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The Pre-Roll introduces a bigger, better Pro Sound Awards 2014

The early-evening Producer Sessions and Live Sound Sessions took place before the main event

Last night saw the return of a bigger, better (faster, stronger) Pro Sound Awards following 2013’s inaugural event.

New for this year was The Pre-Roll, two sessions of talk and Q&A ahead of main event. Up first – scheduled to kick off at 17.30, but, inevitably, running a bit late – was the Producer Sessions, which saw former PSNEurope editor Phil Ward do a Parky as he welcomed Monty Python’s go-to soundtrack man Andre Jacquemin, Depeche Mode collaborator Ben Hillier and Smiths, Morrissey and Blur producer Stephen Street to the stage for an incredible line-up of studio talent.

Next on the agenda was the Live Sound Sessions – after a short break, that is, after the room cleared out when Phil told everyone there would be a interval, much to PSNEurope‘s Dave Robinson’s consternation (“There isn’t a short break!”) – which featured Dave Swallow (Amy Winehouse, La Roux), Jon Burton (The Prodigy, Stereophonics), Matt Kanaris (Lana Del Rey, Goldfrapp) and Charles “Chicky” Reeves (Grace Jones, Prince) trading tales of life on the road.

Tales like…

The 2014 Pro Sound Awards took place last night at the Ministry of Sound nightclub in London, recognising excellence in the four sectors of installed, studio, broadcast and live/touring sound, along with four special awards for Rising Star, Marketing Initiative of the Year, Grand Prix and Lifetime Achievement.

Here’s a full list of winners!