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Limelight expands L-Acoustics stock

Limelight with audio equipment

L-R: Craig Duncan, Dougie Paterson, Adam Fairbairn and Patrick Millward of Limelight with some of the new kit

Limelight Event Services, a Scottish production and rental company, has invested in a substantial L-Acoustics package with DiGiCo control. The firm, owned and run by Craig Duncan, said the investment follows on from a trend the company has seen within its clients staging bigger and more complex shows and events. The time was right for the company to increase the production value on offer with a complete audio upgrade.

Limelight acquired the equipment from audio specialist Adlib. The purchase includes most of the current L-Acoustics range of speakers – K2, KARA KIVA and ARCS WIDE plus HiQ wedges – supplied together with LA amplifiers, proprietary flying systems, a set of LoadGuard motors and rigging – all fully flightcased. A DiGiCo SD12 console was selected as a great sounding, fully-featured user-friendly console, which most professional sound engineers will be familiar.

“We feel that L-Acoustics is the best option for the majority of our work, and it is the system most often requested by band riders,” said Duncan. “This, coupled with the great relationship we enjoy with Adlib and their excellent after-sales support, made it an easy decision.”

Duncan and the team saw this as a “rider friendly” investment that would also kick open some doors for new business; a process that commenced almost immediately the kit was delivered, the company said.

Adlib also offered all the product training required to ensure that Limelight’s crew could maximise the L-Acoustics’ systems and get the most out of tools like the associated acoustic modelling software. The training took place at Adlib’s warehouse.

Business growth

Based in Inverness, Limelight delivers audio, lighting, AV, staging, power and other infrastructure to a diversity of live events, encompassing festivals, concerts and music shows, corporates, industrials and sporting events. The company works all over Scotland and with the new equipment now on-board its services will be available across the UK.

Limelight had already developed a relationship with Adlib as it previously owned a smaller L-Acoustics system, and would use Adlib to source cross hires for larger shows and for spares as necessary.

Duncan explained that they initially approached Adlib’s John Hughes and Barclay Dakers at an open day event to inaugurate the new Scottish warehouse in Glasgow in Autumn 2016. That meeting opened the dialogue, which resulted in this sale.

The first show for the new kit was a high profile gig for electronic gurus Leftfield at Glasgow Barrowlands, part of the 22nd anniversary tour of their seminal 1995 album ‘Leftism’. It was followed by gigs at Inverness Sports Centre for The Beach Boys and Status Quo with its ‘Aquostic’ show, and with shows headlined by Little Mix.

 

Limelight Event Services was founded by Craig Duncan in 1991. The company currently has six full time employees that increases to ten over the summer, together with around 12 regular freelancers who work full-time for the whole season on a variety of festivals, concerts and events.

In-house training

For Adlib, this sale underlines its commitment to selling and supporting L-Acoustics, DiGiCo and other premium audio brands in Scotland, and to a fully accessible support and accompanying product training infrastructure that helps maintain the best standards of excellence.

“There is a rise in demand for leading technologies and quality production values on the Scottish market, both in the live performance arena and for fixed installations, and our knowledgeable and proactive sales team is dedicated to assisting its development,” commented Adlib’s Hughes.