#1 local audio visual equipment & event hire company.

Providing full sound, lighting & staging services in the North East.

From one-off rentals to full event planning and production services in the North East.

Essential Sounds is based in Teesside, in the North East of England. We hire audio visual equipment, providing one off rentals such as radio microphones, mixing consoles, DJ equipment, follow spots and more.

Holding an event?

We also provide full event production. We'll look after your technical needs from start to finish. With an extensive range of highly maintained industry standard equipment, we tailor our service to your requirements to make sure that we always meet your needs. You can speak to a member of our team by requesting a call back.

Planning is essential to the success of an event. Leave it to the experts at Essential Sounds.

We're a local team of individuals who love what we do. We live, breath and sometimes, (when we manage to) sleep it. We take great pride in our work and care about the people we serve. We love a good chat and will always try to help you if we can. You can request a call back here, give us a quick call or send us a message.

We've been here since 2006, so with many years of experience behind us, we know that there are no shortcuts. Planning is essential to the success of an event. When making contact with us, we'll chat through your hire needs, whether that be sound, lighting, staging and or full event production. If you'd like us to deliver and operate the equipment, we'll organise a site visit; looking at the space we'll be working with and liaise with any bands and venue management.

We also offer a 'dry hire service'. You can hire items for your own use. From small sound and lighting systems to radio microphones, mixing consoles, IEM's and stage lighting. The price we quote also includes delivery and collection. If your a charity and you provide us with a charity number, we'll give you a discount.

What our customers say?

"Essential Sounds delivered a professional and affordable solution for our live event. From initial consultancy to the event itself, we were impressed with the quality of the service and collaboration. We look forward to working with them again."

Ben Jack / The Rose Foundation.

What our customers say?

"We used Essential Sounds to provide lighting and sound design for a theatre production. Exceptional service, quality of equipment and professionalism. Would recommend and will use again."

Matt Coe - Bydale.

What our customers say?

"Essential Sounds have provided a service to the church I attend for lighting and sound at concert events as well as weddings. First class attitude and service. Will use these guys again."

Paul Ellison - Easy Elec.

What our customers say?

"In my area of work I regularly work with sound engineers and theatre technicians. I know from experience that balancing vocals, PA systems and mics to produce a good sound is very difficult. However, Essential Sounds managed this with ease. They created a great balance in what could only be described as a difficult venue. I am very pleased with the end result and feedback has been very positive. I would highly recommend their services and I will definitely be using them again the future."

Andrea Mallen - Dance in Education.

What our customers say?

"Very very happy indeed! I don't think people expected such a professional set up. Thanks you so much."

Lucie Fleming - Redhouse School PTA.

What our customers say?

"Thank you so much for your service on Saturday. The equipment you supplied was very good and it served our needs vey well!"

Maureen Heseltine - Schott.

What our customers say?

"Thanks for all your help at the OVN conference. Will will definately be in touch again!"

Fay Willis - One Voice.

What our customers say?

"A friendly & prompt service, Essential Sounds worked thoughtfully around the schools needs."

Hiede Coates - All Saints School.

What our customers say?

"Richard worked with our students very well, he even taught our staff a thing or two! His weekly step by step course really helped the students remember the basics. Lessons were very well planned and kept everyone engaged."

Dean Moore - South Shields Community School.

What our customers say?

"Richie at Essential Sounds has provided sound & lights at numerous events I have played at. I've always found him to be totally reliable, professional and willing to do all he can to ensure the event is a total success. He's always willing to go that extra mile and nothing is too much trouble. His communication pre, during & post gig is always spot on. I would totally recommend Essential Sounds for all your AV needs! Richie is my first choice sound guy every time! He's a legend!"

Dave Dixon.

What our customers say?

"Absolutely fantastic! Very knowledgable guys, offering lots of helpful advice."

Chris Moses.

What our customers say?

"The service from day one was transparent and clear. Essential Sounds attended a number of site visits with ourselves and even dealt with the venue when it came to answering technical questions. They provided Sound provision with 12 headset radio microphones and amplification for 7 piece band. We were absolutely blown away with the quality and high standards. We'll never go anywhere else!"

David Greenwood.

What our customers say?

"Our church has used Essential Sounds several times, both indoors and out, always with complete satisfaction. Book with confidence."

Andrew Waugh.

What our customers say?

"I have worked regularly with Essential Sounds on a variety of projects. I could not recommend their services highly enough. Very rarely do you encounter a company that is willing to go the extra mile to make sure that everything is perfect! Richie is highly skilled, knowledgable and is always prepared to give 100% plus in everything that he does. He is approachable, reliable, and highly professional. When it comes to sound, staging, lights, PA and installation I wouldn't have anyone else!"

Julie Archer.

What our customers say?

"Hired sound and lighting for a small conference. Super professional, patient and really accommodating to changes we had to make. Good guys too."

Tony Beards.

What our customers say?

"The services of Richie from Essential Sounds were absolutely essential to the success of our event!! In Richie's professional, capable and cheerful approach he provided a calming influence alongside a perfect service. We were delighted with the results, we would definitely use this business again and thoroughly recommend Essential Sounds."

Anita Burke.

What our customers say?

"Great communication, excellent attention to detail - Richie takes great pride in his work - you wont be disappointed!"

Mark Miller.

What our customers say?

"My fiance and I required a small sound system and some lighting for our wedding reception. We orginally received a quote from another "AV company" listed on here, however after confirming the booking we heard nothing back from them until a couple of days before the day. We rang around and spoke to Essential Sounds and we had no regrets. We've passed their details onto our friends who will be getting married early next year, so expect a phone call soon. Thank you and sorry for being so stressed!!!! Really professional and great to communicate with."

Nat & Sarah.

What our customers say?

"Richie's knowledge of the venue we hired was great for us as he knew the type of speakers and equipment that would work best. Richie turned up, installed and demo'd the kit to us and then gave a courtesy call after the event. Highly recommended and we will be using again"

Jamie O'Neil.