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 day ago by ESS Hire

    ESS Hire
    We've had a busy week providing PA and communications at the Thame Horse and Country show, a small theatre at the NEC for Surface World, 4 awards events for the Jack Petchey Foundation and a team setting up for the Moreton Morrell horse trials this weekend!
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  • 1 week ago by ESS Hire

    ESS Hire
    Providing sound, lighting and projection for the illuminate London launch night with LZ7
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  • 1 week ago by ESS Hire

    ESS Hire
    Providing projection for a graduation ceremony at Milton Keynes theatre earlier today
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  • 3 weeks ago by ESS Hire

    ESS Hire
    We’re back from another successful Twinwood Festival which saw us providing sound to 12 venues across the site and lighting for 5 of those. Thanks as always to our crew for making it happen through rain and shine!
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  • 6 weeks ago by ESS Hire

    ESS Hire
    Our two tier unit is currently on the shores of Loch Lomond for the Glasgow 2018 European championships
    Our two tier unit is currently on the shores of Loch Lomond for the Gl
  • 7 weeks ago by ESS Hire

    ESS Hire
    Thanks to Distro Design for our shiny new power distro which was turned around for us in under a week! Loving the engraved logos too!
    Thanks to Distro Design for our shiny new power distro which was turne
  • 9 weeks ago by ESS Hire

    ESS Hire
    One of the many jobs this weekend takes us to Wales for a Pony Club one day event complete with lovely views over to the Severn bridge.  Contact one of the team for information and pricing for outdoor events.
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