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SEPTEMBER NEWS

September kicked off with some special and emotive events. Britannia Row supplied crew and equipment for Game 4 Grenfell, the charity match played on 2 September to raise money for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, which happened three months previous. It was played at Loftus Road, which is located only a mile from Grenfell Tower.

Also related to recent news was the reopening of the Manchester Arena, which opened its doors on Saturday 9th September for the first time since the terrorist attack on 22 May that killed 22 people. The city’s mayor, Andy Burnham, spoke to 14,000 people who attended the We Are Manchester benefit concert and the poet Tony Walsh gave a reading of This is the Place, his homage to the city of Manchester. Noel Gallagher, with the support of our crew and equipment, performed on what was a special and poignant evening, at which Noel was seen to shed a tear.

At Britannia Row we have our own superstars - and one such person is Technical Head Jerry Wing who this month celebrates 25 years with Britannia Row! Congratulations Jerry!

Throughout September the Foo Fighters have been continuing on their world tour, the ninth tour for them in support of their ninth studio album Concrete and Gold. The tour runs through to March 2018.

 

Britannia Row are the audio providers for the NFL International series in London 

September 24, 2017        Baltimore Ravens at Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium           

October 1, 2017                New Orleans Saints at Miami Dolphins at  Wembley Stadium            

October 22, 2017              Arizona Cardinals at LA Rams at  Twickenham Stadium     

October 29, 2017              Minnesota Vikings at Cleveland Browns at  Twickenham Stadium      

 

This month saw another very special anniversary, Mike Lowe celebrated 30 Years with Britannia Row.

Mike was presented with a very special custom made award to celebrate the occasion!

Britannia Row designed the sound - both heard and what was seen, at the Versace Versus Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show at London's Central Saint Martins.  

The 'wall of sound' consisted of 28 K1, accompanied by 66 x KS28. Luckily for the audience, they were just for show.... the real sound was provided by distributed stands of hidden Kiva II!

 

 

AUGUST NEWS

Britannia Row have been working with Amy MacDonald, who after an extended absence from the live stage, filled her diary for 2017 kicking off with a lengthy tour of Europe and the UK in the Spring, following up with a round of festival appearances from May through September.

We have been in rehearsals with Harry Styles who has been preparing for his debut tour in support of his first solo album. The tour is scheduled to begin in September 2017, in San Francisco and will play over 80 concerts in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australasia.

Harry has also taken part in a one-off special Harry Styles at the BBC which saw the One Direction star perform a number of tracks from the debut self-titled solo album.

In addition to performing, Harry was also interviewed with his friend Nick Grimshaw, who hosted the hour-long special, to talk about his career and life to date, being a solo artist and the start of his acting career.

The recording took place at the BBC in Manchester on August 30th and will air on BBC One, although an exact date and time is yet to be announced.

For 2017 it has been an emphatic trip through the arenas of North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand for Hans Zimmer whose show received huge plaudits at Coachella earlier this year. The Hans Zimmer show is a remarkable one with eighteen-piece orchestra, up to 32 voices in the choir and a core band of twenty-seven, most of whom are multi-instrumentalist.

The Jockey Club Live is a live music promoter company, who work alongside The Jockey Club (the largest racecourse group in the UK) to produce large scale outdoor concerts at major racecourses.

Since The Jockey Club Live launched in 2014 it has promoted over 85 concerts with a combined attendance of over 700,000.

Between 19 May and 26 August 2017, the company staged 21 events across 8 racecourses, which Britannia Row were audio providers on this summer The shows included performances from:

Kaiser Chiefs, Olly Murs, Clean Bandit with Louisa Johnson, Jess Glynne, Little Mix, The Jacksons, Sir Tom Jones, Culture Club,Texas, James, Chase & Status

Depeche Mode along with our crew and equipment have continued on the Global Spirit Tour, the ongoing worldwide tour in support of the group's 14th studio album, Spirit. The summer European stadium tour will see the band play to more than 1.5 million fans in 32 cities in 21 countries across Europe. Throughout August Britannia Row toured with the band who played shows in West Valley City, Denver, Clarkston and Tinley Park

Depeche crew: Richard Trow, Antony King, Terence Hulkes

Creamfields the British dance music festival, now in it's 19th year was back over the weekend of 25th to the 27th August with a lineup that included The Chainsmokers, Sigma, Danny Howard, Lost Kings, deadmau5 & Eric Prydz (Exclusive Live Show), Armin van Buuren, Tiësto and many more.

Liam Gallagher has been performing across a number of festivals this summer ahead of his Autumn UK Tour which kicks off in October.

Britannia Row have also been out this month with Two Door Cinema Club, Duran Duran, Nick Murphy (formerly Chet Faker) and Mike and the Mechanics.

 

JULY NEWS

As summer 2017 gets in to full swing so does life at Britannia Row. We joined Clair Global on U2's European Tour with Britannia Row equipment and crew for Noel Gallagher who is supporting the tour. The tour, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of classic album ‘The Joshua Tree’,  plays London, Berlin, Rome, Barcelona, Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels in July and August.

Twickenham Stadium hosted the London event on the 8th and 9th July with two electrifying sold out nights.
 

