Established in 2008, Connect Audio Visual is a professional sound system, stage lighting and staging hire company based in Stroud Gloucestershire.

From the outset we have been devoted to providing the highest quality of service to our clients, actively ensuring that regardless of size, we will strive to make your event the best it can be.

Owner and founder James Heathcote has been involved in audio visual systems since his school days. With over 12 years experience in the profesional live music & theatre industries, he is equally at home operating and installing either sound or lighting systems. 

James is regular freelance engineer to venues and festivals across the UK and has experience touring with artists to some of the UK's most prestigious venues. 

Sound checking Hattie Briggs in the Royal Albert Hall.


The following are some of the most popular services we offer.



Whether its a wedding or a special party, we know you want to celebrate in style! There is nothing like having a DJ or a live band to help you and your guests dance the night away.

We can provide contacts for the best local entertainment, whilst supplying you with state of the art AV equipment to make your celebrations look and feel spectacular!

We understand that nothing but the best will do for your special day, that's why we will listen and work with you to achieve your vision.


Another speciality of ours and rapidly growing in popularity, is providing high definition audio to outdoor sports events.

There is no need to sacrifice the vocal clarity throughout your event, that is why we use the latest in speaker technology,  digital mixing systems  and wireless technology to cover the largest of areas.

We have been involved in Boxing events, sports day races, soapbox derbys and medieval battle reenactments to name a few!


Offering complete turn key production packages, comprising of power, staging, rigging, lighting and sound systems.
We can also complement existing production companies, with just audio or lighting packages.

We have extensive experience in the live music industry, not only in supplying experienced sound or lighting technicians, but also supplying market leading equipment.  We have provided our equipment and services for many Festivals and Music Events across the UK.


We aim to deliver excellence with all our customers, from perfect conferences, product launches and exhibitions to awards shows of all different sizes and styles.

Offering discreet speaker systems that deliver stunning clarity throughout the vocal range, TV screens or projectors and lighting systems to ensure your whole audience can see and hear what they need to.

Continuous investment in our state of the art equipment, combined with our professional team, allows us to set the standard for audio visual hire in the South West. 


Whether you run an amateur dramatics club or you work on professional theatre shows, we supply a range of high end sound, lighting and AV solutions to ensure you get the results you deserve. We have supplied audio equipment and sound design services for many shows, productions and Pantomimes across the UK. 

We understand the need for high quality reliable equipment with prompt technical support, so if you are looking to hire theatre AV equipment for a show? contact us today!

A few photos of events we have been involved in over the years.



Hattie Briggs - Songwriter/performer

James has done the sound for my band on several occasions over the last three years, in various venues. He is very laid back, personable and easy to work with, but most of all he completely gets what we're about. James has a good ear for sound, has good quality equipment and always delivers a fantastic sound, both for the audience and us performing on stage.

I would recommend him to any band, artist or venue.

James Larcombe - Arch Garrison/NSRO/William.D.Drake
If anyone needs live sound in the Gloucestershire area? Then book James from Connect-AV, he's great. I've played at three mini-festival gigs with him now, each in the same potentially-awkward echoey room and each with a very varied line-up of bands, and each one has sounded fantastic all day.

Ian Fairholm - Eppy gibbon podcast & Eppyfest organiser

James  is now my 'go to sound guy', in part because he's very easy to get along with, is extremely reliable, always copes with crises with a level head and a sense of humour, and consistently sets the musicians at ease, regardless of how complex their set-up is. But more importantly, he always gets a great sound from whoever he's working with, whether it's a solo acoustic singer-songwriter, a heavy prog rock band, or even a chamber ensemble. His fundamental aim is always to get the sound that the artists want and to help them feel comfortable, and he's always achieved that on the many times I've worked with him. The EppyFest audience and the many musicians we've had perform all love him.  

Thabani Nyoni - Kaya Festival

James and his company worked with us on our festival at Kaya Festival. He was thorough, professional and a joy to work with! We plan on doing more events together in 2019 as we really enjoyed working with him and his team! Excellent company, brilliant guy! 

Harry Spencer

I couldn't speak more highly of James.
He recently handled the music installation and onsite technician work for our wedding. The equipment he has is top of the range meaning that we felt we were in a festival more than a wedding.
He turned up on time and was the consummate professional. Highly recommended.

John Wigg - Drummer @ Ultimate Floyd 

Very professional service, did a fantastic job considering the complexities of our setup. We had so many comments about the quality of the sound. Highly recommended.

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