New DJ Controller Flight cases from FCW
Just arrived DJ Controller Flight Cases from KamKase
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Kamkase are a leading manufacturer of Flight Cases for all applications. All Kam Flight cases are designed in the UK and built using the best available materials. If you choose a KamKase you can be assured your equipment will get the protection it deserves.
Our sales team is always on hand to discuss your requirements if this Kam Flight case does not suit your needs.
7mm Smooth black laminate board
Full touring spec fittings
Sliding laptop shelf fitted
Gap at rear
Front panel for access to controls and headphone sockets
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The Flightcase Warehouse team has just returned from the biggest ever BPM PRO Lighting and Sound Show and we’re pleased to report back that it was a massive success for us!
The reception to our first public showcase of Pro Flightcase was phenomenal – it was incredible to see so many enthusiastic faces and have the opportunity to spread the word about our brand, products and unique service to the people out there driving innovation in the L&S industry.
The event also proved really beneficial for new business generation. Our team were snowed under (in the best possible way!) with enquiries and kept busy over the three days chatting through leads, drawing up quotes and putting through pre orders. We also relished the chance to launch two brand new Lighting and Sound-specific flightcases, which went down a treat with our specialised audience.
We can’t help feeling really proud of what we’ve achieved both in the build up to and during the event. As well as publically showing our new brand (on a stand complete with our Serious Furniture area, bar and giveaways), it was also our Business Development Manager’s first show as a fully-fledged member of the team. Leigh, who joined us earlier this year in the role, has loads of L&S industry experience but BPM PRO was a show first with Flightcase Warehouse, so it was great for customers new and old to meet our most recent addition to the team.
The entire Flightcase Warehouse team would like to thank all who visited our stand over the three day event, and congratulate the organisers on what was a genuinely insightful, successful and really fun event. Our fellow exhibitors all put on a great display too and the passion in and for the Lighting and Sound industry is clearly alive and well. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!
To check out our bespoke, custom made case service and to start building your very own, please click proflightcase.co.uk
To shop our wide range of off the shelf stock – including Spider and Rhino cases - please visit flightcasewarehouse.co.uk
Alternatively, give one of our friendly team in our Tamworth office a call on 01827 60009 with any enquiries you may have!
Live music is bigger than ever in the UK – the last 5 years have seen festival and concert sales become a headline act in the leisure industry, with 2 in 5 Brits attending a live music event in 2015 and spending an estimated £2.1 billion between them.
And for today’s bands living in a world of free online video, music streaming services and diminishing record sales, touring is becoming an increasingly important source of fresh promotion, income and connecting with audiences.
However, taking your gear out with you on the road can be stressful. Flightcase Warehouse has worked with a long line of music industry buffs from touring bands to production aficionados, so we know that even on the best of days, professional equipment can be expensive to insure, difficult to repair and often impossible to replace.
The constant setting up, tearing down and travelling between shows can also be intense and hard-wearing for your kit (and at times, you!) so we know that anything that helps keep your operation at full throttle is a win.
Whether you’re an emerging artist or a chart topping act, it’s essential that you have protection you can rely on to keep your equipment safe and secure while up on the stage, out on the road or at home in the studio. This is where we come in.
Flightcase Warehouse has over 20 years of experience manufacturing serious protection for musicians and technicians just like you.
Our flightcases have joined performers and producers on tour across the globe, and are built to withstand everything life on the road can throw at them. This allows you to focus on what matters most: the music. Here’s what Flightcase Warehouse does best:
Safety:We use the highest quality materials, and inserts personalised to your gear to keep it extra-safe and secure during transit and storage.
Reliability: Our products travel across the globe and they don't let down. They're durable, hard-wearing and fit to withstand all of the demands of life on the road!
Branding: We brand our flightcases with your logo, getting your name out there, whether you're setting up stage or travelling between shows.
You also won’t ever be kept waiting in the fast moving musical industry. Flightcase Warehouse not only has enough stock you’ll ever need, but manufactures directly for the industry too. Just check out proflightcase.com to see the level of care and craft we put into every case we make.
Our range covers everything from guitar, pedal board and amp cases as well as the more unusual cargo with our bespoke options. To top it off, next day delivery solutions are also available. Simply contact our friendly team to discuss the ideal solution for what you’re looking for.
Our bespoke service delivers customisation to your specification; simply tell us what you need, and we'll find you a solution – no project is too big, or too small. To check out our bespoke, custom made case service and to start building your very own, please click proflightcase.com To shop our wide range of off the shelf stock – including Spider and Rhino cases - please visit flightcasewarehouse.co.uk
Due to popular demand, Flightcase Warehouse is once again stocking Road Ready Cases.
Road Ready manufactured cases are built for the long haul and are seriously tough. Constructed from a rugged 9mm vinyl laminated plywood with a tongue-and-groove fit, these cases offer a structurally strong and damage resistant protective solution that will handle whatever the streets throw your way.
Road Ready cases feature a host of features designed to offer maximum protection for your gear, including:
- Industrial grade rivets, hinges, corners & latches for rock-solid structural support
- Heavy duty castors, low profile wheels and rubber feet for easy mobility and to prevent ‘road rash’
- Shock Mount suspension system to absorb blunt trauma
They’re also packed with convenient solutions tailored to musicians to make your set-up and tear-down quick and easy, such as:
- Hide-away pull-out handles for efficient storage during transit
- Hinged and removable front and rear panels for hassle free access
- Integrated storage compartments to store your cables and accessories
- Pick and fit z-lock foam customised to the shape of your gear
- Cable ports with back plates for convenient cable routing
Here’s what Road Ready have to say:
“We do one thing and we do it well. We don't waste time making cases that don't last. Our bad boys are built for the rigors of the road. Built to take a pounding - day in and day out - and look good doing it. That's our calling and we take it seriously. We know you invest a lot of money in your gear and need the toughest protection around - period.”
Need a Road Ready case? We’re the ones to supply it!
Click here to check out our Road Ready stock!
We can’t believe that it’s already been two months since the launch of Pro Flightcase - our bespoke service for custom-built flightcases. Pro Flightcase has already proven to be somewhat of a game-changer for our customers and we’ve been delighted to see its popularity spread across a diverse range of industries, including retail, audiovisual, lighting and sound, motorsport and equestrian.
Pro Flightcase combines the best of our team’s knowledge, skill, passion and practical understanding to deliver quality on budget and on time. Every Pro Flightcase goes through our six-step process, taking it from briefing and planning right through to delivery.
And don’t forget, each step offers customisation to your exact requirements – meaning that your valued kit is guaranteed to always find its perfect fit.
You provide us with your requirements – simply call, email or visit us at our Tamworth site and let us know what you need. We then use this information to produce a detailed overview of your flightcase, which we then give back to you for sign off. We won’t make a move until you’re happy.
Measurements are critical for any flightcase. It’s important that you know, rather than guess; to ensure you have the correct measurements, we provide you with both our measuring service and expert advice. We measure twice, cut once.
Your case is designed in a state of the art CAD environment. We use the latest software available - Solidworks and Alphacam, in addition to our own bespoke CAD software. We then present the design to you and request your sign off before progressing with the build.
We continually invest in new equipment, ensuring that your flightcase will be cut using the latest production methods and technology. Our cutting process uses a multi-head CNC alongside precision aluminium and foam cutters to ensure clean and accurate cuts throughout your case’s panels, fittings and inserts.
With 2 production lines, 28,000 square feet of manufacturing space, and departments specialised to handle each aspect of the assembly process, we’re able to provide some of the fastest build times in the industry.
Once assembled, your flightcase will undergo a rigorous quality control process to ensure it meets all of your requirements. After we have received the final sign off, the case will be packaged and dispatched. We’re able to deliver anywhere, and offer a range of couriers to choose from.
Flightcase Warehouse Meets MTV
Last night, the biggest stars of the music world took to the stage in Rotterdam for the annual MTV EMAs. Wanting to top off a night to remember with a totally unique memento, MTV asked Flightcase Warehouse to create custom flightcases that'd make the ideal gift for VIP guests. Packed with goodies and stylishly designed, our one-off cases fit the bill perfectly.
Custom Made for MTV
Our bespoke flightcases presented a Souvenir EMA Award, microphone and not one, but two pairs of Évos headphones. We finished the case in true star-studded fashion with branded engravings, LED lighting and a pull away glass panel signed by the celebs themselves!
The big winners of the night
Chart-topping juggernauts Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga both claimed two awards during the night, whilst 20 year old Dutch DJ and producer Martin Garrix also won two trophies. Other EMA winners include British pop act Little Mix, Canadian hip hop artist Drake, teen Swedish newcomer Zara Larsson and alternative US two-piece outfit, Twenty One Pilots. The ceremony itself paid tribute to the late music icon Prince, with the EMA trophies being turned purple – the artist’s signature hue.
If last’s night’s celebrations have you inspired, we’d love to hear about it! Our team of friendly experts are always ready to work on your projects – and not just whether you’re in the music industry! Whether you're looking to upgrade existing kit, audit your flightcases for 2017 or need an entirely bespoke solution - make Flightcase Warehouse your first stop. Simply call 01827 60009
Christmas is a time for giving, so as a special gift and festive thank-you to our valued customers, we're now taking pre-orders on Spider guitar cases for 2017 delivery.
Select from a fantastic range of guitar cases and order today for shipping January 12th. If you have any questions about specification, or to find out about our bespoke service, contact our team on 01827 60009 now!
What can you pre-order?
Our exclusive Spider brand cases are designed to keep your acoustic guitar safe from everything from scratches to hard knocks. Pre-orders are available on the ABS Jumbo and Dreadnought hard cases.
Shaped cases that are guaranteed to turn heads without sacrificing security. Available hard cases include the Gibson SG Type, Aluminum Universal and Gibson Les Paul, with compatibility for all Stratocaster and Telecaster types.
you're looking for? If you have something more specific in mind, why not check
out our bespoke Pro-Flightcase service?
We can build a custom case to your exact specifications, with a range of materials, stylings and extra features to choose from. Pro-flightcases can be fitted with precision to the shape and dimensions of your guitar, making them the perfect solution for protecting vintage and custom gear.
These days, larger productions have so many dazzling
elements included it can be harder than ever to make your show stand out above
others, let alone Saturday night prime-time behemoths. Light fixtures and their
dynamic use can make the difference between a huge attendance or viewing
figures, and being cancelled almost immediately. Whilst set design and special
effects are all very important (as is audio), lighting is the key to creating
drama and atmosphere on a stage, and it all begins very early on in the production
Producers, directors and lighting professionals start with intense meetings months before the show is due to take place, where every aspect of the live event is planned out meticulously. Once the meetings are over and the show is on the road however, production really does begin to speed up. Live tours for example are by nature hectic and fast paced. Many production elements do not survive the rigours of the road, and when beginning its new tour cycle equipment is vigorously tested. The X-Factor for example is a modern day colossus in terms of production efforts alone, and its live tours are no exception. Before every tour, there is a huge (around 17,664 square foot!) arena hired for rehearsal purposes, where all equipment can be tested extensively.
Once all faulty, damaged or outdated equipment has been replaced or re-hired, any staples the show may be known for are perfected, and then it’s time to try out any new ideas. LED strobe panels for example have recently become a very popular addition to many live shows, with the wash light feature allowing for it to become a part of the set, rather than another conspicuous production element. Implementing these modern fixtures offer an ability to revitalise any long recurring tour; surprising the audience visually is a guaranteed way to keep interest in your show high.