One of a kind Cornbury Festival came to a close this year after a 13 year run. Cornbury Music Festival began in 2004 and has seen appearances from Amy Winehouse, Blondie, Elvis Costello and Van Morrison. Set in the beautiful Great Tew Estate in the heart of the Cotswolds the festival is a lovingly crafted, top notch, very English open air party.

For this closing year the Cornbury fans saw performances form The Kaiser Chiefs, Canadian singer Bryan Adams, the Pretenders, Jools Holland and many more and a finale of fireworks on the last night to mark the occasion.  

An emotional goodbye gathering from all the team behind Cornbury

The big stadium tours in Europe this month included Depeche Mode, Robbie Williams and Hans Zimmer.

Other acts touring with Britannia Row in July were Foo Fighters, Mike & The Mechanics, Jamiroquai,Amy Mc Donald, Leftfield, Liam Gallagher, Mumford & Sons, Cliff Richard, Royal Blood, Bryan Ferry, The Offspring and Two Door Cinema Club.

Other Festivals we have been involved with alongside Cornbury include WOMAD, House Festival and the Somerset House Summer Series.

JUNE NEWS

Phil Collins has been touring this month with his 'Not Dead Yet Tour' through the UK, Germany and France and gears up to perform at Hyde Park's British Summertime Festival.

Robbie Williams has also been out this month with his 'The Heavy Entertainment Show Tour' which began in June with two performances in Manchester and continues in the UK before it reaches, Ireland, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland and Russia.  Erasure is the opening act at all the concerts.

The Foo Fighters headlined this years Glastonbury, two years after they were scheduled to perform on the Pyramid Stage, when in 2015 they were forced to pull out of performing at the festival after Dave Grohl broke his leg in Sweden.

The phenomenal One Love Manchester concert came together in a few short days following the terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande gig at Manchester Arena on the 22nd May.

Ariana Grande's Clair Global touring PA system and audio crew provided the live sound for the concert together with equipment and audio technicians and sound engineers from Britannia Row Productions, with support from both Digico and Sennheiser.

The show was broadcast live worldwide. The BBC was the host broadcaster.

Ariana was joined for this prominent and emotional concert by Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Liam GallagherPharrell Williams, Take That, Niall Horan, Little Mix, Robbie Williams and the Black Eyed Peas.

It was a big weekend for Britannia Row Productions in the North West with Phil Collins at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Friday 2nd June, Robbie Williams at the Ethiad Stadium Manchester on Saturday and the One Love concert at Old Trafford on Sunday. Also on Sunday 3rd June Britannia Row was at the Olympic Stadium in London with Depeche Mode.

 

MAY NEWS

Tottenham FC left their home ground of 118 years, White Hart Lane. Britannia Row was there to supply the audio for their epic closing ceremony.

Continuing in the sporting world Britannia Row also supplied control and monitors and radio equipment and crew to the Women’s FA cup finals and the Men’s FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

We have been touring in Europe and the UK in May with Jamiroquai, Phil Collins, Paul Rodgers, Kasabian, Hans Zimmer and U.S singer Anastacia who embarks on her ‘The Ultimate Collection Tour’ for a run of dates throughout May and June. Bryan Ferry’s long awaited UK / European tour started in Milan on the 11th May. Amy McDonald also embarked on a UK / European tour which started at the Hay Festival on the 25th May.

Leftfield kicked off their UK tour with 3 Brixton shows. Depeche Mode have been selling out European Stadiums throughout May. Royal Blood embarked on their USA & Canada tour, the UK leg commenced in Cambridge on 17th May. Simple Minds has been touring Europe and the UK.

We are currently  in the U.S with Mumford & Sons and the Chain Smokers.  

In London legendry Eric Clapton who over 50 years since making his debut at the Royal Albert Hall, returned  for three shows accompanied by his band members Paul Carrack, Steve Gadd, Nathan East, Chris Stainton, Sharon White and Michelle John.

During May Britannia Row had a number of artists in rehearsals. Robbie Williams who is set to embark on his Heavy Entertainment Tour on the 2nd June with 8 shows in the UK and Ireland before taking it to Europe throughout the Summer. We have also been in rehearsals with Liam Gallagher ahead of his June tour and Eddie Vedder ahead of his June European tour kicking off in Amsterdam on the 29th May.

We have supported a number of shows in the Roundhouse where amongst them English synth pop duo Erasure performed  on the 29th May.  The Erasure duo formed in 1985 and are singer and songwriter Andy Bell and songwriter and keyboardist Vince Clarke.

Two Door Cinema Club were at London’s Excel for 3 shows in May.  American alternative metal band from Sacramento , the Deftones came to the UK also for 3 UK dates - London, Manchester and Glasgow.

American singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow delighted her UK fans, showcasing her greatest hits alongside new material on Friday May 19th as part of her "Be Myself Tour" at the Shepherds Bush Empire. She also performed on the Jools Holland Show and the Graham Norton Show.

Leeds band Kaiser Chiefs performed a full headline show, taking centre stage at Aintree Racecourse on that same night.

Award -winning pop opera group IL VOLO, one of the biggest names in the classical-crossover genre with a sound that combines traditional opera, pop, and classical symphonic music, performed at the Royal Albert Hall on 23rd May.  

Trailing his latest album, The Search for Everything, american singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer John Mayer packed out London’s O2 Arena on the 12th May.

What a great month of music and entertainment May was!

 

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