Dave Woods and Clive Rooke

Festival Sound Team

Dave and Clive of Dave James audio & Sola audio respectively are the official Specialized live engineers.

Dave and Clive of Dave James audio & Sola audio respectively are the official Specialized live engineers for the Big One events. Dave is the jovial and easy going front of house engineer who virtually gave up smoking in order to sit at the mixer for the long gruelling shifts that the Big One demands whilst Clive is the active stage monitor engineer who has to set up each band in turn often without knowing what’s coming next. What’s really impressive about Clive & Dave is the speed of the work in so many bands to sound spot on from the first 1.2.3.4.


They work together with the events technical manager Paul Ayriss whose responsibility is to source all the equipment including all the amps, drums (bands are encouraged to use the events equipment rather than their own as this speeds up change overs between bands) and ultimately the PA and sound crews. Paul invited Dave & Clive to become the Specialized live crew for the Big One Two and the trio have worked together since and are joined by stage hand Jon Evans who some may know for his Riviera Rockers sound system.


Their weekend starts at midday on the Friday when they load in all the equipment and get it set up ready for the Friday performance. They’ll remain on duty until closing at 2.00 but the evening isn’t over as they spend another thirty minutes to an hour returning all the equipment back to ‘position one’ ready for the next day. For the Saturday and Sunday sessions the hardworking trio are back in the main hall at midday for equipment checks and repairs resulting in two fifteen hour shifts.

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