Newcastle, UK (July 27, 2006)–Sting was recently presented with an honorary Doctorate of Music by the University of Newcastle. The 17 time Grammy-winner accepted the award from the university’s chancellor, Lord Patten, after which he celebrated with an exclusive private party at the Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art, just across the River Tyne in Gateshead. Audio for the party was supplied by Yorkshire-based Viking Sound & Light Ltd., which fielded a Turbosound Qlight rig for the gig.
Entertainment for the 300 guests was provided by The Gerry Richardson Trio and various members of The Newcastle Big Band, an outfit whom Sting often played with before being catapulted to fame with The Police.
Viking’s proprietor, Steve Williams, remarked, “We needed to supply a compact FOH system that would give maximum clarity but, due to the very limited electrical supply in the venue, be simple to power.” Turbosound self-powered QLight cabinets were his choice, using two TQ-445DPs and two TQ-425s for the day’s events.
“This compact rig delivers excellent sound quality and power from very small cabinets,” said Williams. “In addition, due to the cabinets being self-powered, it eliminated the need for an amp rack. This made the sound system very quick to rig and also able to be run off a couple of 13 amp sockets.”
By all accounts the party went extremely well with Sting, according to Williams, pronouncing himself extremely happy with the sound.