For the X-Factor, looking to the future is incredibly important. The live tour that precedes the studio show has to match the brand aesthetic, and this can be quite difficult to do in time with the busy schedule demanded by the show. If the set cannot be ostentatious then, it is up to the lighting and special effects team to pack the extra punch. One of the production heads on the X-Factor has been quoted as saying ‘The (fixtures) slice through stage lighting to bring an almost architectural look to whole picture and often serving to pull the artist out from the backdrop ensuring they remain the focus of visually busy shows. (Fixtures) Can also be called upon to create dimension and structure to the huge arena shows such as X Factor.’
Lighting is really not to be underestimated. Under the supervision of a great lighting designer, any show can transform itself into the pinnacle of live or televised events through its use of lighting. Whether you are out on the road or mounting a static production in a studio, the right equipment is bound to make a difference in how your viewers receive your work.
To learn how to keep your fixtures and other production pieces safe, visit www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk. Featuring a great range of UK manufactured flightcases (and similar products) that are designed in house specifically for lighting kit, we also offer many other bespoke solutions for any production transportation requirement. Having proudly worked with the BBC, BskyB and ITV, we know how to handle large scale productions, an
There is such a wide variety of sports available to play these days that it can
be overwhelming when you want to get into a new hobby. When you add equestrian
sports into the equation though, beginners can be completely thrown off the
trail. Here is a quick guide for those who want to be more involved with
equestrian sports, but haven’t a clue where to begin.
The first thing any beginner needs to learn are the basics. Just a quick google search on things like horse riding clubs or groups near you that can accommodate and teach you how to begin to ride. Some of these clubs will be able to provide you with the safety essentials like body armour and a helmet, although if you are serious about your commitment, it’s always a good idea to buy equipment that is adjusted and perfect for you.
Nobody needs to own their own horse to begin to ride, but it is the specialist training and experience that will see you paired with the right mount that will earn you the best results. Anybody can learn to ride a horse, with many different options available to all enthusiasts regardless of age or disability.
Once you are familiar with riding, you may want to move into
a specialised area of equestrian sport. Dressage for example, may not be the
highest speed of events, but it certainly is the most technical. With the
riders and horses both judged equally on things such as rhythm, harmony and even
things like the colour of your hat! Dressage is an incredibly competitive
sport, and is prominently featured in the Olympics during the Grand Prix, as
well as in the Paralympics as Para-Equestrian Dressage.
Para Equestrian Dressage is ridden in exactly the same way as its able-bodied equivalent, with only the complexity and intricacy of the course modified based on the participants classification of their impairment. A good place to get started, and to learn more about how to compete in Dressage is through British Dressage, the main controlling body of all Dressage events.
Another popular equestrian sport that everyone should be familiar with is Show Jumping. Show Jumping is a staple at the Olympics, as well as many other equestrian events, and the premise is very simple; ride your horse around the course jumping over obstacles in the fastest time, with time penalisations received for any obstacle hit. Show Jumping is an incredibly popular sport, with different levels of difficulty available to literally anybody who wants to participate (like dressage, disability is not an issue).
Your local riding club should be able to help you learn, and even point you in the direction of some competitions to get you started! Alternatively, visit British Showjumping for more information, the official site of all things show jumping.
These are just a few examples of equestrian sports available
to compete in, there are so many more to choose from and enjoy. Horse riding is
an activity anybody can enjoy; from children to adults, at any level of competency
or disability, it’s an incredibly inclusive activity. Contact your local Horse
Riding club or group near you today to start, or visit The British Horse-riding Authority
website to search for group’s local to you.
Remember, Flightcase Warehouse have a range of different products available for the equestrian enthusiast, including bespoke options to fit your every need. Any size you need we can create; in the past we have made huge models with built in wardrobes for both horse and rider, to protect all the Dressage accessories that need to be taken on the road!
We here at Flightcase Warehouse have got a really busy event
schedule, and we wanted to take a moment to talk about the various different
shows we will be exhibiting at in 2017!
Fresh from the amazing PLASA focus show in Glasgow, we are headed to ISE Europe from the 7th-10th February. It will be held at the RIA in Amsterdam, so you can imagine how excited we are to be participating amongst so many different brilliant contributors to the industry. With the show featuring a Drone Arena that promises to demonstrate the latest applications and technologies within drones (and how they can be applied best within the industry), as well as a special Russian Market Event that will provide in depth information on how to expand into Russian export market. ISE is going to be a very interesting and rewarding event!
The following month we shall be attending the Event Production Show at the Olympia in London. Taking place on the 1st and 2nd of March. The Event Production Show is ‘the leading event for the U.K’s live event sector’. We are proud to be included on such an impressive list of exhibitors, who all contribute a great deal to the production world. We are also anticipating some very interesting presentations on subjects such as event security, future event trends and even upcoming technology that is going to reshape the Event Production landscape.
In April, we are going to take part in Musikmesse, at the
Messe Exhibition Centre in Frankfurt, Germany. Musikmesse is going to be on
from the fifth to the 5th-8th, and promises to be a very inspiring
weekend. Musikmesse is a gigantic international trade fair for musical
instruments and music production (amongst many other areas of the music
industry), and our flight cases will be on display amongst some of the most
prestigious names in music! As well as the exhibitors, Musikmesse promises a
range of concerts and events, including specially designed guitar and drum
arenas, where you are encouraged to try out new products and can receive master
class sessions from renowned musicians.
The 9th-10th of May sees us exhibit for one of our favourite organisations PLASA, this time at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. PLASA events are always a pleasure to attend, and if our time with PLASA taught us anything it’s that we can expect not only fantastic settings and company from other exhibitors, but also a very warm reception, with incredible feedback on our products from those in attendance. PLASA also boast a diverse range of seminars (Glasgow was packed out) and the Riggers Forum, which always offers helpful information and news. We exhibit again from the 17th until the 19th of September with PLASA at their show at the Olympia in London.
Flightcase Warehouse will be present at the Showman’s Show at the Newbury Showgrounds in Berkshire, on the 18th and 19th of October, which is a brilliant, expansive show featuring a huge variety of exhibitors all involved in Outdoor Events. It promises to be a great exhibit and we can’t wait for more details to be announced on its seminars and events!
Autumn will see us at BPM Pro also, at the NEC on the 22nd and the 23rd October. Boasting the best in DJ and Studio Sound and Lighting, news and innovations, we are incredibly proud to be exhibiting alongside these professionals, and are looking forward to more details being announced as the show gets closer! We had a very successful 2016 show, and hope to repeat it this year!
This was just a quick rundown of the trade shows and events that Flightcase Warehouse are going to be a part of, so if you require any more information, want to schedule a meeting at an event or want to learn more about our diverse range of protective cases and equipment, feel free to call us on
0800 612 7097 or email email@example.com
EPS is upon us, and we here at Flightcase Warehouse wanted to take a moment to highlight some of our fellow exhibitors here at the show that have impressed us with what they brought along
1) ADI T.V Stand OS3
ADI TV are a company that continue to amaze us with their innovative outlook and approach to huge, event scale LED screens. From creation to installation, ADI are consummate professionals, with their products being incorporated in some of the largest events that Britain (and many overseas countries) hold, such as film premiers, music festivals and concerts, and a huge variety of sporting events, including the World Gymnastics Championships, the Silverstone Formula One GP and the Six Nations contest. Boasting that they are the home of the world’s largest mobile LED screens, they are a red letter name to keep in mind when it comes to broadcasting your event to a massive audience.
2) SRD Group. Stand E11E
The SRD Group are a company at the forefront of supplying and managing the production elements of events, with over twenty years’ worth of experience under their belt. Providing everything from A.V, sound services, staging and lighting, the SRD group are a multi-talented company who have a solid handle on what they do. They have an impressive history as well, with their previous events even including the launch of the Ferrari F430 and a host of awards shows.
3) MJ Lights Stand F12E
MJ Lights are a Cardiff based production service that specialise in event lighting, with ‘over 130 moving lights, 250 LED Based Fixtures, 300m of trussing, a huge range of generic lanterns together with the latest control equipment and wireless lighting technology.’ They have an impressive list of previous events as well, with Ellie Goulding, Funeral for a Friend and Adam Ant amongst their previous collaborations. Their services don’t stop here though, with their expertise extending to exhibitions, television and even film. They also offer bespoke services, which is a fantastic option for everyone in the event production industry, because it means you can get exactly what you need.
4) Stagecraft U.K. Stand B44E
Another event production company, StagecraftUK are responsible for putting together events such as the Pro Retail 2016 Trade Show, the NAPFM Conference and Insomnia 59, the U.K’s largest gaming festival. They have over 25 years’ worth of experience in the industry and show no signs of slowing down, rolling out new departments such as their ‘Dry Hire’ service. They are based in Telford, and own an 18,000 square foot warehouse filled with their own production equipment, which is very impressive indeed!
5) Arcstream Stand F18E
Arcstream are a company that strive to keep themselves at the cutting edge of Audio Visual and Sensory experiences. They can boast of collaborations with incredibly high profile clients, such as Coca Cola and Sony, and with the MD having 30 years of experience within the industry, it’s not hard to guess why. Their equipment roster is as equally impressive as their prestigious clients, with holographic displays, interactive walls, floors and tables, and even VR options available to clients. Based in Surrey, Arcstream are a company that are certainly worth watching, if only to see how they harness the latest technology for better events.
This year’s Event Production Show is happening between March 1st and 2nd at the Olympia, London – we hope to see you here! Interested in purchasing flight cases or want to get more information on what we do here at Flightcase Warehouse? Click www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk for our off the shelf cases or www.proflightcase.com for our bespoke, custom made service.
FCW Blog – Motorsport March 2017
Self-driving Cars – The Motorsports Technology Leading the Way
Throughout their history, motorsports have played a major role in pushing the boundaries of vehicles, making them faster, stronger, lighter and safer. When new technologies and innovations are introduced to the competitive racing scene, they often find their way into the mass market over time, as they become less expensive, more refined and safer in the hands of a non-professional driver.
Pioneering new technologies in motorsports first not only allows for improvements to be made to the technologies themselves, but provides an opportunity for manufacturers to spread awareness of the new products, gauge public interest, and make them more marketable.
Many of the features we take for granted in today’s every day road vehicles were first pioneered in Formula 1 before seeing mass market production. This includes anti-lock braking, traction control and semi-automatic transmission, as well as new materials such as carbon fibre, now seen in most high performance production cars. In recent years, the professional racing scene has played a major role in developing environmentally friendly driving solutions, testing hybrid engine technology, as well as pioneering electric vehicles through the lesser-known Formula-E series, Formula 1’s electric-only sibling.
As more car manufacturers are looking to develop safer self-driving technologies, it comes as no surprise that in 2015, Formula-E announced the introduction of its first autonomous motorsport, ‘Roborace’. Described as a "competitive platform for the autonomous driving solutions that are now being developed by many large industrial automotive and technology players", Roborace could lead to huge advancements in both self-driving technology and for electric cars.
Rather than building their own cars, as in traditional motorsports, Roborace teams develop autonomous driving software to run on pre-built vehicles. Roborace’s first self-driving racer - the ‘DevBot’ – was introduced in August last year, and is currently being used as a test car for the development teams to work on their software. Unlike the competition cars, the initial test model features a cockpit which allows a driver to take control if required, and enables teams to understand how the car feels and reacts in real-time on the track.
Roborace will play an important part in not only developing autonomous vehicle technology, but in improving the public perception of driverless cars. The start of this month saw the unveiling of the first competition ‘Robocar’, which features a more futuristic design than the DevBot, with no cockpit and clean, sweeping lines replacing the more angular traditional look.
Roborace’s first public race has yet to take place, with the previously planned test run at the Mobile World Congress being put on hold due to delayed parts. However, there are plans for further devbot demonstrations to take place throughout the current Formula-E season.
