ESS Hire (formally Event Sound Services) was formed in 1972 to provide a high standard in public address systems. Since then, the company has gone from strength to strength, providing all technical aspects of event hire and production.

From our warehousing facility just outside Luton and office in Hitchin, ESS Hire caters for event hire, installation and production nationwide. We strive to provide the very best service on time and on budget. Our number one priority is making sure that your event is a success.


A large stock of sound, lighting, video and stage equipment available for indoor and outdoor events.



Sound, lighting and audio-visual equipment for supply and installation by our dedicated Installation and Engineering department.



Full production services available with a wealth of experience on offer to help and support make your event a success.


We’d love to work with you!

Get in touch now and let’s put on an amazing event together


  • From the outset, we found ESS Hire to be an excellent company to work with. From the quotation stage, right through to final installation, we were extremely pleased with the efficiency and professionalism of the company. We are delighted with the high-quality AV system that now greatly enhances the worship in church. Thank you.

  • Just a quick note to say thank you for continuing to support the event and being a reliable and easy to work with supplier!

  • Many thanks to you and all your team again for the awards this year—the extra lighting looked great!

  • Please thank everyone who looked after us this week – it all went very well, they were incredibly helpful and made sure that we had everything we needed. It was very much appreciated.

  • Today is my first day back in the office, and I just wanted to email you and say Thank You to you and your team for all your hard work in relation to this year’s Trophex. It really helps to have a team of suppliers who know what they’re doing and who just get on with the job.  

  • Thank you for all your time, work and support for Monday's Grand Final. It wad wonderful working with you all and we are very grateful for your expertise.

  • I must say a huge thank you to you and your colleagues at ESS for such a great job on the 9th, I was very happy with the service you provided. I very much appreciated your patience and understanding in staging the shows and thanks for being so accommodating with the changes on the day.


  • 4 weeks ago by ESS Hire

    ESS Hire
    We had a great time on Saturday supporting Jack Petchey’s Perfect Pitch competition.  We provided a lighting floor package to complement the venue’s in house rig as well as ambient microphones to pick up the 10 a capella singing groups. All control and engineering was also supplied by us.
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  • 14 weeks ago by ESS Hire

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    We’ve just updated our Allen&Heath Qu and GLD mixing desks to run the latest firmware.
    We’ve just updated our Allen&Heath Qu and GLD mixing desks to run th
  • 18 weeks ago by ESS Hire

    ESS Hire
    We recently provided staging, sound and lighting for a Christmas party at Knebworth conference and events centre.
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  • 19 weeks ago by ESS Hire

    ESS Hire
    It was an absolute pleasure to be involved in Scripture Union’s 150 year celebration service earlier this week. The event was attended by the The Queen and will be aired on Songs of Praise early next year.  ESS hire provided audio reinforcement throughout the church, splitting signals to send to the TV crew. We also provided multiple screens to show videos, song words and a live feed from the TV cameras.
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  • 20 weeks ago by ESS Hire

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    A cold but fun day providing staging, sound, lighting, barrier and site power for Stevenage Christmas light switch on. It was a great event and it even snowed half way through... very Christmassy!  Thanks to Impact Production Services (IPS), Alistage Ltd, Power Revolution Event Services Ltd and of course our wonderful crew for making it happen!
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  • 24 weeks ago by ESS Hire

    ESS Hire
    Another busy weekend providing sound reinforcement to a number of local firework displays. Here are a couple of pictures from the Stevenage display where we provided coverage for over 20,000 people.
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  • 28 weeks ago by ESS Hire

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    A beautiful shot of our two tier unit on site in Calmsden this morning. Thanks to JB for the photo!
    A beautiful shot of our two tier unit on site in Calmsden this morning

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