Anna Valley and Matrix UK Solutions launch Graduate Trainee Scheme

LONDON – January 30, 2019– Anna Valley and Matrix UK Solutions are delighted to announce the launch of their Graduate Trainee Scheme. This joint offering is a fantastic opportunity for some of the next generation of project managers, engineers and technicians to gain invaluable hands-on experience, training and knowledge from two, firmly established, suppliers to the live event industry.

The paid positions on offer as part of the scheme will be tailored to individual candidates and include lengthy and advanced training options at both Anna Valley and Matrix.  The roles will include, but not be limited to, hands-on training and mentorship in pre-production and project management, equipment and warehouse operations and on-site delivery. The two-year placement also offers additional optional modules for candidates that would like to increase the length of their training.

Ideal candidates for the Graduate Trainee Scheme will have either completed a course related to the study of audio-visual, sound or video technology, or be due to finish these studies by the summer of 2019.  Entry is open immediately, interviews will commence in the spring and candidate placements will start in the summer of 2019.

“The best way to learn about AV technology is by working on real jobs, but it can be difficult for graduates to get an opportunity to do so, particularly on live event projects where you can’t afford to make mistakes,” said Anna Valley Technical Director, Peter Jones. “The Anna Valley and Matrix Graduate Trainee Scheme will offer a safe space for graduates to get the hands-on experience they need, under the guidance and supervision of some of the industry’s most experienced experts.  We’re excited to play a part in developing the next generation of AV talent.”

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Phil Collins…Australia and New Zealand

Today, 18 January 2019 is the first show day of the Phil Collins “Not dead Yet, Live” world tour, in Australia and New Zealand. From 18 January – 6 February Phil Collins and his band will visit multiple locations in Australia and New Zealand; the concerts start in Brisbane and move onto Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne. They then move onto Christchurch and Napier in New Zealand.

Team Matrix will continue to provide the same equipment as the American section of the tour late last year; seven camera package (including four of our Sony HSC 100 EFP cameras), PPU with Ross Carbonite Mixer, 460panels of 5.9mm LED controlled using a Catalyst Media server and projectors. This section of the world tour is largely similar to the previous shows in America, the only difference is that there is a mixture of indoor and outdoor shows.

We wish the entire tour team, Phil Collins and his band the best of luck on their first show and indeed the entire tour in Australia and New Zealand!

📸 Patrick Balls

Phil Collins – 60 second wrap up

How did it go? Phil Collins Tour went very well – no issues what’s so ever, an amazing big tick for team Matrix.

Did the kit perform as expected? The PPU and LED is built and designed to deliver a “tour” of this calibre – it was a breeze to be honest. We also managed to produce a top technical show with a nice compact PPU.

What advice would you give? Kit needs to be contained in good well-made boxes to protect it. Cutting corners costs you time and money in the long run. Sometimes, what will be will be – go with it and if Plan A doesn’t work think on your feet and make a plan B…C…D if need be.

High points? Working with an amazing crew. Also, without sounding too “gushy” being involved with a tour of this stature. Phil Collins last tour was in 2005, a 13year absence from performing on this level meant this tour had a very special feel to it. An amazing artist, a truly fabulous band and a wonderful crew – this is a major accolade for Matrix and of course for me professionally.

Low points? Late motor points and dealing with US visa issues for one of the lads

Favourite point?  Sleeping – this was in short supply

What is next? Australia/NZ…can’t wait!

Matrix make it LIVE for Phil Collins…in the US!

Matrix are delighted to announce the recent appointment to supply their PPU, camera systems and LED on the North American segment of the Phil Collins tour… ‘PHIL COLLINS NOT DEAD YET, LIVE!’

This is the first tour Phil has performed in the US for 12 years. The North American leg forms part of the Worldwide tour running for three weeks from 3-28 October. The shows begin in Fort Lauderdale travelling up the east coast to Canada, then crossing the US and ending with a show at The Forum, LA – all in all 15 shows in 25 days.

A high-profile tour Matrix are proud to be working on, one that has seen Matrix’s Ruary Macphie collaborate closely with in-house departments and Phil Collins production team. The tour will feature Phil being supported by his amazing 14 strong band – including 17-year-old Nicolas Collins on the Drums. The acclaimed band and Phil will be accompanied by a range of Matrix supplied equipment – most notable is the PPU, camera systems and LED inventory.