With a recent live music revival, musicians are having to deal with a schedule that is so tour heavy, it’s becoming hard to keep up. This is due to the most traditional and conventional method of generating revenue for a band or artist (releasing an album/single) not presenting the financial gain it once did, and the real money being made when out on tour - face to face with the fans.
Concerts and shows becoming the money makers for live artists. This is hardly surprising. The music loving market is craving an experience that goes beyond the simple download and go format that consumption has morphed into. So, there is a higher demand for bands to perform in a wider range of venues and sell an increased amount of merchandise, rather than the traditional (and much simpler!) album releases.
That’s not to say all music releases are falling flat. Vinyl sales are actually increasing, as consumers look for a physical form of media that is worth the price when compared to the convenience of digital music (plus there is always the nostalgic element to consider). So, how can performing artists make sure that their show is one that will keep their fans returning when they come to town?
One way to make sure your show stands out is by conveying the emotion of your music visually, to trigger a more illicit and visceral response from the crowd. This is a good idea because, despite your music sounding different, and having different auditory themes, a visual cue is easier to interpret by the audience, so a change in lighting or backdrop could go a long way in creating atmosphere.
This leads nicely into the importance of having an incredible lighting rig and technician. Lighting enhances the mood at any show and making the most of it is paramount to creating a memorable event. Exciting cues and triggers coupled with spectacular colours and different light units will help you achieve the ambience that you want for your performance. Whilst a top level lighting rig (and a technician who knows how to use it) may not be within everyone’s budget, just making use of what is available at a venue could be the difference between standing out amongst your fellow artists, or blending into the background.
Finally, one of the most important things to bear in mind when on tour is that your equipment is your livelihood, and if you take care of it, it will take care of you. Keeping everything you need safe for the duration of time you are on the road is vital if you want to make an impression on a large, possibly international scale. That’s why we at Flightcase Warehouse create the best quality flight cases on the market, road ready and custom made to your specifications. We can ship anywhere in the world, and no piece of kit is too much for our Pro Flightcase service, offering quality, British made bespoke craftsmanship. For more information, visit www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk, email us here, or call 0800 612 70097.
Our Musikmesse Exhibitor Spotlight!
It’s that exciting time of year again. The music and live entertainment industries are already deep into exhibition season and show no sign of slowing the pace. Take next month, for example. Musikmesee, one of Europe’s biggest music and production visual trade shows, will take over the Messe exhibition centre in Frankfurt, Germany. This year Flightcase Warehouse are thrilled to be attending this behemoth of an event ourselves. In anticipation of jetting over to Germany, we’ve been checking out the exhibitors and would like to share some interesting info about some of the companies we’re most excited to meet.
Orange Amplification is a British manufacturer of guitar amps that first appeared on the scene back in 1968, and since then has carved out a name for itself as a premier manufacturer of quality amps and effects pedals. Their signature orange casing has set them apart in a market dominated by plain colours, and always signifies something special-whether it be the powerful sound put out from their mini terror range, or the quality of the cabinets that only compliment their sound. Orange have also began online guitar teaching course, aimed at learners of all ages.
A European musical giant, Sonar produce of quality percussion, with a wide range of different drum kits and sets available. Sonar pride themselves on their meticulous attention to detail, and how the incorporation of modern technology into their production has not affected their core values as a manufacturer. A company with a rich history, Sonar show no sign of slowing down, having recently developed and released new products for general sale, and exhibiting at the very high profile NAMM show.
Scandinavian brand Nord Keyboards has operated out of Sweden since 1983. Electronic keyboards are constantly changing, and Nord has managed to keep abreast of the ever evolving marketplace with interesting designs and cutting-edge technology. A brilliant way we’ve noticed Nord to have kept in an innovation-heavy marketplace is through its creation of different sound patches and libraries - and the ability to download them directly from the Nord website. Handy!
Presonus are key players in music production and it’s no secret why. They produce top quality mixing desks, speakers, monitors, control surfaces and more, plus the clever software needed to use them. The Presonus team pride themselves on their love of music. In fact, their products are built from the heart of the USA in Louisiana – a state famed for its electrifying musical culture and inspiring sounds.
Experts in all things speakers, Finish company Amphion are your go to guys for fantastic quality kit that’s as good for professionals as it is in the home. They have a huge amount of customer feedback attesting to the quality of their products audio, as well as a brilliant level of customer support. Customer care plus great quality is definitely a winning combination for us!
If you want to get in touch with us, meet us at Musikmesse or are interested in purchasing flight cases, click www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk for our off the shelf cases or www.proflightcase.com for our bespoke, custom made service. For anything inbetwee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our team will be more than happy to help with your enquiry.
Musikmesse 2017 is just a few days away, and we can’t wait to see what the industry brings to the exhibition floor. Here’s another 5 exhibitors we’re most excited to see in Frankfurt this year!
PMI Audio Group
PMI Audio Group is a professional audio company based in Gardena, California. Established in 1979, PMI specialises in the design and manufacture of professional audio products for recording, video, post, film, broadcast, and the fixed installation markets. The Group’s brands include: Studio Projects, Trident Audio Developments, Joemeek, Toft Audio Designs, Tonelux, and Valley People. PMI Audio Group pride themselves on offering service and equipment modifications in house, and incorporating the latest testing equipment and technology available.
Yamaha Music Europe
Yamaha Music is of the biggest names in the musical instruments, professional audio and audio-visual sectors, and an internationally leading brand. Founded over a hundred years ago, the prestige and high quality of Yamaha’s products reflects years of accumulated technical expertise and skilled craftsmanship. Yamaha will be taking centre stage this year with a huge and exciting program set for Musikmesse, with live acts, demonstrations and presentations showcasing their latest products.
Dunlop Manufacturing, Inc. is a leading international manufacturer of electronic effects, picks, capos, slides, strings and other musical instrument accessories. Dunlop was founded in 1965, and operates from Benicia, California, where the company has developed many famous and innovative products such as the ‘Cry Baby’ wah and ‘Tortex’ picks. With state of the art manufacturing processes and support from top musicians including Jerry Cantrell, Marcus Miller & Zakk Wylde, the brand is now branching out into the string business, and plans to further grow its lines of picks, capos, slides, and stompboxes.
Another international giant, Korg is a leading global manufacturer of musical instruments, DJ and Production Tools, music software and musical accessories. Since its foundation in Japan 1963, the company has lead the way with unique instruments and innovations. Korg follows a philosophy of creating innovative and uncompromising instruments – maintaining a level of quality that inspires professional artists and creators, yet is approachable enough for anyone to play.
The SAE Institute is one of the world’s leading creative media institutions. With a wide and diverse selection of specialist vocational courses covering Film, TV, music production, engineering and business, and an international presence spanning 54 campuses in 28 countries, SAE prides itself on a distinct model of hands-on learning, and a strong focus on industry and global engagement. Many SAE graduates have gone on to become renowned digital entrepreneurs, musicians and artists, with the institute’s alumni including Oscar, Grammy and BAFTA recipients.
If you want to get in touch with us, meet us for a chat at Musikmesse, or are interested in purchasing flight cases, email us at email@example.com, or call 0800 612 7097. To find out more about our cases, visit www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk for off the shelf solutions or www.proflightcase.com for
Upcoming Equine Sport Days Out We Can’t Wait For!
Summer is almost here, and we at
Flightcase Warehouse are really looking forward to the plethora of different
and exciting equine events that take place across the whole of the British
Isles. We know the Grand National is always huge, but what else is there to get
excited for in the coming months?
The first big day to look forward to is the Royal Windsor Horse Show, held from the 10th until the 14th of May in the spectacular grounds of Windsor Castle. Celebrating not just the standard horse racing events, the Royal Windsor Horse Show combines history with contemporary sport, as visitors can expect to see traditional derbies and rally with horse drawn carts, parades, and even equine based equipment and vehicles, all on display throughout the stunning grounds. There will also be a massive variety of stalls and exhibitors, who represent some of the most influential and ground breaking tradespeople in the equine industry today. This is a brilliant event that’s perfect for anyone interested in horses; further information can be found on their website here.
The next red letter day in in Equine sport is the Royal Ascot (20th – 24th June), showcasing the best that Flat Racing has to offer. Held in the prestigious Ascot Racecourse, everyone has heard of the Royal Ascot, and the grand days out it holds. Celebrating equine sport in style, with a packed day full of different events for various age groups, which culminate in an awards ceremony. Whilst the racing itself is enough to fill anybody’s day, there are also elaborate displays, film reels, food stalls and exhibitors to visit. To find out more about this year’s events, or how to qualify in the future, visit their website here.
The Longines International Horse Show is another exciting event planned for the 25th of July until the 30th at Hickstead. The show boasts of its long standing history, as well as its status as the official Horse Show of The British Horse Society, with Her Majesty The Queen as its patron. All of this means that Longines International Horse Show promises to be an incredible event, with all kinds of different equine based activities and competitions planned. Naturally, the show plays host to a number of international riders and will see Show Jumping, Racing, as well as Polo and Dressage to enjoy. More information about Longines can be found here, on their website.
These however, are just three of the many events planned for this year- there are more to explore and be inspired by. Remember, Flightcase Warehouse has a range of different products available for the equestrian enthusiast, including bespoke options to fit your every need. Any size or specification you need we can create; in the past we have made huge models with compartments that take care of the needs of both horse and rider complete with personalised engravings. Visit www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk to shop our range, www.proflightcase.com for more on bespoke, or call 01827 60009 to speak to our friendly team.
Flightcase Warehouse works closely with towards mechanics in the motorsport industry, so we know that every single category of the sport requires a dedicated, passionate and highly skilled support team in order to achieve the results that are so highly sought after. To highlight the hard work of engineers down on the track, we’ve researched what a typical 30 second pit stop looks like for the top F1 teams in the industry.
Whilst an F1 pit crew will consist of a large team of mechanics, no single member is specialised in a single role. Typically, the members of the pit crew are handed out their duties based on their physical abilities. For example, the members of the crew in charge of the jacks and lifting the F1 car will be stronger than the other members of the crew so that the tyre workers (usually the more nimble members of the team) are able to work quickly, attainting the rapid turnaround that is so important. Like a well-oiled machine, one could say.
It may seem a little odd that these highly skilled mechanics are assigned their roles based on their physical attributes; however, the regulations are incredibly strict on what can and cannot be used in the pit stop. For example, the crew may not use a powered device to lift the car at any point during a race-instead the car has to be raised manually. Hence the stronger team members being assigned to jack duty.
The F1 car will roll into the pit lane adhering to the pit-lane speed limit (failing to do so can incur a cash fine as well as time penalties), and will stop in the designated area. This area is the only place in which a car can be worked on during a race, and the crew may not improve the grip of it at all aside from sweeping or drying. Once at a full stop though, the crew leap into action.
The car is raised up, and the tyres are replaced with blinding speed with the aid of tyre guns, each one specifically tailored to a wheel on the car. Once the tyre gunner has completed loosening the tyre, a second pit member will completely remove it before a third replaces the wheel with a fresh one. Whilst this is the main objective of the pit stop, there are other pit crew members stood by in case they are needed.
For example, the pit crew manager is in charge of the lollipop, which designates when it is safe for the driver to exit the pit area. The manager oversees the whole of the pit process, and it is only with his say so that the car is lowered, freed and allowed to leave. Then, there are other members of the crew who are on hand to either remove debris from the chassis of the car, clean the driver’s visor, or attend to any other possible needs that the driver or head mechanic may have.
Once the job is done though, the crew must return to their designated garage, as they are only allowed to be in the pit immediately before the pit stop takes place. This kind of quick and well-practised teamwork is incredibly impressive, and we at Flightcase Warehouse know that a good team needs to be supported by a trustworthy arsenal of tools. To keep your delicate instruments and power tools safe, visit our website to view our diverse range of motorsport specific flightcases, or email us to find out what special projects we have done in the past, and the bespoke options available!
