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.


  • 2 weeks ago by ESS Hire

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

    ESS Hire
    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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  • 7 weeks ago by ESS Hire

    ESS Hire
    Over the past 2 weeks we've provided PA systems, communications and commentary boxes to 4 British Eventing horse trials taking us to some lovely locations across the country. That's 8 event days, 13 days on site and a lot of equipment!
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  • 9 weeks ago by ESS Hire

    ESS Hire
    Heres some more pictures from our busy Easter weekend providing PA systems, commentary boxes and radio communications at six events across the country.
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  • 9 weeks ago by ESS Hire

    ESS Hire
    Our busy Easter weekend has kicked off with a team out providing a PA system for the Stevenage churches together Good Friday service in the town square. We've also got a team providing PA systems and radios for the Lambourn open day.
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  • 11 weeks ago by ESS Hire

    ESS Hire
    A nice installation of two 65" displays carried out by the team this week.
    A nice installation of two 65" displays carried out by the team this w
  • 12 weeks ago by ESS Hire

    ESS Hire
    The start of our outdoor season has begun with a team providing commentary boxes, site communications and a commentary PA system for the Fernie Team Chase national championship.
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