It’s a hard life…

Whilst the UK sweltered in its glorious heatwave last week, Team dBx had one of the best jobs going – assisting NM&SP for the second year running with entertainment noise monitoring for the 2015 House Festival.

The technical aspects of the job involve measuring noise at the site boundaries to ensure that the noise limits agreed with Environmental Health are not exceeded; this includes both the overall noise level, and the frequency content of the noise. The team also includes a ‘roving reporter’ who answers the phone to any resident complaints, and heads into the community to measure at locations where complaints are received.

The non technical aspects include….


Factor 10 turned out to be insufficient…

Susie and Jun at House Festival

Susie and Jun at House Festival

Free Food

As you can see from the photo below, I was having an especially relaxing time. Kindle not shown in shot. Nor are the many cakes and cream teas I managed to scoff.




Some poor soul also has to stand at the mixing desk, feeding back to the sound engineers if the limits are being exceeded – not always a pleasant job, as sound engineers don’t always like being told to alter the mix, or to turn it down! ┬áSo big love to the Pet Shop Boys’ engineer who was exceptionally well behaved, leaving me to just enjoy the amazing light show. I took a thousand photos but they don’t do it justice.

Pet Shop

Other acts included James Bay, The Vaccines, Chaka Khan and Foxes. Celeb sightings by the team included John Bishop, Louise Redknapp and..erm…Will Gompertz from the BBC.

All in all, an exhausting but epic day out. Here’s hoping we are allowed out to play again next year!