The Leeds PLASA show is nearly upon us and here at Flightcase Warehouse we’ve officially started our 2 week countdown until we exhibit! (Stand N-B06 if you’re visiting the event). Whether you’ll be heading up North this May 9th-10th or not, here you can get the lowdown on some of the most exciting AV brands to exhibit this time round. Here’s our shortlist..
Chauvet DJ / Professional
Chauvet is a company that continues to impress us with its incredible array of professional lighting kit that has been embraced by a significant number of profs in impressively varied areas of event management and performance. Founded in 1990 by Albert and Bernice Chauvet, they have always promised and delivered development of pioneering concepts to market. Chauvet are the official sponsors of PLASA Leeds, and so they have an incredibly well pronounced presence here – which is well deserved. (Check out our Chauvet Professional flight cases here).
Roland are throughout the AV industry and we’re proud to work with them for a number of their protective and transportation solutions. Heralded as top quality manufacturers of not only quality AV equipment, but of many different products used throughout the music industry, they’re a true industry titan. Founded in 1972, in Osaka, Roland manufacture a huge line of pianos, amplifiers, guitars and even organs just to name a few of their products. They fit right in here at PLASA with their diverse catalogue, and prove once again why their brand is one that has not only stood the test of time but also grown to be recognised on an international scale.
Prolight Concepts Group
A member of the VIP list here at PLASA, the Prolight Concepts team have successfully grown their company into an international brand through the application of hard work and quality products since their inception on 1996. A UK based exhibitor just like Flightcase Warehouse, Pro Light Concepts have such a rigorous understanding of the needs in the lighting industry due to their MD (Andrew Jeffrey) harbouring a background DJ’ing. It was the lack of alternative products within the UK that led Andrew to starting up what would become the iconic Prolight Concepts Group.
Anybody and everybody within the AV industry are aware of Peavey and their incredible line of products that continue to shape and define musical landscapes today. Born in 1965, Peavey has since become one of the world’s largest manufacturers of professional sound equipment and musical instruments. Known for products including the Peavey 6505, a genre dominating amplifier head that has proven immensely popular with a great number of heavy metal bands, and the fantastic mini head series loved by big names and bedroom guitarists alike, Peavey will be a great presence at PLASA Leeds.
Founded in Japan back in 1962, Audio Technica have since become a household name in state of the art audio equipment. It proclaims itself to be “devoted to the design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of problem-solving audio equipment’, and is also committed to research – something we really admire. Audio Technica do not limit themselves only to professional AV equipment however, their products also include an impressive selection of microphones, and headphones that would please even the most discerning music fan.
And there you have it, our list of some of the must see exhibits here at PLASA in Leeds. Remember, if you do visit PLASA Leeds, and would like to learn more about what Flightcase Warehouse can offer to you in terms of protective equipment solutions, be sure to visit stand N-B06, or visit our website here.
Recently, there has been a huge amount of excitement concerning VR (Virtual Reality). This incredible technology allows users and audiences (the two inexplicably combine with the magic of VR!) to not just watch a video, but sit in the middle of it, with the digital interface interacting in real time to motion.
But what can this revolutionary tech loved by millennials actually offer us in practical terms? In the past, we have glanced over the practical uses for these devices, but what are they really capable of?
Everyone is familiar with the most common use of VR – gaming of course! With the real time response that the VR headset achieves, it acts as the perfect virtual camera, moving naturally with the user’s eyeline and head rather than an artificial joystick or mouse. This alone is enough to establish VR as a lasting digital format but its functionality has been explored much deeper recently.
For example, it is possible (through an internet connection), to hold conferences with VR as the viewing/interactive element. With this technology, streamed conferences could be made a lot more interactive and personable, with each attendee able to take part from the comfort of their own home (and in the case of some of the bigger conferences, own country, as the trip can be quite significant to certain trade shows.) This digital attendance could be extended to a ‘periscope’ like experience through the use of 360° cameras. The VR user would be able to receive an almost identical experience to those physically in the crowd at minimal expense to both the VR user, and the event planning team. Amazing stuff!
This potential for virtual conferences and speeches could extend even as far as virtual trade shows, with exhibitors unable to attend the physical floor able to set up a virtual experience or store, where interaction is a lot more personable than it would be on a webpage. Of course, this is all in mind for the future, when VR is a lot more commonplace than it is today-but it’s all worth bookmarking for reference over the next few formative years.
Then there are VR’s potential applications as a means to demonstrate your product, or draw people to your stand in trade show or any footfall environment. Instead of having product features explained to you by a salesperson, you could be shown precisely what the product does, how it’s made, its practical applications all whilst having your questions answered by an attendant. The novelty of VR will also be a draw, as many people will want to use one just for the experience alone. Note, the experience economy..
We cannot wait to see what VR will contribute and transform within the events industry. If you want to keep your VRR set safe, be sure to contact our experienced team for solutions that will see your experience offering or personal equipment staying safe for years to come.
We have all heard the stories. Every single one seems to go; ‘I wanted to take my (insert incredibly expensive piece of equipment here) onto the plane with me, but I was forced to have it checked in. When I retrieved it after the flight, it had been entirely broken!’ All too often this is the tale we are told by fellow travellers, musicians or professionals who need to take their incredibly expensive gear with them for work.
The problem is, it’s now taken for granted. Many have now taken to (or are forced into) buying an extra seat for their luggage, potentially doubling costs and giving an extra injection of stress into any journey. Blame however, should also be cast on the quality of the cases that are used to transport this incredibly sensitive kit. Any flight case that cannot live up to its very namesake isn’t worth the materials that it is made of, and no matter what way you look at, is an inferior product.
And what if the equipment isn’t yours? Tour managers, event professionals, freighting and shipping companies – all remain responsible for whatever it is they are transporting, and these are professions where quality protective equipment is the difference between staying in business and becoming insolvent.
That is no exaggeration either; in the modern world of high paced communication through social media (an ever diversifying landscape), just one unhappy customer can have devastating effect on the rest of your existing base. It’s a respected fact that it’s a lot less expensive to retain your existing customers than it is to sign up new ones, especially if growing your customer base comes at a time when your existing ones have left you due to a very visible backlash on social media.
So, what you may not have considered is the recovery operation after the initial backlash. Once it goes public, an incident can have a lasting effect on your profits for a long time. There have been a handful of incidents recently that are perfect examples. Think about how much these brands will have to roll out in terms of PR in order to once again build trust in their product, whilst your bottom line takes a beating. However, clawing back your public image counts for nothing if the actual equipment that your company uses remains to be inferior, and unreliable.
This has a lasting effect on profits as well. A loss in existing customers means man hours, admin, meetings – its not just a one off PR bill or product cost. It is a strong and positive customer lifecycle management programme paired with quality products that is going to keep profit margins high, and allow you to undergo business drives that will eventually lead to success.
This is why the Flightcase Warehouse has striven to ensure that all of our products are of the highest quality before they leave the workshop. Created in Britain, our experienced team of seasoned professionals have kept Flightcase Warehouse at the forefront of the protective equipment business. We also prioritise customer care; nothing is ever too much for our friendly team, and we ill look after you whether you’re an old friend or new arrival.
Our premium cases will make sure that anything you want to transport arrives in the exact same condition that it left – and our prestigious list of customers in all kinds of different industries and sectors can attest to that. Protect your bottom line by protecting your customers, and get in touch to see how we can help you today.
PLASA Leeds opens its doors in less than 24 hours. Although the wait seems like an eternity, our excitement hasn’t been dampened in any part, and we can’t wait to set up stand and open up Flightcase Warehouse to the scores of visitors forecast to descend on the Royal Armouries tomorrow.
We know that it can be a tough job visiting exhibitions – what with so many brilliant brands, innovative start-ups and industry giants to get through. So to help you along, here are just a small selection of the lighting and sound brands that we’re looking forward to be sharing the floor with this 9th – 10th May.
Allen & Heath
Allen & Heath is a leading designer and manufacturer of mixing desks for live sound, permanent installation, DJs, broadcast and recording studios. With a history spanning almost 50 years, the company was part of the first wave of ‘great British Mixer companies’, and hand built mixers for many of the era’s top brands. Today, Allen & Heath’s mixer range can be found in clubs, studios, and houses of worship across the globe, and accompanies many of today’s touring acts, including Bring Me The Horizon, Fifth Harmony and Morrissey.
Martin Audio was founded in 1971, with a vision to enable bands to play to larger audiences and be properly heard for the first time. The reputation of Martin Audio speakers grew quickly and soon the brand was producing world class touring systems for the super groups of the day, including Pink Floyd, The Who and Supertramp. Today they continue to enjoy an international reputation for supplying award winning professional loudspeaker systems across the whole spectrum of live sound and installation applications.
Ever since electrical engineer Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser founded the company in 1945, Sennheiser has been continuously setting trends in the audio industry. Right up to the present, the brand’s innovative inspiration, curiosity and passion have made its products and services immensely successful. Sennheiser headphones, microphones and all-round audio solutions are used by artists, DJs, pilots, scientists, sound technicians and music-lovers all over the world.
Penn Elcom Ltd is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of flight case, speaker, cabinet hardware and racking solutions. With over 40 years of experience in the industry, Penn Elcom maintain a catalogue of over 3000 specialist hardware solutions, in addition to extensive custom-manufacturing capabilities. Penn Elcom hardware serves a wide and diverse range of industries, and can be found in the products of countless brands across the globe - including our very own flight cases.
Avolites are renowned for producing some of the very best control solutions for all aspects of the professional lighting industry. Originally founded in 1976, the company has focused on and listened to end-user feedback to continually develop and evolve its product range throughout its 40 year history. As a result, today’s Avolites products enjoy a reputation for accessible, intuitive and hands-on familiarity alongside market leading capability.
If you’re visiting PLASA Leeds, and would like to learn more about what Flightcase Warehouse can offer to you in terms of protective equipment solutions, be sure to visit stand N-B06, or visit our website here.
The Upcoming Red Letter Days in Motorsport
The Spanish Grand Prix has just ended, and what a fantastic weekends’ worth of racing it was. Summer is always a brilliant time for motorsport and with spring drawing to a close, we’re now looking ahead to what’s going to be keeping us entertained on the track next month too. Here’s a pick of some of the biggest motorsport events on the upcoming calendar, and why we think they’re worth the watch.
The Monaco Grand Prix (25th – 28th May):
Obviously, this is a big one. Described on the official Formula One website as ‘distinct from the sport from which it was born’, the Monaco Grand Prix is the highlight of the Formula One enthusiast’s year, with a track that has been for years the pinnacle of technical testing. With overtaking ‘next to impossible’ qualification is more important than ever in the Monte Carlo circuit, which has remained largely unchanged since its place in the 1955 championship due to its demanding layout. This is all without mentioning the prestigious location in which the race takes place, with Monte Carlo being not only a great spot for F1 fans but anybody who was lucky enough to get tickets!
The Isle of Mann TT (27th May – 9th June):
A departure from the four wheel fun that takes such a large place on this list, the Isle of Mann TT is the red letter event when it comes to displays of superbikes and their speed. With the drivers of these bikes reaching speeds of up to 200mph on a course that is host to sharp bends, jumps and solid stone walls, any spectator will be impressed with the nerve that these drivers display when they are gunning for first place. The Isle of Mann comes alive for the event, with lots to do even outside the race times, making the TT an incredible few weeks for any fan of superbikes, speed, or motorsport in general.
