Music Festival Business
 

Lighting Up Coachella

Date: 08/13/2015

If you think that the production sound crew at a festival such as Coachella has a busy time, spare a thought for the lighting team. “Our day is 24 hours,” reports Jamie Jensen, lighting design director for the main stage at both Coachella Festival and Stagecoach, its country music twin, since 2012.  MORE


IFC At SXSW Gets OSA’S MLA

Date: 05/13/2015

SXSW brings together all sorts of media, from music to TV to films—and drawing all those together this year was the IFC Fairgrounds stage, which saw OSA International and a Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker system bring music and sound to everyone who passed through the Fairgrounds’ gates.  MORE


Rat Brings Anya To Coachella

Date: 05/12/2015

Longtime audio supplier for the Coachella Festival, Rat Sound, had EAW Anya line arrays on hand at this year’s edition, deploying them at the Gobi and Yuma tents.  MORE


Mango Audio Adds RCF For Festivals

Date: 03/27/2015

Chicago-based Mango Audio, an audio provider for Midwest events ranging from the annual Chicago Cuban and Puerto Rican festivals, to national soccer tours, to Quinceanera coming of age parties, recently took on an RCF TT+ Series system, adding it to the sound reinforcement supplier's audio arsenal.  MORE


Sound Where You Want It: Finding the Perfect Position for PAs

Date: 03/26/2015

At multi-stage music festivals, especially those taking place in inner city areas, sound control has become a critical issue for production providers. With pattern control often “baked-in” to the design of many speaker products—through DSP, module design or a combination of the two—physical positioning of the elements is often employed in order to minimize spillage between stages or into nearby residences.  MORE


Firehouse Productions Celebrates with L-Acoustics

Date: 01/29/2015

To celebrate the holiday season, the annual iHeartRadio Jingle Ball brings top rock, pop, and R&B artists across the U.S. each December. On hand this year for sound was Red Hook, NY-based FireHouse Productions, using a L-Acoustics K1 PA system.  MORE


ADMIRING THE EYE CANDY: TIPS ON WORKING WITH LED VIDEO DISPLAYS FOR MUSIC FESTIVALS

Date: 01/08/2015

Whether it’s Coachella, Lollapalooza or SXSW, you’d be hard-pressed to find a major music festival that doesn’t feature larger-than-life video displays accompanying performers on stage.  MORE


Mixing The Perfect Festival

Date: 12/17/2014

Advances in digital live sound mixing console design have resulted in systems that can manage upward of 100 or more channels, plus dozens of outputs, from a surface barely four feet wide. But while such compact, light and powerful systems may slip easily into a trailer, bus bay or plane cargo hold, the logistics of the typical music festival dictate that only a few of the artists appearing get to use their own FOH or monitor equipment.  MORE


Story Sound Celebrates Year Of Festivals

Date: 12/17/2014

As the year comes to a close, Dutch audio rental company Story Sound has completed a variety of projects, including a string of events during summer festival season, all of which made use of the company’s inventory of JBL VTX line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.  MORE


ETC Illuminates Russia’S Milk Music Fest

Date: 12/17/2014

The annual Milk Music Festival in Ufa, Russia celebrates the region’s dairy industry with a combination of music performances, rides, farm animals and more. One of the biggest draws to the festival is the open air stage, which features folk singing, dancing and musical groups throughout the day.  MORE


D.A.S. Powers Cayman Island Pirate Festival

Date: 12/17/2014

Located south of Cuba, the Cayman Islands has hosted a variety of concerts and festivals over the years with the help of AI Rentals, which brings with it a sizable collection of D.A.S. Audio loudspeakers, including Event and Action Series speakers.  MORE


GLP Lights Up Rock In Rio Fest

Date: 11/20/2014

With crowds of up to 350,000 people swarming Lisbon’s Parque da Bela Vista for the Rock in Rio festival, German lighting company bright! GmbH had to be sure the main Palco Stage could support the performances of headlining acts The Rolling Stones, Arcade Fire, Justin Timberlake, Linkin Park and Queens of the Stone Age.  MORE


Freq’Ender Dances With Martin Audio

Date: 11/20/2014

Expo Av-Insync (EAI) recently provided full technical production for the first-ever Freq’ender dance festival in Singapore, specifying a Martin Audio MLA system for the two-day event.  MORE


The Comfort of Consistency: Incorporating In-Ear Monitor Technology to the Festival World

Date: 10/23/2014

It’s arguable that wireless in-ear monitor (IEM) technology has improved live music performances, thus festival audio production, in more ways than any other gear-based trend over the past two decades—and that’s saying something, as digital mixers, digitally-controlled line arrays and networking/system control technologies have progressed by leaps and bounds within the same time period.  MORE


Salzbrenner Captures Salzburg Fest

Date: 10/23/2014

For this year’s Salzburg Festival, soundscape director Andreas Kriegenburg directed the new production of “Don Juan kommt aus dem Krieg,” which required equipment and engineers that could respond to a high number of cues and microphone signals.  MORE


 
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