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Sound-Waves in the Heatwave

The warehouse stands empty; all equipment is now out earning it’s keep as we embark on a balmy weekend of outdoor concerts, touring and high-profile sporting events.

  • Sound-Waves in the Heatwave
  • Sound-Waves in the Heatwave
  • Sound-Waves in the Heatwave


You may have noticed there’s a fair amount tennis on just now and it’s playing host to some of the most recognised names such as the Duchesses of Sussex and Cambridge who attended to watch Serena Williams compete in the women’s singles final.  Serena was sadly denied a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam as she was beaten by Angelique Kerber.  This is the first royal engagement that the Duchesses have attended together and follows the announcement of the Duchess of Cambridge’s new role as patron which The Queen previously served for 64 years.  The Duchess and Duke of Cambridge will return to Wimbledon on Sunday to watch the Gentleman’s Singles Final.

RG Jones Sound Engineering Limited continue to be proudly involved with the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club for over 30 years and has a permanent based on site tucked beneath the purple and green.

The best of the best in the business have been working tirelessly to ensure that the control room – the heart of a network of cutting edge technology that serves all areas of the site  – is fail-safe.  We must ensure the best sound, the best monitoring equipment and the best relay as this extraordinary, internationally recognised event not only has to meet the high expectation of people attending and competing, but must also transmit faultlessly to a world-wide audience in real-time.


RG Jones is no stranger to high-pressure, internationally recognised real-time events and much of our portfolio has been attained due to our unparallelled ability to exceed what is required.  Whilst many eyes are on the tennis finals, we also have an A-Team, led by Matt Sussex, providing a complete sound solution at the London Stadium as it plays host to the Athletics World Cup London 2018.  Staged over two floodlit sessions this weekend, Great Britain and Northern Ireland compete against the USA, Poland, Germany, France, Jamaica and South Africa in track and field events.

“The Athletics World Cup London 2018 will be one of the biggest athletics events in 2018 and as such we’re thrilled to be able to launch it at the London Stadium,” said Richard Bowker CBE, chair of UK Athletics.

In 2017, London became the first city to host both the IAAF World Athletics Championships and IPC World ParaAthletics championships in the same summer. More than 1,000,000 spectators visited London Stadium throughout the championships, culminating in a Guinness World Record for the best attended IAAF championship ever.

Following on from the success of these events, which saw the capital become the first city ever to stage both the World Para Athletics and IAAF World Athletics Championships in the same year, fans of the sport will once again see the best countries competing in the UK, marking 100 years since women were given the right to vote, and as part of the  Mayor of London’s #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign, the first edition of the event will see all Nations select a female athlete as team captain.


The celebrations continue in Kent at Leeds Castle with their 40th annual concert, in what is hailed as one of the most glorious evenings of the summer.   RG Jones have a history with this magnificent site that stretches back decades to the first concert taking place in 1978.  This year, the evening includes a special finale marking the 40th Ruby year.

Our team have been prepping the mass of DPA’s required to compliment the renowned Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra led by the internationally respected conductor John Rigby who will be taking command of the stage, whilst our DiGiCo SD10 sits at helm in the experienced hands of long time professional Ben Milton.


From the garden of England to historic Henley-on-Thames and another event that has been a part of RG Jones’ rich tapestry of quintessentially English festivals over many decades, our team returns to Henley-on-Thames for the Henley Festival of Music and the Arts.  This black-tie event has been overflowing this week bringing music, visual arts, fashion, street theatre, fine dining and fireworks to its 5,000 guests.  RG Jones brings over 90 years of expertise to provide the complete sound solution for the whole site, which includes multiple stages.   This 36th festival hosted alongside the Thames boasts yet another medley of diverse headliners; Rita Ora, Grace Jones, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Curtis Stigers and the Ronnie Scotts Big Band Present ‘Sinatra At The Sands’, and the English National Opera.

Our team, led by Jim Lambert and Jack Bowcher, includes a plethora of RG Jones alumni and this gathering of great minds matched with many years experience of the site has clearly added to its success to date.  With our flagship loudspeaker system, Martin Audio MLA Compact rocking the floating stage, the crowds were enthused, despite the England result on Wednesday.


Goldfrapp headed back out to perform at British Summer Time festivals including BST Hyde Park with the Cure, Cactus Festival, Nozstock, Deer Shed, Standon Calling, concluding with Lunar Festival in Solihull.  This run coincides with the release of Silver Eye: Deluxe Edition.

RG Jones have been providing stage and control for Goldfrapp for a number of years now. The iconic performance is a thumping romp from start to finish, pulling the greatest songs from Black CherrySupernatureHead First and Silver Eye together into a sonic assault that has everyone up and moving from the first note.  Every sound has been crafted by Will Gregory to fit exactly into the sonic picture.  The band use a combination of samplers, synths, electronic and acoustics drums and electric bass, all backed up with some playback tracks to faithfully recreate the studio sounds, with some creative input from FOH engineering and RG Jones veteran, Simon Honywill to ensure the maximum live experience.


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