King's Fest, a three-day festival of alternative Christian Rock at King's Dominion, VA, sported 11 Martin Audio W8LCs on each side of the stage. Doswell, VA (August 21, 2007)--Alternative rock knows no boundaries, so it's no surprise that Alternative Christian Rock can garner some heat all its own as well. Certainly that was the basis behind the recent King's Fest, a three-day festival of alternative Christian Rock at King's Dominion, VA. Newsboys, Jeremy Camp and Casting Crowns were among the acts that played the 7500-seat Kingswood Amphitheatre. They were all heard through a Martin Audio W8LC line array, despite the fact that the the amphitheatre has no fly bays, just a wooden roof with no load-bearing fly points in it.
Raleigh Music Brokerage's owner/president Cooper Cannady came up with a practical solution: "Turns out we only had so much of an aperture for the stage," he explains. "Something like 26 feet between the load beam and the roof, and we already had a Tomcat lighting truss on stage. So what we did was bring in Bill-Jack scaffold towers with a 12x12x10 super truss at the top of the tower to take the load. Then we hung 11 W8LCs a side on the scaffold tower that was wedged into the roof with reinforcement to bear the load. As it turns out, 11 per side was about as many as we could hang, but the 8LC's are so powerful it actually worked out great. We also had eight W8S per side for subs."
For Front of House, RMB used Midas Heritage 2000 analog and Yamaha M7CL digital consoles, along with Lab.gruppen and Chevin amplification, plus processing from Klark Teknik, BSS, Drawmer, TC Electronic and Yamaha.
The Monitor system included the Soundcraft SM20 and Yamaha M7CL consoles, Chevin Research A3000 power amps, Ashly EQs, BSS minidrives, Drawmer gates and compressors and Yamaha SPX990 reverbs, along with Martin Audio LE700 biamped wedges used as monitor speakers, plus double W8/W8S for sidefills.
With a crew of two for FOH and four for stage monitoring, "everything ran like clockwork," according to Cannady. "All of the band's engineers really appreciated the coverage and audio quality provided by the Martin Audio speakers, and the client said they were able to hear the concert loud and some 400 feet back in the parking lot."