22live: Meet the UK’s latest independent pro audio firm

A second-generation independent audio rental company, 22live enters the market with a clear set of working principles, focusing on giving the end client the best quality and care while out on the road.

We at TPi are no strangers to covering stories on the establishment of new companies or entities within the live events sector, but what is incredibly rare is for us to be writing about a new company that is already out on the road with two separate touring parties. However, 22live – the newest face in the world of professional audio – has done just that, supplying touring PA and control packages for Sigur Rós as well as The Australian Pink Floyd Show.

Although the name 22live may be new to many, the people behind the company will be familiar to most within the industry. Founded by Paul Timmins, the company has taken on several known audio industry professionals including: Simon Gladstone, Technical Director; Stefan Phillips, Operations Director; and now in January 2023, Alex Penn, Spencer Beard and Ian Bidmead all join the management line-up as Commercial Director, Managing Director and Finance Director, respectively.

Words: Stew Hume

Photos: James Cumpsty