tube UK sounds the Manchester spirit
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
tube UK sounds the Manchester spiritThe high profile event was enjoyed by huge crowds who were thrilled by the elaborate floats, costumes and vibrant array of music (photo: Chris Payne)
UK - Audio specialist tube UK, working for outdoor arts experts Walk The Plank, provided nine different sound systems in six locations and on two parade floats around Manchester city centre for Manchester Day 2016.

The high profile event was enjoyed by huge crowds who were thrilled by the elaborate floats, costumes and vibrant array of music on the parade section of the day, as over 80 community groups snaked their way down Deansgate via Albert Square and on to the finish at Exchange Square.

tube supplied the first float in the parade - the Orrery - and also the final one which was a very special show-stopping collaboration by local hero, dance music producer and icon Graham Massey (808 State, etc.) and brass collective Mr Wilson's Second Liners.

The overall event theme of EUREKA! celebrated the city's achievements in science and discovery with Walk The Plank commissioned by Manchester City Council to produce the event. Now in its seventh year, Manchester Day encourages inclusivity and participation and includes contributions reflecting the city's rich and diverse cultural base.

tube UK's Melvyn Coote comments, "We are hugely proud to be involved in the event and this year, were even more excited to work with Graham Massey in addition to supplying kit to all the stages."

The main stage was built in Albert Square, so a good sized PA was installed featuring six d&b V8s, four V-SUBs, a Yamaha QL5 and 35 assorted mics to deal with the diverse line up of music.

Albert Square's footprint could accommodate between 2,000 to 3,000 people maximum, a number that varied throughout the day, so the complete PA system was designed to address the entire space.

The main stage PA covered around 1500 people and the 'Circus House' stage 'Come Pain or Shine' - dedicated to aerial performances - reached approximately 500 at a time. A third stage PA also covering around 500 people, accommodated a comp


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