Goodwood Festival of Speed (30th June – 2nd July):
Taking a step back from the competitive nature of motorsport, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is a celebration of the sport as a whole. With an incredible host of cars on display, from classic to super, it’s the perfect way for any petrolhead to spend the long summer weekend. There will also be air displays and a number of famous faces at the show as well, for those who want to keep the action light. It’s not all slow and steady though, with the famous hill climb pitting some powerful machines against each other and a rally stage that will see a hair raising course through the woods, all against the clock.
Le Mans 24 Hour Race (17th 18th June):
The 85th occurrence of the world famous race that tests endurance just as much as ability, the Le Mans endurance race is renowned for displays of incredible driving and fantastic
engineering. One of the ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’, the Le Mans 24 hour race has inspired countless other events of a similar nature, including both a classic car and a superbike version! Many automotive giants use the Le Mans endurance event as an opportunity to test out the latest in their technology, so any spectators want to be on the lookout for exciting new features and models!
Remember, for any of your motorsport or engineering needs, Flightcase Warehouse stock and design products specifically to keep your engine and tools completely safe. Whether you’re just a beginner, or a complete professional, our flight cases will ensure your kit stays in racing condition no matter the circumstances. Get in touch to find out more, or visit our website to view our extensive range of stock!
Summer is just around the corner, and that means that festival season is almost upon us! We at Flightcase Warehouse love to support these great weekends out, and enjoy nothing more than knowing that our products help the event professionals who work tirelessly to deliver these spectacular events to you. With Radio One’s Big Weekend about to launch the festival season, we have compiled a list of some of the other most prominent festivals within the UK that you can enjoy this year.
1) The Isle of Wight Festival
Taking place on the Isle of Wight itself, the festival has roots that date back to 1968, undergoing a revival in 2002. The festival features an eclectic mix of acts, with artists from genres ranging from hard rock to pop, and many more scattered throughout the stages for the entirety. Winner of ‘The Best Family Event’ 2015 as well, this is a perfect festival to take your whole family along too-including kids, making for a perfect weekend where the whole family is entertained. And, with such big names as Fleetwood Mac and The Who headlining, you know that you are bound to have a fantastic time.
Whilst Bestival may not boast the icon studded line up the likes of Glastonbury or Download can shout about, Bestival has carved its place within the British festival scene nonetheless. This is thanks to the Dorset based weekends penchant for being an eclectic experience and what it lacks in massive headliners it makes up for with its incredible and well-designed specialised areas. The ambient forest for example is a professionally lit, meditative sound filled forest scene that is guaranteed to chill anybody out. Taking place from the 7th until the 10th of September, and with acts like Dizzee Rascal and Rag’N’Bone man to look forward to, Bestival is one for those who like to tread a little off the beaten path.
Download is the biggest name in rock festivals within the U.K. Held at Castle Donnington, the festival takes the place of ‘Monsters of Rock’ which was relaunched in 2003 as Download. With a history of booking some of the biggest names in rock and metal and an ardently supportive fan base, Download is one of the most popular festivals within the U.K. This year, Aerosmith, Biffy Clyro and System of a Down are all headlining the main stage, which promises to be a weekend of spectacle as well as incredible music.
Celebrating the best that Electronic and Dance music has to offer, the Daresbury located festival will this year be held from the 24th of August until the 27th. Creamfields has long been known as the U.K’s festival of choice for anybody who loves dance music. Winner of the UK Festival Award for Best Dance Event and the UK Festival Award for Best Major Festival, it deserves all of the recognition it receives.
Whilst nigh impossible to receive tickets, Glastonbury is possibly the biggest name when it comes to British Music Events ever, possibly even one of the biggest names worldwide. This year will see Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran all headline the incredible pyramid stage, and combined with the rest of the prestigious artists already announced, promise to deliver an unforgettable set. Much like many other festivals there will be extensive coverage of the acts on television and the internet, so be sure to go online and stay up to date with everything happening throughout the weekend!
These are just a few of the biggest festivals happening in the UK this year, there are many for catering to all different spectrums of musical taste. We at Flightcase Warehouse are massive supporters of the summer festival, and if there is any way that we can help your event go off without a hitch, then contact us on 0800 612 7097, email us, or visit our website.
Drones are, like it or not, playing an increasingly bigger part in both our work and everyday day lives. Whether they are now an integral part of your job, you’re an enthusiast, or you are just interested in the medium, let’s take at some of the different ways drones are becoming integrating into our world.
The first and most obvious application of a drone is as a camera. Whether you want to film panoramic views of the landscape, follow your friend as they complete a difficult mountain bike or ski course, or even garner images for general ordnance, the scope of drone types available suited to film on the modern market is incredible. Possibly there most famous and well used feature, camera drones way well see more use in sectors such as construction or law enforcement thanks to their proven reliability in fields like media, artistry and live events.
Another use for drones that is being introduced is as a lighting unit. Whilst unconventional, it is feasible that a drone equipped with a spotlight for example, could be wirelessly paired with a stage performer. From here, the drone could bathe its target with light free of user control, allowing for a greater amount of freedom behind the lighting desk. A great example of this in entertainment is from the 2017 superbowl where superstar Lady Gaga utilised LED drone to create a spectacular backdrop that could move and adapt in real time to music, light waves and changing patterns. Drones really could change the way live events are handled!
Then there are the functionality and flexibility aspects of drones. We’re seeing artists employ drones as a means to paint onto walls that would typically be too high to paint without the use of time constraining and expensive scaffolding. Using a drone as a remote controlled or programmable paintbrush is a high tech solution to an artistic challenge.
Logistical problems however, are where drones excel. Many different distributors are now taking to exploring the possibilities of having drones on their delivery team and what this would mean for their lead times and availability. Amazon.com has famously being researching and slowly beginning the rollout of drone-lead distribution, and it may not stop there. Driverless lorries, driverless cars and even hover-drone taxis (yes, really!) are all being researched by big industry-leading names, prompting the question “what’s next” from these versatile machines?
The last use of drones is admittedly, a childish one but looks to be a lot of fun. We’re talking about drone racing – picture super-quick hovering robots flying around a track racing each in a flurry of activity that you’d only see in the 21st century.
Whatever use you’re thinking of putting your drone too, Flightcase Warehouse can help keep your valuable kit safe, secure and in prime condition. We manufacture a specialist range of cases especially for drones, which are available online ready-made. If you have a more specialised requirement we can design and deliver bespoke creations from our Pro Flightcase service. Just contact us today.
Have you ever looked at your kit and thought that it needs – or deserves! – something more from its protection? A solution that’s custom designed and personalised to fit your exact spec of gear, perhaps?
Flightcase Warehouse understands that the complexity of conceptualising, sourcing and manufacturing protective cases that are bespoke (down to the very last bolt!) can be an overwhelming task. Taking the decision to entrust a manufacturer with the invaluable tools of trade can also be daunting, even if you know an investment in custom kit will be well worth it for years to come.
So, how do you even start when going about commissioning a custom flight case? You’ve probably heard about Pro Flightcase – the bespoke service exclusively from Flightcase Warehouse. Our skilled team pairs expert, hands-on craftsmanship with the very latest in production technology to deliver the highest quality, most creative and best fit flight cases money can buy. Whether you’re in live entertainment, touring, AV, lighting and sound, sports, hospitality, motorsport or manufacturing (the list goes on, just talk to us for more), Pro Flightcase can help.
You’ve realised that your equipment warrants a unique protective and transportation solution and are ready to take action. Here’s how you get started turning that idea into a reality.
Begin by emailing or calling our Pro Flightcase team what you need; it’s that simple. Whether it’s only a larger road trunk, or an all in one high tech storage solution, we will be in touch to chat through an overview of the project, capturing all the technical details. Once checked and signed off by you, we get to work in our 50,000 sq ft workshop with your spec in hand.
If you’re happy with our terms for a project then you must measure your equipment precisely. If you’re not sure how – don’t worry, we have a measuring service available because accuracy is key.
This is the point where you get to step back from the project, as our engineers use specialist CAD software to design the ideal solution to your protective problem in a digital environment (in addition to putting expert pen to paper if needed!). We use the latest technology coupled with our own bespoke CAD software to ensure that your project receives the perfect outcome. Once finished, the design is back to you for sign off.
Now we start to build! Once you have signed off on the design we begin manufacturing, utilising Pro Flightcase precision production methods (such as a multi head CNC), as well as being armed with our ever-innovative selection of tools to ensure that when we assemble, your product is of unbeatable quality.
Our warehouse accommodates multiple production lines, including cutting, foam, spray booth and finishing departments, guaranteeing that your Pro Flightcase project is completed entirely in house. We don’t outsource, and your order is only handled by a team that you can trust.
Once finished, we test your product extensively – rigorous quality control is the only way to ensure that your solution is perfect – and then it’s shipped. (We deliver anywhere in the world, with incredibly quick lead times). A Pro Flightcase Project can be complete in just 2 weeks from quotation.
The service is virtually limitless, as is our creativity. The Pro Flightcase team has worked with giants such as BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, Microsoft, Pirelli, Mercedes, BskyB, Samsung and MTV to name a few, in addition to literally thousands of industry brands.
And this is where our Pro Flightcase team really excels, lasting protective solutions that you may not have thought possible before talking to our engineers. If you would like to find out more from Pro Flightcase, please don’t hesitate to email or call us (+44 (0)1827 60009) to find out what we can offer you in the way of total protection.
AV surrounds us more and more in our daily lives, but have you ever put serious thought into how you could use it to help your business grow? Flightcase Warehouse works with scores of AV professionals and knows first-hand the wonders that these experts can create at pretty much any live event you can imagine. Let’s not just leave it at that, though. Company execs and marketing teams listen up – here’s how business-centric audio visual tech can power up your enterprise and make you money!
Got a bricks and mortar store? Pair innovative POS and AV touch screen technology to boost customer engagement whilst keeping intrusiveness to a bare minimum. By incorporating information within an interactive touch screen display (be it tablet, video screen or interactive wall), studies have shown that customers feel much more at ease when browsing and more connected with your brand. What does this mean for sales? Well, customers are more likely to request further information or buy due to info being readily available and not having a pressurised sales pitch by staff.
The interactive experience doesn’t stop there. Virtual reality has become increasingly popular with the general public, and the opportunities it presents to potential customers are astounding. For example, web camera technology combined with virtual reality software can create anything from virtual changing rooms, immersive destination exploration, live action play of gaming or test driving a car. Ideal for both in store or in the sales showroom. Talk to your web developer about integrating with your website for even better e-commerce conversion rates.
Moving away from in-store focussed tech applications – trade shows and exhibitions present a prime place for AV to shine. If you’re looking to increase footfall to your stand, you pretty much can’t beat show-stopping, cutting edge interactive tech to draw in the numbers. Something even as simple as a LED display or a rolling soundtrack can turn heads if used correctly; but experiences such as ever popular VR headsets can go a long way in helping you make the most from your exhibition investment.
Got some AV kit yourself or want to ensure that your upcoming venture is kept safe and secure, performing to its very best for the longest time possible? Talk to Flightcase Warehouse about protective solutions and also any advice we have for AV profs.Visit our website, contact us via email, or call us on 01827 6009.
A career many of us dream of having, but not one so easily achieved. Once you’ve reached professional level as a sound engineer, whether in live or studio environments, you take on a job that although unquestionably rewarding, has its own unique set of challenges. At Flightcase Warehouse we work closely with sound engineers and below are just 3 of the situations we hear time and time again! Work in the industry and have anything to add? Let us know! (P.s, this article was actually written by a musician!)
1. (Some) musicians live to make life harder than it has to be
Live engineers suffer this pain too, but it’s mainly reserved for the talent in the studio. Mainly stemming from the fact that pretty much anybody can rent themselves a few hours in a recording studio (as well as your time, if they appreciate an expert input), many sound engineers have swapped cringe-worthy stories of the misguided, misinformed musician that can walk into the recording booth.
