World-class EVENT SERVICES
Who We Are
PASSIONATE ABOUT MUSIC & THE ARTS
ABPH’s new partnership consists of husband and wife team, Benedict & Renee Sweeney. They partnered up formally in early 2021 to continue the legacy Ben built with now ex-business partner Peter Spooner and previous owners Jon & Beth Adey. Having spent the vast majority of his professional career in musical instrument, music technology and pro audio sales and consulting Sweeney decided to venture back into live production in 2014, following an 8-year stint living in southern California. While living in SoCal he worked for several pro audio manufacturers in an international sales manager capacity.
Sweeney understands the stage, having first performed live at the tender age of eight, and has performed solo and in bands across Australia, the US and beyond. His is empathetic to both technicians’ and musician’s needs and focus – along with keeping his cool when things get tense. He has been fortunate to have assisted some of the world’s greatest musical artists and performers and simply gets a thrill being a part of activities that bring joy to other people.
Past major events include coordinating and teching backline for Sydney City Council 2000-2001 NYE Celebrations, 2007 FINA Swim Championships Melbourne, WOMADelaide Assistant Backline Coordinator 1995-2007, Hybrid World Festival 2018-2019 Production Coordinator, SuperLoop Backline 2020, WOMAD FOH (Yellow Blue Bus, Ukulele Death Squad), Survival Day Semaphore Beach FOH 2015-2018, Salisbury Fringe Carnival 2021, Adelaide Fringe Club Backline 2015-current, Adelaide Festival Backline Tech 1997-current, Theatre Bugs – Blinky Bill FOH, and much much more.
Renee Sweeney is a professional make-up artist with credits for Christian Dior, Lancôme and Laura Mercier. She used to rock a P-bass in LA punk outfit Fiasco Don’t Asko. She keeps an eye on the books and Ben’s g.a.s. purchasing habits. She grew up around rock and roll royalty in LA as her mother worked at Fender and Randall for many years. Renee met Ben at a NAMM show, even!
Declan Smith is a valued casual tech with experience in stage management, sound and orchestral production. Cool as a cucumber and knowledgeable about live and recorded production techniques to boot.
Kam Henschke is our freshest associate assisting with festival tech, equipment transport, setup and pack downs. What he may lack in lived experience he makes up in vigor and intent. Kam also fronts and writes tunes in awesome local indie prog local band SODA.
John “Aussie Bob” Hastwell is our most senior casual associate and will often grace us with his company when we require additional help with logistics. He also happens to play a mean harp and slide guitar, and can often be found doing a fabulous Bob Dylan tribute show.
Monday, Thursday, Friday………… By Appointment
Saturday…………………………………. By Appointment
Sunday…………………………………… By Appointment
Keep In Touch
Address: 20 Regent St Melrose Park SA 5039
Phone: +61 439 963 970