VDC Trading and Patchwork London have worked together for a number of years and 2017 proved another busy one for the pair with a host of tours, festivals and dry hires. Highlights included the UK tour of drum & bass artist Wilkinson, culminating at the Roundhouse in London (pictured). Patchwork provided a touring monitor and stage system; all of the patchbays and panels integrated into the system were made by VDC. Up-and-coming pop band Fickle Friends have also been touring throughout the year using patching and line systems built by VDC.
As Patchwork’s Steve White explains: “The reason we use VDC is because as we’ve grown from a small to a medium-sized company, VDC have always supported us and managed to meet our demands. They offer a very personal touch – if we’ve got a tight deadline they will pull out all the stops to meet it, that’s why we keep using them.
“Adam [Jafrabadi, Export and Technical Consultant at VDC] in particular has always looked after us. He’s always happy to take a look at our designs or ideas and make suggestions or highlight other aspects we may need to consider. That’s really important to us because a lot of other companies will just manufacturer the design we send without thinking about it. With VDC there’s an added layer of protection to make sure we haven’t missed anything, but also they think creatively and suggest potential modifications or upgrades.”
It’s also been a busy year for dry hires and a recent innovation from Patchwork is garnering attention for the company in this area.
As White explains: “The patch panels, particularly for our in-ear monitoring and radio mic systems are gaining a good reputation as a very well packaged system. We run four-way systems in one peli case, which for engineers going out on small tours as dry hire it just makes it very easy.”
Crucial to this popularity is the fact that the systems weigh less than 23kg. Not only does this make it easy for tour and production managers to transport them but it also means they don’t need to pay oversize baggage fees – a massive USP in this sector.
“Keeping the weight under 23kg is a huge achievement,” adds White. “Part and parcel of that is what we’ve done with the cables and the gauge of cables, all of the panels have been made as skeletal as possible and VDC were instrumental in that.”
The system has already proved popular in 2017 and this looks set to continue in 2018 with former Westlife singer Mark Feehily about to use it on Mariah Carey’s support run.