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Sennheiser’s fab Cavern Club deal

Sennheiser UK is providing a wide range of microphones and IEMs to Liverpool's Cavern Club as the manufacturer strikes a deal with the legendary venue, writes Paul Watson

As part of its ongoing mission to increase opportunities for artists and make life easier for the sound engineers of the future, Sennheiser UK will provide a host of microphones and IEMs to arguably the world’s most famous live music venue, the Cavern Club, where The Beatles played more than three-hundred gigs between 1961 and 1963. The Caven Club was an air raid shelter during the war before being discovered by Alan Sytner in 1957, who had been in search of a venue where he could accurately emulate one of the popular cellar clubs he’d grown to love in Paris’s jazz district in the mid-fifties. The club closed its doors in 1973, and since its re-opening in 1984, current owners Bill Heckle and Dave Jones have built it back up into a vibrant live venue, whilst keeping the nostalgic Beatlemania elements that keep the tourists flooding through its doors. Sennheiser UK is providing [fab] four channels of ew 500-935 G3 wireless microphones; [fab] four channels of ew 300 G3 wireless IEMs; [fab] four e 945 handheld mics; eight e 935 handhelds, plus a complete set of 900 series wired mics for the club’s three stages comprising 904 and 905 tom mics, a 901 kick mic, and a 902 outer kick mic. The Sennheiser gear will be available to all artists performing at the venue and the manufacturer will also be sponsoring various upcoming events including ‘battle of the bands’ competitions; and in return, Sennheiser will host a variety of its own events including shows to help Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) students develop their live music skills; customer training days; and roadshows.
“Our wireless systems are well know from our support of artists on medium- and large-scale tours,” explains Phil Cummings, Sennheiser UK’s special projects manager. “So this partnership gives us a great opportunity to reinforce the ability of Sennheiser’s wired microphones to deliver just as much in the way of audio quality and reliability.” The Cavern’s technical manager Ray Johnson says the partnership with Sennheiser will be welcomed with open arms; and head sound engineer Ricky Cheung says he’s looking forward to working with the array of new equipment on offer: “The Sennheiser gear is ideal for the wide spectrum of artists that perform at the Cavern Club,” he insists. “From unsigned bands, tribute acts, and world-renowned performers, to private functions and corporate events.”