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.