Summer is now in full swing and so too is the Britannia Row warehouse. Out the door this month went equipment and crew for more Foo Fighter shows, Amy Macdonald in Europe & the UK. Kasabian in Spain, Italy & Lollapalooza. Pearl Jam in the UK and Depeche Mode in Europe.

Festivals and multi bill shows in the summer sunshine included the regular Somerset House Series in London and the welcome return of the Cornbury Festival in the beautiful cotswolds. Nile Rogers, Rita Ora and The Manic Street Preachers and more brought music to the beautiful English Heritige grounds of Kenwood House in London for the House Festival. Later this month world music festival WOMAD will return for another year.

We continued our regular support at London's Roundhouse which included shows from Angie Stone, Years & Years and Jimmy Cliff.

A global summer of music and for here in the UK, football sadly didn't come home but amazing music in the summer sunshine did!

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Angus and Julia Stone and The Classic Brit Awards, both at the Royal Albert Hall, were brave enough to allow us to do the first L-Acoustics L-ISA immersive audio shows ever in the UK. They were not disappointed with their decisions. The audiences, the engineers and all concerned were blown away with the results. We look forward to pursuing this very different and exciting audio development which makes a quantum leap in audio quality as well as providing engineers with an extremely flexible creative tool with infinite possibilities. The Britannia Row crews were supported hugely by some of the L-ISA R&D team and L-Acoustics folk.

We provided a different kind of immersive sound for Roger Waters, with surround sound for his European shows in June running through July. The main system is supplied worldwide by Clair Global.

Tours and shows in UK & Europe for the month included, The Offspring, Pearl Jam, Robbie Williams, Jamiroquai, Kasabian,  Little Steven, Duran Duran, Two Door Cinema Club, Depeche Mode., Marilyn Manson, Bryan Ferry, Foo Fighters, Limp Bizkit.   Alanis Morrissette started out on the 25th of the month for her predominately July tour.  

Britannia Row tours in the USA in June included Depeche Mode, Dua Lipa, Harry Styles.

Pink’s world tour moved from the U.S, to Australia with Britannia Row equipment and crew where we are being supported by JPJ Audio.

The Britannia Row Roundhouse house system and Britannia Row crew continued throughout the month in London’s Roundhouse with shows most days.

There were twelve corporate shows in the month in London (6)  Cannes (5) Austria, (1)

The UK football season ended with us supplying audio services for two internationals at Wembley  ahead of the World Cup – England v Costa Rica and England V Nigeria.

…..and onto July and hopefully a continuation of the great weather because a whole bunch of outdoor shows are coming up……

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Def Leppard & Journey started their massive co headline US Tour this month with the first show on 21st May in Hartford, Connecticut. Both bands brought the house down with performances only legends could have delivered.

Britannia Row are supplying crew & the speaker system - L Acoustic K1, K1SB, KS28, K2, KARA, ARCsII & LA12X, and custom amp dollies.

The tour visits 50 Arenas & 10 Stadiums across North America from May 21st through October 7th.

This large scale 58 city tour will also include stops at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Wrigley Field in Chicago and Fenway Park in Boston. The last time these two acts shared a bill was in 2006. 12 years later the collaboration promises to be even more spectacular!

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Britannia Row crew and equipment are on the road this month with singer/songwriter Bryan Ferry, who has just commenced on his first UK tour since 2015. Bryan Ferry's career has spanned over forty years and has produced an extensive catalogue of songs from his time as front man of Roxy Musc and his solo career. 

We headed out on Dua Lipa's self titled arena tour which travels through Europe this month. The singer/songwriter is touring for a year, her biggest tour to date. Dua Lipa was named the most streamed woman of 2017 in the UK by Spotify. In February 2018, she won two Brit Awards for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act. 

Investing in the training and development of our staff has long been a high priority for the company.  Britannia Row apprentices and freelancers were given the opportunity this month to develop their skills as they attended an in-house training session to undertake L-Acoustics level 1 training.

The Level 1 training provides fundamental knowledge and practical methods for the configuration and operation of L-Acoustics systems. Participants learn to identify the elements of a K system, and understand how they complement one another as well as prepare and install a K system so that it is ready for operation.

Attending Level 1 training modules is indispensable for any technician or engineer wanting to work with L-Acoustics Systems.

