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.


  • 1 week ago by ESS Hire

    ESS Hire
    Over the last few weekends we have provided production support for the 4 Jack Petchey Glee Club Challenge regional finals.  We supplied 24 ways of Sennheiser radio mics run on our Allen and heath GLD112 alongside a lighting floor package of DTS and Showtec moving heads with LEDJ battens controlled from our Avolites Quartz console. Not forgetting the great crew who made it all happen!  Well done to all the groups who made it through to the grand final at the London Palladium, we'll see you there!
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  • 5 weeks ago by ESS Hire

    ESS Hire
    We provided a pair of 60" screens, uplighters and a small PA for a Speakers Trust event held at the university of Kent earlier in the week
    We provided a pair of 60" screens, uplighters and a small PA for a Spe
  • 6 weeks ago by ESS Hire

    ESS Hire
    A bit of maintenance on some of our moving head stock earlier today ready for the busy year ahead!
    A bit of maintenance on some of our moving head stock earlier today re
  • 13 weeks ago by ESS Hire

    ESS Hire
    We're feeling very festive now following the Christmas lights switch on in Stevenage yesterday! We provided sound and lighting for the main stage as well as barriers and site power for the traders village.
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  • 14 weeks ago by ESS Hire

    ESS Hire
    Our emails are all back up and running. Apologies if there has been a delay in response, we will be working through the backlog this morning
  • 14 weeks ago by ESS Hire

    ESS Hire
    We're currently having problems with our email server. If you have an urgent enquiry then please ring the office on 08451770630.
  • 15 weeks ago by ESS Hire

    ESS Hire
    What a fantastic firework display in Stevenage this year. We provided sound to a huge crowd using our DB technologies DVA line array which sounded great! We also provided PA equipment to three other displays over the weekend.
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