Jay Beard
Head of Live Sound
Last Update: 19.06.15
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SSR Manchester - Jay Beard, Head of Live Sound

POSTED ON – 09.10.14

Bankswood Inspire Festival 2014

I’m one of the organisers of this two day free festival that has been running every summer in Bankswood Park in Hadfield, Derbyshire since 2010. The aim is to create a fun, family friendly festival in Glossopdale that will become the number one music event in the area. This of course offers great opportunities to local musical performers but also gives my live sound students the chance to get involved on every level. This year was no exception as all three stages had SSR students at the helm.

Every aspect of the sound production from Front of House to stage management was covered by a student crew member. We had plenty of sunshine so crowds were good and I have to say that the bands we had this year were the best yet. You can get more info on the acts and the festival here:

SSR students Baldur (Mixing FoH Main Stage) and Will (Production Management) with PA owner Paul (Lounging!) working at the festival.

The whole event went without a hitch and everyone involved worked to a professional level. We got some great comments from the bands regarding the student's involvement, including some saying it was the best sound they'd ever had!

SSR Student Wimmy at FoH on the Acoustic stage.

Thanks to all the students who worked hard all weekend.

I’m looking forward to next year already!

A job well done, all the SSR Crew at the end of the festival pictured below. SSR  - Bankswood Inspire Festival 2014

Jay Beard

POSTED ON – 19.06.15

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POSTED ON – 25.03.15

End of The Road(House)

POSTED ON – 09.12.14

Lily Allen Apollo Student Visit

POSTED ON – 09.12.14

Chappers (New Order) in the House

POSTED ON – 09.10.14

Bankswood Inspire Festival 2014

POSTED ON – 17.07.14

Live Venue Rebuild

POSTED ON – 16.07.14

UCLan Graduation Day

POSTED ON – 08.07.14

Get set for Le Tour De France

POSTED ON – 05.06.14

New Mics

POSTED ON – 02.06.14

Tom Chapman raves about his student crew.

Jay is SSR’s Head of Live Sound and joined the school after 10 years on the road as a touring live sound engineer. He has travelled the world many times over, working for top bands such as Doves, Elbow and Snow Patrol, gaining a vast experience of live sound engineering, event production and touring.

Using his well-established connections and contacts within the industry, Jay is able to stay abreast of the technical advancements taking place in the industry and set up numerous guest lectures and site visits to major venues and festivals for our students. Previous production tours and sound check experiences have included Elbow, Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Kate Nash, Westlife and Girls Aloud at a variety of venues including the MEN Arena, Manchester Central and Manchester Academy.

Jay was one of the first people in the world to become an Avid Certified Venue Operator and Instructor, enabling him to deliver official Avid training on the D-Show live mixing console housed at SSR.

Jay brings his vast experience of live sound to SSR students, giving them a real world insight into the workings of this fast changing industry. He has brought some great guest lecturers into SSR and has helped many of our students get their first jobs in the industry.

Jay is still active within the live events industry, enjoying helping up-and-coming bands with their stage productions and helping local music festivals and community enterprises get off the ground.

If you require any advice on live sound or music for an event, feel free to get in touch!