The Matrix PPU with Ross Carbonite Mixer will work alongside a seven-camera package to ensure optimum artist coverage. Consisting of four operated cameras using Matrix’s recently purchased Sony HSC 100 EFP cameras. The remaining three channels will include a Sony Robo camera and two Marshall lipstick cameras to augment the cut. Camera positions include front of house, a camera track system in the pit and stage right hand-held camera.

Matrix will supply 460 panels of 5.9mm LED product. These are split between a main up-stage surface, mid-stage and Imag screens. All content will run via a Catalyst media server and be controlled with a Grand MA2 Lite Desk. In addition to the LED elements Matrix will also supply a pair of Christie Boxer 2k 30 projectors placed at the front of house, used to display still images of Phil throughout his years in the music industry.

Ruary states “Matrix has recently invested in a significant quantity of SONY camera systems, four of which will be on this tour. To see these out on the upcoming Phil Collins concerts, along with our PPU is great. The cutting-edge technology along with the LED will provide a superb backdrop with comprehensive clear coverage of Phil and the band – to enhance the audience’s visual experience. Can’t wait to get on the road and bring it all to life”!

📸 Patrick Balls

Requirement for European freelancers

Matrix needs experienced European based freelance technicians for future projects…please get in touch… [email protected]


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Amazing new camera systems

Delighted to announce our significant group investment in Systems Cameras.

We have recently purchased 6 channels of the Sony HSC-100 camera system. These will be used to support the Matrix and Anna Valley PPU systems.

We will be working over the next few weeks to package these up into Flight-cases with everything required in a single box – ideal for quick deployment in large venues.

This is a fantastic addition to to our equipment inventory, one that we see Systems Cameras sitting at the heart of our new camera offerings…look forward to posting photos of the cameras in operation in the near future.

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we’re hiring…Full time AV Technician

Full Time AV Technician – Live Events Company

Matrix is a live events AV Supplier, specialising in a broad spectrum of projects. Ranging in size and variety, be it a boardroom for 20 delegates or a festival for upto 70,000. Matrix continues to grow and owns a vast inventory of sound and video equipment, having recently invested heavily in the latest cutting edge technology.

An experienced AV Technician is required to work in our head office in Hook, Hampshire. The successful applicant will support and work with the existing experienced production and warehouse team to ensure the high demands of an event, in the warehouse and on-site are delivered with impeccable detail.

The role

 As AV Technician the individual will be responsible, but not limited to the following

  • Assist the preparation (inbound and outbound) of all equipment for shows
  • Adhere to Health & Safety policies e.g. wearing the correct PPE
  • When required, additional duties will include:
    • Help, plan, organize and deliver the workflow in the warehouse to improve productivity and increase efficiency
    • Assist with the service, repair and maintenance requirements of equipment
    • Book sub-hires as and when required
    • Oversee the return of sub-hire equipment to suppliers, making sure equipment is returned within the correct timescales and as per sub-hire agreement
    • Oversee vehicle loading and driver logistics
    • Once trained; assist with PAT testing of Matrix equipment
  • Utilising the Warehouse Management System to process the orders efficiently
  • Ensure required paperwork is generated and filed correctly
  • Using the in-house stock control system (Rental Point) make sure equipment is available at the correct time
  • Work alongside the existing Technicians to manage the equipment swaps and reduce sub-hires where possible
  • Maintain stock levels for all consumables and order as required

Ideal experience / qualifications of the AV Technician:

  • At least 2 years’ experience of the AV industry / AV rental
  • Knowledge of associated equipment – sound and video
  • Understand the demand associated with on-site event delivery
  • Ability to work in a busy warehouse with AV equipment
  • Use of Rental Point (knowledge would be beneficial but not essential)
  • Clean driving license is essential to the role
  • Good Microsoft Office knowledge

The successful applicant

The individual will need to be confident, hold strong interpersonal skills and have competent knowledgeable of the industry. The successful candidate must be motivated and happy to work independently and as a team.

The position would be 5 days a week (Mon – Fri) working 9.00am – 6.00pm. However, the nature of the industry means there will need to be flexibility with these hours from time to time. Overtime may also be required as and when needed.

The role is predominantly located in Hook. However, the role will involve an amount of UK and International travel.

This is a challenging full time role with plenty of scope for further development and career enhancement. You will therefore need strong organisational, administrative and communication skills, an excellent eye for detail and be calm and accurate under pressure.

Salary: negotiable dependant on experience
Closing date: none specified
Start date: Position open now

Please forward CV’s to:
Jamie Gaskins           [email protected]
Peter Jones                [email protected]