The time has flashed by since Andy Dockerty established the company in 1984, taking the first steps in building a brand that would grow steadily and diversify to become one of the successful and respected technical production solutions providers in the UK and internationally.
“Everton won the FA Cup beating Watford 2-0 in the final,” he reminisces about the Orwellian tinted resonance of 1984. At that time the embryonic Adlib was just Andy with a small PA system together with a VW Van that he had gradually built up engineering for local bands whilst working full time as an electrician at a local firm. The original ‘Man-in-a-van’ sound system.
Andy founded Adlib on one of the then Conservative government’s famous Enterprise Allowance Schemes. Of the 325,000 start-ups that the scheme funded, Andy went on to join a few other notable successes including Creation Records guru Alan McGee, Superdry founder Julian Dunkerton, artist Tracey Emin and the founders of Viz Magazine.
Driven by Andy’s passion for music, sound engineering and the industry he loves, Adlib has grown and blossomed into a dynamic multi-faceted operation. They are headquartered in large premises in Speke near Liverpool Airport.
Andy has brought together a great team of people and they have built up a formidable respect as one of the best and most competent rental facilities and is still driven forward by that same dedication with which Andy started the company.
In addition to sound rental, Adlib now also have some very proactive Lighting, Video, Sales and Installation departments as well as a Design division, and is an authorised L-Acoustics, Soundcraft and Coda Audio distributor.
Recently, the Adlib Speakers name was re-launched to market their very successful own-brand of specialist ‘Made in Liverpool’ speakers – already utilised prolifically for their own projects for over a decade – to international markets.