Sound engineers have inevitably heard the following: ‘Don’t worry, I tuned last night before I got here’, ‘these strings were fresh on last week, they’re ready to go!’ Or the inevitable ‘I’m almost ready, just let me warm up first’. More often than not, these tiny niggles can be dealt with in either a few minutes but it’s not the severity of the infraction; it’s the number of them.
We’ve also heard that that when a musician isn’t finding fault with their own performance, they’re finding fault with your mix. Many first-timers in the studio (or even the more seasoned musician) have never heard a genuinely professional mix and are thus questioning your every technical, informed move. When engineers have sank hours of hard work into equalising a mix and then you are asked to use more plugins, or scoop the mids, or even change their recording through effects, it’s hard not to scream.
2. Unexpected live performance hiccups
Those engineers that make their way out on the road will get this more than most. This side of sound engineering is perhaps the most unpredictable and varied concerning the problems that occur, and professionals will attest to the fact that shows have a way of throwing up problems that manifest at the worst possible moment.
For example, how many front of house engineers will be happy with their levels and ready to make sure the show goes off without a hitch, only to have to quickly readjust everything thanks to heavy rain, unexpectedly high levels of noise from the crowd, or even equipment choosing that very moment to pack in and break?
Whilst these are things you accept as part of the job, it can be harder to grin and bear it when that occasional random audience member fancies a go at critiquing your setup. Whether they decide to stand next to your desk all night offering advice, requesting you make changes to the mix or suggesting what they’d do, it’s just something that every sound engineer has to deal with from time to time!
3. A sharp learning curve when you’re starting out
Starting out in sound engineering can come with a tough initiation, which will pay off with massive benefits as you make your way in the professional industry. If you’re new to the game or thinking about pursuing sound engineering as a career, it might help you to know that we’ve been told that every pro who has sat behind a desk is guaranteed to have made a few mistakes during their career.
A common self-inflicted hiccup we’ve heard about many times is to do with the adjustment and fine-tuning of an audio channel. Sometimes trainee engineers will work on a channel or hours on end with repeated playbacks and tweaks, only to find that the channel was in fact bypassed (good news though – your ears did not deceive you!) Then there are the countless unplugged wires, software issues and unrepeatable mistakes that led to an even better sounding mix that all beginners will experience on the path to professionalism.
Get more from your kit with Flightcase Warehouse
If you’re a sound engineering professional, we know that your valued kit is your lifeblood and absolutely essential to the success of whatever event or project you’re working on. Working closely with those in the industry for over two decades, Flightcase Warehouse understands exactly what is required to keep you kit safe in transit, storage and even use. Whether you need protective, clever storage, a heavy-duty transportation solution or even something special that only you can imagine, Flightcase Warehouse can create and supply to your exact spec. Visit our website to view our wide off the shelf range of flight cases, or email us to talk over our totally bespoke Pro Flightcase service.
Right now it’s peak season to be a motorsport fan. A whole host of races and shows are being staged, taking advantage of the summer climate, and the Formula 1 Grand Prix is in full swing. A packed calendar is certain to be inspiring the next generation of star drivers (and many more will be dreaming of what could have been). With this in mind, this week we’re looking at what it actually takes to become a F1 driver and if you’re up for it, how you can get involved with the action!
So. What’s step 1? The short answer is; ‘Be Young’. We’re sorry to potentially throw a spanner in the works so early on, but the vast majority of current F1 drivers got their start in go-karting championships and leagues when they were very young. Within the UK, kids as young as four can begin their career on the track with fellow young karters.
Karting isn’t just available to kids though – all ages can get involved, with different strengths of engines, sizes and track variations becoming available as the years pass. There are all kinds of associations, clubs and guides available to help any who want to get involved with karting. Don’t be shy about contacting your local body if you, your child or a young person you know are interested!
If you feel too old, or have moved to the top of the karting world though, it’s time to step up what is called the ‘Racing Ladder’. It works exactly as you may suspect, with each level of the ladder involving more powerful engines, longer and more complex circuits, and a better calibre of racer.
For youngsters around the age of 15 it can be (relatively) straightforward to enter the new Formula 4 league. One of the precursors to Formula 1, Formula 4 (as you may expect) makes use of smaller engines (namely the 1.6L ford ecoboost engine), and has been proven as an effective launching pad to many racers, hailed as a brilliant stepping stone between carting and Formula 3.
There are other pools young drivers can enter to make a name for themselves (the GP series a worthy contender), but Formula 3 is the next big step towards the drivers seat on a Formula 1 grid. With less technical restrictions than Formula 4, Formula 3 cars are a lot more powerful, scaling up alongside the age of the drivers – with more teams and an international presence to boot.
Stepping up again means entry to the more exclusive Formula 2. With V8 engines, the cars are a cut above the likes of any below them on the racing ladder, and it is from these ranks that most of the famed and admired Formula 1 drivers are selected. Each step on this ladder offers its own thrills, with opportunities for younger drivers (or even budding support engineers) offered to those who can gain entry to them.
The unfortunate fact is that if you’re reading this article, the chances are you’re that bit too old to begin a full-blown F1 career. That’s not to say all hope is lost however. There are always support roles to be filled if you want to work more closely with the cars – but what options are there for those who want to race?
You could always look into an experience day, getting taught how to drive a professional level racing car, or even participate in a track day with your own vehicle. Alternatively, you could look into local racing leagues and clubs, with many options available for budget, or hobbyist racing. Satisfy your craving to race by supporting your local tracks, clubs and meet ups, and who knows where you could find yourself if your racing skills put you ahead of the competition.
If you do decide to take part in some racing for yourself, and are worried about tool control and precise maintenance, Flightcase Warehouse can help you out. With an incredible selection of products aimed at the motorsport industries, our protective solutions have been used by some of the biggest brands in the sector to keep gear completely safe and uncontaminated. Visit our website to view our motorsport flight case selection, or for a bespoke solution call + 44 01827 60009, or email us directly.
Flightcase Warehouse has recently worked on a number of real head-turning projects for some inspiring customers – and we wanted to share a few of our favourites from the last month with you! All 3 of the below projects were proudly designed and manufactured at our Staffordshire workshop following a close consultation from the client. Check out our Intsagram here for the latest projects live as they’re signed off!
Rally Car Protection for Viking Motorsport
How often do you see a flight case for a car? It's all part of the day job here at Flightcase Warehouse! One of our more recent projects saw us build a vehicle-sized protective case to transport a rally car for motorsport brand Motorsport. Our team built a reinforced steel base to ensure a secure environment for such high-value cargo paired with specially designed locking systems. We’re really proud of this one – a truly unique project that will travel with the Viking Motorsport team throughout their tour of the USA this summer! Best of look in your competitions, Viking.
Presentation and Personalised Storage for Converse
It’s not just UK clients that we work with – Flightcase Warehouse recently undertook a project with the Netherlands Head Office and Factory Store branch of global lifestyle brand, Converse. Our totally bespoke road trunk-style flight cases were fully branded with stylish black engraved Converse logos and featured custom-made, elevated inserts for enhanced display capabilities, storage and protection. The trunk cases serve a dual purpose of industrial-style display units and clever protective solution for storage and transit. An eye-catching visual statement perfect for the Converse brand.
Transport and Storage for Stevie Wonder Tribute Band
Another recent and exciting bespoke project saw Flightcase Warehouse constructing a case that could safely transport the entire lit backdrop for a Stevie Wonder tribute band. The case features a unique interior racking system that securely lodges the individual letters in place as they are stored or transported to different gigs across the country. See our Instagram for some brilliant pictures featuring the “STEVIE” illuminated letters, right there in our workshop.
We’re constantly working on bespoke projects and can’t wait to reveal what’s coming next. Until then, if you’re looking for a creative protective solution for your kit look no further than Flightcase Warehouse. No job is too big or too small, and we ship to literally anywhere in the world. Visit our website, send us an email or call us on 0800 6121 7097 for more.
It’s no secret that the modern music industry makes the bulk of its money out of live performances. The world over, performing artists are directing more and more effort into delivering a live experience that will draw in new fans, and encourage a core audience to repeatedly spend their cash on a single “brand” as such. This live experience often manifests itself as a tour – and financial success often depends on getting it right.
There’s no single secret ingredient as such that makes a tour a success. Wowing an audience and making a performer appeal to whole swathes of new fans isn’t a singular thing. Yes, bands can play their songs 100% accurately, with 110% effort – but sometimes this is not enough. If not co-ordinated with a production team that’s equally razor-sharp, performances can leave a pretty bitter taste in the mouth of fans.
Let’s start with the bare essentials. Every touring artist should closely examine their sound equipment and mixing technology. Established performers will have a pro sound engineer to produce the perfect mix, but it’s always worth making an extra effort to understand the tech fundamentals that are behind your signature sound.
Spending a little bit of time learning about the production element of tours (and with vast online resources and by mining your professional network, you may not even have to plug in jack), will come with big payoffs. An artists, whether amateur or professional, who takes a comprehensive and careful view of their performance is certain to garner a great reputation and see reward in the form of bigger crowds, returning fans and wider opportunities.
It sounds obvious, but not rehearsing in musical isolation is also so important. Finding the time to rehearse with the full production set up in action means that from day one, the “live sound” as a whole will be worked upon and the performance will run (hopefully) like clockwork. Today, audience expectations are high and unfortunately for many, getting up on stage and doing what’s traditionally worked will no longer cut it. Embrace the full picture and tap in to fan preferences early on, and you’re on to a winner!
No matter what the genre, “spectacle” is becoming part of the standard package. When you look at some of the top earning world tours at the moment (Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Adele and Bruno Mars for example) a large part of these shows are based around lighting cues, LED displays, mini movies etc. The added-value element of these features is why they’re used, so finding a budget-friendly alternative to A List investments will go far.
Well thought out, on brand and smaller scale performance spectacle is totally doable. Starter kits including light fixtures that create a suitable stage ambience, smoke to play with light effects, banners for crisp projections and a dynamic backdrop greatly enhance the experience and communicate that extra value, experience-led performance the modern audience demands.
To find out how you can get the very most from your investments, talk to Flightcase Warehouse. We retail a wide range of protective solutions tailored to professional industries and our bespoke service creates totally custom flight cases too. Visit www.FlightcaseWarehouse.co.uk, call 0800 612 7097 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
AV Tech from 2017 That We Love
So far in 2017 we’ve seen some incredible audio-visual technology released that has the potential to revolutionise the industry as we know it. This week, Flightcase Warehouse is taking a look at just 4 of the standout products that the brains in AV have brought to us, plus the benefits they could offer if you’re a pro working in the industry.
Osprey’s Talon G2 Encoder:
Osprey has been known to create some stellar products in the past, and their new encoder is no exception. Designed for AV professionals, this Osprey encoder allows streaming to up to three separate destinations, enhanced by a touch screen LED interface. To top this off, the kit has built in security features that promise a streamlined user experience, as authorised credentials need not be re-entered following every stream thus saving heap of time when on a job. For more information, you can visit the Osprey website here.
Samsung’s LED Cinema Screen:
Whilst purists may question notion of a cinema screen that does not make use of a projector, Samsung’s new LED cinema screen promises richer colours, no loss of focus and a consistent sharpness that is hard rivalled by traditional projection means. The self-laminating screen has a peak brightness level of almost ten times that of conventional projectors – as well as the potential to be utilised in many different industries, such as AV, as well as traditional cinema. AV pros working in events and broadcasting may want to check out the enhanced experience these screens offer. To learn more, read the official release here.
