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Tube UK brings ‘exceptional’ sound to Manchester Day celebrations

Manchester-based audio specialist Tube UK helped ramp up this year’s Manchester Day celebrations by providing 10 sound systems for the event’s various carnival floats and compere stages.

Commissioned by Manchester City Council and produced by Walk The Plank, the event, which was held less than a month after the terror attack at Ariana Grande’s Manchester Arena show, took on additional significance as it celebrated the city’s culture and diversity.

Local icon and dance music producer Graham Massey (808 State) and brass collective Mr Wilson’s Second Liners were among the acts to appear on the various floats winding their way through the city.

A Tube crew of nine led by Melvyn Coote took charge of supplying the best possible audio for the day, with battery-powered sound systems deployed at four of the five floats. Three of the floats utilised four Tannoy V8 speakers and four compact d&b E12 subs each and the fourth, slightly bigger, featured four d&b Q7s and 4 x E12 subs.

Massey’s float was powered by a small on-board 4.5 KVA generator custom fitted to the gold buggy base of the vehicle. The PA comprised four d&b Y7Ps and four Q-SUBs all run off D80 amps, controlled by a Yamaha LS 9-16 console. Sennheiser SK5212 radio mics were supplied for the walk-about brass players.

Meanwhile, in Albert Square a ‘Compere PA’ was installed with four d&b Y10Ps and four E8s as point source speakers relaying parade commentaries. Another, larger Compere PA in Exchange Square handled the end of the parade route, built from two ground stacks of Y8 line array speakers powered by four D12 amps.

St Anne’s Square featured a small d&b music PA to cover around 400 people, comprising four Y7P loudspeakers and four Y-SUBS with six M6 wedges, driven by D80 amps, controlled via a Yamaha QL5 desk.

The fourth music stage was located in a corner of Exchange Square and saw audio delivered by another four Y7Ps, four Y-SUBs and four M4 wedges with a couple of D80 amps and a QL1 console.

Elsewhere, the biggest music stage at the event was in Cathedral Gardens, where over 2,000 people gathered after the parade for a huge party to bring proceedings to a close. The audio system here was made up of four ground stacked d&b V8s, two V12s, four V-SUBS and six M4 wedges all run through D80 amps, complete with a Yamaha QL5 console.

“We were all exceptionally proud to be involved with the event and in doing our bit in bringing so many exceptional vibes to the city,” said Coote.

Earlier this month it was reported that the Manchester Arena could reopen as soon as September. Pro Sound News Europe also spoke to broadcast mixer for the One Love Manchester tribute concert about what it was like to work on the most watched TV music event of 2017 so far.