Glastonbury, UK (July 12, 2013)—After taking a year off, the Glastonbury Festival was back this year with RG Jones providing the sound reinforcement, with a Martin Audio W8 Longbow system on the Pyramid Stage.
Dual inner and outer PA hangs comprised of 14 W8L Longbow elements per side, with two W8LD Downfills at the base, made for 64 boxes in total. However, this year RG Jones changed the subwoofer design from the Martin Audio WS318X (3 x 18in) subs back to 54 of the WS218X (2 x 18in) enclosures used previously, while still maintaining an electronically curved, cardioid broadside array configuration.
With the subs delayed incrementally from the center outwards, the overall wavefront was tuned to fill the Pyramid Stage area. “We have tried various configurations of the bass array and this solution––with two enclosures front facing and one reversed––works particularly well; the rejection from the stage is great and it enables us to bend, shape and steer the sound,” commented RG Jones’ project manager Ben Milton.
In addition, two clusters of four W8LC Compact Line Arrays, situated at each end of the crash barrier, provided nearfield infills, and four delay masts each comprising a further 16 x W8LCs, were positioned 330 feet back from the downstage center, split into an arc.
“This solution worked great,” said Milton. “The organizers wanted to leave nothing to chance when it came to maintaining levels and this was virtually a carbon copy of the 2011 system. We had plenty of opportunity to walk the field and conduct measurements to ensure the accuracy of the system.”