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Welcome to Forefront Productions. Based in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, we provide a complete service within the entertainment and events industry. We offer:

  • Full audio/visual production for concerts & festivals, conferences, fashion shows, product launches and more;
  • Tour Grade Sound Reinforcement Systems suitable for small pubs through to large 2000+ capacity venues;
  • Equipment rental - dry hire or engineered, with backline also available;
  • Live audio recording available at your event;
  • Full UK coverage, though our East Midlands location means we can offer a particularly punctual service within Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire.

Whatever your budget we can provide a sound system and/or lighting rig for your event.

Our concert systems offer industry standard equipment used by touring professionals worldwide, with a crew of dedicated personnel who will work hard to exceed the expectations of everyone involved and make your event an overwhelming success.

STOP PRESS... We have a new baby: HK Lucas Nano 300 PA system.

  • Very small and lightweight for ultra-portability;
  • Retains big sound due to active subwoofer;
  • Satellite speakers sit atop microphone stands (supplied) or can stack directly onto the sub;
  • Ideal for small acoustic gigs or presentations etc;
  • 3-channel mixer built into sub: dedicated mic input plus two stereo channels;
  • Dry-hire price: £50/day including SM58 microphone

We can now supply a stage for small events - indoor or outdoor. Basic specifications:

  • Performance area 6m x 5m (20ft x 16ft);
  • Stage height above ground level 400mm (16in);
  • Canopy footprint 6m x 6m (20ft x 20ft);
  • Canopy ridge height 3.7m (12ft);
  • Canopy may be hired separately as function tent or general shelter;
  • Stage platform suitable for bands, presentations, catwalk use;
  • Installable in areas where trailer access would not be possible.

Please call or email for a quote or to discuss your requirements.

News

The UK Motorhome & Caravan Autumn Fair

The UK Motorhome & Caravan Autumn Fair

3/4 September - The UK Motorhome & Caravan Autumn Fair, Newark Showground. Two evenings of entertainment in the Cedric Ford Pavilion, courtesy of Event Developments Ltd.

Go to the UK Autumn Fair Entertainment page for full details.

Newark Beer Festival 2010

Newark Beer Festival 2010

The 15th Newark Beer Festival ran from 28-30 May 2010.

This year's entertainment comprised bands mainly from the Newark area. The exception being our old friends Haze (Treebeard in disguise, for those who don't know!) who hail from Sheffield.

Once again we supplied the complete entertainment stage sound & lighting package.

Newark Jazz Festival

Newark Jazz Festival

Newark Jazz Festival makes a welcome return to the town on 21/22/23 May. We shall be supplying PA and lighting to two of the premier venues chosen for this prestigious event.

Highlights of the Festival:

  • Two evenings of fine wines, food and music in the courtyard of Ann et Vin, Castlegate, Newark: Friday 1pm - Chris Saunders; Saturday 12pm - Jeff Barnhart Solo; 6pm - Ivory & Gold; 10pm - BARNHART-HALLAM QUARTET; Sunday 2.30pm - TIM KLIPHUIS TRIO feat. DAVID NEWTON; 9pm - TJ JOHNSON AND HIS BAND
  • Barnbygate Methodist Church performances: Friday 6pm - ENRICO TOMASSO SEXTET; Saturday 2pm - CURIOS; Saturday 6pm TIM GARLAND & THE HOT HOUSE BAND

Many more events taking place in and around Newark over the weekend. Full details at Newark Jazz website

UK Motorhome & Caravan Spring Fair 2010

UK Motorhome & Caravan Spring Fair 2010

The UK Motorhome & Caravan Spring Fair is a superb show for motorhome and caravan owners, taking place on Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th March 2010 at Newark Showground, Newark-On Trent, Nottinghamshire (Just off the A1).

For weekend campers, the Cedric Ford Pavilion will once again host two evenings of entertainment.

Friday:

  • Country DJ & Broadcaster 'John Morris'
  • The Blueprint Blues Brothers International Tribute Show
  • Award-Winning International Magic Artiste Jonathan Shotton

Saturday:

  • Country DJ & Broadcaster 'John Morris'
  • Comedian Martin Gold
  • The UK's Finest Country Music Band West Virginia

See UK Spring Fair website for full details.

'Society' event in place of worship

'Society' event in place of worship

25 November 2009 saw the final gig of 2009 by The Leisure Society. Held in St. Giles in the field church, close to Tin Pan Alley (Denmark St.) London, we were engaged by Daybrook House Promotions to provide full PA and some simple wash lighting for the event.

In its most basic form, The Leisure society comprises seven members; though on this occasion there were an additional two guest instrumentalists and a four-piece choir to boot. Instruments ranged from guitar, bass and drums to Rhodes piano, flute, violin, cello and multiple ukeleles! Guests added pedal steel guitar and a further flute.

Church buildings never bode well on the acoustics front; however, being a total sell-out, the full house damped things down nicely.

A review of the gig with photos can be seen here. The Leisure Society's MySpace page here.

Nottingham Robin Hood Beer Festival: 8 - 11 October 2009

Nottingham Robin Hood Beer Festival: 8 - 11 October 2009

Following the move from its former regular venue at the Victoria Leisure Centre - which served it well for many years - to the magnificent surroundings of Nottingham Castle, it's not only the festival name which has been enhanced (by the addition of the name of a certain legendary outlaw); but the entertainment schedule at Nottingham CAMRA's Beer Festival has also been given a well deserved boost, now offering a full programme of music, comedy and dancing throughout the weekend.

