RSH Audio, a Funktion-One rental partner based in south-east London, recently supplied equipment for two high-profile events held within a few days of each other in the UK capital. On Monday 18 May, the ‘XL Recordings & Young Turks present’; and the Arsenal FC Foundation’s ‘Night to Inspire’ on Thursday 21 May.
Joe Haycocks, RSH’s director, is launching an offshoot called Event Technics, to cover the projects for which he is production manager as well as supplier. This was the case for the XL Recordings night (Event Technics’ fifth project, pictured), for which it provided all of the entertainment technology: full-HD projection mapping, Robe and GLP lighting fixtures as well as the familiar purple boxes.
RSH Audio, which has been operating from Bromley for six years,provided equipment on two opposing stages. Each one had a pair of Funktion-One Resolution 4s and two F218 Mk2 bass enclosures for FOH PA. Control came from a networked Yamaha system, comprising a QL1 on each stage for monitors, a Rio3224-D and a central CL3 at a central FOH position. Funktion-One F101s were deployed as fills for peripheral areas of the show.
Discussing the event, XL’s Emily Kendrick said: “It’s always such a pleasure working with RSH Audio on our events. The guys help enormously to realise our vision for events, and at the same time are professional, efficient and fun.”
Three days later, the venue was the Emirates Stadium, where the Arsenal Foundation held a star-studded fundraising event. Current first team players like Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott were in attendance to enjoy the show through the Funktion-One speaker system, which included a live performance by Passenger.
Working to a brief set by Aztec Events (the in-house AV supplier at the stadium), RSH supplied four F1 Resolution 4 loudspeakers over F218 Mk2 bass enclosures for the main system, together with four F81s for apron fills.
Reflecting on a successful week, Haycocks said: “It’s always fun to work on events with plenty of energy, and these two, while very different from each other, were definitely up there. It makes it easier from a production point of view – provided you’ve got the right equipment to channel that energy and vision, and step it up a notch or two.
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