Freelance Sound Engineer Ben Philips ran the session at Britannia Row's premises in Twickenham. The post training reviews said it all - the training was effective and increased confidence for all the attendees.

Luca Consonni - It was a real pleasure being part of this training. From my perspective it was spot on as offered both an insightful overview of L’Acoustics workflow and practical experience under the supervision of a well experienced engineer, eager to give you tips you only get to learn from on-site work.

Tomas Nunes  - I found it very explanatory and accessible to people with distinct differences in knowledge. Ben Philips experience with the equipment really makes the difference, I felt much more confident to fly any box after this training while gaining interest in the system design and prediction using Laccoustics free platform SoundVision.

Miguel Mota - I went to the L'acoustics training at Brit Row more for a recap, as I was already familiar with the equipment we went over. Am glad to say it was more than just a recap, as I learned more efficient ways to fly the K-series and useful combinations of cabinets for different purposes. What really made the training for me though, was the Soundvision basics, learning from an engineer who has used the software so often. I feel like I can walk into a venue now and, after measuring it, build my PA and do the acoustic prediction and system optimization. 
Am definitely looking forward for the next one!

Mario Bianchi - Level 1 training with Ben was excellent. It really gave me a better understanding of L’Acoustics products, both on a theoretical and practical level.
I can now say that I understand L’Acoustics speakers more and ultimately this training has allowed me to deploy their products more effectively.

Tobias Dracup - I enjoyed the lectures. I learnt a lot and the hands on demonstrations definitely helped me grasp a better understanding on designing an effective system

Jonatan Santonja -  It was an exciting experience to get hands on time actually rigging speakers with different cabinet arrangements, after spending a couple of years in the warehouse maintaining the equipment. 
Ben showed us how it gets done when you are on a tight schedule and have to get the speakers up safely and quickly. Hopefully we will have the training for the next level soon. 

Harry Garcia - “L’Acoustics Level 1 delivered by Ben Phillips is some of the best system tech training I’ve received, and has given me a practical understanding of system design, rigging, amplification and control, not to mention the confidence to go out and work with L’Acoustics in the professional arena.”

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Britannia Row has been touring with Harry Styles for his debut solo tour Harry Styles - Live on Tour. The tour started in September 2017 in San Francisco and is currently running through Europe. Harry's first solo tour out of One Direction has been received as a huge  success by the audiences and the media and has seen Harry proving his 'rock' prowess and credibility as a solo performer.

Grammy, MTV and Emmy Award wining American singer songwriter Pink is also currently touring having just kicked off the tour this month in Pheonix in the U.S. The Beautiful Trauma World Tour is the seventh  tour for Pink and is in support of her album of the same name, Beautiful Trauma. Her 84 show tour runs through until September. 

Depeche Mode continue touring with their Global Spirit Tour, the ongoing worldwide tour in support of their album, Spirit. The 2017 European stadium tour travels to 32 cities in 21 countries across Europe. This being Depeche Mode's 18th tour since 1980 - when Britannia Row began working with the band!

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February is notoriously the month for Award shows and Britannia Row have been at them - both behind the scenes and on the receiving front.

The BRIT Awards hosted at London's O2 Arena and screened live on ITV were back for another year to celebrate the best in British music. Jack Whitehall hosted the evening with performances from Rita Ora and Liam Payne, Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Liam Gallagher and the Foo Fighters.

This year's show marks 23 years of the special relationship that is the Brits and Britannia Row.

A major winner on the night winning the Brit Award for 'British Break Through Act' and 'Best Female Solo Performer' was Dua Lipa who Britannia Row have recently toured with.

On the receiving front - Britannia Row had a great time at the annual TPI Awards in London.

A very healthy haul of awards included.

Simon Thomas winning ‘FOH Engineer of the Year’

Omar Abderrahman winning ‘Production Manager of the Year

Mikey Gibbard winning  'Monitor Engineer of the Year’

We also collected the ‘Live Production of the Year’ award for the ‘One Love Manchester’ Concert.

Once again this is all testament to the fantastic global team we are all part of.

Britannia Row are out with American DJ/production duo The Chainsmokers Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, who take their Memories: Do Not Open arena tour to Europe this month. The string of shows kick off February 10th in Austria and end March 10th in Denmark. 

Stops along the way include the Ziggo Dome in Holland and Tele2 Arena in Sweden, The Chainsmokers will continue to make trips to Las Vegas as part of their 3 year Wynn residency. 

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