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

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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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Matrix UK Solutions provide equipment for Robert Plant

Robert Plant and his band The Sensational Space Shifters returned to The Royal Albert Hall on Friday 8 December 2017. They haven’t played in this amazingly iconic building in nearly 4 years; their returning solo performance was a sell out and eagerly anticipated by the industry and fans alike. The event didn’t disappoint, Plant and his band delivered an array of new and old songs to the captivated audience.

Having been approached by Trolcharm the weekend prior to the concert. Matrix obviously did what Matrix is renowned for, seamlessly delivered the client brief all be it on a very short timespan. Matrix was asked to project a live camera cut to enhance the audience experience of Robert Plant in the Albert Hall.

To do this, Matrix supplied a 6 Camera system; One Sony HXC with 90 LENS (FOH), Three Sony Brc-h900 (downstage edge) and 2 Marshall CV 500 (keys and drums). The camera input was fed into the Matrix PPU and mixed by the Camera Director, utilising the Ross Carbonite Black mixer. This “mix” was fed to two Laser projectors (supplied by Matrix) on the touring front truss via the touring catalyst.

Ruary Macphie from Matrix comments “As Camera Director for this event, I had a long conversation with Robert Plant and discussed the style of imagery he wanted – it was to be organic with very few ‘TV shots’. Using the DVE Channels on the desk we sent a heavily treated camera mix to the catalyst where Josh Key (media server specialist and part of the matrix team) used the catalyst to add to the effects. The combined Treatments gave a very unique representation of the music which was in line with the wishes of Robert Plant.’

Anna Valley acquires Matrix

LONDON — January 11 2018 – Anna Valley, the leading provider of AV rental services and fixed installations to the event, retail, corporate and entertainment sectors has acquired live event specialists, Matrix UK Solutions. The purchase follows a long professional relationship and will strengthen Anna Valley’s position in the AV rental market with the addition of Matrix’s experienced staff and client base.
Matrix UK Solutions was founded in 1998 and is jointly owned by Project Director, Grant Mitchell, Finance Director, Matt Phillips, and Technical Director, Jamie Gaskins. With roots in technical project management, the company has developed a reputation for their “can do” attitude in designing and delivering AV for everything from boardroom presentations to festivals. Noteworthy projects include helping Opus Agency to deliver the Salesforce World Tour in Amsterdam, London, Paris and Munich and partnering with the Science Museum to showcase their new Media gallery, Mathematics gallery and Wonderlab event spaces.
“We’ve worked closely with the Matrix team for many years,” said Anna Valley Director, Nick Hart. “They have an experienced team and a strong client base that are perfectly aligned with our technical offering. This, along with their extensive technical management experience and touring market knowledge, will grow Anna Valley’s presence in the AV rental market and improve our offering to event agencies.”
“Anna Valley and Matrix have independently enjoyed great success in the AV rental market,” said Matrix UK Solutions Director, Jamie Gaskins. “Anna Valley has a large team of AV rental, integration and broadcast experts and an extensive stock of equipment that will now become available to Matrix clients – so we can offer a broader range of solutions and technical support. This purchase will see both companies strengthened as we combine our teams and technology to deliver our clients’ creative vision.”