After our success in providing both sound and lighting for the entertainment stage at the Newark CAMRA Beer Festival in May (see below), Nottingham CAMRA's social secretary Ray Kirby has engaged Forefront Productions to look after all of the bands performing at the Notts festival.

This year's festival is the second to be held at the Castle. In the first year, the bands were left pretty much to their own devices, the outcome of which meant the PA and lighting equipment were of "variable" quality with the overall production failing to do justice to the performances as a result.

Entertainment Line Up.

Thursday
18:00 - 4am Forever
21:00 - Bluejaks
Friday
18:00 - Boatrockers
21:00 - Vampire Cowboys
Saturday Afternoon
     - Nottingham School of Samba
     - Foresters Morris Men
     - Greenwood Cloggers
Saturday Evening
16:00 - Last Pedestrians
18:00 - Sore Point
21:00 - Treebeard

Go to Nottingham CAMRA Website.

Newark Comes Alive - on the 10th July 2009

Newark Comes Alive - on the 10th July 2009

Well ain't it about time?

We at Forefront Productions have been on the go as a business for over three years now and in that time the promotion of Newark's considerable musical talent has been somewhat limited. But please don't blame us - we're not in business as event organisers or promoters, we simply hire out our kit and expertise to those who are.

Having taken over operation of the recording/rehearsal studio (formerly operated by the Crisis guys who did a most excellent job, by the way) which we imaginatively named "FP Studio", at the beginning of 2008, we have developed relationships with many bands in the area and recognise the difficulties they have in staging gigs which will be attended enthusiastically by their friends, families and fans. So we've finally decided to have a go ourselves.

So what's different about Newark Comes Alive? Well, for one thing - the ticket fee...

Now, let's not be misunderstood here. Much respect to those - not least the Crisis guys and N&SDC - who have put on showcase events before: band nights, gig nights, jam nights, open mic nights - and with mostly free entry to the public. Alas we at Forefront need to cover our costs and as we don't have the resources to stage events at premises owned by ourselves: be it open air parkland or a town centre theatre, we've looked at what commercial premises - themselves in need of support of the paying public - are available to stage a similarly commercial event. As such, we have to charge a ticket price to cover our costs; but on the upside, it means the bands themselves get rewarded financially for their performances, which must be a good thing!

In our first foray into such teritory, we decided that Newark Working Mens Club has the perfect combination of facilties to host such an event.

Accommodating up to 200 revellers, the venue has a decent stage, licensed bar served in the main concert room and best of all from our perspective: ground level access!

Appearing on this first occasion we have: Jacket Natural Born Boogie; Machine God; Monnika; Cellar Records; The Would Be Assassins.

Tickets are available from band members priced at £6 - that's a mere £1.20 per band! Entry for non ticket holders will be £7 on the door subject to there being spare capacity. Under 18s must have adult supervision. Doors open 6pm, last band finishes 11pm and curfew at 11:30pm.

So let's have some enthusiastic support from all you music lovers and help make Newark Comes Alive a success for all concerned.

Newark Beer Festival XIV

Newark Beer Festival XIV

The 14th Newark Beer Festival runs from 22-24 May 2009.

In addition to our usual stage lighting offering, this year we shall also be providing PA for the eclectic line up of musical entertainment.

This year's running order as follows (times may be subject to change):

Friday 22nd
15:00 Quiz with Mark Taylor
18:30 Soundtrack of Yesterday
20:30 Treebeard

Saturday 23rd
15:00 Quiz with Mark Taylor
16:00 Nimming Ned
18:15 The Framed
20:30 Something Nasty in the Woodshed

Sunday 24th
14:30 Quiz with Mark Taylor
15:30 Natural Born Boogie

Go to the Newark CAMRA website.

The Big Night Out 6

The Big Night Out 6

Big Day Out @ Melton Mobray Working Men's Club 3th & 4th April 2009, 6PM till Late.

Bands Friday: Voodoo Johnson, Breek, Useless Wooden Toys, Smoking Kills, XMA, Haich, Twisted Whistle.

Bands Saturday: Lounge Fly, Vultures, Ictus, The Fuss, Lux Mundi, Indigo Slam, Box Theory.

£6 in Advance or £8 On the Door.

http://bignightoutmelton.com/

UK Motorhome & Caravan Spring Fair 2009

UK Motorhome & Caravan Spring Fair 2009

The UK Motorhome & Caravan Spring Fair is a superb show for motorhome and caravan owners and enthusiasts, taking place on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th March 2009 at Newark Showground, Newark-On Trent, Nottinghamshire (Just off the A1).

Following the success of last year's event, we shall once again be supplying PA and lighting for the two evenings of entertainment on the Friday and Saturday.

Event Developments Ltd have booked some top acts including magician Sean Alexander; Rat Pack tribute David Bell; comedy bluegrass duo The Duffy Brothers; country music singer Gary Perkins and your DJ for the weekend, John Morris.

This year, the entertainment will be staged in the sumptuous surroundings of the Cedric Ford Pavilion. Additionally, there will be relayed audio and video (on our large screen) of the proceedings for a select audience in the President's Lounge.

Tickets for the fair are available either to full weekend campers or day visitors from the UK Spring Fair website.

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