“This was a 'no-expense spared' job that had to be perfect in every way. Yes, we needed the very best sound equipment, but more importantly we needed a team of people with the right attitude, who we could trust and who would be enjoyable to work with.”
Catering for all contingencies abroad
An international event has all the complexities of one in the UK overlaid with the risks involved in long-distance transportation and the challenges of operating in a territory with different language, culture and regulations. Here are Rossco’s top tips for success abroad:
- Ascertain exactly what is required at the outset. It is then a matter of adding what might be required should circumstances or preferences change on location, or any piece of equipment fail on site. For peace of mind, all will be packed, even if we’re not charging for it.
- Research local knowledge. For example, the power outlets and voltage/frequency anomalies that can be expected. Local radio mic frequencies and licences. The proximity of the venue to local suppliers of sound equipment in case of equipment damage in transit, or other unpredictable loss.
- Fully assemble and test all systems, then reverse assemble and load into labelled trunks ready for transit.
- Fully brief all personnel on every aspect of the job, in detail, ensuring they all have sufficient changes of unbranded, tidy crew and duty clothing including a dark suit/tie and smart shoes.
“The whole venue was taken over for three days and the headline act was Jessie J. It was spectacular.”
“With the venue located in a remote part of the Mediterranean with no local audio hire companies nearby, it was essential to be fully self-contained and have on board equipment that would cover any breakdown or eventuality.”
“A wedding weekend in the sun with a lot of different sound requirements in a variety of locations including the beach. Hope Rossco didn't get too much sand in their mixing desk.”
A-list party on a Caribbean island
"Eight parties in various locations over four days in sweltering heat!"
Wedding in the south of France
"A wedding at one of Europe's most luxurious hotels with an evening set from Jessie J on a clifftop stage overlooking the Med"
Paolo Nutini plays a party in Italy
"The event was extremely hard work given the steep cliffside location, but the result was excellent"
Wedding in the south of Spain
"Four bands, two with technical riders, plus two speech systems in three locations over two days"