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‘Professional Event Services bring golden touch to Tamworth’

The Toyota Country Music Festival in Tamworth, Australia recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, with Live Event Services from Sydney handling production for the Golden Guitar Awards, a key event during the festival. Despite scorching temperatures exceeding 40°C, music enthusiasts flock to Tamworth every January for the festival, now in its 52nd year and considered the world’s second-largest country music event after Nashville’s CMA Music Festival.

The highlight of the festival is the televised Golden Guitar Awards, which celebrates Australian country music and thankfully takes place in the air-conditioned Tamworth Regional Entertainment & Events Centre (TRECC). Colin Baldwin, the managing director of Live Event Services, shared his gratitude for working in TRECC, noting the challenging outdoor conditions faced by other production teams.

Live Event Services has been providing production and management for the awards and concerts at TRECC for 10 consecutive years. Their commitment is evident in the unique stage design they deliver each year, focusing on creating visually captivating experiences for both the live audience and viewers at home.

This year’s lighting design featured a main screen, four rectangular screens, and a barrier screen to mask the band, strategically positioned to enhance camera angles and visual effects. The technical setup included top-notch equipment such as Claypaky B-Eye K20s, ShowPRO R3 LED wash/beams, Claypaky Mythos 2s, ACME Pixel lines, and Martin MAC Quantum washes, among others.

The production also featured a five-camera shoot provided by Brisbane’s Broadcast Zone and screen content created by Sean Costello from Big Day Media, following the instructions of the awards’ producer, Peter Ross. Live Event Services ensured top-notch sound quality with an L-Acoustics KARA PA system, featuring powerful loudspeakers, subwoofers, and coaxial loudspeakers for a truly immersive audio experience.

The front-of-house mix was expertly handled by Bradley Scott-Kemmis on an Allen & Heath dLive S7000 console, while the live broadcast mixdown room was managed by Andrew Crawford on an Allen & Heath dLive S5000 console. The production was a true testament to Live Event Services’ dedication to bringing the Golden Guitar Awards to life and showcasing the best of Australian country music.

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