Manchester Day 2018 – The Word on the Street


Thousands of people packed Manchester’s city streets to observe the celebration of Manchester with this year’s theme – The Word on the Street

Beautiful floats, costumes, talented musicians and local community groups paraded through Manchester City Centre and performed in Manchester’s public squares.

Commissioned by Manchester City Council, and produced by outdoor arts experts Walk the Plank, Manchester Day is now in its ninth year.

tube supplied sound systems on Albert Square, St Anne’s Square, Exchange Square and Cathedral Gardens. Using their extensive hire stock of d&b audiotechnik loudspeakers, Yamaha Pro Audio mixing consoles, and Sennheiser Radio microphone technology. Mobile PA systems were also provided for five of this years floats.

On Albert Square’s Main Stage a d&b Y Series line array system was ground stacked on the stage structure, and amplified using d&b D80 power amplifiers. A comprehensive stock of Shure and Sennheiser microphones was available for the engineers to use for the multiple performances on the stage. The system was controlled by a Yamaha QL5 mixing console.

Albert Square boasted two additional small systems, that were used for commentary of the parade, these systems employed a mixture of d&b Y7P and E8 Loudspeakers, driven by d&b D12 Amplifiers.

Cathedral Gardens held a second large stage using a d&b V Series line array system, again the engineers had a good stock of Shure and Sennheiser microphones available. The PA was controlled by a Yamaha QL5 mixing console.

In Exchange Square a Large d&b V Series Line array system was ground stacked and used for commentary of the parade. A simple control system using a small analogue desk and Sennheiser radio microphones was used.

A small performance area on St Anne’s square was supported by a d&b Y series point source system, driven by D80 Amplifiers, and cotrolled by another of tube’s Yamaha QL5 mixing console.

All the systems had to be rigged and ready to use on a tight schedule, the choice of equipment and comprehensive prep from the warehouse facilitated a speedy build, and ease of use on site. tube’s Melvyn Coote and Jamie Sharman were on site to make sure the day ran as smoothly as possible.

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