Poland – ESS Audio, HARMAN Professional’s distributor
in Poland, is midway through a busy summer festival season
with HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays, highlighted by the recent Heineken Open’er
Festival at Gdynia-Kosakowo Airport on the North Coast. Organized by concert agency Alter
Art, Heineken Open’er
Festival is one of the biggest festivals in Poland (and the third largest in
Europe), with 50,000 attending the 4-day festival daily.
ESS Audio’s customer—rental company, GMB Pro
Sound—took responsibility for equipping the main stage, using their new JBL VTX
system. They fielded a total of 64 V25 fullsize line array elements, with the
main front-facing PA comprising 18 elements per side. This was supported by
outfills (in hangs of nine) and downfill enclosures, complemented by 48 G28
subwoofers in a broadside reverse cardioid array. Four VERTEC® VT4889
fullsize line array elements were added for near-field coverage and a further
24 VT4889 were used for delays further down the field.
entire system was powered by Crown I-Tech 12000 HD and Macro-Tech MA5000
amplifiers, while the company dipped further into its HARMAN Professional
inventory for digital control. Four Soundcraft Vi6 digital consoles were
deployed for use by the FOH and monitor engineers for internationally-famous
acts such as Rihanna, Blur, Steve Reich, Arctic Monkeys, Editors, Skunk
Anansie, Nick Cave, Queens of the Stone Age and Kings of Leon.
in the month, GMB Pro Sound had again fielded its premium JBL VTX system for the
main stage at Orange Warsaw Festival, held at the National Stadium, Warsaw, and
this year featuring Beyonce, Fatboy Slim, Basement Jaxx, Tinie Tempah Offspring
and Cypress Hill. Since the Festival began
in 2008 it has grown to become one of the country’s most important events,
televised by commercial network TVN.
same company also supplied a pair of Soundcraft Vi6 digital consoles for the Top Trendy Festival at
Opera Lesna in Sopot (close to Gdynia). Organized by
television station, Polsat, the event is divided into two sections: ‘Top’
presents the 10 most popular artists in Poland while ‘Trendy’ presents emerging
artists, who participate in a talent show. Viewers voting by SMS chose the
winner, with the prize a Polsat TV appearance.
event sound coverage was provided by 30 V25 line array elements and 18 G28
subwoofers, each driven by a Crown VRack system, supplemented by a further four
VT4880 arrayable subwoofers (powered by Crown Macro-Tech MA5000), eight VERTEC VT4887 compact line array elements
and four VRX932 Constant Curvature loudspeakers on fill duties—all assigned to
Crown I-Tech 8000 amplifiers.
the south of the country, the National
Festival of Polish Song is staged and broadcast annually at the Millennium Amphitheatre (Amfiteatr Tysiaclecia) by TVP, Poland’s national broadcaster.
One of the two most important music festivals in Poland, the Opole festival
reflects the past year's achievements by Polish song writers and performers, incorporating
hits of the previous season with new songs and performance debuts (including a
event, GMB Pro Audio fielded 18 VRack-powered JBL V25’s, along with 12 SRX712M monitors and a pair of Soundcraft Vi6’s—one at the
stage and one at FOH.
up, the challenges of getting so many large VTX systems out to so many major
events, ESS Audio director, Witold Karalow said, “Poland is a great place to
see how versatile and powerful the JBL VTX system is. We have been able to cover
the four biggest and most famous festivals in the country with JBL line
arrays—presenting totally different music genres, from rock and pop thru
classical, R&B and club music.”
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