software. The Societies stage allowed students to showcase their talents to a large audience during the day with acts ranging from rack bands to magic shows. This stage had a medium sized PA system and was controlled by a Yamaha LS9-16.
An army of volunteers mainly comprising of the Students Union Executive Committee spread straw over the site to minimise the effects of the mud generated by nearly a week of rigging. The weather picked up for the day of the event and the audience had a great day. We look forward to next year’s festival and hope to help make it as much of a success as this year!