Delta DLP 4K:
On the subject of broadcasting, Delta group (alongside its brand Vivitek) has unveiled a 4K DLP solution, that is touted as the ‘world’s brightest 4,000 lumen laser phosphor illumination source’. If this makes sense to you – and sounds like good stuff – you’re in the right place. With a spec comprising four UHD-4k cubes, the platform can manage multiple video sources on one display, streamline control of several different video displays or even send a single signal to multiple outputs. Visit the Vivitek website to learn more about this brand new platform we think has great potential.
Sony’s 4K Projectors:
Sony are well-known purveyors of quality products that have mass popularity, and their new range of 4k projectors promises to uphold this tradition. Using a laser light source, the projectors can sustain a total brightness of 4500 lumens for up to 12,000 hours – which is perfect for the meeting room sized spaces that the projectors are aimed at. Integrated with ‘Reality Creation’, the projector processes every single input to ensure that the final image represents the sharpest, and most lifelike image possible. Learn more on the official website here.
These are only a few of the vast number of diverse products released this year – this week, next week, or even last week could see technology released that remodels the AV industry completely. This tech though, is always expensive and exceptionally valuable to its owners. This is why at Flightcase Warehouse, we design and manufacturer tailor-fit flight cases that provide unbeatable protection for the latest kit. Visit www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk, call 01827 60009 or email email@example.com to learn more.
No matter who we are, it’s a given that you’ll travel. Whether it be once a year or once a month, for work or for leisure, travelling is something that we should all enjoy. For music enthusiasts and professionals, taking to the road can often mean extra levels of prep as you seek to bring – and retain the quality that you love! To help, we’ve identified some of the best travel-friendly tech – from apps to extensions – that’ll help you retain a high level of output whilst on the move.
Dubbed ‘lunchbox’ amps, these tiny amp heads are small, affordable and easy to use – often even sold with a travel bag. That’s why we have been so impressed with the calibre of the so called’ micro’ guitar heads that are being released at the moment. These tiny amps can pack a real punch and Orange, Peavey, Blackstar and even Marshall all have ranges perfect for a different genres. MusicRadar have a recent round-up of some incredible ‘Lunchbox’ amps to read through here, featuring cutting distorted leads and smooth cleans!
A mobile recording studio powered by a specialised Blue microphone. This platform utilises PreSonus recording software matched with mastering software from iZotope, making the Raspberry Studio a brilliant solution for anybody who needs to record when out travelling. The microphone features a USB input, which is nothing new, but when paired with specialised software and a variety of downloadable plugins, the easy to use UI will make this an attractive purchase to anybody who needs to keep recording on the move. Read more on the Raspberry Studio website here.
iPad Docking Stations:
The iPad is the perfect device to take on the road that is capable of editing software – yet the design of the tablet does not lend itself well to music production. As a result, a number of companies have designed docking stations for the iPad that are capable of expanding the connectivity of the device; increased MIDI capabilities and a friendlier UI are all achievable (whilst third party made) for any travelling recording artist. You can see some great examples in this Gearank round up.
Sometimes travel means sticking to a budget, and for anybody looking for a cost-effective solution to recording on the road, there are always cheap smartphone apps that can help you out. Programmes like Garageband, Amplitube or Animoog that can all be used to simply record yourself, cheaply, with no need to lug any extra recording equipment. These pocket friendly options are perfect for recording and composing on long haul trips.
If you do choose to travel with expensive (yet portable) recording or musical technology, then be sure to contact Flightcase Warehouse to keep your gear safe when you’re on the road. With thousands of off the shelf products ready to be shipped to you within a day, and bespoke creations made by our Pro Flightcase team, Flightcase Warehouse is your one stop solution for precision-perfect protection. Visit www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01827 60009 to protect what’s most valuable to you.
The Great British Summertime is nearly over and for us Brits, this means that our options of open air events become that bit narrower. We’ve been working on a number of projects with the motorsport industry of late, which has got us thinking about what the cooler months have in store for professionals, fans and events organisers. Despite the less than kind weather, the industry continues to thrive and offer an exciting calendar all throughout Autumn. We’ve outlined 4 of the motorsport dates that have caught our eye below…
The high octane action of Formula One won’t be stopping any time soon, with the Singapore Grand Prix held on the 17th of September, the Japanese Grand Prix on the 8th of October, North American Grand Prix on the 22nd of October and the Mexican Grand Prix on the 29th of October. The season will end in Abu Dhabi on the 26th of November, but we can expect a lot of exciting racing action before that happens. The season so far has already been one of the most thrilling yet with a diverse and envy-inducing portfolio of locations and we can’t wait to see which driver will take the top spot.
Wales Rally GB
The penultimate round of the FIA World Championships in Wales plays host to one of the toughest and most anticipated courses on the championship circuit. With a loyal fan base of adrenaline-seekers that won’t be deterred by damp conditions, the event is well-equipped for Autumn Weather. Visitors (the race is held 26th-29th October) can grab hospitality packages from organisers meaning that the Welsh weather can be braved whilst enjoying some mad rallying!
Looking to get out, see off-road action and not have to come prepared for the traditional British drizzle? Motorcycle Live is the event for you. Billed as the UK’s largest motorcycle show, the NEC is the setting for off-roading, stunt shows, displays and more from 18th-26th November, all within one of the UK’s largest exhibition centres. If you fancy a day out with the family, we reckon this would be a great option – seats, readily available refreshments and all the motorcycle action you could wish for.
NEC Classic Motor Show
Another potential winner for families with a car enthusiast within their ranks is the Classic Motorshow, also staged at Birmingham’s NEC. The event promises over 2,500 classic and modern show stopping-motors, a live stage, restoration theatre and a classic car driving experience. The ideal petrolhead day out, all under one roof and without dodgy weather as a risk to your day out.
Are you one of the professionals working at these events, or perhaps you’re a fellow racer, engineer or technician in the motorsport industry? Look no further than Flightcase Warehouse for your protective kit. We design and manufacturer flight cases for everything from precision tools to the vehicle itself – even to a bespoke spec if you need the perfect fit. To find out more, please email email@example.com, call 01827 60009 or visit www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk.
Autumn film festival season is nearly upon us. The precursor to the awards season that culminates with the BAFTA and Academy Awards in February and March respectively, the next few months are important for indie filmmakers and world-renowned production studios alike. Whether you’re exhibiting your work, visiting to get inspiration for your next project or simply taking time out as an enthusiast to enjoy what the season has to offer, there’s plenty of flagship events to get your filmmaking fix from. Read on for film festivals that are set to be some of autumn’s best.
Reykjavik International Film Festival (September 28th-October 8Th)
Whilst Iceland may not be the first name that springs to mind when you think “film festival”, don’t be so quick to dismiss this enchanting location. The increasingly popular Scandi hotspot stages an unforgettable, unconventional festival experience that is sure to make an impact upon anyone who visits. Films are screened to audiences as they fill venues you may not expect – a cave just outside of Reykjavik for example, or a heated indoor pool that so many have come to associate with Icelandic culture. Of course, it’s not just statement venues. A lot of importance is placed on new and young directors and the R.I.F.F is a fantastic place to discover a lot of up and coming talent.
Innsbruck Nature Film Festival (October 10th-13th)
Using Austria as its backdrop, the Innsbruck promotes environment, and films that champion nature. Climate change, global warming, deforestation; all compelling topics that are addressed at this eco-friendly festival. With the planet being in such a delicate state, we think that it is fantastic that this genre of film festival is making its mark. Need more convincing? Screenings will also be accompanied by exhibitions, lectures and workshops for budding eco-enthusiasts.
Rome Independent Film Festival (November 25th-December 1st)
Italy’s best-loved ancient city provides a brilliant look at some of the hottest independent filmmakers throughout the Mediterranean region. A festival that’s honestly hard to find fault with, Rome’s offering is renowned for high quality screenings and its fusing of rich culture. Over the years, this festival has become the spot for passionate filmmakers to inject a little “La Dolce Vita” into their lives – as quoted from the festival itself!
Pentedattilo Film Festival (September 22nd-24th)
Pentedattilo promises that its visitors will be part of something truly special. A long-abandoned, rustic Italian village (dating back to 640BC) plays host to film screenings where audiences enjoy not just the solitude of the high hills, but the breath-taking scenery and unique history too. With an average attendance being about 100 people, this super- exclusive, eccentric film festival is certainly worth the journey if you can make it.
If you’re a pro or an enthusiastic travelling this globe for the abundance of film festivals that are staged this autumn, be sure to protect your valued filming and production equipment whilst you’re on the move. Talk to Flightcase Warehouse for all your protective storage and transportation needs, including bespoke solutions for your kit that demands a bit of extra attention. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01827 60009 to learn more.
Often, clients come to Pro Flightcase (our specialist bespoke arm) to request a custom case for their kit, but find themselves leaving with much more. This is because our storage and transportation solutions go beyond simply designing a flight case that perfectly fits your equipment.
We understand that your kit and projects can be both expensive and highly sensitive. Contamination, physical damage, spiralling project durations and production impeding design are all challenges that professionals face on a daily basis, so why not demand your equipment work harder and get yourself a solution that eliminates these dangers?
Everything from anti-contamination flight cases to precision engineered accumulation systems, our solutions are among the most innovative and most versatile on the market today, designed to face any obstacle by offering unparalleled levels of customisation, protection and durability. This means that as our customer, you rest assured that your valuable equipment and components will remain safe and secure when in storage, transit and during projects.
For example, many of our clients’ time is eaten up by re-calibrating their tools following stints travelling. Whilst this may seem to be an understandable downside to working whilst on the road, mechanical projects that are time sensitive may suffer thanks to improperly handled or contained gear. And, as many know, all that preparation time quickly adds up, and can often add hours or even days to a project if equipment is improperly contained.
Then there is the question of if the inaccurate equipment can be recalibrated. High costs of tool replacement can be an unfortunate side effect of subpar containment or protection, and like the piling up of working hours lost to tool recalibration, the cost of replacing equipment can mount surprisingly quickly.
This is where great tool control solutions come into play. Pro Flightcase understands the importance of keeping your tools and equipment safe, secure, and easily accessible. Our Pro Flightcase team can design and build bespoke tool control systems (single cases from workshop racks) that fit the exact dimensions and specifications required for your equipment. Perfect for
eliminating handling mishaps and reducing re-calibration time.
Then, there is the problem posed by a cluttered workspace. No matter the workspace, it is always the case that the less organised a space becomes, the higher the risk is of damaged or contaminated materials – and more time is spent searching for materials. Lack of storage space can be a real concern when materials need to be kept pristine, as contamination of materials leads, again, to expensive replacements.
Pro Flightcase can help your business to improve workplace safety, cut down on warehouse and workshop clutter, and save valuable project time with our innovative space saving cases and accumulation systems. Our space saving solutions allow you to store your essential equipment in one convenient location. Our space saving cases range from more traditional racking and storage systems to functional portable workstations, so you're sure to find a solution that works for you.
Clients who have used Pro Flightcase anti-contamination solutions in the past report increased productivity, great capacity, lower costs and overall speedier project turnaround thanks to reducing the effects of contamination.
To talk to the Pro Flightcase team, our bespoke specialists about how you can reduce project time and costs, call 01827 60009, email email@example.com or visit our website at www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk.
Live events are, above all else, exciting. Atmosphere counts for a lot, and it’s no more noticeable than when you are at a concert. Fan-fuelled excitement matched with frantic energy from the performer can make for an unforgettable experience. But, what really makes for a standout performance is visual spectacle. There are performers out there who have really nailed utilising their entire live crew to create a performance that although in some cases can be just half an hour long, is near enough impossible to top. Here are a few examples of when performers and engineers have got together to create live events history.
