North Bristol PA Hire
North Bristol PA Hire

Welcome to our you will find pictures of some of the events supported by the company since we launched the website - we hope they give you an idea of types of PA systems and lighting we can provide........

Minehead RNLI Raft Race

Having provided the RNLI with an increasingly complex (and powerful) sound system over many years, the event is clearly a favourite.  The day was 12 hours of fun and music based on the Official RNLI event stage overlooking the picturesque quay in Minehead. The main stage PA (1220 watts rms into the subs and 1200 watts rms into the full range Studiosound speakers seen here on the right of the second picture) was supplemented by two satellite systems of around 1kw each feeding sound all around the natural amphitheatre made up of North Hill, the quay wall and the harbourside buildings. In all, over 4kw of sound ensured the large crowd enjoyed the DJ's, live band, and raft race commentary as well as the classical music synchronised with the firework finale!!

A great gig even though we do have a tin shed for a stage!!

First picture - Dumb and Dumber (aka Martyn and Dan from North Bristol PA Hire) stop work for a well earned beer!!

Second picture - Martyn posing with the band for a publicity shot - big cringe, but a nice shot of the compact (and powerful) PA!!
Our band for the day, called 'Against the Grain' played two sets for the event - one at lunchtime and one during the evening. A big thank you to John, Tim, Jordan and Brett for their time; they are seen here on the stage (yes it is made of scaffold and corrugated tin!) backlit by 4 powerful, DMX controlled, LED Par 64 cans from North Bristol PA Hire - add a whiff of smoke and suddenly its as good as any concert venue!!
And finally, everyone's favourite ending to a great, all day, outdoor event! The awesome fireworks provided by Alan and his team from Skyburst are synchronised to music that can heard all around the event site - look closely on the first pic and you can see a wide dispersion, satellite speaker stack down on the end of the quay! This provided around 1kw of sound so that those people farther around Minehead Bay could hear the firework music - the applause said it all!

We are indebted to Dave Roberts of Alykat Images for all of the above Minehead pictures - an excellent photographer and charter skipper, he is contactable via email at

Henbury Community 'Christmas Cracker'

Another fun event that we enjoyed supporting even though it was a bit chilly! In the run up to Christmas, a local community group organised a festive event on Crow Lane that included a local school choir singing carols, free mulled wine and mince pies and a visit from everyone's favourite white bearded man!!!....oh and festive music from North Bristol PA Hire of course.
First picture - A cold deserted street before the event started - The JBL350 is proudly perched on its stand waiting to entertain!

Second picture - Martyn waiting for the choir and others to arrive, having already selected a whole host of cheesy Christmas tunes to play to the shoppers and parents of the children's choir.

Of course, when this guy arrived nobody cared that it was wet and cold!! With a queue to see Santa approx 50 metres long, it gave Martyn plenty of time to get the adults singing along to the festive favourites.

Minehead Lifeboat Naming Ceremony

It was an honour to be asked to provide an unobtrusive but clear PA system for this event. The brief was to allow the audience to clearly hear a variety of dignitaries, but without the PA system dominating the event.  A two mic set up was employed to ensure a wide coverage at the lectern fed via a Prosound amplifier into pole mounted 250 Watt speakers. Everything came together including the weather to make this a great occasion.

In the first picture, before the event started, the small speaker can be seen alongside the historic boathouse. In the elevated position, the sound was easily heard at the back of the audience without being too loud for those seated at the front. The second picture shows a visiting RNLI dignitary receiving the new boat from the benefactor.

Another year at the Minehead RNLI Raft Race

As in previous years, we were pleased and eager to be associated with this event. Many thanks to our excellent band for the day 'Running on Empty' who did two great sets for us and donated their time free of charge....cheers guys.

Although the weather wasn't great, the crowds turned out for the day with many staying on to party into the evening.
Westbury Community Fair

This proved to be a day of differing demands! The brief was to relay the audio events going on inside the church to the people outside. (First picture shows the view from the top of the church tower). On the face of it an easy challenge, but the diversity of the sound sources was an interesting mix.
With a church choir, a string quartet, a ballet dance group and choral singers, this meant repositioning the microphones several times as well as mixing the sound 'on the fly'. However, those outside commented that they felt part of what was going on inside and the sound system certainly added to the success of the day.

Portishead Raft Race

As this event has grown enormously since we were first involved, this time we were asked to provide a 'link' type role to ensure that the event was covered from start to finish with pre-recorded music and various sponsorship and information announcements. This ensured there were no audio gaps between the raft race commentary and the band. As in previous years, it was a pleasure to work with the BBC's weather presenter Jemma Cooper.

Westbury on Trym Remembrance Day Service

Every year we are pleased to provide a discrete and clear PA system that conveys the service 360 degrees around the Cenotaph. Oh, and just to make it interesting, the roads aren't closed until around 30 mins before the 2 minute silence....not too much time for setting up on such an important occasion! The first year we did the event, we got great feedback....from the Vicar, not the PA system that is!!!...check out the acknowledgment tab at the top of this page.
Children's CD Launch Event

A simple PA for vocal and acoustic guitar was needed for the artist to play her songs live at the launch of her CD. The children had a great time and the music was heard despite the raucous chorus of approval from the excited kids!
Live Pub Band

The band had their own instrument amplifiers but needed the 3 vocalists to be heard, so we were asked to provide a vocal only PA system for this event. The pub is small, so a massive system wasn't needed and we settled for the small JVC speakers delivering around 500W RMS. If you look closely at the first photograph you will see one perched on the bar sporting a nice hat! These, coupled with a Numark Dimension 4 amplifier, a Mackie ProFX 12 mixer and three industry standard Shure SM58 mics did the job nicely. To ensure the band could hear themselves properly, we also provided a couple of stage monitors, one of which can be seen on the floor in the second photograph.
Bristol Charity Event

A small event in the centre of Bristol with a big guest of honour to start proceedings! We decided that with such an important guest we would use a couple of JBL SRX715 speakers to ensure the sound was crystal clear and able to be thrown across the school playing field. The choice of speakers would also be great for the bands that followed Terry Waite's opening of the event.

Tyntesfield House Outdoor Event

This event was put on by the National Trust at its Tyntesfield House location near Wraxhall. Staged on the croquet lawn, and with free entry for young people, the purpose of the day was to showcase young local talent. We assembled a complete stage system with a remote desk and provided 6 kilowatts of output to ensure the sound could be heard right across the audience area.

'Double Header' Live Music Night at St Bonaventures in Bristol

A great night out for fans of live music - two of Bristol's finest bands in one gig. With the Blues Cowboys and the Bones, the night was an opportunity for us to let the JBL SRX series speakers and our new rack system show what they could do.

Family Fun Day at Avon and Somerset Police HQ

We were asked to provide a large sound system for this event that would need to cover activities on the stage and the show arena, and to make sure everyone across the very large sports field area could hear what was going on.  So, we chose to centre the 'front of house' operations from our bright pink gazebo.  This allowed us to easily see both areas and manage a bespoke system that included radio mics, PA horns and all the normal stage sound gear for diverse music genres.

Priding ourselves on great customer service, we are based in Westbury on Trym, Bristol and cover the south west of England.

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