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

    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.
  • 3 weeks ago by

    It's been a weekend of 100v horns! We supplied a site wide emergency PA and an arena system for the Lambeth Country Show. Our brand new two tier unit made one of its first outings onto site too. A great weekend!
  • 4 weeks ago by

    The "Speakout" Challenge is The Speakers Trust's flagship programme. Sponsored by The Jack Petchey Foundation in London/Essex and HSBC in the West Midlands it gives year 10 students the opportunity to speak out about something they believe in.  For the fourth year ESS have provided AV support to 43 regional finals since December culminating in two grand finals held at the Cambridge theatre in London and the Crescent theatre in Birmingham.  Well done to all of the students who took part in the 2018-19 "Speakout" challenge!
  • 4 weeks ago by

    Another great weekend providing stages, sound, lighting, projection and crew across three stages at Solid Festival.
  • 6 weeks ago by

    We had our 6mx5m stage out for Mess-Stock yesterday. We also provided sound, lighting and power with our Martin Audio H3 rig still sounding awesome!
  • 9 weeks ago by

    Another year, another Stevenage Day. We provided stages, sound, lighting, power and barriers for another great year of live music.
  • 11 weeks ago by

    A great few days at Epsom Derby with our friends at Soundbite Productions. We provided a number of PA systems to extend the racecourse commentary across the public areas.

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