1) Take That’s Circus Tour
Take That followed up their huge 2007 Beautiful World Tour with 2009’s The Circus Live. It had to be just as memorable as 2007, which is a challenge not to be underestimated considering Beautiful World featured a giant light-embezzled moving robot! The answer? To create a live show that teamed stellar performance with creative lighting and sound, elevated with breath-taking mechanics. Featuring two separate stages for a panoramic experience and a huge mechanical elephant (because why not?), Take That’s Circus was ambitious, bombastic and delivered with precision.
2) Rammstein’s Many Pyrotechnics.
Lots of people when watching a live show will take the pyrotechnics for granted. They will see a quick bang, or maybe a singular jet, but never pay much attention to the level of detail that has to go into planning these effects which can often be as dangerous as they are mesmerising. Rammstein, a German metal outfit, are masters of this art. Each member of the band is a licenced pyrotechnician and their act involves flamethrowers as standard – yes, flamethrowers! Anybody acquainted with the rock and metal scene will confirm that Rammstein are kings of the visual spectacle.
3) Lady Gaga’s Superbowl Halftime Show
Whilst it was a relatively short performance, Lady Gaga did incorporate one element into that may have been a glimpse into the future of live events; coordinated drones. Bringing pilots and programmers into the live events fold, these drones utilised lights to make for a backdrop in the sky, an indication of how the technology could be used in the future. Laga Gaga set the standard for making the stage whatever it needs to be, and wherever it needs to be, allowing audiences a completely different viewing experience.
4) Tommy Lee’s ‘Cruecifly’ Drum Rollercoaster
Motley Crue were a staple of the rock and metal community for years and it’s no surprise that a band who were known for debauchery developed a completely pointless (but fun) roller-coaster for the drummer, Tommy Lee. The 360’ degree loop structure took 4 hours to build before every show and would see Lee circle the track and perform his instrument at the same time – often upside down. For a time, fans were even able to win themselves a trip on the coaster with Lee during the show, making it one of the more elaborate and unconventional stage props in the live event world.
If you have valuable equipment that’s essential to your live show that you need to protect, or it’s your job to help develop breath-taking moments for others, think Flightcase Warehouse for your protective solutions. Whether off the shelf or bespoke, we can deliver no matter the requirements and quote in as little as 12 hours. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 612 7097 to find out more.
Despite being in what seems to be a golden era of digital, cloud based communications and control panels, an increasing amount of professionals are being called to travel for their work. For many, the likelihood of packing up equipment and travelling with it all over the country, or even abroad is becoming a matter of when, and not if. But don’t feel daunted! We’ve put together a few quick lines of advice for the uninitiated professional traveller and the essentials to consider when taking equipment away on business.
On the outside of it, the bare essentials seem pretty cut and dry for musicians. Protection for your instrument coupled with a decent solution for whatever form of amplification that you need (if you do in fact need it) would tick most of the boxes. But what many musicians fail to consider is the sheer amount of technology that goes along with playing an instrument. Often, many cables are required, digital amps and preamps can be essential and instrument effects can take a lot of room up as well – possibly even more than the instrument itself!
Before you embark on the road with your musical equipment, make sure that you know exactly what kind of protection you’ll need to keep your livelihood in one piece when travelling. And don’t just count on compartments inside your instrument case!
2) Event Professionals
More often than not, hardworking event professionals are in charge of storing the equipment of everyone on the job (including client belongings) on top of their own expert technologies. A full audit of exactly what equipment an event will need is a step any good event prof will recommend is taken to avoid disaster. Knowing the lighting, audio and technical requirements of a venue or show will let you plan far in advance just what kind of storage capacity and space you are going to need to avoid any slip up in production. And with this, get your orders in for any extra cases you’ll require.
Mechanics that travel for the work mostly know exactly what they’ll need to be armed with. For the most part this will be tools and parts. The question of transporting these materials safely though is another matter entirely, with standard road protection often not doing enough to prevent delicate tools from being thrown out of calibration, or parts from being contaminated or damaged. Be sure to investigate how you are transporting your equipment before any journey, to avoid wasting valuable time and money re-calibrating, re-stocking or even replacing them when you arrive. Think personalised inserts, heavy duty cases and material presentation systems.
4) AV Engineers
One of the distinguishing features of the AV industry is that it never stops reinventing itself. What could be considered one weeks’ cutting edge is outdated by Sunday. That’s why when travelling for work within the AV field, versatility in your protective luggage can save you literally thousands of pounds – not just through the protection of your kit, but by saving you the trouble of purchasing new flight case / protective equipment every few months. Consider large road trunks with replaceable foam inserts as a viable long term solution to the ever changing face of AV technology, and cases that are tailor designed to branded kit.
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Festival season is almost over – but that doesn’t mean that event professionals just stop work outdoors. Autumn and winter may lead to indoor venues taking precedent over their open air counterparts, but there is still a massive market for those who want to be outdoors, enjoying the seasonal atmosphere. Here’s a quick rundown of the events that are making great use of the outdoors and equipment, even when the weather is less than accommodating.
Halloween Themed Mazes and Shows:
Drawing inspiration from all of the insanely over-the-top Halloween-themed goings on in the United States, events such as the increasingly popular scare-maze are drawing more and more visitors within the UK. These spooky nights out happen in a varying number of sizes and themes, with councils investing in small and fun family activities, to gargantuan theme parks like Alton Towers constructing elaborate and terrifying mazes (adults only!)
Of course, mainly taking place in the dark, chilled evenings, it’s not hard to see why lighting, visual effects and sound technicians are so in demand for such events. Construction can begin as early as summer, with the very best professionals using their skills to attain an almost horror film-like level of Halloween mood.
On the surface these festive outdoor fairs may not seem like the ideal place for event professionals to lend their hand – but as the popularity of these temporary crowd-drawers increases, so does their size – and attractions.
Second cities like Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool all offer (in addition to the standard market layout) a full, almost festival – like experience. Liverpool for example features an ‘Ice Festival’, complete with bar, stage and opening night parade. No longer just a market, these winter attractions are becoming a full live experience. And I’m sure we’re all familiar with the yuletide extravaganza that is Hyde Park’s “Winter Wonderland” in London.
An absolute no brainer. Bonfire Night is a staple of the British calendar – but in recent years it has become an ample opportunity for pyrotechnic teams to demonstrate exactly what they can do, without limitation or direction imposed by a performing team.
Big cities often feature some of the most impressive displays, with pressure mounting yearly to top the previous performance – as well as outdo rival displays throughout the country. Guy Fawkes night is a great opportunity to check out what professional pyrotechnic teams are capable of (even in the adverse weather we are so used to seeing on the 5th of November)!
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Back in July Flightcase Warehouse looked at how touring bands utilise the modern skills of events professionals and the capabilities of contemporary technology to deliver standout experiences for their audiences. However, delivering awe-inspiring spectacles that cement themselves in memory isn’t a new thing. Some of the greatest performances in history came way before the onset of 21st century digital technology and have established a standard for the glittering, stimulating marvels we enjoy today.
The best performance genre to illustrate our point is that of the constantly evolving “musical theatre”. Drawing inspiration from good old-fashioned spectacle (made an essential requirement all the way back in the 16th century by the world’s best-know dramatist, William Shakespeare) and the innovative use of the very latest tech and production techniques, when done right, even classic musical theatre shows seem as fresh and exciting as on their premiere night. Despite being around since before the millennium, the below 3 shows are still regulars on theatre programmes the world over thanks to their rare ability to reinvent their stories using innovative technology, modern techniques and contemporary creative direction.
1) The Lion King
A family favourite ever since its inception in 1999, The Lion King has long relied upon its production team to deliver a stunning visual experience for global audiences. The musical has enjoyed many years gracing Broadway stages and boasts tremendous international success, and is well-known for its heavily stylised and unique array of costumes and puppets that engage with actors and iconic musical numbers. The production team behind the Lion King works tirelessly to ensure that the show remains visually stunning, with inventive costume design and puppetry still being a key draw today in 2017.
2) The Phantom of the Opera
A staple of the musical theatre landscape, today’s Lloyd-Webber-penned retelling of an Italian classic not only has to ensure that it’s in-house orchestra and vocalists retain exceptional clarity (through hidden, wireless microphones in most productions), but that the various set pieces occur without a hitch. A long standing TPOTO tradition is that the chandelier hanging above the audience is dropped from the sky, reflecting action in the storyline. Obviously, as a large weight that needs to endure a controlled (yet rapid) descent there is a large amount of pulley, rigging and chain hoists involved in the drop. A very intricate yet spectacular set piece, TPOTO continues to stun modern audiences with its engineering marvel.
3) Les Misérables
“Les Mis” as it’s fondly known, is one of the most famous ever musical theatre productions and the longest running on London’s West End. Variations of this novel-come-musical are mounted worldwide, with a need for intricate stage sets and robust sound design wherever staged. Large orchestral capacity is combined with an equally sophisticated mixing desk, with audio engineers working nearly non-stop (as they do on most musical production’s) to ensure that not a note is missed. Of course, a big part of the show is the swarming crowds that take the stage, filling complex sets and using props that flesh out the feel of the French Revolution at its height. Never more bombastic than it needs to be, the behind the scenes stage hands work hard to make sure that not only the stage is prepped and ready for the show, but that every cast member is outfitted perfectly.
Musical theatre is a great genre to cast your eye to for inspiration when working in events. Pros in this area often push the boundaries of creativity and capability when it comes to utilising modern and ground-breaking technology, or delivery next-level spectacle to huge crowds. And you can guarantee that they put their trust in protective equipment that will never let them down, even when under logistical pressure or working with demanding kit.
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Virtual Reality (or VR, as it is commonly referred to), has become a key technology for many in the events, entertainment and technology industries. Its ability to immerse users entirely within a constructed world has granted those looking to entertain, engage and sell a unique new way to grab the attention of the public. There are some truly innovative VR experiences out there right now, with the following 3 uses delivering fun and fascination for audiences like we’ve never seen before.
Right now video games are probably the most commonplace use for VR and most of us will be familiar with the concept – whether from news coverage, trade shows or from even owning a pair of goggles yourself (if you happen to be a VR early adopter!) Tipped as the next big feature for the gaming industry, VR is available for most platforms and an increasing amount of titles are being released with VR capability as standard. However, applying the tech to video games doesn’t necessarily mean that the final product is always triple A rated and highly polished. In fact, many developers are embracing gaming in order to test the current limits of VR and to research what kinds of virtual experiences (such as driving or flying) can be offered in a safe, exciting and manageable environment.
Big, red letter attraction names are deploying VR to astound and delight their customers, with pro VR company “The Void” being behind some of the most immersive experiences on the market to date. The Void aim to completely reinvent what it means to engage in VR and have developed technology that allows users to travel around a fully interactive space in real time / movement by mapping their virtual environment into a physical space.
This technology has led to ground-breaking and highly acclaimed experiences in North America and plans to expand into other locations are already confirmed (including a Star Wars- themed experience, reportedly). Madame Tussauds in New York for example houses a Ghostbusters experience, where outfitted with a proton pack you take on ghosts in a brilliantly realistic immersive world.
Just like with gaming visionaries, directors at the forefront of innovation are exploring the opportunities of VR in the film industry. The 360 application of VR goggles has seen popular series’ and films offering immersive add-ons, such as the Stranger Things (hit Netflix sci-fi horror) VR experience. It’s not just film and TV directors taking full advantage of the latest tech though. Many tourist boards and travel authorities are using 360 degree video to make virtual tours around noted landmarks a fully interactive and immersive way to advertise.
These however, are just a few uses for VR that are popular at the moment. The scope of VR technology is almost boundless and holds a lot of opportunities as a way to draw users into an immersive and involving world. If you use VR, and want to make sure that you protect your valuable investment, contact email@example.com or call + 44 01827 60009 to ask about our specialist VR flight cases.