Lily Allen Apollo Student Visit
Jay Beard
Head of Live Sound
Last Update: 19.06.15
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POSTED ON – 09.12.14

Lily Allen Apollo Student Visit

I had a call from an old colleague of mine, Shan who was doing FoH for Lily Allen; as it turned out another old colleague of mine, Franc was doing her monitors on the same tour. Lily was playing at the O2 Apollo just up the street from SSR Manchester so I was able to take a class of students along to see a sound check.

It just so happened that a week or so ago we were looking at PA system options for that very same venue. It was wonderful to walk in there and see a very similar d&b J-series system to the one we were designing in class.

Liam, who was working for the PA system company SKAN, was able to show us around the set-up and talk us through the equipment. Tony the FoH system tech was able to talk us through his approach to the system design, and Shan talked us through his channel list and how he built up his mix.

Students really feel that industry contact like this makes the classroom work more relevant.

Thanks to Shan, Franc and Liam & Tony from SKAN for showing us around your beautiful PA!

Jay Beard

POSTED ON – 19.06.15

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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!