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.


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9 months ago

ESS Hire

After having a quiet 18 months, we were back at Twinwood festival, the largest vintage festival in the UK, providing PA, lighting, staging and crew across every venue.

Despite having an enforced year off, our engineers helped put on the best event to date.

We would like to thank everyone involved for all their hard work and we hope to be back again next year.
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Thank you for doing an amazing job, it was a pleasure to work with such talented team Rockin'em

2 years ago

ESS Hire

A few photos of our visit to Cadogan Hall with Jack Petchey's Perfect Pitch Grand Final! ... See MoreSee Less

A few photos of our visit to Cadogan Hall with Jack Petcheys Perfect Pitch Grand Final!Image attachmentImage attachment

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Great lighting.

2 years ago

ESS Hire

It's been a busy Christmas period!
We provided sound, lighting and staging for over four separate Christmas events, here are some of our favourite photos!
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Its been a busy Christmas period!We provided sound, lighting and staging for over four separate Christmas events, here are some of our favourite photos!Image attachmentImage attachment

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That looks great. 🎶🎶🎶🚵🏾‍♂️🚵🏾‍♂️🚵🏾‍♂️🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧👍👍👍

3 years ago

ESS Hire

A lovely day yesterday supplying lighting for a wedding reception at Gunnersbury Park Museum. ... See MoreSee Less

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Is this the work of Neil Smith.

Like it do you want mor work at this level. 👍👍👍🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

3 years ago

ESS Hire

Another awesome August bank holiday weekend providing PA systems for 12 venues at Twinwood Festival with a bit of lighting, staging and rigging thrown in for good measure.

We couldn't have done it without our wonderful team of engineers, thank you!
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Comment on Facebook

What a handsome bunch. All excellent engineers. See you later this year

Excellent work, everyone. You guys are awesome ;-})

Awesome team, Thankyou guys for your hard work main stage and colonial 😁

3 years ago

ESS Hire

What a weekend! We loved providing sound, lighting and power for the main stage and food village at Luton Mela! We also had three commentary boxes on site being used for security and event control. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you (Event Control)

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